2 days ago By Peter Boardman

Saturday 18th November 2017



The Lancashire Football Association Amateur Cup 4th Round:
Caton United the last remaining representative in this prestigious cup competition won through to the quarter final defeating Liverpool side Collegiate Old Boys 4-2 on penalties. The score line flattered the Liverpool side. From the first whistle to the last Caton was in complete control, but their season old problem of failing to take chances made them struggle. Jordan Sparks who was a thorn in the Liverpool side the whole game almost scored inside the opening 10 minutes but the keeper who without doubt was man of the match made the first of his numerous excellent saves diving full length to his right to turn the ball round the post for a corner. Seconds later Alex Hartley had an excellent chance from 15 yards but his shot went well over the bar. In the 17th minute Caton got a big shock when out of nothing Collegiate took the lead, the midfield player from fully 35 yards looked up and his swerving shot went into the top left hand corner of the net giving the Caton keeper no chance. Undeterred Caton continued in the same vein attacking at will. In one bout of possession they gained 5 corners in succession, each corner went into the danger area and three times the keeper got a punch to the ball sending it for another corner the fourth corner was headed clear only for the ball to be launched into the area for another corner, this corner almost brought Caton the equaliser but the ball was scrambled away. Caton continued to press but could not get past the keeper who was playing a bllnder. Sparks was just inches away from a 25 yard free kick after 26 minutes. Things got worse for the visitors when they lost a player, sent off in the 42nd minute. Caton started on the front foot in the second half and despite creating chance after chance the goals would not come. Fortune favours the brave and it turned out that way when Darren Briggs beat three defenders in the 57th minute on his way into the penalty area on the left hand side and two yards inside the penalty area when the centre half of the Liverpool side made a silly and rash tackle on Briggs bringing him down for a clear penalty. Up stepped Alex Hartley who dispatched the ball into the net to finally score the goal they fully deserved to level the scores. Caton never stopped attacking but the shots just would find the net. Substitute Jamie Luraschi who adopted a shoot on sight poilcy hit the bar in the 63rd minute. Two minutes later Luraschi was denied by the keeper when his shot from 10 yards was saved by the keepers foot the ball fell kindly to Thomas Burns and his shot from around the penalty spot was brilliantly saved by the keeper. Caton started to get desperate with all the attackers shooting from anywhere which mostly went over the bar or well wide. Caton's hearts were in their mouths when deep into injury time the Collegiate side were awarded a free kick from 30 yards, but the wall did its job and the ball was cleared. With no further goals scored in this very one sided game the tie had to be decided on penalties. This was Caton's third penalty shootout in this season's competition with the same five players named to take the penalties which has served them well so far. Luraschi took the first penalty and saw his shot hit the bar and go safe. Collegiate scored their first, Caton scored their second with the visitors also scoring their second, Caton scored their third, the Caton keeper denied the Liverpool side to level the shoot out with a brilliant save, Caton took the lead when Hartley blasted the ball into the roof of the net, Collegiate fourth penalty went woefully wide to end one of the most one-sided games seen at Caton for a long long time. The quarter final of this competition which started with nearly 150 teams will be on Saturday December 9th 2017 the draw to be made next week.

In the Westmorland Junior Cup 2nd Round:
Burton Thistle played out of their skins to record a brilliant victory when they entertained a very good Ullswater United side finally winning by 4-2. The result was in doubt right up to the final whistle. The Burton side was made to hang on at times and other times the visitors had to hang on. The difference between the two sides was in front of goals where the Burton side were more lethal scoring four times with Mark Cowperthwaite, Mark Johnson, Ben Sharp and Kieran Longmouth scoring the Burton goals. Ullswater who was in with a chance all the game replied with two goals.

Cartmel and District Reserves winners on numerous occasions went out of the competition losing 4-2 to Appleby Reserves. Despite having two players sent off, the score in the 88th minute was 2-2 but a two goal blast saw Cartmel concede two goals. Andrew Pearson scored Cartmel's first with Joe Wellens equalising the being sent off later.

In the Craven and District Football Association Senior Cup 1st Round;
Ingleton made light work of beating a poor Horton side winning by 12-1 on a day that everything went right for the Ingleton side. From the start Ingleton went straight at the Horton side not giving them chance to settle and soon started the goal star man David Easterby scoring four times and assisting in other goals scored by Jordan Carter Brown (3), Steve Havelin (2), Edward Reed, Dan Tyrer and Joel Law.

In the Premier Divsion:
The big game at the bottom of the division was between bottom team Boys Club and Arnside fourth from bottom at the start of play. It was the Arnside team that had most of the play and piled the pressure on Boys Club eventually breaking them down to win 3-1 after Matthew Carr, James Thornton and James Kirkham had scored for Arnside. Richard Howard score a good goal for Boys Club which turned out to be a consolation. This win moves Arnside four places up the table and looking good to avoid relegation.

Marsh United's good start to the season continued with a very good 3-0 win over newly promoted #tic Dynamos. Marsh deserved their win as they played some really good football for the whole of the 90 minutes. Tic Dynamos for their part also played well but came up against a rock like defence. Daniel Smith with two and James Eccles with the other scored for the Marsh side who remain if fifth place.

