Hot Ash buries vi­tal Rich­mond win­ner

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Advertiser Life People In Pictures - BY GE­ORGE CLANDON

ON one of the warm­est days of the year, Rich­mond made their way to Bal­lam Road for what usu­ally turns out to be an awk­ward if not cru­cial game - in this case, for pro­mo­tion this sea­son.

The Lytham pitch was un­help­ful with the Burscough side’s style of pass­ing game, in fact, lumpy in parts and def­i­nitely in need of a sharper cut. The home side kicked the game off. The ref­eree awarded a free kick to the home side on the 15 minute mark.

The kick was taken, the ball then hit the ref­eree who was stood in the line of flight, the other side of the the Rich­mond wall, caus­ing the ball to be de­flected to a Lytham for­ward.

The for­ward, not be­liev­ing his luck tapped the ball past the Rich­mond keeper Jack O’Mal­ley to go one up.

“No goal”, said the ref­eree who bizarrely gave a bounce up in the cen­tre of the Rich­mond penalty area, which had home and away play­ers to­tally con­fused, all think­ing it was a goal. The ball was even­tu­ally cleared by the away side’s de­fend­ers, with the vis­i­tors very grate­ful to the benev­o­lent ref­eree.

In the first half, Rich­mond were mak­ing heavy weather of the game, the pitch once again not suited to sev­eral ball play­ing Rich­mond play­ers.

Both sides in fair­ness can­celling out each other’s at­tacks.

Thirty five min­utes and a back pass by cen­tral de­fender Ash Dis­ley, caused some con­ster­na­tion within the Burscough ranks, with goal­keeper O’Mal­ley hav­ing to chase the ball down to avoid an open goal.

The Rich­mond de­fend­ers were quick to re­cover to rec­tify the prob­lem.

Half time couldn’t come too soon for the Rich­mond man­ager Mike Clandon, who made changes to his mid­field on re­turn­ing to play, af­ter the half time break.

Ian McKinty and Ryan Giller play­ing the sec­ond 45 min­utes.

It took Rich­mond un­til the 57th minute to make the break­through.

A su­perbly flighted outswing­ing free kick by vice cap­tain Chris Jones found Ash Dis­ley up for the set piece, the big cen­tre half mak­ing up for his ear­lier er­ror, un­leash­ing an un­stop­pable vol­ley with his left foot that ri­fled the ball into the back of the net, giv­ing the Lytham keeper lit­tle chance.

The sub­sti­tu­tions had done the trick with the Rich­mond mid­field in­creas­ing their im­pe­tus, clos­ing down their op­po­si­tion and pre­vent­ing any sort of threat to O’Mal­ley in the Rich­mond goal for the rest of the match.

Scott Tay­lor was named Man of the Match with most of his back four hav­ing cred­itable per­for­mances, as were the sec­ond half per­for­mances of the Rich­mond mid­field.

An ugly type of game, but some­times it needs to be that way and some­times it’s forced that way by oth­ers, but the points were in the bag. Well played both sides. Two mas­sive game com­ing up this com­ing this Easter week­end, both away, Haslen­den this Satur­day and Mil­nthorpe Easter Mon­day.

Burscough Rich­mond in ac­tion Ian Robin­son

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