‘They’re playing for their futures’ – Lower Breck manager Gary Moore sends damning message amid fear of relegation battle

Leighton McGivern in action for Lower Breck.

Lower Breck manager Gary Moore was pleased with his side’s resilience to salvage a point against Charnock Richard but is wary of being thrust into the relegation dogfight.

The 10-men of Lower Breck staged a late comeback against promotion play-off hopefuls as Ryan Beigan and Leighton McGivern scored two in as many minutes in the dying stages to secure a point.

As a result, it ended their losing run leaving Chorley with a point in the eight-goal thriller.

But for Moore it was pleasing to see his side show character after a number of setbacks in recent weeks as they went on a run of four straight defeats.

As it stands, they’re 18 points off the relegation zone but those trailing have a number of games in hand on them.

And with the fear of being sucked into a battle, they will be looking to get their first win since early December against relegation-threatened Ashton Athletic who were beaten 5-0 in their last outing.

“Just good to get something out a game like that really as the chips have been down when it went 3-1, 4-2 you’re thinking ‘ah here we go’,” he told Off The Park.

“Especially 3-1 at the time they scored because we’ve had a few of them this season. Not that we haven’t got faith in the lads just the way the runs been going, to get 3-2 then it’s gone 4-2 and to get it back to 4-4 was massive.

“We scored to make it 5-4 which was wrongly disallowed as well but the referee explained a mistake’s been made but didn’t want it to overshadow the comeback against a very good side. I think if they would’ve won the game they were four or five points behind third, it was a big point. 

“It’s just one of those things when you’ve gone for it, we went three at the back made a couple more changes and one or two of the lads have come off going ‘why have I come off?’

“We were creating a lot of chances, Ste Milne had three or four great chances they just fell on his left foot or it was good defensive work.

“We were creating chances so we knew, we were telling the lads to keep believing because we knew we’d get something out the game, so when Ryan Beigan got the third, he took it really well he’d just came off the bench, straight on and into the game. It just sets it up for Leighton [McGivern], unbelievable finish again.

“He uses the defender as a guide, body shape the lot, people behind said soon as it left his boot it’s in, it’s just another typical Leighton McGivern finish the ‘keepers got no chance. 

“We couldn’t ask for no more from them, after the game, you’re lifted. It wasn’t a good dressing room at half-time, it’s as flat as they come, you’re thinking what do I say to them here?

“We’ve been here before this season, you’re just trying to pick them and stay in the game and they’ve done that, they should be proud to get a point out the game at that stage. They fought back so hats off to everyone. 

“I watched them on Tuesday, I told the lads I’ve seen enough of them to know it’s going to be a tough tough game, AFC bowled them away in the end 5-0 with two late goals but in the first half.

“AFC could’ve scored a few goals but you could see enough in Ashton’s performance they’re a young side, fit and full of running and if we’re not at the races anything can happen.

“They’re fighting for their lives and they can drag us into it, it’s all good saying REMYCA and Runcorn are in a bad position and who’ve they’ve got to face but we’ve all got aspirations to finish as high as we can in the table.

“But we’ve still got to play five, six teams in and around us, a few teams around us have games in hand so if they win them they go above us, it drags us to them bottom two teams with Ashton just above them.

“We don’t want to finish down there so we’ve got all to play for and the lads have as well, they’re playing for their future’s at the club now.”

[Featured image: Paul Moran]

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