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Sunday April 19, 2015
AFC Ingol complete the treble as titles are decided

AFC Ingol claimed a magnificent treble this morning after winning 5-2 at New Longton Rovers to add the League Championship to the LFA Sunday Trophy and the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup which they won on Wednesday. What looked like a close run thing between them and Ingol Rangers petered out after Rangers were beaten 3-2 at BAC Continental Casuals on Thursday and 4-2 at home to Plungington Celtic this morning. Acregate Lane finished their season with a 5-1 win over Fulwood East End and Unicorn won for the fourth game on the run beating New Farington House 4-2.

Congratulations then to Pete Marsden, Sean Stoney, Phil Simpson and all the lads at AFC Ingol who won 27 of the 30 games played this season, drawing two and losing just the one and that was way back on 24 August.

Ashton Villa are champions of division 1 after beating second placed AFC Ashwood 2-0 thanks to a brace from Stephen Dickinson so it’s well done to their manager Paul Mitchell and his squad who will grace the premier division next term. Tanterton won 4-2 at Brigg, Gregson lane Wanderers beat Wyresdale Rangers 3-1, Theatre Boys won 7-0 at Springfields and Walton Athletic beat Preston South End 9-1.

Ryan Teale and his Hesketh Bank team captured the division 2 title with a 5-0 home win against St Theresas, Waverley beat Albrighton 5-1, Ashton on Ribble beat South Ribble 6-0, Worden Rangers won 2-0 at Euxton Bolts and Wilbraham Wanderers and Warton Typhoons drew 2-2.

The division 3 title has not been decided yet as Southport Vulcan who won 6-4 at Gregson Lane and they have a mathematical but remote chance of beating Shawes on goal difference. Shawes have completed their season on 58 points, Vulcan on 55 points have one game left but need to win by 14 goals to win the title. Vernon Sports won 7-0 at Fulwood Park Rangers and Leyland Orient beat Westhoughton 7-0.

Ramsbottom United are the Champions are the champions of youth division red where Hurst Green completed their season by beating Longridge Town. Euxton Villa who are three points behind Coppull United in youth white beat New Longton Rovers 4-1 and Hoole United beat Kirkham Blues 5-1. South head youth blue after beating Tarleton Corinthians and Charnock Richard beat Lostock St Gerards 2-1. The only game in youth green saw Thornton Cleveleys beat Penwortham 3-2.

Round up by Eamonn McNamara who was unable to provide photos today

Thursday April 16, 2015
It’s AFC Ingol’s Cup by Jacques

Challenge Cup Winners 2015 - AFC Ingol

Michael Jacques strike beats keeper Danny Roccia - photo by Paul Vause

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A stunning strike by Man-of-the-Match Michael Jacques on the stroke of half time was enough to win the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup for AFC Ingol against Plungington Celtic at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge.

This eagerly awaited final featuring two of the best Sunday sides in Lancashire fully lived up to expectations. Both teams were committed to attack and an early corner to Plungington was headed clear by the Ingol defence and their free kick minutes later was hit wide. AFC’s first effort on target by Brad Carsley was comfortably dealt with by keeper Danny Roccia and their free kick by Lydon Hodgkiss on 15 minutes went narrowly over the bar.

Plungington’s Conal Platt had a fine effort saved at full stretch by AFC keeper Jordan Curwen on 20 minutes and Curwen was on hand again to keep out a vicious strike by Stuart Vasey. The all-important goal came in the 45th minute when Jacques volleyed into the roof of the Plungington net past the outstretched arms of keeper Roccia.

Both teams used the repeat substitution rule to full advantage and it was interesting to see how this innovative piece of football legislation has been embraced by our clubs. Michael Jacques was causing problems for the Plungington defence who had keeper Roccia to thank once again for another flying save. AFC’s Brad Carsley made a strong run through the Plungington defence but his final effort went inches wide. Plungington’s Alex Randell worked tireless throughout the game as his side looked for that elusive equaliser and a long range effort by AFC’s Lydon Hodgkiss was tipped over by Danny Roccia.

The Challenge Cup Final is the League’s showcase event of the season and both AFC Ingol and Plungington Celtic are to be congratulated for putting on a fine spectacle in front of an appreciative crowd and their efforts were matched by referee Andrew Daniels and his Assistants Phil Rigby, Kris Sammons and Simon Mahomed.

The Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup was presented to AFC Ingol captain Liam Sealey by Nigel Hargreaves of Chorley Group representing the sponsors The Syndicate Trust and Nigel was on hand to present the souvenir medals to the players and officials. AFC Ingol’s Michael Jacques received the Man-of-the-Match Award by the closest of margins from Plungington’s keeper Danny Roccia.

This was the League’s fourth and last Cup Final of the season and they would like to thank the people at Bamber Bridge FC for their help and co-operation in staging these finals.

Eamonn McNamara (with thanks to Nikki Nye for the report and Paul Vause for photographs).

Sunday April 12, 2015
Challenge Cup Final - Wednesday 15 April 2015

The stage is set for a mouth-watering Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup Final when premier division leaders AFC Ingol meet reigning league champions Plungington Celtic at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge FC on Wednesday 15 April, kick-off 7.30pm.

Plungington Celtic will want to overcome the disappointment of losing last year’s Challenge Cup Final to Ingol Rangers whilst AFC Ingol, who have already won the LFA Sunday Trophy, are appearing in their first Challenge Cup Final and they have ambitions on doing the treble.

This will be the second season that the League has staged its major Cup Final at Bamber Bridge FC as it is a most hospitable club, they have an excellent bar with very reasonably priced ales and hot food is available.

The Challenge Cup Final programme can be viewed here.

