POSTED 12th APRIL 2019

City travel to Daisy Hill tomorrow in the Hallmark Security League division 1 North. It is a big game for the home side who are second-bottom in the table, 6 points adrift of Holker OB with just four games to play. It has been a tough season for Daisy Hill with just four wins to date and are winless now for eight matches since beating Cleator Moor on 12th January.
City will hope to build on Tuesday’s 5-4 win over Ashton Town, but there are injury doubts with David Renyard, Josh Simpson, Marc Gallimore and Darren Addison. Supporters are welcome to travel with us if they wish.

POSTED 10th APRIL 2019

City triumphed eventually last night in a nine-goal thriller at the D Marks Carpets Stadium against Ashton Town. The first ten minutes saw City quickly out of the traps with Jordan Palmer very much to the fore, but it was Josh Simpson who gave City the lead with a good strike from 20 yards. However, the game changed dramatically in the 11th minute as Sigsworth shrugged off Allison to equalise, and the next quarter belonged to Ashton with Shinks putting them ahead after 20 minutes.
Just ten minutes later, it was 2-2 as Courtney’s error was seized on by Jordan Palmer, for his 2nd goal in 3 games. This ding-dong affair continued as Townsley’s error on Dempsey’s free-kick allowed Potts to put Ashton 3-2 up in the 35th minute. This lasted barely 30 seconds before McCartney scored a fine individual goal to bring it to 3-3 at half-time.
It was City who regained the lead on 50 minutes as McCartney cut in from the left to fire past Courtney. The action did relent slightly but only until the 76th minute when Sigsworth scored his second to make it 4-4. There was not much time left when City sealed three points from the penalty spot, after McCartney was upended by Courtney, and he converted the kick himself for his 37th strike of the season.


City drew 2-2 at AFC Darwen yesterday, only the second away draw of the season. There was a City debut for Sam Atkinson in midfield and a return after injury for David Renyard, and these two were to prove influential during the game. Renyard had the first big chance of the game after 10 minutes but this was saved by Gidley.
Peter Allison did well to clear from his goal-line shortly after this but City were close on 26 minutes as Greenslade’s header hit the crossbar. Three minutes later, City took the lead from the penalty spot as Renyard converted the kick, after Gidley had upended Atkinson. It could have been better as Fagan made a storming run through the home defence but his shot was saved by Gidley.

However, the lead was only to last for four minutes before Pond equalised and it was worse in the 36th minute as Pond somehow managed to squeeze his shot past Townsley from a tight angle. City could have equalised straight from the re-start but Renyard’s shot was saved by Gidley, and Addison was wide from the resulting corner. Most of the chances were falling to Renyard, who rounded Gidley in the 57th minute but took the ball too wide. The equaliser did arrive in the 74th minute as Atkinson’s fine ball found Jordan Palmer who saw his shot saved by Gidley, but Renyard followed up well to score.

The City side was- Townsley, Gallimore, Fagan, Allison, Greenslade, Addison, Renyard, Atkinson, J Palmer, Simpson, B Palmer. Subs- Robinson, Newton, Heap


City make their first-ever visit to AFC Liverpool tonight in Hallmark Security League division 1 North (ko 8.00). City won the home fixture 4-0 back in September with all four goals from Rob McCartney. However, fortunes have reversed since then and AFC now sit in third place, 16 points ahead of City who have three games in hand.
AFC have won four of their last five games and James McGrane leads their scoring chart with 21 goals.
City have named a young squad with opportunities for Brady Wiser, Tom Fagan, Tom Hickey and Henry Walker, who scored for City Reserves on Saturday. Also in the squad are brothers Jordan and Ben Palmer, who have been playing for Shap in the Westmorland league, and keeper Matthew Johnson who has joined on a dual-registration from Kendal Town.

POSTED 31st MARCH 2019

A report on yesterday's 5-1 defeat at Sandbach is here.

POSTED 29th MARCH 2019


City travel to Sandbach tomorrow for the second leg of the 1st Division cup semi-final, facing a 4-2 deficit to overhaul from the first leg. City’s side is likely to be somewhat different as numerous players were unavailable last week but have now returned. Cameron Wilson’s knee injury will rule him out, and we still await the news of how severe it is.
City may take some confidence from the fact that Sandbach have just five league wins at home so far this season, with 11 victories away from home. The away goals rule does apply in this competition, so City know they have a target of scoring at least three goals tomorrow, to be successful.

