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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Rob bags four as Barrow Celtic hit seven against Walney

YET again the amateur football programme was decimated by the weather with only one game being played in the Furness Premier League and only one surviving in The Bay West Lancashire League.

One pitch at Biggar Bank was fit to play on and Walney Island A hosted Barrow Celtic reserves in Division Two.

In a high-scoring game Celtic came from behind to earn a 7-5 victory that took them off the foot of the table.

Celtic showed resilience by twice equalising but Walney went 5-2 ahead before a superb comeback from the Hoops. Rob Johnson enjoyed his day by scoring four goals with Ash Daly, 2, and Danny Mackay also on target.

Jon Harding bagged a hat-trick but still finished on the losing side, while Zac Quayle and Chris Newsham both found the net for Walney.

In the West Lancs Premier Division Crooklands Casuals travelled to Slyne with Hest and were denied a second successive away win thanks to a 94th-minute equaliser.

The final score in this thrilling encounter was 4-4, with Dave Mansergh grabbing a hat trick and Jonathan Jones also on the scoresheet. The Orangemen continued their recent good form and raced into a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes.

Firstly Mansergh beat the offside trap and finished smartly before Jones nodded in at the far post following an excellent save from a Mike Park header.

Slyne pulled a goal back when the Crooklands defence failed to defend a corner. However the two-goal lead was quickly restored when Jones was sent tumbling in the box and Mansergh made no mistake from the spot.

Crooklands were awarded a second penalty late in the half but this time Mansergh’s spot kick was saved by the Slyne goalkeeper.

Slyne began the second period strongly and pulled another goal back when a well worked move opened up the Crooklands defence for perhaps the first time in the game.

Although Slyne were now enjoying large periods of possession Crooklands always looked dangerous on the counter attack, Mike Park had an excellent opportunity to restore the two-goal lead but his shot went agonisingly wide.

The Crooklands defence had soaked up a lot of pressure but a rash Tom Heywood tackle gifted Slyne their equaliser from the spot. Despite losing their two-goal advantage Crooklands showed tremendous character and continued to create chances on the break.

With only five minutes remaining Mansergh completed his hat trick when he cut in from the left and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net. Crooklands could have been forgiven for thinking they had done enough to earn all three points but when a Slyne cross was headed clear deep into injury time an onrushing midfielder let fly and found the top corner from 25 yards.

Although in some ways it felt like a defeat Crooklands can take lots of positives from the game and their recent run of good form continues. The point keeps them 12th in the table and eight points clear of the relegation places.

lCongratulations to Barrow-born Ben Davies on making his professional debut for Preston North End on Saturday. The 17-year-old who has come through the ranks at Deepdale played left-back against Coventry City and had a hand in both goals in a 2-2 draw.

PNE manager Graham Westley was full of praise for the youngster and I’m sure his parents, Gill and Steve, will be very proud. Being an Aston Villa fan Steve certainly needs something to cheer him up at the moment!

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