Saturday’s derby away to City of Liverpool saw Cables out fought and out played for 90 minutes as they were soundly beaten 3-0 at Bootle FC.
Yet, the match could have turned out very differently had Matty Hamilton taken the golden opportunity presented to him in the opening minutes. Seizing upon a defensive lapse, a first-time shot would have beaten the ‘keeper and given the Pesky Bulls the lead. However, the striker took another two or three touches and the danger passed for the home side.
The hosts took the lead through a defensive mistake on 14 minutes. A ball over the top resulted in Will Avon looking to Ollie Taylor to come and collect a ball that was never going to reach him and Elliott Nevitt was able to fire past the on-rushing Cables goalkeeper.
Cables could have drawn level on the half-hour mark when Cameron Moore was bizarrely judged to have been fouled in the penalty box when to almost everyone else in the stadium the offense occurred well outside the area. Nevertheless, a penalty was given but Hamilton’s afternoon was to go from bad to worse when his spot kick was saved well by CoL ‘keeper Owen Wheeler.
The second goal for ‘The Purps’ was another gift as Taylor’s clearance only reached John McGrath who was able to fire a long-range lob over the hapless goalkeeper and into the net.
Half time brought a much-needed chance to regroup for the clearly shell-shocked Cables players and Lloyd Dean was introduced in place of Moore during the interval in order to give Cables more presence up front.
Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession in the second half, Cables were unable to make the breakthrough and force a meaningful save from Wheeler.
McGrath got his second goal of the game on 71 minutes from the penalty spot after Valter Fernandes fouled Liam Hynes. Taylor was unable to save the spot kick, which made the score 3-0 to ‘The Purps’ and round off a miserable afternoon for the travelling Cables fans.