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Sunday May 1, 2016
Itís Champion Time

Preston Victoria are the Champions of Division 2

In spite of the worst efforts of the weather and the backlog of games we already have four of our division titles decided.

Tantertonís fine season which saw them reach the semi-final of the LFA Sunday Trophy has reaped its reward with the club winning the division 1 crown after winning 16 and losing one of their 17 games played to date. Today they had an impressive 9-1 win over Walton Athletic at the Village Green. Warton Typhoons move into second spot thanks to their 5-0 away win at Wyresdale Rangers whilst Gregson Lane Wanderers and St Theresas fought out a 2-2 draw.

The division 2 title has gone to Preston Victoria who have won 13 and lost just 2 of their fifteen games although they suffered a rare defeat this morning losing 5-2 at Vernon Sports who have finished runners up and who sportingly formed a guard of honour for the Victoria team before the kick-off. Westhoughton beat Ribbleton Wanderers 6-2 whilst Leyland Orient beat Gregson Lane 2-0 in a match which rounded up the season for both clubs.

Lytham Town won 5-1 at Chipping to secure the Youth Division Blue crown to add to the Youth Cup which they won on Thursday making it a highly successful season for manager Orrin Benford and his squad. Garstang won 3-2 at Fleetwood and AFC Fylde won at Blackpool South.

Elsewhere there is still plenty to play for. Ingol Rangers who did not play today lead the Premier Division and it is theirs to lose, Unicorn are up to fourth spot after beating Ashton Villa 4-2 and two goals from Elliott Bywater gave AFC Ashwood a surprising but very welcome 2-1 win at New Longton Rovers.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club have all but won the Division 3 title after winning 5-3 at Walton and they have just to win their remaining games to beat Digmoor who won 5-1 at Tulketh United . Chorley Saints beat Sir Tom Finney 4-1, Penwortham Town won 5-2 at BAE Warton and Ribchester Rovers played Whittle Wanderers in back-to-back games which both ended 2-2.

New Longton Rovers and Broughton Amateurs are neck to neck at the top of Youth Division White after this morningís results which saw New Longton win 8-2 at Walmer Bridge and Broughton Amateurs lose 3-2 at Tarleton Corinthians. Coppull United Blues beat Astley & Buckshaw 6-2.

The top two in Youth Division Red met this morning with leaders Southport beating second placed Clitheroe 4-2 and Hurst Green who won 7-0 at Aspull are lurking in the wings should either of them slip up. Atherton Town beat Ladybridge 4-2, Coppull United won the local derby at Charnock Richard 3-0, Astley Bridge Storm won at Euxton Villa and the Lostock St Gerards v Fulwood Amateurs game finished in a 2-2 draw.

Round up by Eamonn McNamara who was not able to provide match photos today.

Friday April 29, 2016
FA Cup Final Date for Preston Referees

Preston referees Neil Swarbrick (left) and Michael Salisbury have been appointed to the 2016 FA Cup Final

Two Preston referees, Neil Swarbrick and Michael Salisbury have been appointed to the FA Cup Final Manchester United v Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 21 May 2016. The full line up reads;

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant Referee: John Brooks
Assistant Referee: Andy Halliday
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick
Reserve Assistant: Michael Salisbury

Neil Swarbrick played for many years in this league; his last game was the 1997 Presidents Cup Final for Bamber Bridge Wanderers FC when they beat GEC Alstom FC and after the final he hung up his boots and started refereeing.

He clearly made an impression in this league as twelve months later he was appointed referee of the Presidents Cup Final Antique Centre FC v Holy Family FC and after that his rise in refereeing circles was meteoric. Within six years he was promoted to the National List of Assistant Referees and four years later he became a Football League Referee.

Neilís first Premier League appointment came in December 2010 when he took charge of a goalless draw between Fulham and Sunderland. It was announced on 20 June 2011 that Neil had been promoted to the Select Group of Referees who officiate all Premier League fixtures and he features regularly in Premier League games and also in key games in the Football Championship and Football League.

Michael Salisbury took up the whistle whilst at Lancaster University and he regularly refereed on the Central Lancs Junior League, the Lancashire Sunday League and the Mid Lancs League. He made rapid progress reaching Level 2A (National League Referee) status in 2014 when he was also appointed to the Select List of Assistant Referees operating on the Premier League.

Michael, whose father Graham is a Football League Referee, was appointed to the FIFA International list of Assistant Referees in 2015 and he has Assisted on the Euro 2016 Qualifier between Malta and Croatia, as well as the Europa League Qualifier between AS Saint-Etienne and ASA Targu Mures and he was 4th Official on the Champions League game between PSG and Shakhtar Donetsk. No stranger to Wembley, Michael was the Assistant Referee at the Blue Square Conference play-off final Oxford United v York City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 16 May 2010.

Preston Referee Society Chairman Eamonn McNamara said, ďWe are all immensely proud of Neil and Michael and we congratulate them on their appointments. They are both loyal members of Preston Referees Society where they have benefited from the Societyís training and coaching in the past and both are happy to spend time coaching and encouraging our membersĒ.

Thursday April 28, 2016
Lytham Town win the Youth Cup

Youth Cup Winners 2016 - Lytham Town FC

Man-of-the-Match Robert Hanslip collects his award

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Lytham Town maintained their 100% record in the league and cup by beating Fylde Coast rivals Thornton Cleveleys 2-0 in semi-arctic conditions at Bamber Bridge FC to win the Syndicate Trust Youth Cup Final 2016.

