Nolan inspires Charnock comeback

John Sanderson has a header- Pic by Ken Chapman

John Sanderson has a header- Pic by Ken Chapman

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Charnock Richard showed why they are champions after an excellent comeback to win 4-2 at home to Vickerstown.

Charnock started poorly and seemed over confident after the midweek thrashing of rivals Euxton Villa in the West Lancashire League.

After failing to convert early chances, Charnock found themselves behind after a Damian Dashti brought down the Vickerstown frontman and the referee awarded a penalty.

Sean Patterson took the spot kick and gave the visitors an undeserved lead.

Just after half-time Vickerstown doubled their lead and Charnock’s year long unbeaten record looked under threat.

A fluke effort was hit from the touchline and the ball sailed over goalkeeper Gavin Bates’ head and Charnock new changes had to be made.

Andy Roberts replaced Mark Woods and moments later Charnock grabbed a goal.

An Alex Porter clearence was poorly controlled by a defender and Carl Grimshaw picked up the ball swivelled and smashed a 25-yard effort into the back of the net.

The goal lifted Charnock with John Sanderson, Porter and Grimshaw having efforts.

Danny Nolan replaced Michael Galliers and a change of positions brought the Charnock equaliser.

A great move down the right wing saw veteran Roberts poke the ball home at the back post.

With three minutes to go, ex-Chorley man Nolan struck the ball towards goal after a Porter cross and his shot was deflected and the ball landed in the back of the net sending the 100 plus crowd wild.

Nolan grabbed his second a minute later and secured the three points from Charnock as he hit a shot on the edge of the box which sailed into the top corner and give Charnock a valuable three points.

n Euxton Villa bounced back from the midweek defeat against Charnock Richard after a 2-1 home win over Tempest United.

Mark McDonnell’s men welcomed back Byron Andrew to the side after the influencial midfielder sat out the Charnock game due to a stomach problem.

Villa started brightly and had early chances through Danial Hogg and debutant Jordan Horner. But it was the returning Andrew who made the breakthrough.

Andrew was a constant threat all game and his bending effort curled past the goalkeeper and left him no chance to give Villa a deserved lead.

Villa continued to dominate but their failure to convert chances went against them as Tempest equalised against the run of play.

But Villa continued to attack and it was the masterfull Ball who grabbed a deserved goal to put Euxton 2-1 up twenty minutes from time.

Ball smashed his effort into the corner leaving the keeper no chance and Euxton managed to hold onto the win and gain a valuable three points.

Coppull United battled hard to grab a 1-1 draw at home to Blackpool Wren Rovers.

Coppull started brightly and looked to bounce back after a shock defeat at home to Burnley Belvedere during the week.

Scott Hendy opened the scoring at Blainscough Park with a smart finish, but Wren Rovers bounced back just six minutes later.

Both sides had chances to win the game and Dave Houghton’s men have the right to be aggrieved after failing to convert their chances.

The result may not be one Coppull wanted but a credible draw against a side that has already held champions Charnock to a draw.