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United back on winning trail as Saint Mary's go goal crazy

FOOTBALL: AFTER two consecutive draws, OSWALDWISTLE UNITED got back to winning ways with a comfortable 8-1 victory over Globe in a Hyndburn derby.

AFTER two consecutive draws, OSWALDWISTLE UNITED got back to winning ways with a comfortable 8-1 victory over Globe in a Hyndburn derby. United took a 2-0 half-timelead through Turnbull and McGrath. A Treen hat-trick within seven minutes of the restart made it 5-0.

Centre forward Bellusci added another with Hargreaves concluding the scoring by netting twice late on. Globe managed a late consolation goal from a Smalley header. Ossy's Burton was given the ref's man-of-the-match award.

United's Under-16 Soreen Youth Cup Final against Springfields will be played at the County Ground, Thurston Road, Leyland, on Monday 31 March, kick-off 7.30pm.

  • GREAT Harwood Rovers Under-Nine Tigers lost out 3-2 in a close-fought game against Akzo. Man of the match Ryan Hoyle and Carl Smith scored a goal apiece but Tigers were unable to hold on and lost ground in the championship challenge.

Rovers Under-10 Tigers also faced a battle to remain in title contention but could only manage a draw against St Joseph's despite sterling efforts from MOTM Andrew Bower and a goal from Joe Birtwell.

The Under-Eight Panthers put on a dazzling display to beat Haslingden 3-1, Chris Whittaker scoring twice while there was also a goal from MOTM Jamie Taylor.

The Under-13 Boys progressed through to the next round of the cup, beating a nine-man Rossendale United 4-1. Ben Lysons, Jamie Taylor and Danny Groggins (2) were the scorers, Andy Parkinson in defence was named MOTM.

The Rovers beat Blue Star 7-1 at home in the cup, Jonathan Seal giving a match-winning performance to score twice himself and set up several of the other goals from Scott Noon (2), Ashley Hall (2) and Matt Howard.

Rovers Under-14's also secured a place in the next round of the cup when they beat Langho 5-1. Jordan Marsden hit a hat-trick and there was a goal each for Mark Campbell and Scott Wilkinson. Jamie Ball was manager's MOTM.

  • HUNCOAT United Under-Eights won 7-0 away to Barnoldswick Park Rovers to remain top of the table. Man of the Match Josh Roberts scored twice, Callum Carter hit a hat-trick and there was a goal apiece for Joe McDermott and Liam Grimshaw.

United Under-Nine's beat Brierfield Celtic Blue 3-1 in the semi-final of the North Valley Friendly League Cup. Huncoat came close to scoring with good chances from both Jake Crabtree and Jack Dobson. A few moments later Huncoat went one up when Crabtree fired home from a well taken corner.

Early in the second half Jack Martiny-Schofield made it two with a volley into the roof of the net. More Huncoat pressure saw Andy Eaton and Jack Dobson go close before MOTM Eaton made the score 3-0.

Brierfield then put Huncoat under pressure with goalkeeper Brynley Hargreaves making two good saves and Matthew Fearon clearing off the goal line, before another scramble saw Brierfield pull a goal back. The Final will be against Pendle Forest towards the end of the season.

The Under-14's beat AC Nelson 2-1, all the goals coming in the first half. Daniel Pilkington and Richard Whitehead were the Huncoat scorers. On Sunday, the Under-14's went down to a rare defeat, 3-2 against Borrowdale United, Danny Pilkington and Paul Banks the scorers as United somehow contrived to lose despite their dominance.

  • OSSY RANGERS Under-10's eventually beat Accoutre Yellow 3 - 2 in a very close match. Josh Brown scored twice only for Accoutre to equalise each time, but the winner eventually came from Conor Lowes four minutes from the end. Jack Cook got the referee's Man of the Match award, his sixth of the season, for his tireless running and the fact that he dominated the midfield.
  • OSWALDTWISTLE ST MARY'S Under Eight's beat Darwen Rangers 11-2 at Witton Park. Harvey Aspin fired home from close range then added another shortly afterwards. Ross Gilrane added two quick goals, Dan Leach contributed a fifth then Curtis Irwin scored his first of the season. Harvey Aspin claimed two more, one from inside his own half to make it 8-0 at half time.

In the second half the team was changed around to give everyone a game. Darwen scored two early goals but Sam Griffin, who had played in goal for the first half, notched a hat trick. With only a couple of minutes to go Darwen were awarded a penalty, which was well saved by Saul Hayden.

  • KNUZDEN Youth Under-16's finally overcame a spirited Globe by 3-0 at Bullough Park. Gordon McKay scored with a stunning 25-yard free-kick and there were goals for Adam Williamson and manager's MOTM midfielder Ben Hopkinson, who was outstanding. They then beat Clitheroe Wolves 3-0 at Highmoor in a game that wasn't played in the best of spirits. Matt O'Boyle, Robert Douthwaite and captain Sam Morris scored while the outstanding Karl McPhee earned two MOTM awards.

The Under-15's continued a fine unbeaten run with a 6-0 win over Park Lane Rangers despite the handicap of having only 10 men. Liam McMillan and Dale Bullen scored two apiece while there was one for Steve Berko as an own-goal completed the rout.

The Under-11's paid for some first-half profligacy when they lost 4-2 to champions-elect Accoutre. Ricky McGrew and Jamie McKay, who had a fine game, scored after the break but it was too much of a mountain to climb.


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