Charnock’s goal blitz

Charnock Richard 4 Stoneclough 0''Pixs by Ken Chapman ''Pix of Charnock's Chris Robinson
Charnock Richard 4 Stoneclough 0''Pixs by Ken Chapman ''Pix of Charnock's Chris Robinson

Two goals in the first five minutes paved the way for an comfortable 4-0 win for Charnock Richard over Stoneclough on Saturday.

Phil Jackson made his first start since re-signing from Bamber Bridge.

It was a miserable afternoon with light drizzle on and off throughout the game.

Craig Tebay in the Stoneclough goal has produced some impressive performances against the Villagers over the last few seasons, but he could do little about the first two goals.

In the third minute, the ball was only cleared to Jackson on the left after another Charnock attack, and he delivered a diagonal ball into the area, which is difficult to defend.

David Burrows anticipated the ball, and neatly headed the ball home unopposed.

Charnock added a second goal on five minutes when Grimshaw charged down the right and produced such a superb low cross that Burrows cleverly deceived Tebay by back-heeling the ball just inside the back post.

For the remainder of the first half, it was a case of Stoneclough defending and Charnock failing to add to their lead.

The home side finally increased their lead on 54 minutes when Mark Edmeads, surprisingly, ventured all the way forward to the bye line on the right, from where he delivered a great low cross, which Carl Grimshaw swept home from close range.

Another neat passing move put Burrows clear into the box after 65 minutes. Tebay came out to mis-time his dive and gave a penalty.

Burrows was persuaded to try and complete his hat-trick, but the goalkeeper blocked the shot and Grimshaw missed the follow-up.

Jackson completed a good game with a centre which Grimshaw fastened on to and hit a shot across the keeper into the far side of the goal.

Next Saturday sees the top teams taking a rest from the league as they compete in the Lancashire Amateur Shield. Charnock is facing a tough-looking tie at Wythenshawe Amateurs, who compete in the Manchester League.

CHARNOCK RICHARD: Paul Eatock, Liam Hayton, Damian Dashti, Ross Bain, Tom Morgan (David Prout 36), Mike Fletcher (Ollie Telford 76), Mark Edmeads, Phil Jackson, Chris Robinson, Carl Grimshaw (Ash Ball 80). David Burrows. SUBS: (Not Used) Andy Roberts.