1874 NORTHWICH end the campaign holding a trophy after winning the North West Counties League’s Challenge Cup for the first time.

Aaron Smith’s goal, with two minutes left, settled the outcome of their encounter with newly-crowned Premier Division champions City of Liverpool at Altrincham’s Moss Lane home.

The midfielder, who made his debut in March after ending a stay with Scottish Premiership club Hamilton Academical, was the game’s outstanding performer.

How they lined up 

Purps | 4-4-2 | Ascroft (GK), Denson, Brown, Williams, Foy, McGrath (Clair 61), McEllin, Holt, Hazlehurst (Dalton 90), Peterson (McDonald 75), Cairns Sub not used Forbes Booked Peterson, Holt, Denson (all fouls) 

1874 | 4-2-3-1 | Aghayere (GK), Hind, Pritchard, Lee Jackson, Russell, Matthew Woolley, Hare, Koral (Gardner 82), Smith, Kennerley, McGowan Subs not used Ormrod, Lever, Connor, Phipps Goal Smith 88 Booked McGowan (simulation), Kennerley (foul) 

Referee Peter Shacklady 

Attendance 1,051 

Match facts 

Shots on target: Purps 2, 1874 7 

Shots off target: Purps 4, 1874 4 

Corners: Purps 2, 1874 8 

Offside: Purps 3, 1874 1 

Fouls: Purps 10, 1874 6 

Yellow cards: Purps 3, 1874 2 

Red cards: Purps 0, 1874 0 

Man of the match