Latest NewsWednesday November 25, 2015
Preston Referees selected for Iber Cup 2016
(left-right) Ed Duckworth, George Allison & Shaun Taylor
Three of Preston’s promising young referees who all referee on this League and are members of Preston Referees Society have been selected to officiate on the prestigious Iber Cup 2016 in Estoril, Portugal.
Ed Duckworth, George Allison and Shaun Taylor will be part of the group of six referees from the County refereeing at the tournament together with their coaches Darren Bond (National List Referee from Wigan) and James Mainwaring (LFA Referee Development Officer and National List Assistant Referee).
The tournament is becoming one of the most prestigious youth tournaments in the World and hosts more than 800 teams from 60 Countries, including some of the biggest youth teams in the World such as Juventus, Athletico Madrid, Liverpool and Paris St Germain (PSG) who have confirmed their attendance for a sixth year in a row.
The Iber Cup is seen as an ideal development opportunity for some of the Counties brightest refereeing prospects. By exposing these referees to a high standard of football in an intense coaching environment it will hopefully support their progression into the professional game.
Sunday November 22, 2015
Tanterton & Ingol Rangers into LFA Trophy Semis
Tanterton (blue) v Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs - LFA Sunday Trophy
Tanterton FC powered their way into the semi-finals of the LFA Sunday Trophy with a 4-2 win against Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs at the Village Green. This is some achievement by a club formed a mere five years ago but who have set their stall out to make their mark on Sunday football and all their hard work came to fruition this morning.
The plaudits will quite rightly go to the team who did the business on the pitch but there is another team at Tanterton, the backroom team marshalled by club secretary Carl Longshaw who work tirelessly for the club and they also reaped the their rewards with this result.
Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs play in the premier division of the Southport Sunday League and they have earned a good reputation for their exploits in this competition. As expected the game started at a furious pace but it was Tanterton who struck first when Jamie Bryson found the net in the 7th minute with a speculative shot from the touchline. Southport hit back straight away and they were denied an equaliser by an astonishing save by keeper Damien Ellison.
Tanterton pressure lead to the award of a penalty in the 12th minute which Ben Stilwell converted and an own goal by Southport gifted Tanterton a third in the 34th minute which left them 3-0 up at the interval. This Southport team were no mugs and it was no surprise when they pulled one back through Kevin Edgar a minute into the second half.
That was the cue for some concerted pressure from the visitors which Tanterton managed to weather before wrestling back control and they scored the decisive fourth goal on 79 minutes when Man of the Match Ben Stilwell’s free kick resulted in another own goal. David Spencer scored Southport’s second in the last minute and it proved too little too late.
The game was played in an excellent spirit by both teams who were a credit to their Leagues and to Sunday football and a word of praise for the match officials especially referee Craig Halliwell whose firm, unfussy control allowed the game to flow and the players certainly responded. Craig had first class support from his two assistants Neil Shepherd and Duncan Quirk.
Ingol Rangers travelled to Burnley to meet a Trawden Venue team who had claimed some scalps already this season but two goals from their talisman Peter Wright earned Rangers a place in the semi-final draw. No such luck for Preston Victoria who went down 7-1 to The Hares FC, Skelmersdale with a Lee Ashcroft goal being their only consolation. However, let’s not forget that this club play in our division 2 and to reach last 8 of this major County competition is no mean feat and one which should be applauded.
Two of our youth clubs have also flown the flag for the League by winning their way through to the quarter-finals of the LFA U18s Youth Cup. Hurst Green made the trip to Colne and earned a 1-1 draw thanks to a Cory Longton goal before winning the penalty shootout 4-3 and Broughton Amateurs 100% record in all competition continued as they beat Coppull United 3-2 at Coppull with goals from Umar Bux (2) and Mason Hughes.
Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
Friday November 20, 2015
Reg Johnson RIP
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Reg Johnson on Wednesday 18 November 2015.
Reg was well known in football circles in the early days of the league when he played for Preston North End Supporters Club FC, Shuttleworth Arms FC, Broughton Amateurs FC, and Goosnargh FC. He was a real football man who will be fondly remembered by his peer group.
Reg was best known for Johnson and Swarbrick of Goosnargh who have been producing fine poultry products for the past 3 decades and he supplied many of the country’s top hotels and restaurants. Celebrity chef Paul Heathcote said that Reg had put Goosnargh on the map.
A fanatical Preston North End supporter, Reg attended all their games with his daughter Kara and the Lancashire Sunday Football League sends its deepest condolences to his wife Lynn, son Paul and also to Kara.
Thursday November 19, 2015
Preston, South Ribble & Chorley Parks are OFF this Weekend
Preston City Council and South Ribble Borough Council have declared their pitches unfit for play this weekend, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November 2015. This means that no matches will take place this weekend on the following parks;
Preston City Parks
South Ribble Parks
Chorley Borough Council has also called its parks OFF this weekend.
Tuesday November 17, 2015
LFA U18s Youth Cup Quarter-final Draw
The draw for the quarter-finals of the LFA U18s Youth Cup sponsored by Phil Collier Associates guarantees the league one semi-finalist as Charnock Richard will meet the winners of the delayed Broughton Amateurs v Coppull United tie. Astley Bridge Storm have a home fixture against Ashton Athletic and Hurst Green will have to overcome Colne to meet the winners of the Padiham v Turton game.
The games are scheduled to be played on Sunday 29 November 2015 and the draw is;
Sunday November 15, 2015
Digmoor shine on a day of postponements
Hurricane Abigail certainly did us no favours today as 35 games were postponed and a mere 4 played and to make matters worse it looks as if we are in for more of the same next week.
Digmoor took full advantage by playing on a 3G pitch and beating Walton 5-1 to go joint top of division 3 with Chorley Saints and they have two games in hand. The Skelmersdale outfit are certainly enjoying their first season in the league with only one reverse to date and that was in the Challenge Cup. They have won six of their league games and drawn the other and they are the only unbeaten side in the division. The prolific Alex Stoddern netted a hat trick to bring his tally to 20 with Ashley Deakin and Daniel Norris getting the others. Joe Gillibrand scored for Walton.
The only other league game played was also in division 3 where Penwortham Town travelled to meet Sir Tom Finney FC at the Ashton Community College 3G pitch and left with a 6-1 win which moves them up to third in the table. Tom Furniss netted a hat trick with James Kendall, Cameron Dagleish and Jack Wilson getting the others. Dave Housden scored for Sir Tom’s. Match referee Peter Saul picked up an injury during the game and he handed the whistle to 16 year old Chris Seed who gave a good account of himself.
Two games in the Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy preliminary round survived and both were played on 3G pitches. Fulwood Amateurs travelled to Croston and won 4-2 with goals from Thomas Kae, Murray Marshall, Charles Egan and Owen Thompson, Cameron Perritt and Daniel Davies scored for Croston. Finally Atherton Town decided to dispense with home advantage in order to get their game against Ladybridge played and they went down 3-1 in the process with only a Jason Legge goal to show for their efforts. However, manager Ian Arthur said that whilst he was disappointed with the result it was a really good game and an excellent run out for his lads.
Although these postponements have left Fixtures Manager John Gilgrass with something of a headache there are very few alterations to next week’s fixtures as the LFA Sunday Trophy must take priority. The changes for nest Sunday are;
Which means that these games will not take place: Coppull Utd v Charnock Richard (Youth Red), Hurst Green v Aspull (Youth Red) and Lostock Hall SC v Broughton Amateurs (Youth White).
Round up by Eamonn McNamara.
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