JUNIOR FOOTBALL ROUND-UP: RISHTON United's Under 10 girls ran out 2-0 winners at Lytham YMCA in the North Valley Junior League.
Goals from Bronwyn Hodgson and Bree O’Carroll secured all three points for Rishton.
It was an evenly matched game that needed some excellent defending from Abbey Dearden and Charlie Butler.
The Under 10s lost 5-3 to Pendle Forest Wolves as they looked for their first points of the season.
Luke Wolstenholme opened the scoring but Wolves made it 1-1 at half-time. Wolves then raced into a 3-1 lead after the break before Dylan Harling pulled one back.
However Wolves went on to extend their lead but Kian McKenna grabbed a third for Rishton. Nathan Clarke was Rishton’s MOTM.
The Under 11s clinched a deserved 2-1 win in the East Lancs Football Alliance League - their first victory of the season - against Blackburn Eagles, a team who had only lost twice this season.
Rishton dominated the game from start to finish despite going behind early on.
Joel Davies hit the post before Owen Stracey beat two players and finally beat the Eagles keeper from eight yards out after the break.
Then Davies was brought down when clear on goal. Matt Steer took the resulting free kick and steered into the bottom left hand corner for the win.
The opposition awarded Joel Davies MOTM while the Manager’s MOTM was James Kimberley.
The Under 16s lost 3-0 to Barrowford Celtic but it was a case of Celtic taking their chances and Rishton wasting theirs.
Rishton keeper Dominic Parker saved a penalty while also making three good saves,
Clear cut chances fell to Elliott Calverley, Hassan Aktar and Liam Bentley but they couldn’t convert.
And Rishton succumbed to three set pieces - a throw in and two free kicks to give Celtic the win. Leon Pawsey was MOTM.
In the Accrington and District Junior Football League, it was cup action.
The Under 14 lost 10-0 in a game Mill Hill were expected to win by an even bigger margin.
But Rishton put in their best performance of the season against a side who remain unbeaten this season. Rishton’s MOTM was Robin Hayhurst.
The Under 15s, who are top of the Second Division, faced Pendle Forest Green, bottom of the First Division, and won 4-0 .
Rishton played downhill in the first half and had most of the pressure and they broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time. Jamie Taylor broke and prodded the ball home.
The second half, despite playing uphill, Rishton faired better. Taylor scored a second goal while the third came from a penalty earned by Adam Aspinall. Taylor was handed the ball and calmly slotted home for his hat-trick and 3-0. The fourth goal was a good flowing move which was finished off by Dylan Cross.
The referee’s MOTM went to Jamie Taylor.
The Under 16s Blue ran out 4-3 winners over Globe Bullough Park.
Hassan Akhtar opened the scoring after Liam McNulty’s intial shot had been saved.
McNulty doubled the advantage after a good pass from Joe Dunn.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men after an incident inside the Rishton area but it was the Blue side who made it 3-0 at half-time when McNulty celebrated his brace.
Globe got one back via the penalty spot before they chipped the keeper to make it 3-2 and Rishton were then caught out by a long range shot to make it 3-3.
Both sides were going for goal and it was Rishton who got the winner in the last minute.
McNulty set up Jonathon Savage who shot over the keeper into the far top corner of the net to clinch victory. Referee’s MOTM was James Frankland and Rishton’s MOTM Tom Pollard.
Kerry nets late winner
AGSA: The Under 17s kept up their 100 per cent start to the season with a hard fought victory at Penwortham.
The team had to come from behind twice to claim the win, showing battling qualities and commitment.
They fell behind to a well struck free kick but hit back right away when Kerry Bamford scored from a tight angle.
They trailed again to a second free kick on the stroke of half-time.
AGSA dominated possession during the second half but it took until 80 minuteswhen Sam Bailey broke clear to level the score.
Bamford scored her second goal of the game on 87 minutes to seal the win. Player of the Match was captain Amy Sturgess.
Under 11s are on the Boyle
HUNCOAT UNITED: The Under nines lost 3-2 to Wilpshire Wanderers Blue with goalscorers MOTM Charlie Kirby and Riley Armstrong.
The Under 10s ran out 4-2 winners over Wilpshire Wanderers Red.
The Under 11s were in seventh heaven after a 7-0 win over Wilpshire Wanderers to reach the semi-finals of the cup.
An early goal from a deflected corner from Archie Twist got Huncoat off the mark before Tom Strahan’s cross was headed home by the Henry Hindle.
Hindle floated in a ball for Callum Boyle who headed home the third and it was 4-0 though Hindle.
A fifth goal came courtesy of a bullet of a shot from outside the area from Patrick Mcgrath.
Another set piece cracker followed with a corner from Twist again met by the head of Callum Boyle who steered it home.
Keeper Callum Nixon did then produce two good saves before Twist drilled a low shot into the far corner of the net.
MOTM was Harry Boyle while Referee’s MOTM was Joe Lloyd.
The Under 11s lost 2-0 to Darwen Rangers Lads.