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Sunday October 7, 2018
Southport & Ainsdale take control in the premier division.

Hunters & Ingol Rangers (blue) v Southport & Ainsdale A - Premier Division

Springfields (stripes) v Ashton on Ribble - Premier Division

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The much awaited clash between Hunters & Ingol Rangers (HIR) and Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs (SAA) took place at the UCLan Sports Arena this morning and the SAA took the points with a 1-0 victory.

Not only do these two clubs have the longest names in the league but they also have two excellent squads. SAA won the LFA Sunday Trophy in 2017 playing in the Southport Sunday League and they joined our league in August 2017. Their pedigree was such that the decision was taken to enter them in division 1 which they promptly won without losing a game. Their only domestic reverse came in their debut game when they lost to Vernon Sports in the Challenge Cup, but they made up for that by going on to win the Presidents Cup.

HIR are an amalgamation of Hunters and Ingol Rangers who both played in the premier division last season with Hunters winning the league for the second successive season and completing the double by winning the Challenge Cup. Hunters form was such that one had to go back to 25 September 2016 for their last defeat in the league when Acregate Lane LC beat them 2-1.

The game was decided by a solitary goal in the 20th minute, scored by Ben Andrews from Richard Wincer’s precise pass but that only told a fraction of the story. SAA certainly had the better of the first half and their high pressing game was causing plenty of problems for the HIR defence. That said HIR did have a chance to level matters, but Damian Green’s header rattled the crossbar and went wide. The second period was a mirror of the first but this time it was HIR who were doing the pressing, they had plenty of possession but were unable to breakdown a well organised and resolute SAA defence.

Those watching the game, and there were plenty at the Arena, cannot fail to have been impressed by these two sides who gave everything for their cause in a game that needed an experienced referee in Mark Hughes who cautioned just two players, one from each side, in a five minute spell before half time. This had the desired effect of calming things down and Mark had excellent support from his Assistants Martin Thomas and Courtney Hughes.

SAA secretary Tony Alty, who took charge of the team today in Gareth Jones’ absence said, “That was an excellent game between two good sides, played in the right spirit”. HIR boss Dixie Dawson had no complaints “They scored and we didn’t and that was the difference, but we will regroup and start again next week”.

Acregate Lane suffered their first reverse of the season losing 3-1 to a resurgent AFC Ingol, Tanterton had a comfortable win over a depleted Tulketh United, Springfields and Ashton on Ribble drew 2-2 whilst Theatre Boys and Bamber Bridge United drew 3-3.

Walton won the big game in division 1 beating Arkwrights 4-1, Sir Tom Finney maintained their 100% record with a 6-2 win at Leyland Orient and division 3 leaders Lostock Hall won 5-2 at BAE Warton.

Padiham (youth red) storm into the third round of the LFA U18s Youth Cup after a thumping 9-1 win against Ashton Athletic’s U17s. The leaders of the three youth divisions have all played four and won four, Fulwood Amateurs beat Mill Hill to lead in youth division red, Cadley beat Poulton 5-1 in youth division white and BAE Warton won at Gregson Lane in youth division blue.

Clubs are reminded that there is a League Meeting tomorrow, Monday 08 October and ALL clubs must be represented.

Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.


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The following clubs have donated kits and equipment to our Uganda Appeal where they will be gratefully received by the local footballers;

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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.

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