2 days ago By Peter Boardman

Saturday 14th October 2017



The Lancashire Football Association Amateur Cup

Two of the three outstanding Cup games took place and both produced outstanding performances by the local teams. Cartmel and District took the long journey to Rochdale to play Rochdale St. Clements a force to be reckoned with in their own area. Cartmel travelled without four first team regulars but Glen Sargeant who made his first appearance since breaking his ankle in the Senior Challenge Cup on the last game of last season. He was outstanding and marshalled the midfield superbly. It was a brilliant all round performance by the whole of the Cartmel side who have entered this competition for the first in more than a decade. It took awhile before they got on top against a team that played well but had no cutting edge against a superb defense. Once Cartmel took the lead they never looked back running out comfortable winners by 4-1, Cameron Young scored twice, Sammy Taylor and Sargeant on his comeback scored a stunner.
In round three Cartmel will have to travel again this time to play Southport and Ainsdale Amateurs.

Bowerham Dynamos from Division Three entertained Feniscowles/Pleasington from Blackburn and after working hard throughout the team opened up a 3-1 lead with goals from Jamie Townley, Simon Wearing and Jamie Bramhall. They held this lead until the 86th minute when a lapse in defense allowed the Blackburn side to get a lifeline when they made it 3-2. They threw everyone forward in the last two minutes and with the referee looking at his watch they equalised much to the disappointment of the Bowerham side. With no extra time in this competition the tie had to end on penalties and boy did it end on penalties with each side taking 14 penalties each before Bowerham emerged the winners by 11 penalties to 10. In round three they will be away to the winners of Caton United v Todmorden Borough which was cancelled for the second time and will now be played at Todmorden Borough's ground this week.

In the Westmorlnd County Football Association Junior Cup 1st Round:

Division One side Burton Thistle took the long journey to play Penrith Royals expecting a hard game. It was a hard game but one that Burton could handle and matched the home side in every department eventually emerging as deserved winners by 2-0 with Liam Rodwell and the excellent Mark Plevey scoring the goals to put them into round two.

The other tie between Kirkby Lonsdale and Appleby Reserves was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch and is scheduled to be played this Saturday.

In the Eric Wilson Senior Challenge Cup 1st Round:

Carnforth Rangers one of the favourites for the cup travelled to play Grange in what could have been a banana skin. Grange currently top of Division One and apart from one game have been playing well. They started the game against Carnforth well but couldn't make much headway as Carnforth showed its class and won in a canter by 5-1 after Asa Stone scored a hat-trick, Damien Murphy and Kyle Davies added the others. Danny Wallbank got on the team sheet for Grange. In the second round Carnforth will travel to the conquerors of Caton United, Westgate Wanderers.

In the Premier Division:
Galgate consolidated second place with a good win of Trimpell and Bare Rangers winning by 4-2. The game was quite even unto Trimpell had a player sent off for two yellow cards. Galgate went on to score with Tom Gammon (2) and leading scorer Jack Broadbent also with two. Trimpell's best player on the day, Curtis Graham scored both goals.
Tic Dyn/Middleton/Overton's move to Salt Ayre paid dividends with a resounding and unlikely 10-5 win over Arnside. It was Arnside that drew first blood when they shook the Dynamos by taking an early lead with a James Thornton goal. From then on it was end to end and by half-time the Dynamos had turned it round and led 5-3 with Peter Marin, Ryan Rodrigues, Liam Coutts and two from Kevin Mountcastle. Arnside's other goals were scored by James Kirkham (2), a second for Thornton and Scott Neil had replied for Arnside. The second half was one way with the Dynamos adding further goals scored by Jack Braithwaite (2) Chris Stansfield, Antony Forest and an own goal scored by Steve Pearson.

Storeys all round work rate ensured they beat Mayfield United for the second time, this time by 2-0 with the excellent Nathan Hegarty scoring both goals. This moves Storeys up to the heady height of third place.

