WEST LANCASHIRE LEAGUE: Ex-Bury, Norwich City, Preston North End star helps Eagley to opening day win

Eagley boss Alex Harvie was delighted with the win

Eagley boss Alex Harvie was delighted with the win

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ALEX Harvie got his tenure in charge of Eagley off to a good start with a 3-0 victory against Thornton Cleveleys in the Premier Division.

Ex-Bury and Preston player Simon Whaley dusted off the boots and showed he still has the skills by scoring twice while Neil Bebbington was also on target for the Dunscar side.

Harvie said: “Of course as a new manager it’s important to get strong performances in, especially away from home. Thornton Cleveleys are an excellent team and will push a lot of sides this season, but we have prepared excellently over pre-season so I knew we would go there and take the game to them.

“We scored three fantastic goals which embodied our style of playing high tempo, quick counter attacking football.

“I’m delighted with the response from the lads their performance was determined, professional and resolute.”

Elsewhere, Tempest United’s bid to return to the top flight suffered a setback losing out 3-2 to Burscough Richmond.

Tempest went 1-0 up through John Crossland on 15 minutes then Burscough hit back before James Hamer scored to make it 2-1 at halftime.

The second half mirrored the first when Tempest dominated for first 20 mins then they finished strong.

Burscough finished the stronger in the last 20 minutes and wrapped up a win as Tempest ran out of steam.

They will be hoping to pick up their first win of the season tonight against Turton. Neil Johnson’s Turton side opened their account with a 5-2 win against local rivals Bolton County.

Tom Morgan grabbed a hat-trick while further efforts by Kyle Dixon and a Danny Locke header completed the win.

Adam Farnworth and Liam Short hit the back of the net for County.

In Division Two, Jack Horam bagged a brace for Stoneclough but he was powerless to stop his side going down 3-2 against CMB. Matthew Carr, Callum Yeardsley and Nathan Coyne were on target for CMB.

Ladybridge were celebrating a 4-1 win on the road against Walney Island.

Manager Dave Walker said: “It was a very good performance with the pick of the goals being Sam Parkinson’s third for his hat-trick with a solo effort.

“He picked the ball up and unleashed a 25 yard finish into the top corner.

“It was an early contender for goal of the season. We dominated the game throughout and the scoreline wasn't a true reflection on the game, we created numerous chances and in truth it could have and should have been a lot more.”

Results Premier Division: Blackpool Wren Rovers 5 Burnley United 3, Charnock Richard 1 Fleetwood Hesketh 0, Euxton Villa 7 Hesketh Bank 1, Longridge Town 1 Crooklands Casuals 1, Lostock St Gerards 2 Garstang 2, Slyne with Hest 2 Coppull United 1, Thornton Cleveleys 0 Eagley 3.

Division One: GSK Ulverston Rangers 0 Fulwood Amateurs 2, Lytham Town 5 Dalton United 3, Mill Hill St Peters 3 Askam United 2, Poulton 6 Ambleside United 0, Tempest United 2 Burscough Richmond 3, Turton 5 Bolton County 2, Wyre Villa 2 Hurst Green 0.

Division Two: Furness Rovers 1 Croston Sports 2, Kendal County 5 Furness Cavaliers 1, Leyland United 5 Haslingden St Marys 2, Millom 3 Milnthorpe Corinthians 2, Stoneclough 2 CMB 3, Todmorden Borough 2 Barrow Wanderers 0, Walney Island 1 Ladybridge 4.

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