Sat 13
1st Team
Charnock Richard
Charnock too tough a nut to crack for Daisy

Charnock too tough a nut to crack for Daisy

By Daisy Hill FC
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The firepower of Charnock Richard was the difference between the two sides in Daisy's latest pre-season warm up game.

Daisy Hill's first pre-season friendly at New Sirs ended in defeat at the hands of North West Counties League Premier Division side Charnock Richard.

A good sized crowd turned up on a fine afternoon to watch what is now becoming an annual meeting between the two clubs at this stage of the season, and they were rewarded with an entertaining game played in a fine spirit that saw both sides committed to attack.

Daisy began the game well, creating their first chance within seconds of the start, straight from the kick off.

Peter Lancaster played a through ball to Hensley Mills, whose shot was deflected wide for a corner kick.

It took until the 10th minute before Charnock Richard created their first opportunity, with Ross O'Farrell heading just wide from a corner, but the visitors finally broke the deadlock as the game reached the midway point in the half.

The Daisy defence were caught out when Nathan Fairhurst won a challenge for the ball, took a touch and buried the ball past Sully Sayjad.

Straight from the restart, Charnock almost scored again with Carl Grimshaw outpacing the defence before firing in a shot the beat Sayjad but rebounded off the post.

Despite falling behind, Daisy were still enjoying good spells of possession and they were almost gifted am equaliser when a slack pass across the Charnock back four landed in the path of Peter Lancaster, but after jinking past the last covering defender he blasted the ball over the bar.

But just before half time, Charnock scored twice in the space of three minutes to build a 3-0 lead at the break.

First, Mark Woods set up Danny Regan for a curling shot through a ruck of players that Sayjad got a hand to, but couldn't keep out of the net, and Woods also provided an assist for the third goal, when his corner into the box was headed high into the net by Fairhurst for his second of the game.

There was little doubt that the half time score was a little harsh on Daisy, who had played their part in an entertaining first 45 minutes, but it nearly got worse in the opening moments of the second half when Charnock captain Carl Grimshaw found himself in a one-on-one with Sayjad, only to be denied by a blocking save from the Daisy keeper.

However, Grimshaw's next goal attempt led to his side's fourth goal five minutes into the second half, when he scuffed a shot across the area which landed in the path of Stu McDonald who tucked the ball under Sayjad,

Three minutes late it was 5-0, when the Daisy defence failed to clear the ball and were punished by Charnock substitute Jack Bennett who beat Sayjad with a shot from 12 yards.

To their credit, Daisy kept on the front foot and pushed forward at every opportunity, and were rewarded 20 minutes from time when Jack Iley curled well taken effort into the top corner to get his side on the scoresheet.

But with five minutes left Charnock's Danny Regan rounded off the scoring with a sixth goal, cutting in from the left and finishing with a shot under Sayjad.

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Sat 13, Jul 2019