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 AND LINNETS SHARE 6 GOAL THRILLER

City of Liverpool and Runcorn Linnets played out an entertaining six goal thriller at the APEX Taxis Stadium on Tuesday night, which ended in a 3-3 draw with both sides good value for their point apiece.

Michael Ellison’s side went into the fixture fresh from a penalty shoot out victory over Stockton Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

The Purps manager though, had to face somewhat of an injury crisis going into the match, with various key players still out and several playing through injuries in recent weeks.

Ellison was boosted by the arrival of highly-rated forward Djavan Pedro on loan from Salford City, who would take his place straight in the starting XI.

After an end to end opening saw Linnets have a couple of close range-half chances, the match was brought to life when the hosts were awarded a penalty after Kai Shorrock was adjudged to have handled in the area.

Purps skipper Nathan Burke complained to the referee that Shorrock was pushed in the back, prompting the handball, but the referee was unmoved and the hosts would have a golden opportunity to open the scoring.

Jacques Walsh stepped up to fire the spot-kick home with aplomb down the middle, and Linnets had the lead after 32 minutes.

The hosts made it a quick-fire double to extend their advantage six minutes later, when Iwan Murray’s dangerous free kick from the right was met by a bullet header from Ryan Brooke, straight into the top corner of Theo Roberts’ goal.

Michael Ellison’s Purps rallied and reduced the arrears less than a minute later following a flowing team move.

An eight-pass move from the restart dissected Linnets and culminated in a fine ball from Zac Aley releasing Jay Edgar down the left.

The former Prescot Cables star played an inch-perfect ball into the feet of Djavan Pedro who expertly held off the Linnets defender before laying off for Freddie Potter to side-foot home a delightful first-time finish across keeper Joe Young.

 

That’s 6 goals in Potter’s last 7 games for the Purps and a crucial strike to halve the deficit going into half time.

HALF TIME: Runcorn Linnets 1-2 City of Liverpool

The Purps came out for the second half with the bit between their teeth following the interval and immediately looked a different side, with Linnets struggling initially to get much time on the ball.

Within eight minutes of the restart a sustained period of purple pressure told and parity was restored.

A whipped cross from deep by the dangerous left peg of Zac Aley was flicked across the box by a Linnets defender under pressure from Djavan Pedro.

The loose ball was met by a fine first-time strike from former Linnets winger Ryan Gibson, who fired across Young low into the back of the net for his first Purps goal.

 

The visitors weren’t finished there however and moments later completed a two-minute salvo which saw Michael Ellison’s side take the lead.

Again, it was a dangerous ball in from out wide which caused the damage to Linnets, as a brilliant cross from Kai Shorrock was deftly flicked goalwards by debutant Djavan Pedro, beyond the despairing dive of Young.

The delighted Pedro wheeled away into a celebratory knee-slide in front of the travelling Purps.

 

A keenly-contested and even encounter turned once again when Linnets were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position, following a foul on the edge of the area.

Iwan Murray stepped up to curl a frankly majestic free kick right into the top corner of the net and restore parity for the home side.

The final stages of the match saw either sides pushing for a winner in a prolonged period of injury time, but in truth both City of Liverpool and Linnets were good value for their point after a brilliant game.

FINAL SCORE: Runcorn Linnets 3-3 City of Liverpool

Man of the Match: Jay Edgar. The in-form midfielder is proving to be a stellar signing for the Purps and this was the latest in a string of impressive displays from Jay, who had a hand in Potter’s goal and was a constant driving force throughout the match. A special mention goes to Djavan Pedro who was outstanding on his debut, grabbing a goal and an assist

City of Liverpool: Theo Roberts, Zac Aley, Kai Shorrock (Ethan Devine 77’), Ryan Schofield, Adam Hughes, Ryan Gibson, Nathan Burke (c), Jay Edgar, Freddie Potter (Xenon Bahula 72’), Jack Hazlehurst, Djavan Pedro.

Subs not used: Louis Corrigan, Jay Salkeld, Jack Hinnigan.

MATCH REPORT: PURPS WIN AFTER ROBERTS PENALTY HEROICS

City of Liverpool beat Stockton Town on penalties to reach the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy.

A game of few chances finished 0-0 after regulation time.

The match then went straight to penalties without a period of extra time and saw Purps custodian Theo Roberts the hero, producing two brilliant saves to see his team through.

Michael Ellison’s Purps were without injured star striker Freddie Potter following the knock he sustained early on against Farsley Celtic last weekend.

The Purps were also missing Louis Isherwood, Shaun Kelly and Elliot Johnston, with Jack Hazlehurst and Jack Hinnigan only fit enough for a place on the bench.

A familiar story of recent weeks, the Purps were dealt an injury blow early on with left back Zac Aley forced to leave play after suffering a muscle injury and was replaced by Louis Corrigan.

The Purps were much the better side in the opening exchanges, dominating possession and looking to utilise the pace of Xenon Bahula, Jay Salkeld, Ryan Gibson and Kai Shorrock in wide areas.

