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Tuesday September 2, 2014
Acregate Lane LC and Plungington Celtic meet in LFA Sunday Trophy

With 28 of our clubs involved in the first round of the LFA Sunday Trophy on Sunday 21 September 2014 we could have expected several all Lancashire Sunday League clashes but for once the draw has been kind to us.

As it happens the draw produced only two all Lancashire Sunday League ties, the mouth-watering prospect of Acregate Lane LC meeting Plungington Celtic at Ribbleton Park and Unicorn (premier) entertaining Hesketh United (division 2) at Higher Walton.

LFA Sunday Trophy - First Round

Acregate Lane LC vPlungington Celtic
AFC Ashwood v Standish United
AFC IngolvCarsons
AFC Longridge v Whinney Hill
AFC SwanvAlbrighton
BAC Continental Casuals vOld Loom
DeanevWalton Athletic
Euxton Corinthians vCrompton Cricket Club FC
Fulwood East End v Railway Club
Fulwood Park Rangers v Little Fat Jacks
Grange v St Judes
Gregson Lane Wanderers v Wyre
Hampton Rd Social Clubv Wilbraham Wanderers
Ingol Rangers v Chequer Lane
Manny Road Wanderers v New Longton Rovers
Morris Dancersv Hesketh Bank
New Farington House v Gardners Arms (Droylsden)
Preston GuildvReal Haydock
Sacred Heart (Colne) vAshton Villa
Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs v Springfields
Tanterton v Intack
Unicorn v Hesketh United
Walmersley Conservative Club vEuxton Bolts
Warton Typhoons vA.M.T. Lawyers
Wrea Green v Boars Head
Wyresdale Rangers v Olympic AFC

Youth Teams bid for LFA Cup Glory
Eight of our youth clubs are involved in the first round of the prestigious LFA Youth Cup to be played on Sunday 07 September 2014. The draw produced two all Lancashire Sunday League ties, Charnock Richard will entertain AFC Darwen whilst Coppull United host Hurst Green.

LFA Under-18s Youth - Cup First Round

Charnock Richard vAFC Darwen
Clitheroe v Carnforth Rangers
Coppull UnitedvHurst Green
Layton Juniors v New Longton Rovers
Leyland AlbionvAFC Fylde
Southport & Ainsdale AmateursvKirkham Blues
Todmorden Borough v Langho

Eamonn McNamara.

Sunday August 31, 2014
Hurst Green beat Charnock Richard in the Youth Cup

Hurst Green (red) v Charnock Richard - Youth Cup

George Riding (5) heads in the winner for Hurst Green

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Today saw the start of the youth fixtures and their season started as usual with the first round games in the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup.

Hurst Green making their league debut played host to Charnock Richard at their Smithy Row ground which much be one of the best in the league as it nestles in the beautiful Ribble Valley. Groundsman Barry Bolton who has been with the club for half a century is rightly proud of his pitch and he is supported by an excellent club committee.

The quality of football in our youth section never ceases to amaze and today’s game featured two well organised and well coached teams. Charnock Richard had the better of the first half although both teams had chances to break the deadlock.

Surprisingly it was Hurst Green who took the initiative in the second half and they clinched the tie with a thunderous header from 16 year old George Riding, who marshalled his defence and was able to progress up field at set plays to cause further havoc.

Elsewhere in the youth cup saw wins for AFC Darwen at Aspull, Southport won 5-3 at Bolton Lads & Girls Club, Penwortham won at Chipping, AFC Blackpool beat Coppull United and Garstang won 4-1 at Fishwick Rangers. Bamber Bridge won 5-2 at Kirkham; Langho won their opening game 5-2 against Lytham Town whilst Lytham St Annes YMCA won 5-1 at Leyland BTR.

Longridge Town had a narrow 1-0 win against Tarleton Corinthians, Ramsbottom United beat Leyland Albion 4-3 in a thriller, Euxton Villa won 4-1 at Ribble Wanderers, Springfields beat Kirkham Blues and Thornton Cleveleys beat Broughton Amateurs 6-1.

