JUNIOR FOOTBALL ROUND-UP: GOALKEEPER Amber Louise Khan is a top stopper - and has been being selected for Blackburn Rovers Centre of Excellence.
The 11-year-old Mount Carmel pupil went through gruelling trials for the Under 12s team - and impressed.
Amber has been part of Accrington Girls and Ladies since she was five-years-old.
But her primary school teacher, Mrs Ashworth from St Oswalds, decided to take it one step further and put her forward for trials at Ewood Park last year. She was successful and played as goalkeeper for the Under 11s side and then had to have trials again this year.
And Amber once again showed what she can do and will now play for the Blackburn Under 12s team.
Amber hopes to be a successful ladies footballer. She trains twice a week and either plays against another Centre of Excellence on Saturdays or trains again.
CHURCH: The Under 11s lost 7-0 against a strong Wilpshire side in their second game of the season. Church’s only real chance of the match fell to Aurie De Carteret who hit the post. Referee’s MOTM was Zack Leigh. However, they bounced back with their second win of the season defeating Huncoat United 2-1. Josh Graham scored the first - his fourth goal in three matches. New signing Sam Tonge poked one in after some good work by full back Ryan Savage. Huncoat grabbed a consolation after some sloppy defending. Referee’s MOTM was Kaleb Haq and Managers MOM was Josh Graham. Then bouyant after two wins in their opening three matches, Church entertained Rossendale Valley Red minus three key players. They battled well and had some half chances early on but didn’t make them count. Rossendale scored a goal in each half to end 2-0 winners. Referee’s MOTM for was Tomas Smith.
OSSY RANGERS: The Under nines lost 3-2 despite a MOTM performance and a goal from Alfie Cook. Niall Lathom scored the other. The Under 13s fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Blackburn Warriors. Sam Cook was named opposition MOTM. The Under 14s drew 3-3 against Rossendale Valley with a goal each from Chris Seddon, Jack Simpson and Joe Leeming. Robert English was MOTM.
HUNCOAT UNITED: The Under nines were 3-1 winners over Mill Hill Blue and the Under 10s won 2-0 against Wilpshire Wanderers on Saturday. The Under 10s Allstars were 3-1 victors over Mellor with goals from Lloyd Losardo, Callum Savage and Kean De Gouveia. The Under 10 Badgers put six past Clitheroe Wolves in their 6-1 win with MOTM Max Verlander. The Under 11s lost 2-1 to Church while the Under 12s celebrated a 10-0 win over Church on Wednesday and then lost 6-4 to Barrowford Celtic on Saturday. Sunday's Under 12s continued their great start of the season, beating Great Harwood United 1-0. Matthew Lord scored the only goal while Daniel Armstrong was MOTM. The Under 13s won their first piece of silverware in the form of the ADJFL 50th Anniversary Tournament Consolation Cup. The beat St Josephs in the semi-final and the final against Langho was won via a tense penalty shoot out. Huncoat’s Under 14s lost 3-1 to Crown Paints on Sunday while the Under 15s were 7-1 winners over Rishton United. MOTM was Luke Broadhurst while the goalscorers were Elliott Neil (two) Gregg Shutt (three) and Kyle Yates and Andy Webster who got one each. The Under 15s then drew 2-2 with St Josephs with goalscorers Kyle Yates and Jacob Johnson and MOTM Bradley Cole. And finally they put eight past Borrowdale United with MOTM Jacob Johnson. Goalscorers were Gregg Shutt (three), Andy Webster (two) Jake Whitehead (two) and Bradley Cole. The Under 16s lost 2-1 to Pendle Forest.
GREYHOUND FORD: The Under 10s lost 7-0 to last year’s league winners Mill Hill United but can take positives from their show. The manager’s MOTM was Cameron Rennox.
