MATCH REPORT: COLFC 2-4 MARSKE UNITED

The Purps lost on the opening day of the PitchingIn NPLNW season, after an inspired display from Marske United’s Matty Tymon saw the visitors take away the three points.

Marske took the lead on 7 minutes after the lively Curtis Round broke free down the left and picked out Adam Boyes with a devilish ball in, the forward made no mistake, tapping home from inside the 6 yard box.

The Purps rallied instantly and left back Stephen Rigby picked out Elliott Nevitt with a great free kick but the forward hammered over on the stretch.

Following the opener it was an end to end affair, and the Purps had in form keeper Owen Wheeler to thank as he twice raced off his line to deny Curtis Round in a matter of minutes. The Marske winger was having a fine game but should have done better after being clean through on goal on both occasions.

Marske should have added to their lead shortly afterwards, as Adam Wheatley made a mess of a golden chance, heading over at the back post unmarked with the goal at his mercy.

It didn’t take long for the visitors to add to their lead however, as Matty Tymon somehow looped the ball over Wheeler and into the net whilst on the deck as everyone thought the danger had gone.

Tymon wasted no time in adding to his tally and the forward made it 0-3 to the visitors on 27 minutes. The dangerous Curtis Round again broke free down the left, cutting an inch perfect ball back for Tymon to place an emphatic side footed finish into the back of the net.

Moments later, Purps left back Stephen Rigby was inches away from giving the hosts a route back into the game, curling a fine left footed free kick from 30 yards inches wide of Marske custodian Ryan Catterick’s upright.

At the other end, Owen Wheeler again had to be on his toes to produce a brilliant double stop as the visitors broke free again down the left. The Purps goalkeeper stood big to make the initial save, before springing to his feet to block the rebound as Marske thought they had a fourth.

The Purps finally got a route back into the game on 41 minutes as Dom Reid was upended in the box and referee Mark McQuillan immediately pointed to the spot.

Nathan Burke stepped up to take the spot kick and made no mistake, sending Catterick the wrong way to make it 1-3.

 

 

On the stroke of half time it should have been 2-3 as a brilliant turn and cross from Elliott Nevitt picked out the late-arriving Gerard Kinsella but the midfielder sliced his effort under pressure and Marske cleared.

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 1-3 Marske United

City of Liverpool manager Craig Robinson made two changes at the interval with Jason Jeffries being replaced by Tom Stephens and Tony Gray coming on for Gerard Kinsella, as the Purps looked to find a way back into the game.

It was a cagey second period however, as Marske looked to control possession and sit on their lead.

The Purps were frustrated by marginal decisions as Elliott Nevitt was pulled back for offside when he looked a few yards on, and Tony Gray penalised when robbing Kevin Burgess of possession in his own box and releasing Nevitt through on goal.

The hosts did get their second goal however on 84 minutes as substitute Jack Hazlehurst curled a magnificent 30 yard free kick into the postage stamp to set up an entertaining finish.

 

 

Marske United didn’t read the script though, as within a minute of the Purple Messi’s goal the visitors had a fourth. Matty Tymon found space in the box after good work from Jack Blackford and the forward grabbed his hat trick, firing low into the bottom left hand corner across Wheeler who had no chance.

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 2-4 Marske United.

CITY OF LIVERPOOL TEAM: Wheeler, Jeffries (Stephens 46), Rigby, Burke, Brown, McCarten, Kinsella (Gray 45), Barrow, Nevitt, McDonald, Reid (Hazlehurst).

Purps MOTM: Owen Wheeler – The Purps goalkeeper made a string of great stops in the first half as the visitors threatened the home goal.

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NEXT UP:

The Purps host Morpeth Town in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round on Tuesday 22nd September (7:45pm kick off).

In line with COVID capacity restrictions, admission is capped at 400 and tickets are available using the following Skiddle link. Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets early to avoid missing out.

https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Liverpool/Berry-Street-Garage-Stadium/City-of-Liverpool-FC-Vs-Morpeth-Town/13822275/

Please also check out the club’s COVID guidance infographic and work with our volunteers when attending fixtures so we can continue to create a safe environment for all.

