Ossett United 2-3 City of Liverpool
New manager Wayne Benn watched on from the stands as Ossett United suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to City of Liverpool.
They got off to a flying start with Luke Porritt’s early goal but defensive lapses saw them 3-1 down by half-time. Jack Stockdill halved the deficit to threaten a comeback but Liverpool hung on.
Elliot Nevitt had the first chance of the game within 60 seconds but lashed over for the visitors, and instead it was Ossett who broke the deadlock in the fourth minute. Marko Basic left a defender on the floor before crossing and Porritt swept the ball into the bottom corner.
Nevitt took his second chance though after a nice move, managing to stay onside and run in behind to beat goalkeeper Brett Souter and equalise.
Eight minutes later, Jamie McDonald put Liverpool in front as he took a short pass in behind the defence and finished smartly.
Lewis Codling then compounded Ossett’s misery by trying his luck from distance and beating Souter.
City of Liverpool had goalkeeper James Aspinwall to thank for it remaining 3-1 at half-time, pulling off a superb save to deny Basic’s free kick and finding the top corner.
The contest could have been over at the start of the second half, however. The defence was caught out again as Francis Foy set up Nevitt, but the striker missed the target by a considerable distance from a brilliant position.
United found a route back into the game in the 68th minute. Basic was again at the heart, beating three players before finding Jack Stockdill, who settled himself and found the bottom corner.
There were chances for both sides in five minutes of added time, with McDonald skimming the post before Basic’s free kick was kept out by Aspinwall to ensure the points were Liverpool’s.
Ossett: Brett Souter, Jake Maltby, Ross Hardaker, Dylan Cogill, James Knowles, Jack Stockdill, Nick Guest, Elliott Harrison (Gregory 51), Tom Greaves, Marko Basic, Luke Porritt (Haswell 70)
Subs: Aaron Haswell, Corey Gregory, Chris Chantler, Andy Monkhouse.
Goals: Porritt (4), Stockdill (67)
City of Liverpool: James Aspinwall, Jason Jefferies, Paul Williams, Kevin McEllin, Anthony Brown, James McCarten, Francis Foy, Gerard Kinsella, Elliot Nevitt (Peterson 77), Lewis Codling (Clare 65 (Glover 87)), James Mcdonald.
Subs: Thomas Peterson, Jamie Glover, Karl Clair.
Goals: Nevitt (19), McDonald (27), Codling (38)
Man of the Match: Marko Basic