Rob Doran scores a later winner for Prescot Cables to send 1874 Northwich out of FA Cup

Prescot 2-1 1874

Prescot 2-1 1874

First published in Football Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

ROB Doran scored in the last minute to put Prescot through at the expense of FA Cup debutants 1874 Northwich.

There was a sickening sense of déjà vu for the visitors, who conceded a stoppage time goal during Saturday’s first encounter that forced this replay.

Cables progress to play FC United of Manchester at the next stage later this month.

Ian Street’s men, trailing to Doran’s opener after an hour, had seen Matthew Ward’s weak penalty saved by goalkeeper Ciaran Gibson before substitute Josh Crofts levelled with time running out.

With extra time an apparent probability, Doran kept cool to shoot low past 1874 custodian Matthew Conkie following a counter-attack.

In a contest that was more even than its predecessor at the weekend, Northwich started brightly.

Ward and David Short combined to create an opening for Mike Brandon on two occasions, while at the other end Charlie Stoker’s shot was saved by Conkie.

The away team’s net-minder made an aberration shortly afterwards when he fluffed a clearing kick, but Stoker’s resulting effort was off target.

Paul Connor created a chance for Rick Bailey, recalled to the starting line-up in place of Sakeel Abdullah, who shot narrowly wide.

Brandon’s attempt ended the same way following more fine approach play by Connor.

Northwich, shorn of injured front man Matthew Beadle, fell behind on 57 minutes when Doran finished smartly from close range.

Referee Chris Hope then punished a defender for blocking Ward’s drive with an arm, but the midfielder’s spot kick lacked the power to beat Gibson.

Crofts, on for injured Mike Aston, hooked in an equalising goal with three minutes left despite the presence of a pair of Prescot defenders.

1874 pushed forward in search of a winner, but they were caught out at the other end when a swift raid ended with Doran’s decisive shot.

Prescot Gibson (GK), Kilroy, Hont, McCulloch, Dodd, Evans, Black (McLaughlin 63), Bannister, Doran, Phillips, Stoker (Corlett 69) Subs not used Reid (GK), Cairns, Giwa, Greene, Milne Goals Doran 58, 90

1874 Conkie (GK), Mitchell, Duckworth, Thomas, Aston (Crofts 87), Woolley, Connor, Bailey (Abdullah 62), Brandon, Short, Ward Subs not used Fossdyke (GK), McDonald, Jones, Bowyer Goal Crofts 87

Referee Chris Hope

Attendance 291

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7:40am Tue 9 Sep 14

Dave Dutch Holland says...

A well fought and very entertaining contest by two very good non league teams. A real pity that 1874 Northwich FC seemed to switch off in the last few minutes of both matches to conceed goals. I do feel that 1874 Northwich would be much suited to EvoStik level as they gave a very good account of themselves by dominating the pitch in both home and away fixtures.
A real shame that they've been knocked out of the FA Cup this early on as I believe the following fixture at FC United of Manchesters new stadium would have been an emotional day and a financial windfall.

Their support and popularity is growing in respect and numbers, probably on par with Linnets and Glossop. I can see these three teams battling it out all season but fear Runcorn Linnets may run away with the title by the New year and with only one place available for promotion the remaining clubs will be left fighting for a top 5 spot with no reward.
A well fought and very entertaining contest by two very good non league teams. A real pity that 1874 Northwich FC seemed to switch off in the last few minutes of both matches to conceed goals. I do feel that 1874 Northwich would be much suited to EvoStik level as they gave a very good account of themselves by dominating the pitch in both home and away fixtures. A real shame that they've been knocked out of the FA Cup this early on as I believe the following fixture at FC United of Manchesters new stadium would have been an emotional day and a financial windfall. Their support and popularity is growing in respect and numbers, probably on par with Linnets and Glossop. I can see these three teams battling it out all season but fear Runcorn Linnets may run away with the title by the New year and with only one place available for promotion the remaining clubs will be left fighting for a top 5 spot with no reward. Dave Dutch Holland
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