City of Liverpool overcame Mossley after a battling display on the road, in the first of a tough Easter Bank Holiday double-header on Saturday.

Manager Paul McNally was still without the services of star forward Elliot Morris, who was serving the game of a two match suspension incurred by his red card at Newcastle Town.

Kyle Schorah was handed a start in attack, whilst Luke Byron retained his shirt following a man of the match display in last weekend’s draw at home to Hanley Town.

A cagey opening to the match saw neither side threatening to lay a glove on one another until the Purps were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Mossley area.

Josh Quarless curled a fine effort over the wall but his shot was matched by excellent handling from home goalkeeper Finley Madigan to smother the ball with attackers following in.

Mossley then had a real spell of possession where they looked to capitalise on a disjointed spell from the visitors and had a real outlet in Jack Bannister who looked to threaten with direct running at every opportunity.

Purps goalkeeper Calvin Hare displayed solid handling of his own to thwart a fizzed cross-shot from Alfie Belcher.

The referee had a decision to make on 31 minutes when Kane Hickman flew over the top of the ball challenging Ismail Sonko, leaving the young Purps midfielder in a heap and his team mates incensed.

In truth Hickman was probably lucky to escape with the yellow card which he was awarded, whilst Simon Wills also went into the book for his reaction to such a poor challenge.

The Purps struggled to navigate a bobbling pitch and it seemed as though every opportunity to get a shot away ended through the ball bouncing away at the crucial moment.

Kyle Schorah did test Madigan’s resolve after 33 minutes but again the Mossley custodian was equal to it, beating away his close range effort for a corner.

The best chance of the half came shortly afterwards, when Mossley’s Ben Darby beat a man before playing a perfect ball for Alfie Belcher to hammer goal wards.

Just as the ground expected the net to ripple, Calvin Hare clawed it away with a brilliant point-blank save, once again underlining his status as one of the very best goalkeepers in the NPL West Division.

As the match approach half-time the Purps did have the ball in the back of the net when a brilliant pass from Kenny Strickland found substitute Danny Mitchley to slot home.

Sadly the linesman’s flag was up, so Mitch’s strike was ruled out.


The Purps came out for the second half with far more attacking intent and had a golden challenge within four minutes of the restart.

Ismail Sonko picked out Kyle Schorah with a fine pass inside the box, but the forward’s well-struck effort flashed inches past the post.

Again the City of Liverpool nemesis looked to be the bobble of the ball, as Luke Byron and Danny Mitchley sliced off target in quick succession, leaving supporters to wonder if it was going to be one of those days.

At the other end Jamal Crawford linked well with Andy Keogh and burst into space but was denied again by an assured stop from Hare.

Kane Hickman was again the villain of the piece when his high boot kicked Sonko in the face, but the midfielder was somehow not given his marching orders to the bemusement of the travelling support.

Quarless was then denied with another long-range free kick which Madigan clawed away with a brilliant save down to his right, probably the best of his fine afternoon for Mossley.

As the match looked to be petering into a frustrating stalemate, the Purps were awarded a penalty when another Hickman high boot caught Mitchley full in the face.

The referee had no choice but to point to the spot, and Kenny Strickland stepped up to send Madigan the wrong way from the spot, to the jubilation of his team mates and supporters.

City of Liverpool fought for everything for the remaining 9 minutes of the match, aggressively pressing and heroic at the back, which was personified by Strickland’s imperious display.

The experienced defender made a number of crucial blocks in the closing minutes as Paul McNally’s side saw out 6 minutes of injury time to take a vital three points in our quest for the Play Offs.


City of Liverpool: Calvin Hare, Michael Simpson, Jack Hont, Kenny Strickland, Adam Rooney, Simon Wills, Ismail Sonko, Max Allen (Danny Mitchley 26′), Josh Quarless, Luke Byron (Jawad Jebrin 52′), Kyle Schorah (Xenon Bahula 57′).

Subs not used: Ethan Jones, Baba Conteh.


Kenny Strickland was the match winner with his cooly-taken penalty, but it was his all-round display that saw him head and shoulders the best player on the park.


Paul McNally praised a committed and battling performance from his said, reserving special mentions for Simon Wills, Ismail Sonko and man of the match Kenny Strickland.


The Purps face Bootle at home on Bank Holiday Monday for a 3pm kick off.

Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets early to avoid queues on the gate.


City of Liverpool FC’s fine recent form continued on Saturday afternoon, as a brace from Elliot Morris saw the Purps claim a vital three points against Widnes.

