Litherland Look Forward After Reaching League Semis

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Litherland Remyca record an impressive away win at in-form Northwich Flixton Villa to progress to the semi-finals of the Reusch First Division Cup

Litherland Remyca progressed to the Semi-Final of the Reusch First Division Cup in their first Landmark season at this level with an impressive 1-0 away win at in-form Northwich Flixton Villa last night

Manager, Phil Stafford made a few changes to team with games coming thick and fast, young Danny Graham and Darren Carr starting and youth player Josh Jessop on the bench. The game started at a fast pace and it wasn’t long before Louis Austin recorded the first chance of the game as he powered along the left wing, cut inside the defender, however his shot was just wide of the far post. Litherland dominated possession early on and Jamie Colbourn went close after 20 minutes with another shot just wide.

Both sides were trying to play football and unlike Saturday’s win over Irlam, Remyca were pressing forwards a lot earlier and creating chances, Hastings had a shot tipped over and Sean Lake was also alert in the Remyca goal by stopping a couple of good close range efforts from Villa. Northwich Flixton Villa were dangerous on the break and just before the interval as Remy pushed on, the home side broke clear as the forward came in, he tried to lob the ball over Lake but got it all wrong and the ball went wide. Some good football from both sides but the half time score was 0-0.

Remyca were a bit slow out of the clocks at the start of 2nd half and gave the ball away far to often as Villa tried to seize an advantage. REMYCA eased there way into the half and again had a chance as McDondald set up Colbourn only to see his shot saved. Both sides again were creating chances and it was obvious that this game would get at least one goal in it somewhere, such was the attacking prowess of the sides. Concern for Remyca on 52 minsas left-back Simms felt a twist in his thigh and had to be substituted, this will undoubtedly have been a concern for the Remyca coaching staff with perhaps one eye on Saturday’s league game against Atherton Colls.

Remyca continued to press, substitute Phil Stancombe almost scored with his first shot as he turned on the edge of the box, his snap shot was saved well by the Villa keeper. On the hourmark the deadlock was finally broken and it was Stancombe who made the impact, a smart ball inside from Colbourn and a smart turn from the big forward who then slid the ball past the out coming keeper into the corner to the delight of the away support.

The gaffer acted quickly to preserve the lead, Dean Siadanky replaced King at the back as Villa tried to get back in the game, they are a side very capable of scoring from anywhere on the park but Remyca’s defence stood firm despite lots of pressure from the home side, particularly in the last 15 minutes. Landmark moment for Remy as another Clean sheet saw the visitors home to set up a semi-final vs high flying Atherton Colls. Litherland are now five games unbeaten as they now look to the league with the club just four points from the play off places it’s game on!

Litherland Remyca: Lake, Flynn, Simms, Graham, King, Lowe, Carr, Hastings, McDonald, Colbourn, Austin. Subs; Callum Webb, Dean Siadankey, Stancombe, Jessop.

After setting up a semi-final clash with Atherton Collieries, manager Manager Phil Stafford can afford a beaming smile at the moment, his side are currently five games unbeaten in league and cup and his squad have just made the semi-final of the Reusch First Division Cup in their first season at this level. Although a test of a different kind awaits him and his charges this weekend, as league leaders and semi-final opponents Atherton Collieries visit Litherland Sports Park in a mouth watering league fixture.

Speaking ahead of the game, Phil is relishing the challenge……

“Oh yes we are very excited about this game on Saturday, it’s one that we have been looking forward to for a while now. We had a difficult game on Saturday against Irlam but still came out 2-0 winners, it was difficult for numerous reasons, talk of the play-offs has crept into the dressing room and that’s understandable given the quality of our squad and our recent form, however we still have Colls to face as well as other good sides before the end of the season. Our pitch is starting to show the rigours of a full league season as well as other team games on it so we now have to dig in a bit and play to our strengths. I will take nothing away from our win last Saturday, you have to score goals to win games and the two goals that we got were worthy of winning any game, Louis Austin has pace to burn and his lob to score our first was superb. Our second goal from Colin McDonald had to be seen to be believed, it was like a move from Crouching tiger, hidden dragon, the mid-air turn from him to hook the ball in was superb.”

“We have done well in the cup as well, I changed the side around a bit last night (Weds) at Northwich Flixton Villa, it was partially to rest some players and partially to give a couple of players their opportunity to claim a shirt for our run-in. Nobody disappointed last night against a Northwich Flixton Villa side who have goals in their team and a solid defence, every player worked hard and their efforts have been rewarded with a cup semi-final, against Colls!”

“On Saturday we are expecting a good crowd, the Atherton fans will hopefully be down in force as will the Remy support so there should be a good atmosphere. For us this is the ultimate test, games like these are what Stuart (Kier), Andy (Olsen) and myself came here for when we arrived in October. We are unbeaten in five and have only been beaten once at home in our tenure here so we hope that we can hold our own and give Colls’ a decent match on Saturday, if we play to our strengths we may be able to do something.”

Kick off at Litherland Sports Park is at 3:00pm on Saturday 7th March, doors open from 1:30pm, Entry is just £4 Adults £2 Concessions. Our Programmes are £1.50, Club Shop Table open from 1pm and our snack shack will be open from 1:30 selling a range of hot snacks, hot and cold beverages and confectionary!

Thanks to Litherland press officer Gary Langley.

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