These two well run and excellently coached teams play in division blue of the leagueís thriving youth section and they gave their all for 90 minutes in weather more akin to mid-winter than late spring and they spent the first 30 minutes sounding each other out. All that changed on 31 minutes when Lythamís Frank Sharrat broke into the box and stroked the ball into the Thornton net from an acute angle.

And it took a fine goal from Man-of-the-Match Robert Hanslip in the 65th minute to put Lytham 2-0 up and secure the win for his team. A word of praise of the two management teams, Lytham Town manager Orrin Benford and his assistant Richard Whiteside and Shaun Rowley the Thornton manager and his assistants Philip Wing and Tracie Wing who can all be proud of the way that their charges played and conducted themselves.

The four match officials were all teenagers who have benefited from the excellent coaching they receive from Preston Referees Society, referee Jack Airey, his Assistants Kieran Chell & Chris Seed and 4th Official Shaun Taylor all did an excellent job and they have a bright future in refereeing ahead of them.

The final was played at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge and the Youth Cup and souvenir medals were presented to the teams and officials by League President Dave Carlisle.

Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

Monday April 25, 2016
Youth Cup Final this Thursday 28 April

Thornton Cleveleys (left) will play Lytham Town in the Youth Cup Final

The Syndicate Trust Youth Cup Final Thornton Cleveleys v Lytham Town which was postponed on 7 April will be played at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge on Thursday 28 April kick off 7.30pm.

Eamonn McNamara.

Sunday April 24, 2016
Ladybridge and Clitheroe to meet in the Youth Trophy Final

Clitheroe FC beat Coppull United Blues to reach the Youth Trophy Final

Ladybridge FC beat Astley Bridge Storm to reach the Youth Trophy Final

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The last of this seasonís semi-finals were played on the excellent facilities at UCLan Sports Arena this morning for as place in the Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy Final which will be played at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge on Wednesday 4 May, kick of 7.30pm.

Ladybridge earned their place in the final thanks to an added time goal from Callum Decton in what turned out to be a tense and thrilling contest between two evenly matched sides. Clitheroe in the other semi proved too strong for Coppull United Blues and ran out 7-1 winners thanks to goals from Oliver Stirzaker, Charlie Lloyd, Adam Bolton (20 and a hat trick from Will Kelly. Jacob Yarker replied for Coppull.

Eamonn McNamara with photos by David McNamara.

Thursday April 21, 2016
Tanterton beaten on a night of surprises

Warton Typhoons who beat Tanterton 1-0 in division 1

Division 1 leaders Tanterton lost their proud 100% record when they were beaten 1-0 by a Danny Thompson goal for Warton Typhoons at the Village Green but they are still 11 points ahead of their nearest rivals with two games in hand. Walton Athletic take over second spot on goal difference from Springfields who they beat 5-2 at Higher Walton and a hat trick from Jack Mountain enabled bottom club Gregson Lane Wanderers to win 3-2 at Hesketh Bank.

Ingol Rangers strengthened their grip on the premier league title with a 6-2 win against Ashton Villa who played 89 minutes with 10 men after stand in keeper Nicky Seekings was dismissed after 11 seconds for a professional foul by referee Andy Sykes and Villa manager Mick Skerritt can be proud of the way that his lads responded. AFC Ingolís season is drawing to a close in every sense of the word, their 1-1 result against BAC Continental Casuals at the Arena was their fifth draw in their last six games and they will have a job to retain their title.

No shocks in division 2 where the top two Preston Victoria and Vernon Sports both recorded wins but there was a major surprise in division 3 where table topping Bolton Lads & Girls Club were held 1-1 by Chorley Saints and that leaves them 10 points ahead of Digmoor who won 6-1 at Kingsfold and Digmoor have three games in hand. Bolton Lads & Girls travel to Digmoor on Sunday for a game with major implications.

The top two in youth division red both won away tonight as did youth white leaders Broughton Amateurs but there is a battle behind Broughton with New Longton Rovers, Tarleton Corinthians and Ribbleton all winning and there is just one point separating them.

Youth Blue side Thornton Cleveleys warmed up for next Thursdays Youth Cup Final against Lytham Town at Bamber Bridge FC with a 3-0 win at home to Garstang.

Round up by Eamonn McNamara.

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Astley & Buckshaw FC - Coach Required

Charter Standard club Astley & Buckshaw FC require a coach for their youth team for season 2016-17.
Contact: Graeme Brown (Vice-Chairman) on 07984 439173.

Broadgate 7-a-side Football League

Fancy keeping fit during this bad weather, then head to the Broadgate 7-a-side league on the AstroTurf at Preston Cricket Club, Broadgate. The games are on Monday evenings and they are looking for new teams and players.
For details contact Carl Busby on 07517 611138

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Players needed for a long established side playing in the 7 a-side Whitlock League on a Wednesday evenings at Cottam.
Contact: Phil Cotterill on 07816 132238.

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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)
Springfields (8 kits)
Longridge Town
Ashton on Ribble
Penwortham Town (12 kits)
Walton Athletic (3 kits)
Ribbleton Wanderers(2 kits)
Altrincham FC, SKkits (2 kits)
AFC Ashwood (2 kits)

A total of 70 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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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 Ed Duckworth here.

Physical Training: The Society provides physical training for its members at UCLan Sports Arena Training every Monday evening between 6.30-7.30pm except on Society Monthly Meeting nights when it will be brought forward to 6.00-7.00pm.

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 Leagueís Referee Manager David McNamara here.

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