The win saw Paul McNally’s side ascend to 5th in the NPL West Division, breaking into the Play Off places with eight games remaining.

Macca handed recalls to top scorer Josh Quarless and Kyle Schorah in place of Danny Mitchley and Jawad Jebrin respectively, following the midweek stalemate at Hanley Town.

After a fairly uneventful opening to the match, the Purps could have gone ahead after 10 minutes when excellent work from the lively Elliot Morris saw him cut the ball across goal only for a block from a well-placed Widnes defender to prevent a tap-in for Kyle Schorah.

The match sprung into life on 15 minutes when a driving run from Jack Hont down the left saw him leave Niall Battersby and Sean Miller in his wake and cross invitingly into the box.

Hont’s cross wasn’t fully dealt with and Widnes struggled to clear their lines, allowing Kenny Strickland to return the ball into the box for another missed clearance to fall invitingly for Elliot Morris to volley a first time rocket beyond Cameron Terry and into the net.

It was another telling contribution from Morris, who has simply shone since he arrived from FC United of Manchester in November.

Within minutes of City of Liverpool opening the scoring, the visitors crafted their first real sight on goal and almost restored parity.

A neat move started with Widnes winning the ball off Josh Quarless on the halfway line through skipper Ste Irwin and the ball was worked to Jack McGowan who drove at the Purps defence before sliding Irwin in down the left of the box.

As Irwin bore down on goal Calvin Hare rushed out and made a great block with his body, before a timely intervention from Adam Rooney prevented McGowan diverting the ball into the empty net.

Hare was called into action again on 30 minutes when James Steele was released by a lovely ball from the lively Miller, but the former City of Liverpool fired tamely at the goalkeeper when well-placed.


The Purps were dealt a blow within minutes of the restart when Mike Grogan, so pivotal to our fine form this season, went down holding his hamstring and had to be replaced by Ismail Sonko.

The substitution saw Kenny Strickland deputise at centre back and Sonko drop into attacking midfield, whilst Max Allen dropped back to sit alongside the excellent Si Wills.

Grogan’s unplanned departure did little to negatively affect the control Paul McNally’s side had on the match, as Widnes struggled to cope particularly with driving runs from Elliot Morris down the right.

Visiting captain Ste Irwin found himself in the book after 52 minutes for a poor challenge Morris, whilst Sonko injected an added intensity both with the ball at his feet and when pressing the visitors.

City of Liverpool added a deserved second after 70 minutes and once again it was the best player on the park who sprinkled a little more magic on the match.

An exquisite ball from Jack Hunt saw Elliot Morris racing in behind down the left and a superb first touch saw him surge away from the last defender before despatching a perfect finish beyond Terry and into the net.

The goal took Elliot’s tally to 11 goals from 20 appearances in Purple, eight of which have come in his last nine games.

The second goal gave the Purps a bit of comfort and breathing space, whilst they continued to look assured at the back.

Morris fired over from distance late on as he looked to claim the match ball, whilst Josh Quarless lofted narrowly over Cameron Terry’s crossbar after excellent work from substitute Dom McGiveron to tee him up.

Paul McNally’s side saw out the closing minutes to claim another valuable three points and rise to our highest ever position at Step 4 level approaching the business-end of the season.


CITY OF LIVERPOOL: Calvin Hare, Michael Simpson, Jack Hont, Adam Rooney, Mike Grogan (Ismail Sonko 49′), Kenny Stickland, Elliot Morris (Dom McGiveron 89′), Si Wills, Josh Quarless, Max Allen, Kyle Schorah (Jawad Jebrin 64′)

Subs not used: Danny Mitchley, Ethan Jones.


Elliot Morris picks up another accolade for another match winning performance for the Purps. What a signing this lad is turning out to be!


Paul McNally hailed “an outstanding team performance from the defence through to the forwards” as his side claimed a deserved three points.

Joining us for the post-match interview was 16-year-old media student Charlie Edwards after being part of our commentary team on PurpsFM.


The big games are coming thick and fast for the Purps as we approach an intense end to the season, and on Saturday afternoon we make a tough trip to Newcastle Town in the NPL West division.

Next Tuesday 19th March, we have the hotly anticipated Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final at home to Tranmere Rovers as we chase our first silverware since 2019.

Kick off will be 7:45pm at Vauxhall Motors Sports Club.

We’re expecting this to be in demand so supporters of both sides are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to help us with our planning for this fixture.