Unicorn still lead the premier division in spite of losing points when they were held 2-2 at AFC Longridge, AFC Ingol are keeping pace with them after their 2-1 win at New Farington House, Plungington Celtic won 3-0 at Euxton Corinthians whilst Jonny Greenwood’s hat trick saw Ingol Rangers beat New Longton Rovers 3-1. The other two games AFC Brigg v Acregate Lane and BAC Continental v Fulwood East End both finished in 1-1 draws.

It’s tight at the top of division 1 where three teams have nine points from three games, Grange who won at Springfields, Ashton Villa 5-0 winners at Theatre Boys with Ricardo Egidi netting a hat trick and Tanterton who won 4-0 at Walton Athletic. AFC Ashwood beat Wyresdale Rangers 6-1 with Mitch Newsham bagging four and Wrea Green won 3-1 at Gregson lane Wanderers. It looks like this division is going to be very competitive.

Albrighton won 3-2 at St Theresas to maintain their 100% record in division 2, Waverley beat Warton Typhoons 4-3, Worden Rangers won 1-0 at Hesketh United and Hesketh Bank won 6-2 at Frenchwood.

Shawes lead the way in division 3 after beating BAE Warton 5-2, Vernon Sports won 5-1 at Gregson Lane, and Preston Guild beat Westhoughton 5-1 thanks to a hat trick from George Melling. Ribbleton Wanderers beat Leyland Orient 3-2, Southport Vulcan beat Sir Tom Finney 2-1 and Fulwood Park Rangers won 4-1 at Tarleton Corinthians.

Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

Thursday August 28, 2014
Albrighton lead the way in division 2

Albrighton have won their opening two games in division 2 and now lead the table after their 3-0 win at Hesketh United with goals from Phil Leathard (2) and David Gartland whilst Warton Typhoons won 4-1 away at Frenchwood thanks to a James Jemson hat trick and one from Saul Thorpe.

BAE Warton are the early leaders in division 3 after beating Ribbleton Wanderers 2-0 with strikes from Jacob Ross and Jason Wilson, Vernon Sports were 5-1 winners over Sir Tom Finney where Will Jackson netted a hat trick and the others came from Dan Cross and Matt Preston. David Housen was on target for Finneys.

Grange and Ashton Villa lead division 1 after tonight’s wins, Grange beat Theatre Boys 3-0 whilst Ashton Villa won 7-2 at Wyresdale Rangers. Walton Athletic were 5-1 winners at Brigg.

New Longton Rovers opened their premier division account with a home win against BAC Continental Casuals and AFC Brigg had a useful 3-1 win at New Farington House.

Round up by Eamonn McNamara.

Sunday August 24, 2014
Plungington Celtic held by BAC Continental

Ashton Villa (red) v AFC Ashwood - Division 1

Plungington Celtic (hoops) v BAC Continental - Premier Division

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League champions Plungington Celtic had to settle for a point when they met a spirited BAC Continental side on a magnificent surface at the UCLan Arena. Plungington raced ahead through Ged Smith and Conti equalised via Carl Busby to make it 1-1 at the interval. Conti took the lead thanks to an Andrew Taylor free kick and it was left to Danny Houghton to salvage a point for the champions.

Acregate Lane got their season going after two setbacks with a thumping 9-1 win over AFC Brigg which included a hat trick from Nikki Seekings, Ingol Rangers won 4-3 at AFC Longridge Unicorn beat AFC Ingol 1-0 thanks to a Dwayne Gilmour goal ( the score has been i=entered incorrectly on the website)and Fulwood East End recorded their first premier division points with a 2-1 win against New Longton Rovers.

Ashton Villa already look the team to beat in division 1, today they beat AFC Ashwood (who were missing a few regulars) 3-1 through goals from Karl Luisi and Ricardo Egidi and they do look a polish outfit. Tanterton won 5-2 away at Wyresdale Rangers, Theatre Boys beat Springfields 6-0 and Preston South End and Gregson Lane Wanderers settled for a 1-1 draw.