It was Stockton however who had the first real chance of the match, as Kevin Hayes raced clear down the left of the area but was denied by an excellent low stop from Theo Roberts.

At the other end, Stockton looked to keep fledgling winger Xenon Bahula quiet which resulted in some fairly agricultural challenges.

Town’s Tom Coulthard escaped with only a booking after a lunge from behind left Xenon writhing on the deck, a challenge which incensed several City of Liverpool players.

Jay Salkeld also had to undergo a long period of treatment from physio Tom Spearritt after colliding with Stockton keeper Callum Roberts claiming a high ball.

The winger was fit to continue and almost teed up an opener for the hosts after robbing Daniel McWilliams of possession and racing down the right wing.

Salkeld cut back infield past the left back and played a perfect ball to Ben Rydel who side-footed straight at Callum Roberts from the edge of the area.

Moments later Ryan Gibson was also in need of a long period of treatment after appearing to catch an elbow to the face challenging for an aerial ball, resulting in 10 minutes of injury time at the end of the half.

With seconds left of the first period Gibson, now wearing a Terry Butcher-esque bandage to the head, raced clear down the left and put a glorious ball in which evaded Salkeld by inches as he waited for a tap in.

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 0-0 Stockon Town

The second period was again a keenly contested affair of few chances.

Michael Ellison introduced Jack Hazlehurst for Kai Shorrock midway through the half as he looked to create attacking openings.

The Purple Messi looked lively and was the centre of everything going forward, linking up typically well with skipper Nathan Burke.

Hazlehurst played a delightful dink over the Stockton backline to get Jay Edgar in behind, but just as the midfielder looked to pull the trigger Callum Roberts rushed out to smother the ball at his feet.

The Purps looked to test Roberts from range, firstly through Ryan Gibson who lashed narrowly over and then Hazlehurst who nipped inside and fired an effort akin to his wondergoal at Warrington a few years ago, except Roberts was well placed to pluck it out of the air.

Jay Edgar also narrowly missed from range, as Michael Ellison’s side looked to conjure a winner.

Deep into injury time the Purps had a golden opportunity to win the tie as Xenon Bahula beat the offside trap but lobbed over Callum Roberts crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

It was a difficult chance with the keeper racing out and defenders chasing back, but a real let-off for Stockton Town.

The match went to penalties with Nathan Burke stepping up first to bury his kick into the top corner, getting the Purps off to an excellent start.

Theo Roberts saved Stockton’s first kick brilliantly, guessing right to palm Tom Coulthard’s effort away at full stretch.

Jack Hazlehurst, Jay Edgar and Adam Hughes then tucked their spot kicks away with aplomb to leave Louis Corrigan with match point.

The left back, usually so deadly from the spot, was denied twice by brilliant saves from the excellent Callum Roberts.

Corrigan’s kick was re-taken after Roberts was adjudged to have been off his line for the first save, but the keeper repeated the trick producing another fine stop.

This allowed Peter Bulmer the chance to restore parity, but Theo Roberts produced a brilliant save, getting a huge hand to the Stockton substitute’s kick and winning the shoot-out 4-3 for the Purps.

 

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 0-0 Stockton Town

(City of Liverpool win 4-3 on penalties).

MAN OF THE MATCH: Theo Roberts was the hero producing to magnificent stops in the shoot-out to send his team through. The custodian also made an excellent low save in the first half and edges out midfielder Jay Edgar who was magnificent once again.

City of Liverpool: Theo Roberts, Zac Aley (Louis Corrigan 15’), Kai Shorrock (Jack Hazlehurst 59’), Ryan Schofield, Adam Hughes, Ben Rydel, Nathan Burke (c), Jay Edgar, Ryan Gibson, Jay Salkeld (Stephen Rigby 86’), Xenon Bahula.

Subs not used: Ethan Devine, Jack Hazlehurst, Ryan Brookfield.

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MATCH REPORT: PURPS 3-0 FARSLEY CELTIC

City of Liverpool reached the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time in our history after a brilliant performance against National League North side Farsley Celtic at the VanEupen Arena.

After beating NPL West division high-fliers Clitheroe 1-0 in the previous round, Michael Ellison’s side were rewarded with a home tie against Farsley, who are two leagues higher in the Non-League pyramid.

It would be a tough tie for the Purps, who also had to contend with an injury crisis leading to several players being unable to play.

Louis Isherwood missed the game due to a head injury sustained against Colne midweek, with in-form winger Ryan Gibson and experienced defender Shaun Kelly also missing from the match day squad.

Jack Hazlehurst, Jack Hinnigan, Stephen Rigby and Ethan Devine were only fit enough for a place on the bench alongside forward Jay Salkeld and goalkeeping coach Ryan Brookfield.

Celtic meanwhile boasted a side containing former Championship midfielder Adam Barton and ex League One winger Will Hayhurst, who both started their careers in the Preston North End first team.

