Non-League round-up: Clegg makes big impression at Atherton LR
6:28pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Headlines
ATHERTON LR boss Michael Clegg has introduced a renewed sense of pride at Crilly Park in recent weeks.
Clegg, who took the reins at the beginning of the season is working hard to enhance the image of the Division One club.
Visitors to Crilly Park over the last couple of seasons may have noticed the lack of local accents within the team itself. The club had spent large amounts on players travelling expenses over the seasons; something that had to change. After much hard work, Clegg can now boast a side brimming with local players.
“We have a very young, local team now. Eight of our starting line up (on Saturday) live within three miles of the ground. That’s what we are trying to achieve – getting the best local talent and continuing to improve the club as a whole.”
LR have had an indifferent start to the campaign due to an extensive injury list, but Saturday saw the return of club captain Mark Ayres along with a handful of others, meaning Clegg had a full squad at his disposal for the visit of Northwich Flixton Villa – and it paid off with a 5-1 league win.
LR suffered an early setback when the visitors took the lead after four minutes through Gary Dalrymple. But from then on, it was all Atherton.
Kristian Holt equalised just before half time and further goals came in the second half from Ayres, Tommy Turner, Gaz Shaw and Mark Adams as LR moved up to 12th in the table.
Away from the league, both Daisy Hill and Atherton Collieries fell at the first hurdle of the FA Carlsberg Vase.
Daisy went down 3-1 at Cheadle Town where Scott Winstanley put Craig Thomas’s side back in the tie at 2-1 with three minutes remaining after Luke Pearson and Ben Connolly had put Town in control. But James Horan scored a minute later to see the home side through.
Collieries, who were in league action at home to Oldham Borough last night, lost 5-0 at Stockport Sports where Steve Foster netted a hat-trick after James McShane had opened the scoring from a penalty. Dave Chadwick was also on the scoresheet.
Atherton LR host a Chester FC side in a friendly at Crilly Park tomorrow night, kick off 7.30pm. Admission is £2.