[centre]BAINES BAGGULEY PENHALE
NORTH LANCASHIRE AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(MEMBERS OF THE LANCASHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION)
REPORT FROM SATURDAY APRIL 28th 2018.
In the Eric Wilson Senior Challenge Cup Semi-Final:
Ingleton travelled to play Cartmel & District hoping to reach its second final of the season.
After a cautious start the first shot of the game came from Cartmel’s Cameron Young but the effort went wide when perhaps he should have done better. The game started to flow from end to end with both defences playing well in the early stages. Ingleton’s first chance came after just 10 minutes but Jordan Carter-Brown’s weak effort went wide. The defences were well on top for the opening half hour, both sides trying for the breakthrough. In the 25th minute Ingleton’s first decent shot on target was easily saved by veteran Andrew Kendal in Cartmel’s goal. In the 27th minute Cartmel were awarded a penalty. The penalty was taken by Nyall Cowperthwaite the ex-Barrow star the shot was brilliantly saved by the Ingleton keeper diving to his left to push the ball round the post for a corner. Kendal was in action again when he could only parry a fierce hot, the rebound was put over the bar. Ingleton had most of the first half possession but the game remained without a goal. The second half started better for the injury ravaged Cartmel side, but in the 52nd minute Ingleton broke away with Aaron Woohouse in possession on the left wing and after beating his marker he squared the ball for Carter-Brown to shoot past Kendal to make it 1-0. Ingleton raised its game and in the 58th minute almost doubled its lead but for another brilliant save by Kendal diving low to his right. Cartmel were awarded a second penalty in the 62nd minute, this time Cowperthwaite shot to the keeper’s right and despite the keeper getting his hand to the ball the power of the shot took the ball into the net to equalise. Both sides went all out looking for another goal which could have won the game and in the 79th minute Cartmel was awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. The shot was struck hard by Cowperthwaite which was too strong for the keeper who spilled it into the path of Cameron Young but somehow he managed to scoop the ball over the bar from two yards when it looked easier for him to score. Ingleton broke out of defence in the 87th minute and with Woodhouse on the ball he just got into the penalty area when his shot beat Kendal on its way into the net to give Ingleton a 2-1 lead. Things got better two minutes later when Ingleton broke away yet again and again it was Woodhouse who caused the damage when he netted again to make it 3-1. In added time Cartmel pulled one goal back when the tireless Glen Sargeant scored a good goal. But it is Ingleton who will play Highgrove in the final.
In the R. M. Fisher/Howson Remembrance Cup Semi-Final:
A cracking game took part at the Royal Albert playing fields between two very good teams Highgrove Reserves and Mayfield United that played excellent football throughout the 90 minutes. Highgrove went into the game full of confidence after reaching one cup final and looking forward to another. Both sides attacked at every opportunity with Highgrove showing better control in front of goals. Ryan Greenwood opened the scoring after some excellent Highgrove moves, followed by Jack Baxter to make it 2-0. Mayfield never gave up and piled the pressure on Highgrove and Jack Beaton scored the goal of the game to make it a close finish, a finish that Highgrove just deserved to win. In the final they will meet Cartmel and District Reserves.
In the Premier Division:
Marsh United humiliated a poor Galgate side thrashing them by 10-0 scoring almost at will. Leading the way with a hat trick was Daniel Smith, James Eccles scored twice, Wayne Beswick also scored twice, leading scorer Jamie Coulton also got a brace with Louis Grimshaw scoring the last.
With Carnforth Rangers having won the Premier Division title during the week Highgrove had a chance to end the season as runners-up. Highgrove showed no mercy on a Boys Club side that surprisingly drew with them a couple of weeks ago. This time Highgrove were more workmanlike and never gave a gallant Boys Club side any leeway. Joe Martin, Luke Ogley, Bradley Diamond, Liam Breslin and a brace from Josh Buller. Although always second best Boys Club did manage to score twice both through Tony Smith, his second a belter.
In Division Two;
The final game in the division rested on which team Bolton Le Sands or Halton were promoted alongside Preesall and Pilling. Both teams knew what they had to do to ensure promotion, Halton had to win and Bolton Le Sands hadn’t to lose. The game started well for Bolton Le Sands as they took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes through Ryan Cunningham whose shot easily beat Ian Pierrpoint in Halton’s goals. Bolton le Sands played much better than Halton but at times they were slack in defence and paid for it when Kieron Pedder equalised with a snap shot. Bolton le Sands then had a player send off for deliberate handball when he was stood on the goal line, a penalty was awarded and missed when the Bolton Le Sands stand-in keeper made a fantastic save knocking the ball over the bar. Bolton Le Sands had a chance to re-take the lead when they were awarded a penalty, the penalty was low to Pierrpoints left had side but somehow he managed to turn the ball away for a corner.
The second half saw Bolton Le Sands with ten players creating more chances than Halton. It was no surprise when Richard Harte put Bolton Le Sands back into the lead with a thunderous shot giving the keeper no chance. Halton then threw everyone forward looking to get back into the game which left spaces in its defence which should have been punished when Adam Binns reacted first to a loose ball and with plenty of time he snatched at the ball which ballooned high over the bar when a goal then would have made it 3-1 and game over for Halton. Halton responded to this near miss and equalised when Pedder was in the right place at the right time to force the ball over the line to make it 2-2. Bolton Le Sands still had another good chance to re-take the lead but but again the chance went begging. To make matters worse substitute Louis Cox put Halton into the lead for the first time, a lead they held onto to win the match and gain promotion to Division One.
In the Division Three Fairclough/Woodruff/Parkinson/Collegian Cup semi-final:
Storeys Reserves entertained a strong Westgate Wanderers side in this their third meeting. From the start it was Westgate in the driving seat but Storeys did put up some strong resistance but couldn’t cope with the speed and guile of the Westgate side which ran out winners by 4-0 with Liam Gordon scoring twice, Jay Harrington and Matthew Dalton. In the final they will meet Conder Green.
Bowerham Dynamos secured the championship of division three when they won their last game of the season by 8-0 over Tic Dyn/Middleton/Overton Reserves. The Bowerham side outplayed their opponents with goals scored by Jamie Bramhall, Simon Wearing (3), Callum Connorton, Steve Copeland, Jamie Townley (2).