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As of: 21/12/08 00:00

Reds back to Winning Ways

AFC Liverpool today progressed to the next round of the Vodkat first division trophy thanks to a much needed 1 – 0 victory away to Rochdale Town.

Today’s game saw debuts for a number of players, most notably Jack Baker in goal who was rarely troubled throughout the game. All of the new players made a positive contribution and seemed to spark additional enthusiasm into the team after recent weeks.

The Reds started the game brightly enough with some good possession and interplay creating a number of chances early in the first half with Andy McCoy and Ian Sheridan going close. The game was played at a fairly high pace throughout and AFC Liverpool remained on top for most of the first half and we’re really the only team who seriously threatened to score. The Reds did manage to force the ball into the Rochdale net at one point, only for the goal to be ruled offside.

The entire game was played in extremely difficult conditions, and as the fog worsened towards the end of the first half there were real fears that the game may be abandoned at half time due to the conditions. Thankfully the referee was comfortable that the game could continue however the dense fog made it virtually impossible for both sets of supporters to follow the game.

Despite this the AFC Liverpool fans remained fully behind their team in the second half and the players responded accordingly, piling the pressure onto the Rochdale defence. Some fantastic attacking play from both Ryan Wignall on the wing and Ian Sheridan through the middle caused all sorts of problems for the Rochdale Defence, and the reds dominance was rewarded around the 80 minute mark when Ian Sheridan shot low into the right hand corner of the Rochdale net.

The Reds continued to press and created a number of further chances and could have increased the lead on a couple of occasions late in the game most notably through James Croxton. Given the conditions and the pace at which the game was played, the Reds thoroughly deserved their victory and will now play Padiham in the third round.

AFC Liverpool’s next game is away to Wigan Robin Park at the Robin Park arena, Loire Drive, Wigan on Saturday 6th December Kick-off 3pm.

(November 30, 2008)