Latest NewsSunday January 13, 2019
It’s tight at the top of the Premier Division
AFC Ingol (blue) v Hunters & Ingol Rangers - Premier Division
Cadley (white) v Southport - Youth Division White
The battle for the League title could go all the way as the top six teams in the premier division are separated by just two points. Southport & Ainsdale lead the way with 25 points from 10 games after beating Tanterton 3-0 this morning. Tanterton have 23 points from 13 games. Acregate Lane in second spot beat Bamber Bridge United 5-2 and they also have 25 points from 11 games. Ribbleton with 24 points from 10 games are undoubtedly the form side, after losing their first two league games back in August they have won the next 8 and they demolished Springfields 9-1 at the Arena.
The game of the day was the clash between AFC Ingol (24 points from 15 games) and Hunters & Ingol Rangers who have 23 points form 11 games and these two drew 1-1 when they met on 30 September. The deadlock was broken in the 31st minute when Danny Cooper fired AFC Ingol ahead and James Morley doubled their advantage on 56 minutes. Hunters & Ingol Rangers (HIR) were having plenty of the game but just not converting their chances until Dee Edmonds pulled one back with a header in the 65th minute and Edmonds was on hand to chip in the equaliser from the edge of the area on 78 minutes. This was a high quality game with two good sides, and it was well handled by referee Bob Roberts.
Arkwrights still lead division 1 but they were beaten 3-1 at in-form AFC Longridge and second placed Earnshaw Bridge won 1-0 at Walton. Sir Tom Finney won 8-0 at Kingsfold to open up a three point lead at the top of division 2 and Leyland Orient remain in third spot after beating Fishwick Rangers 4-2. Lostock Hall won at Tarleton Corinthians and their lead in division 3 looks unassailable, Leyland BTR beat Rufford Park Rangers 5-1 and the game between Ribble and Tarleton White finished 1-1.
Poulton beat Chipping 8-0 in the outstanding second round tie in the Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy. Fulwood Amateurs made it eight wins on the trot winning 5-1 at Mill Hill to lead youth division red, Bolton County beat Haslingden St Marys, Padiham won at Euxton Villa and Winstanley Warriors Reds beat Coppull United. Garstang beat Layton Lions 3-1 to head youth division white but the game of the day in that division between Cadley and Southport ended in a 3-3 draw. BAE Warton remain top of youth division blue after winning at Penwortham St Teresas, second placed Fulwood Amateurs Blues beat Layton Cavs and Ribbleton beat Tarleton Corinthians.
Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
Monday January 7, 2019
New logo for the Lancashire Football Association (LFA)
The new LFA logo
The Lancashire Football Association (LFA) has unveiled a new logo which has a refreshed look and whilst it is less regal in appearance than the old one, it still recognises the heritage of what it means to be part of the Lancashire sub-region by highlighting the three Lions, the year of Lancashire FA's inception and most importantly the iconic Red Rose of Lancashire.
The logo has a similar feel to the FA’s crest, bringing increased transparency and collaboration between the county and national game which is so important. LFA Chief Executive, Simon Gerrard, said: “I’m thrilled we’re now able to introduce the new logo for the LFA. The old logo was outdated and not fit for the modern digital era, it was old-fashioned instead of forward-thinking and it was time for a change."
Established in 1878, the LFA is the largest County FA in the country with over 850 clubs, some 70,000 players and 1,400 referees and it is based at The County Ground, Thurston Road, Leyland. Their board of Directors, 20 Councillors and 40 staff provide a vital service to grass roots football in Lancashire.
Sunday January 6, 2019
Ribbleton power in to LFA Trophy Semi-finals
Ribbleton (green) v Bamber Bridge United - LFA Sunday Trophy
The Festive Season over and it was time to get back to playing football and what more could one ask for than an LFA Sunday Trophy quarter-final between Ribbleton and Bamber Bridge United, two of our premier division sides.
The game had been postponed twice before Christmas due to the weather but there were no such problems this morning as the conditions were ideal for football and UCLan Sports Arena had done the business with the pitch which had been roped off in anticipation of a decent crowd.
Both managers, Mick Chambers (Bamber Bridge) and Tony Basil (Ribbleton)were happy with their squads, that said, the Bamber Bridge players sent their best wishes to team mate Ben Yates who is in intensive care following recent surgery. Ben was an ever present for the club this season before his operation and I am sure that everyone connected with this league will spare a thought for Ben and wish him well.
