EUXTON Villa FC are celebrating after scooping two titles from the West Lancashire League.

Mark McDonnell scooped the manager of the month gong while the Premier League side were crowned team of the month for their displays in October.

The Runshaw Lane side enjoyed a 100 per cent record with three away wins in the league and a second round home win in the Richardson Cup.

League management committee member Norman Edmondson presented the award to the Euxton Villa team.

Edmondson also presented McDonnell with his managerial award too.

McDonnell said: “We had a very good month being undefeated and it was a lot of hard work.

“The squad is quite new with six or seven faces brought in during the summer.

“They have started to gel together well and Ryan Thompson coming back from Charnock Richard played a role in us being undefeated.

“Work commitments made it hard for Ryan to play at a higher level but it is great to have his experience here.

“He is a cracking centre-half and I am delighted to get him back.

“Liam Higginbotham our goalkeeper has been settling in the team and has been a big part in the defence keeping clean sheets.

“We are a very young squad and our fitness has been better than last year.”

But it is not only the Villa defence that has been catching the eye for McDonnell so far this season.

He said: “Connor Gronback has been missing for the past two and a half years with a number of injuries.

“I have moved him back up-front and it has paid off with hat-tricks against Slyne-with-Hest last week.

“It is great with Connor, Pat Bibby and Greg Johnstone up front as they all give us something different going forward.

“I think this is the strongest squad I have had here with 18 players.

“It means I am having to juggle things around and hopefully we can go on another run in November and December.”

Villa are currently joint third in the Premier Division and in October progressed to the third round of the Richardson Cup.

McDonnell said: “We want to do well in the cup and also the league but games get called off due to the weather like last weekend.

“It is hard because we have to keep everyone fit and motivated and train so they are ready for action and there is a good feeling in the dressing room.

“We have got great strength in depth and there are some experienced lads in the reserves who we can call on if we are short.”