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Longridge Town
 (24', 27', 62', 67', 85')
Full time
B Clarkson (48'), J Richmond (53')
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - First Division North Attendance 207

Longridge Town 5 Steeton AFC 2


Steeton Make Five Star Longridge Work for Victory. Match report by Phil Briggs

Steeton came away from league leaders Longridge without the points but with plenty of positives after an entertaining game, going down 5-2.

Against the free-scoring hosts, Steeton manager Roy Mason lined up with a 4-1-4-1 formation and the Chevrons started brightly on a bright but chilly afternoon in the Ribble Valley. Captain Steve Pearson introduced himself to the locals with a strong challenge in the 9th minute, earning an early yellow card, his co-defenders working hard to keep Longridge to long-range efforts.

Steeton lost James Grogan to a hamstring injury on 15 minutes, sub Jack Richmond earning his North West Counties debut, but started to mount counter-attacks with Ben Clarkson unlucky when his shot on the turn hit the crossbar on 23 minutes. Longridge quickly turned defence into attack and Richie Allen found space in the penalty box to open the scoring. Things went from bad to worse three minutes later when poor marking from a corner allowed Adam Lawrence to shoot home without a challenge.

Faced with these setbacks Steeton had to dig in and see out the half, surviving a further let-off when Allen hit the post after a smart turn. The second half saw a remarkable turn-around with Mason’s men fast off the blocks and onto the attack with Callum Meade pushed up front with Clarkson. It was Clarkson who made space for himself before shooting home to surprise the hosts and a further shock was in store when Toby Jeffrey went down the right wing and set up Richmond for a fine finish – 2-2!

That plot-twist sparked a fine last half-hour with both sides going for the win. Longridge right-back Joe Melling became an attacking threat and the excellent Thomas Ince ran the show in midfield.

The game swung decisively back to the home side with two great strikes from Allen in 5 minutes, one a solo goal featuring a sublime turn and strong shot, the other a header after skilful wing play from substitute Rio Wilson-Heys.

The winger capped off an excellent personal performance with a quality fifth goal, curled into the top corner. An almost certain sixth goal was prevented when Sam Rooke launched into a flying tackle to rob the striker in front of an open net. This commitment to the cause in the final minute was a testament to the hard work put in by Steeton, who emerged with credit after an entertaining 90 minutes which saw both sides applauded off the field.

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Key moments

Goal Goal for Longridge Town
Goal Goal for Longridge Town
Goal Ben Clarkson scores for Steeton
Goal Jack Richmond scores for Steeton
Goal Goal for Longridge Town
Goal Goal for Longridge Town
Goal Goal for Longridge Town


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85:00 Goal 5 - 2
Goal for Longridge Town
84:00 Sub Off
Callum Meade is substituted off for Steeton
84:00 Sub On
Aaron Davis is substituted on for Steeton
70:00 Sub Off
Andy Holden is substituted off for Steeton
70:00 Sub On
Luke Baldwin is substituted on for Steeton
67:00 Goal 4 - 2
Goal for Longridge Town
62:00 Goal 3 - 2
Goal for Longridge Town
53:00 Goal 2 - 2
Jack Richmond scores for Steeton
48:00 Goal 2 - 1
Ben Clarkson scores for Steeton
End of period 1
27:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Longridge Town
24:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Longridge Town
16:00 Sub Off
James Grogan is substituted off for Steeton
16:00 Sub On
Jack Richmond is substituted on for Steeton
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Longridge Town
  • Steeton
  • 0
  • James Grogan Sub Off 16:00'
  • Jack Richmond Sub On 16:00'
  • Goal 24:00'
  • Goal 27:00'
  • Ben Clarkson Goal 48:00'
  • Jack Richmond Goal 53:00'
  • Goal 62:00'
  • Goal 67:00'
  • Andy Holden Sub Off 70:00'
  • Luke Baldwin Sub On 70:00'
  • Callum Meade Sub Off 84:00'
  • Aaron Davis Sub On 84:00'
  • Goal 85:00'

Team selection

 Paley, Fletcher Paley, Fletcher
Morgan, Alistair Morgan, Alistair
Scott, Elliot Scott, Elliot
Holden, Andy Holden, Andy
Pearson, Steve Pearson, Steve
Rooke, Sam Rooke, Sam
Grogan, James Grogan, James
Meade, Callum Meade, Callum
Rawcliffe, Tobias Rawcliffe, Tobias
Clarkson, Ben Clarkson, Ben
Jeffrey, Toby Jeffrey, Toby

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. AFC Blackpool 38 47
14. Nelson 38 45
15. Steeton 38 44
16. Chadderton 38 40
17. St Helens Town 38 34
18. Holker Old Boys 38 31
19. Daisy Hill 38 25

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