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Avro are in seventh heaven
Tuesday 12th March 2019 @ 10:28 by Mark Phillip

North West Counties First Division North

Avro 7-0 Atherton LR

Following Wednesday’s abandoned game, Avro returned to action against Atherton Laburnum Rovers and maintained the pressure on top spot with 7-0 demolition.

With Atherton rooted to the foot of the table and 15 points from safety, Avro were always favoured to win the tie, but the manner in which they did only served as a reminder of how good the team has been this season, with the seven goals on Saturday taking the tally to 92 for the campaign.

The hosts started the game with real intent and took the lead in the 18th minute. After being awarded a penalty, Louis Potts stepped up and converted the first of three goals on the afternoon.

The former Bolton Wanderers youngster made it 2-0 just past the half hour mark – once again dispatching a penalty with conviction.

To their credit, despite Avro’s relentless pressure, Atherton’s defence stood firm until the end of the half. However, there was nothing they could do in the second-half as the hosts showed no mercy in their pursuit for more goals. Joe Rathbone made it 3-0 in the 68th minute, before his namesake, Sam Rathbone, added a fourth just one minute later.

Avro continued to apply the pressure and were rewarded with a fifth in the 77th minute. Vinny Howell executed a stunning effort from the edge of the box, before Joe Bevan netted with six minutes remaining.

And a memorable day was capped off when Potts sealed his hat-trick in the dying minutes to take his tally to 21 for the season.

Following the victory, Potts said he was happy to have sealed the hat-trick but maintained that the three points was more important in Avro’s pursuit of the title – especially after the defeat to leaders Longridge Town recently. “I never really set myself a goal target in a season but I have faith in my ability to be able to score goals when needed” he said.

“It’s damaging to lose any game of football even against the lads at the top. As a club, we know we just need to keep winning our games and just keep the pressure on them.”

Following promotion from the Manchester Premier League last season, Avro have hit the ground running in step six of the non-league pyramid. 

The players have taken their league form into the cup competitions and are still involved in two semi-finals – one of which takes place this weekend at Bacup Borough in the First Division Cup. While the league remains a priority, Potts made it clear that the squad is hungry to claim any piece of silverware come the end of the season. “Semi-finals are always important games no matter where you are in the league” he said. “We enter cup games to be able to lift the trophy in the final – that’s the ambition we have.

“Everyone in the squad knows that if they don’t perform then there’s someone else that could possibly take their position – it keeps us on our toes.”

Picture taken from @avrofc