Johnstone hits late winner for Villa

Longridge Town's Jordan Tucker receives a straight red by referee Connor Brown after his tackle on Euxton Villa's Ashley Ball
Longridge Town's Jordan Tucker receives a straight red by referee Connor Brown after his tackle on Euxton Villa's Ashley Ball

Euxton Villa came from behind to defeat 10-man Longridge Town in the Premier Division of the West Lancashire League.

Mark McDonnell’s men rallied in the later stages of the second half to seal the three points.

In truth, Villa were outplayed in the opening 45 minutes, Rick Coar opening the scoring for Longridge in the 13th minute.

But the game turned on its head midway through the second half, Longridge skipper Jordan Tucker seeing red after a shocking tackle on Villa’s Ashley Ball.

Villa rallied and Ball equalised for the visitors in the 78th minute.

With eight minutes remaining Villa sealed the victory, former Bamber Bridge striker Greg Johnstone used all his experience to finish superbly inside the area.

The hosts were dominant the first half.

Coar opened the scoring heading home from six yards.

Prior to Coar’s goal, Longridge player-manager Lee Ashcroft shot over from a Kieran Walmsley cross.

Longridge continued to press, Ashcroft played through Bowen but the winger failed to test Villa ‘keeper Shaun Gibbs.

Then on the half hour he had two more chances, he was again set up by Ashcroft and then Troy Carsley but on both occasions he failed to beat Gibbs.

Euxton had their first chance on two minutes before half time; the ball bounced through off Walmsley and a great strike from Sam Bolton produced a fine save from Ryan White.

Town continued to play on the front foot in the second half but the game changed in the 55th minute.

Tucker lunged in on Ball and referee Connor Brown immediately produced the red card.

Euxton made the extra man count and had chances of their own to get back in the game.

Shortly after the sending off Ryan McKenna missed an interception and Johnstone was through on goal but White was quick off his line to deny the Euxton striker.

Ashcroft had a shot cleared off the line and then in the 76th minute, Ball tapped in at the back post.

Euxton were buoyed by their goal and as the game entered its final stages, Johnstone powered home a header to seal the points.

Victory for Villa has left them fifth in the table, seven points off top spot.

Coppull United have a two point lead at the top-of-the-table as they thrashed Vickerstown 3-0.

Within the first 10 minutes, Dave Haughton’s men already had a two goal lead.

Nathan Fairhurst opened the scoring in the third minute and Ash Young double the lead soon after.

As the game entered injury time, Coppull well and truly put the game to bed, goal machine Ryan Steel scoring his 12th Premier Division goal of the season.

On Saturday, Euxton host Vickerstown and Coppull travel to Blackpool Wren Rovers, kick-offs are 3pm.

Reigning Premier Division champions Charnock Richard made light work of Burnley United.

The Villagers scored three unanswered goals away at Burnley United.

Victory for Andy Westwell’s side ensured they remained hot on the heels of current table-toppers Coppull United, sitting two points off top spot.

Skipper Josh Norgate fired Charnock into the lead in the sixth minute before David Burrows double the lead soon after.

Jamie Sanderson put the game to bed in the 75th minute as Charnock were worthy winners in East Lancashire.

Both sides probed early on but the visitors struck first in devastating fashion and ran in two goals within 13 minutes.

Skipper Norgate prodded home following a goalmouth scramble and Burrows doubled the lead five minutes later.

Burnley were struggling, Mark Adams was unlucky to see a cross rebound back off the post.

Towards the end of the half, Gavin Bates saved with his feet to deny James Blackburn.

The hosts started the second half well, Bates pulling off a fine save to tip wide Chris Kay’s volley.

Burrows was guilty of missing a one-on-one and at the other end, Bates got down low to deny Anthony McLoughlin.

As Burnley pressed Charnock scored an all important third, debutant Jordan Murdoch crossed for Sanderson and he made no mistake pushing his shot passed the goalkeeper. On Saturday, Charnock are at home to Thornton Cleveleys.

In Division Two, Croston Sports returned to winning ways, beating Furness Cavaliers 5-0.

Matt Davison scored a hat-trick whilst Brook Astle and Jordan Freeman got on the scoresheet.