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Sunday April 23, 2017
Arkwrights claim the Division 3 Title

Arkwrights FC - Champions of Division 3

Arkwrights wrapped up their maiden season in the League with a 4-1 win at Bamber Bridge Town which confirmed them as division 3 champions. Andrew Danson, Chris Darwen, Jon Wallace and Mark Taylor scored for Arkwrights and this quartet has netted 60 league goals for the club this season with Taylor bagging 30 of them. Anthony Knowles scored for Bamber Bridge. Earnshaw Bridge beat BAE Warton 4-0 to finish in 3rd place and these games completed the division 3 fixtures for the season.

Acregate Lane LC beat New Farington House 3-1, their sixth success on the trot to finish their season as runners up in the premier division and New Longton Rovers beat AFC Ingol 2-0. A David Hankin hat trick secured the points for Vernons in their 3-2 win over AFC Longridge in division 1 where Worden Rangers beat Preston Victoria 3-2 and Frenchwood won 4-1 away at Wyresdale Rangers.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club kept up the pressure at the top of division 2 with a 3-0 win at Leyland Orient with Matt Cain netting a hat trick, meanwhile second placed Tulketh United won 2-0 at Whittle Wanderers and Penwortham Town beat Ribbleton Wanderers 3-0.

Haslingden St Marys and Clitheroe settled for a 1-1 draw in youth division red, Southport who lead youth division white had a comfortable 5-1 home win against Lostock Hall SC, second placed Coppull United beat Tarleton Corinthians 6-3, Croston and Burscough Dynamos drew 1-1 whilst Eccleston & Heskin and Walmer Bridge drew 3-3. Three back-to-back fixtures were played in youth division red today where AFC Fylde beat Penwortham St Teresa’s 4-0 in both games, Poulton beat Chipping 4-3 in the first game and drew the second 1-1 and finally Thornton Cleveleys beat Lancon 4-1 and then 4-0 in the second game.

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

Thursday April 20, 2017
Ingol Rangers win the Challenge Cup for the 5th time

Ingol Rangers celebrate winning the Challenege Cup 2017

Ingol Rangers (blue) v New Longton Rovers - Challenge Cup Final

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Ingol Rangers beat New Longton Rovers 2-0 at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge to win the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup for the 5th time and in doing so they consigned New Longton Rovers to the disappointment of being beaten finalists for the second year running.

After a shaky and nervous start, both teams struggled to settle as each side took turns to give the ball away. However, Ingol Rangers Adam Stammers gave Ingol Rangers the lead after a well struck shot on 20 minutes which the New Longton Rovers goalkeeper Anthony Ashton had no chance of saving.

New Longton Rovers were thrown a life line on 67 minutes after the industrious Stephen Green was brought down just inside the box, giving referee Barry Cropp no option but to point to the spot. Up stepped Green to try and bring the tie level but he was unable to beat the Ingol Rangers stopper Scott Salisbury who he saved well to his left.

On 70 minutes, Stu Parry who has been out injured nearly all season was brought on by Ingol Manager Dean Crossen in an effort to close out the game, after New Longton continued to press for a leveler. Both teams flirted with each other’s goal but to no avail.

As the clocked ticked down on 93 minutes, Adam Stammers set off down the left and rode at least two challenges before delivering a pin point cross to the evergreen Parry to finish the tie off.

Notable performances came from New Longton’s No. 6 Leon Daley and their goalkeeper Anthony Ashton, who appeared to be struggling with an injury from the start which he appeared to have picked up in the warm up. However, the Man of the Match went to Ingol Rangers Adam Stammers for his goal, his work rate and his assist for Stu Parry.

Special mention goes to referee Barry Cropp and his assistants Tony Parr and Alex Christopher who let the game flow and controlled this tense encounter efficiently and professionally and they were given excellent support by 4th Official Bob Roberts.

The was the fourth and last of the this year’s Lancashire Sunday Football League Cup Finals, all of which have been played at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge and League Chairman Eamonn McNamara thanked the club and especially George Halliwell and Tony Molloy for the help and co-operation in staging the finals.

John Carrig of Builders Supply (West Coast Ltd) represented the Syndicate Trust and he presented the Challenge Cup and souvenir medals to the players and match officials and also to the mascots Grace Crossen (Ingol Rangers) and Max Oldfield & Spencer Alexander (New Longton Rovers).

Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

Tuesday April 18, 2017
Southport go nap and win the Youth Trophy

Southport celebrate winning the Youth Trophy 2017

Charnock Richard (green) v Southport - Youth Trophy Final 2017

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Southport celebrated winning the Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy for the third time following their 5-0 victory against Charnock Richard at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge.

The well organised Southport team were ahead after 10 minutes when a cross from the left was well met by Ethan Dwyer whose header beat the Charnock keeper Harvey Collins. Charnock were unlucky to see Bradley Whittle’s effort well saved by the Southport keeper Callum Styles and three minutes later striker Niall Bernie watched his shot drift narrowly wide. More pressure from Charnock saw a well taken free kick cleared off the line.

