MARINE FIXTURE TICKET INFORMATION

City of Liverpool FC would like supporters to be aware that tickets must be purchased in advance for Saturday’s Northern Premier League West division fixture at Marine.

Michael Ellison’s Purps will head to the Marine Travel Arena on Saturday 23rd October for a 3pm kick off.

Tickets should be purchased via the following link, which also contains all relevant pricing and fixture information from Marine.

https://marinefc.com/marine-announce-city-of-liverpool-match-arrangements/

PURPS WELCOME DANNY TABERNER

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Danny Taberner from Atherton Collieries.

The 28-year-old started his career at Rochdale and at the age of 16 became The Dale’s youngest ever custodian when he made his debut in an FA Cup fixture against Luton Town in 2009.

Taberner has also previously represented Salford City, Stockport Sports and Prestwich Heys, before spells at Northwich Victoria and Atherton Collieries.

Our new ‘keeper will be no stranger to Purps fans, having played against the Purps for both Vics and Colls in the past.

Danny was somewhat of a fan’s favourite at Colls having made 114 appearances over the years for the Skuna Park side.

Taberner made his debut in Saturday’s goalless draw with Trafford and was an assured and commanding presence throughout, making a string of fine saves to earn himself the man of the match award.

Welcome to the Purps, Danny!

MATCH REPORT: PURPS 0-0 TRAFFORD

City of Liverpool and Trafford each took a deserved share of the points after an even 90 minutes of NPL West division action at the VanEupen Arena.

Following a disappointing run of results compounded by somewhat of an injury crisis, Michael Ellison was boosted by the return of influential midfielder Jay Edgar, whilst new signing James Murphy was awarded his first start, following a lively cameo off the bench during Tuesday night’s defeat to 1874 Northwich.

Ello also handed a start to new goalkeeper Danny Taberner, signed from Atherton Collieries on the eve of the match.

The former Rochdale and Salford City custodian would add experience and a commanding presence to a back line which has changed on a regular basis this season, such has been the size of the injury issues the Purps have faced.

The first half chance of the match saw Jay Edgar linking well with Elliot Johnston before dancing past a couple of challenges into the box, however just as the ball sat up invitingly for Edgar to pull the trigger, Trafford got a vital toe on the ball to clear.

Edgar went close again moments latter with a long range left footed effort which whistled past the post.

  

At the other end, Matty Morgan escaped the clutches of Zac Aley before firing a devilish ball in from the right which somehow evaded everyone in the box and away to safety.

Trafford’s first clear sight of came following a flowing move involving Matty Morgan, Max Hazeldine and Connor Hughes.

The latter raced clear down the left and was denied by a brilliant low save from Taberner.

A spate of corner kicks were well marshalled by a combination of Taberner, Hinnigan and Hughes, a fledgling rear-guard which looked commanding and composed at vital moments.

The Purps continued to offer a threat to Trafford in attacking areas, and were unfortunate not to threaten the score line following a passage of play which saw Nathan Burke bundle his way through in the box only to be denied by a smart block from visiting keeper Cooper.

The ball was cleared for a corner which then saw Jay Edgar head narrowly over from a fine delivery by Ryan Gibson.

Moments later, Edgar headed narrowly wide with a firm effort following an inventive dinked ball in from the lively James Murphy.

The pressure continued and Anton Smith was the next to create an opportunity after a marauding run down the right, before hanging an inviting cross in for Gibson to head over at the back post.

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 0-0 Trafford

The second period began with both sides having spells of possession as they looked to create an impact on the score line.

City of Liverpool were indebted to the commanding presence of Taberner, who raced out to make a brilliant save to deny Connor Hughes, who was clean through once again.

Taberner stayed big for as long as possible before making a fine low save at the opportune moment as Hughes pulled the trigger.

Trafford should have opened the scoring moments later, as Hazeldine raced clear before firing wastefully over the bar.

The Purps rallied and looked to create chances of their own, which saw talismanic skipper Nathan Burke pick of James Murphy at the back post with a delightful cross, but Murphy was always stretching and headed a difficult chance wide.

For much of the match Murphy had been a real thorn in Trafford’s side with his neat footwork and devastating pace.

The Purps new signing had his moment of the match when he ran from his own half at the Trafford defence, leaving several players in his wake before being scythed down right on the very edge of the area.

