Mitch’s double ensures there’s no hitch in cup

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Coppull United ‘s impressive cup form continued as they thrashed Vickerstown at Blainscough Park.

Ahead of Friday’s Lancashire FA Amateur Shield cup final against CMB, Dave Haughton’s side ran out convincing winners in the second round of the Richardson Cup.

A ruthless final 15 minutes saw Coppull win 4-1.

Former Preston North End midfielder Nathan Fairhurst gave the home side the lead in the 28th minute before Danny Keenan hit back for Town in the 46th minute.

A goal from Lewis Grimshaw then gave Coppull the lead with 15 minutes

remaining.

The prolific Mitch Leece was then introduced from the bench and he put the game to bed in the final 10 minutes scoring from the spot in the 80th minute and two minutes later bagging his second.

There were few chances in the first half at a blustery Blainscough Park but against the run of play, Fairhurst beat the keeper to open the scoring.

Jordan Wilson then had a fine chance to double the lead and then on the stroke of half-time, Ryan Salmon was hauled down on the edge of the box by the onrushing keeper, yet only a yellow card was produced.

Vickerstown hit back immediately in the second half, as Keenan comfortably scored past Gavin King.

Salmon and Wilson hobbled off injured with Alex Green and Leece taking their places.

Grimshaw was pushed up front and he managed to get a goal with an excellent finish.

Leece, who proved a threat with his pace, was then hauled down in the box leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot.

He picked himself up and dusted himself down to convincingly beat the keeper.

Two minutes later and semi-final spot was sealed as Leece rounded off the scoring.

Friday night’s final is being held at the County Ground in Leyland.

Kick off is 7pm and all people are welcome.

n Charnock Richard’s scheduled second round Richardson Cup tie against Burnley United was postponed.

A date for the fixture is yet to be announced.

This weekend it’s derby day in the Premier Division of the West Lancashire League as Mark McDonnell’s Euxton Villa host Charnock Richard.

Kick off at the Jim Fowler Memorial Playing Fields is 3pm.

Leyland United return to league action in Division Two as they travel to Todmorden Borough, kick off also 3pm.