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City of Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Kendal Town on Saturday, with Michael Ellison’s side left to rue an “off night” in difficult conditions.
The Purps came into the game in good form with three wins out of four games and a fledgling partnership between Josh Quarless and Jack Hazlehurst reaping rewards in the form of goals.
Michael Ellison’s side was missing Ryan Gibson, Nathan Burke, Shaun Kelly, Louis Isherwood and Freddie Potter through injury, but Jack Walls was fit enough for a place on the bench after coming off with a knock last weekend.
Ello also welcomed back defensive stalwart Ryan Schofield who took his place on the bench after a long period out injured, and Kai Shorrock started at right back after also returning to fitness.
The first half saw the Purps enjoy most of the possession but very few chances of note.
Josh Quarless flicked a header onto the roof of the net from close range, whilst Jack Hazlehurst saw a bobbling long-range effort well held by Kendal Town’s on-loan Preston North End goalkeeper Oliver Lombard.
The second period again saw City of Liverpool pressing for an opening, and the hosts saw Jay Murphy have a goal ruled out for offside early on.
The forward looked to have made a late run from deep and neatly slotted home acr0ss Lombard, but the flag was raised and the goal would not count.
At the other end, Sam Braithwaite fired a snapshot over the bar from inside the Purps box, whilst Jordan Scott had a golden chance to test Taberner from close range, but fired wastefully over.
Lombard then denied a bobbling effort from Josh Quarless before clawing out a fierce drive from Jay Murphy from the edge of the area after good work from Hazlehurst worked the opening.
Kendal defended valiantly, with the Purps continuing to enjoy much of the possession.
The hosts had two golden opportunities to finally open the scoring late on, but were left to rue missed chances to take all three points.
Firstly, Xenon Bahula raced down the right before dinking across the face of goal for the late-arriving Jay Edgar.
Lombard was scrambling and wouldn’t get there in time but the ball had just too much on it for Edgar, who fired agonisingly wide at the back post on the stretch.
The Purps had arguably the best opportunity of all with the very last kick of the game.
A deep corner from the left was met at the back post by a towering header from centreback Scott Lycett, but it flew into the side netting with the goal at his mercy.
FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 0-0 Kendal Town
City of Liverpool: Danny Taberner, Louis Corrigan (c), Kai Shorrock (Jack Walls 60’), Scott Lycett, Adam Hughes, Glenn Rule, Jay Edgar, Elliot Johnston, Josh Quarless, Jack Hazlehurst, Jay Murphy (Xenon Bahula 74’).
Subs not used: Zac Aley, Ryan Schofield, Ryan Brookfield.
Man of the Match: Jack Hazlehurst. The Purple Messi was lively throughout the match and was the creative spark as the Purps looked to find an opening.
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City of Liverpool FC are pleased to confirm the signing of experienced midfielder Glenn Rule.
Birkenhead-born Rule started his career at Chester before representing then-NPL side Colwyn Bay, Stalybridge Celtic and Airbus.
After making over 100 appearances for Airbus, Glenn made the move to Stockport County where he appeared in 23 games and scored two goals, including a stunning strike against Nuneaton in 2015.
Our new signing later returned to Airbus before spells at Bala Town and Vauxhall Motors.
Rule brings with him a wealth of experience from higher up the football pyramid, as well as versatility given that he is adept at operating in either central midfield or full back positions.
Glenn made his debut off the bench in Saturday’s win over Leek Town before playing the full 90 minutes against Market Drayton, having a hand in a lovely team move which saw Josh Quarless open the scoring.
We are sure all Purps will join us in welcoming Glenn to the club.
City of Liverpool followed up Saturday’s fine win over Leek Town with a resounding victory over Market Drayton Town on Tuesday night.
Purps manager Michael Ellison shuffled his pack for the fixture, managing the minutes of those who have recently endured an injury lay off.
Ello also restored key midfielder Jay Edgar to the starting XI after he was suspended for Saturday’s win.
Scott Lycett made his debut at centreback having impressed during a recent “loan” spell in the North West Counties with Congleton Town.
New signing Glenn Rule was given his first start in midfield, after adding composure to the Purps midfield off the bench in the latter stages of the Leek Town victory on Saturday.
The Purps were dominant from the off, showing confidence in possession and very much showing attacking intent to breach the MDT backline.
With only two minutes on the clock a delightful ball from full-back Jack Walls released Jack Hazlehurst in behind but the Purple Messi fired a lofted effort narrowly over the bar.
A few minutes later Hazlehurst was in the thick of the action again after being played in by Jay Edgar, but after twisting and turning past a couple of challenges his effort was always rising.
The early onslaught continued with a great one-two between Louis Corrigan and Josh Quarless seeing the latter clean through on goal.
