Cheadle Town were the visitors on Saturday as they visited Alder House along with the Men United Cup.

The Men United Cup is the new name for the NWCFL League Challenge Cup and comes from the slogan ‘Men United’ used by the Prostate Cancer UK Charity. Cheadle Town were our opposition for the first round tie. The two sides met at this stage of the competition last season, with Collieries winning 4-0 thanks to goals from Jonah O’Reilly, Charlie Stoker, Mark Truffas and Aaron Cringle.

The Collieries made a fine start to the game as in the opening minutes Westley Bancroft found himself having a shot on goal. The ball was threaded perfectly for Bancroft to run straight through the Cheadle defence. He then continued his run into the box, where he shot but his effort was well saved by Cheadle goalkeeper Liam Warner.

Just before the thirty minute mark the Collieries had another chance to take the lead. Brad Cooke chipped the ball forward to Bancroft who turns and runs, finding himself in a crossing position. Bancroft crossed in for Tom Shaw who again was denied by good defensive work from the visitors.

Minutes later, Cheadle opened the scoring. Collieries goalkeeper Danny Taberner kicked the ball straight to Cheadle’s Nathan Neequaye who only had to chip the goalkeeper to score. Just four minutes later, the Collieries had their equaliser. Bancroft, inside of the Cheadle area passed to Tom Shaw who smashed home to ensure the Collieries go in at half time level.

Half Time – Atherton Collieries 1-1 Cheadle Town

Second half and it was Cheadle who made the better start. Danny Taberner saved well after a mix up in the Collieries defence allowed Neequaye to have a shot on goal. It was a good save from Taberner.

As the game hit the hour mark, Tom Shaw had the opportunity to get his second of the game. Shaw, from the edge of the box, saw his shot curl well over the Cheadle bar.

On sixty nine minutes, the Collieries found themselves in the lead. Jake Kenny from a few yards outside of the box fired the ball straight into the top right hand corner of the goal; a fine shot and goal. Two minutes later the Collieries could have scored their third. Cooke passed the ball to Shaw who fired just wide from the edge of the D.

With just two minutes of normal time remaining, the visitors found their equaliser to take the game to extra time. From a Cheadle free kick, the ball was headed across the Collieries box for Ashley Smallwood to tap in and score.

Full Time – Atherton Collieries 2-2 Cheadle Town

Colls found themselves back in front on 113 minutes when Mark Truffas was set behind the Cheadle defence. From a tight angle, Truffas slotted the ball home past Warner.

A minute later, the Collieries nearly had another as they forced a double save from Warner. Both Truffas and Mark Battersby had their shots saved.

A penalty was awarded to the Collieries a few minutes later. Mark Battersby stepped up and scored, sending the ball into the bottom left hand corner and sending the keeper the wrong way.

Full Time (After Extra Time) – Atherton Collieries 4-2 Cheadle Town

The Collieries now face Ashton Athletic (last year’s winners) in the next round on Saturday 25th October. Cheadle proved to be a well organised side and were hard to break down throughout the game, best of luck to everyone at Cheadle Town for the rest of their season.

The next game for the Collieries sees them travel down to Hanley, back in the NWCFL. A coach is being put on for that game, if you are interested and want to put your name down get in touch with anyone at the club!

Atherton Collieries: Danny Taberner, Jake Kenny, Rob Swanton, Andrew Heald, Matt Grimshaw, Gareth Carson, Ben Hardcastle, Brad Cooke, Mark Battersby, Westley Bancroft, Tom Shaw – Substitutes: Nathan Battersby, James Brooks, Kris Holt, Mark Truffas, Mark Ayres

Cheadle Town: Liam Warner, Callum Jones, Luke Pearson, Antony Trucca, Joe Armstrong, James Moores, Luke Hincks, Ashley Smallwood, Nathan Neequaye, Andrew Bailgy, Thabiso Magida – Substitutes: Andrew Lindon, James Horan, Nial Dannon

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