City of Liverpool delighted with back-to-back wins

City of Liverpool manager Michael Ellison has expressed his delight at his side’s wins over Newcastle Town and Bootle.

The Purps were hard pushed in both games with Town equalising with a 35-yard screamer before they fell behind to the Bucks on Monday.

Freddie Potter netted two for Ellison’s side, including the opener, before a two-minute salvo from Potter and Rigby sealed the three points, their first win of the league campaign.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the mouth-watering prospect of rekindling old flams with Bootle, some years after the Bucks were pipped to the post by the Purps on the final day.

Ben Hodkinson put Bootle in front shortly before the half-hour mark only for Xenon Bahula to be tripped in the penalty area early in the second half, from the resulting spot-kick Nathan Burke scored his third goal of the season after his return from injury.

Then Potter’s effort looped over the Bootle goalkeeper shortly after the hour mark to secure the Purps their second win in a couple of days.

“It is yeah I think it’s point we needed. We’re unlucky not to have more points on the board but you can’t dwell on things and the games come thick and fast,” Ellison told Off The Park.

“Over the course of the two games, I thought we deserved to get the six points so I’m delighted.

“We got there before the game and we were aware they hadn’t had many points on the board but they played some really good sides.

They’ve got some players, they really really have. I thought the first half was as good as we’ve played all season, we were excellent, maybe should’ve went in more than 1-0 up and killed the game but we didn’t.

“Moments change games and again the free kick was embarrassing what the referee has given.

“It’s 35 yards out and he’s absolutely smashed it in the top corner then momentum changed with them they have a period on top, miss a couple of chance and Theo Roberts does what he does best makes an incredible save then we hit them on the counter and score a couple of goals. Delighted with the result and gives you that confidence going into Monday.

“We knew before the game it wasn’t going to be pretty, we played some decent football the first 20 minutes and their first goal came against the run of play it was a little bit of a scruffy one.

“Then they were on top for a while, I think they hit the post. We looked leggy and a bit flat but going into the second half we changed a few things went a bit more direct, got the goals we deserved, young Xenon was excellent, got us the penalty then Freddie Potter does what he does best, scored three in two games.

“We done really really well to see the game out, we knew they were going to put it on us and they defended well the lads stood up tall. Character is a big big thing especially in non-league football and to go 1-0 down and win 2-1 is excellent.”

[Featured image: Purps Matchday]