West Lancs Football League: Longridge remain deep in trouble

Former Preston and West Brom striker Lee Ashcroft has left Fulwood Amateurs and signed for Evo-Stik League First Division outfit Padiham at the ripe old age of 41 - and he scored for the Storks on Saturday

Former Preston and West Brom striker Lee Ashcroft has left Fulwood Amateurs and signed for Evo-Stik League First Division outfit Padiham at the ripe old age of 41 - and he scored for the Storks on Saturday

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

LONGRIDGE Town remain deep in relegation trouble after another costly home defeat plunged them into the bottom four of the Bay Radio West Lancashire Football League.

Town’s form has collapsed this year and a 1-0 reverse to neighbours Garstang leaves their survival hopes hanging by a thread.

Aaron Halliwell was on the mark for the visitors, meaning Longridge are still short of the safety line.

At the other end of the table, champions Charnock Richard strolled to another impressive win, crushing Eagley 3-0 with Daniel Hogg, Spencer Bibby and a Carl Grimshaw penalty inflicting the damage.

Coppull United were on the end of a 4-0 home defeat, Norcross and Warbreck cruising to victory with Gary Pett (two) and Carl Eastwood among the goals.

Mark Swift’s goal earned Euxton Villa a hard earned point in a draw at Slyne with Hest, while Thornton Cleveleys edged past Vickerstown after staging a remarkable fightback against the Cumbrians.

The home side were two goals down, but hit back through Jason Rawcliffe,Jordan Douthwaite and a last minute Ashley McGough clincher.

Mill Hill St Peters kept alive their Division One survival hopes thanks to a 2-0 win at Millom where James Grubb and Joe Riley found the target.

Fellow strugglers Furness Rovers also tasted defeat, crashing 4-1 at home to Burscough Richmond.

Hurst Green’s midweek defeat to promotion rivals Hesketh Bank was a bitter blow to their hopes of finishing second, and late goals from Adam Thompson and Danny Kirby saw Hesketh Bank leapfrog them into second spot following a hard fought victory over Dalton United.

Hurst Green and Hesketh United meet again next Tuesday (April 29) in the final of the President’s Cup at Charnock Richard.

Haslingden St Marys saw Craig Watts on the mark at CMB in Division Two, but the home side took the honours with a comfortable 3-1 win.

Todmorden Borough also suffered defeat, 1-0 at home to Stoneclough.

Burnley United have endured a torrid time in Division One Reserves this term, winning just twice, but they at least made Charnock Richard fight for the points with James Blackburn scoring twice for the home side in a 3-2 reverse.

Haslingden St Marys also lost, 2-1 at the hands of Tempest United.

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