PURPS WELCOME GLENN RULE

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.

MATCH REPORT: PURPS 3-0 MDTFC

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.