The Purps were dealt a huge blow within two minutes of kick off as top scorer Freddie Potter landed awkwardly after a foul by Celtic’s Adam Buxton left him in a heap.

After receiving treatment and trying to run the knock off, the forward was unable to continue and was replaced by Jay Salkeld.

Potter’s injury took the wind out of purple sails somewhat, with the visitors seeing a lot of early possession without looking likely to penetrate a backline which was well marshalled by Ryan Schofield and Adam Hughes.

The first half-chance of the match saw Schofield make a brilliant sliding challenge to prevent Longbottom from having a sight on goal, followed by Theo Roberts confidently saving a speculative cross-shot with ease.

City of Liverpool looked dangerous on the counter attack through Xenon Bahula who was giving Richards a torrid time.

The winger roasted the right-back once again before whipping in a fierce cross which narrowly evaded the late arrival of Jay Edgar from midfield.

Edgar was a real focal point for Michael Ellison’s side, picking up space between midfield and attack and knitting play together nicely on the counter attack.

At the other end Theo Roberts produced a fine save with his body to deny Luke Parkin a goal from close range.

The Purps stopper stayed big to make the stop, after the lively Parkin found himself in space following good hold up play from Will Longbottom to release him in behind.

The Purps were once again lively on the counter attack and almost found the opener when fit-again Kai Shorrock produced a trademark raid down the right, with his fine cross met by a flick-header from Ben Rydel which drifted just past the post.

City of Liverpool were then gifted the chance to take the lead from the spot as great play from Jay Edgar released Salkeld in behind and the forward was brought to ground inside the box.

The referee should also be commended for appearing to play advantage for an earlier foul on Edgar, which allowed Salkeld a chance to attack the Farsley box.

Skipper Nathan Burke stepped up to fire the Purps into the lead with aplomb, sending Farsley’s on-loan Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Donaghy the wrong way from the spot.

 

Just before the interval Farsley had a chance to test Theo Roberts with a free kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the area, but Will Hayhurst stepped up to slide the dead-ball wide across the face of goal.

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 1-0 Farsley Celtic.

The visitors started the second period well as they attempted to restore parity in the tie.

A long ball into the box was headed down by a Farsley attacker into the path of Longbottom who drew a smart stop from Roberts from close range.

The visitors then missed a gilt-edged chance to level matters as a ball in from the right found Hawley a couple of yards out, but the forward somehow fired high and wide with the goal at his mercy.

It was a huge let-off for Michael Ellison’s side, which would prove telling.

Buoyed by the miss moments earlier, City of Liverpool hit Farsley on the counter attack in devastating fashion.

Jay Salkeld beat the offside trap and surged towards goal from the half way line, cutting in off the left the forward approached the box and hammered an unstoppable right footed effort which flew into the top corner, giving Donaghy no chance.

It was Salkeld’s first goal for City of Liverpool, and what a way to open his account.

Farsley heads dropped as the National League North side assessed the mountain they now had to climb in order to get back into the tie.

Tyler Walton was booked for a poor, frustrated and late challenge on the excellent Adam Hughes, which left the Purps centre-back in a heap on the deck and sparked an angry reaction from team-mate Ryan Schofield.

The Purps continued to cause their higher-tier opponents a difficult afternoon at the back, and the visitors were indebted to Donaghy who produced an excellent save to prevent Salkeld from adding to his tally.

The substitute found space in the box after a trademark run from Bahula beat the full back, and saw the ball cut back for Salkeld to fire goalwards from close range.

In the final minute the Purps were awarded a free kick in an inviting position after on loan Salford City midfielder Ben Rydel was brought down by a clumsy challenge on the edge of the area.

Rydel picked himself up and fired a majestic free kick over the wall and into the net off the crossbar, to put the icing on the cake of a brilliant afternoon for Michael Ellison’s team.

The final whistle was blown and, much like the last round, Nathan Burke lead the team off the pitch to a standing ovation from a vocal home support behind the goal.

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 3-0 Farsley Celtic

MAN OF THE MATCH: On an afternoon when each City of Liverpool player to a man was outstanding, the star was Jay Edgar. The midfielder was every inch the best on the park, dominant in all areas and had a hand in the move which won the first half penalty.

CITY OF LIVERPOOL: Theo Roberts, Zac Aley, Kai Shorrock, Ryan Schofield, Adam Hughes, Ben Rydel, Nathan Burke, Jay Edgar, Freddie Potter (Jay Salkeld 8’), Elliot Johnston (Stephen Rigby 90’) Xenon Bahula.

Subs not used: Jack Hinnigan, Ethan Devine, Jack Hazlehurst, Ryan Brookfield.

MANAGER’S INTERVIEW:

We caught up with Ello at full time and the Purps manager was effusive in his praise of his players, who deservedly progress into the next round at the expense of a side two tier’s higher in the football pyramid.

 

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