The saying goes that “lightning doesn’t strike twice”, but try telling the players, staff and supporters of Prescot Cables that at the moment.
Tuesday night’s trip to Droylsden was almost a carbon copy of Saturday’s performance at home to Tadcaster. Cables would take the lead through an early goal, dominate the game for over an hour, only to concede a late equaliser to leave everyone frustrated or scratching their heads in wonder at how Cables were not walking away with all three points.
The weather in Manchester was predictably wet and miserable and Cables made two changes from Saturday’s game. George Hassall and Valter Fernandes game into the starting line-up, replacing Steven Yawson and Reece McNally.
Cables started the game in dominant fashion with the trio of Hassall, Dean and Edgar linking well with front man Mosopeoluwa Awe (who shall be known from here on in by the diminutive form of his first name, Sope). It was this combination that lead to the opening goal. Having pinned the home side into their own half, a ball into the box from the left back area was flicked on by Dean and Sope Awe was able to delicately head past the home keeper to make it one nil to the Pesky Bulls.
This was followed by a period of absolute domination by the away side. Hassall drew a good save from the busy Bloods ‘keeper while what seemed a clear and obvious penalty was denied when the officials failed to penalise an apparent handball on the half hour mark.
The visiting back four were marshalling the home forwards brilliantly, giving them little or no sightings of Ollie Taylor’s net. At the other end, Lloyd Dean had a good chance to extend the Pesky Bulls’ lead before the break but his header went just wide.
Despite a half of utter dominance, Cables only had a one goal advantage to show for their endeavours and were forced into a change at the break. Sam Harding came on for his debut, replacing the injured Josh Gregory.
The young midfielder settled into his role quickly and was soon passing the ball around nicely, releasing Sope Awe and George Hassall at every opportunity down the Cables right hand side.
The game’s major talking point came on 75 minutes. With both sides tiring, Dean released Awe who held the ball up and exchanged passes with Dean. The Cables man looked to have timed his run to perfection and finished nicely in the bottom corner, only for the assistant referee to raise his flag for offside. To say this decision was contentious is an understatement.
The last ten minutes represented Groundhog Day for Prescot. With tiring legs, Cables defended deeper and deeper and were struggling to break out. On 86 minutes, a ball from the right came in and was met by Hassall who attempted to clear the ball. However, his effort was fired straight at Taylor who did well to parry the ball away to the onrushing Droylsden player at the back post who had the simple task of tapping the ball into the net.
A truly frustrating end to what had been, for the most part, an excellent away performance.
Man of the Match: Will Avon – filled in superbly at right-back.
Cables XI: Taylor, Avon, McCulloch, Cooper, Fernandes, Gregory (Harding) Hamilton, Edgar, Dean, Hassall, Awe.
by Richard Tigwell