Town bid to end season on a high

Match action from Longridge's 3-1 win over Southport Hesketh
Match action from Longridge's 3-1 win over Southport Hesketh

After a hard earned point on Saturday against league leaders Blackpool Wren Rovers, Town travelled to Southport Hesketh last night.

Lee Ashcroft and his men knew a win last night will mean they are certain to finish in fourth place, a jump from the previous campaign’s sixth-placed finish.

The Town boss has been delighted with the progress his side has made over the last 12 months.

He said: “It’s all about improving the players and improving our position.

Town head into last night’s’s game full of confidence after beating Southport 3-1 last week, although it was a hard-fought victory.

‘‘It had to be an excellent performance, they were a very good side”, said Ashcroft.

“They surprised me. I said to their manager they’ve been the best footballing side we’ve played against this season.”

While Town got an excellent result against Blackpool Wren Rovers, Southport enjoyed an emphatic 5-1 victory at home against struggling Eagley.

On Saturday, Town travel north to Cumbria to face Crooklands Casuals, who are sitting precariously close to the bottom of the table but with three games in hand – and only needing two points to overtake Eagley.

They were on the receiving end of a big defeat against Hesketh Bank in their last match, but they did have a depleted team.

On their home turf they should be able to field a stronger side to face Town.

Town could be without Jamie Bryson with a hamstring strain.

The left-back has performed well since returning to the club, but Jordan Tucker shuld be back after recovering from illness.