Hesketh targets double

Brian Burke (right) presents Fulwood skipper Ged Smith with the trophy
Brian Burke (right) presents Fulwood skipper Ged Smith with the trophy
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FULWOOD Amateurs have set their sights on doing the double after winning the West Lancashire League’s Division One title.

The Lightfoot Green club finished top of the table with room to spare and return to the Premier Division next season after a year’s absence.

Brian Burke, on behalf of the league, presented Fulwood skipper Ged Smith with the trophy.

Their season is not finished yet though, having reached the final of the President’s Cup.

Fulwood beat Askam United 5-3 on penalties in the semi-final at Garstang on Monday after the 90 minutes had produced a 2-2 draw.

They will meet either Turton or Poulton in the final, those two meeting in the other semi at Euxton Villa on Saturday.

The experienced Tony Hesketh has been in charge at Fulwood since October 2013, taking over as manager with them rooted to the foot of the Premier Division.

He was unable to save them from relegation last season but has turned fortunes round this time to lead Fulwood back.

Hesketh said: “We have won the league handsomely and if we could do the double, that would be fantastic.

“Until the final game of the season when we had already won the league, we’d only lost once since Christmas.

“The players deserve a lot of credit to get us back to the Premier Division.

“We have a lot of ambition at the club, the chairman is ambitious and we want to climb the football pyramid.”

Fulwood chairman Paul Eastwood said: “Tony has put together a strong side and they have played really well.”