 

MATCH REPORT: GNE 0-3 COLFC

City of Liverpool opened the season with a convincing victory in the FA Cup over Glossop North End in front of 350 fans at the Ambec Forklift Stadium.

There was a late change to the starting lineup as striker Tony Gray had to be replaced by Elliot Nevitt after the warm up.

The opening half an hour was a cagey affair with no chances of note. Both teams were combative in midfield but failed to convert that into attempts at goal.

When the first chance of the game came on 30 minutes it was put away with aplomb. Elliot Nevitt picking up a loose back pass just inside the Glossop half, he raced away towards the box leaving both centre backs running in treacle, before calmly placing it past the on coming keeper into the bottom corner. Cue jubilation from the travelling Purps!

Glossop put the Purps under a bit of pressure as the half drew to a close. Plenty of long balls into the box but Brown and McCarten won everything with Burke, Barrow and Kinsella working hard to get the second ball and try to push City of Liverpool forward on the counter attack.

HALF TIME: GLOSSOP 0-1 COLFC

The Purps where straight on the front foot after the restart. Kinsella driving down the left before slipping a pass to the overlapping Rigby, his pull back however was too close to the Glossop keeper with Nevitt and Reid arriving.

Minutes later Rigby curled a beauty of a free kick into the box. McCarten had got across his man and his clever dummy ricocheted off a Glossop defender but fortunately for him it was close to the keeper who gathered.

Burke began to find pockets of space in midfield and looked to set Nevitt in behind. The flag was quickly up despite Nevitt running from deep but it was a sign of things to come as the Purps searched for a second goal.

Glossop had their first attempt as Wheeler was almost caught off his line by a chipped effort from the right but Rigby was back on the line to clear the danger.

The Purps almost extended the lead as Nevitt again raced clear from a lovely through ball from Barrow. The angle was tight but he rolled it inches past the far post.

A minute later the second goal came on 61 minutes. Again Barrow released Nevitt with a lovely through ball but he just ran a tide wide in the box. Nevitt had runners arriving in support and he kept the ball well before finding Kinsella who took a touch sat the keeper down and placed it over him to double the lead.

Glossop again resorted to long balls and deep free kicks to try and find a way into the game. McCarten, Brown and Barrow all dealing with the threat and Wheeler was also a composed presence coming through a crowded box on a couple of occasions to claim crosses.

Nevitt was having a field day as the midfield looked to #FeedTheBeast at every opportunity. Twice more being sent clear but mis hitting one from a tight angle as it bobbled up another the keeper raced off his line to thwart the danger.

The Purps put the tie beyond doubt and added a third on 76 minutes. Dom Reid this time racing away but a Glossop defender managed to get back goal side and hold him up. With his back to goal he rolled a pass into substitute Jack Hazlehurst who made no mistake. Jack had been on the pitch for less than 2 minutes before sealing the win.

On 84 minutes substitute John McGrath received a red card following a clash with a Glossop defender. But the Purps saw out the tie and ensured we are into the next round. The draw takes place on Monday at around midday.

FINAL SCORE: GLOSSOP 0-3 COLFC

LINEUP: Wheeler, Jeffries, Brown, McCarten, Rigby, Burke, Barrow, Kinsella (Hazlehurst), Reid (McGrath), Nevitt, McDonald (Corrigan).

MAN OF THE MATCH: There were outstanding performances all over the pitch but Elliott Nevitt is more than deserving. He gave the Glossop centre backs a torrid 90 minutes. Always a willing runner in behind and holding up the play to bring others in.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Glossop North End

GLOSSOP NE VS CITY OF LIVERPOOL

FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND

SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 3PM KO

It’s been a long road to get here but 6 months after the 2019/2020 season was officially declared null and void due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Purps are back playing competitive fixtures. This weekend the new season officially starts for us and there is no better competition to begin the season than the FA Cup.

