Ashcroft targeting Shield win after losing top spot

Burnley United v Longridge Town.
Burnley United v Longridge Town.
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The West Lancashire League Premier Division outfit were beaten 2-1 by Charnock Richard at the weekend – only their second league defeat of the season, which saw them knocked off top spot.

They have the opportunity to get that defeat out of their system this weekend in the first round of the Shield at home.

Town will be feeling confident of success after beating United 3-2 away in the league a couple of weeks ago.

Ashcroft said:“My main aim is to see this football club win the league championship but we also want to do well in the knockout competitions and what better way for us to put behind Saturday’s defeat than to knock Burnley United out of the Lancashire Amateur Shield?”

Thankfully Ashcroft will have target man Brad Carsley available to lead the line after he was sent off against Richard after half-an-hour.

“Brad’s suspension won’t kick in until next week so we need him to lead the line for us,” Ashcroft said.

In front of a healthy crowd of 224, Town were 2-0 down early against Charnock, but fought hard after being reduced to 10 men. Ashcroft was quick to praise his troops.

“I’m so proud of the way my lads played in those last 60 to 70 minutes,” he said.

“In truth, l really didn’t think we got what we deserved – but that’s football.

“I honestly believe that we didn’t get the right result.

“They gave me everything and l think in the end we were unlucky to not get at least a point.”

Longridge Town boss Lee Ashcroft is hoping his team can put Saturday’s disappointing defeat behind when they face Burnley United in the Lancashire Amateur Shield.