CHURCH: The Under 10s got their first win of the season with a 2-1 against Rossendale Valley Blue. Lewis Southward fired home fired home the opener before Rossendale equalised. But, just before the break, Cameron Noone sent Kalub Haq down the middle and he kept his composure to slot the ball past the keeper. In the second half, some good defending from Ryan Savage and Danny Fitton kept Rossendale at bay while, at the other end, Cameron Rugerri and Daniel Preston both went close.
ST JOSEPH'S: The Under 14s had to dig deep in difficult conditions to come out with a 1-1 draw against Huncoat. Neither team created many chances in the first half. Then Huncoat took the lead shortly into the second. The Saints then piled on the pressure and Bryn Hargreaves finished well.
AGSA: Two stunning strikes from Carrie Ingham weren’t enough to stop the Under 12s lost 3-2 to Darwen Rangers. Darwen took the lead in the first half before AGSA struck back with Ciara Borwick finding Ingham who volleyed home from 15 yards. Darwen then took the score to 3-1 but Agsa kept battling and, from a Borwick corner, Player of the Match Ingham fired home.
The Under 15s were in cup action and were 10-1 winners over a weakened Penwortham South. Becky Holt-McEwan scored a hat-trick, there were two goals each for Becky Flannery and Kerry Bamford and Sam Bailey, Hannah Furey and captain and Player of the Match Amy Sturgess grabbed one each.
OSSY RANGERS: The Under 12s had a great weekend. On Saturday they ran out 4-2 winners against Langho with Issac Archer scoring twice and Danny Leech and Bryn Potter got one each.
There was a top of the table clash on Sunday and again Rangers were victorious beating Great Harwood 4-2. The game was played in an excellent spirit and was only decided by two late goals. MOTM Daniel Leech scored twice with Sam Cook and Reilly O’Hagan adding the others.
The Under 13s lost 10-1 against table toppers Burnley United. Danny Higgins scored the consolation and Lewis Barker was MOTM.
RISHTON UNITED: The Under 10s drew 3-3 with Padiham Saints in the North Valley League. Rishton attacked for most of the first half but still managed to go in at half-time 1-0 down. In the second half, Joseph Aspin broke down the left and with the outside of his right foot finished well. Padiham restored their lead only to be pegged back again when Tom Green slotted home a well taken penalty. With minutes to go Rishton gifted Padiham a goal but, thanks to Tom Green’s injury time thunderbolt, Rishton managed to take a point home.
The Under 11s Blue crashed out of the Consolation Cup at the first hurdle with a 5-1 loss to Brierfield Celtic Red. It wasn’t as comfortable as the scoreline suggests with Jack Goggins scoring the Rishton goal.
In the Blackburn, Darwen and Hyndburn League, United’s Under 16s lost 4-2 to Accrington Stanley. Rishton took the lead mid way through the first half when Jonny Heap scored. Stanley pushed on and got the equaliser and took the lead just before the break before making it 3-1 from the penalty spot. Rishton dug deep and reduced the deficit when a great ball in from Liam Hoyle was met by a diving header from Jonny Heap. Stanley, though, sealed their win with a counter attack as Rishton pushed forward.
In the Training 2000 Accrington and District League, the Under nines were 2-1 losers to Rossendale Valley Orange. Rishton took an early lead and there was some good defending by Jack Fenton and Bradley Newell but Rossendale broke through to win.
The Under 10s lost 1-0 to Rossendale Valley Red while the Under 11s were 2-1 losers to Accrington Stanley. A strong wind was always going to spoil what was going to be a tough contest. Rishton took the lead when Charlie Feeney found Ryan Cothliff who slotted home. Accrington had the advantage of the wind and equalised before half-time. Keiran Higham had a penalty saved for United in the second half and Accrington went straight up the other end and scored the winner. MOTM was Ryan Cothliff.
The Under 12s were 8-1 winners over Church FC to remain in the hunt for the championship. Goalscorers were Liam Haworth, Ngone Madzimbamuto, Declan Bryom (penalty) and fivefor the Referee’s MOTM Kegan Dobson.
The Under 14s Blue suffered a 4-1 defeat to Oswaldtwistle FC. Oswaldtwistle did all the attacking in the first half and with some luck and good defending Rishton held them to just 1-0 at half-time Tom O’ Boyle controlled the ball and hit it first time into the top of the net from 25 yards to make it 1-1 just after the break. Oswaldtwistle got three more after though to seal the win. Rishton’s MOTM was Tom O’Boyle.
The Under 15s were 3-2 winners over Blackburn Town.
KNUZDEN YOUTH: Dusty Miller took his fifth generation to a cup semi-final with a 2-1 win over Akzo. It is his 13th semi-final in total with Knuzden and this was the only team who hadn’t secured a last four place until the weekend.
Knuzden took advantage of the wind in the Training 2000 Cup quarter-final to be 2-0 up at half-time. Ben Carolan and MOTM Declan Heys scored the goals. There was heavy pressure in the second half but the defence held firm. They now face Burnley side Pendle Forest in the semi-final. The win continues a good unbeaten run of seven matches with just one defeat since October.
TEAMS: U16s v Clitheroe, away. From: Wilkinson, Brown, Dewhurst, Heys, Cruickshank, McKay, Peacock, Hughes, McGrew, Davis, Caton, Carolan, Riding, Wolstencroft. If unavailable ring 723868.
GREAT HARWOOD ROVERS: The Under 10s played Wilpshire with Kyle Parker putting them ahead. Rovers hit the post but could not extend their lead. Wilpshire came out in the second half all guns blazing and keeper Matt Bunn had to make some good saves. They also hit the woodwork and the pressure eventually told when they equalised. Both teams attacked each other looking for the decisive goal and again both teams came close hitting the post and bar. MOTM Kyle Parker.
ST JOSEPHS: The Under 11s made it two wins from two with a 4-3 victory over Sporting Athletic. Declan Southward opened the scoring, smashing home from close range after some great work from Ben Evans. Devon Booth quickly added another but then Sporting hit back with two goals before the break. George Gibson added a third but Sporting were soon level again. But George Gibson rifled home the winning goal to assure the Saints took maximum points. Manager’s MOTM was Ben Evans.
The Under 13s winning run came to an abrupt halt as they went down 4-0 to Ossy St Mary's. The Saints enjoyed some good possession but couldn’t make it pay as an assured St Mary’s back line held firm throughout. The performance was good apart form one or two individual errors. Manager’s MOTM was Liam Richmond.
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