Carl’s heroics Grim reading for Thornton

Carl Grimshaw scores from the spot against Thornton Cleveleys
Carl Grimshaw scores from the spot against Thornton Cleveleys

Carl Grimshaw once again proved to be an unstoppable force as the big striker bagged five of Charnock Richard’s seven goals against Thornton Cleveleys.

The Mossie Park outfit certainly had no Richardson Cup blues as a truly professional performance saw them run out convincing 7-1 winners.

David Fisher and David Burrows were the other Charnock goalscorers.

The victory sets up a next round meeting against Longridge Town at Mossie Park on Saturday, March 7.

The game finally went ahead at the third time of asking – in November, the original fixture was abandoned after a Thornton player required an ambulance and then, at the second time of asking, the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Charnock’s Mark Woods set the tone of the game in the second minute as he stung the palms of Nathan Thompson.

The home side produced plenty of neat passing and Woods was once again involved in the action, seeing a goal chalked off for offside.

Gavin Bates was a mere spectator in Charnock’s goal as Brett Dawson failed to carve out any chances.

The visitors finally caved in on 22 minutes when Fisher finished well from eight yards.

And two minutes before the half hour, Charnock doubled their lead when Woods raced into the penalty box and as he looked to pull the trigger, he was bundled over.

Grimshaw stepped up to confidently convert the resulting spot-kick.

The third goal came just minutes later when Burrows carried the ball into the area before unselfishly squaring the ball for Grimshaw, who slid the ball home.

In the opening stages of the second half, Bates saved well from a point blank header.

But any hopes of a comeback were ended in the 56th minutes as Burrows rounded Thompson to tap into an empty net.

Thornton could have reduce the arrears but Dawson skied his spot-kick.

They did score with 13 minutes left as Shaun Slater beat Bates with a long-distance shot.

A frantic final few minutes saw Grimshaw complete his hat-trick and score a further two goals too.

All three substitutes, David Prout, Jack Bennett and Spencer Bibby were involved in the goals as their passes allowed Grimshaw to finish all of his goals from close range.

In Division Two, Leyland United lost 1-0 against Kendal County.