Leaders Highgrove kept up the pressure on the teams below after a good all round performance in beating sixth placed Mayfield United. It was Mayfield that took the lead in the early stages of the game and fully deserved to following a good Johnny Barker goal. With the clock ticking towards half-time Highgrove equalised with a goal from veteran Luke Ogley. The second half was even with both sides playing good football but only creating a few chances. In the 75th minute Highgrove took the lead following a cross into the penalty area, the keeper misjudged the flight and the ball fell to Kane Walmsley who calmly slotted the ball into the net. Mayfield tried right to the end to get a goal back to equalise but Highgrove's defence held out.

Storeys kept up their good start to the season with a good workmanlike performance when they beat next to bottom Trimpell and Bare Rangers by 4-0. Once Storeys took the lead with a Regan Crossley goal there was never any danger of losing the game. Other goals that followed were from veteran Luke Atkinson, Nathan Hegarty and young Jack Benson. This win keeps Storeys in second place.

In Division One:
One of the best games of the day in the division one was between Morecambe Royals third in the division against leaders Carnforth Rangers Reserves. Carnforth settled early in the game and took the lead in the opening minutes a good movement from Matt Jackson in a crowded penalty area saw him find Josh Collinson who had the easiest of tasks to score the opening he tapped the ball into the net to make it 1-0. The Royals hadn't settled and had to work hard to make any inroads into the game as Carnforth who are a well drilled side and worked hard to disrupt any advances on goal by Morecambe Royals. Both teams worked tirelessly to break one another down but it was Royals who equalized when Gaz Holmes 25yards from goal lobbed Parry in the Carnforth goals to make it 1-1 and game on. Within 10 minutes Carnforth took the lead again after a clearance by a defender was blocked by Collinson and he slotted the ball home at the first time of asking to make it 2-1at half-time. The second half saw Royals pushing forward but Carnforth stood firm limiting Royals to half chances. Carnforth made it 3-1 with a quick attack and it was Collinson who completed his hat-trick. Royals showed tremendous spirit and pushed forward to get back in the game and were rewarded when Chris Carter hit a tremendous shot which hit the post and bounced back into play, Jack Huntington was first to re-act and reached the ball first and finished with a great shot into the top of the net to make it 3-2. Royals then threw everything they had at Carnforth but it wasn't going to be their day as Carnforth managed to hold out for the 3 points. It was a great game of football and a great advert for the North Lancashire League Football League.

Ingleton Reserves gained only its second point of the season when they travelled to Grange and came away with a point they deserved. The game didn't have a lot of chances due to two defences that played well on the day. Both goals in the 1-1 draw were the result of well worked moves with Steven Bleasdale scoring for Grange with Sean Earle scoring for the Ingleton side.

Highrove Reserves lost its unbeaten start to the season when they lost 4-2 to a very good Mayfield United Reserves side. Mayfield were soon out of the blocks and shocked the Highgrove side as they opened up a 3-0 lead by playing some splendid football, Jamie Taylor who was a thorn in Highgrove's side all afternoon scored twice with Jack Beaton scoring the other. Jordan Connorton pulled one goal back for Highrove but it wasn't long before Taylor restored Mayfield's 3 goal cushion as he complete an excellent hat-trick. Highgrove never gave up and even scored another to make the final score 4-2 with a Luke Bradley goal.

In Division Two:
The young Cartmel 'A' side played its best football all season to over-run a FcBrittania side that has started to struggle to get results. At times they were as good as the Cartmel side but they just could not find a way through a solid defence superbly marshalled by Richard Spendlove at the heart of the defence. The first two goals came courtesy of two penalties, both scored by Joe Cowperthwaite the third was scored by Spendlove.

Preesall and Pilling entertained Halton Rangers in the match of the day. Preesall were second and Halton in third position. The Pilling side played exceptionally well and had to against a Halton team that also played quite well but it was the more direct Preesall side that eventually came out on top winning by 5-2 with goals from Danny Haines with two Danny Wilson, James Ashworth and Jack Ashworth. This win moves the Preesall side to within one point behind leaders Bolton Le Sands and five in front of Halton Rangers in third place.

In Division Three:
In the match of the day second placed Westgate Wanderers took the short trip to College on Morecambe Road to take on third placed and league newcomers King George Fc. As expected the game was end to end with hardly a break for breath by either of the two good sides. The more experienced Westgate side started to show through and wenr on to win by 4-2 with Alex Parrott with two goals, Kevin Armistead and Jay Harrington with the others, the goals for the King George Fc came from John Peart and Steve McMinn.
This win moves Westgate back to the top by one point from Galgate Reserves, King George Fc stay in third place after suffering its first defeat of the season.

Conder Green with only one defeat of the season had a mighty scare when they travelled to play Tic Dynamos of Overton and Middleton Reserves on Salt Ayre. There was nothing between the two teams throughout. The first half was a funny affair when nothing of note occurred. The second half saw the game burst into life with goals flying in every few minutes and somehow Conder Green managed to score four through Daniel Caton (2), Oliver Applegate and Darren Warwick. The Dynamos side responded with three goals score by veteran Steve Wiggins with two and Reece Leeming.

Where next?

Ashley Cross Memorial Team of the Month - October 2017 Ashley Cross Memorial Team of the Month October 2017 Marsh United Reserves

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