Craig Robinson has a new look squad at his disposal, with a number of eye catching signings including the veteran striker Tony Gray, Nathan Burke, Louis Corrigan and James Yates. He has also further boosted his attacking options by bringing back Craig Cairns to the club. Jordan Barrow, Stephen Rigby and Dominic Reid are also new faces to have impressed in pre-season.

Glossop North End will be our first opponents of the new season.  They are also members of the Northern Premier League however they play in the South/East Division as opposed to ourselves in the North/West Division.

This will be the 3rd time we have faced Glossop with the previous fixtures also being in the FA Cup.  Back in August 2018 when the Purps were operating at Step 5 against Step 4 opponents, a twisting and turning Jack Hazlehurst equaliser earned a 1-1 draw at home setting up a replay at Surrey Street.

The replay was a back and forth affair. Twice Glossop took the lead and twice the Purps got back into the game through John McGrath and again Jack Hazlehurst. The tie went into extra time and less than a minute in Dave Forbes picked the defender’s pocket and fired home the winner.

 

Past Results

25/08/18 COLFC 1-1 Glossop NE

04/09/18 Glossop NE 2-3 COLFC (aet)

Travel

Car– It’s just over an hour drive. Use postcode SK13 8GG for the sat nav

Train– It will cost £18.80 for a return.  Lime Street- Man Piccadilly- Glossop

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MATCH REPORT: FCUM 1-1 COLFC

City of Liverpool and FC United of Manchester played out a keenly fought draw on an entertaining afternoon in front of 600 fans at Broadhurst Park.

Both sides started brightly, but the Purps were indebted to solid defending from skipper Jay McCarten and Anthony Brown in the opening minutes, as the hosts looked to get in behind.

It was the Purps however who could have opened the scoring early on, as great footwork from Jamie McDonald saw him beat his man out wide and clip a ball to the back post. New signing Nathan Burke and Ethan Devine got in each other’s way arriving late, and the former sliced wide.

The hosts built a foothold in the game and looked dangerous with their passing football out wide and threatening delivery from set pieces. McCarten and Brown stood firm though and despatched a catalogue of dangerous deliveries from corners as FC pressed for the opener.

City of Liverpool looked extremely dangerous on the counter-attack, with Jamie McDonald giving FC United right back Jack Lenehan a torrid time all afternoon.

It was McDonald and strike partner Craig Cairns who pressed well to win back possession and release Burke, however just as the ball broke for the midfielder to get his shot away, FC defender Aaron Morris got a vital toe on the ball to nick it away.

The Purps were buoyed by the chances they were creating, and took the lead when FC failed to cope with Stephen Rigby’s header from a Jay McCarten long ball.

The ball appeared to break to Jamie McDonald in an offside position causing confusion in the FC backline, however the forward played to the whistle, hammering a brilliant angled across keeper Joshua Brooks and into the net.

The linesman’s flag wasn’t forthcoming and the Purps had the lead.

 

FC rallied and had a great spell of possession following the opener, with the Purps defending resolutely in their own half and limited to counter attacking opportunities.

Jordan Barrow made a brave block to deny a rasping long range effort from FC skipper Mike Potts as the hosts looked to restore parity.

The Purps continued to look dangerous on the counter through the lively McDonald who carried the ball deep into the FC half and released Burke on the right of the area.

The Purps midfielder tied Adam Dodd in knots with lovely footwork and just as he looked to get a shot away, feigned a selfless ball to the back post for Cairns waiting for a tap in, only for an FC defender to intercept his cross at the last second.

Moments later, Cairns had a golden opportunity to make it two nil but sliced wide left footed across the face of goal when clean through.

Nathan Burke again drew a good save from Brooks after beating a couple of defenders on the angle again with tricky footwork as the Purps finished the half strong on the counter-attack.

As the half closed out, the visitors were indebted to in-form goalkeeper Owen Wheeler who made a sublime point-blank range stop to deny FC at the back post after an inch-perfect ball in.

The Purps went in ahead at the break and looked good value for it in a keenly contested end to end affair with both sides threatening.