Big Josh selflessly squared for Ryan Gibson but the ball had slightly too much on it and evaded the winger.
At the other end, Market Drayton had a chance to test in-form Purps keeper Danny Taberner, but Jack Sweeney’s free header from a corner was watched wastefully wide.
The Purps continued to press for the opener and had another decent opportunity when Jack Hazlehurst received a short corner before crossing for debutant Scott Lycett to power a header over.
Michael Ellison’s side wouldn’t have to wait long for their opener however, and it came courtesy of a wonderful flowing team move.
Glenn Rule’s ball across midfield found Jay Edgar who strode forward before delicately releasing Louis Corrigan in down the left.
Louis played an inch-perfect buffet ball across the face of goal for new signing Josh Quarless to fire home from close range.
That’s three goals in his first two appearances for Josh – a fine start to life in purple.
City of Liverpool continued to be completely dominant in possession whilst pressing to extend their advantage.
The hosts went close through winger Ryan Gibson on three occasions before the interval, whilst Adam Hughes missed the opportunity to open his Purps account when he nodded narrowly wide from a corner.
HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 1-0 Market Drayton Town
After the interval it was very much a continuation of the Purps’ relentless dominance in possession and an immediate pursuit of further goals.
Within a minute of the restart, Josh Quarless was played in behind but couldn’t quite get a toe on the ball.
The loose ball broke to Jack Hazlehurst on the edge of the area who fired a powerful effort which brought an excellent diving stop from Ash Rawlins.
Hazlehurst would have the last laugh, however.
After 59 minutes the Purple Messi curled a low free kick from the edge of the area through a five-man wall and into the net, leaving Rawlins rooted to the spot and extending the Purps advantage.
It was no more than Michael Ellison’s side deserved for 60 minutes of near total dominance.
Minutes later Hazlehurst couldn’t believe he hadn’t got another!
Adam Hughes whipped in a cross for Quarless at the back post, who headed across goal and saw Hazlehurst flick the ball off the post.
The rampant Purps continued and Hazlehurst brought another fine save from Rawlings, then Elliot Johnston couldn’t quite head home a cross from the outstanding Jay Edgar.
Rawlins inspired performance was all that was keeping Market Drayton Town away from a real drubbing, and he clawed another one out against the odds, pushing away Freddie Potter’s close range effort after Gibson picked him out.
Potter would get in on the act in the final minute though, after Ryan Gibson was needlessly brought down in the box and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot.
The fan favourite stepped up to bury his penalty low beyond Rawlins, putting the gloss on a brilliant, dominant performance from his side.
FINAL SCORE: City of Liverpool 3-0 Market Drayton Town
Man of the Match: Jay Edgar. The midfielder returned to the side and produced a real masterclass, running the game, creating chances, dictating play and looking at his very best. A special mention should go to Market Drayton ‘keeper Ash Rawlins who was excellent and made a number of fine stops.
City of Liverpool: Danny Taberner, Louis Corrigan, Jack Walls, Scott Lycett, Adam Hughes, Glenn Rule, Elliot Johnston, Jay Edgar, Josh Quarless (Freddie Potter 69’), Jack Hazlehurst (Xenon Bahula 68’), Ryan Gibson.
Subs not used: Shaun Kelly, George Hassall, Ethan Devine.
City of Liverpool returned to winning ways with an inspired performance against high flying Leek Town at the VanEupen Arena on Saturday.
Michael Ellison’s Purps were boosted by the return of defensive stalwart Shaun Kelly, whilst new signing Josh Quarless was thrust straight into the starting line-up following his move from Burscough.
There was also a place on the bench for former Stockport, Chester and Bala Town midfielder Glenn Rule who signed from Vauxhall Motors on the eve of the fixture.
Louis Corrigan returned to the side at left back and wore the captain’s armband in the absence of club captain Nathan Burke.
The Purps started the match brightly, with lone striker Josh Quarless the focal point of all his side’s good work in the opening exchanges.
The big #9 linked well with Jack Hazlehurst, enabling the Purple Messi to profit from flick headers into space, giving the Leek Town defence plenty to think about going back towards their own goal.
The visitors rode their luck somewhat in the early moments, with Jack Walls’ inviting cross being sliced agonisingly beyond Quarless who would have had a tap in.
Quarless was then the creator from another Walls cross, releasing Hazlehurst into space but a covering defender arrived in the nick of time to clear as the #10 sensed an opportunity to open the scoring.
The fledgling relationship between Quarless and Hazlehurst continued to show promising signs, as Josh’s inventive flick on the half-way line released Jack into acres of space.
Hazlehurst weaved beyond a couple of challenges before seeing his left footed effort blocked on the edge of the area.