College AFc entertained Boys Club after their 1-1 draw earlier in the season. Boys Club started the game much brighter than College. A good run by the left winger took him just inside the penalty area and his shot went well wide when it might have been better to have passed to one of two other well placed attackers. Although College were playing the better football it was Boys Club who were creating the chances with their swift counter attacks. The next chance fell to Mark Leslie on the right wing but his chance was fluffed. College took the lead in the 16th minute very much against the run of play. Sean Morgan collected the ball from a pass on the left wing, his run took him just inside the penalty area his pass/shot was going wide when Ben Livesey in trying to clear the ball only managed to put the ball into the net for an own goal. Another Boys Club attack almost brought them the equaliser just two minutes later when after another good speedy right wing run Leslie's goal-bound shot was headed wide by a defender. College almost doubled its lead when another Morgan left wing cross went across the 6 yard area with no-one near enough to turn it into a goal chance.
Boys Club were dangerous down both wings with another left wing cross to the far post was met by the head of Jordan Gorst at the far post. Boys Club had an excellent chance to equalise when the tireless Johnny Silverwood made his way into the penalty area in a central position only to be pulled back by his shirt, the referee who was in a good position pointed immediately to the penalty spot. The spot kick taken by Silverwood was heading for the bottom corner but the College keeper made an outstanding save to turn the ball round the post for a corner. Boys Club kept up the pressure and in the 38th minute they brought two good saves from the keeper one with his legs. Boys Club were made to pay for this when in the 40th minute a snapshot from 30 yards by Sean Morgan found the back of the net before the keeper could move. The first half ended with Boys Club kicking themselves for the wasted chances and going in at half-time trailing by 2-0.
The second half started with Boy Club looking for an early goal to get back into the game and within two minutes wasted another gilt edged chance. They pushed the College side back and at times College were hanging on as they were penned in their own half. Within five minutes of the restart Boys Club got the goal they were striving for, a free kick on their right wing just outside the penalty area taken by Jordan Gorst beat the keeper, lurking in the six yard area was Kieran Moffatt who reacted quicker than the defender on the goal line and his low header went into the net to make it 2-1 and game on. Two minutes later Boys Club was awarded a free kick-kick some 30 yards out but
Tony Smith elected to go for goal and his shot go narrowly wide. On the hour mark Boys Club had another chance but the shot went weakly to the College keeper from the edge of the six yard box. College finally re-grouped and started to make inroads into the Boys Club half and started to cause them problems. In the 70th minute a Sean Morgan shot from the edge of the area was cleared off the line by Silverwood at the expense of a corner. The right wing corner was headed into the back of the net by josh Dixon to put College back in the driving seat. Boys Club tried to retaliate but got caught by a swift counter attack resulting in goal number 4 scored by Kevin Dixon who drew the keeper before slotting the ball into the net. Boys Clubs resistance crumbled after that goal which College took advantage of with goal number 5 scored by Steven Dixon from fully 30 yards out, the last goal was scored by Matthew Armistead.

In Division One:
The Morecambe Royals game was a tough encounter with both sides trying to take control of the game. The Royals played some good football with Jack Huntington causing Ingleton plenty of problems when he was going forward, in fact it was Huntingdon who forced a great one handed save from Kellet in Ingleton’s goals. It was Huntington who created the first goal beating his marker in the 18 yard area and crossing for Nick Edmonds to fire a low shot into the net to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Royals had the hunger to increase the lead and went close a few times. Ingleton played their part in a well contested game, and deservedly equalised with just 30 minutes played. A long pass saw Ingleton beat the offside trap, the Royals team appealed for offside but Ingleton continued and a pinpoint cross found Edward Read who struck a shot at goal but hit the upright, despite a last ditch attempt from Rob Elder to keep the ball out it wasn't enough and the goal was given. This hurt the Royals as they had controlled most of the game. In fact it gave the Royals more desire to get back in the game. A terrific move brought from midfield took the Royals back into the lead. A good attack resulted in a Josh Rigby cross finding Gareth Holmes in acres of space to tap the ball into an empty net to make it 2-1 at half time. The second half saw Ingleton throw everything they had at the Royals, especially the long throw-in’s into the 18 yard area that nearly caught the Royals out on a few occasions and often had to scramble the ball away. Ingleton had a golden chance when a long throw which the Royals failed to clear the ball fell to the Ingleton striker who blasted the ball over the bar much to the relief of the Royals defenders. The Royals were hitting Ingleton on the break and really should have finished the game off 2 or 3 times but keeper Kellet was on top form and held firm making some fantastic saves to deny the Royals time and time again. Despite being bottom of the table without a win so far this season Ingleton made it a terrific game of football.

In Division Three:
Galgate Reserves moved two points clear at the top of the table after just overcoming a weakened Boys Club Reserves side that battled well, mainly in defense. Galgate were far superior but found it very difficult to get the ball into the back of the net. The man responsible for this was the keeper Aaron Pearce who was absolutely brilliant for the whole 90 minutes. The only goal of the game was scored by Sorin Iacob to give Galgate all three points. It was a credit to the Boys Club side although outplayed they played the game in a good spirit and never gave up.

Newcomers to the league King George dropped two points in an excellent game played in a good spirit and controlled brilliantly by veteran referee Jim Thomson. The scorers for Storeys Reserves were Luke Kitchen and Harry Palin. The replies for King George Fc came from veteran Steve McMinn and Daniel Merrigan.

Where next?

TIC Dynamos Overton & Middleton & Reserves As from 21st October 2017 TIC Dynamos of Overton & Middleton & Reserves will be playing home matches at Salt Ayre

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