Within minutes of the restart however, FC finally had the parity they craved as on loan Fleetwood Town forward Michael Fowler nodded home a perfect ball from the left by the dangerous Regan Linney.

 

The Purps stood strong and settled well after the goal with Jordan Barrow and Jay Yates in particular doing everything asked of them as FC looked to attack.

Yates had to receive lengthy treatment from Purps physio Nathan Sullivan after sustaining a nasty facial injury taking Adam Dodd’s forearm to the face. The FC full back was lucky the referee didn’t appear have a clear view of the incident as several Purps were incensed the officials didn’t take action.

Purps goalkeeper Owen Wheeler produced the save of the match as the dangerous Linney again cut in off the left and curled an arrowing right footed effort towards the corner. As the crowd and FC fans waited for the net to bulge, Wheeler clawed the ball out for a corner at full stretch.

 

Jordan Barrow almost capped an individual display with the winner on a rare foray forward. The ball broke kindly on the right hand side of the area for the midfielder who chested down and hammered a right footed effort which was clawed out by a great stop from Brooks.

At the other end, FC had a great chance to win it as Fowler was released in behind on the right hand side of the area, but the powerful forward fired wide as Wheeler rushed out to narrow the angle.

As the half drew to a close, things became rather spicy as both sides put in some poor challenges. A melee ensued as Tom Stevens took revenge for a dreadful challenge from behind on Nathan Burke by going through the back of Fowler. The forward retaliated and as the ref calmed things down only a yellow was produced for the initial foul on Burke.

There was still time left for Stevo to make a brilliant block in his own box deep into injury time as FC threatened to grab the winner, however the full time whistle went as the resulting corner went out of play and the Purps had a deserved draw in a pulsating game.

FINAL SCORE: FCUM 1-1 COLFC

COLFC: Wheeler, Yates, McCarten, Brown (Stevens), Rigby, Burke, Barrow, Devine (Hazlehurst), McDonald (Nevitt), Cairns (Gray), Reid (McGrath).

MAN OF THE MATCH: Jay Yates had a brilliant game at right back at takes the MOTM, just shading the imperious Jordan Barrow who was also fantastic all afternoon.

MATCHDAY PHOTO GALLERY:

BURKE SIGNS FOR COLFC

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of Nathan Burke from FC United of Manchester.

An energetic and accomplished box-to-box midfielder, Nathan has a great reputation in the game having started his career at Liverpool FC Academy.

The 24 year old scouser spent nine years at the Premier League club, where he held the role of captain at various youth levels.

After leaving Liverpool, Nathan impressed at Warrington Town before spending four successful years at Bala Town where he played in UEFA Europa League fixtures.

Burke impressed as a trialist in Tuesday’s friendly victory over Market Drayton Town FC, capping a fine individual performance by scoring an emphatic left footed strike from range to make it 3-0.

 

Manager Craig Robinson was pleased to welcome his new recruit, “This is a great signing for us, I’ve known Nathan a long time he’s great young man with huge talent that will fit well in our squad.”

“He’s been successful wherever he has been and I’ve no doubt he will be a success with us and bring that winning mentality we are looking for!

Burke goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s final pre-season game, away at FC United of Manchester.

Welcome to the club, Nathan.

 

MATCH REPORT: COLFC 3-0 MDTFC

City of Liverpool produced an impressive display to beat Market Drayton Town FC in the first fixture back in front of Purps fans.

Craig Robinson’s side got off to the perfect start against the Northern Premier League South East division side.

After Craig Cairns was bulldozed to the ground by an aerial challenge on the left wing, Jack Hazlehurst whipped in a devilish free kick which was met by a perfectly timed run from Tom Stevens, who placed the ball beyond the keeper and into the net.

Moments after the opener, the Purps almost doubled their lead courtesy of John McGrath.

The winger made a trademark run in from the right wing, nipped beyond a defender and hammered a curling left footed effort inches wide with the keeper well beaten.

