FOOTBALL ROUND-UP: OSSY Rangers Under 13s had a good weekend. In the Accrington and District Junior League, a Sam Cook hat-trick and MOTM performance ensured the points against Rossendale in a five goal thriller.
The Sunday team then made it a memorable weekend with a 3-2 cup victory against Pendle Forest. Gabriel Whelan, Reilly O’Hagan and Dane Winter were on the scoresheet with Sam Cook again MOTM.
HUNCOAT UNITED: The Under 10s ran out 7-0 winners over Rossendale Valley. MOTM Henry Hindle scored four goals, Dylan Liddle grabbed two - one from a free kick and one superb solo effort - and Callum Boyle got the other. Archie Twist was the chief supplier.
They then ran out 4-0 winners over Mill Hill Blue as the Under 10s took a massive step to being crowned champions. Keeper Callum Nixon pulled off a number of good saves before Huncoat took the lead. A good cross from Tom Sumner was turned into his own net by a Mill Hill defender. Dylan Liddle then delivered a perfect corner for Callum Boyle to sweep home before Sumner fed the ball to Lewis Eccles who finished well. A Max Verlander corner found Boyle who made no mistake to grab his second of the game and the manager’s MOTM award. Opposition MOTM was keeper Callum Nixon for making a few superb saves. Captain’s performance was Dylan Liddle.
The Under 10 Allstars lost 3-2 to Oswaldtwistle Rangers while the Under 12s were in the goals with a 12-0 win over Church on Saturday. Then on Sunday the Under 12s lost 2-1 to Langho.
The Under 13s finished at the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline to Oswaldtwistle FC. They trailed 1-0 at half-time but fell to pieces in the second half. The Under 14s lost 3-1 to Palace House on Sunday.
GREYHOUND FORD: The Under 10s were rueing missed chances as they lost 1-0 to Haslingden. Referee’s MOTM was Brooklyn Cross and the Manager’s MOTM was Matthew Ingham.
St Josephs Under 12’s ran out comfortable winners against Darwen Rangers. Jack Bailey opened the scoring after a great cross from Declan Southward. George Gibson then scored after the break before Jack Bailey added his second. Rob Taylor was MOTM.
The Under 14s cruised to a 14-1 victory against Roefield of Clitheroe. MOTM Thomas Ainsworth scored six on his debut, Joe Johnstone netted four, Liam Richmond scored twice while Zak Graham and Ryan Woodock both scored good individual goals.
RISHTON UNITED: On Saturday, the Under nines Blue lost 7-0 to Mill Hill Red despite Harry Nightingale pulling off some superb saves.
The Under 10s enjoyed a moral boosting 1-0 win over St Josephs with Bradley Newell scoring the only goal after getting the ball past the last defender and unleashing an unstoppable drive which flew in off the far post with just two minutes left.
The Under 11s lost 9-1 to Wilpshire Wanderers while the Under 12s won 5-2 against Clayton Park Rangers. Connor McNab was the hero scoring two and setting two up as Rishton did the double over Rangers. Alistair Lofthouse, Ryan Cothliff and Jack Goggins were also on target.
The Under 13s won 2-1 at Pendle Forest with MOTM Kegan Dobson scored both goals with Niall Malone missing a penalty while the Under 14s lost 5-1 to Mill Hill,
The Under 15s were 4-3 victors over Oswaldtwistle Rangers.Tom Pollard opened the scoring before Rangers made it 1-1. Referee’s MOTM Liam McNulty again put United ahead but soon after it was 2-2. Oswaldtwistle took the lead for the first time to make it 3-2 at the break. However Rishton then took charge with Elliot Kinder scoring two goals to seal the win - although there were some nervy moments with several balls being cleared off the line.
In the Blackburn Combination, Rishton United celebrated a 3-2 win over Sporting Athletic. The Reserves beat Sporting Athletic Reserves 4-1.
On Sunday, the Under 11s drew 3-3 with Burnley Knights. They trailed 1-0 at half-time despite MOTM Keenan O’Carroll hitting the bar. After the break. Hayden Walker’s shot was saved but bounced to Tom Bartley who finished it off to make it 1-1. Walker then turned on the style to make it 2-1 but it was soon 2-2. Walker again put Rishton ahead and Burnley missed a penalty before firing home the equaliser in the final minute.
The Under 15s were 3-0 winners over Rossendale United Colts.
The Senior first team won 3-2 against Nabs Head in a game that was easier than the scoreline suggests and the reserves had a 4-1 victory over Sporting Athletic.
ACCRINGTON STANLEY LADIES: Stanley climbed to the highest position in their short history - third in the Lancashire FA Women’s League First Division - after winning 6-5 against Padiham. After being promoted from the Second Division in only their second season last year, they sit a point off second place Wigan Athletic with a game in hand, and seven behind leaders Curzon Ashton Reserves having played two games fewer.
Carolyn Watson lashed home the opener after a sublime pass from debutant Charlotte Holden. But Padiham, second at the start of play, responded well to take a 3-1 lead with three similar goals, lofting the ball in behind.
Stanley shored things up before half-time and got back in it with Dawn Haczycki looping a shot in before levelling matters with a poacher's goal after a mazy run from Chloe Smith.
Stanley went ahead after the restart with a fine finish from Holden’s lethal left foot. The Storks bounced back again, before top-scorer Haczycki celebrated a hat-trick only for Padiham to equalise.
With just three minutes left, Stanley grabbed the winner, when Smith scored the goal her efforts deserved.
The Reds look to extend their three-match unbeaten run at Rochdale on Sunday.