The Charnock lads will have rued those missed chances on 39 minutes when Southport’s Connor Lally chip deceived the keeper to give them a 2-0 half time lead. Southport substitute Josh Nugent came on at half time and he wasted no time in getting on the score sheet after 48 minutes and he added his second and Southport’s fourth on the hour mark.

Charnock’s Declan Balbi received his marching orders from referee David Thomas for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity on 63 minutes but keeper Harvey Collins performed heroics in saving the penalty and two follow up efforts. A defensive mix up on 75 minutes allowed Ethan Dwyer to bag his second goal and complete a 5-0 win to Southport.

These two sides served up a fine display for the enthusiastic crowd and the game was well handled by referee David Thomas and his Assistants Luke Parker and Josh Baron.

The Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy was presented to Southport captain Steve McDonnell by Rob Hollowell on behalf of the sponsors D Hollowell & Sons (Blackpool) and Rob also presented the Man-of-the-Match award to Lewis King of Southport Fc and the souvenir medals to the players and officials.

Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

Tuesday April 18, 2017
Tanterton FC top up the Amelia Appeal

Tanterton with the cheque for Amelia (Courtesy of the LEP)

Premier division club Tanterton FC swung into action when they heard of the theft of a collection box containing £500 to help send local 9 year old Amelia Brome to America for specialist treatment.

Amelia is suffering from a rare form of cancer (Rhabdomyosarcoma), and she and her parents desperately need to travel to America in the hope that the condition can be put into remission.

The collection box was stolen from Flame Urban Spa, Garstang Road where their manager Nicola Dickinson had worked with Amelia’s mum Cheryl for 14 years and needless to say Nicola and her colleagues were devastated by this heartless theft.

Tanterton FC’s President, John Carrig, wasted no time in spreading the word and the football club’s committee decided to help by donating a cheque for £500.00 to the staff at Flame Urban Spa who have been the driving force behind the appeal. They were delighted with the clubs kind gesture and said that since the story had appeared in the Evening Post, they had been overwhelmed with the reaction and generosity of the local community.

Eamonn McNamara.

Wednesday April 12, 2017
Tulketh triumph and retain the Presidents Cup

Tulketh United celebrate winning the Presidents Cup

Ashton on Ribble (red) v Tulketh United - Presidents Cup Final 2017

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Tulketh United became only the third team to retain the Presidents Cup when the beat Ashton on Ribble 2-1 in an exciting final at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge.

It was a brisk and breezy evening when the players had to contend with the bright evening sunshine and from the outset it was evident that these were two evenly matched sides and it would take something special to break the deadlock. Tulketh’s captain Stephen Ireland marshalled his defence and he prevented Ashton taking the lead by clearing with an excellent diving header. Nathan Maddock nearly put Ashton ahead just before half time with a speculative effort which was competently dealt with by Joseph Cooper in the Tulketh goal.

Both teams had chances to open their accounts in the second half before Elliot Breakell opened the scoring for Tulketh United on 63 minutes with a decisive long range effort and nine minutes later it was 2-0 thanks to Ryan Kay before a goalmouth scramble gave Ashton on Ribble the benefit of a consolation goal scored by Charlie Young to make the final score 2-1.

The Trophy and souvenir medals were presented the teams and Man-of-the-Match Lee Bryans of Tulketh United by League President Dave Carlisle.

Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

Wednesday April 12, 2017
Final Challenge for Ingol Rangers & New Longton Rovers

Ingol Rangers FC (left) and New Longton Rovers FC

The curtain will fall on this seasons cup competitions when premier division sides Ingol Rangers and New Longton Rovers clash in the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup Final at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge FC on Thursday 20 April, kick off 7:30pm.

New Longton Rovers will be aiming to go one better than last season when they were beaten 4-3 in the final by New Farington House. Mick Chambers team have had an indifferent season in the league but they can certainly rise to the occasion in the cup and they have a potent strike force in Oliver Evans and Wes Alexander.

Ingol Rangers managed by Dean Crossen are making their eighth appearance in this Final which they have won on three occasions. Rangers have finished their premier league season in third place and they too have dynamic strike force in ex-PNE favourite Lee Ashcroft who has netted 22 goals, Adam Stammers has scored 14 and Jonty McDonald has chipped in with 10.

Experienced referee Barry Cropp, who officiates on both the National League and Football League, is the first referee from Blackpool to take charge of this prestigious final. His Assistant Referees are Alex Christopher and Tony Parr with another Football League official Bob Roberts doing the 4th Official duties.

Admission is £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for children and concessions.

Eamonn McNamara.

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The Lancashire Sunday League encourages all referees to become members of the Referees Association and it is League policy to give priority of appointments to those referees who are an RA member.

Preston Referees Society is based at BAC Club, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP, they meet on the first Monday of each month during the football season and everyone is welcome to attend their meetings. The meetings start at 7.30pm and usually finish around 9.00pm.

Anyone interested in joining Preston Referees Society or has any queries about refereeing should contact the Society Secretary Shaun Taylor here.

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For further details about the physical training sessions please contact Paul Marsden here.

Lancashire Sunday Football League is always happy to accept new referees to its list of officials. If you have any enquiries about refereeing on the League or would like to be added to the list of officials, please contact the League’s Referee Manager David McNamara here.

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