Enjoyment proving to be key in Longridge’s form

Ian Simpson
Ian Simpson

Chairman Tom Haworth feels Longridge’s welcome return to form is down to the players enjoying their cricket.

The Chipping Road outfit had won 11 league and cup games on the bounce throughout May and June.

But a defeat against Great Eccleston in the league signalled the start of a poor run of form for the Palace Shield Premier Division side.

Longridge were controversially defeated by Bolton Association outfit Flixton in the Lancashire Knockout Trophy.

After a rained-off fixture against Croston, Longridge were then beaten by Thornton Cleveleys in the Meyler Cup semi-final.

Third-placed Longridge returned to winning ways, thrashing Hoghton last week.

They notched up their second consecutive victory on Saturday at the expense of Thornton Cleveleys in the league. Several players are now in form, including skipper Ian Simpson .

Welcoming relegation threatened BAC/EE Preston on Saturday, Haworth wants the fine form to continue.

“It was hard to weigh up, we had some bad results a few weeks ago,” he said.

“It started against Great Eccleston and continued from there – it seemed to trigger some despondency.

“But we play cricket to enjoy it and I think that’s what is happening.

“We’ve got to pick up points against BAC/EE Preston on Saturday – I think that’s vital.

“But what we can’t do is underestimate them, we can’t take them for granted as cricket is a funny old

game.

“I’m pleased that Ian has picked up some wickets – he’s had a few games where things haven’t gone his way.”