PREVIEW: Colne

Colne v City of Liverpool

NPLNW

Saturday 24th October. 3PM KO

Covid-19

Colne are located in Lancashire and they have recently been placed into Tier 3 just as we have in the Liverpool City Region.

Unfortunately Purps supporters are not permitted to travel to this fixture because Government, F.A and Local Authority guidance states that travelling in/out of Tier 3 is not allowed without a valid reason.

Travelling to watch football is not a valid reason, and so the club will only have essential staff in attendance at the match.

Our club Media Team will be providing a range of ways in which you can keep up to date on events at The Sovereign Pay Stadium.

Supporters should follow @PurpsMatchday on Twitter for full match updates as usual, as well as tuning in to PurpsFM via desktop or the MIXLR app for radio coverage of the game.

After the match we’ll have interviews with manager Michael Ellison to get his thoughts on the game, along with match action videos from MOTJ and matchday photo gallery, all of which will be within the match report.

Preview

Resurgent. That’s the word on Purps fans lips at the moment since Michael Ellison appointment just over 2 weeks ago.

It was 3 League defeats in 3 to open the season but Ello has the Purps purring right now with 3 points against Brighouse Town and a hard fought point against Prescot Cables. On Tuesday night another 3 points were added after dispatching Trafford at Vesty Road putting the Purps into 9th place on 7 points.

The old adage about waiting for buses could apply to skipper James McCarten and scoring goals. The Purps Centre Half climbed highest to nod home against Cables to score his first ever Purps goal and he followed it up by being the match winner last time out. A floated free kick from Louis Corrigan toward the back post was headed back across by Tom Stephens into the path of McCarten who took a touch under pressure then steered the ball home. 2 in 2 now for the big man.

 

It was no less than the Purps deserved who had hit the woodwork on 3 separate occasions. Hazlehurst, McDonald and the lively Dom Reid all seeing their efforts grazing the frame of the goal rather than the net bulge. The Purps dominated possession but Trafford had some chances of their own. Owen Wheeler being called upon to make a number of really good saves and keep the first clean sheet of Ello’s Purps tenure.

Colne however will be the toughest test yet for Ello’s Purps. They are flying high in 5th place on 13 points and have had impressive wins against Dunston, Marine, Ossett and stuck 6 past Pontefract Colleries in their last league game. Jamie Cooke is the obvious danger for Colne having notched up an impressive 8 goals in 9 appearances so far this season.

This will be the 3rd meeting between the two sides and our 2nd visit to The Sovereign Pay Stadium. In our first meeting the Purps were one down at half time but managed to salvage a point late on through The Beast, Elliott Nevitt.

In February’s return fixture at the Berry Street Garage Stadium the Purps triumphed 1-0 thanks to a late own goal from Hakan Burton.

 

 Past Meetings

07/12/19 Colne 1-1 Purps

04/02/20 Purps 1-0 Colne

 

Travel

Travel in and out of Tier 3 areas for away fans is not permitted under Government, F.A and Local Authority COVID guidance so supporters should tune into PurpsFM for commentary or follow @PurpsMatchday on Twitter for our regular match updates.

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Purps Confirm Hinnigan Signing

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of Jack Hinnigan from Runcorn Linnets.

Hinnigan originally was signed by Purps manager Michael Ellison when he was in charge of Linnets, joining from Warrington Town in November 2018.

The left-sided central defender player 19 times for Linnets last season before the campaign was curtailed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ellison was pleased to sign Jack again, “Having worked with Jack before at Runcorn, I’m delighted to have him on board with the Purps.”

“Jack has all the attributes I look for in a player, and again brings with him experience at this level, he will be a great addition to the squad.”

Welcome to the club, Jack.

Purps Announce Hellawell Signing

City of Liverpool FC are pleased to announce the signing of Rhain Hellawell on a short-term loan from Radcliffe.

The highly-rated winger started his career at Stockport Town before moving to Chester FC where he came through the ranks with The Seals’ youth team, Rhain then joined FC United of Manchester before a move to Radcliffe in the summer.

The youngster has had a number of loan moves to help his development and should be familiar to Purps fans having impressed against us in the past.

Rhain has previously faced City of Liverpool when representing Barnoldswick Town and during a period on loan last season at Widnes where he played 16 games and scored 4 goals.

Purps manager Michael Ellison was delighted to welcome Rhain to the club, “Rhain is a great addition to the squad, and fits the bill of the type of player we want to bring to the club.”

“He has a wealth of experience operating at this level and above, he had a number of clubs chasing his signature so I’m delighted he chose to come to the Purps, and we look forward to working with him.”

Welcome to the Purps, Rhain.