GREAT Harwood Rovers Under nines were knocked out of the league cup at the first attempt with a disappointing performance against Clitheroe Wolves Yellow from the Red Division.
Harwood, having not played for three weeks, came into this game on the back of four straight wins in the league, while Wolves hadn’t won a league game all season.
Clitheroe had Harwood under pressure from the kick off and, with two minutes to go to the break, Clitheroe opened the scoring after some bad defending by Harwood.
In the second half, Clitheroe increased their lead when a shot was parried by Wearden into the back of the net.
Wolves sealed the win with quarter of an hour to go when the striker broke away from his defender to slip the ball through Wearden’s legs.
It could well have been more except for some good saves from keeper Wearden and timely interceptions from Man of the Match Green.
Rovers grabbed a consolation goal with two minutes to go when a corner taken by Douglas hit Duxbury on the knee to deflect in to the goal.
HUNCOAT UNITED: The Under 10s won 1-0 against Fenny & Plessy while the Under 11s saw off unbeaten Langho Blue by the same scoreline.
The only goal was a stunning first half strike by Dylan Liddle from Callum Boyle’s assist. The opposition MOTM was Tom Sumner; Managers MOTM was Marley Cook; Captain’s Performance was Dylan Liddle.
The Under 12s lost 10-1 to Rossendale United Lads while the Under 13s lost narrowly 3-2 to Baxenden Villa.
RISHTON UNITED: The Under eights won 2-1 against AFC Darwen thanks to an unstoppable late free kick from Ben Larnach.
Rishton went in front just after the break with an opportunist strike from Joseph Demaine after good work in midfield by Jack Kennedy and Amaan Mirdad.
The lead however only lasted for around one minute as AFC Darwen equalised from a long throw in.
Rishton kept going and Joseph Demaine was brought down 15 yards from goal and Larnach crashed in a stunning free kick.
The Under nines lost 9-0 to Crown Paints while the Under 11s won 2-1 against Blackburn Eagles White.
Matt Steer scored both goals – one after a lay off from Sam Malone which he curled into the top of the net, catching the keeper off his line.
For the second, Naill Holt, Mark Devine and Malone linked up well before finding Steer who drove the ball home.
Blackburn pulled a goal back after half-time but United got a deserved win.
MOTM Lewis Ainscough and Matt Steer.