RICHMOND travelled to the Lancashire hills to play Turton FC with six first team players still missing, Mike Edwards making the step up from the reserve team and performing well.
Both teams were coming off the back of two good results but it was Richmond who came away with the spoils in a competitive game on a poor surface.
Things were evenly balanced with both teams trying to get the ball down and play. Then Richmond sprung in to life. Excellent possession in the middle of the park saw the ball end up on the right with Jamall Tommasson, who delivered a dangerous pass which was not cleared. Young winger Chris Andrews nipped in with a smart finish.
Richmond were nearly two up minutes later. Tommasson delivered a fantastic cross to Lee Berrie whose header hit the post, bounced behind the keeper and hit the other post.
The killer goal came after the interval from Richmond. Captain Lee McNabb got the ball in midfield and broke the Turton offside trap with a fantastic pass to find Lee Berrie. The striker was one on one and smashed the ball in to the roof of the net to make it two nil.
Turton increased the pressure and won a free kick from 25 yards out which was delivered well and headed in to the back of the net but rightly ruled offside despite loud appeals. Turton had a couple more chances which were well saved by Tom Shacklady but the game fizzled out with Richmond taking a good three points. Turton continued their protests at the disallowed goal and caused unsightly scenes at the end.
Manager Chris Clandon said: “We have been excellent today, a model away performance win, great defensively, superb counter attacking football and taking the chances. In all fairness I can’t think of a real opportunity for Turton, that’s how good we were as a defensive side today.”