FOLLOWING the previous week’s 5-0 win at home to Blackburn side Mill Hill St. Peters, Hesketh Bank encountered a 180 mile round trip to Cumbrian side Millom last Saturday. They duly completed a comfortable 4-0 win and in doing so they have now gone five games without conceding a goal.
Manager James Smith was forced to make changes with injuries and work commitments ruling out Jordan Smethurst, Stephen Greenwood, Josh Norgate and Richard Hill. Assistant Manager Jamie Johnson slotted into the vacant midfield spot and defender Adam Birkby was drafted in from the reserves.
Millom is always a difficult place to travel to and get a positive result and over the years Hesketh Bank’s record has not been the best. With Millom currently at the base of the table and winning just one match so far this season the final result was not unexpected. However this was not a vintage performance from Hesketh Bank in what at times was a scrappy affair.
In fact Millom should have taken an early lead but were denied by keeper Paul Sergeant who was making his 100th appearance for the club. Jamie Dalton opened the scoring after 12 minutes when the Millom goalkeeper dropped a cross from Peter Henerty. Pressing forward Hesketh Bank took the game to their hosts and proceeded to create and miss several opportunities only adding a second in the 24th minute when striker John Stead looped a header over the keeper from a Dan Birkby cross.
The expected floodgates did not open and the third goal only came 12 minutes from time when a delightful cross from Dalton was this time powerfully headed home by Stead. The striker has now scored 11 goals in just seven matches since his transfer from Lytham Town. The scoring was completed in the final minute with a rare goal from Johnson whose direct free kick found its way into the corner of Millom’s goal.
The win still leaves them lying in the second promotion spot behind leaders Lostock St. Gerards who also won, but now eight points clear of third place Hurst Green. Up next is the visit to the Centenary Sports Ground of Barrow based side Hawcoat Park with a 2pm kick off.
Meanwhile the reserves will be looking to get back into action after their match was postponed early last Saturday morning with Todmorden Borough unable to raise a side, as they travel to Bolton County which also kicks off at 2pm.
The Sunday team are also on their travels this weekend after a convincing 16-0 home win over Euxton Bolts when they visit Preston side Frenchwood which kicks off at 11am.
For up to date details and to book a slot at the club’s 3G training facility check out the website www.heskethbankafc.co.uk