Charnock earned a point with a 1-1 draw at Burscough, Carl Grimshaw scored the goal.
The Reserves had a convincing 4-0 win over Dalton United at Mossie Park with two goals from Aird and one from McHugh plus an own goal.
Burscough 1 Charnock Richard 1
Saturday 3rd November 2018, Hallmark Security League Premier Division
CHARNOCK RICHARD 1
Burscough: Max Povey, Ryan Grier, Jamie Clark (Dan Green 84), Danny Brady, Luke Gibson, Dimitri Nkusu-Wasaulua (Don Eumessi 82), Prince Ekpolo, Peter Henerty (Will Doherty 55), Chad Whyte, Yves Zama, Adam Owens. Subs: (Not Used) Jordan Lorde, Alberto Canache.
Charnock Richard: Adam Halton, Ross O’Farrell (Joe Noblet 45), James Walker, Troy Carsley, Jack Sanders, Matt Westwell, Danny Regan, Nathen Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Mark Adams (Ashley Ball 80), Jake Higham (Alex Ralph 59). Subs: (Not Used) Mark Woods, Ryan Schofield.
For the second Saturday running Charnock conceded a goal in added time, the previous Saturday it resulted in defeat for the Villagers, on this occasion it meant that they only collected one point from a 1-1 draw. However there can be little complaint about the final result as for long periods of the game Charnock were on the back foot and only some fine goalkeeping from Adam Halton and at times desperate defending kept the Villagers in the game. The first half was goalless and the second seemed to be going that way until Grimshaw scored with 10 minutes left but the home team upped their game and finally found the net in the 92nd minute.
The Charnock starting eleven was unchanged from the team that won 4-1 against the same opponents at Mossie Park on the previous Tuesday; there was one change on the bench Ash Ball coming in for the missing Oxley.
The game started in heavy rain but it soon faired up. There was stiff wind but it did not seem to materially affect the game. Burscough won the toss and chose to play towards the Town End up a slight slope. The home side set the pace from the kick off and it was a case of Charnock decidedly on the defensive. A couple of corners for Burscough came to nothing but then on nine minutes Whyte and Zama had a couple of shots each as chaos reigned in the Charnock penalty area with Halton beating away two at least two efforts. Then Ekpolo got clear but Halton was out to save with his legs. Charnock were struggling to make any impact in the home half but finally they won a corner. The pitch was proving to be very difficult, passes were going astray due to bobbles and attempts to run with the ball were a real challenge. Burscough attacked at pace and in particular Charnock struggled to cope with both Ekpolo and Nkusu-Wasaulua, players of small stature and impressive speed. Zama had a tricky run but Halton saved his shot. The Villagers won a free kick on the edge of the area, it came to nothing but Burscough immediately broke clear, Adam Halton was the hero again coming out to block a shot from Whyte who was clear on goal. As the half was coming to an end Whyte shot over the bar and Sanders headed straight into the goalkeeper’s hands. The final couple of minutes of the half saw Charnock win a couple of corners and, at last, produce some sustained pressure on the home defence.
Joe Noblet replaced Ross O’Farrell for the second half which started in a similar vein to the first with Burscough making the running. Halton was by far the busiest keeper but the home side failed to calve out as many chances as in the first half. Throughout the game the Villagers lacked cohesion and were often second to the ball, too many passes went astray but they importantly stayed in the game. Alex Ralph replaced Jake Higham on 59 minutes and he made a good contribution for the remainder of the match. With the visiting defence looking far more secure than in the first 45 minutes chances for both sides were scarce. The game looked a definite 0-0 until Charnock scored almost from nothing; from a throw-in deep in their own half, on the left, a through ball gave CARL GRIMSHAW an opportunity to race clear and he produced the necessary burst of speed and fired a fierce shot, from just outside the area, into the net. Not totally against the run of play but certainly the home team could feel aggrieved after all the possession that they had enjoyed. Burscough were not prepared to accept defeat and with inevitably Charnock dropping back into defence protecting their slender lead most of the remaining minutes saw the game played in the Charnock half. Ash Ball came on for Mark Adams who had, as usual, run himself almost to a standstill. As the 90 minutes approached Charnock resorted to clearing the ball as far up field as they could and hanging on. Four minutes of added time was indicated by the referee and after only two minutes of this the Charnock defence was breached with Zama getting clear and shooting powerfully past Halton.
There was certain amount of disappointment in not leaving with three points but to be honest it would have been daylight robbery. Having said that, over the years, a number of teams have pinched wins over Charnock so when the chance comes to do the same there cannot be any major feeling of guilt.
On Tuesday 6th November Charnock look to progress in the only knockout competition in which they remain, hosting Wythenshawe Amateurs in the 2nd Round of the LFA Challenge Trophy, kick-off 7.45pm. The fixture scheduled for Saturday 10th November has been postponed as West Didsbury and Chorlton are now competing in the Macron Cup on this date.