‘We needed it’ – Gary Moore speaks out on difficult Charnock Richard test after AFC Liverpool rout

Lower Breck AFC Liverpool FA Cup

Lower Breck manager Gary Moore says their emphatic win over AFC Liverpool in the FA Cup was much needed, as they look to continue their run. 

The Breck picked up their first win of the season, following a difficult start in the North West Counties Premier Division. 

Moore’s side brushed aside AFC, who went into the game confident after a win over Skelmersdale United. 

Luke Sephton scored twice as James Murphy, Connor Rankin and Roman Allen all found the back of the net. 

“The first half we were quality, everything we were asking for in the previous couple of games they did,” the Lower Breck boss told Off The Park. 

“We asked them to deliver and they certainly did, it was comfortable in the first half then AFC gave a good account of themselves in the second-half for a 10-minute with spell with some great defending from our lads kept them out. 

“We kicked on late on and it turned out to be an emphatic victory.”

A first win in the Premier Division evades Breck after defeat to Burscough followed their draw with Barnoldswick on the opening day. 

Charnock Richard are their next opponent as they face a trip to Mossie Park. 

They’re unbeaten in their opening four with a win against Cheadle Town followed by two draws in the league. Breck are wary of their threat, not least, after hitting Squires Gate for seven in their Extra Preliminary Round encounter. 

“They’re a team we admire from the way they play football but they’ve had a lot of changes,” Moore added. 

“They have signed some good footballers as well, there’s a lot of young lads as well, they won 7-0 last week then drew 0-0. 

“We know what to expect from them, they’re a good footballing side, how they set up but we’ve had two good results down there and at our place too [previously]. It’s equal with the two sides but when beaten them, it’s been emphatic. 

“You have to be on your game against anybody, they played Squires Gate on Tuesday and drew then again on the Saturday and won 7-0, so it shows what can happen at this level.”

He continued: “We needed it, it goes without saying, but you’ve got to pick up wins. If you don’t win games, you can’t get beat, going 2-1 up at Burscough you’ve got to learn your lessons and hopefully the lads have. 

“You’ve got to pick wins up sooner or later but the games are going to keep coming at us, think we’re Saturday then Tuesday and then it’s the FA Cup and then it’s Thursday, Saturday, Monday, it’s relentless. 

“The wins will come, we’re hoping for one on Saturday and if we play anywhere near how we did against AFC, we’ll be in a good place but it’s up to the lads to keep repeating it.”

[Featured image: Paul Moran]

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