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Liversedge- 1 (joe Walton 10) Penistone Church - 0
Church started with a familiar pattern, but Liversedge were able to disrupt the flow of Church’s forward moves. After 10 minutes a cross from the right into the Church penalty area fell to Joe Walton 15 yards out. His crisp shot flew into the back of the net with a possible deflection on its way. The match was a rather frustrating affair after that with passes going astray and both teams midfields snuffing most of the constructive play out before it could flourish. Nathan Keightley created a good chance with a low hard cross from the left, but it evaded everyone. Half time was nearing and Liversedge opened up to create a long range opportunity, a fierce shot from the right hand edge of the box, to the top right hand corner of the Church Goal was brilliantly tipped round the junction of post and bar by Max Dearnley.
The second half was full of bluster and Church created their only clear-cut chance of the game with a cross from the right finding Luke Aldrich on the 6 yard line. His crisp header to the top left corner of the goal was saved. Jordan Coduri came on for Church to remind us of his powers to hold and move the ball. The match ended with Brett Lovell up front for the last 10 minutes. Liversedge defended right to the end as Church cranked up the pressure.
Penistone Church - 1 (Luke Aldrich 75) Bridlington Town - 0
Attendance - 201 The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Elliot Firth
Church started in a rather disjointed way with both teams cancelling each other out. Church then started to gel and made most of the pressing forward, but Bridlington are a well organised side and dangerous on the break. The first half showed a better team cohesion for Church and signs of quality, Brett Lovell narrowly missing with a header from a corner and Luke Aldrich testing the goalkeeper with the last kick of the first half.
Jordan Coduri was in the crowd and he is coming back to help us this season.
The second half started with Brett Lovell having a spell up front and free-flowing football from both teams, Church went close from a one-two into the box, but Danny Howse shot straight at the goalkeeper, Luke Aldrich then hit the bar from a cross. After 75 minutes of growing pressure Luke Aldrich bundled the ball into the net following some goal-mouth pinball.
Church then took some heavy pressure from a spirited Bridlington side who broke repeatedly and Danny Howse forgot that this was not Rugby Union, getting himself a booking on the halfway line for a clumsy attempt to slow down a breakaway. Bridlington missed a clear-cut chance in the last 5 minutes with a powerful shot across the goal.
Overall a fair result and Church’s first 3 points of the season and many of the 201 stayed behind to applaud Church from the pitch.
Penistone Church 2 - (Tom Cadzow 39, Nathan Keightley 84) Skelmersdale Utd - 5 (Alex Griffiths 32, John Keatley 37, Matthew Scoullar 64, Einar White 71, James Young og 79) Attendance - 256
Church were equal for the first 20 minutes, but after that were always chasing this FA Cup replay game. “Allowing” Skelmersdale 4 long-range shots contributed to this cup exit. However, 7 goals on a night of torrential rain was entertaining fare. The goals were high quality with some of the strikes being either well placed or so powerful that the respective goalies stood little chance. Church have yet to really settle their best line-up for the season.
Skelmersdale Utd - 1 (Einar White 58) Penistone Church - 1 (Shaun Mundy 76) Attendance - 99
Penistone Church - 1 (Brett Lovell 90) Silsden AFC - 2 (Khurram Shazad 22, Aidan Kirkby 85) Attendance - 207 Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Brett Lovell
Not the start to the season we were hoping for. To be fair both teams had chances, but Silsden took 2 of theirs. Silsden scored first with a well taken break away goal.
Church pressed in the second half, but Silsden came up with the winner at 85 minutes. Brett Lovell’s last minute goal was a fair consolation.
Highlights from the final pre-season friendly against Brighouse Town .
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