Road to Wembley 17/18: Preliminary Round

Prescot Cables 1-1 City of Liverpool

My trip to Hallam in the earlier round saw me entertained by one of the oldest teams in the competition. This time I would witness one of the newest teams in City of Liverpool FC.
They were being hosted by local rivals Prescot Cables, who, having home advantage and being one tier higher were considered favourites for the tie.
Arriving at the ground some 25 minutes before kick off I was faced with a sizeable queue to get into the ground. So much so that I made it just in time for the start of the game.
A healthy crowd of 973 must have included upwards of 650 COLFC supporters who were both noisy and enthusiastic throughout an entertaining match.
City of Liverpool were much the better team for the first 25 minutes of the game but went 1.0 down against the run of play. They quickly recovered to equalise via a penalty and then took a 2.1 advantage into half time, courtesy of a superb 40+ yard shot over a poorly positioned Cables keeper.
As the second half progressed Prescot took the ascendancy. Both teams remained wholehearted and played robust football throughout. The equaliser coming from the game’s second penalty, which resulted in the offending COLFC player being shown the red card.
The entertainment was not quite over as a full 22 man fracas resulted from what I would kindly describe as a committed  challenge by the Cables right back. Suprisingly no more red cards were forthcoming, although the Prescot bench prudently substituted the offending player.
The ten men of Liverpool saw the game out and can look forward to home advantage in Tuesday’s replay.
All in all this was a great advert for non league football and a thoroughly enjoyable night.

Our thanks to Martin Beattie. Follow him on Twitter.

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