City of Liverpool left back Louis Corrigan was lively up and down the flank in a commanding start from the home side.

Corrigan whipped in an inviting cross from deep which dissected the Town defence and McGrath fired over from a difficult angle at the far post.

Louis was at the heart of the action again, playing in a whipped corner which was met with aplomb by Stevens who hammered the crossbar with an emphatic header.

The dominant first half display continued with McGrath robbing the visitors of possession deep in their own half, feeding Elliott Nevitt who teed up Trialist to fire into the side netting from the right-hand side of the area.

Purps keeper Owen Wheeler was largely a spectator during the first period but had to be on his toes to produce a magnificent point-blank range stop as the visitors found space on a rare foray into the home box.

Wheeler stood firm to push the ball out for a corner kick which was well defended.

As the half closed out Craig Cairns was denied by a good stop after hitting a snapshot on the turn.

The Market Drayton Town goalkeeper also produced a fine double stop to deny Nevitt and Hazlehurst on the stroke of half time as the Purps hunted the goals their performance merited.

After the interval the Purps remained in control, with Trialist and substitute Ethan Devine particularly impressing whilst running the midfield.

The home side doubled their lead in fortuitous and comical fashion early in the second half.

A Market Drayton Town defender played a back-pass to the goalkeeper who inexplicably allowed the ball to roll under his foot and into the net. Somewhere Peter Enckelman breathed a sigh of relief and hoped it was caught on camera!

 

In a second half punctuated by stoppages for substitutions the Purps added a third late on, saving the best goal of the night for last.

Tom Stevens gathered a corner kick in the box, laying it to the edge of the area for Trialist to emphatically hammer a left footed effort through the crowd and into the net.

 

In all it was a dominant and impressive display from the Purps in our penultimate pre-season fixture. The Purps head to face FC United of Manchester on Saturday 5th September at Broadhurst Park in our final fixture ahead of competitive football returning.

FINAL SCORE: City of Liverpool 3-0 Market Drayton Town

COLFC Team: Wheeler (Marshall), Yates (Rigby), Corrigan, Trialist, Trialist (Barrow), Stevens, Hynes (Devine), Hazlehurst (Kinsella), Cairns (Gray), Nevitt (McDonald), McGrath (Reid).

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MATCH REPORT: YELLOWS 3-2 PURPS

Warrington Town and City of Liverpool played out an entertaining five-goal thriller in the first game back in front of spectators at Cantilever Park.

The home side got off to the perfect start as Trialist whipped in an inch perfect free kick for Regan to power home a header after only 48 seconds.

The Yellows could have doubled their advantage in as many minutes, but Bohan Dixon fired narrowly wide after good work from Buckley to tee him up.

The Purps were level after 3 minutes however. Lovely footwork from Dom Reid beat a couple of men and he was brought down by the last man, giving the ref no choice but to point to the spot.

Reid stepped up to coolly place the spot kick home and restore parity in what had been a frenetic first few minutes.

Warrington rallied following Reid’s equaliser, and Purps goalkeeper Owen Wheeler had to be on his toes to intercept a dangerous cross destined for Buckley after a fine cross from Mackreth.

Wheeler produced a magnificent stop minutes later, beating out a fierce long range strike from Trialist which came through a crowd.

Jamie McDonald should have given the visitors the lead after being gifted possession in the Yellows box following a mistake by Regan.

However, the Purps forward fired narrowly wide as the goalkeeper rushed out to narrow the angle down.

As the half closed out, Wheeler produced another magnificent stop in what was already an inspired goalkeeping display, to deny a rasping strike on the turn from Buckley.

It was all square at the interval in an entertaining and even first half.

Only a matter of seconds into the second half the Purps took the lead in another frenetic start.

Good work by Tony Gray released Jamie McDonald in the left hand channel of the area. The Purps forward made no mistake, lifting the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper and into the net.

The visitors almost doubled their lead minutes later courtesy of a fine long range left footed free kick from Trialist. The Yellows goalkeeper was equal to it though, making a great stop.

