1 week ago By Peter Boardman

Saturday 2nd December 2017



In the Eric Wilson Senior Challenge Cup 1st Round:
The tie between College AFC and Cartmel & District was finally resolved after three previous cancellations.
Despite being without football for weeks both teams settled down and played good football from the start. Both sides tested each other's keepers before Cartmel took the lead after some passing movements resulting in the industrious Adam Harding scored. This set the College side back allowing Cartmel to take control. It was no surprise when James Chick doubled Cartmel's lead. College fought back and with Ryan Worrall scoring the game was in the melting pot again, but Matthew Burrows gave Cartmel another two goal cushion when he made it 3-1. Cartmel then started coasting until with just 4 minutes remaining they suffered a shock when Hakam Optem reduced the arrears to 2-3. For the last minutes College threw everything at Cartmel but couldn't get the all important goal to take the tie into extra time. In round two Cartmel will be away to Division Three side Bowerham Dynamos.

In the Second round:
Division Two side Bolton Le Sands who conceded ground advantage due to a poor playing surface at their own ground following work on a broken drain travelled to Premier side Galgate and as expected got a trouncing losing by 9-1. although one-side Bolton Le Sands never gave up and was rewarded with one of the best goals of the 10 scored when Richard Woolfe netted after some very good football. The scorers for Galgate were Tom Gammon with 6, Matthew O'Brien and another good goal scored this time by young Ross Hilton.

Storeys and Mayfield United met for the third time this season and on each occasion Storeys came out on top. This third game was by far the toughest for them as Mayfield scrapped for every ball, but it was the all round strength that prevailed at the end winning by 2-1 with goals from veterans Gary Louth and long serving Luke Atkinson. In the third round Storeys will take the short journey to play Marsh United in what promises to be a cracker.

In the R. M. Fisher/Howson Cup 2nd Round:
Galgate Reserves second in Division Three was no match for Highgrove Reserves who are currently second in Division One. The result as expected went the way of Highgrove winning by 7-0. Galgate were outplayed throughout with goals being scored at regular intervals by Connor Price (2), Scott Draycott, Luke Bradley with a hat trick and Jordan Connorton. In the third round Highgrove will be away to Carnforth Rangers 'A'.

In the Premier Division:
Carnforth Rangers are new leaders after demolishing Marsh United who beat them in their first encounter earlier in the season. Carnforth was in no mood to lose a second time as they attacked Marsh United from the first whistle. Even though Carnforth was well on top it was nearly half an hour before they made the breakthrough with man of the match Kyle Davies scoring after an excellent pass from Damien Murphy giving the Marsh keeper no chance. Within five minutes it was 2-0 when the same combination managed another goal to put the heat on the Marsh side. Whenever Marsh got into Carnforth's half their attacks broke down against a solid defence. Carnforth created many first half chances but could only add one more goal this time when Damien Murphy slipped his marker to easily beat the keeper. The second half started better for the Marsh side who in the early stages did manage to create some decent chances, one hitting the bar and another hitting an upright and one from which Marsh should have scored from. Carnforth hit back and made the game safe on the hour mark when Davies completed his excellent hat trick. Although Marsh never gave up they were fighting a losing battle as the much improved young Carnforth side made it 5-0 in the 78th minute and again it was Davies getting on the end of it to take his tally to 4. Still Carnforth went looking for more goals and their 6th came in the dying minutes when substitute Duncan Ryalls beat the keeper with ease.

Boys Club bottom of the division entertained a Caton side that are struggling for goals and points and having lost four games already to put them in a relegation battle and at start of play were fourth from bottom. Caton started the better side as the Boys Club side showed them too much respect. Caton are their own worst enemy, they play good football up to the penalty area and then don't appear to know how to score. Slowly Boys Club started to push forward and often had the defenders in trouble but their own finishing was just as bad as Caton's. Boys Club had a great chance to open the scoring. In the 25th minute a throw by Lee Marshall to a team mate was not controlled and the ball ran to a Boys Club midfield player whose first time effort at an open goal went agonisingly wide. No more chances of note were created by either side leaving the score at halftime at 0-0. The second half started with both sides cancelling each other out when they in turn gave the ball away. Caton made the first substitution of the match in the 57th minute and within two minutes and with his first touch of the ball Alex Hartley chipped the Boys Club keeper from 20 yards as he hesitated whether to go for the ball or stay in his goals and paid the penalty for his indecision. Boys Club tried to rally but couldn't make the breakthrough due to miss passes. In the 62nd minute Caton went into a 2-0 lead. For some reason the Boys Club defence stood still appealing for an infringement allowing Asa Stone a clear run on goals and he made no mistake as he rounded the keeper to score into an empty net. Boys Club starting pressurising Caton's defence which started to make mistakes and one big mistake allowed Adrian Iacob to score in 70th minute from close in to make it 2-1. This success led to Boys Club taking the game to Caton and it looked as though they would go on and equalise as they got on top with Caton glad to kick the ball anywhere for safety. Caton broke out of defence and in the 76th minute Stones had a great chance to put the game to bed but his wayward shot went well wide of the goals with only the keeper to beat. Boys Club was still in the ascendency but just could not get the ball in the net. In the 82nd minute Caton again broke out of defence with success as Hartley broke down the right wing ,beating two defenders before crashing the ball into the net via an upright to make it 3-1. Boys Club again tried to retaliate but were again undone when Stone atoned for his earlier miss to score a good goal to make it 4-1 in the 86th minute. This win moves Caton up two positions. They will have to play much better than this if they are to progress in the Amateur Cup this weekend.

