Brickell strike not enough for Coppull

Coppull United striker Greg Brickell in action
Coppull United striker Greg Brickell in action

A late strike denied Coppull United all three points in their West Lancashire Premier League tie against Fleetwood Hesketh.

Greg Brickell opened the scoring for Coppull in the 39th minute, but an 88th minute strike from David Brookes ensured the Blainscough Park outfit would have to be satisfied with a point.

Coppull started brightly, and looked much more confident after last weekend’s defeat against Euxton Villa.

Nathan Fairhurst was the midfield maestro, with every Coppull attack going through the ex Wrexham and Preston North End man.

After a great spell of pressure, Coppull took the lead through ex-Bamber Bridge striker Brickell.

Brickell linked up well with Dave Parker, who was playing with a bandaged head due to an injury sustained against Euxton.

Parker lifted the ball over the centre-half and Brickell was on hand to fire home from 15 yards out.

Coppull continued to press well into the second half, and Brickell almost made it two but he was denied by the post, but then came the turning point in the game, as both Chris Robinson and Brickell had to be withdrawn due to injury.

The loss of Robinson and Brickell seemed to spur Hesketh on, and in the 88th minute disaster struck.

Brooke finished past Gavin King to break the Coppull hearts and give Hesketh an undeserved point.

Coppull can welcome Bamber Bridge midfielder Mark Edmeads to the squad for the weekend cup tie against Haslingden.

Euxton Villa continued to perform as they thrashed Eagley 3-1 away from home in a dominating performance.

Two goals from young striker Jordan Horner, and yet another great strike from Byron Andrew, sealed a deserved three points which sees Euxton third in the league table.

Despite a slow start which saw Villa hardly have a sniff, the away side opened the scoring midway through the first half after Horner finished comfortably past the keeper.

Eagley bounced back in the second half, and after striking the woodwork twice they equalised through Jordan Cover.

But Horner made it 2-1 straight away, after again finishing well.

Andrew rounded the performance off with a fine solo effort to give Euxton the points.

Charnock Richard had a hard fought 1-0 victory over Fulwood Amateurs.

A goal from Tom Morgan in the opening minutes sealed the points for the league-leaders.

Charnock started well, and it was the first effort on goal that saw them take the lead.

Mark Woods crossed and Morgan was on hand to make it 1-0.

Damian Dashti thought he made it two, but his effort cannoned off the inside of the post and Fulwood nearly equalised, but Jonty McDonald fired wide.

Charnock had further chances and, in truth, it was a poor game but a deserved win for Charnock.