Charnock looking strong for a repeat

Last seasons Charnock squad celebrating- Kevin McGuinness

Last seasons Charnock squad celebrating- Kevin McGuinness

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Charnock Richard manager Andy Westwell was giving nothing away when speak ahead of the new season.

Charnock finished last season as champions of the West Lancashire League Premier Division, and surely will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

They enjoyed an excellent 2-2 draw with Bamber Bridge last week in a game they dominated for long periods of the game.

Westwell has signed four players over the summer, with ex-Chorley man Danny Nolan being the most notable name.

Charnock have lost the one key player as stalwart centre-half Andy Pendlebury has called time on his career.

But his face will still be seen around the club as he has become first-team coach.

Westwell refused to start talking about defending the title, insisting it was far from a foregone conclusion.

He said: “We aren’t going to get too cocky about it as there are some very good sides in this league.

“We always hope we can win the league – the cups are nice, but the league is what we really want.”

Mike Galliers, Mark Woods and Gavin Bates have also joined this summer, giving Westwell plenty of choice to select from.

I cannot see Charnock failing to finish in the top two come the end of the season.

They have signed quality players and the obvious man to watch will be Carl Grimshaw, the striker who bagged more than 50 goals last season.

Another player to keep an eye out for is central midfielder Mark Woods.

Woods has joined from Leyland United, and has already impressed throughout pre-season.