Cop­pice do enough to lord it over Loom

Rochdale Observer - - SPORT - BEN SIM­MONDS

IN the New­bold Tyres Premier Divi­sion, the in-form Cop­pice United trav­elled to ten­th­placed Old Loom.

Cop­pice were the fastest team out of the blocks, cre­at­ing chances and go­ing close to an opener within ten min­utes.

The open­ing goal came from a cor­ner, when an in­swing­ing cross was met by a pow­er­ful header from Naved Butt.

Af­ter the goal Old Loom, be­gan to grow into the match tak­ing ad­van­tage of Cop­pice’s at­tack­ing men­tal­ity, counter at­tack­ing them each time they ad­vanced.

As a re­sult, the equaliser soon fol­lowed when a pin­point ac­cu­rate cor­ner was headed home.

Cop­pice re­sponded quickly, up­ping the tempo be­fore Shabir Ali neatly slot­ted home to put them ahead for the sec­ond time in the match.

The ad­van­tage was soon added to, when Butt nod­ded home a sec­ond to make the score­line more com­fort­able for the vis­i­tors.

Loom, still be­hind, re­fused to sur­ren­der to the vis­it­ing side and re­duced the deficit with only ten min­utes left to play on the clock.

Loom still searched for an equaliser but were met by valiant de­fend­ing by a Cop­pice side that was des­per­ate to main­tain their lead.

Cop­pice man­ager Yas­sar Fa­rooq said: “Happy with the way we played and the chances we cre­ated, should have put a few more chances away to make it eas­ier to­wards the end but we did enough to get the three points.”

High Cromp­ton Vic­to­ria faced Game­cock in a Chris­tine Robin­son Me­mo­rial League Cup tie which ended 3-3.

HCV won the match af­ter it went to a penalty shootout.

The first-half saw both sides cre­ate ex­cess chances, it was Game­cock who were the first to cap­i­talise on their chances.

HCV re­sponded quickly equal­is­ing and be­fore then tak­ing the lead in the match, with both goals com­ing from Brain.

Af­ter the in­ter­val Game­cock’s re­sponse to their deficit showed great re­silience and they soon equalised with both sides ex­pect­ing a stale­mate.

Game­cock still ven­tured for­ward to try and get a win­ner and they thought they had clinched a win­ner but HCV man­aged to find a last minute equaliser.

“I’m full of praise for a fully com­mit­ted team per­for­mance, ac­cept­ing that the re­sult could have gone ei­ther way,” said Rob Mur­phy, Vics man­ager.

“We showed full com­mit­ment in stay­ing in the game to even­tu­ally come through the lot­tery of penal­ties.”

Also in the Chris­tine Robin­son Me­mo­rial League Cup, Wood­house United recorded a 4-2 away win against The Gar­den­ers Arms.

A brace from Aaron Lorimer helped the vis­i­tors to a 2-1 lead, be­fore Ste­fan Parker and Joe Con­nor both added to Wood­house’s tally.

Jack Nay­lor’s Wood­house, played their foot­ball with a fast and fu­ri­ous tempo which en­abled them to con­trol the ma­jor­ity of the game. Nay­lor com­mented: “Happy with the team per­for­mance and ev­ery­one worked for each other. He con­tin­ued: “Ev­ery­one knew there job roles and if some­one push­ing on some­one was al­ways cover­ing stop­ping any counter at­tack hap­pen­ing.”

Both High Cromp­ton Vic­to­ria and Wood­house, will find out who they face in the next round in the com­ing weeks.

‘We should have put a few more chances away’

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