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Liam Davies in action for Chorley earlier in the season. Photo: David Hurst
Liam Davies in action for Chorley earlier in the season. Photo: David Hurst

Coppull United boss Dave Haughton hailed the signinng of Chorley FC youngster Liam Davies.

Davies has joined the Blainscough Park outfit to secure regular game, the youngster came through the Darwen Aldridge Football Academy and has featured for the Magpies in a number of Doodson Cup fixtures.

But Davies has found it hard to break into the first team at Chorley and Haughton is more than happy to have the midfielder on board.

He said: “Liam is an excellent signing and I’m delighted to bring him in.

“We want him to get game time and I’m always wanting to have young talent on board, he’s an exciting player.

“He played for us against Wigan Robin Park last week in a friendly and he is available for selection tomorrow.”

Coppull take on basement side Norcross and Warbreck in the West Lancashire League Premier Division, but Haughton isn’t expecting an easy game and insists his side will be fired up.

He added: “I don’t go into games thinking they will be easy, we cannot underestimate them and they are fighting for their lives down at the bottom.

“We can welcome Danny Smith back to the squad tomorrow and that is a great inclusion as he is a good player.

“Danny has played at a higher level but phoned me a few weeks back asking if he could return, I never reject quality and he will be useful as Chris Robinson is set to miss a couple of weeks as he is having his tonsils out.”

Kick off tomorrow at Blainscough Park is 3pm.

Euxton Villa take on Longridge Town tomorrow in the Richardson Cup and boss Mark McDonnell is hopeful the game will get the go ahead.

Villa haven’t taken to the field since their demolition of rivals Charnock Richard in January.

And McDonnell is desperate for the game to go ahead but feels pitch rust could play an impact.

He said: “We haven’t played for four or five weeks now and everybody is desperate to play.

“Our grounds staff will be on the pitch all day today and I’ll be going down later this afternoon.

“It all depends what happens tonight but at the moment the game is on.

“If we do get the go ahead I wouldn’t be surprised if we are a little rusty but a big bonus last week a few lads got a game for the reserves so some of the squad have played some football recently.”

Last time the sides met, Longridge took all three points thanks to a last minute Rick Coar goal, but McDonnell is confident that his side can avenge the defeat and take their place in the next round of the Richardson Cup.

He added: “I’m confident going into the game tomorrow and I think it could beat the weather.

“We all want the game to go ahead and we have a fully fit squad.

“Lee McKenna is the only one to miss out as he is still suspended, it’s very frustrating for Lee as it keeps dragging on due to poor weather.”

Kick off tomorrow at the Jim Fowler Memorial Fields is 3pm.

Charnock Richard boss Andy Westwell feels a weekend off from league action can only benefit his players.

The table-toppers haven’t had the best start to 2014 losing out to rivals Euxton Villa and now second placed Fleetwood Hesketh.

Tomorrow they make the journey to Slyne with Hest in the Richardson Cup and Westwell thinks his players will benefit from a cup game.

He said: “It will be a bit of a break from the league but me personally I’d rather be playing league games now.

“However it would be nice to have a run in the Richardson Cup as we haven’t been able to do that in the past couple of years due to concentrating on the league.”

Westwell rued the loss against Fleetwood Hesketh and admitted his side were guilty of missing a number of chances.

But now the popular manager wants to concentrate on getting back to winning ways starting with tomorrow’s fixture.

He added: “The Fleetwood game was very disappointing but I won’t look back at it to much.

“We were on top throughout the game but we gave them two sloppy goals.

“Now I just want us to get the games in and kick start our 2014.

“Each team does have a struggle throughout the season and it’s our time now, but I have confidence in the ability of all my players.

“They wouldn’t be there if I didn’t have the confidence.”

Charnock will be without the services of Sam Nightingale, Danny Nolan and Ash Young but apart from the trio Westwell has a strong squad to select from.

Kick off tomorrow at Slyne is 3pm.