Endurance test for Longridge Town squad

Lee Ashcroft believes his Longridge Town players are being tested to the hilt
Lee Ashcroft believes his Longridge Town players are being tested to the hilt
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Longridge Town boss Lee Ashcroft believes his side is being pushed to the limit by injuries and player unavailability.

Town went seven points clear of Blackpool Wren Rovers at the top of the West Lancashire League last weekend with a victory at Whitehaven.

Those three points came at a cost with Leon McLoughlin and Kieran Walmsley both picking up injuries.

It leaves Ashcroft with something of a potential selection dilemma going into Saturday’s rearranged match against Turton.

“Kieran and Leon are both going to rest up this week,” Ashcroft said.

“We thought we had a free weekend but the league have now given us a trip to Turton instead which is testing our squad.

“It’s another difficult place to go but it’s a good squad that I’ve assembled and they want to win as much as I do.

“Hopefully we can get another good win on Saturday against another tough set of opponents.

“I’ve never been there but I know they’re good at home, so we’ll have to be 100 per cent focused on the job in hand to come away with something.”

After three trips in a row to Cumbria, Ashcroft’s men were due to have a free Saturday.

Instead, they now face a Turton side which should have played Garstang – but they are on Lancashire Shield duty following the postponement of their game against AFC Monton last weekend.

Town go into the game with a healthy advantage over Wrens at the top of the table, albeit having played a game more.

While onlookers might consider the title race as something for those two teams and nobody else, the Town boss is not as complacent.

He said: “We have to look after ourselves, that’s the only thing we can do.

“Everyone says it’s a two-horse race but I don’t believe in that until it’s mathematically possible.”