JUNIOR FOOTBALL ROUND-UP: Greyhound Ford Under 11s won 3-0 at Haslingden. Good saves and the woodwork kept Greyhound at bay until half-time.
The Reds though made a chance count after the break when a free kick from the halfway line was dispatched into the top corner by Matt Ingham.
The Reds kept pushing and got a superb second from a volley outside the penalty box through Blake Barrett.
The game was finally clinched when Ingham got another free kick on the edge off the box and smashed it in to the bottom corner off the post for his 13th goal of the season. Referee’s MOTM was Harry Wissett and the Managers MOTM was Blake Barrett.
The Under 14s faced Clitheroe Wolves for the second week running. In the previous week’s league game, it was a narrow 3-2 Church victory but last weekend it was the cup quarter-finals.
Church opened the scoring through top goalscorer Jordan Haworth but Clitheroe soon equalised.
But Church then got into gear and once they started scoring they couldn’t stop and, by half-time, Church were leading 7-3.
They went out for the second half determined to see their way through to their first ever semi-final since the club was founded in 2004, and extend their current unbeaten run to eight games (also a club record).
And they did it in style, winning 12-4, one goal that deserves mentioning was Manager and Referee’s MOTM Will Davies, hitting a 30-yard rocket. Goalscorers were Jordan Haworth (four), James Clarkson (two), Levi Ellis (two), Eddie Hindle, Cameron Gibson, Davies and Jordan Howe.
The Under 12s were beaten 7-0 at league leaders Wilpshire Wanderers but the scoreline flattered the home side. Church had much of the play during the game but the difference between the two sides was the quality of the finishing.
Notable performances came from Tomas Smith, Lewis Southward, Aurie De Carteret and from MOTM Ryan Savage.
RISHTON UNITED: The Under nines beat Pendle Forest Falcons 5-1 on Sunday despite going behind to an own goal. They got back in it after Kyle Essery slammed the ball home Owen Hodgson put Rishton in front after being set up by Declan Mercer.
Mercer grabbed the third, taking a shot from practically the halfway line and the ball sailed past the keeper. It was soon four following a neat move from Sam Steer and Essery and Xander Braysford finished it off.
Man of the Match Owen Taylor and Ben Bleasdale came on at the break and it was Taylor who made it 5-1.
On Saturday, the Under nine Blues scored twice in each half to secure a 4-0 win over Greyhound Ford and keep their first clean sheet of the season.
Rishton opened the scoring when Callum Monahan put Steer clear who finished into the bottom corner. They soon added another when Adam Devine’s pass found Steer who added his 12th goal of the season.
Greyhound did put Rishton under pressure but they got a third with Essery beating the last defender and finishing well. Then Devine added a fourth, firing home on the rebound. Referee's Man of the Match was Sam Steer while Manager's Man of the Match was Adam Devine.
The Under 12s conceded four goals in the first 15 minutes before losing 9-2 to Clitheroe Wolves. The Wolves pounced on disorganisation at the back although Liam Clough managed a couple of consolation goals. Man of the Match was Patrick McGregor.
The Under 16s Blue lost 4-0 to Burnley Rangers but only had 11 players and Reece Harwood – who had only had 10 minutes of football since a knee injury kept him out of the game for 18 months – started.
Gary Barker had a shot saved early on while keeper James Frankland made a number of saves before Burnley scored two quick goals to make it 2-0 at half-time. A third goal came after a goalmouth scramble while Rishton were unlucky with several chances from Elliott Kinder and Lee Woollam.
Frankland made a further two good saves but could do nothing with Burnley's fourth. Referee’s MOTM James Frankland and Rishton’s MOTM was Alex Blackmore.
In a friendly game, the Under 14s lost 4-2 to Second Division champions Highercroft. Keeper Marc Smith was instrumental in keeping the score goalless in the first 15 minutes before Rishton went ahead when Connor McNab slotted the ball home. Hig-hercroft then scored from two set pieces to go in 2-1 up at half-time.
Rishton equalised when Alister Lofthouse held off two defenders and slotted the ball past the keeper. At this time it was anybody’s game but it was Highercroft who broke away with the defence’s offside appeals to no avail to go 3 -2 up and finished it off with a fourth goal.
HUNCOAT UNITED: The Under nines reached the cup final after a 4-3 win over Wilpshire Wanderers Red on Saturday. They went into half-time 2-1 behind but stepped up a gear with goals from Man of the Match Charlie Kirby (two), Riley Armstrong and Kristian Holden.
The Under 10 Badgers progressed into the East Lancs Alliance Under 10 final in their inaugural season after a 3-0 victory over league rivals Mill Hill White. Kyle Siddall opened the scoring before Henry Hindle added a second before half-time. Siddall got his second of the game midway through the second half.
They will play the final at the Anchor Ground against AFC Darwen. Elsewhere they drew 2-2 against Oswaldtwistle Rangers.
The Under 10 Allstars won 3-1 against Langho with goals scored by Callum Savage, Callum Thelwall and Max Whitehead.
The Under 11s recovered from an early goal to beat Whalley 2-1 in extra-time of their cup semi-final. After conceding, Henry Hindle was the last-gasp hero with a glancing header to take the game into extra-time.
Huncoat bombarded the Whalley goal through two periods of extra-time and then Patrick McGrath started a move and passed to Tom Strahan to fire home the winner. They will play their final at the Anchor Ground against AFC Darwen.
The Under 11s Sunday team carried on their good form with a 9-1 win over Clitheroe Wolves. Tom Sumner pulled the strings in midfield, setting up four of the goals, Joe Cooney was the Manager's MOTM while Max Verlander got the opposition MOTM. Dylan Liddle, Callum Boyle and Marley Cook scored two goals each with Verlander, Andrew Bremner and Diain Bentley grabbing the others.
The Under 12s lost 12-2 to Burnley West End while the Under 13s ran out 18-1 winners over Oswaldtwistle Rangers on Sunday. The Under 15s lost 2-1 to Padiham while the Under 16s lost 4-1 to Wilpshire Wanderers.