POSTED 24th MARCH 2019

The report on yesterday's 2-4 loss at home to Sandbach is here.

POSTED 22nd MARCH 2019

City meet Sandbach United tomorrow at the D Marks Carpets Stadium in the first leg of the semi-final of the Division 1 cup (ko 3.00). In five previous games, City have yet to beat Sandbach including a defeat in this same competition in December 2016.
Sandbach are currently 7th in Division 1 South, and are fresh from a 3-1 win in midweek at St Martins leaving them unbeaten in their last eight games. City have only played twice since 23rd February so players may be a little rusty. The second leg of the semi-final is next Saturday at Sandbach, ko 3.00.
Admission tomorrow is £4 adults, £2 concessions and our special guests are Gillford Park under 8s.


City gained their first league win under new manager Jim Nichols last night as a goal from stand-in skipper Darren Addison earned a 1-0 success at Nelson. The goal, in the 11th minute, was probably City’s first attempt as the home side had started brightly and continued to dominate even after going behind. However, City did create chances too and Simpson twice had a shot saved by the home keeper. Shortly before the break, Bradbury broke clear but was unable to force his shot in.
The second half was more even with Nelson struggling to create clear-cut opportunities. City always seemed to have the better chances with an early break by McCartney saved by the keeper. City’s leading scorer had another great chance saved in the 71st minute and Bradbury missed a gilt-edged chance as he blazed over the bar. City gave a debut from the bench to Tom Fagan who has been with Workington Reds this season.
City now entertain Shelley at home on Saturday, ko 3.00 pm.


City try for the third time this evening to travel to Nelson for the re-arranged game in the Hallmark Security League division 1 North (ko 7.45 pm). Already twice postponed, this game is probably not certain to go ahead tonight given the prevailing weather conditions.
City are in need of a morale-boosting win after losing to a late own goal on Saturday at home to AFC Blackpool. At the same time, Nelson were losing 5-1 at home to Prestwich Heys, who scored four times in the last 30 minutes, and the home goalkeeper was shown a red card. That was Nelson’s third successive defeat, which followed wins over Shelley and Garstang. Home form has been the problem for Nelson this season with just three wins at home, whilst six victories have been gained on their travels.
Nelson’s leading scorer is Gareth Hill on 13 goals, and he was awarded star man on Saturday, when he was one of four home players to be cautioned.


City are at home to AFC Blackpool tomorrow in the Hallmark Security League division 1 North. Both teams are coming off the back of heavy defeats, with City losing 7-0 at Longridge last week whilst Blackpool were crashing 8-2 at home to Lower Breck, in a game where they were eight down after 68 minutes.

Blackpool are currently 13th in the league table, and their away form sees 3 wins and 2 draws from 14 games. Last week’s defeat for Blackpool was their only loss in the last six matches, with three wins and two draws in the games before that. Their leading scorer on 13 goals is Ben Duffield and goalkeeper Alex Cameron has played most games this season, with 32 appearances.

City will be starting their first home league game under new manager Jim Nichols and will be looking for the first league victory since 19th January, when Atherton LR were beaten 3-0.

Admission tomorrow is £4 adults and £2 concessions, with under 16s admitted free. The Little Griddle is here for hot food and drinks.


A report on yesterday's 7-0 defeat at Longridge Town is here.

City Reserves lost 1-0 at home to Workington Reds Juniors yesterday in round 1 of the Whitehaven Cup.


City face a tough task tomorrow in Hallmark Security League division 1 North, as they travel to league leaders Longridge Town (ko 3.00). This will be new manager Jim Nichols’ first league game in charge, and he is well aware of Longridge boss Lee Ashcroft having worked with him at Kendal Town.

City have signed two players this week with Warren Douglas and Sam Atkinson both joining the club. Douglas may be available tomorrow but Atkinson first has to serve a two-match suspension received whilst playing in Scotland. There are still injury doubts over James Earl and Michael Slack, and Peter Allison received a nasty facial injury in the warm-up prior to last Saturday’s game.

Longridge are unbeaten in their last seven games, winning six of them, and they have scored 108 goals in 28 league games this season.

There will be spaces on our coach going to the game, and supporters are welcome to travel with us.

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