Match report: CMB Sports 0 Longridge Town 5

Brad Carsley scored for Longridge Town in the first half before being withdrawn at half-time
Brad Carsley scored for Longridge Town in the first half before being withdrawn at half-time
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Lancashire Amateur Shield

That memory has gone, never to be recalled again, as Longridge put on another superb performance and recorded a sixth clean sheet in succession.

Town had a strong starting line up, whilst still missing six injured players, with manager Lee Ashcroft naming himself on the bench.

Alex Randell returned to the side, following his three-game suspension, and Leon McLoughlin started up front with Brad Carsley, having missed Wednesday night’s win over Hesketh Bank.

It was McLoughlin who got the goal scoring underway as, on 11 minutes, he followed up a shot from Randell and shot high into the net after the CMB keeper had initially parried the ball.

Brad Carsley then hit the post before a fine cross from Conor Linighan was met on the run by crowd favourite Joe Melling.

Melling steamed past his man at the far post and buried an unstoppable header into the net to make it 2-0 to Town; a fantastic, well deserved goal for Melling, who was playing in an unnacustomed role wide on the left.

The home bench was finally silenced just three minutes later as McLoughlin beat his man and his cross from the right was met on the volley by Brad Carsley, making it 3-0 with just 28 minutes gone.

With the home side now chasing shadows, Town kept possession well before the highlight of the match came after 38 minutes.

The returning Randell, who added his energy to the midfield in front of the sitting O’Rourke and Troy Carsley, had the ball laid back to him 25 yards from goal.

He effortlessly chipped a curling first-time effort into the top corner of the net to make it 4-0.

As the referee blew his whistle for half-time, it was clear that Brad Carsley was struggling with a recurrence of his hamstring injury.

He was replaced after the break by Sam Farrow with Randell playing in a more advanced role behind McLoughlin.

The second period started as the first had ended and, after 51 minutes, Joe Melling made a great run down the left and his far post cross found Conor Linghan.

He headed the ball neatly down into the net to make it 5-0.

Town’s passing game had clearly tired the home side and the closing down and feisty challenges of the first half had gone now, as Town kept the ball at will.

McLoughlin was replaced by Ashcroft with 15 minutes left and, after neat interplay, the manager backheeled to Randell on the edge of the box, only to see his shot curl wide.

Longridge had a scare late on as captain George Melling had to be substituted with a groin injury, and he was replaced by Matty Edgar.

Dovey, in the Longridge goal, was forced into a fine save with minutes remaining.

He dealt well with the CMB forward’s powerful volley, pushing it up into the air before clutching the ball close to his chest.

CMB, who are fighting for promotion to the West Lancashire League Premier Division,will have seen this game as a benchmark, as where they are up to in their progression as a team.

However, Town were outstanding and that game in 2014 can now be forgotten.