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North West Youth Alliance Open Cup 3rd Round

Cheadle Nomads U18 put in a 5 star performance yesterday to beat Clitheroe FC 5-0 and go into the next round of the Open Cup.

Nomads started on the front foot with an early goal from George Buckingham, who got on the end of a back post cross. From the start, It was an uphill battle for the visitors who only managed to field 10 players.

From then on, Nomads enjoyed plenty of possession but Clitheroe began to frustrate nomads by sitting deep and not allowing any clear cut chances.

HT: NOMADS 1 Clitheroe 0

Nomads came out in the second half with clear instructions to be ruthless and to play with more purpose against the 10 men of Clitheroe.

Nomads again had the ball for long periods of the second half and were in full control of the game. The introduction of Asa Knighton in 55th minute rewarded the team with 2 goals and put the game out of reach for the visitors. Josh Macklin and Dan Cox added to the score line in which ultimately put the game to bed.

FT: NOMADS 5 Clitheroe 0

Man Of The Match: Asa Knighton

Manager Sam Holtham gave his thoughts after the game

“Myself and Leon are really pleased with scoring 5 goals and having a clean sheet against a side in a higher division. We expected Clitheroe to be much better than they displayed, them only having 10 players definitely had an impact on their performance. However credit to them, they didn’t give up.

We’d done our research and our game plan was all about being disciplined when out of possession and to counter attack. It turned out that we had control for the most part of the game. In the first half we struggled to break them down, so the message at HT was to play with more purpose. Following this the players gained the rewards through scoring 4 goals in the second half”