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Whinney Hill's ups and downs

DETAILS of a mixed day for Whinney Hill Football Club - plus other local football news ...

REUNITED: Whinney Hill players past and present meet up
REUNITED: Whinney Hill players past and present meet up

IT WAS a mixed day for Whinney Hill Football Club.

Their current team slipped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at bottom placed Springfields after a strangely lethargic performance in the West Lancashire League. After a goalless first half, Sean Bursnell opened the scoring just after the break.

The home side responded well and took advantage of Hill's lack of concentration and deservedly scored twice to earn an unexpected victory. However, they managed to lift themselves for the club's 40th anniversary party which was held at Poplar WMC on Saturday night.

More than 250 past and present players and their partners enjoyed a nostaligic evening while being entertained by the "Accy Rockers".

CHURCH TOWN FC: They beat Clayton-le-Moors by a staggering 13-2 to secure promotion from the Harry Dewhurst Sunday Memorial League Third Division. Not only were they celebrating promotion but striker Lee Best broke the club's five-year-old record of goals scored in a game when he bagged five. The previous record was four set by James Murray who had the agony of having to watch his record disappear from between the sticks - he was goalie because of an injury to the first choice keeper! Also on the scoresheet where James Grubb (3), Mark Hinksman (2), Lee Heywood, Mark Brandon and Gary Ball. Church Town have played 13 games so far this season and won 11.

HUNCOAT UNITED: It turned out lucky 13 for the Under 9s who defeated Roefield Leisure Juniors 13-0 in the Accrington JFL on Saturday. Joe McDermot scored five, Josh Roberts and Jack Jackstone netted two each with Harris Ali, Oliver Crabtree, Mat Dickenson and Seb van Noortwisk scoring the others. Refs MOTM: Harris Ali. On Sunday, in the North Valley League, the Under 9s celebrated a 4-1 win over Barnoldswick Town. The first goal came from Josh Roberts and Harris Ali notched the second. Jack Johnstone scored the other two. The Unders 16s enjoyed a 9-2 win over AC Blackburn on Saturday. Ref's MOTM Danny King scored a hat-trick, Danny Brady chipped in with two and one each from Ricky Whittaker, Matt Hindle, Martin Parkes and Ian Potianinyk. On Sunday, they won 3-0 against Lammack with Graeme Sneddon, Levi Hickey and Darren McKenzie on the scoresheet. The Under 10s fought back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 - but they could have won by a bigger margin as they hit the woodwork five times against Lammack on Saturday. On target were Jamie Bates and Ref's MOTM Jack Dobson. The Under 10s Blue came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Barnoldswick Town on Sunday. The scorers were Ashley Whittaker and Liam Hindle and both Callum Thomas and Jack Brahim won a joint MOTM award. The Under 10s Blues are hoping to attract more players. Anyone interested should contact Simon Bray on 231735 or John Spencer on 301544. The Under 10s Red made if 15 wins out of 15 with a 5-0 win over Barnoldswick Barons. The goals came from Luke Broadhurst, who scored two, his twin brother Carl scored one as did Brynley Hargreaves and Jack Dobson. The Under 15s meanwhile ran out 3-1 winners over Clitheroe Wolves to remain top of the league. The goals came from Richard Whitehead, Gary Bowker and Ryan Blackburn.

OSWALDTWISTLE JUNIORS: The Under 10s Blue lost 2-1 at Rishton despite leading at half-time through a Matt Challener free kick. MOTM: Danny Duggan. The Under 10s Red lost 3-0 to Borrowdale. MOTM was keeper Matthew Moore who kept the score to 1-0 until Borrowdale scored two late goals. The Under 12s drew 2-2 with Knuzden Juniors with Danny Dwyer outstanding in goal for Ossy. Ref's MOTM was captain Danny Metcalf, who scored one goal, and the other goal came from Luke Gilrane. The Under 13s lost 6-0 to Colne Clarets but it was a spirited performance against the league leaders. The Under 15s celebrated a 2-1 victory over Clitheroe Wolves with Lee Rowthorn scoring both. Ref's MOTM: Scott Wilkinson. 300 Club: Winner: 19; 2nd: 185

KNUZDEN YOUTH: The Under 12s drew 2-2 with Ossy Juniors in the VMI Accrington and District League. Knuzden's goals came from Ricky McGrew and a late equaliser from Jamie McKay. MOTM: Captain Aaron Peacock while referee's MOTM was Danny Cruickshank. The Under 13s won 4-2 against Clitheroe Wolves. Leading goalscorer and referee's MOTM Ash Watson grabbed two more to go over 30 for the season. Other goals went to Adam Forshaw and Tom Archer. The Under 16s chance of silverware this season in the VMI Accrington and District League is fast disappearing after another defeat. They lost 3-2 to Primetime although Lee Jones scored twice. The senior side moved into the quarter-finals of the Rose Bowl Cup in the Blackburn Sunday League after an 8-1 defeat of Punchbowl. Ryan Hoyle scored four goals, Danny Gorton, Ryan Walsh, Anthony Green and an own goal made it eight. The Under 17s had an open date in the Red Rose Assurance Blackburn Youth League. This Sunday, they entertain Brierfield Celtic at Pleckgate (ko 2pm).

OSWALDTWISTLE ST MARY'S: The first team drew 1-1 at Hirst Green. Saints took the lead in the second half through Simon Ross after good work from MOTM Chris Rushton but they conceded a late equaliser. The reserve team slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Peel Park. They had gone 1-up though Lee Cook but conceded three after the break. Following last week's 3-0 win over JFC with goals from Sam Griffin and Harvey Aspin (2), the Under 9s were held to a goalless draw with Lammack Juniors. Saints hit the post twice and missed a penalty. And they were indebted to keeper James Leech who made an outstanding save with just minutes remaining. The Under 8s won 4-2 against Accoutre with MOTM Liam Oldale scoring a hat-trick and Connor Potter grabbed the other. The Under 7s beat Mellor 4-3 with Daniel Robinson (2), Thomas Price and MOTM Dominic Meadowcroft scoring.

OSWALDTWISTLE VILLA: The Under 15s knocked Rossendale United off the top of the VMI Accrington League with a 3-2 against United on Saturday. Carl Stephenson scored two and Zak Collinge the others. On Sunday, they defeated Akzo Nobel B 10-2 in the Hyndburn and District League. Danny Pilkington scored five, Carl Stephenson three, Danny Pearce and James Thomas the others.

GREAT HARWOOD ROVERS: The Under 9s celebrated a 1-0 win over Blue Star with Kegan Nixon scoring the goal. The Under 9s Tigers lost 3-0 to Accoutre, with Tommy Sharples of Accoutre the MOTM. The Under 9s Panthers defeated Clitheroe Wolves 5-0 to keep them at the top of the table. Two goals from MOTM Jordan Knott, one from Matthew Feeley , one from Luke Badger and one from Jamie Taylor. After a week's rest, the senior side lost 4-2 to Churchtown, scorers MOTM Steven Scurlock and one from the penalty spot by Steven Marsden.


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