Charnock defeat Burscough 4-1 at Mossie Close with Carl Grimshaw hitting a hat-trick and Danny Regan scoring the other goal.
Charnock Richard 4 Burscough 1
Tuesday 30th October 2018, Hallmark Security League Premier Division
CHARNOCK RICHARD 4
Charnock Richard: Adam Halton, Troy Carsley, James Walker, Ross O’Farrell, Jack Sanders, Matt Westwell, Danny Regan, Nathan Fairhurst (Mark Woods 80), Carl Grimshaw, Mark Adams, Jake Higham (Alex Ralph 81).
Subs: (Not Used) Oliver Oxley, Joe Noblet, Ryan Schofield.
Burscough: Max Povey, Prince Ekpolo (Jordan Lorde 82), Jamie Clark, Dan Brady, Luke Gibson, Dimitri Nkusu-Wasaulua, Terry Cummings (Peter Henety 43), Ryan Grier, (Adam Owens 82), Chad Whyte, Yves Zama, Matt Ward.
Subs: (Not Used) Cameron White, Don Eumessi.
Following the very disappointing 3-2 defeat at Whitchurch Alport on the previous Saturday, Charnock were looking for an improved performance in this game. Defensive mistakes have seen the Villagers lose out on too many occasions this season and conceding a goal in the third minute of this match was not the best of starts. The home defence looked particularly vulnerable in the early stages of the game but slowly the team picked up momentum, equalised late in the half and took the lead on the stroke of half time. The second half remained very competitive and the destination of the three points was not really decided until the Villagers added two further goals in the last 15 minutes.
There were two changes to the side that lost at Whitchurch, Alex Ralph and Joe Noblet dropped to the bench and were replaced by Matt Westwell and fit again Nathan Fairhurst. Returning Mark Woods (holiday) and Ryan Schofield (injury) were on the bench.
Heavy rain before the kick off and during the early part of the game provided a slick surface on a pitch that once again was in fine condition. Charnock won the toss and started playing towards the Mawdesley Plantation end. Burscough made an impressive start to the game moving the ball around at speed and they had a number of players who were nippy. Charnock lined up with a back three of Sanders, O’Farrell and Walker and they really struggled in the opening stages. A mis-timed tackle on the edge of the area on three minutes set up a chance for Burscough and they took advantage, Zama hitting the free kick under the diving body of Halton. It was not the start that Charnock wanted and they really struggled to contain the lively visitors; Regan had to head away a cross from Cummings on the right but Grimshaw then had the ball in the net but he was offside. Cummings was causing problems on the Burscough right with his pace but a change to four at the back with Carsley dropping into central defence and Sanders adopting a more right back position seemed to provide more stability and the visitors, whilst carrying a threat, failed to really carve out few decent chances for the remainder of the game. Charnock as the half progressed came more and more into the game. When a Higham centre found Westwell right in front of goal he could only produce a weak header straight at Povey. Then another ball from Higham dropped over Adams’ head to Grimshaw but he only shot straight at the keeper. Burscough came back with Grier centring from the right but the ball was just too far in front of Whyte at the back post. As the half hour mark passed Charnock intensified their effort and they were rewarded on 34 minutes when CARL GRIMSHAW headed home a cross from Regan. There was a disappointment for the visitors on 44 minutes when Cummings had to be replaced by Henerty after he went down injured in the home penalty area. In the final minute of the half Charnock took the lead when GRIMSHAW headed his second goal from a right wing corner. After a disappointing start to the game Charnock had come back from being a goal down to take the lead.
The second half saw Burscough make a spirited start with Ekpolo finding Whyte in the area but Sanders made a vital clearance. Zama had a shot from the right that went beyond the far post and Carsley blocked another cross from Zama at the expense of a corner. After this early spell of defending, Charnock once again began to make their mark on the game and they won several corners before Burscough again threatened with ex-Charnock player Luke Gibson hitting a dipping shot from just outside the area that narrowly went over the bar. The game remained finely balanced with Charnock’s narrow lead not looking sufficient to give confidence to the home supporters who have seen a number of winning situations thrown away in matches this season. However, the home team began to dominate winning a series of corners. A right wing corner on 70 minutes to the back post saw a Sanders header hit the back of Grimshaw and the ball was scrambled away from almost on the goal line. The visitors came back with Halton having to beat away a shot from Ekpolo on the right. Charnock continued to win corners mainly through Regan who was a constant threat to the visiting defence down the right. A corner, after 76 minutes, resulted in a Fairhurst header come back off the bar and Adams hitting the loose ball over the bar. Immediately afterwards DANNY REGAN hit a powerful shot from 25 yards that gave Povey, in goal, no chance and Charnock had the cushion that they really deserved. Charnock made two substitutions, Woods coming on for Fairhurst and Ralph replacing Higham. When Mark Adams chased the ball to the bye-line on the right Povey came out of goal to foul him and, on 85 minutes, CARL GRIMSHAW completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
In the end it was a comfortable win for Charnock but they had had to really compete in a game that was played at a high tempo. There had been some encouraging performances with Carl Grimshaw with a hat-trick making an impressive start in his quest towards 500 goals for the club. Troy Carsley looked as if he is acclimatising to the pace of the game at this level following his move up from the West Lancashire League. Jake Higham is making an increasing contribution to the team as he becomes more familiar with the club. At the back Ross O’Farrell continues to perform to a high standard with his ‘no frills’ defending. The three points took Charnock back up to seventh in the table.
The two clubs meet again on this coming Saturday 3rd November at Victoria Park, kick-off 3.00pm.