The referee correctly awarded a free kick which saw Murphy hit the wall, but the ball was recycled and saw the winger loft a delightful ball to the back post for George Hassall to hammer a vicious left footed effort which Cooper clawed out.

The ball then sat up invitingly for Johnston, who looked for all the world as if he had an empty net to tap into, but Trafford somehow got a block in and cleared.

The Purps continued to defend resolutely with Taberner coming through a crowd to dispose of a couple of corners, whilst Adam Hughes read the play expertly to make a vital block as Trafford had moments of their own.

City of Liverpool had luck on their side when it mattered, as substitute Curtis Miller’s wonderful long range effort cannoned back off the inside of the post and into the grateful arms of Taberner.

The Purps keeper had to be alive to the loose ball hurtling towards him, which could easily have rebounded back into the net, but Taberner smothered the ball on the deck.

An end-to-end affair then saw the Purps momentarily look like stealing the points, as Murphy’s close range effort almost snuck under Cooper, only for the Trafford keeper to save with the bottom of his foot.

A fine block from Higgins then diverted Ryan Gibson’s header over the bar, leaving the Purps to wonder how they had not opened the scoring.

Taberner saved his best moment of the match for the closing moments, saving with his fingertips at full stretch to prevent a long range strike from sneaking in the bottom corner.

The referee pointed for a goal kick but it was an absolutely vital touch from the goalkeeper.

The Purps final chance fo the match saw a counter attack almost end in devastating fashion, as Ethan Devine won back possession deep in his own half before running at Trafford and feeding Djavan Pedro down the right hand channel.

The on-loan Salford City starlet picked out Freddie Potter with a lovely cut-back but the Purps forward hammered a first time effort over the bar from the edge of the area.

The match ended with the commanding Danny Taberner coming through a crowd right at the death to dominate a deep corner, before smothering the ball into his body on the deck.

It was a symbol of Taberner’s assured display on his City of Liverpool debut.

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 0-0 Trafford

Man of the Match: Danny Taberner takes the accolade following an assured and commanding display on his Purps debut. The new signing was a calming presence throughout and produced a string of fine saves, as well as vital contributions in the air to prevent Trafford having any opportunities from set pieces.

City of Liverpool: Danny Taberner, Zac Aley (Ethan Devine 50’), Anton Smith, Adam Hughes,  Jack Hinnigan, Elliot Johnston. (Djavan Pedro 64’), Nathan Burke, Jay Edgar, George Hassall (Freddie Potter 84’), James Murphy, Ryan Gibson.

Subs not used: James Salkeld, Xenon Bahula.

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PURPS RECRUIT JAMES MURPHY

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of James Murphy from Ramsbottom United.

The talented forward came through the youth ranks at Chester and Connah’s Quay, before moving to Airbus where he initially played academy football.

The youngster broke into The Wingmakers’ first team in 2015/16 and impressed considerably, making 35 appearances across two seasons and winning the Welsh Premier League Young Player of the Year accolade in 2016.

Murphy briefly represented Newtown before moving to Rhyl where he scored an impressive 21 goals in 55 appearances, and then signed for NWCFL Premier Division side Litherland Remyca in early 2020 after leaving The Lilywhites.

This season, Murphy was a new signing at Ramsbottom and has shone at Northern Premier League West division level, scoring an impressive 6 goals in 10 games for The Rams.

James made his Purps debut with a lively cameo off the bench during Tuesday night’s home fixture against 1874 Northwich, and almost equalised at the death with a close-range snapshot which drifted narrowly wide.

We are sure all supporters will join us in welcoming James to the Purps.

PURPS ANNOUNCE HASSALL ARRIVAL

City of Liverpool FC are pleased to announce the signing of forward George Hassall from Warrington Rylands.

Hassall featured against Michael Ellison’s team for his previous side, as the ten-man Purps won 3-2 at Gorsey Lane earlier this season.

Our new signing came through the youth ranks at Shrewsbury Town and has previously played for AFC Fylde, Marine and Prescot Cables.

George is a versatile forward who is energetic and industrious, and has featured in each of our last two fixtures against Colne and 1874 Northwich respectively.

Welcome to the club, George.

 

MATCH REPORT: PURPS 0-1 1874 NORTHWICH

City of Liverpool fell to a narrow defeat at the hands of 1874 Northwich on Tuesday night at the VanEupen Arena.

Michael Ellison welcomed new signing Anton Smith, a loan recruit from League Two side Salford City, and he was handed a place in the starting XI at right back.

