Charnock maintain their challenge for automatic promotion with a 3-0 home win against Daisy Hill. Carl Grimshaw 2 and Jon Hession were the goalscorers.
The Academy won 4-3, also at home, against New Longton Rovers with Dickenson scoring two and Donellan and Entwistle adding the other goals.
Charnock Richard 3 Daisy Hill 0
Saturday 8th April 2017, Hallmark Security League Division 1
CHARNOCK RICHARD 3
DAISY HILL 0
Team: Adam Halton, Spencer Bibby, Josh Norgate, Ross O’Farrell, Mike Fletcher, Ashley Young, Mark Woods , Anthony Hough (Danny Smith 63), Carl Grimshaw, Jon Hession (Matt Davison 73), Mark Adams (Joe Fielding 57) Subs: (Not Used) Damian Dashti, Jack Sanders.
As the end of the season looms large and the competition to grab an automatic promotion place becomes even more competitive the necessity to win every match becomes more and more vital. Following the results on this occasion the top of the table showed five clubs only separated by four points. In the circumstances how a team wins a game becomes much less important than picking up three points and this was the case on this occasion. Charnock produced a performance in the first half that saw them go in at the interval leading 3-0 but the second 45 minutes proved to be very disappointing and Daisy Hill were perhaps a little unlucky not to pull at least one goal back.
There were two changes to the Charnock starting line-up, Luke Gibson was on holiday so Mike Fletcher made his first start since mid-February at the back. Mark Woods started in place of Damian Dashti who was on the bench alongside Joe Fielding, Danny Smith, Matt Davidson, and Jack Sanders. It was a sunny, warm day with little wind and the pitch was looking the best it had been since early autumn and once again there was a healthy crowd of 142.
Charnock lost the toss and kicked off playing towards the Mawdesley Plantation end. Following the 7-0 win at New Sirs only two weeks previously there was always a fear that Charnock would be complacent but they made a bright start and an early free kick gave Grimshaw a heading opportunity but he was off target. The Villagers took the lead after only nine minutes, Spencer Bibby played a ball down the right, Grimshaw headed on and JON HESSION was clear and he hit the ball between keeper Craig Haynes’ legs. It was an ideal opening for the team chasing promotion. Despite apparently struggling for players, the visitors looked a better balanced side than the one that suffered such a heavy defeat in the previous encounter. A ball over Bibby’s head saw him recover and lay the ball across to Adam Halton but he cleared straight to Danny Gregory but his shot was off target. A left wing corner found Fletcher and when the ball bounce only yards out Adams was just beaten to it. Another attack down the left on 24 minutes saw Adams play the ball across and GRIMSHAW at full speed swept the ball into the net off the underside of the bar. It was a spectacular goal. Immediately it should have been 3-0, Hession scurried down the right and hit a first time centre, again Grimshaw came in, on this occasion at the back post, but this time his effort was wide. In actual fact it looked an easier chance than the one that he had just converted! Charnock were looking the liveliest team but Daisy Hill showed that they were capable of some neat football at times. Young headed over the bar from close in before Charnock made it 3-0 on 35 minutes, Anthony Hough went on a run across the penalty area to the bye-line on the right his cross was diverted onto the bar by a defender and GRIMSHAW calmly hit the loose ball home. There was a chance for Daisy Hill to pull a goal back on 39 minutes but Kwakye shot over the bar from close in after a left wing corner. Then Ash Young again headed wide from a Bibby cross. It had been satisfying first half for the Villagers and they looked well on their way to victory.
Unfortunately Charnock lost their way in the second half but nevertheless produced enough chances to have doubled the score. The visitors produced some neat football but carving out chances against the team in green’s defence turned out to be beyond them. As early as the 51 minutes Jon Hession found himself free on the edge of the area, his shot beat Haynes but came back off the bar. Grimshaw was booked for complaining when his shot hit a hand in the area and nothing was given and when Hough surged forward in his usual style to the edge of the area he shot over the bar. Adams got to the bye-line on the right and Haynes did well to punch his looping cross out from under the bar with Grimshaw pressurising him. Joe Fielding replaced Mark Adams after 57 minutes. Possibly Daisy Hill’s best chance of the game came on 63 minutes when a neat move on the edge of the area set up Warburton but Halton went full length to turn the shot around the post. Charnock then introduced Danny Smith for Anthony Hough. A left wing corner sped across the visitors’ goal with no Charnock foot on hand to turn it home. Jon Hession gave way to Matt Davison after 73 minutes. The First Division’s leading goal scorer Ashley Stott tried an overhead kick but the ball went over the bar. When Carl Grimshaw picked his spot 10 yards out it looked odds on that he would complete his hat-trick but his shot came back off the post. The Charnock performance had become very disjointed and the visitors were producing most of the joined up play but were failing to really trouble Adam Halton until the 85th minute when a right wing corner for Daisy Hill had to be cleared off the line, it looked like Ross O’Farrell who came to the rescue. Carl Grimshaw had a shooting opportunity on 87 minutes but his scuffed shot straight at Haynes tended to some up Charnock’s second half display.
An often used quote from Sven-Goran Eriksson when he was England Manager possibly sums the game up from Charnock’s perspective “First half very good. Second half not so good”. With six games outstanding the Villagers still have a difficult task if they are to achieve automatic promotion because four of the fixtures are against teams who are in the top eight places in the table only one of which is at Mossie Park.
The Villagers are at home again on Tuesday 11th April against Holker Old Boys, kick off 7.45pm. Saturday 15th April sees Charnock visit Prestwich Heys with a 3.00pm kick off.