Five-star Dog Inn back on track

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DOG Inn manager Simon Kerins hailed another fine team effort after his side dominated this encounter with Helmshore Harriers at Wilson’s.

Dog’s superiority was clear early on, and the the Whalley side should have been in front long before Charlie Collinge slotted home from close range after 18 minutes. However, they suffered a blow minutes later when keeper Joe Hudson had to leave the field after aggravating a neck and shoulder injury. Captain Pete Fletcher took over the gloves.

Dog increased their lead when Anton Gawthorpe fired home confidently from an Oli McLean cross. McLean himself was next on the scoresheet early in the second half, when he finished coolly after being sent clear by a delightful Luke Conti pass.

Returning defender Adam Hutchinson notched number four following a corner before Conti completed the rout with 10 minutes left.

Dog, for whom Toby Barker was man of the match, should have added to their tally but a combination of below-par finishing and some fine saves prevented further goals.

Dog now lead the table by six points and Kerins is confident that his side’s season is back on track: “Last month’s blip was more about being let down off the field rather than anything disastrous on it.

“We are now in that phase when a run of games could be lost to the weather; all we can do is stay motivated and ready - and we will do!”

FINAL SCORE: Dog Inn 5, Helmshore Harriers 0