Hesketh are no match for red hot Charnock

Carl Grimshaw scores against Fleetwood Hesketh

Carl Grimshaw scores against Fleetwood Hesketh

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Reigning Premier Division champions Charnock Richard regained top spot after a 3-0 win at home to Southport Hesketh.

Charnock took over at the top on goal difference from Longridge Town on nine points, with David Burrows, Carl Grimshaw and David Prout scoring the goals.

The first half was goalless, thanks to an impressive goalkeeping display from Charnock’s Gavin Bates, who twice made key stops.

Southport went down to 10 men three minutes before the break, as Josh Martin was dismissed for kicking out, and the locals took advantage.

Shortly after the restart, Charnock took the lead as Alex Randell’s corner kick was headed in by David Burrows at the near post.

Randell also had a hand in the second goal, driving to the bye-line before pulling the ball back for Carl Grimshaw to slot home just after the hour.

Charnock put the seal on their victory four minutes into added time when David Prout lashed a shot from 20 yards in off the underside of the bar, reminiscent of his effort at Hesketh Bank last season.

Saturday sees Charnock again at home, against old rivals Blackpool Wren Rovers, kick-off 3 p.m.

The Academy won 2-1 at New Longton Rovers with Joe Singleton on target, with Oliver Grundy also finding the net.

Coppull United are also on nine points, with a 100% record, after their latest win – coming from 2-1 down at half-time to beat Lostock St Gerards 4-2 at home on Saturday.

Martin Kershaw put the locals ahead after only four minutes at Blainscough Park, but Lostock rallied to lead at the break with two goals in seven minutes midway through the half, through Kurt Robinson and Steve Greenwood.

Coppull trailed with 20 minutes remaining, but Ryan Steele netted a nine-minute hat-trick to seal the points.

United are at Southport Hesketh on Saturday, before a derby at Charnock Richard next Tuesday night.

Euxton Villa picked up their second win of the season, as they came away from Crooklands Casuals with a 2-0 success.

Villa missed an early penalty, and the hosts hit bar and post before Euxton went ahead right on half-time.

Crooklands conceded another penalty, and were reduced to 10 men, with Ryan Thompson converting from the spot.

Shaun Gibbs saved a Crooklands penalty just before the hour, before Villa netted a killer second with eight minutes remaining, Sam Bolton heading in at the far post.

Villa host Lostock St Gerards on Saturday.

In the Second Division, Croston Sports continued their fine start to the season as they enjoyed a 4-1 derby victory at Leyland United on Saturday.

Martin McCubbin put Leyland in front on 14 minutes, but Croston hit back with three goals in six minutes before half-time – a brace from Phil Caunce and one from Stephen Alty.

Matthew Golder settled matters 10 minutes from time.