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United Lose Out To Longridge

United Lose Out To Longridge

By Simon Driscoll
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Skelmersdale United 1 Longridge Town 4

After suffering their heaviest loss of the season away at Irlam on Tuesday night, United suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to Longridge Town at Volair Park.

Paul McNally made three changes from midweek with Marvin Molyneux, Joel Douglas and debuting Peter Moore named in the starting 11 in place of John Keatley and Matthew Scoullar who dropped to the bench with Liam Wood unavailable while Ryan Ellison was in line to debut from the bench after recovering from pre-season surgery.

The visitors started the brigher and after clever play from Finlay Sinclair-Smith, Paul Turner clipped a shot past the near post in the opening minutes. The two combined for the opening goal minutes later as Sinclair-Smith's shot cannoned off the bar and into the path of Turner who hit past Ben Barnes for 1-0 in the sixth minute.

Turner nearly turned provider as he fed Elliot Pond who could only fire over the target while at the other end, Eddie Toner hit a shot wide of the post. Town doubled the lead on 17 minutes with ex-United forward Tom Ince carving the defence open with a pass that found Turner who slotted past the oncoming Barnes for 2-0.

George Tomason saw a long range effort cannon back off the bar before Town struck a third, Pond cutting inside and slotting past Barnes for 3-0 on the half hour.

Ince drew a catch from Barnes with an angled free-kick before Pond scuffed a shot wide from a great position and Sinclair-Smith forced a strong parry from Barnes from close range. Sinclair-Smith tried his luck again minutes later as he dragged a shot across goal narrowly passing the far post just ahead of the interval.

The second half saw United start the brighter with Matthew Coughlan's long range curling effort collected by Lee Dovey before a great free-kick on debut from Peter Moore sailed past Dovey to cut the gap to 3-1 on 47 minutes.

Moore tried his luck again from a similar range minutes later and forced a superb diving save from Dovey who tipped the past the far post before an effort from the United scorer sailed high over the bar.

Pond drew a save from Barnes with a powerful effort at the other end while substitute John Keatley curled an effort past the post. Sinclair-Smith went close to extending the lead as he cut inside and and sent a shot past the post.

He did strike successful with six minutes to go as a solo run saw him link up with Ince before firing over Barnes into the net for 4-1. The final whistle minutes later was greeted with rapture from the travelling fans while United's mixed start to the month continued.

Skelmersdale United - Barnes, Lent (Ellison 46), Griffiths (Keatley 46), Molyneux, Tyrer (c), Toner, Moore, Coughlan, Douglas, Cawley, Kelly (Cato 20). Subs not used- Scoullar, Grimshaw.

Longridge Town- Dovey, Birch, Wilkinson, Gourney, Scholfield, Tomason, McKenna, Pond (Fletcher 79), Turner (Brewster 52), Ince, Sinclair-Smith. Subs not used - Murphy, Tucker, Wicks.

Referee- Darren Strain

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Match details

Match date

Sat 21, Sep 2019






Premier Division

League position

Longridge Town
Skelmersdale Utd