Longridge Town enjoy some forward momentum

Longridge Town struck six more goals last weekend
Longridge Town struck six more goals last weekend
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Longridge Town boss Lee Ashcroft praised a number of his attacking players following Saturday’s 6-3 win at Cleator Moor Celtic.

In their first season at the former North West Counties League level, Town have not struggled to find the net.

Last weekend’s half-dozen took them to 82 in only 20 league matches so far with Jay Hart’s hat-trick leading the way, followed by Paul Turner’s double.

All eyes were on Hart and fellow striker Richie Allen at the start of the season but Turner has stepped up to the mark and shown just why Town handed him a two-year contract in September.

“He’s come in this season and he’s been sensational,” Ashcroft said of his young striker in the aftermath of Saturday’s win.

“I love working with him; he’s getting better and better with his touch, awareness and his movement and he deserved his goals today.”

It wasn’t just Turner who pleased his manager with the rest of Town’s attacking options also coming in for praise.

Some of those players still helped them to find the net despite playing out of their preferred position.

“Jay has been out with a hamstring and it was touch and go whether he got through 90 minutes but he got his hat-trick,” Ashcroft said.

“I have to make special mention of Tom Ince as well because everything we do goes through him.

“We play football, getting it on the floor and playing it from the back which helps when you have a number 10 like Tom Ince, who is enjoying his football, and he was exceptional today.

“Richie Allen was brilliant last week; central midfield isn’t his natural position but he ran the show.”

After a free midweek this week, Town are back in action on Saturday when they welcome third-bottom side Daisy Hill to the Mike Riding Ground (3pm).

However, Hill are one of the four teams to have taken points from Town this season following a 3-3 draw when the two sides met in the second game of the campaign.