Town boss hopes to avoid falling foul of fixtures

Longridge Town boss Lee Ashcroft takes his side to Turton this evening
Longridge Town boss Lee Ashcroft takes his side to Turton this evening
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Lee Ashcroft takes his Longridge Town side into tonight’s game against Turton admitting he has mixed feelings about their schedule until the end of the season.

Tonight’s match will be Town’s only outing in the three weeks between their last game at Tempest United on April 1 and the trip to Southport Hesketh a week on Saturday.

Some might look at one game in three weeks as a blessing and an opportunity to give players a rest.

Others might argue it kills momentum given Town’s 7-1 win at Tempest last time out.

“It’s a bit of both in my opinion,” Ashcroft admitted.

“We were absolutely brilliant at Tempest and played really positively but I haven’t seen the players since.

“Because they have jobs and various work patterns, we haven’t been able to get in any training sessions but what can you do?”

Just as irritating for the manager is the fact they have a midweek game at all this week – especially on the back of a contentious recent abandonment.

Turton hosted Eagley and were 3-0 down with only three minutes when the match was brought to an early end because of fading light.

However, it has been ruled that the match has to be replayed and Ashcroft is similarly unhappy that their game with Turton has been scheduled for a midweek.

“Turton have no game on Saturday and we don’t have a game on Saturday so I don’t know where they (the league) get their ideas from,” the manager said.

“They have no floodlights and it’s a dour place at the best of times but it’s a game of football and we have to get on with it.

“The pitch will be tight and they are a strong side at home. It will be like our game against Tempest when we did well so I’m expecting that we’ll have to do the same again and take our chances because it will be a hard game for us.”