Charnock seal convincing victory

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Charnock Richard cruised to a 4-1 home victory over rivals Euxton Villa.

Charnock opened the scoring through Alex Porter in the fifth minute, Porter grabbed his second and Charnocks second in controversial fashion after scoring from a corner that shouldn’t have been.

Alex Porter scored for Charnock Richard

Alex Porter scored for Charnock Richard

A Carl Grimshaw goal made it 3-0 before Villa’s Richard Wilson hit back through an excellent volley, before Jamie Sanderson rounded off the nights scoring with a 25 yard wonder strike.

Villa had the worst possible start with the news that influencial winger Byron Andrew had to withdraw due to a stomach problem and Duncan McPhail was promoted from the bench.

Charnock pressed Villa early and the early pressure paid off as Alex Porter was found free in the area and slotted calmly past Euxton goalkeeper Shaun Gibbs.

Euxton gradually came into the game and frontman Danial Hogg just lost out in a 50/50 with Charnock goalkeeper Gavin Bates.

Michael Fletcher than struck wide before Grimshaw missed a cross that any connection would have seen the ball in the back of the net.

New Charnock midfielder Mark Woods who impressed throughout the 90 then had an excellent 25 yard strike save by Gibbs before Porter bagged his second of the night without causing frustration to the Euxton players.

Referee Peter Simm was jeered all night from both sets of supporters and player and he awarded a corner incorrectly from which Porter nipped in at the back post and gave Charnock a commanding 2-0 lead.

Porter then could have grabbed his Hat-trick and sealed the game but he fluffed a one on one chance which trickled past the left hand post.

As half time passed Charnock game out with much more intensity and took the game to Euxton, Grimshaw was put through one and one and everyone would have put money on to score but Gibbs made a smart save and denied Grimshaw his first goal of the season.

Michael Galliers again another contender for man of the match was dangerous from set pieces all night and he whipped in a corner which was met by the head of Charnock skipper Craig Banks but his header cannoned off the crossbar.

Grimshaw then had an effort sail wide before he finally grabbed his first goal of the season.

Excellent work from Galliers set Grimshaw free only to beat the keeper and he made no mistake and all but sealing the game for Charnock.

Villa did hit back through a wonder strike from sub Richard Wilson in the 62nd minute.

Smart work from Ash Ball down the left hand side saw his cross met by the right foot of Wilson just inside the area and it sailed into the top right hand corner.

But eight minutes later the game was put to bed after Jamie Sanderson scored a wonder goal of his own.

Taking the ball down 25 yards out he hit a sweet strike which sailed straight across Gibbs and into the left hand corner.

The final 15 minutes seemed much of a training game to Charnock as they controlled a tired looking Euxton.

Danny Nolan, John Sanderson and Andy Roberts all had cameo appearances before referee Simm blew up and brought the game to an end giving Charnock a much deserved three points.