Great Harwood Town 6 Skelmersdale United 1
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Phil Greenhalgh opened his scoring account for the season in sensational style, helping himself to a second half hat-trick as Great Harwood Town rattled up their biggest ever win in the N.W.C.L.
A striker of tremendous consistency for Town since their Lancashire Combination days of the late ‘70’s, Greenhalgh headed narrowly over the bar from a Brian Foy corner after 7 minutes and Foy himself having a 35-yard free kick tipped over the bar 7 minutes later. That latter effort led to Harwood taking the lead. The corner was hit into the bottom corner by Bowman after a goalmouth scramble. A couple of minutes later, an impressive pass by Foy found Marren on the right and the striker made no mistake. Skelmersdale pulled a goal back through jimmy Flanagan after 23 minutes. Marren scored his second and Harwood’s third, 12 minutes before the interval, heading the ball home after a telling right wing cross by Simon Vercoe.
Harwood were in rampant mood and went into a 4-1 lead just 30 seconds into the second half. Foy, who had an excellent game in midfield, laid on a beautiful through ball for Greenhalgh and amid appeals from Skelmersdale defenders that the striker was offside, he coolly slotted the ball past Skelmersdale keeper Neil Flaherty. Greenhalgh went close in the 55th minute when he found himself in the clear but had his attempt deflected into the side netting for a corner after beating Flaherty. But 7 minutes later, he scored his second and Harwood’s fifth when he found the space to slot the ball home from 15 yards after some very impressive work by Stuart Lally.
Despite the emphatic scoreline, Skelmersdale continued to come forward with some impressive moves and Phil Maher in the Harwood goal made a couple of fine saves to keep out worthy efforts. But in the last minute, Greenhalgh put the icing on the cake for Harwood as he latched onto a neat through ball by Marren and slotted the ball past Flaherty in typical fashion.
“I’m very pleased,” said manager Mick Grogan after the match.
“We battled well and put away the chances and could in fact have had two or three more. Sklemersdale kept their challenge going right to the end, so we had to take our chances up front and keep it tight at the back and I’m pleased to say we did our job.”
Great Harwood Town: Maher, Vercoe, Moran, Martin, Procter, Bowman, Dobson, Marren, Lally, (sub. Burton, Greenhalgh, Foy.