Longridge Town top goal scorer Rick Coar clinched a last gasp goal to secure his side’s dramatic win in a fitting tribute to the club’s Vice President Sir Tom Finney
Town jumped to ninth in the West Lancashire Premier Division after their 3-2 victory over Slyne-with-Hest, following a four-week break in fixtures caused by the heavy rains.
And it was Coar who fired home his second in the 90th minute to seal the three points after a thrilling match, in which missed chances could have proved costly.
Coar said: “It was awesome! A draw would have felt like a defeat. It was a good win for the boys and a good three points.”
Both clubs observed a minute’s silence ahead of the game at the Mike Riding Ground and Town boss Simon Carey said the performance was a great tribute despite frustrations of letting the lead slip away twice.
He admitted: “If I had hair, I’d be tearing it out.” But he added the squad had been buzzing at the prospect of getting back on the pitch.
The game also provided an opportunity for new signing Adam Leigh who partnered returning captain Rob Horn in defence. Strikers Jake Craven and Sam Dean both returned to the squad and midfielder John Carroll dropped to the bench.
Coar had the first chance of the game on the fifth minute but his shot missed the target and then it was the turn of Craven who fired his shot narrowly wide.
Slyne had a golden opportunity to go in front on the half hour but Matt Hind twice denied Callum Moore’s effort.
But it was midfielder Joe Melling whose strike found the net after Garry Longshaw’s chance was saved.
Slyne levelled matters a minute into the second half, when a short pass back by Adam Leigh and hesitation by Hind allowed Callum Moore to coolly slot home.
Hind however did make up for the mistake making another fantastic double save; first denying Josh Buller and then saving Callum Moore’s attempt on the line.
Coar’s superb strike on the 63rd minute put the home-side back in front and Sam Dean had the chance to bury the game but his header cannoned off the bar.
Town nearly had to settle for the point after Matt Hind’s clearance deflected off Luke Ogley and bounced into the empty net on 88 minutes.
But on the 90th minute up stepped Longridge’s top scorer to score a vital winner.
Coar got the ball and ran at the defence and calmly fired home completing Carey sixth win in charge.
Next week Longridge travel to Euxton Villa in the Cup. Kick-off 2pm
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