This emphatic win over Hindsford from the Manchester League and Prestwich's surprising 3-0 victory at Atherton LR ensured that Charnock, with one game to play, qualified for the quarter finals of the Goldline Trophy. Only a defeat, by at least 14 goals, by Atherton LR in the final game would prevent them from winning the group and qualifying for a home tie in the quarter finals. Another excellent display from Charnock ensured that Hindsford never looked like getting any points from this game with Jamie Dalton and Andy Roberts giving the Villagers a two goal lead at the interval. A further five goals in the second half put Charnock in an unassailable position in the group and only three excellent saves in the closing minutes prevented Charnock from registering double figures.
The game was switched to Mossie Park because Hindsford's ground was not available following work carried out in the close season. The only changes to the starting line up from the victory over Prestwich Heys were starting places for Andy Roberts and Phil Jackson. Lee Pennington was unavailable, so Alan Taylor came into the squad on the bench.
A reasonable crowd on a hot sunny evening saw Charnock take the initiative from the kick off on a pitch superbly presented by Harold Heaton. Despite Charnock having the majority of the possession, a big, strong Hindsford side defended well in the opening quarter of an hour. The early pressure saw Jamie Dalton head over the bar from a corner before Liam Hayton should have hit the target when he headed wide from a Jimmy King centre. On 18 minutes, a Dalton lob beat the keeper but a defender, on the line, turned the ball over the bar. Charnock took the lead after 21 minutes when DALTON side-stepped the keeper and shot. A defender on the line failed to prevent the ball crossing the line. Charnock then added to their score on 25 minutes. Banks got up to head a King free-kick, the keeper failed to fully gather the ball and ROBERTS converted from close range. Charnock maintained their grip on the game with Jamie Dalton looking particularly lively up front and their neat passing possession football provided little opportunity for Hindsford to threaten the home goal.
A comfortable two goal lead at the interval suggested that Charnock would go on to add to the victory margin and so it proved. Substitute Damian Dashti, on for Phil Jackson, delivered a great centre but Liam Hayton failed to convert at the back post. It was 3-0 after 56 minutes when Dalton headed a King centre back across the goal and MAYERS hit the ball into the roof of the net. It was now all Charnock and similar to the game at Prestwich, Kevin Baldwin in the home goal saw little action. Four minutes later, ROBERTS was set up in the area and his shot into the corner of the goal gave Charnock a 4-0 lead. Charnock were now introducing all their substitutes but their domination of the game was unaffected. Liam Hayton had a shot hit the top of the bar before DASHTI finished off a great move that started down the Charnock left. Then, on 80 minutes, Roberts got into the area to set up BENNETT who found the corner of the goal. Three minutes later, DASHTI scored his second and Charnock's seventh goal from close range. Roberts was then thwarted by a great save by the visiting keeper, who went on to produce another couple of great saves to keep the final goal total at seven.
Thirteen goals in two games without conceding is a great way to start the season, but there is still a long way to go before the club can be looking at reaching a record breaking fourth consecutive appearance at the Reebok Stadium.