George Hassall, a recent recruit from Warrington Rylands, continued up front alongside Djavan Pedro and Ryan Gibson, whilst there was a place on the bench for James Murphy who joined from Ramsbottom prior to the fixture.

The Purps were much the better side in the opening exchanges.

Following a period of sustained pressure, a corner from the right was delivered expertly by Louis Corrigan to be met by the outstretched boot of Adam Hughes at the near post, who fired a difficult chance narrowly wide.

The visitors were initially limited to counter attacking opportunities but looked dangerous when doing so.

Their first real foray forward saw the lively Taylor Kennerley race down the left before cutting inside and hammering a fierce low effort which cannoned back off the post. Such was the ferocity of the shot, it bounced straight out for a throw in to the Purps!

At the other end the Purps continued to threaten from aerial balls, and a trademark delivery from deep by Corrigan saw Pedro deliver a towering header across the face of goal.

Just as George Hassall looked likely to capitalise on the knock-down the 1874 defence scrambled the ball clear in the nick of time.

City of Liverpool looked dangerous in wide areas courtesy of the pacey Ryan Gibson, who was the latest to create an opportunity.

The winger raced clear down the right and delivered a delightful ball in which was met by a first-time finish by Djavan Pedro. The ball flew just wide, with the Purps faithful on the far side stand initially thinking Pedro had scored, and the forward looking visibly annoyed that he hadn’t!

The Purps continued to press for the opener, with Corrigan and Pedro at the very centre of the attacking play.

This time another corner was expertly delivered by the Purps left back and met by a bullet header from DJ into the side netting.

At the other end, 1874 continued to look dangerous on the counter attack and should have opened the scoring with the clearest opportunity of the match yet.

The unmarked Ashley Woods was presented with a free header in the Purps box, but somehow contrived to head high and wide.

It was a golden opportunity for ’74, which looked for all the world that the forward was about to take.

The visitors did take the lead not long after, however.

A corner from the right found Joe Woolley on the edge of the area who fired an effort which agonisingly took a double deflection before nestling in Theo Roberts net. A sucker punch!

The Purps rallied and almost responded in the perfect fashion as Theo Roberts released Gibson on the counter-attack.

The winger carried the ball into the ’74 half before neatly playing Salkeld in behind, who fired a firm finish which was clawed out by an excellent save from Tony Aghayere.

As the half concluded, Adam Hughes had to be at his best to make a brilliant low block after Kennerley majestically danced past a couple of challenges and found himself inside the box.

At the other end, on the stroke of half time a brilliant deep cross from debutant Anton Smith found Djavan Pedro in acres of space, but the forward headed over with the goal at his mercy.

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 0-1 1874 Northwich

At the interval Michael Ellison withdrew Pedro for the fit again Freddie Potter, as the Purps looked to turn the game around.

The substitution almost paid dividends immediately as Potter received the ball on the edge of the area, taking it out of his feet and arrowing a ferocious left footed effort towards the top corner.

1874 goalkeeper Aghayere, so often the scurge of the Purps in the past, produced a ridiculously good save to somehow claw the ball out for a corner as the ground expected the net to bulge.

Potter continued to be the focal point and was denied again when the ball broke on the right-hand side of the area. The forward pulled the trigger in trademark style with plenty of the goal to aim at, but a brilliant block from Markel Foulds deflected the ball to safety.

The next opportunity saw Ryan Gibson feed Potter in a similar position, but the forward fired a cross shot across the face of goal and a yard or so wide.

With time running quickly out, the Purps were presented with one final opportunity deep into injury time, and it was their best chance yet.

Following a neat passing move from starting in their own half, the Purps drove forwards and a lovely ball from Hassall found Elliot Johnston 25 yards out. A bit of magic from the midfielder saw send his marker to the shop, before delicately picking out substitute James Murphy, who sliced agonisingly wide.

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 0-1 1874 Northwich

Man of the Match: Nathan Burke. The skipper continuously drove forward and attempted to inject some creativity as we looked to find an equaliser.

City of Liverpool: Theo Roberts, Louis Corrigan (Zach Aley ’39), Anton Smith, Adam Hughes, Jack Hinnigan, Elliot Johnston, Nathan Burke, Ryan Gibson, Djavan Pedro (Freddie Potter ’45), George Hassall, James Salkeld (James Murphy ’63).

Subs not used: Ethan Devine, Xenon Bahula.