[centre]BAINES BAGGULEY PENHALE
NORTH LANCASHIRE AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(MEMBERS OF THE LANCASHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION)
REPORT FROM SATURDAY APRIL 21st 2018.
In the Sam Price Memorial Cup Semi-Final:
Storeys entertained Marsh United for a place in the final of this prestigious trophy which is played for by the premier sides in the league.
Storeys started brightly and inside the opening five minutes had two good chances to take the lead. The first chance after four minutes was from a left wing corner to the far post where two Storeys attackers were both unmarked, However the shot from two yards out hit the upright with the ball going safe. Sixty seconds later Storeys had another decent chance when the ball was in the penalty area two goal bound shots hit Marsh defenders before being scrambled away to safety. Marsh started to get into the game with some speedy counter attacks and in the 9th minute they broke away down their left wing before the winger unselfishly passed the ball to an unmarked James Eccles who shot first time into an empty net to give Marsh a 1-0 lead. Both sides played good football with storeys having most of the possession but were often caught out by fast counter attacks by the Marsh side. In one such attack in the 14th minute Storeys were lucky not to find themselves 2-0 behind when a goal bound shot was kicked off the line with the defence all over the place. Storeys should have equalised In the 30th minute when from a left wing corner taken by young Jack Benson caused the Marsh defenders all kinds of problems the ball finding the head the centre forward whose header from three yards out hit the bar. In the 38th minute Storeys were again caught out by another counter attack. Marsh broke away and as Eccles just got inside the penalty he was brought down. He picked himself up and took the spot kick which was poorly hit but hard enough to go straight down the centre with Storeys keeper diving to his right to make it 2-0. The second half started like a dream for Marsh as they made it 3-0 inside the opening 90 seconds before Storeys realised. Storeys then started to play much better after this wake up call. In the 50th minute a neutral linesman spotted the Marsh keeper had stepped out of his area with the ball in his hands. The free kick taken by Atkinson went straight through the wall but with such force the keeper could not hold the ball, Jack Benson was first to react and scored from the rebound to give Storeys a glimmer of hope. Storeys continued to get the better of Marsh and went close on three occasions, twice the ball was cleared off the Marsh goal line. In the 72 minute Storeys were awarded a throw in on their right hand side level with the edge of the Marsh penalty area. The long throw into the heart of the penalty which again caused problems to the defenders of Marsh was turned n by Ben Rothery to make it 3-2. Storeys threw everyone forward looking for the equaliser and again were desperately unlucky when a shot hit the bar. Marsh at times were hanging on but they weathered the storm to end as finalists where they will meet the winners of the Boys Club or Ingleton.
In the Premier Division:
Cartmel and District is having one of its worst seasons for a long time. Against a good Mayfield United side they fielded four sixteen year old players due to the long list of injuries, some long term. They couldn't compete with Mayfield's Ricky Ball who completed an excellent hat trick with Tom Geary scoring the other in their fine 4-1 win. Ryan Patterson scored a consolation for Cartmel.
Trimpell and Bare Rangers fight to stave of relegation appears to be working. They travelled to play a Galgate side that has lost form after a brilliant start to the season. The only goal of a good game came in the 70th minute from a header by Sam McKee. Galgate responded but could not make the breakthrough in a game the thought they deserved at least a draw. This win moves the Trimpell side out of a relegation place to be replaced by College AFc on goal difference.
One of the shocks of the season was the defeat of title chasing Highgrove by relegation haunted Tic Dyn/Middleton/Overton by 4-2. The win was due to the hard work of the Dynamos side and the failure of the Highgrove side to put away its chances. Two goals by leading scorer Liam Coutts and another two from Robson Mooring were the heroes for the Dynamos. Joe Martin and Josh Buller scored the goals for a disappointing Highgrove side who has probably lost sight of the title.
in the R.M. Fisher/Howson Remembrance cup Semi-final:
Carnforth Rangers Reserves entertained Cartmel and District Reserves for a place in the final at Quarry Park. There was nothing between two good teams who are second and third in Division One. The game was settled by a penalty in extra time. With the scores locked at 1-1 and deep into extra time Cartmel were awarded a penalty for handball from which Alasdair Daggart scored to secure an excellent win. In 90 minutes of play Chris Cottam scored from the spot for Carnforth and Nyall Cowperthwaite also scored from the spot to take the tie into extra time. In the final Cartmel will play the winners of the other semi-final between Highgrove Reserves and Mayfield United Reserves
In Division One:
Leaders Highgrove Reserves suffered a shock defeat, only the second of the season when they lost to a resurgent Caton United Reserves by 3-1. But they are still on course to win the title. With just two games remaining one against last season's champions Cartmel Reserves a game they cannot afford to lose to.
Caton Reserves made it four wins from its last four games when they overcame Millhead winning by 4-1 with goals from veteran Dave Wood a 25 yard rocket, another veteran getting on the score sheet was John Longhorn who was only playing to make the team up, Asa Stone, Dylon Jackson and a first of the season from Jose Zalvide. This win moves Caton Reserves up to fourth.
Mayfield United Reserves did what its first team did by winning 4-1 against bottom team Ingleton Reserves. Mayfield were far the better team in every department and fully deserved to win as they finally get back to form. Goals were scored by leading scorer Jamie Taylor (2), Jack Ray and veteran Peter Myerscough. Ingleton's reply was from the speedy winger Will Smith.
In Division Two:
Fc Brittania signed off their season with a splendid performance winning by 5-2 thus ending Marsh United Reserves chance of promotion. The Brittania side played its best football of the season and deservedly gained the points. Adam Knowles also got back to form with a simply brilliantly taken hat trick, veteran and long serving Mike Clegg and Kye Mather scored the goals. Marsh never gave up and managed two goals both scored by player/manager Craig Gribbin.
In Division Three:
Bowerham Dynamos with a late run of games are the new leaders and just need to avoid defeat in its last game against Tic Dyn/Middleton/Overton Reserves to end up as champions. Against Boys Club Reserves they dominated most of the game before eventually winning by 6-0 with Simon Wearing (2), Callum Connorton (2), Jamie Townley and James John scoring the goals.