Dan Cockerline stars as AFC Liverpool exit Bank Holiday Weekend unbeaten

Dan Cockerline scored three in two games as his double helped AFC pick up four points from three games.

They beat Longridge Town upon their return to Rossett Park, he sparked the comeback as they found salvaged a draw despite being 2-0 down to Charnock Richard.

The penalty in the second half in their trip to Charnock was his fifth of the season and seventh in all competitions as Kyle Schorah’s late goal secured another comeback for AFC.

On Saturday, Chris Anderson’s side returned to the Marine Travel Area for the first time since December as Cockerline steered the Reds over the line to get back to winning ways.

The AFC manager lauded his talisman as “one of, if not the best striker” in the North West Counties Premier League.

“Yeah I mean if you look at the bank holiday weekend Saturday to Monday, if you look at the teams we’ve played, four points out of six you take it,” Anderson said reflecting on the two games in 48 hours.

“Class [returning to Rossett Park], there was a buzz from the lads it just felt like home, everything about it, being in the changing rooms to being on the pitch, being in your dugout just home surroundings.

“Everyone was buzzing to be home.

“He was good, one of the obviously a pen but he’s always an outlet. [He] held up the ball, drawn players in, his link up play with midfielders and wide players in the right areas, he worked hard.

“It was another standard performance from Dan Cockerline.

“He’s probably one of, if not the best striker in the league so you know you’ll always have someone who will pop up and score or do things of magic or need someone to do something in your team to do something.

“It’s important for the team know you’ve got someone like him that links up, scores goals and does everything you want him to do.”

AFC Liverpool now have 10 points from five games with at least two games in hand on teams around them.

This weekend sees Anderson’s side venture away from home once again as they return to Burnley to face Padiham, a matter of weeks after they came back from two goals down to dump them out of the FA Cup.

[Featured image: Dave Williams]