Three and easy for Longridge Town FC

Brad Carsley was back among the goals for Longridge Town against Kendal Town
Brad Carsley was back among the goals for Longridge Town against Kendal Town

Longridge Town boss Lee Ashcroft was a satisfied man after watching his side continue their build-up to the new season with a 3-0 win against Kendal Town.

Second-half goals from Ash Ball, Brad Carsley and John Stead were enough for Longridge, who began with all four summer signings – Lee Dovey, Alex Randell, Danny Morris and Mark Wood – in their starting XI.

Ashcroft said: “Integrating the new lads is important as they don’t really know how we play yet and what is expected of them, but it’s a decent start against a strong Kendal side.

“Kendal is a great club and I had nine happy years there so it was nice to see their manager (former Longridge coach) Dave Foster, and I’d love to see them have a good season.”

In a game played at a fast pace, it took 15 minutes for the first chance of note by either side as Joe Melling burst into the penalty area and cut inside before firing just over.

This seemed to give the visitors a warning sign as they enjoyed good possession before their new signing, striker Olli Wood, found himself one on one with home keeper Dovey who narrowed the angle well.

The second half began with both sides making several substitutions; it was Ball who gave his team the lead on 50 minutes from 18 yards after Carsley had flicked the ball onto Randell.

On the hour Longridge captain George Melling played a glorious through ball for Carsley to slot under the Kendal keeper and make it 2-0.

This gave Ashcroft the chance to rest Carsley with Stead coming on for the final 25 minutes.

Stead duly rewarded the home faithful with a goal after 75 minutes when Ball was fouled in the area and Stead calmly rolled in the penalty for his first Town goal.

Longridge then defended well to keep a clean sheet under the floodlights at the MRG with the returning Sam Marsh defending superbly.