[centre]BAINES BAGGULEY PENHALE
NORTH LANCASHIRE AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(MEMBERS OF THE LANCASHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION)
REPORT FROM SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24th 2018.
The Sam Price Memorial Cup 1st Round:
After being washed out three weeks previously the cup finally got underway and it brought its fair share of shock results.
Lowly Arnside entertained a strong Mayfield United side and caused the first shock of the day. They took the game to Mayfield and on occasions outplayed them missing chances on the way. Mayfield played the better football and had more chances than Arnside but they just could not get past a solid Arnside defence who as a whole were excellent. The only goal of the game was scored by veteran and long serving James Bland. In round two Arnside will be at home again this time to Ingleton.
Ingleton entertained relegation threatened Trimpell and Bare Rangers. Ingleton had more possession and was much the better side. They set about the experienced Trimpel side with the aim of winning the game in what appeared at the start to be a hard game. As the game wore on it became evident that Ingleton would win the game. Jordan Carter-Brown opened the scoring followed by Sam Hutcheson, Steve Havelin and a first for the season for Danny Bathers. Trimpell whose attacks were few and far between managed to get one goal back when Sam McKee scored from an unmarked position. Graheme Cassidy who had played well in goals for Trimpell gave the jersey to a team mate and went out to be a striker and it paid dividends when he poached Trimpell's second.
Arguably the biggest shock of the cup and arguably of the season was the defeat of fourth placed Galgate with only two with two league defeats so far this season by Boys Club. Boys Club are bottom of the league and still waiting for its first win. Boys Club was the better side in this cup match and had Galgate hanging on at times as wave after wave of Boys Clubs attacks shook Galgate to the core and cause the usually steady defence to make mistakes. The mistakes and the speed of Boys Clubs attacks allowed Matthew McGowan, veteran John Norman and Andy Fagan to all score good goals. Tom Gammon scored what turned out to be a consolation for Galgate. Boys Club's reward for winning this game is a trip to play Cartmel and District in round two a game they are looking forward to play.
Cartmel are at last being able to play on its own ground and for the second week running won a cup game quite convincingly when the beat College AFc by 4-1 Adam Harding scoring twice, Cameron Young and Andrew Lord the others.
Without doubt the Highgrove v Storeys tie was the match of day with Storeys second in the league and Highgrove fourth but with games in hand. This game caught the imagination of a lot of people who were looking forward to watching the game.
Highgrove started much the better side and in the opening 15 minutes Storeys hardly got out of its own half. In the 15th minute Highgrove had a good chance to open the scoring when from a right wing corner Liam Breslin's header went over the bar. In the 22nd minute Highgrove had another great chance when Bullock was in a one on one situation with keeper, but it was keeper Kevin Baldwin came out on top on this occasion when he saved the ball with his feet.
Highgrove continued to have more possession but failed to capitalise due to the Storeys defence playing well. Another shot five minutes later at Storeys goals by Jake Hope saw the ball just drifting inches wide. Storeys first chance came in the 32nd minute when in their first attack they were awarded a free kick some 25 yards from goals with the ball ending in the net only for the effort being ruled out for an infringement on the keeper. Highgrove had another great chance to take the lead in the 35th minute when Breslin was sent clear and was in a one on one situation with the keeper and again the keeper came out on top with a brilliant one handed save to deny Highgrove again. Storeys started to get a foothold in the game and in the 40th minute with their second shot on goals the effort from Luke Atkinson went straight to the keeper. Storeys had another chance 60 seconds later but due to some excellent defending Highgrove managed to clear the ball bringing the first half to an end without a goal being scored.
The second half started with Storeys in the ascendency and in the first minute a free kick from the right wing was excellently saved by the Highgrove keeper. Storeys kept up the pressure but failed to find the net. Highgrove lost its composure it had in the first half and was guilty of wild shooting which often went over the bar or wide of the target. The breakthrough in this close game came in the 70th minute when Storeys were awarded a free kick some 25 yards out but in a central position. Veteran Steve Millar and Jack Benson stood over the wall before Benson decided to take the kick, as Millar pulled away the Highgrove 'wall' moved giving Benson a clear shot on goals with the keeper unsighted the ball went into the net. Highgrove despite being reduced to 10 men threw everything at Storeys looking for the equaliser but Storeys defence were all playing well, but in the 82nd minute a terrific 20 yard shot from Buller was excellently saved by Baldwin to deny Highrove yet again. In the 86th minute it was Baldwin again to the rescue when he made another outstanding save from a goal bound header. With the game deep into stoppage time luck was on Highgrove's when a shot from 30 yards by Breslin was half blocked by Atkinson but the ball looped over th keeper and into the net to force extra time.