RISHTON UNITED: In the Accrington and District League, the Under nines won their first points of the season with a 1-0 win at Wilpshire. The Under 10s were beaten by league leaders Knuzden 7-0 and the Under 11s lost to Pendle Forest Green 8-1. Joseph Aspin scored the consolation goal. Pendle Forest also inflicted another two defeats on Rishton teams as their Under 14s won 4-2 and their Under 15s won 7-2. Rishton Under 12s recorded a 6-0 victory against Church with goals from Ryan Cothliff (three), Charlie Feeney, Brad Morris and Connor McNab. The Under 16s lost at home to Mill Hill 3-0. In the North Valley League, the Under eights earned a point with a 0-0 draw with Brierfield Celtic White while the Under nines lost 6-1 at Trawden. There was better news for the Under 11s as they started their league campaign with a 3-1 win at Brierfield Celtic Blue. There were two goals from Tom Bartley and one from MOTM Patrick McGreggor.
ACCRINGTON GIRLS AND LADIES: The Under 13s were 6-5 winners over Penwortham. The girls clawed their way back from 3-1 down at half-time with Carrie Ingham scoring AGSA’s opener. They levelled through Laura Starkie and Ingham’s second after the break. POTM Ingham then got her third, Penwortham equalised before Starkie restored the lead. Ingham then claimed her fourth goal before the opposition hit back and they could have levelled had it not been for a great save from Lucy Chadwick. The Under 16s lost 5-4 to Brandlesholme Warriors. Captain Amy Sturgess scored with a long range effort, there was a brace from POTM Kerry Bamford and a goal from Hannah Furey.
GREAT HARWOOD ROVERS: The Under 11s won 1-0 against Clitheroe Wolves Red. Harwood keeper Matthew Bunn made some good first half saves but Harwood got on top after the break. And they scored the winning goal following a good one-two between George Nightingale and MOTM Oliver Cruse who pulled the ball back for Nick Catlow to finish. The Under 11s then won their fourth game on the bounce with a convincing 6-1 victory. George Nightingale (two), George Ramsbottom and Oliver Cruse scored before Rossendale Valley Yellow made it 4-1 at half-time. However, star striker Cruse put the game beyond the determined RVY when he scored the next two goals. The Under 11s then saw off Pendle Forest White with a 3-0 win as goal machine and MOTM Cruse scored all three goals.
The Under 10s have made a good start to their season winning two of their first three games. They beat Darwen Rangers 4-0 with the goalscorers Zac Gelderd, Nathan Cox and two for Callum Donohue. Then it was a 2-1 win to Mellor with goals from Nathan Cox and Callum Donohue. They then continued their good start with a 3-1 win at Mill Hill Blue with Nathan Cox (two) and Callum Hesketh on target.
The Under 12s played three times in the last week. They overcame Clayton 8-0 with goals from Jack Holigan (two), Joseph Starkie, James Kenny, Tom Blackmore, Thomas Braithwaite, Marcus Robinson and Nathan Mulrooney. Then they lost 2-1 against Baxenden Villa with Sam Jones getting the goal and they lost 5-1 against Fulledge Colts with Jack Holigan scoring.
The senior team won 6-2 against Helmshore. Scott Noon scored two before half-time but then the Harwood defence were caught out as the second half got underway as Helmshore pulled a goal back. Philip Rushton then scored twice and set up MOTM Noon for his hat-trick. Jordan Allen came off the bench to make it six, with Helmshore grabbing a late consolation.
OSWALDTWISTLE Rangers Under 15s are looking for new players in all positions. The team play in the Accrington and District League on Saturday mornings. Training sessions are on Wednesdays 8-9pm at Rhyddings. Turn up on the night or, for more information, contact Mark Robson on 01254 234925 or 07795 044631.
PEEL Park FC will be hosting their annual sportsmans dinner on Friday 3 October. The event takes place at Enfield Cricket Club with guest speaker ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar and comedian Dave Wolfe. Individual tickets are available in advance for £30 per person while there are also sponsors packages for parties of all sizes. Further details can be obtained from John Wilkin on 01254 234056 or 07915 083955. The club use the dinner as their annual fundraiser and are looking for any donations of raffle prizes or items to be auctioned off.