After winning the Presidents Cup for a record fifth time with a 2-1 win over Hurst Green last Tuesday evening, Hesketh Bank then obtained promotion to the Premier Division on Bank Holiday Monday with a 5-1 win at Dalton United in Barrow.
For the Cup Final manager James Smith was able to select his strongest team who didn’t let him down with a good performance against a strong Hurst Green side. On a bright evening in front of a healthy crowd the match kicked off on Charnock Richard's pitch which provided a good surface for players to pass the ball with confidence.
Hesketh Bank began well and completely dominated the first half but could not provide a breakthrough thanks to some good goalkeeping and the woodwork. This was a little worrying because Hurst Green made two substitutions and from the outset of the second period played with much more purpose.
However as is often the case in football with Hesketh Bank’s first serious attack of the half after 52 minutes they took the lead.
A corner from the right was half cleared and fell to the feet of Hulme on the edge of the box and his right foot strike hit the top corner of the net.
Hurst Green reacted positively and were well in the game but the important second goal came in the 72nd minute when Henerty dummied his marker just inside the box before lifting the ball over a despairing keeper.
Despite nine minutes of added time indicated by the fourth official and Hurst Green immediately reducing the arrears Hesketh Bank managed to see out the time to win the Cup.
The Presentation was held immediately after the game which turned out to be a real tussle in the end.
It was however a match that the league, match officials, both sets of players and managers could be proud of which provided great entertainment for the spectators. Good quality local football played in the right spirit well hosted by Charnock Richard FC.
With three league matches to play all away and three points requiring promotion Hesketh Bank returned their attention to the league on Bank Holiday Monday.
With just one change to the team they made no mistake with an impressive 5-1 win at Dalton United. Two first half goals from Peter Henerty and Richard Burns put them in control and then skipper Dan Birkby added a third early in the second half.
Dalton did pull one back from the penalty spot late in the game but there was still time for striker John Stead to complete the scoring with a brace of goals.
To go up as champions they need to win the final two fixtures beginning with a trip to Ambleside United on Saturday followed by the final game the following Tuesday at Turton.
Meanwhile the Sunday team were crowned as Champions as they won 5-1 away at Lytham Town.
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