Saturday 4th February 1995
|Congleton Town v LR||HT 0 - 2||FT 1 - 2|
Ken Quigg and Paul Kirwan returned after a
period of suspension and Atherton opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Andy
Noone went through the Congleton defence and passed to Mark Stewart who had only
to put the ball in from six yards out. Congleton pressed for an equaliser and
came close through John Scarlett, but Andy Hills pulled off a brilliant save. In
the 25th minute Atherton went 2-0 up after some good work between Andy Feeley and Quigg
allowed Andy Noone to run through the defence to fire a great shot into the
bottom corner of the net.
The second half was only three minutes old when Atherton conceded a penalty as Darrel Dicken was brought down and Graham Harrison scored the spot kick. The home side then applied great pressure on the Laburnums defence, but on the occasions they managed to break through they found Andy Hills in top form. Atherton only attacked on the break. Andy Noone was sent off in the 70th minute for remarks made to a linesman and Congleton stepped up a gear to take advantage. However, Atherton defended in numbers and managed to survive until the end of the game. Noone received an ear bashing from assistant manager Peter Lee for his sending off. The Atherton management were so frustrated at the amount of bookings and sending off's the team had received, they had introduced a club fine system.
LR - Andy Hills, Paul Kirwen, Jimmy Evans,
Rob Holgate, Andy Feeley, Mark Stewart, Paul Burrows, Tony Pemberton, Dave
Liptrott, Andy Noone, Ken Quigg Subs Frank Harrison, Jeremy Lord
Saturday 11th February 1995
|Worksop Town v LR||HT 0 - 1||FT 1 - 1|
A rarity for manager Dave Morris in this match, he managed to field the same starting eleven in two games running. Atherton started well with Jimmy Evans and Ken Quigg both coming close with headers from corner kicks and Dave Liptrott shot wide when put through by Quigg. Worksop came into the game more as time went on, especially through Lee Howard who was causing the Laburnums defence all sorts of problems. However, Atherton opened the scoring in the 34th minute when Quigg was brought down in the area. Paul Burrows scored the penalty.Worksop came out for the second half determined to equalise and Lee Howard missed a golden opportunity to score. Atherton kept pressing and Liptrott had a goal disallowed because of a foul by Mark Stewart. Worksop equalised in the 60th minute with a great move, Lee Howard ran past the Laburnums defence and put in a perfect cross for Linden Whitehead to head home. The game was now being played at a furious pace and both sides had the chance to win. Liptrott headed just over from a Stewart corner and Worksop's Howard missed another good chance. Andy Hills was forced to make a great save from Harris and Tony Pemberton headed the ball off the line when a goal seemed certain. Atherton had two more strong penalty claims turned down. Firstly when Andy Noone was hauled down in the area, but a free kick was awarded on the edge of the box and in the last minute a Worksop defender handled the ball from a corner. Everyone in the ground either appealed or groaned, but the referee missed the offence.
LR - Andy Hills, Paul Kirwen, Jimmy Evans, Rob Holgate, Andy Feeley, Mark Stewart, Paul Burrows, Tony Pemberton, Dave Liptrott, Andy Noone, Ken Quigg Subs Steve Taylor, Rory McDowell
Worksop - Giles Newcombe, Clive Woolley, Chris James, Gary Thorpe, Darren Brookes, Tony Morris, Lee Howard, Linden Whitehead, Terry Harris, Kenny Clarke, Gary Lynam Subs Jamie Roberts, Dave Bright
Saturday 18th February 1995
|LR v Netherfield||HT 1 - 0||FT 1 - 2|
Manager Dave Morris was forced into some last
minute changes when Paul Kirwen and Ken Quigg pulled out of the match through
injury. With Andy Noone already out injured, that left Dave Liptrott as the only
recognised striker in the team. Atherton started strongly, Jim Evans and Dave Liptrott
coming close. Netherfield's Dave Smith forced a good save from Andy Hills, but in
the 35th minute Atherton opened the scoring. A Mark Stewart free kick was headed in by
Stuart Humphreys. Netherfield almost snatched an equaliser, but were again
foiled by Hills.
Early in the second half Hills was called on again to make a good save. On a heavy pitch, play began to deteriorate and became a midfield slog. With ten minutes remaining Netherfield equalised when Gavin Boyd headed home a corner kick when he was left totally unmarked. With the game coming to an end and everyone expecting a draw, Netherfield were awarded a free kick and Jason Kerfoot smashed in a shot from 20 yards to give the visitors all three points.
LR - Andy Hills, Steve Taylor, Jimmy
Evans, Rob Holgate, Andy Feeley, Mark Stewart, Paul Burrows, Tony Pemberton,
Dave Liptrott, Rory McDowell, Stuart Humphreys Subs Jeremy Lord, Lee
Saturday 25th February 1995
|Goole Town v LR||HT 0 - 2||FT 1 - 3|
Manager Dave Morris was forced into making
changes again for this match, bringing in Chris Ree and Lee Cryer made his debut in this game. Goole
pressed hard at the start but Atherton slowly took control and both Cryer and Dave
Liptrott missed good chances, Liptrott coming closest when his shot came off the
bar. Rob Holgate opened the scoring, hitting home from a difficult angle
through a defenders legs following a Mark Stewart free kick in the 20th minute. Just before the break Lee
Cryer made it 2-0. He chased a through ball and just as he was being tackled,
managed to toe poke the ball and it rolled into the net.
Goole pulled a goal back in the 50th minute when Andy Robson fired home from a corner, but Atherton had the better of the play, Paul Burrows, Jeremy Lord and Cryer all had chances. With five minutes remaining Atherton got the third goal they deserved when Mark Stewart's corner was headed in by Stuart Humphreys.
LR - Andy Hills, Chris Ree, Jimmy Evans, Rob Holgate, Andy Feeley, Mark Stewart, Paul Burrows, Tony Pemberton, Dave Liptrott, Lee Cryer, Stuart Humphreys Subs Jeremy Lord, Frank Harrison
Goole - Richard White, Paul Marshall, Andy Blair,
Steve Hook, Ryan Gray, Andy Watt, Richard Hughes, James McNeill, Andy Robson Subs
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