As the prize at stake was a semi-final spot in the LFA Sunday Trophy, it was no surprise that the game started at 100 miles an hour and it continued that way until the 11th minute when Ribbleton’s Ritchie Allen was tripped in the penalty area and Liam Allen converted the spot kick. It took until the 40th minute for Ribbleton to double their advantage which came with a nifty header at close range from Sean McElhone.
The longer the game progressed the tighter was Ribbleton’s grip on proceedings and they made their lead emphatic when Ritchie Allen curled a shot into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area on 56 minutes. Now the floodgates opened as Aaron Houghton made it 4-0 on 61 minutes, then Ritchie Allen finished off the move of the game to make it 5-0 on 74 minutes. Ritchie Allen provided the pass for Terry Hampson to get the 6th two minutes later and then Allen completed his hat trick with a solo effort on 80 minutes which just left Fraser Murdoch to complete scoring (8-0) just before full time.
Bamber Bridge manger Mick Chambers was quick to congratulate the Ribbleton lads and wish them will in the semi-final adding, “Well done to Ribbleton, it just wasn’t our day and we have no complaints”. Ribbleton’s manager Tony Basil said, “A lot of hard work has gone into this team and I am delighted with the way my lads responded. He made special mention of the Man-of-the-Match Ritchie Allen and Jack Seaward & Jordan Murdoch.
A word of praise too for the match officials who had to be on their toes this morning, referee Mark Hughes and his Assistants Mark Otto and Peter Fuller handled the game well.
Ashton on Ribble are celebrating their first win in the premier division this season and they did it by inflicting the first defeat of the season on the highly fancied Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs with goals from Scott Shannon and Chris Ward with Chris Bates replying. Hunters & Ingol Rangers move into third spot after beating Theatre Boys 3-0. Arkwrights maintained top spot in division 1 by beating Walton Athletic 6-1 and there were wins for Walton at Gregson Lane Wanderers, Wyresdale Rangers at Warton and AFC Longridge beat Worden Rangers to make it 4 wins on the spin.
With Sir Tom Finney not playing today, AFC Preston took advantage to top division 2 by beating Fishwick Rangers, Kingsfold won at Bamber Bridge Town, Blackpool Town beat Gregson Lane and Waverley Park beat Penwortham Town 3-1. Division 3 leaders Lostock Hall beat Ribble 3-1, Tarleton Corinthians won at BTR Leyland, second placed Ribbleton Wanderers beat BAE Warton, Midgery Court beat Rufford Park Rangers to record their second win of the season and Park United kept up their challenge with a win at Tarleton White.
The second round of the Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy produced wins for Fulwood Amateurs against Southport, Haslingden St Marys against Penwortham St Teresas, Mellor at Layton Lions and Mill Hill at Ribble Wanderers.
The two games in youth division red both end in 1-0 away wins, Bolton County at Coppull United and Padiham at Winstanley Warriors. There were no games in youth division white whilst in youth division blue Tarleton Corinthians and Springfields drew 2-2, BAE Warton won at AC Preston, Fulwood Amateurs won at Astley & Buckshaw, Gregson Lane beat Layton Cavs and Ribbleton won 3-2 at Lostock St Gerards.
Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
Wednesday January 2, 2019
New Year fixtures kick off with a Cracker
Ribbleton (left) and Bamber Bridge United meet at UCLan Sports Arena on Sunday 6 January
The first set of fixtures for 2019 contain an absolute cracker when two of our premier division clubs Ribbleton and Bamber Bridge United meet at UCLan Sports Arena on Sunday 6th January at 11.00am with the winners earning a place in the semi-finals of the LFA Sunday Trophy.
The game has been postponed twice at Bamber Bridge United’s home ground at Withy Grove, Bamber Bridge due to the weather and under LFA rules the tie now switches to Ribbleton’s home ground. The winners will face either Eleven Sports Media FC (Blackpool) or Wigan Warriors, who will also play their twice postponed quarter-final at Blackpool on Sunday 6th January.
Another of our premier division clubs Acregate Lane Labour Club FC are already through to the semi-finals of the LFA Sunday Trophy and they will face Crown Paints FC from the Blackburn Sunday League on a date to be decided by the LFA.
There are also six ties in the Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy scheduled for Sunday 6th January.
Monday December 31, 2018
Welcome to 2019
Our fixtures resume on Sunday 6th January, so fingers crossed for some good weather. Eamonn McNamara.
Our fixtures resume on Sunday 6th January, so fingers crossed for some good weather.
Wednesday December 19, 2018
The League Management Committee wish all club officials, players, referees, supporters and their families a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.
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