LANCASHIRE AMATEUR LEAGUE: Farnworth reap rewards of direct approach
FARNWORTH Town sent out a message of their promotion intentions with an impressive victory at Failsworth Dynamos Reserves.
The club, who are only in their second season in the Lancashire Amateur League, moved up to second place in Division Two after the 3-0 win.
With the home side’s Premier Division first team’s game postponed, Failsworth fielded a strong side, but Jason Tyldesley’s men were too powerful on a heavy, soaked pitch.
After a first half in which both teams tried to play football through standing water, Farnworth switched to a long-ball game after the break and reaped instant rewards.
Aaron Walmsley broke the deadlock on 48 minutes and Grant Dean doubled the lead seven minutes later with a 20-yard shot.
Antony Staines, Brad Tyldesley and Kieran Ward dominated midfield and, after Ian Teasdale hit the post with a diving header, Danny Wharton sealed the points with an individual goal on 80 minutes.
In the Premier Division, Horwich Victoria went down to a surprisingly heavy 5-1 home defeat to Tottington.
Joint manager Danny Holmes accepted the Bury men were the better side but said the scoreline flattered them.
“We chose to play with the wind first half thinking it might die down, and it didn’t,” he said.
“They went ahead early and we equalised with a Sean Jones header from Danny Edmondson’s cross then they scored a second just before half time.
“They went 3-1 up early in the second half and the turning point was when Connor Hicklin and Luke Skelly both missed one-on-ones within two minutes of each other.
“I think 3-1 would have been a fairer result, but they scored two more late on with a deflected free kick and a long-range shot which made the scoreline flatter them.”