WEST LANCASHIRE LEAGUE: Blackpool Wren men rocked by super Tempest United
TEMPEST United produced a storming performance despite the weather decimating the league programme on Saturday.
Trevor Ball’s resilient, hard-working side produced a tremendous all-round performance to win 1-0 at home to second-placed Blackpool Wren Rovers.
The Chew Moor village side had to make a few changes through injury and work commitments, but straight from the start they were bright, closing down impressively, tackling hard and defending well.
There were not many chances in the first half but Tempest produced the best opportunities.
They restricted Wren Rovers to knocking the ball long because Tempest gave them no time to play.
In the second half, the pitch cut up as the weather deteriorated, but they got their rewards on 75 minutes when a ball into the box fell to skipper Ross McNair.
He showed great composure to steady himself and smash a unstoppable shot into the top corner.
Assistant boss Gary Westhead said: “It was a great result against a team we were not expected to get anything from.
“The desire and commitment from the lads is second to none and the effort they are putting in at training on Tuesday and Thursday nights is paying off.
“Fulwood lost as well so we have put seven points between us and the bottom two.
“We set the lads a target of five wins from 10 games and they delivered two from three so we are doing okay at the minute.”
Just down the road, Ladybridge continued their improved form with an excellent 4-0 win against a stubborn Barrow side in Division Two.
Ladybridge started brightly with 16-year-old Ollie Bretherton causing all sorts of problems with his wing play.
After half an hour, a good run by Jordan Swindells ended with Jon Smalley firing in from 18 yards.
Despite being well on top it took Ladybridge until the last 25 minutes to double their lead, a 25-yard free-kick from Bretherton giving the Barrow goalkeeper no chance.
Ladybridge camped in the Barrow half and a fine individual goal from Kamil Demiter, finished with a well-directed drive from outside the box, brought the third.
Youngster Bretherton ended his super day in fine style by dribbling around the keeper and slotting home after beating three defenders.
The Ladybridge side will have been delighted to keep a clean sheet which was mainly due to a commanding display from skipper Jordan Hussey at the back.
Elsewhere, Eagley’s tie with Norcross and Warbreck, Bolton County’s trip to Millom, Turton against Wyre Villa and CMB against Croston Sports were all postponed.