Title race may be Rover after crucial victory

Dan Hogg celebrates his goal
Dan Hogg celebrates his goal
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Charnock Richard strengthened their West Lancashire League Premier Division title credentials by seeing off third-placed Blackpool Wren Rovers 3-0.

A first-half strike from Carl Grimshaw set Charnock on their way.

Then second half strikes from Danial Hogg and a second from Grimshaw sealed the all-important victory.

The win leaves Charnock needing just 10 points to seal another league title.

After just two minutes, the Mossie Park outfit were on the attack.

Liam Hayton sent in a cross which was met by the head of Grimshaw but Wren Rovers goalkeeper Nathan Thompson tipped the ball on to the crossbar.

The visitors responded quickly and Gavin Bates was required to block a Lee Tobin effort.

Rick Sear then volleyed over the Charnock bar before the break through came in the 22nd minute.

Former Chorley and Bamber Bridge forward Alex Porter sent in a fine cross which was met by the head of Grimshaw, which made no mistake finding the back of the net.

The goal spurred on the Villagers, with Porter shooting over from a Hayton cross and, just before the interval, Thompson saving well from Grimshaw inside the area.

The home side started the second half like they ended the first bombarding the Wren Rovers goal – Hayton heading wide at the back post from a Porter free-kick.

Bates then saved a strike from Nick Greenall and just as Wren looked for an equaliser, Charnock doubled their

lead.

Alex Porter whipped over an in-swinging corner from the right and Hogg, who had come on for the injured Dave Burrows in the first half, escaped his marker and glanced home an unstoppable header at the near post.

Porter then missed a chance from six yards after latching on to a Hayton cross.

But with just 14 minutes left, Charnock bagged a third and put the game well beyond Wren Rovers.

Hogg collected the ball on the far side of the pitch and sent over an inviting cross inside the penalty area.

Waiting was Grimshaw, who powered his header into the back of the net to send the home fans wild.

Charnock saw the game out with ease with their opponents struggling to cope with a the pace the home side were playing at.

Charnock Richard: Gavin Bates, Damian Dashti, Liam Hayton, Ashley Young, Craig Banks (Sam Nightingale 72), Mike Fletcher, Mark Woods (David Fisher 67), Andy Roberts, Carl Grimshaw, David Burrows (Dan Hogg 34), Alex Porter.

Subs not used : Mark Eastham (gk).

n Euxton Villa were without a league game so had the frustration of a week off.

They return to action against Norcross & Warbreck this Saturday.