PNE old boys in collision

Town boss Lee Ashcroft
Town boss Lee Ashcroft
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Former PNE player and Longridge Town boss Lee Ashcroft goes head-to-head with former North Ender Simon Whaley on Saturday.

Eagley boss Whaley and Ashcroft did not cross paths at Deepdale – Ashcroft enjoyed two spells at his home-town club in the 1990s, whilst Whaley spent three years at the club from 2006.

But with PNE in FA Cup action at Peterborough this weekend, North End fans are being urged to get down to the Mike Riding Ground and watch two of their former players pit their wits against each other in the West Lancs Premier Division.

Surprisingly, 12th-placed Eagley have taken points from the top two sides in the division, drawing 5-5 in an exciting fixture at Charnock Richard, and defeating league leaders Fulwood Amateurs 6-2 at home.

Longridge manager Ashcroft admitted the postponements caused by recent wet weather have been a blow.

He said: “It has been a nightmare not playing but we’re looking forward to the Eagley game.

“We were on good form before the break and want to continue to play as we did before. We want to catch the leaders.”

Leon McLoughlin has returned to the club and Troy Carsley has recovered from injury.

The game kicks off at 2pm and it is a momentous occasion for the club, as third-placed Town are set to use their 
new floodlights for the first time.

Ashcroft said: “Playing under the floodlights is going to be fantastic.

“It shows how far the club has come and the ambition it has for the future.

“It’s a new chapter, we’re a club on the up and I’m proud to be here.”