Town boss relieved with victory

Lee Ashcroft
Lee Ashcroft

Longridge Town manager Lee Ashcroft admitted his players were perhaps fortunate to return from Vickerstown with a 3-2 victory at the weekend.

Seven days on from their Richardson Cup defeat against the same opposition, Town made the trip back to Cumbria and claimed three points.

Brad Carsley’s opening goal was followed by two Kieran Walmsley penalties, the second of which came late on.

It means they players are four points clear of Blackpool Wren Rovers at the top of the table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Whitehaven.

“We were poor for long periods of the game and missed some good first half chances,” Ashcroft acknowledged of his players’ performance.

“A draw was probably a fair result, but we’ve battled well and had decisions go against us in recent weeks so we were probably owed one.

“Ged Morris made a difference for us when he came on, Leon McLoughlin was excellent today up front, and I was pleased for Adam Stammers who had a great first half before tiring a little.

“They say it’s the sign of a good side if you can win whilst not at your best and, on today’s evidence, we must be a good side because we’ve got away with one to be fair.”