Town suffer another defeat

It was a frustrating game at Inglewhite Road as Town succumbed to another defeat against Slyne. The opening goal clocked in at around 30 seconds and instantly Town’s game plan had been thrown out of the window. Slyne added a second after 25 minutes and saw Town unable to stage a comeback.

Longridge Town 0, Slyne with Hest 2

It was a frustrating game at Inglewhite Road as Town succumbed to another defeat against Slyne. The opening goal clocked in at around 30 seconds and instantly Town’s game plan had been thrown out of the window. Slyne added a second after 25 minutes and saw Town unable to stage a comeback.

After the match Town boss Lee Ashcroft said: ”I’m disappointed to lose twice against these and to have lost four on the bounce. I don’t like losing, it’s not me and it’s not my team. Individual mistakes are costing us at the moment. We set up with a game plan and within 30 seconds we’re 1-0 down. Then the second was a host of errors. We’ve huffed and puffed again but haven’t been as clinical in the final third as we have been at the start of the season when we were able to score goals at will. In every game we’ve played we’ve had more possession than the other team, but it’s making chances from the possession. We struggled first half and I don’t think we had a shot on goal. Second half we’ve had three or four chances but we couldn’t put them to bed.”

It was a frantic opening with Slyne scoring within the opening minute. Slyne had an early corner headed out as far as Tom Entwistle whose deflected strike flew into the goal from just outside the area.

Like the reverse fixture last week Town looked most dangerous when Joe Melling was on the ball. He was found in space from an excellent switched ball by Rick Murch but his cross was snuffed out at the near post. Murch then put the ball in the box for Conor Linighan but his header didn’t trouble the Slyne number one.

Lennie Reid then switched the ball to Melling who again got forward. He laid it back to Jonty McDonald who crossed for Ryan McKenna but his header didn’t force a save from the Slyne keeper.

The away side doubled their lead on the 25th minute when Jamie Hastings slid in Josh Buller. Hesitation by Ellis Hawksworth allowed Buller to beat him to the ball and slot into the goal from a tight angle.

Slyne continued to attack with menace and Hastings could have added a third but a fantastic save from Hawksworth kept the score at 0-2.

Just before half time Ashcroft moved Melling into a more advanced position and Linighan moved into right back.

Town came out raring to go and early in the second half McKenna headed just over. Then a cross from the right was over everyone. Gary Longshaw retrieved the ball at the back post, his deflected shot fell to McDonald but his effort was tame. Shortly after, Melling played a dangerous ball to the edge of the box but the onrushing Reid scooped it over.

Sam Dean came on to replace McDonald and within a few minutes nearly made a huge impact. A goal kick was aimed at Dean whose flick on found Reid. A lucky ricochet off the defender allowed Reid to get into a scoring position but instead of rifling it in the goal he attempted to chip the keeper and was denied.

With the latter stages approaching the Slyne substitute had the Town faithful worried when his audacious lobbed attempt had Hawksworth beaten; it went just wide. Soon after Entwistle, looking for his second, had a curled attempt well saved by the Town number one. In the dying minutes Dean should have pulled one back for Town. Sam Nightingale’s cross was flicked on McKenna but Dean couldn’t beat the keeper.

Team: 1 Ellis Hawksworth, 2 Joe Melling, 3 Sam Nightingale, 4 Stu Garry, 5 Sam Marsh, 6 Rick Murch, 7 Conor Linighan,

8 Gary Longshaw (14 Jordan Bowen), 9 Ryan McKenna, 10 Lennie Reid, 11 Jonty McDonald (15 Sam Dean). Unused Subs; 12 Lee Ashcroft, 16 Luke Massie, 17 Dave Woodruff.

Town will now be looking to end their run of four defeats against local rivals Garstang at Inglewhite Road on March 28.