Ashcroft: Victory was for Longridge Town fans

Town boss Lee Ashcroft
Town boss Lee Ashcroft

Longridge Town manager Lee Ashcroft was a happy man after watching his side reach the next round of the Lancashire Amateur Shield.

Four first-half goals set them on the way to a 5-0 rout of CMB Sports last Saturday.

Leon McLoughlin, Joe Melling, Brad Carsley, Alex Randell and Conor Linighan all found the net for Town.

It helped them to eradicate memories of defeat against the same opposition in the same competition two years earlier.

Ashcroft said: “We were brilliant today, on a nice surface that helped us play our football.

“They were a bit physical early on but we can cope with that, as you’ve seen all season.

“ It was good to see Randell back, and his goal was pure class, but it was a day when everybody played well.

“We’ve picked up another couple of muscle injuries to Brad (Carsley) and George (Melling) and we’ll have them looked at in the week.”

“I was pleased for the supporters today as we lost here two years ago when we had a good chance of going on to win the trophy, and I know it’s a game that they still talk about, so to win and play as well as we did, will send them home happy”

“Next week’s scheduled league game against Southport Hesketh looks to have been postponed as they have a cup match over on Merseyside, so it will give us time to rest and get some injured players back fit hopefully.”

Victory sees Town in the third round draw of the competition, which is due to be made this week.