Marland brace helps Villa to derby success

Karl Burke of Coppull United and Byron Andrew of Euxton Villa
Karl Burke of Coppull United and Byron Andrew of Euxton Villa

Euxton Villa stole the bragging rights in the West Lancashire League Premier Division by recording a fine 2-0 derby victory over Coppull United.

Goals either side of the half from Danny Marland secured a convincing victory for Euxton, who were also celebrating the news of a new sponsorship deal with Mark Gladwin and Andrew McKenna, directors of LVS Imas Ltd, who have been excellent supporters of the club for 10 years.

Euxton boss Mark McDonnell was delighted with the side’s performance.

He said: “We played excellently and deserved all three points.

“Jordan Horner was quality and showed why he deserved the starting spot up front.

“We have a tough game next week against Eagley, but I’m confident we can get a

result.”

Coppull were rocked by the news that defender George Melling had left the club prior to the kick off, which meant manager Dave Haughton had to re-shuffle the pack.

Villa started well and had the ball in the back of the net in the opening minutes through tricky winger Byron Andrew.

But his effort was correctly chalked off as he converted from an offside position.

Villa should then have taken the lead through young striker Horner, but he struck wide after an excellent through ball from Ashley Ball.

Horner nearly made amends but his rasping volley just sailed wide as Villa started to take the game to Coppull.

Coppull had half chances but they were dealt another blow as midfielder Dave Parker went into a challenge and was accidentally kicked in the head, leaving the midfielder requiring stitches.

As the half-time whistle drew ever closer Villa made the breakthrough thanks to Marland.

Ball found Sam Bolton with a measured cross, and Bolton’s header found the unmarked Marland who slammed home to give Villa a 1-0 lead at the break.

Villa made it two minutes into the second half, after Andrew, who caused problems all game for Coppull, went on a mazy run and found himself on the edge of the area.

The winger unleashed a shot which keeper Gavin King could only parry, and the waiting Marland was on hand to finish comfortably and take the game even further away from Coppull.

Villa went on the search for a third and Horner again missed another chance, but the young strike put in an excellent performance up front.

Coppull had plenty of possession with young keeper Matthew Wilson was called upon as he made an excellent point blank save.

Villa introduced striker Danial Hogg and his pace and power caused problems for Coppull but he failed to convert his chances.

Villa saw the game home comfortably securing an excellent three points.

Coppull manager Dave Haughton was disappointed with the loss, but he couldn’t take anything away from

Euxton.

He said: “I can’t take

anything way from Mark

McDonnell.

“He has signed some good players and Euxton wanted it more today.

“The injury to Dave unsettled us, it’s Ttruw.

“But we will go back to the drawing board and look for a win next week.”