Slick Rick earns Villa victory in the nick of time

Euxton Villa's Jordan Horner gets in a shot against Slyne with Hest
Euxton Villa's Jordan Horner gets in a shot against Slyne with Hest

Rick Wilson’s second-half wonder strike secured a much-needed three points for Euxton Villa.

The midfielder’s well-struck effort came nine minutes from time to ensure Villa claimed a 2-1 victory over third-placed Slyne with Hest.

Earlier, Euxton had taken the lead through an own goal before the visitors equalised through Liam Breslan.

The victory sees Villa sitting fifth in the Premier

Division.

Villa put in a much-improved performance against a tough Slyne side and they started well.

Danial Hogg spurned several early chances while Danny Marland was unlucky to see his chipped effort go wide of goal.

Hogg continued to cause problems and he looked to be relishing the attacking role in a 4-3-3 formation.

Evergreen Stuart Robertson was between the posts for Villa after two of the usual keepers were unavailable.

And Robertson was called into action midway through the first half to pull off a tremendous acrobatic save, tipping a header over the bar.

After an even first half, Villa took the lead in fortunate circumstances.

Substitute Chris Holt whipped in a corner, Hogg flicked a header towards goal and the final touch unluckily came off a Slyne man.

Euxton continued to press with Hogg being a constant threat.

But somewhat against the run of play, Slyne got themselves an equaliser.

A long ball was sent forward which found Breslan and he comfortably slotted in the corner past a helpless Robertson.

Despite the setback, Villa continued to play the better football and it was a fine team move that sealed the points.

Marland timed his throughball to perfection to find Wilson and the tireless midfielder struck a volley first time and found the bottom corner.

Villa had chances late on to put the game to bed, but first Wilson missed an effort one-on-one and then Hogg was denied by a fine save.

And it Robertson who had the last word, the 44-year-old pulling off a second fine save to ensure Mark McDonnell’s side sealed all three points.

Euxton Villa: Robertson, Hutton, Swift, Thompson, Bolton, Morris, Marland, Wilson, Hogg, Gronback, Horner. Subs used: Holt, Birkby, Leggett.

This Saturday, Euxton welcome title chasers Blackpool Wren Rovers.

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

n Leyland United drew 0-0 with Milnthorpe Corinthians in Division Two.

In a tough game, a draw was probably a fair result with a number of youth team players impressing in the Leyland line-up.

United still have four games left and are still sitting in second place, but Haslingden St Mary’s and Kendal County both have a number of games in hand.

Boss Kenny Mayers said: “We aim to finish the season as strongly as possible and we’ll see if that’s good enough to finish in second place.

“I appreciate we only have a slim chance but we certainly won’t give up until the final game is over.”