Hot Ash buries vital Richmond winner
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.