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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Vickerstown pay high price for missed chances

VICKERSTOWN lost 3-0 at home to Euxton Villa in the Sports 360 West Lancs Premier Division – but the performance was not as bad as the result suggests.

Town had a couple of very good chances which they didn’t take, whereas the visitors were clinical with the chances that came their way, scoring all three goals in the first half.

Dave Round snr and Stan Casey will have to try and instill some confidence into their side ahead of the visit of league leaders Charnock Richard this Saturday.

There was a local derby at the Training Pitch where Furness Rovers and Hawcoat Park played out a tense game with both sides still looking to ensure their Division One status.

Rovers were under-strength with several players on a stag weekend but it took a Craig Salton goal to give Hawcoat a valuable 1-0 win. The sides meet again this week at Hawcoat.

At the top end of the table Dalton United gained a massive victory over Norcross & Warbreck thanks to a 75th-minute goal from Gareth Jones. Crooklands Casuals registered their fifth straight league win with a 3-1 home victory against Lytham Town. All the games’ goals were scored in the first half, with player manager Jonny Lowes opening the scoring for Cassies but Lytham quickly equalised.

A brace from Dave Mansergh before half-time gave Crooklands a two-goal cushion that Lytham couldn’t pull back in the second half.

Longridge Town are looking good for the title with the two Dalton-based sides fighting for the second promotion place, along with Norcross and Warbreck.

Millom couldn’t continue their cup success as they lost 3-0 at Turton in the Presidents Cup.

Ambleside United moved closer to the Division Two title with a 6-0 win over GSK Ulverston Rangers.

Rangers hit the woodwork early on and Ambleside didn’t go ahead until just before half-time through Matt Parkinson. Rob Wilson made it 2-0 with 20 minutes left and the floodgates then opened with David Ramsey adding the third and Michael Baron scoring a quick-fire hat-trick.

Furness Cavaliers lost 3-2 at Ladybridge having been 3-0 down. Second-half goals from Steve Morgan and Jordan Chubb weren’t enough to earn a point that their display deserved. Walney Island lost 1-0 at home to Bolton County and stay bottom of the table.

Swarthmoor Social gained another point in the Baines Bagguley North Lancs Premier Division, but are still adrift at the foot of the table. They drew 1-1 at Ingleton with a goal from Graham Wilcox. Their reserves continue to impress after a 2-1 win in the Travis Perkins Furness Junior Cup against Askam United reserves. Scorers were Dean Leech and Ben Mooney, with Sam Dowsett replying for Askam.

In the North West Counties First Division, Holker Old Boys got back to winning ways at Flixton against Northwich Villa. They came back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 thanks to a goal from Billy Moss just before half-time and a second half hat-trick from Dave Swarbrick.

The title race in the Riflemans Garage Furness Premier League Premier Division took another twist as in-form Crooklands Casuals Reserves drew 1-1 at leaders Barrow Wanderers.

Wanderers led through Rob Loughran but Ben Harvey equalised for Cassies. Bootle closed the gap at the top by winning 4-2 at Barrow Celtic. Graham Hartley and Brian Dawson both scored twice with Chris Malone and Ash Daly on target for Celtic.

Haverigg United won 2-1 at Hawcoat Park reserves as did Vickerstown reserves at Holker Old Boys reserves. John Chmiel scored both goals for Haverigg with Tony Gooding scoring for Hawcoat, while at Rakesmoor first half goals from Andrew Hammond and Mark Treen got Vickerstown reserves back to winning ways.

In Premier Tiles Division One Britannia moved closer to the title with a 5-0 win over Dalton United A. They led 2-0 at half-time through Dale Cleece and Lee Jackson.

Dalton worked hard but there were further goals in the second half from Cleece and Jackson with Liam Holmes completing the scoring. Paul Dennison was excellent in midfield for the Brit.

Barrow Wanderers reserves kept up the pressure with a 4-2 win over Furness Cavaliers reserves. Jake Marston gave Cavs an early lead but Dean Crossman and Ben Johnson gave Wanderers a half-time lead. Marston scored again to level the scores but an unfortunate own goal from Gareth Brown and a goal direct from a corner by Callum Treen earned Wanderers the win.

Barrow Island’s title hopes ended with a 5-3 defeat against Millom A. Millom’s scorers were Chris Wood (2), Stuart Smith, Jordan Thompson and Mike Plews, with Phil Kyle, John Huitson and Gareth Armstrong scoring for Island.

Holker Old Boys A won 5-1 against Vickerstown A with goals from Tom Rutherford, Adam Hunter, Scott Bowes, Jonny Fittes and Marc McAloone. Richard Bell replied for Vickerstown.

In Division Two, GSK Ulverston Rangers reserves beat Walney Island A 6-0 to stay top of the table. Scorers were Steve Errington (2), Martin Bowd, Harry Fleming, Paul Hartley and Joel Lackey. They face Swarthmoor at Glaxo in a potentially title deciding game on Saturday.

Haverigg United reserves are still second after a 3-1 win over Furness Rovers A. Lee Postlethwaite, Chris McQuire and Alan Craghill scored for Haverigg while Adam Turner scored for Rovers.

At the bottom end of the table Kirkby United reserves had a big win over Barrow Celtic reserves. Dave Regan scored four, Tom Harrison two and Scott Watkinson the other in a 7-1 win, with Gary Duke notching Celtic’s consolation.

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