Hallmark Security League (NWCFL) Division 1
In 2016, I seem to be achieving 'double' groundhops within towns and cities, whether it is Rochdale AFC & Rochdale Town, Birmingham City & Aston Villa and unintentionally, within a matter of months completed groundhops to Chorley & Charnock Richard.
Hidden in the leafy suburb of Chorley, is the quaint village of Charnock Richard which boasts one of the newest football clubs to join Step 6 in the pyramid, in the North West Counties Football League.
Founded in 1933, Charnock Richard has dominated in recent years the West Lancashire League winning the championship on numerous occasions and last season, finishing runners-up.
Their dominance proved that they were ready for the step up and since early 2016 the club board, staff and volunteers have been working hard to make sure that the stadium and infrastructure met FA and league requirements.
The second point I was impressed with was the entrance fee of £4. As you pass through the turnstile you also have more volunteers there to greet you and selling match day programmes at £1.50. Again the shiny, gloss quality of their informative match day programmes was another impressive feature.
The quality and professionalism of the volunteers and facilities that make Charnock Richard Football Club, the club that it is will be the envy of not only clubs in the Hallmark Security Leagues but even higher afield.
Bacup's best chance came from a close range shot spilling out of the goalkeeper's hands and parrying out the follow up for a corner, 2 yards from the goal line.
Back to the football and the second half, and it was an unfortunate yet inevitable conclusion for Bacup Borough as Charnock Richard came out and dominated the second half from whistle to whistle.
Bacup were missing usual experienced first teamers such as Gaz Wager and Adrian Bellamy in defence and Kelvin Trippier in midfield, but the youthful Bacup side struggled to cope with a settled and gelled Charnock side consisting both youth and experience.
Shortly after the kick off and Charnock Richard took the lead with pressure in the box from close range, which was the point heads started to drop for Bacup.
The momentum was with the hosts now and Charnock's striker, Carl Grimshaw finally got onto the score sheet too making it 3 - 0 from inside the area. To be fair, the score could have been more had it not been for Bacup's goalkeeper pulling off save after save. An excellent entertaining match for the 200 in attendance.
Charnock Richard are currently several points off top position with games in hand, and with the evidence of today's performance, they are surely Champions elect.
In my time groundhopping at Non League level, Charnock Richard's stadium, atmosphere and facilities is one of the best experiences I have ever enjoyed and would highly recommend others to visit and see what all the fuss is about.