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A late header denies Castle

Castle kept the same side from the weekend 0-0 draw with Glossop with one change on the bench as Michael Conlon returned.

Castle started the brighter of the two sides and Jake Lovatt got a shot away early in the game showing that Castle was looking to set the tempo for the game, Castle even had a shout for a penalty claim early on but it was turned down by the ref.

However, with just 5 minutes played, Jake Lovatt pulled up on the far side and appeared to be in some discomfort and was stretchered off with a very serious hamstring injury and was replaced by the returning Michael Conlon.

Castle continued with the quick tempo and 1874 when they had the ball could not get past the Castle backline with more impressive performances from Ellis Jones and Luke Dennis at the back as well as the full-backs Lewis Jarman and Connor Russo containing the wide threats of Wooley and O'Neill.

With a hold of the game, another forced change come for Castle when yet another hamstring injury caught the side when Max Chimenes pulled up meaning another early change with Will Lloyd, fresh from the previous night's U18's floodlit cup victory coming o.

And Will had his side's best chance when he headed down a corner only for the 1874 keeper to pull off a superb one-handed save on the line.

(Picture Courtesy of Andy Blakeley)


Newcastle Town 0-0 1874 Northwich

The second half started very slowly on both sides and 1874 on 65 had a chance to get the ball into the box but their ball across the 6-yard area was not met by any player and dealt with by Castle.

The game into the last 20 minutes began to get scrappy with silly pulls and could all over the pitch causing the rhythm of the game to slow down, Castle was still causing issues with Russo and Lloyd linking up well and getting the ball into the danger areas but Castle was just lacking the man in the final third to put the ball away.

But on 76 minutes Castle's hearts sank when a corner come into the box and was missed by Joe Slinn who has commanded all game and was headed home by Matt Fenton who leapt higher than all to head it into the back of the net and send the travelling supporters into a frenzy.

Castle continued to push forward in search of a leveller and with a 90+ corner Joe Slinn nearly got his head to the ball but it was not to be and Castle fell to defeat


Newcastle Town 0-1 1874 Northwich


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