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WHINNEY HILL: Hill lost 3-1 to Euston Villa - their fifth consecutive defeat. Hill's Noel Grimshaw opened the scoring on 15 minutes but the home side equalised just before half-time and then took control as the Hill players began to tire in the second half. The reserve team recorded their first win of the season - a comfortable 5-1 victory over Kirkham and Wesham. Ashworth scored three, Golding and Byron the others.

BAXENDEN VILLA: The Under 11s lost 2-0 against Accoutre Yellow. Supporters' and referee's MOTM Daniel Savage made some excellent saves and Andrew Bridge hit the bar. Manager's MOTM was Ben Swindells. The Under 12s lost 2-1 against Ossy Juniors. Matthew Little scored but the Baxenden lads were generally second best. Defender Michael Eaton won the supporters' MOTM with Oliver Prestage winning the manager's award. Jordan Lund took the referee's vote for a skilful display on the left of midfield. The Under 14s continued their good form with a 6-1 win against St Josephs. Arron McCarthy led the way with four goals and won the referee's MOTM award. Manager's MOTM Toby Bulcock added another with Gary Micallef completing the scoring. Pat Larder won the supporters' MOTM award.

KNUZDEN YOUTH: The Under 12s lost 3-1 to St Josephs in the VMI Accrington Junior League. Knuzden's goal came from MOTM Jamie McKay. The Under 17s drew 3-3 with Great Harwood Rovers in the Red Rose Assurance Blackburn Youth League. Knuzden came back from 3-1 down. Goalscorers were Gordon McKay, a Sam Morris penalty and one to leading scorer Anthony Beddows. Knuzden's MOTM was Kirk Smithson. The Senior side looked to be coasting, 3-1 up against Old Toll Bar in their top of the table clash in the Blackburn Sunday League Division One. But Toll Bar came back strongly to win 4-3. Knuzden's goals went to Christian Clarkson and two to Ryan Walsh. Both the Under 13s and Under 16s lost ground in the VMI Junior League after suffering defeats.

HUNCOAT UNITED: The Under 9s won 5-0 on Saturday in the Accrington and District Junior Football League, defeating Akzo Juniors. Huncoat are now second in the league with a game in hand. Seb van Noortwistk opened the scoring, soon after Josh Roberts made it 2-0 at half-time. Huncoat scored another three goals through Roberts. Refs MOTM: Harris Ali. On Sunday the Under 9s beat Barnoldswick Barons by the same scoreline - 5-0. Ali opened the scoring and Thomas Shaw made it 2-0. In the second half, Roberts scored two goals and Jack Johnstone got the fifth. MOTM: Daniel Smith. The Under 14s beat Wilpshire Wanderers 9-0. They were 5-0 up at half-time, Davy O'Meara scored a hat-trick while there were two each from John Spencer, John Leyland and Phil Henderson. MOTM: Haroun Hussein. The Under 16s were trailing Knuzden 3-1 at half-time but they played out of their skins in the second half, achieving a 6-3 win. A hat-trick from MOTM Ian Potiatinyk, two from Martin Parkes and one from Anthony Spencer. The Under 15s won 2-0 against Brierfield Celtic with goals from Nick Hewison and Gary Bowker. The Under 10s were 1-0 down with three minutes to go but came back to win 2-1. Scorers: Saul Tootle, Martyn Hesketh, MOTM Andy Eaton. The Under 10 Blue won 3-2 against Barnoldswick Barons Blue. Scorers were Ashley Whittaker, Alex Richards and Liam Hindle. And the Under 8s won 4-1 at Haslingden Juniors. Jordan Bury scored a hat-trick plus one from Dalton Catterall. MOTM: Kamran Khan.

OSWALDTWISTLE JUNIORS: The Under 10s Blue won 7-0 against Ossy Red to keep them at the top of the league. Goals came from Lewis Ledger (4) and MOTM Matthew Challoner. The Under 12s won 2-1 against Baxenden Villa. Nathan Longworth scored a superb goal with Danny Dwyer and Danny Stokes starring. The Under 13s lost 8-0 to Accoutre. MOTM: Sam Morris.

GREAT HARWOOD ROVERS: The U8s Panthers enjoyed a deserved win over Pendle Forest. A hat trick from Niall Malone, a goal from Alex Rawcliffe and one from MOTM Brad Davies. The U8s Tigers reached the semi final of the cup with a 4-1 win over Lammack, two goals from Kegan Nixon and one each for Haydon Moorcroft and Lewis Thompson. The U9s Tigers lost 2-1 to Darwen Rangers, Luke Kenyon grabbing a consolation goal. The U9s Rovers won 7-0 against Ossy Jnrs with a hat trick from Jordan Knott, two goals from Chris Whitaker and one from MOTM Matthew Feely and an own goal. The U11s won 2-0 against Huncoat, scoring both in the second half from MOTM Luke Parker and Greg Croasdale. The U11s B won 4-2 against Accoutre, two goals from Jordan Allen and an own goal in the first half, with Ryan Bentley getting one in the second, Chris Hindle got MOTM.

OSWALDTWISTLE ST MARYS: They lost 3-1 to Colne United. Sam Griffin missed a penalty in the first half before an own goal by Paul Bury gave Colne the lead. Griffin equalised before Colne again took the lead from the penalty spot. Saints had Lee Walsh sent off for a second yellow card and Colne broke to score a third. The Under 9s defeated Haslingden Yellow 5-1. Ross Gilrane (2), Harvey Aspin, Aaron Landsberger and MOTM Alex Kelly were on target. The Under 8s lost with the last kick of the game against Mellor Yellow. Goals from Jordan Whitehead and Patrick Williamson made it 2-2 before the late loss. The Under 7s beat Blue Star 12-2 with Daniel Robinson scoring six, Jack Taylor (four), and goals from James Kelly and Dominic Meadowcroft completed the rout.

OSWALDTWISTLE VILLA: The Under 15s drew 2-2 in the Accrington and Boys District League against Junior Clarets Blue on Saturday. Michael Doody and Danny Morris scored. In Sunday's McDonalds Hyndburn and District League, they again drew 2-2 this time against Rossendale United. Vinny Cirino and James Thomas were on target.

GRIFFINS HEAD: They secured promotion after a 6-5 victory over Stanley OB on Sunday. Griffin trailed 5-2 but came back to grab the points. Sub and player manager Jon Haworth scored a hat-trick, Rob Addison (2) and Chris Nolan got the other.


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