Oswaldtwistle FC Under 16s were crowned champions of the Training 2000 Accrington and District League Two on Saturday after running out 2-0 winners against their title rivals Crown Paints.
The match was a ‘winner takes all’ fixture as both teams have been neck and neck all season.
The match began with both teams showing signs of tension, with Ossy striker Matt Woodhouse putting a penalty wide on 10 minutes.
However they didn’t let that faze them and they dominated Crown but without the reward of a goal.
After half-time, Ossy continued in the same vein and were rewarded when Woodhouse redeemed himself for his penalty miss and gave Ossy the lead with a coolly taken finish.
Crown were limited to shots from distance and free kicks as Ossy continued to dominate the match and edged closer to the title when Rohail Iqbal slotted the ball home after some good build-up work by the referee’s MOTM Lewis Wissett.
Tension remained high until the final whistle but Ossy held on and were crowned champions.
It was a fitting end for managers Mick Wissett and Pete Woodhouse in their final game in charge, having been at the helm for eight enjoyable years and coaching the lads since they were Under eights.
Greyhound Ford: The Under 18s made heavy work of a 4-3 win over Crown Paints.
Robert Makey opened the scoring after two minutes with a close-range strike but within 30 seconds Crown were level following a defensive error.
There was then a period of scrappy play and several missed chances before Crown took the lead thanks to another defensive howler.
Greyhound managed to get back on top but either side could have had several goals before George Comer headed home from a free kick just before half-time.Brandon Barski made it 3-2 minutes into the second half with a powerful strike from 25 yards.
However, Crown levelled once again within five minutes, but Luke Turner managed to turn in one of his chances 10 minutes from the end to give Greyhound the spoils in an ugly game. MOTM was Joe Martin
RISHTON UNITED: The Under 16s will have to rely on Pendle Forest doing them a favour and getting a least a point out of their final clash with Mill Hill if Rishton are to be crowned champions.
Rishton went into their last game of the season against AFC Darwen carrying a couple of injuries to key players, however, they were still confident.
AFC Darwen competed well and if it hadn’t been for Josh Higham in the Rishton goal, they could have had the game over before half-time.
As it was, Rishton were lucky to go in at the break only one goal down.
However a good team talk spurred them into action and Rishton grabbed a goal back through Brad Cambell and then went on to take a 2-1 lead with a goal from Lewis Hall.
All was looking good but AFC Darwen soon got back into the game and then went on to turn the screw to run out 4-2 winners.
Rishton Under 14s are now only a point away from promotion with two games left after a 3-1 win against Huncoat.
Rishton U12s Blue kept on their winning streak with a 1-0 win against Blue Star, a good result considering they played most of the game with only 10 men and only actually started with nine. Joel Davis got the only goal of the game.
A Richie Fox goal put Rishton Under 10s Blue 1-0 up against Greyhound Ford and all three points looked certain until Greyhound equalised in the last minute.
Rishton Under 11 Girls went out of the cup, losing 6-2 to Lytham St Annes. On the score sheet for Rishton was Lauren Hall and Becky Fuller. MOTM was Sydnie Sanderson.
On Sunday the Under 10 Reds beat second-place Bacup
1-0, thanks to a goal from Alexander Braysford.
Not to be out done the Ladies put on a great performance as they beat Blackpool Wren Rovers 2-1 thanks to goals from Jodie Lonsdale and a well taken penalty by Demi Raith.
HUNCOAT UNITED: The Under nines won 4-3 against unbeaten league leaders Wilpshire Wanderers Blue.
The goalscorers were MOTM Cory Scott (2), Owen Lucus Hulme and Luke Parker.
Wilpshire scored two quick goals but United got back on track when Cory Scott ran half the length of the pitch and finished confidently.
With Huncoat’s tails now up Luke Parker beat the keeper to a 50-50 ball to cleverly slip it to Scott to tap home the equaliser.
Before Wilpshire could recover, Huncoat took the lead when the Wanderers keeper could only deflect Owen Lucus-Hulme’s corner into the net.
And it was incredibly 4-2 when Charlie Pickering’s effort following a goalmouth scramble deflected in off Parker.
As time ran out Parker hit the post before Wilpshire grabbed their third with almost the last kick of the match.
The fact that it is the first time Wilpshire have lost this season shows how strong Huncoat’s performance was. Cory Scott was referee’s MOTM.
The Under 10s won 4-1 against Wilpshire Wanderers Black. On the scoresheet were Charlie Kirby, MOTM Connor Gilgunn (2), Kristian Holden.
A slow start saw Huncoat go behind and go into half-time 1-0 down.
The performance after half time however was possibly the best 20 minutes of football the side have produced this season.
Huncoat equalised five minutes into the second half when Connor Gilgunn forced a mistake and switched the ball to Charlie Kirby, who cut inside and smashed the ball home.
Huncoat took the lead when a bad goal kick was pounced upon by Kristian Holden who dribbled the ball into the penalty area and shot, forcing the keeper to parry the ball straight to Gilgunn who finished well.
With six minutes left another superb shot from Gilgunn hit the crossbar and Holden was first to the rebound, tapping in from close range.
Wilpshire would have scored another if it wasn’t for Jack Altham’s acrobatics, pushing an effort onto the post and then bravely jumping on the rebound.
With one minute to play, Gilgunn rounded off an outstanding solo display by hitting home a free kick which was just inside the Wilpshire half.
The Under 11 Badgers were 5-0 victors over Haslingden. Opposition MOTM was Niall Lathom.
The Under 11 Allstars lost 4-2 to Crown Paints while the Under 11s on Saturday drew 1-1 with Wilpshire Wanderers Red.
The Under 13s lost 10-0 to Rossendale United Lads while the Under 14s won 7-1 against Blue Star Aces.
The Under 14s Allstars lost 3-1 to Rishton United. Huncoat took the lead through Spencer Harris and held it until half-time when Rishton then took charge. It means Huncoat will now finish third instead of second in the league.
The Under 16s won 3-2 against JFC Dynamoes.