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Hesketh continue to strive for promotion

Hesketh Bank

Following their 2-0 Presidents Cup semi-final win against neighbours Burscough Richmond, Hesketh Bank returned to the business of trying to get that promotion spot and at least finish the season in the top two.

In nine days they have gone a long way to achieving that with three vital victories.

The first of these came on Tuesday, April 15 when they travelled to promotion rivals Hurst Green and came away with the three points coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 with both goals coming from the head of striker John Stead.

Last Saturday they entertained Cumbrian side Dalton United for the last home match of the season.

Although sitting just below mid table Dalton proved to be a stubborn outfit and when they went ahead early in the second half it looked as though they were going to hang on to that slender lead.

However Hesketh Bank were eventually rewarded with two late goals the first a bullet header from a corner by defender Adam Thompson in the 82nd minute, followed up four minutes later with the winner from skipper Dan Birkby to secure the victory and move them into second place.

On Easter Monday it was the battle of the top two with a trip to Lostock St Gerards who were already promoted and a win for them would have given them the Championship.

Hesketh Bank needed to win to keep them ahead of third place Hurst Green and with three games to play after that they would need three points to secure promotion or if they win them all it would also secure them the Championship.

In a match that confirmed the quality of West Lancashire League football it was a close match with Richard Burns giving Hesketh Bank the lead but Lostock hit back either side of the interval to take the lead. John Stead struck the equaliser before left-back Ian Dickinson hammered home the winner.

Hesketh Bank can take a break now from the league and concentrate on their next match which is the final of the Presidents Cup which takes place on Tuesday, April 29 at Charnock Richard FC against Hurst Green with a 6.45pm kick off.

Meanwhile the reserves look as though they could finish fourth following their recent 1-1 draw at home to Leyland United and a 3-2 win at Burscough Richmond on Easter Monday. They entertain Milnthorpe Corinthians this Saturday which kicks off at 3pm.

The Sunday team need one win from their final two matches to win their division in the Lancashire Sunday league and they are at home this Sunday against Preston based side Hesketh United with an 11am kick off.

For information or to book a 3g pitch visit the website at www.heskethbankafc.co.uk

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