Wilbraham Wanderers lead division 2 after beating Worden Rangers 4-2 and they are joined at the top by Ashton on Ribble who were held 2-2 by Warton Typhoons. Hesketh United beat St Theresas 3-1 and the South Ribble v Frenchwood game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Leyland Orient head the division 3 table after winning 3-1 away at Southport Vulcan, Preston Guild won 3-2 at Gregson Lane, Sir Tom Finney won 4-1 at Tarleton Corinthians and Ribbleton Wanderers beat Westhoughton 5-3.

Round up and pictures by Eamonn McNamara.

Friday August 22, 2014
AFC Ingol and Unicorn off to a Flyer

Leyland Orient (sky blue) v Gregson Lane - Diviison 3

Worden Rangers (blue) v South Ribble - Division 2

AFC Ingol and Unicorn sit on top of the premier division table after winning both of their opening games. The Ingol outfit recorded a 4-1 win against promoted AFC Longridge with goals from Josh Salisbury, Matt Stoney and Brad Carsley. Danny Wilkinson was on target for Longridge.

And Premier new boys Unicorn won their second game beating Acregate Lane LC 5-2 at Higher Walton thanks to a Sean Roddy hat trick and strikes from Phil Stokes and Jordan Murdock. Acregate’s goals came from Scot Hamill and Kiel Wilkinson.

Ingol Rangers opened their account with a convincing 5-2 win against Euxton Corinthians at the Arena, Pete Wright netted a hat trick and there were goals from Adam Hoyle and John Hough. Dan Hogg and Dan Nolan scored for Corinthians.

Tanterton travelled to Wrea Green in division 1 and returned with a 3-1 victory whilst AFC Ashwood beat Preston South End 7-0 which included a Mitch Newsham hat trick and a rare strike from Chris Gore.

Hesketh Bank carried on from last season by winning their opening division 2 game against Euxton Bolts 3-1 at Worden Park. Ashton on Ribble beat St Theresas 4-3, Worden Rangers beat South Ribble 6-0 with goals from six different players and forwards clearly ruled the roost as Wilbraham and Waverley settled for a 5-5 draw.

League new boys Southport Vulcan opened their league account with a 5-1 win at Tarleton Corinthians in division 3 with goals from Thomas Mahamotho, Dan Hennigan, Jordan Machell and Drew Lewis with Josh Knowles scoring for Tarleton. Shawes beat Preston Guild 7-3 at Moor Park whilst Leyland Orient and Gregson Lane drew 1-1 in an entertaining game at Worden Park.

Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

Sunday August 17, 2014
Cliffe pushes Ashwood over the Edge

AFC Ashwood (white) v Hesketh Bank (Challenge Cup)

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Two goals from Martin Cliffe were enough for Hesketh Bank to beat AFC Ashwood in the first round of the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup game played at the County Ground, Leyland. The League always provides the teams for a game at the LFA HQ on the opening day of the season which is used by the County to train the latest set of referee assessors.

Ed Duckworth was the referee under the spotlight today and it must be a daunting task to perform with 30 assessors watching your every move. That said, Ed performed very well and he was helped by to well behaved and sporting teams who were a credit to the League.

The game was a close affair, played on an excellent surface in a swirling wind which meant the ball spent a fair amount of time in the air. After a goalless first half in which both sides had chances to go ahead, the deadlock was finally broken by the nippy Martin Cliffe who put Hesketh Bank ahead on the hour and he bagged his second six minutes later.

All Ashwood had to show for their mornings work was a late consolation goal from Barry Hunt and the satisfaction of knowing that they contributed to thoroughly entertaining game.

Elsewhere in the cup, Albright beat Leyland Orient 8-1, Vernon Sports won 6-0 at Ashton on Ribble, Ashton Villa carried on where they left off last term beating Wyresdale Rangers 8-1 and Hesketh Bank won 2-1 at Euxton Bolts. There were big wins for Grange over BAE Warton and Wilbraham Wanderers who beat Ribbleton Wanderers.

