Longridge miss out on win despite chances

Longridge Town commemorate the centenary of one of the most iconic moments of the First World War before their match against Fleetwood Hesketh.
Longridge Town commemorate the centenary of one of the most iconic moments of the First World War before their match against Fleetwood Hesketh.

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Longridge Town came away from Southport wondering how they didn’t secure all three points having had the majority of the ball and the better chances for the match but it was the home side who struck first.

Substitute Connor Wright headed past new Town keeper Lee Dovey - signed from Bamber Bridge for three or four games.

However Fleetwood didn’t hold the lead for very long with Skipper Aaron Helliwell equalising six minutes later when his perfectly executed free kick beat the Hesketh number one.

Town thought they had won it late on when a cross to Lennie Reid was saved at point blank range. Hesketh showed why they’re a tough team to crack at home having only been defeated by champions Charnock Richard this season.

The away side dominated early proceedings. Melling put in a good ball for Rick Murch but his header was just wide of the post. Helliwell, after winning the ball back, played in Lennie Reid but his curled attempt was just past the post.

Fleetwood Hesketh created half chances on the break but didn’t trouble the Longridge keeper.

Hesketh were awarded a free kick on the 22nd minute and drew a top drawer save from the new Town number one.

Town should have been ahead three minutes later when McKenna crossed into the box and the keeper’s punch was poor – Helliwell slid in but couldn’t poke it home. The ball was collected by McKenna who passed to Murch but his attempt was just past the goal Helliwell was the next to come close. His long range attempt was parried by the Hesketh keeper but Reid’s curled follow up attempt wasn’t troubling the keeper and it went wide of the goal.

Somehow Town couldn’t score in the opening exchanges of the second half; Reid put in a long throw and Walmsley, up from the back, managed to hit the underside of the bar from 10 yards. Town continued to go in search of a goal but to no avail. Hesketh broke quickly and in their search hit the post.

But it was Fleetwood who took the lead on the 79th minute; a deep cross from the right was met by substitute Connor Wright who placed his header right in the corner and out of the reach of Dovey.

But six minutes later Town were back on terms when Longridge won a free kick on the edge of the area.

It was perfectly executed by skipper Helliwell. Town thought they had won it late on but Reid was denied when the keeper dashed across his box to sprawl himself and deny the Town forward.

Next Match December 13 2pm: Hesketh Bank vs Longridge Town

Town manager after the match said: “We showed we can mix it up and I couldn’t fault the lads. They placed their header in the only place it could go to beat the keeper. We showed real resilience to get back in the game and I’m proud of the boys.”