As the half progressed, Quarless had an increasing influence on proceedings with the Leek Town defence unable to keep him quiet.
The forward’s excellent hold up play, awareness of space and ability to bring others into attacks saw him look well-suited to his role as the lone man up top, as Michael Ellison’s side looked dominant in both periods of possession and counter-attacks.
The latest purple foray forward saw Elliot Johnston, operating in a more familiar central-midfield role, have a deflected effort from the edge of the area.
His strike almost wrong-footed Town keeper Daniel Roberts, but the custodian recovered well to smother the ball down low.
The Purps pressure continued and after Town half cleared a corner the ball dropped invitingly for James Murphy to chest and volley from just inside the area.
Just as the ball was arrowing goalwards it was headed off the line by a defender with the keeper beaten.
At the other end, former Liverpool prospect Daniel Trickett-Smith was dangerous on the counter-attack but well marshalled by the excellent Jack Walls who outmuscled the attacked just as he looked to surge into the box and have a chance on goal.
Town came more into the game as the half progressed and had a golden opportunity to grab a goal their play hadn’t merited when William Reeves skipped into the box and was one-on-one with Danny Taberner.
The Purps #1 raced out to make a brilliant low save with his feet, his first involvement in the match, which prevented a certain goal.
City of Liverpool then found another gear and Quarless went close, his quick feet sending a Leek Town defender to the shop, before firing a left footed effort which was slightly sliced and watched wide by Roberts.
A lovely counter-attack then saw Jay Murphy running from half-way before releasing Jack Walls down the right, who put in a fine cross which saw Quarless have a shot blocked at the near post.
It wouldn’t be long before the pressure told, however and the Purps finally had the opening goal their play had deserved.
Jack Hazlehurst’s corner from the left was flicked on by Shaun Kelly and met at the back post by a deft header by debutant Quarless who despatched the ball home.
Quarless wheeled away in delight and was mobbed by his team-mates and what debut it was turning out to be!
On the stoke of half time the significance of Shaun Kelly’s return was demonstrated by a vital sliding challenge, as the last man prevented a golden opportunity for the visitors to restore parity.
As Will Saxon raced clear on the right of the area the defender had to time his intervention perfectly and despatched the ball out for a throw in a typically assured and commanding manner.
HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 1-0 Leek Town
Leek Town came out for the second half with more attacking purpose, with the Purps happy to soak up the pressure and launch counter attacks.
The visitors had a gilt-edged chance to get back on level terms as a ball in from the left was met by Will Saxon at the back post who headed wide with the goal at his mercy.
Will Grice also had a half chance, carrying the ball to the left of the area before firing a low effort which was patted wide by Taberner.
At the other end, the Purps continued to look dangerous on the counter-attack.
Jay Murphy was released down the right by Walls and scampered into the box before firing a right footed effort which took a slight deflection and was parried by Roberts.
The loose ball evaded both Quarless and substitute Ryan Gibson who were lurking for a tap in.
Gibson was next to go close, with the winger hammering a fierce right footed effort which whistled narrowly over the crossbar.
Michael Ellison introduced Xenon Bahula off the bench and it proved to be an inspired substitution with the winger having an immediate impact.
Louis Corrigan released Bahula down the left and he whipped in an inviting cross for Josh Quarless to hammer home with aplomb at the back post.
It was no more than the Purps deserved.
There was still time for Leek Town to mount a comeback, and the Purps had to be on their mettle to ensure they took home the points their performance had warranted.
With time running out, a corner broke in the box and was fired goalwards from close range only for Danny Taberner to be at his very, very best to claw it out.
As the loose ball broke Jay Murphy cleared before being caught by a poor challenge and play was called back for a free kick, as Purps applauded yet more outstanding goalkeeping from Taberner.
Quarless will rightly take the headlines but after man of the match performances in his first two games, Tabs provided another telling contribution here with two vital stops that saw the Purps on their way to three points and another clean sheet for their custodian.
FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 2-0 Leek Town
Man of the Match: Josh Quarless capped a dream debut with two goals in an outstanding display on his own up top. The forward was a real focal point for the Purps, linking particularly well with Jack Hazlehurst and was a constant thorn in the side of the Leek Town defence. Quarless looked very much at home in purple.
City of Liverpool: Danny Taberner, Louis Corrigan (c), Jack Walls, Shaun Kelly, Adam Hughes, Ethan Devine (Glenn Rule 68’), Jay Murphy, Elliott Johnston, Josh Quarless, Jack Hazlehurst (Xenon Bahula 79’), George Hassall (Ryan Gibson 60’).
Subs not used: Scott Lycett, Freddie Potter.
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