In the Division One Holdens Solicitors/Gibson Cup 1st Round:
Cartmel and District Reserves holders of the Cup played its first game of this season on its own ground due to its ground being ruined by the race meetings and fairgrounds at the meetings. The game against Millhead was as one sided as the score-line with Cartmel winning by 7-1. From the start to the end it was all Cartmel with goals being scored at regular intervals by James Keith (2), Billy Garnett, Nathan Bushell (2), veteran Joel Drinkall and newly married Stuart Taylor scored on his return to the side. Millhead's goal was scored by David Cowperthwaite with a shot which went past his name-sake David Cowperthwaite the Cartmel keeper.
In the next round Cartmel will be at home this time to Morecambe Royals.

In the League:
Mayfield United Reserves returned to winning ways when they beat a good Morecambe Royals side that on the day made too many mistakes in front of goals. The Royals started the better team in the early exchanges and should have taken the lead as early as the fourth minute. The Royals paid for their missed chances and it was at a cost as Mayfield striker Jamie Taylor broke clear and finished with a stunning shot to give Mayfield a 1-0 lead which was against the run of play. Within a further 10 minutes Mayfield won a corner and from the set piece the corner was not dealt with by the Royals and the loose ball finished in the Royals net with Shay Brenan scoring to make it 2-0 to Mayfield at half-time. The second half saw Royals respond but still they wasted good opportunities on goal. Mayfield Reserves worked hard and played some good football and deserved to be in the lead but it was Jamie Taylor who was a constant menace and hit two second half goals to complete a great hat trick, the third goal was a beautiful lofted chip over the Royals keeper, a superb goal , to add to the Royals despair. Royals knew they had let themselves down but could not deny Mayfield Reserves their deserved victory.

In the Division Two Steve Presnail Printers/Whiteside Cup 1st Round:
Carnforth Rangers 'A' and Fc Brittania met for the third time this season. The previous two both ending in a draw. This game was as close as the others but the Fc Brittania side over the 90 minutes just about deserved to win by the odd goal in five but the result could have gone either way as the young Carnforth side missed quite a few chances late on. Kieron Gorton and Johnny Ash scored for the Carnforth side and in reply Craig Berry scored twice and Daniel Jackson the winner. In round two Fc Brittania will be away to Marsh United Reserves.

In the Division Three Fairclough/Woodruff/Parkinson/Collegian Cup 1st Round;
Bowerham Dynamos are the hot favourites to lift the cup. Their first round tie was as easy as they wished when they over-ran a gutsy Boys Club Reserves winning as they wished by 9-1 with Steven Copeland scoring (4), Jamie Townley (3), Simon Wearing and Joey Heaton scoring the goals. In the next round they will have a harder test when they entertain Westgate Wanderers in what looks to be a good game.

The two bottom teams in the division, next to bottom Tic Dynamos/Middleton/Overton Reserves entertained bottom team Arnside Reserves, both having only won one game each so far this season. As often happens between these lowly placed teams the game was full of good football plenty of goal mouth action and some excellent goals with the result in doubt until the final whistle. The result went the way of the Dynmos side by 3-2 after David Gregory, Ryan Rodrigues and the eventual winner from substitute Jordan Newton which was good enough to win any game. Arndide's best player on the day Daniel Ridley scored both his side's goals and was unlucky to miss out on a hat trick when his snap shot hit an upright and the ball going behind. In the second round they will travel to play King George Fc at the College.

In the League:
Fc Brittania Reserves entertained Storeys Reserves a team they had beaten earlier in the season by 5-3. The story of the game was the excellent form of Liam Forsythe who won the game single handed by scoring all five goals. Storeys kept in the game with Ricky Humpage scoring twice but once they got near to the Brittania side Forsythe struck to keep his side in the lead. The game eventually went the Brittania Reserves way as they won by 5-3 the same score line as in the first game.

The match of the day was between two teams Westgate Wanderers and King George Fc both looking to gain promotion to division two. The game was enjoyable to watch but with not a lot of good football played by either side. Both sides tried their hardest and in the first half Westgate went into a deserved 2-0 lead with goals from Matthew Dalton (2) it could and should have been more as the King George defence especially down the middle was poor. The second half saw the King George come alive and they fought back to first equalise then take the lead with Will Rowells (2) and John Perch scoring the goals, the goals they deserved on their second half performance. After the sudden surge of goals from the King George Fc side Westgate woke up and fought back to equalise after Dalton completed an excellent hat trick with the winner being scored by Greg Evans. The game was a lively affair but was excellently controlled by referee Aaron Hockham who used his 'cards' to good effect. This win keeps Westgate on top and King George Fc in fifth place.

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