HUNCOAT UNITED : The Under nine Whites started well defensively against top of the table Globe BP Bulls but couldn’t really get an attacking threat going until they went a goal behind from a long-range strike.
That kicked Huncoat into life and, after mounting pressure, they managed to equalise after Globe failed to clear a corner and Jack Cain laid the ball back to Matthew Hartley who took it past a player and rifled the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1 at half-time.
Huncoat started the second half on the front foot and created a few half-chances before Logan Eastwood ran from inside his own half past a number of players and, from the edge of the box, slotted a left-foot shot into the far bottom corner.
From this point Huncoat looked like the only team who would go on to win it and had a few good chances but were unable to find the goal.
This ultimately cost Huncoat all three points when, on a rare counter-attack, Globe equalised with another good strike which gave keeper Mason Smith no chance.
Referee’s MOTM was Logan Eastwood, manager’s MOTM was Matthew Hartley.
Huncoat Under nine Reds played Crown Paints Black on Sunday at Everton playing fields and it was a rude awakening weather-wise after playing indoors for the last few months.
The conditions were terrible but thankfully the football on display made it all worthwhile as Huncoat dominated play from start to finish.
Everyone played a part with Kate Pilkington and Dominic Johnston playing their first games for the team.
The set pieces caused the opposition trouble and the final score was 8-2 with the goals coming from Louie Turner (2), Niall Mulleary(2), Luke Pye, Tauheed Ali Ditta, Davis Fenton and MOTM Dominic Johnston.
It was a top of the table clash for Greyhound Ford Under 14s as they faced a tough test against Brierfield Celtic White.
After back-to-back wins they continued their good run with an excellent performance in a game that should have been all over by half-time.
Greyhound took the lead after just two minutes when in-form striker Dylan Henry fired home from just inside the box.
On 10 minutes Greyhound were awarded a free kick just on the edge of the area which was drilled into the bottom corner by Matt Ingham.
After some excellent build-up play, Ethan Dean picked up the ball and neatly back-heeled the ball to Dylan Henry who made it 3-0 with just 15 minutes played.
Brierfield pulled one back moments later, only for Matt Ingham to knock a long ball forward for Henry to run onto and complete his hat-trick inside the first 25 minutes and make it 4-1.
Bradley Titherington crossed for Ethan Dean to make it 5-1 before Brierfield made it 5-2.
Titherington replied with a crisp shot just before half-time, making it 6-2.
At this point the game looked all over but Brierfield refused to lie down and pulled another back after the break to 6-3.
Matt Ingham then scored a well-taken goal to make it 7-3 before Brierfield again replied in this goal fest to make it 7-4 with Henry scoring his fourth and picking up the referee’s man of the match.
Brierfield continued the relentless pressure with a further two goals but it was Greyhound who stood strong with the game eventually finishing 8-6 and with their title dream still intact.
RISHTON UNITED : A Thomas Taylor goal was not enough for Rishton’s Under 12s Blue as they lost 3-1 to Greyhound Ford.
The Under nines battled out a 2-2 draw with Crown Paints but there was victories for the Under 15s as they beat Brierfield Celtic 6-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Andrew Noblet.
The Under 16s won at Whalley 4-0 but there was no win for Rishton’s senior first team as they lost to Islington 4-2.
Only two games survived the weather on Sunday, the Under 10s Blue lost 6-2 against Rossendale but thanks to a brace from Alexander Dinsdale and one from Kyle Essery Rishton Under 12s Red went on to win 3-1 against Langho.