Millom CC hope to keep their nerve on the brink of double

8 September 2017 9:11AM

MILLOM CC stand on the brink of a league and cup double going into tomorrow’s final round of fixtures.

Ian Swarbrick’s side lead the North Lancs and Cumbria League Division One table ahead of their away game at Vickerstown.

The St George’s Road club are three points ahead of Whitehaven who head to Haverigg, where they will aim to take winning points and hope Millom are swept off course on Walney Island.

Things could get tense at Rainey Park and Poolside as the day progresses, but at least Swarbrick’s men know that if they beat Vickerstown they will be crowned champions.

Millom’s fate is in their own hands to a large degree – although with outbreaks of rain forecast during the day, the weather could play a part in determining where the trophy ends up.

Let’s hope rain does not ruin the day as Millom strive to emulate their double success of 2014 by following up their Sowerby Cup final victory over Haverigg and lifting the Division One trophy.

Skipper Swarbrick expects a tough test at Rainey Park, saying: "We are just hoping we get a game in and don't get hit by the weather. It will be a tricky one, it always is at Vickerstown. Gareth Benson will have them fired up.

"Everyone is back off holidays now so we've got a full-strength side for a change.

"We know that if we win, we win the league. We're looking forward to it, it would be nice to do the do the double again."

Unfortunately, the weather did intervene in Furness’s bid to wrestle the Premier Division crown from Workington’s grasp.

Scott Pearcey’s side have been hit by wet weather six times, with rained-off games effectively ending their hopes of catching Workington, who made sure of retaining their title with victory over Keswick last weekend.

Fair play to Workington, who, like Furness, are an excellent team and no-one can begrudge them a second successive title.

It is just a shame tomorrow’s head-to-head between the top two at the Ernest Valentine Memorial Ground will not be the gripping title decider it promised to be for much of the summer.

At least Furness can take solace from the fact they won the County Cup and South Cumbria Twenty20 competitions, and Sam Stephens’ second string are guaranteed a Marsden Cup-Division Two double.

Chris Moore’s Vigodny Cup-winning Lindal A side are also hoping for a double-winning season. But lying seven points behind Whitehaven A going into the final match, Moor need to win at Egremont and pray for a massive favour from Haverigg, who take on the leaders.

Barrow have had a tough time in the Northern League this year, with both first and second teams at the wrong end of their respective divisions.

But while first-team skipper Toby Mowat will probably be glad to see the back of the league campaign – which ends against Morecambe tomorrow – the Ernest Pass side do have a chance of claiming some silverware.

Mowat’s men head to the Stanning Memorial Ground on Sunday to take on Leyland in the Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery Trophy final, a match which was rained off last weekend.

Barrow hammered Morecambe in the last four to reach the final, and although in-form Leyland have home advantage and will start as favourites, Mowat’s men have the experience and talent to cause an upset and end the year on a real high.

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