Springfields won 2-0 at Gregson Lane and Wrea Green won 2-0 at Gregson Lane Wanderers. Preston South End beat new boys Sir Tom Finney FC 8-5 with Danny Cooper netting 4 and Chris McGrail bagging a hat trick. David Housden and James Clews got two each for Finneys. Brigg won 5-2 at South Ribble and Waverley also won 5-2 at Southport Vulcan.

St Theresas were too strong for Shawes winning 7-0, Tanterton beat Preston Guild 2-1 and Theatre Boys beat Walton Athletic 4-0. New boys Westhoughton travelled to Warton Typhoons and went down 4-1 and Worden Rangers beat Tarleton Corinthians 2-0.

The Premier Division kicked off with good performances by promoted clubs; AFC Longridge celebrated their return to the top table with a 3-1 win over Fulwood East End, Unicorn won 2-1 away at New Farington House and AFC Brigg beat Euxton Corinthians 6-3.

League Champions Plungington Celtic started the defence of their title with a 2-0 win over New Longton Rovers and AFC Ingol beat Acregate Lane LC 6-1 with hat tricks from Brad Carsley and Lydon Hodgkiss.

Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

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Corner Posts (4) with Flags....£20.00
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Ian attends all our League Meetings and he provides a quick and reliable service to member clubs. Call him now on 07960 137232 in readiness for next season.

Players & Club Officials

Goalkeeper Wanted

Wyresdale Rangers (Division 1) who play at Scorton need a goalkeeper ideally from the Garstang area but from further afield if necessary.
Contact: Jack Robinson on 07969 305893.

Leyland BTR - Coach & Striker Wanted

Leyland BTR (Youth Division Blue), who play at Worden Sports College need a striker and a level 2 coach.
Contact: Dave Hindle (Manager) on 07870 186094.

Kits for Uganda

The following clubs have donated kits and equipment to our Uganda Appeal;

Wrea Green (4 Kits)
Warton Typhoons (5 kits)
AFC Longridge
Ashton Villa
(3 kits)
London Victoria
Preston City
Lostock St Gerards
(6 kits)
Tanterton (5 kits)
Lostock Hall
Ingol Rangers
Preston Muldoons (2 kits)
Mellor FC (5 kits)
Poulton FC
Gregson Lane (3 kits)
Penwortham Hill Rovers (2 kits)
Longridge Town
Ashton on Ribble
Penwortham Town (4 kits)
Walton Athletic (3 kits)

A total of 51 kits have been donated by our clubs to date.

If you have a spare kit you can donate to the Appeal, please contact Eamonn McNamara.

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5-a-Side Pitches for Hire

Soccer City have indoor state of the Art 3G 5-a-side football pitches for hire @ £35 per hour and they are open 7 days a week until 10pm

Address: Soccer City, Vitesse Mailing, Parker Street, Preston, PR2 2AH. For further information please contact: 07525 921053 or 07966 525835.


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Referee fitness training continues during the summer.

Training will be held from 6.30-7.30pm every Monday evening at Preston Sports Arena during the summer in preparation for the 2013-14 season.

Our weekly fitness sessions with the excellent facilities on offer at the Arena and the support group atmosphere is something very positive which the Society offers.

Organiser Paul Marsden said, "I would particularly appeal to any members who perhaps do not currently attend Society meetings for whatever reason to give the fitness sessions a go as I assure you that you will find it a very good way of getting involved, it will benefit your refereeing.

If you are interested in coming down either next week or in the future, please contact Paul Marsden via e-mail .

Referees Wanted

Referees are needed to ensure that games in the local leagues have a qualified official.

Is this something that would interest you? - if so we can help you get started and we will support you through the Referees Society training programme.

Referees come in all shapes and sizes, young and old, male and female and if you love the beautiful game we can find a place for you. Ex-players are particularly welcome.

If you are interested and would like more information, please give Jim Bryson a call on 01772 700997.

FA Referees Fitness Guide

Referees are asked to read the attached Fitness Guide.

The FA, LFA & RA encourage all referees to attend their local Society Fitness Sessions, which are held each Monday evening at Preston Arena. Details above.

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