Storeys started extra time much brighter than Highgrove and forced a left wing cornerin the first minute but the effort was pushed away by the keeper. As both teams started to slow down the game lost some impetus but both sides still attacked whenever they could, Chances were few and far between in both periods of extra time and with no further goals the tie had to be decided on the penalty shootout. Highgrove took the first penalty which was saved by Baldwin low to his left hand. Storeys scored their first, Highgrove scored their second and Storeys their second. Highgrove's third penalty went woefully wide not troubling the keeper. Storeys scored their third to make it 3-1. Highgrove forth penalty was brilliantly saved by Baldwin low to his right. This left Storeys needing to score from one of their two remaining penalties but they only needed the one to win 4-1 on penalties and move into the semi-final when they will be at home to the winners of Marsh United, Carnforth Rangers or Caton United.
Marsh United moved into the second round after a good workmanlike performance when they were on top for most of the game. Although often second best Tic Dynamos of Middleton and Overton never gave up and at times looked to be gaining the upper hand but the Marsh team was not going to be beaten with goals from Lewis Grimshaw with two goals and a brace from Daniel Smith was just too good for the Dynamos side which replied with two goals scored by Liam Coutts and a first of the season for Kevin Mountcastle.
In Division One:
The match of the day was between promotion hopefuls Burton Thistle and title chasing Highrove Reserves. On the day it turned out to be a little one-side with the Highgrove side being much too good and with goals from George Marsden and Luke Bradley the win was easier than they anticipated. Burton Thistle had an off day and turned in one of their worst performances so fare this season.
Cartmel Reserves playing on its second pitch at Allithwaite was involved in a classic game against Morecambe Royals. Both these teams when they play each other make the game an enjoyable spectacle with their end to end football played in a good spirit. On this occasion Cartmel just about deserved to win by the two goals they scored through Oliver Brownlee. The first 30 minutes saw each team going close with efforts on goal Cartmel took the lead from a corner set piece with a header at the near post. The Royals tried in vain but a strong Cartmel defensive line up held firm. The second half saw Royals again pushing forward only to see the resilient defence of Cartmel holding firm yet again. Cartmel confirmed the their win and all three points when they finished off a counter attack.
In Division Two:
Preesall and Pilling after its 2-0 win over fourth placed Bolton Le Sands are promoted to Division One. With just one game to play, away to bottom team Carnforth Rangers 'A' they need just one point to clinch the championship, but Bolton Le Sands will have to win all its remaining games.
Despite the defeat to Preesall and Pilling, Bolton Le Sands are favourite's to join them in Division One. Defeat for second placed Kirkby Lonsdale by Cartmel 'A' makes Bolton Le Sands task so much easier, and they have to play Kirkby later in the season.
Kirkby Lonsdale travelled to Allithwaite last week to play Cartmel 'A' and came away winning by 3-1. The return game this weekend was completely different as the young Cartmel players matched the Kirkby side in every department. Two quick goals scored by player/manager Richard Spendlove and Felix Truman was just too much for Kirkby who could only reply with the one scored by Ben Dowson. Kirkby remain in second place but three points were there for the taking which would have helped them in their quest for promotion.
In Division Three:
Conder Green travelled to play Galgate Reserves for the third time this season.
The two previous results both went Conder Green's way with easy results. This game was better for Galgate as they matched the Conder side for most of the game. Veteran Dave Morgan put Galgate into the lead and then saw his side start to make mistakes both in defence and in attack. The defensive mistakes cost them three goals scored by Daniel Caton (2) and ex-Galgate player Harrison Menzies.
Bowerham Dynamos playing its second game in succession made hard work of beating Storeys Reserves by 2-0. Storeys defended well but had no chance with the two goals scored by Jamie Townley and Simon Wearing.
The Ashley Cross team of the month award for February has been won by Cartmel & District Reserves.