Longridge Town take the next step towards pyramid promotion

Longridge Town chairman Brian Parkinson
Longridge Town chairman Brian Parkinson
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Longridge Town have taken the next step towards playing at a higher level after passing their ground inspection last weekend.

Representatives from the Hallmark Security League, West Lancashire League and the Lancashire FA visited the Mike Riding Ground following Town’s application to join step six.

Having given Town a Grade G rating, they have passed their recommendations to the FA, who will make the final decision next month.

The past eight weeks have been spent on a variety of tasks to ensure the ground met expectations.

They included the installation of a 100-seater stand and new dugouts, as well as some new fencing and various tarmac-related jobs around the ground.

That work was noted by the inspectors, who commented on the ‘huge transformation’ at the ground since their initial ground visit back in January.

Club secretary Dave Walker told the club’s website: “Monday was a full day’s work installing the dugouts with both the manager and his coaching staff putting in an eight-hour day.

“Even as late as Thursday night, club captain George Melling was putting the finishing touches to some steelwork around the ground, so I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to the club over the past few months.”

Chairman Brian Parkinson, who has guided the club from local league football to the brink of step six, was delighted at the news but was not getting too carried away ahead of the final verdict.

“I’m naturally delighted, and extremely proud whatever happens next,” he added.

On the pitch, Longridge manager Lee Ashcroft takes his Town players to Tempest United on Thursday, hoping to bounce back following last weekend’s six-goal defeat against Garstang.

They follow that up 48 hours later with a home game against Turton on Saturday as Town look to consolidate third spot in the West Lancashire League Premier Division table behind Garstang and Blackpool Wren Rovers.