Ashcroft optimistic at start of season despite heavy loss to Brig

Bamber Bridge midfielder Paul McKenna with Longridge Town manager and former PNE team-mate Lee Ashcroft. Photo credit Paul Vause
Bamber Bridge midfielder Paul McKenna with Longridge Town manager and former PNE team-mate Lee Ashcroft. Photo credit Paul Vause
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Longridge Town boss Lee Ashcroft is relishing the start of another campaign.

The former Preston North End striker was not down heartened after his side’s last friendly of the season ended with an 8-0 defeat at the hands of Bamber Bridge.

Instead of dwelling on the result Ashcroft says the result and the way Neil Crowe’s Brig side performed has set a bar for his men.

Ashcroft wants his side to learn from Brig’s clinical finishing and dispatch their West Lancs League Premier Division rivals in similar fashion.

They open the season away at Blackpool Wren Rovers on Saturday.

He said: “Football is always a learning curve and I’m sure at Wren Rovers we will look to play the sort of football which gave us three points there back in January.

“Bamber Bridge did to us what we want to do to sides in our division but in all fairness they have some very good players – some with Football League experience.”

One of Brig’s ex-football league stars is one of Ashcroft’s former PNE team-mates Paul McKenna.

Former Blackpool man Brett Ormerod showed his class with an overhead kick as the NPL First Division North side triumphed.

But Ashcroft says the result will not dent his men’s confidence.

He said: “I thought for the first 25 minutes we really gave them a game and we really could have been a couple of goals up.

“The defeat won’t do us any harm. We’ve had a good pre-season all round and we can build on that. I had about five players out which didn’t help against such a good side as Bamber Bridge. They will be there or thereabouts again this season l’m sure of that, but for us we are not downhearted.”