by Richard Tigwell
After the one-all draw with Radcliffe, Mother Nature intervened and allowed everyone associated with Prescot Cables a fortnight off. Time to rest, to recuperate and perhaps to reflect on the fact that 2019 was yet to produce a league victory for the ‘Pesky Bulls’. If a place in the play-offs was to be achieved, Cables could surely not afford any further slip ups.
During the enforced break the news broke that one of the stars of the season so far, Michael Monaghan, would depart the club for pastures new in Australia. Cables were sure to miss his pace, technical ability and above all else, goals and assists at vital moments in key games. He does however go with everyone’s best wishes, nobody who was present at Volair Park on Saturday wished ‘MJ’ anything but the very best on his new adventure.
So, by the time kick off came around on Saturday, everyone was ready for some football. However, it was the visitors who took the lead after just 10 minutes. After a period of sustained Cables pressure in the Colne half, the ball was cleared as far as Aaron Turner on the half way line. With Colne players pressing, the midfielder was forced into a back pass to goalkeeper Ollie Taylor which was slightly under hit. The ‘keeper’s clearance was charged down by striker Mamadou Djabi who was able to take the ball around the stumbling Taylor to make it one-nil to the visitors.
There was no panic from the home side, who ironically had started the game the better of the two teams and Cables were soon level on 13 minutes, albeit thanks to a slice of luck. Having seen Cables concede from a move involving a back pass and goalkeeping error, Colne had a ‘hold my beer’ moment, and did the same thing. A routine back pass from Aaron Coleman saw the Colne ‘keeper completely miss his kick and the ball rolled into the back of the net. One-all.
Ollie Taylor would make amends for his earlier error by making a fine save in the 22nd minute. After Djabi again broke clear, James McCulloch forced the Colne striker wide; Djabi then cut back inside and forced the Cables ‘keeper into a fine save.
Cables took the lead on 34 minutes through Chris Almond. This season’s top scorer was left unmarked in the Colne box as he met Luke Griffiths’ corner with a powerful header to the keeper’s right-hand side to give the home side the lead at half time.
The second half saw some vintage football played by Cables at times as they sought to put the game to bed. The forward trio of Almond, Dean and Klein-Davies were excellent as they won every header and every ‘second ball’ that came to them.
Assisted by the ever-mobile Jordan Wynne and Luke Griffiths, Aaron Turner was neat and tidy in the centre, breaking up any threat from Colne when it appeared, while releasing others to get forward at every opportunity to support the strikers. The centre-half partnership of McCulloch and Coyne looked more like the one that was so successful last season. No mistakes. This was more like it.
The goal that sealed the points came on the hour mark and inevitably it would be Chris Almond who would get it. Lloyd Dean found himself on the left side of the Colne area with time to look up and pick a pass. The Cables man, making his 150th appearance for the club squared a perfect pass to an unmarked Almond who calmly fired home past the ‘keeper to make it 3-1 to Cables.
Cables XI: Taylor, Fernandes, McCulloch, Coyne, Edgar, Turner (Hamilton 80), Griffiths, Wynne, Almond, Dean, Klein-Davies.