Simpson admits he has Premier Division dreams

Longridge's Dan Wilkinson Jnr
Longridge's Dan Wilkinson Jnr

Ian Simpson admits the Palace Shield Premier Division dream is still alive and he is backing his Longridge team to beat anybody.

The Chipping Road outfit are in sensational form winning their last 10 league and cup games.

After an indifferent start to the Premier Division season, Longridge now sit fourth in the table, 11 points off table toppers Great Eccleston.

They also advanced into the semi-final of the Meyler Cup on Sunday, after defeating rivals Garstang and they have a third round tie against Bolton Association outfit Flixton, in the LCB Knockout competition.

While Longridge are continuing to impress in the cup, Simpson admits his dream is to win the league title.

“We’ve not won the league since 2004, so our dream of winning the league is still alive,” he said.

“This is what we are playing for, yes it is nice to do well in the cup but we want to do well in the league.

“We started slowly but I always new we would start winning.

“All the bigger teams have to come to Longridge, I believe Great Eccleston will slip up again and I firmly believe it’s in our own hands.”

On Saturday, Longridge make the trip to Fulwood and Broughton before having a break from cup action on Sunday.

In the coming weeks, Longridge will battle it out against Flixton and Thornton Cleveleys for a place in the final of the Meyler Cup.

And Simpson admitted the Sunday off is needed.

“I think Sunday is a welcomed break for everybody,” he added.

“We need a weekend off as it’s a good chance to re-charge the batteries as we have two big cup games coming up.”