Charnock take title from the sidelines

Andy Westwell
Andy Westwell

Charnock Richard boss Andy Westwell has hailed his side’s title triumph – but insists business will be as usual come Saturday.

The Mossie Park outfit were crowned West Lancashire League Premier Division champions for the third time in a row at the weekend without kicking a ball.

Nearest challengers Blackpool Wren Rovers could only manage a 3-3 draw against Vickerstown.

And that result meant Charnock were crowned champions.

They will be officially presented with their trophy this Saturday before their game against Eagley.

But despite being crowned champions, Westwell is hoping for a big performance from his side.

He said: “I suppose you could say the pressure is off but we will be doing what we go out to do every week and that is win the game.

“I want us to produce the high standards that we do each week and take all three points.”

Bizarrely, Wren Rovers still have seven games remaining in their league programme compared to Charnock’s one.

And Westwell believes the amount of games left proved to be a huge turning point in the season.

He added: “What we managed to do is fit all our home games in.

“But Wren Rovers’ games were constantly called off.

“When you don’t play for a few weeks, you lose your fitness and it’s tough to regain your form.

“I always thought we had the league won as it was a big ask for them to win all those games.

“And I also believe we are the best side in the league.”

Despite being crowned champions again, Charnock still have no plans to move up a tier into the North West Counties League.

Admitting he would love to take the club as high as possible, Westwell feels it just wouldn’t be right at this current time.

He said: “I’d love to take the side up into a new league but it’s tough.

“If you look around us, you have Chorley and Bamber Bridge and they are both big clubs.

“So it would make it very tough to go up and find enough quality players to do well at a higher level.

“At the moment we are prepared to stay at this level and be the best we can be.

“We have a great reputation and we want to keep that.”

n Euxton Villa took a point in their match against Garstang on Saturday after drawing 0-0.

Coming off the back of five straight wins, Villa struggled to break down a resilient Garstang side.

The first half was non eventful with Mark Swift’s wild volley the best chance of the half.

In first-half stoppage time, Villa were reduced to 10 men as Ryan Thompson was sent off for a reckless challenge.

Despite the disadvantage, Villa started the stronger in the second half, with Byron Andrew hitting the bar and Sam Bolton shooting over.

Sub Jordan Horner rattled the bar and saw a shot saved late in the game by Jimmy Brindle as Garstang held on for a point.