Town’s title ambitions hit by ‘ineligible player’ wrangle

Longridge go close in last weekend's derby against Garstang
Longridge go close in last weekend's derby against Garstang

Longridge Town’s West Lancashire League Premier Division title aspirations could be dealt a severe blow next week.

Lee Ashcroft’s men could be docked points after being charged with fielding an 
ineligible player.

The accusation relates to the selection of Adam Nuttall, who made two appearances for the club in October.

Town chairman Brian 
Parkinson said the club will have their case heard at a meeting with the league’s committee on Tuesday.

He is hopeful of a positive outcome as he insists the 
matter is the result of a breakdown in communication between the club, the player and the league.

If the club is found guilty of the charge then they could be docked six points, which would severely scupper their title ambitions.

They are currently in 
second spot in the table six points behind leaders Fulwood with two games in hand.

Ironically, Longridge face Fulwood at Lightfoot Lane this weekend and Ashcroft’s men will attempt to put the off-the-field issues to the back of their minds come Saturday afternoon.

The match also sees 
Ashcroft come face to face with old friend Tony Hesketh, who is the Fulwood manager.

The former Preston 
striker is gunning for revenge after Town lost to Fulwood early in the season at the Mike Riding Ground.

“I was disappointed when Fulwood beat us in the second game of the season,” Ashcroft said. “I thought we were the better team on that evening. But they are a good side and are top of the table.”

Town head into the match full of confidence after defeating derby rivals Garstang on Saturday 4-1, with Bard 
Carsley scoring all the goals.

Ashcroft himself is available for selection after serving a suspension but Keiran Walmsley is still banned.