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  1. Published on: 18/05/2017 05:24 PMReported by: rogerblaxall
    Burscough Richmond 5 Haslingden St. Mary's 0

    Report from George Clandon
    Well, it's the morning after the night before and I'm still coming to terms with the fact that Burscough Richmond have gained promotion to the top tier of the West Lancashire Premier league, won the FA Lancashire Amateur Shield - and for good measure received team of the month for April. Not a bad haul for a team that virtually started from scratch at the beginning of the season!

    And although the score line may suggest that the newly crowned Division 1 champions might have taken their foot off the gas, you couldn't tell from Haslingden's contribution to this game; they wanted to finish on a high.

    Richmond kicked off on with slight breeze behind them on a playing surface that has held up throughout the season Ė all credit to grounds man Dave Massam and his boys. In the opening minutes, a long headed clearance from a Richmond defender found Jordan Lorde in space, the ball just too long, beating the striker by a pace or two just inside the penalty area in the first minute.

    Jack Golding missed an opportunity, shooting high on 10 minutes; the Richmond striker made up for his earlier miss minutes later, finding Ryan Giller in space on the edge of the penalty area, the classy midfielder lifting the ball with a side foot shot into the top corner of the net.

    The play went into a midfield mode leading to the second goal, the exception a superb 40 yard diagonal ball from defending midfielder Mario Kramny, which found Jordan Lorde in space inside the visitorís penalty area, the Richmond striker rushing his shot firing just over the target.

    Lorde was not to be denied a goal, a massive kick from the Richmond keeper Ben Barnes landing at his feet; after gathering a difficult ball he somehow from an incredibly acute angle guided a shot into the back of the visitorís net to give Richmond a 2.0 score line - it was Lordeís 34th goal of the season, which manager Mike Clandon was certainly appreciative of.

    Haslingden gave as good as they got, going close in time added on, but it was Richmondís half with two quality goals as the referee blew his whistle to bring the half to an end.

    There were more goals to come as St.Mary's resumed play and they werenít long in coming, Jack Golding being the recipient of the third goal on 50 minutes. It was after a great assist by Nathan Martland, whose inch perfect pass found the visitor's defender's wanting, setting up the diminutive striker to power his shot past Ďkeeper Pilkington.

    Everything was coming together for Richmond, who were outplaying their opposition with three points were needed for promotion - the third goal had given the Burscough side an unassailable lead that the division one champions just couldn't recover from.

    It wasn't the end however; two minutes later Mario Kramny hits a powerful 35 yard daisy cutter that hammered into the back of the oppositionís net - that goal and a commanding performance gave the big midfielder the man of the match award and deservedly so.

    Substitutions were made in the latter part of the second half, Anthony Murt replaced Ash Disley, Peter Armitage replaced Jack Golding and Saul Guffogg for captain Lee McNabb.

    The fifth goal and the real icing on the cake came from CJ (the irreplaceable vice captain Chris Jones), who was ably assisted by substitute striker Pete Armitage who sent a great through ball, which outwitted the visitor's defenders and goalkeeper. The industrious midfielder left everyone in his wake to fire high into an empty net on 75 minutes Ė a magnificent finish from one of the Richmond longest serving players.

    A couple more efforts closed full time, one from Jordan Lorde bringing a great save from Pilkington and a good chance for Pete Armitage, who unfortunately lifted the ball over the visitorís bar with a lobbed shot.

    The referee blew the final whistle with the appreciative crowd clapping and cheering at a quality performance by the home side, probably the best performance of the season with what was at stake.

    Burscough Richmond are now after five years in Division 1, a premier league side; manager Mike Clandon is a proud man having been the architect of this season's success; two trophies in his first season isn't bad. And well done to all the players, the management team, Mike Cooney and Neil Swift.
    And a special think you to everyone associated with the club, the committee, not forgetting our very generous sponsors - and our wonderful tea lady Joyce.

    The player of the year awards took place directly after the game, Scott Taylor the pivotal central defender winning the managerís player of the year, playersí player being presented to John Anderson whose role at left full back is never lacking in quality.

    It's quite ironic that Richmond have the best defensive record In the league with these two players at the back.

    Thank you to all the local press for the entries into your papers and on the line media outlet, Roger Blaxall from QLocal for his patience as my grammar is far from the best.

    A short summer, then we go again.

    Come on you yellows!

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