1874 NORTHWICH ended their losing sequence thanks to a penalty from skipper Matt Woolley.

He fired home the winner at City of Liverpool in the 79th minute after defender Jack Hont handled in the area from substitute Jamal Crawford's cross.

The 2-1 victory, which completed a league double over The Purps, came after four successive defeats for Wayne Goodison and Paul Bowyer's team and resulted in them moving up one place to 11th in Northern Premier League West.

Woolley's spot kick conversion was the second time 1874 held the lead at Berry Street Garage Stadium and the captain was involved in the opener too.

His initial shot was saved but his brother Joe was on hand to tap home in the 41st minute.

That advantage was shortlived though as the hosts equalised a minute later through Danny Mitchley.

It was not a clash full of gilt-edged chances but 1874 created the best of them and deserved their three points, backing up the 2-0 success against The Purps at Townfield Lane on September 20.

Joe Woolley struck a seventh-minute shot over the bar and Mackenzie O'Neill tagged on to the end of a lovely pass from Josh Quarless to be one-on-one with the keeper, who made a smart save.

At the other end Jack Hazlehurst put an effort into the side netting before the first-half goals came.

Liam Buckley fired narrowly over the bar early in the second half in the best chance before Woolley's penalty when he sent the keeper the wrong way.

Joe Woolley put another effort over the crossbar in the 84th minute but 1874 did enough to see the game out.

* 1874 Northwich were the only one of our local senior teams to be in action today.

There was frustration at Barton Stadium after the pitch had held up to beat all the rain only for floodlight failure to delay the kick off and then force postponement of the visit by Vauxhall Motors.

Witton Albion v Bootle, Barnoldswick Town v Northwich Victoria and Barnton v Headle Heath Nomads were all wiped out by waterlogged pitches.