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Charnock beat Vickerstown 8-0 with 4 goals from David Burrows. Jamie Sanderson, David Prout, Matt Ashcroft and Lewis Swarbrick scored the other goals
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The Academy won 2-1 at Tarleton Corinthians with Damon Andrews scoring both goals.
Charnock Richard 8 Vickerstown 0

Saturday 10th October 2015 West Lancs League Premier Division


Team: Gavin Bates, Spencer Bibby (Damian Dashti 61), Matt Ashcroft, Oliver Vaulks, Josh Norgate, Mike Fletcher, Jamie Sanderson (Jordan Murdoch 66), David Prout, Carl Grimshaw, David Burrows, Lewis Swarbrick (Jack Bennett 73). Subs (Not Used) Ross O’Farrell, Patrik Bibby.

Four second half goals from David Burrows resulted in Charnock Richard recording an 8-0 win over visitors Vickerstown. Ahead after only three minutes Charnock should have at least doubled their 4-0 lead at half time but a number of glaring misses meant that the final result, whilst damaging enough, was not horrendous. The Vickerstown team includes some tall, powerful players and at times they produced some decent football going forwards but defensively they were slow and lacked organisation. David Burrows with his speed constantly ran through the large gaps in their defence and some delightful approach football resulted in a number of guilt edged goal chances for the Villagers some of which were unfortunately missed. On another occasion Charnock would have suffered from such poor finishing but in this match it simply meant that the margin of the win was not as great as it should have been.

Charnock still without long term injury victims Liam Hayton and Mark Woods were also missing Alex Randell, suspended, and Mark Adams. David Prout came into the starting line-up otherwise the side was the same as the one that started in the win over Fulwood Amateurs the previous week. Ross O’Farrell and Patrik Bibby, both having been appearing in the Reserves recently, joined Jordan Murdock, Jack Bennett and Damian Dashti on the bench.

A bright afternoon with little wind and a pitch in superb condition provided ideal conditions for football and the 79 people who paid to watch were not disappointed. Vickerstown bring very few, if any, supporters so the majority of the crowd either favoured Charnock or were neutrals. Vickerstown kicked off playing towards the Charter Lane end. The visitors moved the ball around sweetly in the opening two minutes of the match but it soon became obvious that defensively they were very vulnerable as Charnock took the lead. Burrows got free down the left on three minutes and cut in, although keeper Nick Beach got down to cut out David’s cross he only diverted the ball to the inrushing JAMIE SANDERSON who whipped the ball into the net. Vickerstown then threatened to equalise, Danny Douglas seeing his shot, following a right wing corner, deflected for another corner. When this corner was cleared Charnock broke through Burrows with speed and once again the visiting defence was all over the place but Burrows could only shoot straight at Beach. Charnock doubled their lead on 11 minutes Olly Vaulks played a neat ball up to Grimshaw who laid a pass off behind the visiting defence LEWIS SWARBRICK just beat the advancing Beach to the ball and swept it into the empty net from a tight angle. It was Lewis’ first goal for Charnock. Gavin Bates, in the home goal, had to be alert to turn a Steve Kewley header over the bar and when the resulting corner came in David Jepson headed over the bar. A simple pass from the left found Burrows all alone on the edge of the area, he moved forward but delayed his shot long enough for Beach to advance and block his effort. This was the start of a number of easy goal chances that were missed. Grimshaw, inside the six yard box, failed to get enough power into his shot and Beach managed to turn the ball onto the post from where it was cleared. Spencer Bibby then made a tremendous run from his own half shrugging off tackles but he somewhat ran out of steam in the opposing penalty area and Beach was able to clear the ball. In the 33rd minute David Jepson incredibly passed across the edge of the area to the unmarked Grimshaw who then shot wide. When Grimshaw crossed from the left Burrows just failed to get anything on the ball. There was a chance for Vickerstown when Norgate was adjudged to have fouled on the edge of the area but Mike Kewley’s free kick hit the wall and went for a corner. Despite all the chances it was still only 2-0 after 36 minutes and it took a defender to show the Charnock forwards how to score, MATT ASHCROFT got in at the left hand post and his powerful shot went into the net via the near post. Burrows amazingly shot wide when he had worked a one-on-one situation with Beach and then he produced a cross which was fractionally too far in front of Grimshaw. Another good build up on 43 minutes with Burrows feeding Grimshaw and Beach beating out his shot saw DAVID PROUT having an easy chance to score. Douglas then shot over the bar before the half time whistle was blown.

The second half followed the pattern of the first but there were fewer goal chances and Charnock scored their final three goals in the last ten minutes of the game. The fifth goal came in the 54th minute and it was the best of the lot. Swarbrick produced some neat footwork in the centre circle to beat two opponents and then he curled a delightful pass over a defender to BURROWS cutting in from the right. David made no mistake this time, a far harder chance than the ones he had previously missed. It was time for Charnock to introduce two substitutes, Damian Dashti coming on for Spencer Bibby and then Jordan Murdoch replacing Jamie Sanderson. Grimshaw then headed over from right in front of goal from a David Prout centre from the right. The same player then saw a last ditch tackle divert his shot after Bates had launched a long ball down the middle. When Burrows put Ashcroft in again at the left hand post Beach this time diverted the shot for a corner. Then a tremendous shot from Burrows hit a defender before Dashti’s left foot effort was straight at Beach. Vickerstown then had two chances to reduce the arrears, Danny Douglas’ shot was saved by Bates and Steve Kewley shot wide. On 76 minutes a good ball was played down the left to Burrows who laid it off to Murdoch but he shot into the side netting and it looked as if the game was going to finish as a 5-0 win. However, some excellent approach play from Charnock put BURROWS clear on goal in the 82nd minute and this time he made no mistake. Beach then did really well to turn another cracking shot from Burrows around the post. On 86 minutes another neat attack finished with Dashti at the by-line on the right with the ball at his feet, Grimshaw helped his centre on and BURROWS at the back post turned the ball home. Three minutes into added time substitute Bennett took advantage of a defender’s slip on the edge of the area to go clear. As Beach advanced he unselfishly laid the ball across to BURROWS who scored his fourth goal of the game. David Burrows has now scored in each of Charnock’s last seven games and with 12 goals so far this season he is the first team’s leading goalscorer. Carl Grimshaw joined the club in the summer of 2009 and this is the first time since then that he has not led the goal scoring list. Knowing Carl he will be desperate to get back on the goal scoring trail.

An emphatic win for the Villagers and they produced some delightful football at times but having said that if you cannot dominate the game when you have a match winning lead there is something wrong.

Charnock’s sequence of home fixtures continues with Eagley being the visitors on Saturday 17th October kick off 3.00pm.

Keith Reader

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