The home side equalised after 58 minutes, as Duggan robbed the Purps of possession and fed Carney who released Buckley in behind.

The Yellows forward tucked a smart finish beyond the advancing Wheeler and Jordan Barrow who was agonisingly just short of hacking it off the line.

In what was now an end to end affair, the Purps responded instantly as Reid capitalised on a mix up between the Yellows keeper and Grogan to rob possession.

The ball broke to Jamie McDonald who fired it goalwards from 20 yards out only to be denied by Grogan getting back to block on the line.

The Yellows made the Purps pay for their missed chances and took the lead in spectacular fashion.

Trialist picked the ball up 25 yards out and hammered a curling left footed effort into the top corner, giving the impressive Wheeler absolutely no chance.

It was a fine strike from the midfielder.

The Purps had a late half chance as substitute Craig Cairns fired a left footed snap shot from range, but the home goalkeeper was equal to it saving down low.

FINAL SCORE: Warrington Town 3-2 City of Liverpool.

CITY OF LIVERPOOL TEAM: Wheeler, Jeffries (Yates), Brown (Stevens), Barrow, Rigby (Corrigan), Reid (McGrath), Devine, Trialist (Hazlehurst), Kinsella (McEllin), Gray (Cairns), McDonald (Nevitt).

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2020/21 Fixtures Released

Today we are absolutely delighted to reveal our league fixtures for the 2020/21 season after an incredibly difficult and confused period for football generally but the National League System in particular.

We begin with a home game against Marske before travelling to Kendal and Workington in the same week, before a visit from Ramsbottom.

Playing 3 out of last sessons very best sides in the division is a tough ask but one that we are relishing and reminds us of what a very tough start to life in the NPL we had last season!!

As Purps may notice last season’s fixtures have simply been reversed, so there will be lots of recognition.

This means that we will be at home to Marine on Boxing Day and away to Runcorn Linnets on New Year’s Day.

Easter Monday sees us away to Marine and of course we will play host and visit Prescot Cables and Widnes in other local derbies.

Given that we play Glossop North End in the FA Cup and Cleethorpes in the FA Trophy, with potentially another FA Cup tie as well, September is jam packed for the Purps – brilliant!!

You can see our full fixture list here

 

Sat Sep 12 Emirates FA Cup Prelim – Glossop North End AFC A
Sat Sep 19 Marske United H
Wed Sep 23 Emirates FA Cup 1Q
Sat Sep 26 Buildbase FA Trophy 1Q
Tue Sep 29 Kendal Town A
Sat Oct 3 Workington A / Emirates FA Cup 2Q
Tue Oct 6 Ramsbottom United H
Sat Oct 10 Brighouse Town H
Tue Oct 13 Prescot Cables A
Wed Oct 14 Emirates FA Cup 3Q
Sat Oct 17 Buildbase FA Trophy 2Q – Cleethorpes Town FC H
Tue Oct 20 Trafford H
Sat Oct 24 Colne A / Emirates FA Cup 4Q
Sat Oct 31 Buildbase FA Trophy 3Q
Sat Nov 7 Ossett United A / Emirates FA Cup 1
Sat Nov 14 Mossley A / Buildbase FA Trophy 1
Sat Nov 21 Pickering Town H
Sat Nov 28 Clitheroe A / Emirates FA Cup 2
Sat Dec 5 Dunston H / Buildbase FA Trophy 2
Sat Dec 12 Widnes A
Sat Dec 19 Pontefract Collieries H / Buildbase FA Trophy 3
Sat Dec 26 Marine H
Fri Jan 1 Runcorn Linnets A
Sat Jan 9 Tadcaster Albion A / Emirates FA Cup 3
Sat Jan 16 Colne H / Buildbase FA Trophy 4
Sat Jan 23 Brighouse Town A / Emirates FA Cup 4
Sat Jan 30 Prescot Cables H
Sat Feb 6 Trafford A / Buildbase FA Trophy 5
Wed Feb 10 Emirates FA Cup 5
Sat Feb 13 Tadcaster Albion H
Sat Feb 20 Ossett United H
Sat Feb 27 Buildbase FA Trophy Semi-Finals
Sat Mar 6 Pickering Town A
Sat Mar 13 Mossley H
Sat Mar 20 Dunston A Emirates FA Cup 6
Sat Mar 27 Clitheroe H
Sat Apr 3 Workington H
Mon Apr 5 Marine A
Sat Apr 10 Kendal Town H
Sat Apr 17 Marske United A Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final
Sat Apr 24 Pontefract Collieries A
Sat May 1 Widnes H
Mon May 3 Runcorn Linnets H
Sat May 8 Ramsbottom United A Buildbase FA Trophy Final
Sat May 15 Emirates FA Cup Final

