BAINES BAGGULEY PENHALE
NORTH LANCASHIRE AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(MEMBERS OF THE LANCASHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION)
REPORT FROM SATURDAY APRIL 8th 2017
In the Premier Division:
The title looks to be heading to Cartmel after a 3 year break after results had gone their way. Third placed Caton United travelled to play second placed Ingleton in a must win game for both sides. A draw would be the ideal result for Cartmel and despite both sides playing well in an open game Cartmel got their wish when the game ended 1-1 with Edward Read scoring for Ingleton and Adam Garnett scoring for Caton.
Cartmel looked to have an easy game following Lancaster Rovers dip in form and confidence after losing their last two games both by 6-0. Cartmel received bit of a shock when the Rovers turned in a very good performance and made Cartmel work extra hard before running out winning by 3-0 with goals from Carl Airey (2) and Cameron Young. Following on from their 3-0 midweek win over Carnforth Rangers, Cartmel now find themselves a three point lead and a game in hand over Caton and two points ahead of Ingleton and with three games in hand.
A rnside probably made their position in the premier division following their excellent 1-0 win over a very good College side that has found form in their last three games. Veteran and long serving and leading goal scorer James Kirkham scored the only goal of an interesting game. The three points gained by Arnside puts them nine points ahead of bottom team Lancaster Rovers but with two games more played and with just two games remaining.
In the Division One Holdens Solicitors/Gibson Cup Semi-Finals:
Tic Dyn/Overton/Middleton entertained Boys Club who felt unlucky to lose to leaders Cartmel Reserves last week. Tic had won both league games quite easily but the Boys Club was well up for this game. The game started well for the Dynamos side as they went straight on to attack and caused Boys Club a few problems. They had one chance in the opening two minutes but the shot from Mark Wiggins was well saved by the keeper. Although the Dynamos started better Boys Club defended well. Gradually Boys Club got more into the game but without troubling th home defence. In the 20th minute Wiggins had another chance but his effort was headed well over the bar. Within two minutes Dynamos took the lead when a long kick from the keeper was mis-kicked by the Boys Club centre half when the ball bobbled allowing Robson Mooring to sllde the ball under the advancing keeper. Boys Club almost equalised within 90 seconds when Jack Braithwaite broke away on his own but his shot from the edge of the area with the ball going inches wide. Two minutes later Boys Club who had defended well broke away again with Clegg also shooting wide from a similar situation. The game turned out to be end to end with both sides creating and missing chances. Just before the half hour mark Boys Club won a corner on their left wing and taken by Andy Fagan who swung the ball into the centre of a packed Dynamos penalty area where it was headed in by Jack Braithwaite whose deft touch beat the keeper, hit the inside of the far post and into the net to make it 1-1 which remained until the half-time break although both sides did have chances to add to the score.
The second half started with the Dynamos applying all the pressure and within two minutes they took the lead when Boys Club conceded a needless free kick some 30 yards from goal and slightly to the right, the kick taken by Robson Mooring flew into the net giving the keeper no chance. Matthew Thompson had a rocket of a shot which the keeper did well to beat out in the 49th minute as the Dynamos went looking for the killer third goal. But it was Boys Club who turned their game up and took the game to the Dynamos with Braithwaite and Fagan both going close but the Dynamos held on. After some good football played by both sides another needless free kick was given away by the Boys Club again some 30 yards out and to the left of the penalty area. The kick again was taken by Mooring who completed an excellent hat trick as the ball curled over the keeper and into the net at the back post to make it 3-1. Boys Club to their credit never stopped trying but failed to hit the target again. In the 90th minute Boys Club conceded their fourth which was not a true reflection on the game. Nobby Clarke manager of Boys Club said it was probably one of the worst performances his team had played all season and they decided to do it on the most important game of the season. The game was excellently refereed by first year referee Aaron Hockham. In the final Tic Dynamos will meet Cartmel and District Reserves on a date and venue to be decided.
Morecambe Royals entertained league leaders Cartmel and District in the other semi-final. The Royals are a bit of a bogey team for Cartmel and always gives them a good game. The Royals caused a big upset when they stopped Cartmel from winning the league last season. Although clearly the better footballing side Cartmel had to be on their best form defensively to keep out a Royals side that threw everything at Cartmel. The Royals almost took the lead but a defender just managed to clear the ball from off the line. The clearance fell to to a defender who moved the ball forward ending with Ryan Patterson finding the back of the net. The remainder of the match was very competitive, good to watch for the spectators and a game all the players enjoyed playing in.
In League Matches
Bentham with just one game to play are relegated to Division Two after losing 2-0 to promotion hopefuls Storeys and hope Millhead lose all its four remaining games. Bentham have played well in a lot of games without any luck. Against Storeys they were the better side for long periods. They conceded a penalty from which David Whitelaw scored from, the second goal was just plain unlucky own goal scored by Adam Jackson. On this form Bentham will bounce straight back up again.
Two of the lowly teams in the division Grange and Carnforth Rangers Reserves turned out a good game with plenty of goal mouth action but few goals and few chances. The young Grange side created the better of the chances with Kyle Gudgeon managing just one goal, in reply Kyle Jackson scored for Carnforth.
In Division Two
Boys Club Reserves are the first team to end its campaign this season. They ended it with a 7-3 trouncing by Preesall and Pilling. Preesall played its best football of the season and showed no mercy on the younger Boys Club side that never gave up and did well to score three times against a well organised side. Boys Club could not contain man of the match Tom Keating who scored five times, others were scored by Reece Wilkinson and Sam Haines. In reply Dave Swan opened the scoring for Boys Club Les J Commiford scored twice his second was the goal of the game and a goal his dad Les would have been proud of.
This season's Champions Burton Thistle dropped two points when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly College AFc Reserves who have been a bogey team to Burton this season. Earlier in the season they knocked Burton out of the cup. This game was end to end with the College side stopping the champions from playing its normal fluent football and creating more chances but could only beat the keeper on one occasion when Jamie Duriack scored a cracker. The goal for Burton was scored by Joe Garnett.
The fight to end the season as runners-up to Burton tipped the way of Trimpell Reserves when they beat their nearest rivals Mayfield United Reserves. Trimpell have just one game to play against Burton Thistle while Mayfield have Cartmel 'A' and Lancaster Rovers Reserves still to play and only a 5 goal difference between the teams.
In the Division Three Fairclough/Woodruff/Parkinson/Collegian Cup Semi-Final:
The promise of a good game between Bolton Le Sands and Kirkby Lonsdale first and fifth in the division did not materialise. From the start it was obvious that Bolton Le Sands would be the team to watch. They started off like a train and pressurised the Kirkby side from start to finish, eventually ending the game deservedly winning by 6-1 with goals from the usual scorers, Daniel Shepherd (2)
Alex Benson, Richard Hart (2) and the goal of the game from Adam Binns. Kirkby's consolation was scored by Darren Hughes. In the final Bolton Le Sands will meet Halton Rangers on a date and venue to be decided.