Lethal Collier fires in another treble

Mark Collier was the Leyland and Chorley hero as his hat-trick saw his side continue their strong start to the season with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over a tough Urmston side.

L&C were guilty of a slow start, losing possession cheaply with misdirected passes and poor control, and handing the initiative to their opposition.

They were grateful to some well-timed tackles by Terry Fredericks, Nick Dunn and James Gallacher and two good saves by keeper Wilding to keep the scores level.

On 15 minutes, L&C created their first real chance following good interplay between Matt Wilson, Simon Myers and Gary Swann but Collier was left frustrated as his reverse shot clattered on to the post and away to safety.

A controversial moment came in the 25th minute when an Urmston defender minus his stick chased down Collier when clean through on goal, and with a goal almost certain, the defender engaged the frontman inside the D.

The umpires clearly at a loss having never seen anything like it pulled play back for a free hit outside the D when a penalty stroke and a yellow card was probably a more realistic decision.

But L&C were not downhearted and deservedly took the lead on 30 minutes when Keith Gradwell belied his years to break down the right, showing the defender a clean pair of heels, before his cutback picking out Collier who lifted the ball into the net.

Collier doubled Leyland and Chorley’s lead early in the second half before Urmston pulled a goal back minutes later.

But the home comeback was short lived as Collier complete his hat-trick soon after.

Leyland continued to attack and Collier was left frustrated as his shot flicked the outside of the post.

Craig Wilson and Myers both had chances late on to extend the lead, but Leyland and Chorley were more than deserved winners on the day.