Locals closing in on title successes

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Hurst Green closed in on promotion over the week - while Rimington are also on the verge of another title.

In the West Lancashire League Second Division, Green picked up a crucial 1-0 win over a physical Croston side last Tuesday evening.

And on Saturday, they enjoyed a 10-0 success at home to Barrow Wanderers.

Against Croston, Green were dominant, with Alan Coar and Paul Coote too hot to handle up front.

However, the hosts made the game became over-physical, before McCarthy grabbed a fully-deserved winner with 20 minutes.

A win on Saturday at home to lowly Barrow Wanderers, accompanied by a Leyland defeat, would have confirmed promotion, but despite Green hitting double figures, Leyland won 4-1 at Ladybridge.

For the locals, Coar grabbed four goals, Sam Hayes bagged a brace, and there were further goals from Chris Scott, Danny Walker, Andy Howarth and Coote.

Rimington, meanwhile, earned four points from two games to leave the villagers top of the East Lancashire League with seven to play.

They beat Read 3-0, with the derby virtually over in the first 30 minutes. Heslop opened the scoring as he latched on to a Walmsley flick to calmly slot into the far corner, before Gawthorpe found Sargeson, who cleverly put the ball into Lloyd’s path, and the striker lobbed the keeper from 25 yards.

On the half hour, Walmsley won a crunching tackle in midfield and released Sargeson. who raced away to finish coolly.

At Enfield, the champions had their talismanic keeper Kershaw to thank for earning a point in a 2-2 draw against the title contenders.

On 10 minutes, a corner was half-cleared to a midfielder 25 yards out, and he unleashed a screamer into the top corner giving Kershaw no chance. The big man then made several saves, including a triple save from almost point-blank range. But just before the break, Rakshi was sent crashing to the floor in the area, Lloyd tucking away the spot kick off a post.

In the second half, Kershaw produced another stunning save and then had a hand in the next goal as his long clearance found Lloyd, whose shot was parried, and Rakshi reacted first to slam the ball home. However, Enfield equalised immediately, as a ball into the box was hooked in.