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Cliffe pushes Ashwood over the Edge
AFC Ashwood (white) v Hesketh Bank (Challenge Cup)
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.
Wednesday August 13, 2014
FA League of the Year - Lancashire Sunday League
Eamonn McNamara, Ray Parlour and Nikki Nye
The FA League of the Year Award
The Lancashire Sunday Football League (formerly the LEP Sunday League) received a top national prize from Arsenal legend Ray Parlour and high praise from a World Cup winner at The FA Community Awards.
League Chairman Eamonn McNamara and Secretary Nikki Nye accepted the accolade at Wembley Stadium before the Community Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester City on Sunday.
And Sir Geoff Hurst, part of England’s victorious 1966 World Cup-winning side, believes the Lancashire League is helping fuel the future of the national game. He said: “The Lancashire Sunday Football League embodies the spirit of a grassroots football club”.
“The vast number of hours and the dedication the people involved have shown to raise the standard of behaviour, of refereeing and develop their league website is remarkable and without their commitment, footballers in this country couldn’t continue to grow and flourish”.
Sir Geoff added, “It was a pleasure to meet the representatives from the Lancashire Sunday Football League to give them my congratulations on winning this prestigious award”.
In accepting the award Eamonn McNamara said, “This is a great honour and we are particularly pleased to be the first Sunday League to be recognised this way. I would like to thank my committee colleagues past and present for all their hard work, the excellent people who run our clubs and our referees who support us through thick and thin”.
“We have always strived to set high standards and we could not have achieved this without everyone working together for the benefit of this League.
Wednesday August 13, 2014
Shaun Taylor - Our Man at HQ
Football fanatic Shaun Taylor, who left Corpus Christi RC High School as Deputy Head Boy this summer, will start his first job next week working at the Lancashire Football Association Head Office as an apprentice in the Football Development Department on a two year contract.
Shaun (aged 17) is already well known in local football circles. He is a promising Level 7 referee who officiates on the West Lancashire League on Saturdays and on PNE Academy games plus games in this League on Sundays.
“I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait to get started” said Shaun. We wish him well.
Tuesday August 12, 2014
Walton Athletic raise £175.00 for Derian House
Mark Parkinson (left) presents the Derian House cheque to Dave Carlisle
Wallton Athletic past (green) and present with referee Alan Jones
Walton Athletic completed their preparations for their debut season in division 1 with a game between their current players and their former players including many who played for the club in season 2000-01, their first season in the League.
And it was the old heads that came out on top 5-5 after 90 mins, winning 3-1 on penalties. Everyone enjoyed the game and played in good spirit with referee Alan Jones in charge and the event raised £175.00 for Derian House, which secretary Mark Parkinson handed to League Treasurer Dave Carlisle at the League Meeting.
Friday August 8, 2014
FA Community Awards for the League
(l-r) Iain Kay (LFA), Nikki Nye, LFA President Gordon Howard, Eamonn McNamara and Steve Jones (Molson Coors)
The League was presented with two major Football Association Community Awards at the Lancashire Senior Cup Final on Wednesday 6 August.
League Chairman Eamonn McNamara and League Secretary Nikki Nye were presented with the Lancashire Football Association (LFA) Charter Standard League of the Year and also the FA Charter Standard League of the Year for the North West Region.
The Awards were presented by Gordon Howard, President of the Lancashire Football Association.
Tuesday August 5, 2014
Watch Out - There's a thief About
Alan Phillip - Wanted by the Police
Lancashire Police have issued the following notice to sports clubs and sports people in the County.
A burglar targeting sports clubs across the country is believed to have struck again in Lancashire. Earlier this year police issued a warning following a series of burglaries they believe are linked and officers are now once again urging all venues to check their security measures and ensure valuables were properly looked after following the latest thefts.
The latest happened at St Annes Cricket Club, Highbury Road East between 5.20pm and 7.45pm on Sunday 3rd August when a thief went into a changing room during the match and stole cash and mobile phones valued at more than £2,000. And on Saturday 2nd August a thief targeted Thornton Cleveleys Sports Club, Bourne Road between 2.45pm and 3.10pm and stole cash and mobile phones worth almost £3,000.
The warning earlier this year followed a spate of burglaries which police believe may be linked. One was at Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Road, Lytham St Annes on Saturday, March 22nd where an offender conned his way into the away players’ changing area and stole £2,500 of property including bank cards, wallets, mobile phones, watches and cash. He was extremely confident and even assisted the visiting team carrying training and physio equipment onto the playing area, which will have been witnessed by the crowd.
Another theft happened at Preston Grasshoppers RUFC which was targeted between 10.45am and 12.15pm on Sunday 16th March where an offender stole two mobile phones from the changing area.m Between 1pm and 2.40pm on March 19th thieves went into the changing room complex in the UCLan Sports Arena on Tom Benson Way and stole a quantity of smart phones and tablets worth in excess of £2,000 before leaving the scene.
Police want to speak to Alan Phillip, 62, about the latest thefts and a series of others across the country. Phillip, aged 62, also goes by the name Anthony Tye. He is also wanted by West Midlands Police in relation to a theft at Edgbaston where a large quantity of mobile phones and cash were stolen. This offence took place on 4th December 2013 and the offender purported to be a physio at the club and offered to take a valuables bag for safekeeping.
He is also wanted by Avon and Somerset Police. Phillip is described as 6ft 2ins and usually wears casual or smart casual clothes and carries a rucksack (picture above).
Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson, of Preston Police, said: “We would warn other sports clubs to be mindful of who they trust valuables to and also to check on their security, such as checking that they have working CCTV, or consider installing some if they don’t already have it. I am keen to hear from anyone who feels they may have information or know the identity of the offender”.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch by calling 101.
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