Meanwhile back in the league it looks as if the battle to the title in three of the four adult divisions will go down to the wire. AFC Ingol who beat New Farington House 6-1 today head the premier division on 47 points from 18 games from Ingol Rangers who beat AFC Longridge 3-2 and they have 41 points from 16 games. AFC Ingol and Ingol Rangers play each other later in the season and that could well be a title decider. Plungington Celtic beat Acregate Lane 5-1, Unicorn beat BAC Continental 1-0 and Fulwood East End won 4-1 at New Longton Rovers.

The two top sides in division 1, AFC Ashwood and Ashton Villa are both locked on 46 points from 18 games and both drew today, Ashwood drew 1-1 with Theatre Boys whilst Ashton Villa were held 0-0 by Tanterton. Walton Athletic won 5-2 at Gregson Lane Wanderers and Brigg won 4-0 at Wyresdale.

Hesketh Bank who beat Ashton on Ribble 9-2 look comfortable at the top of division 2 with 44 points from 17 games. Their closest rivals Wilbraham Wanderers have also played 17 games but they are 5 points behind them. Wilbraham drew 2-2 at Albrighton, Warton Typhoons beat St Theresas 8-1 and Euxton Bolts won 6-3 at Frenchwood.

Shawes who beat Vernon Sports 4-2 head division 3 with 55 points from 21 games from Southport Vulcan who didn’t play today and they have 52 points from 20 games. Fulwood Park Rangers beat Sir Tom Finney 5-1.

Lytham Town won 4-2 at Longridge United in youth red, Aspull beat Hoole United 4-2 and Chipping beat New Longton Rovers 3-2 in youth white whilst Penwortham beat Broughton Amateurs 2-1 in youth green and these were the only results submitted at the time of writing.

Eamonn McNamara.

Saturday April 11, 2015
A bright future for Bolton Lads & Girls Club

Bolton Lads & Girls Club's proposed new sports pavilion

Dignitaries, officials & youngsters from the club at the ceremony

Bolton Lads & Girls Club (Youth Division Red) is celebrating the vision of a new sports pavilion becoming a reality after their Vice Chairman Mike Peers made it his mission five years ago to transform the 60 year old sports hut at Hacken Lane to become a modern, state of the art building, offering ground breaking facilities for young people of Bolton.

Thanks to a number of individuals and funders they are now just weeks away from the building work starting and their Hacken Lane Multi Sports facility. It will not only be of benefit to our current football teams, but it will support them in extending their sports offer to include cricket, hockey and rounders whilst giving more young people better facilities and opportunities to become sporting stars.

The £1.7million building will comprise of 4 changing rooms with segregated shower and toilet facilities catering for 16 people each, a disabled changing room and two smaller changing rooms with showers for two match officials. It will have a full size 3g pitch installed with flood lights along with redevelopment of the existing natural turf pitches.

The new facility will also incorporate a new parking facility and overflow car-park to accommodate the increase in capacity of users and remove current safety issues.

The Lancashire Sunday League offers its warmest congratulations to the officials, players and supporters of Bolton Lads & Girls Club on this ambitious project and we look forward to visiting their new facility.

Eamonn McNamara.

Friday April 10, 2015
2 million visits to our Website

Visits to the League website hit the 2 million mark on Thursday 9 April after it was opened nine and a half years ago.

The website, designed by Chris Gore is considered to be one of the best in football, a point made by Sir Geoff Hurst to League Chairman Eamonn McNamara and League Secretary Nikki Nye at the FA League of the Year Award at Wembley Stadium last August.

The website opened on 17 October 2005 with a story about the Syndicate Trust Cup Final dates and we passed the 500,000 mark on 03 April 2009. The one millionth visit came on 11 April 2011 and the 1,500,000 mark was reached on 28 May 2013.

Member clubs are able to register and transfer their players on-line, they co-operate with the league by loading their teamsheet within two hours of the final whistle and that information populates the league tables, leading goal scorer lists and it gives details of club form at a glance.

The website, which averages 6,000-7,000 visits a week during the football season provides a service of news, fixtures, club advertisements and details of club events as well as information for our partner organisation Preston Referees Society.

League Chairman Eamonn McNamara said, “We are indebted to Chris Gore for his vision, hard work and dedication in making this the best website for our clubs, players and all interested parties”.

Wednesday April 8, 2015
Young’s strike wins the cup for Southport

Youth Cup Winners 2015 - Southport FC

Southport (stripes) v Springfields - FA Youth Cup Final

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Additional photos added courtesy of Paul Vause.

Jake Young’s strike in the 80th minute of this absorbing Syndicate Trust Youth Cup was enough to win the cup for his team Southport FC.

Recent form from both of these well matched and equally well coached sides indicated that it would be a close affair and so it proved with both teams battling for possession but scoring opportunities were few and far between. The best chance in the first half fell to Springfields Scott Harrison but his effort was headed clear by the Southport defence.

Southport opened the brighter in the second half and both sides utilised repeat substitutions to freshen up their attacking options. Scott Challinor had an excellent opportunity to put Springfields ahead but his crisp volley went narrowly wide. An effort by Southport’s Conal Gallagher was confidently dealt with by Springfield’s keeper Tom Sowerby before Jake Young popped up on 80 minutes to score the all-important goal for Southport. Even then Springfields weren’t finished and they almost levelled via a Bailey Donaldson free kick which was well saved by Matty Lavelle in the Southport goal.

The match was played at a high tempo and in an excellent spirit by both sides and the performance of referee Dale Bowden and his Assistants Tony Parr, Harry McDonnell and Shaun Taylor added to the occasion.

League President Ged Carberry presented the cup to Southport’s skipper Sean Weston, the Man of the Match Award to Elliott Breakell of Springfields and the souvenir medals to the players and officials.

Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

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