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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Great start as Dalton hit four

DALTON United started 2013 with an emphatic 4-1 win over Mill Hill St Peters at Railway Meadow in The Bay West Lancashire League Division One.

Thankfully the new year brought better weather than most of 2012 and Paul Bradley’s side went ahead in double quick time.

Goal-scoring machine Gareth Jones scored twice after two and 25 minutes, however the visitors pulled a goal back just before half time to make it 2-1 at the break.

That reply was a minor setback as highly promising young talent Sam Lightfoot scored twice in the second half to wrap up the points for Dalton.

Although Millom and Hawcoat Park both had their games postponed, the majority of matches went ahead.

Furness Rovers’s away day blues continued with a 5-1 defeat at Burscough Richmond where Liam Shields scored the consolation goal.

Ambleside United went down 4-0 at Norcross and Warbreck, who maintained their 100 per cent record in the league.

In Division Two, Walney Island were 2-0 winners at CMB thanks to their strike partnership of Jordan Brough and Matt Lockley.

GSK Ulverston Rangers went 2-0 up at Bolton County but ended up losing 5-2. Johnny Grimes scored both of Rangers’s goals.

The game of the day in Division Two was at Leyland United, where Askam United suffered an agonising last minute defeat. The home side went ahead but Andrew Higginson levelled from the penalty spot. Despite being reduced to 10 men, Leyland managed to find a goal to win 2-1.

Although Hurst Green went top with a 5-0 win at Ladybridge, Bolton County and Leyland are both looking strong.

Of the Premier Division sides, only Crooklands Casuals played. Although they were not embarrassed, Cassies lost 2-0 at home to Longridge Town.

Vickerstown set off to play Blackpool Wren Rovers but got as far as Dalton before finding out that the game was off as the hosts did not have any running water. Quite ironic given how wet it has been!

Holker Old Boys’s hopes of a fresh start in 2013 were dealt a blow as they went down 2-0 at home to Irlam in the North West Counties Division One.

The Rakesmoor Lane outfit had an opportunity to take the lead inside 30 seconds when Nathan Reid had a run on goal. The young full-back struck the ball well from the left-hand angle of the 18yd area but the Irlam keeper acrobatically turned the ball round his right hand upright to deny him.

Holker kept surging forward looking for the opener, with a Glen Warburton dipping volley just clearing the bar and Glenn Capstick sent a free header from a Hubbold corner wide of the right hand post.

Irlam went ahead in the 51st minute adding a second goal just before the final whistle.

The only saving virtue from the results on the day is that Holker are no longer bottom as Eccleshall’s 7-1 home defeat by Formby gives them a poorer goal difference and sends them to the foot of the table. Holker visit high-flying Ashton Town next Saturday.

In the Furness Premier League, only one game was lost to the weather– the Travis Perkins Furness Senior Cup tie between Britannia and GSK Ulverston Rangers reserves.

The tie was planned for Holker’s bottom pitch, but despite being moved to Priory Road it was still postponed.

Four ties went ahead and three sides who were drawn away progressed through to the next round, although Vickerstown reserves ended up playing Swarthmoor Social at home instead of at Park Road. Goals from Gav Butler and Sean Paterson earned a 2-0 win for Steve Brennan’s side.

Barrow Wanderers reserves were comfortable winners against Walney Island reserves at Biggar Bank. Wanderers’ scorers were Tom Walmsley (2), Andrew Whiteford (2), Craig McIlvogue (2), Andrew Hainey and Owen Burns, with James Burns and Jon Paul Friend on target for Walney.

Askam United reserves pulled off a shock at Newby Terrace by beating Barrow Celtic 3-2. Scorers for Askam were Joe Braund-Smith, Brad Jackson and Simon Thompson, while Cameron Fawcett and Gareth Williams scored for the home side.

The only home victors were Furness Cavaliers reserves, who beat Kirkby United 4-2 thanks to Matt Hargreaves who, on his return from a brief spell at Barrow Wanderers, scored all four goals before going off with cramp after an hour. After Cavs went 2-0 ahead, Dave Regan scored an exquisite free-kick to pull a goal back, but Hargreaves struck twice more before Mike Code made the final score 4-2.

Haverigg United took advantage of Vickerstown being in cup action to go top of the Rifleman’s Garage Premier Division by beating Dalton United reserves 4-0. Scorers were John Chmeil (2), Drew Postlethwaite and Craig Robinson. Top of the form guide are Hawcoat Park reserves, who won for third game in succession by beating Millom reserves 5-0. Scorers were Ryan Brown (2), Jon Paul Stanway, Ryan Magtoto and George Balm.

Crooklands Casuals went down 4-3 again (they lost by the same scoreline at Kirkby before Christmas) against Furness Rovers reserves. Andrew Oxley and Andrew Currie both bagged braces for Rovers, with Paul Southward scoring twice for Cassies seconds. Scott Smith scored the other goal but Adam Cain will be rueing a last-minute chance that went begging which could have earned a point.

Bootle and Holker Old Boys reserves shared the points from a 2-2 draw. Reece Fretwell and Steven Pritt scored for Bootle, with Brandon Haughin getting both for Holker.

Barrow Island remain well clear at the top of Premier Tiles Division One after a 3-1 win over Dalton United A. Phil Kyle, Tony Miller and Gareth Armstrong scored for the leaders, while Matt Theobold replied for Dalton.

A double from Arron Aston was the difference between Swarthmoor Social reserves and Millom A as their game finished 2-0, while Vickerstown A and Holker Old Boys a drew 1-1. Elliott Maxfield scored for Holker.

In Division Two, the best result of the day was at Hawcoat Park, where injuries and illness meant a stronger A-team than normal were 8-0 winners over Walney Island A. Carl Mackay and Jack Pedley both scored hat-tricks, with Martin Paterson and Kev Murphy also on the scoresheet.

Barrow Wanderers A beat Barrow Celtic reserves 5-1 at Ormsgill with goals from Ben Johnson (2), Wayne Waterson (2) and Paul Martin. Rob Johnson replied for Celtic.

A solitary goal from Kevin Hartley was enough to earn the points for Bootle reserves against Askam United A.

Have your say

The 1st team need a player or 11 to save their season. they are shocking this year. Shame to see a decent promotion pushing side from a few years back deteriorate to this now.

Posted by A local Fanx2 on 11 January 2013 at 10:18

Just give Hargreaves a sniff of goal and its in. Just hope the Cavs boss doesnt waste him at the back.

Posted by Ned Morris on 10 January 2013 at 13:32

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