Ashcroft delighted with progress during his reign

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Manager Lee Ashcroft expressed his pride in Longridge Town’s efforts as they narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-final of the Lancashire Amateur Shield.

Ashcroft’s men lost 6-5 at Charnock Richard on penalties but he was delighted about the team’s progress.

He said: “We have to realise we’re getting better every time. To go to Charnock and get a draw playing with 10 men for 70 minutes proves we’re on track to being where we want to be.

“We have improved as a club in the 15 months I’ve been in charge here.”

Since taking over, Ashcroft has moulded his team into close-knit unit and is hoping to improve on last season’s sixth-place finish.

And the former PNE player hailed the team spirit. He said: “They’re supporting and looking out for each other and they’re becoming a team.

“We haven’t got one bad apple in the dressing room, they’re all honest lads who enjoy what we try to do. They enjoy playing for Longridge Town.

“The fans have been brilliant this season and have said how proud they were after the Charnock match and I want to reiterate that.

“Myself, Dave Foster, Kieran Walmsley and Rob Batty are so proud of the team – they couldn’t have given it any more than they did.”

Striker Rick Coar has joined Fulwood Amateurs but recovering injured duo Rick Murch and Jonty McDonald are in contention for Saturday’s clash at Thornton Cleveleys.

And Ashcroft is relishing getting back to West Lancs League Premier Division duty He said: “We are currently seven league matches undefeated.”