Charnock drew 1-1 with Blackpool Wren Rovers at Mossie Park. Jack Bennett scored the goal.
The Reserves maintained their 100% start to the season with a 3-1 win at Hurst Green Reserves. Ryan Donnellan, Oliver Grundy and Tom Charnley scored the goals.
Charnock Richard 1 Blackpool Wren Rovers 1
Saturday 29th August 2015 West Lancashire League Premier Division
CHARNOCK RICHARD 1
BLACKPOOL WREN ROVERS 1
Team: Gavin Bates, Damian Dashti, Josh Norgate, Oliver Vaulks, Mike Fletcher, Jack Bennett, Alex Randell, Mark Woods (Jamie Sanderson 15), Mark Adams (P. Bibby 75), David Burrows, Lewis Swarbrick. Subs: (Not Used) Luke Barrow, Ross O’Farrell, Dwayne Gilmore.
End to end action and two goals in the first 11 minutes suggested that this game was going to produce plenty of goals but both sides were guilty of missing chances; Charnock failing to convert some gilt edged ones. With Wrens being reduced to 10 men for the final half hour of the game they will be the team taking most satisfaction from this encounter.
Charnock were missing Carl Grimshaw and Spencer Bibby both suspended so they gave a debut to Mark Adams up front. Mike Fletcher, returning from suspension, came in at centre back. Mark Woods, who had returned from holiday, was preferred in midfield to Jamie Sanderson.
It was a fine afternoon with a westerly wind that gave the advantage to the team kicking towards the Charter Lane end and in the first half this was Blackpool Wren Rovers. Charnock kicked off and should have taken the lead within the first 30 seconds of the game. Dashti found Mark Adams down the right and his cross reached David Burrows at the back post, he took a good touch and fired past the post. The first of a good number of goal chances that were to be spurned during the following 90 minutes. Wrens showed plenty of enthusiasm in the opening minutes, they have some big, strong players and they played to their strengths hitting long balls forward that several times caught out the home defence. There was only four minutes on the clock when Wrens took the lead, a throw in on the left finished with Danny Morris hitting a shot which went under the diving Bates in goal, Gavin will be disappointed that he did not stop this one but in a crowded penalty area he was possibly unsighted. The game was being played at a high tempo with both sides going out for a win. Josh Norgate shot straight at Andrew Speight in the visiting goal before Charnock equalised on 11 minutes. A superb ball from Fletcher from the back put Burrows away down the left and JACK BENNETT made a great run to fire his centre into the net. The game had had an exciting start and was to be entertaining for the remainder of the match but there were no more goals. For Charnock a Burrows glancing header from a left wing corner went wide. Adams had a powerful shot beaten away by Speight and when Burrows found Swarbrick at the back post his shot hit the inside of the far post and bounced back into the keeper’s hands. At the other end Eastwood got clear and tried to lob the advancing Bates but Gavin got a hand to the ball and it was cleared. Then, when Wrens broke again following a Charnock corner Crolla shot high and wide when he should have at least hit the target. On the stroke of half time Bates had to go down to turn a shot around the post and immediately Eastwood had another shooting opportunity but again his effort went wide. Mark Woods’ return to the side did not last long as he had to be replaced after 15 minutes by Jamie Sanderson. Charnock’s midfield lacks height but there is plenty of strong running and with Alex Randell wanting to be at the centre of all the play they saw loads of the action.
Charnock had the benefit of the wind in the second half and had the ball in the net four minutes after the re-start. A Randell free kick found its way through to the back post where Josh Norgate turned it into the net but the assistant’s flag was up for offside. The pattern of the half was similar to the first 45 minutes, the main difference being that Charnock had easier chances to score. Good interplay between Burrows and Randell saw the latter finish with a shot off target. Then when Norgate, with a delightful ball over the top, put Adams in on the left he shot wide when a ball across the goal could have seen Burrows tap home. Two good chances for Charnock in the closing minutes were also missed, when Norgate broke into the left side of the area his cross to Burrows was just too strong. Then Burrows broke free, Speight advanced, David went past him but the angle was tight and his shot came back off the near post straight onto the welcome arms of the goalkeeper. Wrens were reduced to 10 men when Fran Donaghy was shown a second yellow card on 58 minutes but they still carried a threat and on another occasion could well have departed with all three points. Bates did well to turn a ball dropping under the bar out for a corner from which two powerful shots were blocked by home defenders. In the closing stages Wrens found extra energy and the home defence came under added pressure.
Only a point each was not a disaster for either team. In the last seven seasons the top two places in the final table have been occupied by these two sides so games between the teams have been important but they have usually been very entertaining and this one was no different. A crowd of 93 could not have any complaints as the game was end to end and only if you come to see goals would you be disappointed by the poor finishing from both sides.
On Tuesday 1st September Charnock entertain near neighbours Coppull United who will arrive with a 100% record so far this season. Kick off is at 7.00pm.