Charnock defeat Squires Gate 5-2 with two goals from Carl Grimshaw, one each from Nathan Fairhurst and Troy Carsley and an own goal.
Charnock Richard 5 Squires Gate 2
Monday 22nd April 2019, Hallmark Security League Premier Division
CHARNOCK RICHARD 5
SQUIRES GATE 2
Attendance : 110
Teams: Charnock Richard: Kyle Haslam, Damian Dashti, James Walker, Ashley Young, Oliver Turner (Ryan Schofield 67), Troy Carsley (Ross O’Farrell 80), Alex Dodd, Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Aaron Morris (Matt Davison 60), Joe Noblet. Subs: (Not Used) Oliver Oxley, Jake Higham.
Squires Gate: Maxwell Povey, Daniel Gray, Adam Sumner (Ryan Charnley 63), Billy Akrigg, Jacob Davis, Seydou Bamba, Joe Mullen (Oliver Burgess 75), Sam Staunton-Turner, Richard Seear, Gary Pett, James Boyd (John Maguire 86). Subs: (Not Used) Riccardo Egidi, David Rossall.
Charnock, with this 5-2 win at Mossie Park, completed the double over the Blackpool based club Squires Gate. On a warm afternoon Charnock led 1-0 at half time and added a second goal just after the break. The visitors reduced the arrears before conceding an own goal and then two goals from Carl Grimshaw put the game beyond them but they scored a late goal to make the final result a little less emphatic.
As expected with two games in three days manager Andy Westwell shuffled his pack starting players that had been on the bench on the previous Saturday. Matt Davison, Oliver Oxley Ross O’Farrell and Jacob Higham dropped to the substitute’s bench alongside Ryan Schofield and into the starting line-up came Troy Carsley, Alex Dodd, Owen Morris and Joe Noblet.
Damian Dashti, who had made a surprise return to first team duties in the previous game after two seasons without an appearance, again started at right back. Damian has been at the club since before the Millennium and this was his 400th start for the first team so along with 156 substitute appearances he has played 556 times to which must be added a good number of appearances in the reserve and third teams. It is a remarkable achievement and shows real loyalty to a club not often seen in football.
It was a sunny afternoon with temperatures in the 70s and a light southerly wind. Squires Gate won the toss and Charnock kicked off playing towards the Mawdesley Plantation end. Charnock made a bright start and could well have scored in the opening six minutes. Grimshaw failed to find Dodd at the back post with a pass and then a long clearance was helped on by Grimshaw, Povey came out to collect and mis-judged the bounce and Carsley had a shot from a very narrow angle that went past the far post. In between these two efforts Gary Pett had brought out a smart save from Haslam with a quick spin and fierce shot. When Grimshaw was put clear on six minutes Povey blocked his shot and Morris following up shot wide. An Ashley Young free kick from the half way line saw Grimshaw head into the arms of Povey. Following the problems with trying to play football on a very difficult pitch on the previous Saturday Charnock were making the most of having a grassy, level surface to produce their passing football and the quality of the game was consequently far greater. Although struggling somewhat at this stage of the game the visitors showed that they could produce neat football and a through ball on 17 minutes almost put Seear in but Haslam was out of his area to clear. Charnock took a deserved lead on 20 minutes when a side header from Grimshaw put NATHAN FAIRHURST clear in front of goal and he found the corner of the net. Charnock continued to threaten with Carsley shooting over the bar from a decent position but slowly the visitors began to put together some neat, cohesive football and the home defence came under pressure. Kyle Haslam had to make a save from Mullen before Dashti was put clear down the right but unfortunately he was caught by defenders before he could shoot. The first 20 minutes had seen Charnock in charge but the final 20 minutes of the half witnessed Squires Gate decidedly on the offensive. Charnock’s slender 1-0 half time lead would require some positive football in the second half if they were to collect all three points.
The Villagers did not take long to extend their lead in the second half, pressure down the right finished with Dashti showing that he has not lost the ability to deliver a centre and on this occasion he found CARSLEY unmarked in front of goal and his header beat Povey. It could have been 3-0 on 50 minutes when Noblet crossed from the right to beyond the back post where Grimshaw hit a powerful header towards goal but Povey was across to turn the ball away for a corner. Two minutes later Squires Gate pulled a goal back, a break down their right saw a centre across the penalty area and Seear, at the back post, with some neat footwork eluded two tackles before rolling the ball into the far corner of the net. Once again the pressure was on the Villagers to maintain their lead and Grimshaw produced a diving header which went well wide before Noblet shot over the bar from a Carsley pass. Grimshaw had the ball in the net but he was offside. Charnock restored their two goal advantage on 58 minutes again Dashti delivered from the right and right back Dan Grey attempting to put the ball out for a corner managed to divert the ball over the head of his own goalkeeper. Charnock were back in charge and Grimshaw brought another save out of Povey before substitute Davison did well to retrieve the ball on the halfway line and run at the visitors’ defence before finding Grimshaw but this time his shot was wide. It was 4-1 on 69 minutes when a Walker pass found GRIMSHAW on the right of the six yard box and he managed to find room to hit a left foot shot into the roof of the net. Carl was then given the chance, on 73 minutes, to add to his goal tally when he was brought down by Povey in the area and he made no mistake from the penalty spot. With around a quarter of an hour remaining and Charnock leading 5-1 a lot of the passion went out of the game. The visitors pulled another goal back on 81 minutes when Young slipped on the ball and Seear took advantage to break clear and clinically beat Haslam. The goal gave Squires Gate some late enthusiasm and a good chance saw the ball narrowly hit over the bar. There was a rather bizarre ending to the game when the Squires Gate secretary, who is approaching his 60th birthday, came on in the 86th minute as a replacement for James Boyd.
It had been an excellent performance by Charnock against a very competitive side that were only one point behind them before the kick-off. The three points moved Charnock, with 58 points, up into seventh position in the table and Silsden need wins in their final two fixtures, both at home, to reach 59 points to demote the Villagers to eighth. If Charnock defeat Whitchurch Alport in their last fixture of the season at home on Saturday 27th April and Ashton Athletic lose at West Didsbury and Chorlton Charnock would rise to sixth place and if Runcorn Town lose at 1874 Norwich fifth place would be their reward. Charnock
finished in sixth position last season.