City of Liverpool FC v Everton Youth

COLFC are pleased to announce a home Pre-Season friendly against our friends from the Everton Academy who will bring a strong youth squad to the Berry Street Garage Stadium for our Pre-Season preparations.

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, attendance at this game must be limited to 200 paying spectators in accordance with the FA’s Phase One guidelines for clubs in the National League System.

In order to ensure that we successfully manage our game in Phase One (allowing us to move to Phase Two and 400 paying spectators at our next home game), the game must necessarily be made all-ticket and therefore we have had to make some hard decisions about how the 200 tickets will be allocated.

Our average home attendance last season was 389, so some regular match-goers will miss out on this occasion, but non-league clubs up and down the land with average attendances above 200 in Step 4 are in exactly the same boat.

From that 200 allocation, we have to make some tickets available to players families and Everton FC, so we estimate that there will be no less than 170 tickets available for purchase

Safety measures will be in place before, during and after the game, including temperature checks upon arrival at the ground and no cash being handled at the turnstyles.

After discussions, the Board of Directors have decided that the following criteria will apply:

Purple Package Holders

Anyone who has purchased a Purple Package in July or August and who wants a ticket for this match will be entitled to buy 1 ticket at either £8 for Adults or £4 for concessions as appropriate.

We estimate approximately 70 people will fit this criterion and a 48-hour period to purchase online will be made available to these members initially.

These members will be able to add any children who are also members of the club for free, but please be aware that a child whilst being free to enter the game itself, does count towards the 200 spectators total and there will be strict guidelines in place regarding social distancing inside the Berry Street Garage Stadium, so this perhaps may not be the best game to bring a child to.

Purple Package members will receive an email containing a link to purchase a ticket later this week.

Other Package Purchases and 2020/21 Season Members

Following the initial sale to Purple Package members, there will then be a further 48 hour online selling period to all other package holders and people who have bought or renewed their annual share membership in July or August 2020.

There approximately 120 members whom this criteria applies to.

These people will also be able to purchase 1 ticket at either £8 for Adults or £4 for concessions and will be able to add any children who are also members of the club for free, but please be aware that a child whilst being free to enter the game itself, does count towards the 200 spectators total and there will be strict guidelines in place regarding social distancing inside the Berry Street Garage Stadium, so this perhaps may not be the best game to bring a child to.

These members will receive a link to the ticket purchase software later this week.

General Sale

Following the initial online sale to the above 2 groups, there will then be a general sale online of any available tickets on a first come, first served basis, please watch our social media channels for further details if indeed we reach this point.

PLEASE NOTE

We appreciate that everybody will just want to get back to watching the Purps and some people may be miss out on a ticket this time and be disappointed, but there is no way of pleasing everybody in these Phase One circumstances.

It is vitally important that our club and indeed all Non-league clubs take this Phase One seriously in an attempt to show DCMS that we can be trusted to operate match days in a safe and secure manner, in order that we can move on to Phase 2 and a doubling of the crowd, before hopefully restrictions can be lifted completely and we can all return to pre-lockdown conditions, but for now we ask all Members and Supporters of COLFC to work with the club.

Due to NHS track and Trace requirements, there can be no transferring of tickets for this match. If you purchase a ticket for this game, only you will be granted entry to the ground – there can be no exceptions to this rule. If somebody else arrives trying to use your ticket they will be refused entry.

