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Chadderton boss Fish praises players’ efforts
Tuesday 13th March 2018 @ 11:18 by Mark Phillip

Chadderton manager David Fish has praised his players’ resilience following the 4-4 draw with Litherland on Saturday.

Both sides entered the game with much at stake for completely different reasons.

A victory for Chadderton would aid their bid against the drop, while a win for Litherland would boost their chances of increasing the pressure on leaders Silsden.

After a lively opening to the game, Chadderton fell behind when Paul Foy opened the scoring for the visitors in the eighth minute.

However, Chaddy responded well and found themselves level later 20 minutes later when hat trick hero Jack Turnbull notched his first of the afternoon.

Litherland have been class throughout the season, scoring 83 goals in 28 games, so it came as no surprise when they took a 3-1 lead by the 63rd minute through Connor Quirk and Oscar Billington.

Turnbull brought his side back into the game after scoring his second of the afternoon two minutes later, although it provided to be in vain as Connor Murphy made it 4-2 shortly after the re-start.

Having drawn just six fixtures all season, it looked to be game, set and match for Chadderton. However, a combination of hard work rate and endeavour in the final 20 minutes saw Fish’s side take a point from the game.

Turnbull sealed his hat trick in the 77th minute, before Aaron Scholes – son of Manchester United legend Paul – converted a penalty in the dying embers to complete the comeback.

Following the game, Fish spoke highly of his players and even admitted they could have won it. “Going into Saturday I was expecting a tough test, Litherland REMYCA had beaten Whitchurch Alrport the previous Monday and came into the game in good form” said Fish.

“They were pretty much what I expected, a team full of experience and guile; a different proposition to Whitchurch, but no less a test.

I thought we slightly edged the first half and had we converted the penalty 2-1 would have been a fair score at the break. The loss of Reece Lyndon early in the second half had far too big an impact and ushered in 15 minutes of madness where we conceded three poor goals, although Jack Turnbull’s second of the game during that period gave us some hope.

The last 25 minutes saw a completely different side to our game, we showed a huge amount of belief and togetherness to keep driving forward and testing REMYCA’s resolve. For the second successive game a team at the top of the league was wasting time and hanging on against us. This time however we showed a lot of quality to unpick the defence.

I was incredibly proud of the players on Saturday. For the desire shown to keep going, for the character shown in matching a much more experienced side and for the quality of the football played. The first goal in particular was a great one touch passing move finished excellently. At the same time it felt like two points dropped as the three second half goals all felt easily preventable.”

Fish reserved special praise for two players in particular – one of which was set to leave the club just a couple of months ago. He added: “I was also especially pleased for two players on Saturday; Jack Turnbull and Joe Richards. Jack is a player who doesn’t really have a set position and by his own admission isn’t the most technical player in the squad, what he does have though is a love of playing and willingness to give his all no matter where he plays. His hat-trick on Saturday included three quality finishes and means he has 4 in the 3 games he’s started as a striker. Joe is a player who was thinking of leaving the club a couple of months ago, since then he’s been working hard in training and playing well for the EDS. To win the match saving penalty on his debut on Saturday was his reward.”

With 15 games of the season remaining, Fish is confident that whoever his side faces will face a tough test against a rejuvenated side. He said: “We showed in the second half against Whitchurch and in the REMYCA game that we can match teams at the top of our league, for that to mean anything though we have to beat the teams around us in the league, starting tonight against Bacup Borough.

“Brent Peters will make sure his players are up for the game and with them having played so few games recently the players aren’t likely to need much motivation. It is important that we start quickly and keep our attention for the whole 90 minutes, we’ve seen time and time again that those lapses cost you in this league.”