Edwin’s star is on rise says skipper

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Andrew Holdsworth has praised the impact young bowler Edwin Moulton has made on the Chorley first team.

The Windsor Park outfit are in a rich vein of form after winning five league and cup games in a row.

The impressive form has seen Chorley move up to fifth in the Northern Premier League table.

And 16-year-old Moulton has featured in four of the last five games, taking seven wickets, and has since gained the trust of skipper Holdsworth to take the new ball.

“Edwin has taken his opportunity and he’s bowled exceptionally well of late,” Holdsworth said.

“Regardless of his age, he has put his hand up and performed at first-team level and that’s all we want from anyone.

“There’s a lot more to come from Edwin but he has made a fantastic start.”

Tomorrow, Chorley welcome inconsistent Barrow to Windsor Park.

Daryl Wearing’s side have only won three of their nine games this season and come off the back of a winning draw against St Annes.

The form guide is on Chorley’s side but Holdsworth has been dealt a blow as a number of key men, including batsmen David Fisher and Jack Bentham, will be missing.

“Barrow will be a tough challenge – it’s never an easy game,” he said.

“They have some excellent players and they’re strong with both bath and ball.

“But we are in good form at the moment and everybody in the team is keen and eager to make it a sixth win in a row.

“We do have a number of players unavailable but we can welcome back Jimmy Lee.

“Jimmy has taken 20 wickets this season and his form has been outstanding.”

Despite the fine form, Holdsworth insists he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and he is calling on his team to be consistent throughout the campaign.

He said: “After a poor start to the season ,where we only managed to win one out of the first four games, it’s good to see us putting a decent run together.

“But it is only five games. We need to be putting consistent runs together throughout the whole year to ensure we are involved in the shake-up at the end of the season.

“The pleasing point is that we have strung together these wins without performing anywhere near our best.

“So it is exciting to see what we could actually achieve if we manage to play to our potential.”

Elsewhere in the Northern League, Dave Makinson’s Leyland team are taking on league leaders Morecambe at Woodhill Lane and Preston are on a free weekend.

On Sunday, Leyland visit Bolton League outfit Bradshaw in round three of the National Knockout competition.

Should Leyland win, a tie away at Chorley awaits them in the regional final.