A CHORLEY football side are celebrating after being named West Lancashire League Team of the Month in the Premier Division.

Euxton Villa FC were rewarded for their impressive form in September where they picked up two wins.

The team are currently sixth in the table after an impressive 4-1 victory against Blackpool Wren Rovers on Saturday.

Player-coach Matt Atherton said: “It was great to receive team of the month as it acknowledges the hard work that has been put in behind the scenes by the coaching team and players.

“We didn’t have the August we would have liked but since winning team of the month you can feel the cohesiveness and attitude get better game by game and it shows that the hard work is worth it.

“I think our playing tempo has noticeably gone up a level in the last few months and it’s probably best evidenced through the amount of goals we are scoring as we are averaging at least three goals a game.

“As a squad it has been really pleasing to see different individuals stepping up their performances each week to contribute but it would be remiss of me not to mention Pat Bibby who already has 20 goals to his name.

“However, he will be the first person to say that it is a team effort and the sheer amount of chances we have been creating has helped him become one of the most feared forwards in the league.

“Undoubtedly, it highlights our challenge of trying to be as effective at the other end of the field and defending as a unit and eradicating individual errors but this is something we are looking at all the time through training.”

Atherton believes that there is still a lot to come from the side.

He said: “Only myself and one other player are over the age of 30 so we have a lot of young players who are gaining valuable experience and leadership opportunities. Looking at our performances, they have gained momentum since the end of August, with us losing only once in the nine games that have followed including seven wins.

“We have two quarter finals in the cup to look forward to so it could be a special season for us if we keep building and working as a team. We also have four 17 year old players who have made their full first team debut this year which is really encouraging for the future of the club.”

Atherton believes the club have aspirations to rise through the ranks.

“We do want the club to move up into Step 6 of the football pyramid which is the semi-professional game which also includes entry into the FA Cup and FA Vase which are both major national competitions. To do so the club is looking at the required ground improvements to do this including floodlights and a stand alongside success on the pitch.”

“It is a big piece of work and will require many volunteers and fundraising efforts but we think that it is the right thing to do considering the 40+ teams that play under the Euxton Villa name.

“We are fortunate to own a fantastic facility at the Jim Fowler memorial ground and our youth set up is widely renowned as one of the best in grassroots football so its vital we offer a platform for these young players to move onto and anybody out there who feels they can support in anyway should get in touch.”