Longridge Town boss hails ‘unplayable’ Ball

George Melling netted Longridge Towns winning goal at Hesketh Bank
George Melling netted Longridge Towns winning goal at Hesketh Bank

Longridge Town boss Lee Ashcroft had high praise for winger Ash Ball following his man-of-the-match display at Crooklands Casuals last weekend.

Ball was involved in three of the goals and scored once as Town were 5-0 winners on Saturday.

“Ash was unplayable at times and that’s the game we all know he is capable of,” Ashcroft said.

“He’s a big player for us and the lads worked hard to get the ball out to him as often as possible”

“It was a pleasing performance, after a long journey, and Crooklands never make it easy for you but we played well again and were deserving of the three points.”

Just as pleasing, perhaps, for the manager is the fact his side has now gone three league games without conceding a goal ahead of their next league match tonight.

Wednesday evening sees Longridge entertain a much improved Hesketh Bank side, who narrowly lost to Blackpool Wren Rovers 1-0 on Saturday, with a 7.30pm kick off down at the Mike Riding Ground.

It’s the second time the two sides have met this season after Town emerged as 2-1 winners in August’s reverse fixture, their third game of the West Lancashire League season.

That saw skipper George Melling lead by example, netting a 90th minute winner after Alex Randell’s first-half goal had been cancelled out by an 88th minute leveller.

League action then takes a back seat on Saturday with Town involved in the Lancashire Shield.

They travel to CMB Sports after beating Rochdale Sacred Heart 1-0 in their first round match.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 2pm.