REPORT: Longridge Town 1-3 Squires Gate (Macron Cup)
Squires Gate progressed into the next round of the Macron Cup on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 win away at high flying Longridge Town.
The homeside, who sit top of the First Division North, were in fine form coming into this game having won their last game 7-2 on Wednesday
Gate manager Andy Clarkson welcomed back Ryan Riley and Joe Booth into the side that drew 1-1 away at Whitchurch on Monday night, Ben
Reader and Joey Mullen missing out.
Gate made a positive start to the game and could have been ahead in the opening exchanges. Clever play between Riccardo Egidi and Joe Booth
linking into the box but Riccardo's shot was saved for a corner which Gate couldn't capitalise on. Gate then had two more corner's but again couldn't
test Lee Dovey in goal for Longridge.
The homeside began to come into the game more fifteen minutes in but couldn't test Gate despite getting the ball into the box several times.
Longridge had keeper Lee Dovey to thank after twenty five minutes when he pulled off a superb double save to deny Gate. First he stopped Dean Ing
before springing up to deny Ric Seear's header from the rebound.
The Reds started to up the pressure when midfielder Tom Ince fired a warning shot into the side netting on the half hour mark. Longridge took the
lead in impressive fashion three minutes later. Experienced striker Jay Hart found in the box by Tom Ince saw Ben Fletcher off his line and chipped
the ball over it make it 1-0.
Gate's heads didn't drop after the goal was scored and they continued to create chances. Adam Sumner had the ball in the back of the net after he got
on the end of a clever freekick he started, but the left back was flagged for offside. Dean Ing then took aim a minute later but his strike was the wrong side
of the post as Gate got closer.
Half time: Longridge Town 1-0 Squires Gate
After a half time dressing down from Manager Andy Clarkson, Gate came out all guns blazing and equalised three minutes in. Gate battled well in Longridge's box before midfielder Dean Ing shot past Lee Dovey as he was falling over. Ing showing his impressive strength.
The homeside had calls for a penalty turned down in the 51st minute when Paul Turner was bought down in the box, the referee though judged the challenge to be fair and waved play on.
Gate doubled their lead minutes later through striker Ric Seear. He burst into the box from the right hand side and fired low past Lee Dovey to double Gate's lead.
Longridge themselves could have leveled the game on the hour mark but winger Gardner could only find the side netting with his shot.
Riccardo Egidi, who was starting just his second game for the club, came close to adding his first goal for the club on 63 minutes. The striker pounced on a Longridge mistake and held of defender Phil Doughty but couldn't find the target firing wide.
It didn't take Gate long to create another chance, in fact just one minute later Ric Seear added his second and Gate's third of the game. He was found at the back post for an routine strike past Dovey.
Seear had the ball in the net a third time shortly after but he was denied the hatrick as he'd drifted offside.
The win for Gate pits Clarkson's men against City of Liverpool in the next round after their 3-1 win over Ashton Athletic on Saturday.
Gate are next in action next Saturday when they return to league action away at Abbey Hey.
Gate: Fletcher, Richards, Rossall, Bamba, Sumner, Booth, Ing, Charnley, Seear, Riley, Egidi. Subs: Thorpe, Reader, Mullen.
Report by Mark Ashmore