City v Cheadle report

Exciting Encounter Ends In Stalemate

Carlisle City 2
Cheadle Town 2
Saturday 20th January

The points were shared in an exciting encounter at Gillford Park on Saturday, but the game could have went either way considering the number of chances. Regardless, this is City’s first point of 2018.

The game didn’t start too well for the hosts who conceded early on. A free kick on the right was swung in by Christopher Sherrington towards the back post. Richard Whyatt met the cross and headed the ball across goal into the net. 0-1 10”

19” Kyle Armstrong on for Josh Simpson

The chances slowed down in the first half up until just before the break. But, the visitors should have doubled their lead through Daniel Wood. Adam Gardiner broke through the City back line and played in Wood on the left. With space in the box, he got his shot away at the near post, but Adam Coward remained strong to stop the shot.

Less than a minute later at the other end, the home side should have equalised. Michael Slack gave the ball to David Renyard who cut inside from the left. A low shot from him was saved well by Daniel Whiting, with Rob McCartney meeting the loose ball. He mistimed his great chance and sliced the ball wide from yards out.

The final chance of the half came from The Sky Blues in stoppage time. A Jamie Heath cross on the left was delivered well towards the back post. Wood attempted to clear but the ball deflected off his back towards his own goal, causing Whiting panic to parry away.

Half time 0-1

James Tose’s men began the second half much brighter and evened up the game in the 53rd minute. A corner by Renyard was met by an unmarked Dan Greenslade at the near post who netted easily. 1-1 53”.

However, the celebration was short-lived as Cheadle reacted quickly from kick off. A long ball up the field was met by Coward on the edge of his box who temporarily cleared. Whyatt picked up and made space on the edge, he then slotted the ball into an open net, taking his team back ahead. 1-2 54”.

Ten minutes later, City came back once again, showing their bounce-back ability. A great cross from Peter Allison was met by McCartney who brought the ball down, he then turned and smashed the ball into the back of the net.
2-2 64”.

64” Brady Wiser on for Jamie Heath

Following that goal, both teams pushed for the winner, with both sides having great chances. In the 77th minute, it was thought the third was in sight for Cheadle. A ball into the box from the left was met by a rising Gardiner his close range header was somehow saved by great Coward reactions to keep his team in the game.

Towards the 90, Aaron Bradbury, who was playing in a more attacking role, had two great chances to get his team a third goal. The first was after a through ball by McCartney and Bradbury tried to slide the ball past Whiting, but it went inches wide. The next, two minutes later, a cross from McCartney was parried by the keeper and out to Bradbury whose first time shot was sliced inches wide from close range.

That could have proved to be a killer blow for the home side as Cheadle came close twice. The main chance was in stoppage time following pressure on the left. Sherrington’s cross towards the edge of the box was hit on the volley by substitute Liam Delaney whose shot went inches wide of post, keeping the players and fans on their toes going into the final couple minutes.

Regardless, that was the final chance of the game as both teams may have felt like they lost that game. Nevertheless, City move on as we face AFC Blackpool next week, away from home. Our next home game is on February 3rd against Sandbach, @ Gillford Park, 3PM KO, hope to see you there!

City-Coward, Allison, Heath, Addison, Benjamin, Greenslade, McCartney, Simpson, Slack, Bradbury, Renyard.
Subs-Armstrong, Casson, Wiser, Hodgson, Balmer.
Cheadle-Whiting, Neild, Ratisan, Trucca, Shaw, Harrison, Wood, Kilheeney, Gardiner, Whyatt, Sherrington.
Subs-Dunn, Delaney, Peach, Piggott.

By Will Stuart

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