Temperatures will be taken before entry to the ground and anybody who’s temperature is outside normal ranges will not be granted entry to the ground.

MATCH REPORT: COLFC 5-1 U19s

City of Liverpool FC produced a professional performance to overcome a spirited display from Liverpool Football College’s talented U19’s team.

The fixture was the first the club has hosted at the new Purple Hub complex and was a good workout for Craig Robinson’s team in our third pre-season outing.

The u19’s started well and showed glimpses of their promise early on with #10 firing over from range after Stephen Rigby had headed a deep cross clear.

It didn’t take the Purps first team long to take the lead, however.

Former College graduate John McGrath played a delightful ball over the backline and Craig Cairns took it around the keeper with a magnificent first tough before tapping into the empty net.

It was a fine goal from the returning goal-machine Cairns, evoking comparisons with a Luis Suarez strike against Newcastle in 2013.

 

The U19s continued to look lively and were confident in possession. College forward Tyler Magee raced clear after some good build up play but was denied by fine defending from Anthony Brown who nicked the ball off his toe as he attempted to get a shot away.

The first team doubled their advantage courtesy of another poacher’s finish from marksman Cairns.

Jamie McDonald slid in for a loose ball with the College goalkeeper, with the ball breaking loose after a fortuitous deflected clearance for Cairns to tap into the unguarded net to make it 2-0.

 

The U19’s hit back minutes later and scored a fine goal to get back in the game.

The Purps half cleared but the ball broke to Tyler Magee who hit a first time effort from 25 yards which curled beyond Owen Wheeler and into the back of the net.

It was a brilliant opportunistic finish from Magee and no more than he deserved following an impressive performance on the night.

 

The U19s resurgence was short lived however as moments later, Jamie McDonald pick pocketed possession from a defender in their own box, before squaring to give Craig Cairns the easiest of finishes to complete his hat trick.

It was yet another example of Cairns’ goalscoring qualities on his first start since returning from Runcorn Town, as if anyone needed a reminder.

The Purps siege on goal continued with John McGrath denied by a fine goal line clearance after slaloming past a couple of defenders.

Ethan Devine also smashed the bar from range in a frenetic end to the half.

On the stroke of half time, the Purps finally got their fourth as Dom Reid hammered into the net from the left-hand side of the area after good work from Jamie McDonald.

The Purps made a number of changes at the interval and sub keeper Andy Marshall was called into action early on, doing well to hold a fizzing long range effort from the U19s.

New signing Jordan Barrow, playing the second period in midfield, threatened from long range with a daisy cutter but it was well held by the U19s keeper under pressure from Nevitt following in.

The keeper did well again moments later, as a whipped ball in from TRIALIST was met by the head of Hazlehurst, but the College custodian was more than equal to it.

Barrow again threatened from close range but was again thwarted by a magnificent stop as the goalkeeper spread himself to make the block and prevent a certain goal.

The 5th goal did come soon after, however.

In-form forward Elliott Nevitt beat the offside trap on the right hand side of the area before hammering a powerful effort beyond the outstretched left hand of the keeper to grab his third goal of pre-season.

 

Both Nevitt and TRIALIST threatened to add to the Purps tally late on but were denied by committed blocks from the U19 defenders.

In truth it was a convincing win for the first team, but the U19s gave a good showing of their undoubted talents against superior and more experienced opponents.

Particularly, Tyler Magee who scored a fine goal and Derrick Amankwah in midfield who put in an assured and composed performance which belied his years.

We wish the U19s squad and staff the very best for the season ahead.

COLFC First Half XI: Wheeler, Kinsella, Jeffries, Brown, Rigby, Reid, Devine, Hynes, McGrath, McDonald, Cairns

COLFC Second Half XI: Marshall, Yates, Hynes, Stevens, Corrigan, TRIALIST, McEllin (TRIALIST), TRIALIST, Barrow, Hazlehurst, Nevitt

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