Grimshaw is hero for 10-man Charnock

Liam Hayton wins a header against Euxton Villa. Pics by Ken Chapman
Liam Hayton wins a header against Euxton Villa. Pics by Ken Chapman

CHARNOCK Richard moved one step closer to retaining the Amateur Shield after taking the bragging rights in this close-fought derby.

Charnock made three changes from the team that had competed in the Northern Counties Senior Cup at the West Riding FA last week, with Mike Fletcher, Chris Robinson and David Burrows coming into the starting line-up.

Euxton Villa manager Mark McDonnell also had to make a few changes when his central defenders Darren Davies and Rick Wood turned up with their arms in plaster.

Charnock’s David Burrows had an early chance when he burst into the area, but he screwed his shot past the far post.

Villa’s keeper Andy Almond breathed a sigh of relief when Chris Robinson’s chance was cleared.

Alex Porter watched as his 30-yard free-kick sail wide, before he was given his marching orders on the half-hour mark for a high tackle.

It remained goalless at the interval, but at the start of the second half Villa were keen to show that they were not going to be making up the numbers as Alex Gutteridge sent a tempting cross into the box.

However, Charnock took a vital lead on 59 minutes, when the unmarked Carl Grimshaw rolled the ball past Almond.

Manager Andy Westwell decided to rely on defence after 78 minutes, when he took off Grimshaw and brought on Damian Dashti. With just Robinson left up front, it became a case of Charnock defending and Euxton trying to snatch an equaliser.

The visitors had a penalty shout turned down and, in the melee, Sam Bolton was given his marching orders in the last 10 minutes.

Charnock held on for the victory. They will face local rivals Coppull in the league on Saturday.