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Charnock defeated Lostock St Gerard's 7-0 at Mossie Close with two goals each from Patrik Bibby, Carl Grimshaw and Alex Randell. Luke Barrow added the other goal.
Charnock Academy beat Devonshire 6-3 also at home with Joe Singleton scoring 4 goals and Joe Burton and Andrew Barnes adding the others.
Charnock Richard 7 Lostock St Gerard's 0

Saturday 15th August 2015 West Lancashire League Premier Division


Team: Gavin Bates, Spencer Bibby, Josh Norgate, Oliver Vaulks, Ross O’Farrell, Jack Bennett (David Prout 75), Jamie Sanderson, Alex Randell, Carl Grimshaw, Patrik Bibby (Luke Barrow 68), Lewis Swarbrick. Subs; (Not Used) David Fisher, Damian Dashti.

Lostock St Gerard’s have not had the best of summers this year and they turned up for this match having suffered a 7-1 defeat at Garstang in midweek and they were destined to concede another seven goals in this game. Charnock built up a two goal lead by half time and then, as their visitors wilted in the second period, scored another five with three goals coming in the final 15 minutes.

Charnock’s season to date has been a little like a roller coaster with its ups and downs. It is important that the side gets onto an even keel as soon as possible. There were a number of changes to the team following the disappointment of the defeat at Euxton Villa in midweek. Mike Fletcher and David Burrows were both suspended, Liam Hayton was injured and Mark Woods was on holiday. Only Bates, Spencer Bibby, Norgate, Jamie Sanderson and Carl Grimshaw kept their places. Damian Dashti and David Prout were relegated to the bench. Ross O’Farrell and Oliver Vaulks came in at the back. Alex Randell and Jack Bennett started in midfield and Patrik Bibby made his first start for the club, at this level, up front. Luke Barrow and David Fisher were also on the bench.

It was a sunny afternoon and 88 paid their entrance fee to see the game. Lostock kicked off playing towards the Charter Lane end and they showed plenty of enthusiasm in the opening minutes and produced the first goal scare of the afternoon when Norgate saw a pass played inside him and Crook fired a shot from the right across the face of the goal. With so many changes it took a while for the home side to settle, so with Lostock showing plenty of willingness the game was relatively even. With Charnock’s two central defenders not having played together before, the home defence looked rather shaky in the opening minutes but they settled down as the game progressed. Lostock almost shot themselves in the foot when a poor goal kick went straight to Pat Bibby but his attempt to play Grimshaw in was a little too strong. As the quarter of an hour mark past Charnock began to dominate the game with a cross from Alex Randell finding Grimshaw but he was tackled before he could get his shot away. Charnock took the lead on 16 minutes, Randell picked up the ball in the centre circle and advanced to the edge of the area where his pass to PATRIK BIBBY gave the youngster the chance to score his first goal for the first team and he took it, the ball going into the net via the underside of the cross bar. On 20 minutes Will Yates knocked on a free kick to Scarborough on the right but his shot was over the bar. Charnock were now creating chances and Grimshaw produced a weak left foot shot straight at Schofield in the Lostock goal when he should have scored. However, the same player showed remarkable skill to bring down an accurate Randell cross from the right on 28 minutes, side step a defender and easily beat the keeper to give Charnock a 2-0 lead. Lostock were still capable of causing problems for Charnock and Bates had to use all his height to tip a lob from Robinson over the bar on 31 minutes. The first half ended with Lewis Swarbrick and Alex Randell exchanging passes on the left before Alex blasted the ball over the bar.

The second half turned out to be mainly Charnock on the offensive with little seen of the visitors’ attack. However, they did have one golden opportunity to pull a goal back on 58 minutes when a defensive error left substitute Harry Ryding with only Bates to beat but he shot over the bar. At the other end it was a case of how many goals should Carl Grimshaw have scored as he spurned at least four golden chances and saw his effort from the penalty spot come back off the post. When he did find the net the effort was ruled out for offside. Despite a bright start to the half by Lostock it was Charnock who scored again on 56 minutes, once again Swarbrick and Randell swopped passes, this time down the right and when Randell crossed to beyond the back post Grimshaw headed the ball back across goal for PAT BIBBY to score his second goal. On 60 minutes a cross from the right hit a defender’s arm and the assistant flagged for a penalty from which Carl failed to score. It was 4-0 on 66 minutes when a left wing corner from RANDELL sailed straight into the net. It was the same player again on 75 minutes firing a free kick beneath the diving keeper. In the 82nd minute GRIMSHAW rose to head a Randell left wing corner into the net and in the final minute of normal time substitute LUKE BARROW scored his first goal at this level.

It had been a comprehensive win. As usual at the start of the season, when games come thick and fast the need for a big first team squad is important and despite the absence of a number of players this Charnock side had produced another quality performance. With Charnock’s midfield players interchanging positions and showing plenty of energy they had dominated midfield with Alex Randell becoming the maestro. Charnock play as a team and individual performances are not usually picked out but Alex scored two goals and set up at least three of the other goals. He had another goal disallowed for offside and in the final minute of the game shot straight at the keeper when he should have completed his hat-trick.

With only two additions to the squad in the close season, Oliver Vaulks and Lewis Swarbrick, the team has the basis of the players who have won the title in the last four seasons. The newcomers, however, are fitting in well, Vaulks has shown his ability in central defence and Swarbrick really made his mark in midfield in this game. With two new signings yet to make their appearance and David Fisher, who will be available on a regular basis once the cricket season finishes, the squad hopefully will see the club again competing for honours this season.

Charnock visit Eagley on Tuesday 18th August with a 6.30pm kick off. Saturday 22nd August sees Charnock at home again with the newly re-named Southport Hesketh the visitors, kick off 3.00pm.

Keith Reader

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