A place in the semi final awaits Chipping as they returned to winning ways in style with a 4-0 demolition of FC Ribbleton in the Cup.
Following the league defeat against Southport Trinity, The Greens were looking to get their season back on track. Eccles made three changes to his side bringing in Kucper and Wilkinson in the absence of Bradshaw and Walmsley and starting Harrison as a lone striker with places for Green, Hobro and Ross on the bench.
The game started at a fast pace and the home side were 1-0 up within the first ten minutes. Some neat play from Wilkinson allowed him space to find Hollis at the back post, he put the ball across the face of goal and into the path of Harrison who shrugged off challenges from the defender and the goalkeeper to bundle the ball home. Chipping had a scare moments later when against the run of play, Ribbleton managed to break and struck the post with a fine effort. Other than this though, the Chipping defence looked solid and Cookson and Pearson played the ball out comfortably from the back advancing frequently down their respected wings.
The early lead really fuelled The Greens and they pressed for a second.
The whole team exhibited some fine passing football on a less than perfect surface and chances were soon created to widen the deficit, the best of which fell to Hollis but he fired straight at the keeper who caught the ball with ease. Soon after Harrison headed onto the bar as the pressure increased towards half time. The second came just before the half time whistle. Hollis beat his man and switched the ball to Holt who drove forward before curling his left footed effort into the top corner leaving the Ribbleton goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
The message at half time was ‘more of the same’ as Chipping were encouraged to continue their dominance. The sides returned unchanged and injury to Catt not long after the restart led to the introduction of Hobro.
The home side came out much the same as they had been and were playing the ball around well with Kucper proving key to most of the Chipping movement. They came close to a third goal when Harrison found himself in space 25 yards out and unleashed a superb strike which had the keeper beaten, unfortunately it smashed off the crossbar instead of rippling the net and it remained 2-0.
Eccles introduced Green in place of Bibby to keep his side fresh. A move which seemed to pay off as Chipping soon found themselves on the score sheet again. Pearson broke forward before finding the feet of Hollis in the box. The keeper got a hand to his first effort but could only palm the ball back into his path and he was to make no mistake this time, tucking the ball away neatly to extend his side’s lead. This was Hollis’ last action as he gave way to Ross shortly after. And it was to be the substitute who rounded off the scoring for the afternoon following great play down the right hand side between himself, Hobro and Wilkinson. Quick passing between the three of them released Wilkinson who darted for the byline before cutting back for Ross to finish.
The Greens put in a great performance all round and throughly deserved the win. They looked far more like the side they had done at the start of the season rather than the one which had begun the new year and manager Eccles is hoping this win can be the catalyst to get their season rounded off in style. After the game he heaped praise on his players saying “It’s a massive achievement for the lads to reach a Cup semi final in my first season in charge. I can’t speak highly enough of every single one of my players, they all deserve to be there for the efforts we’ve put in so far. But, we are back in league action at the weekend and that’s all we’ll be concentrating on this week now.”
Chipping are at home onSaturday against Charnock Richard and y will be out for revenge after suffering defeat the last time the two met, 2.30pm KO.