St Joseph’s: The Under 13s made it two wins in a row after beating Darwen Rangers Boys 6-0. Two goals from Liam Woodhead two from Coby Fish and one each for Kurtis Alderson and Devon Both secured the win.
Both teams can be credited with some good flowing football which saw the Saints getting the better of the opening exchanges.
After half-time the Saints rang the changes as Darwen rallied forcing a brilliant save out of Noah Stevens. Liam Woodhead was outstanding again as was the defence of Josh Heap, Dec Southward, Jonathan Whittle and Liam Flanagan.
Greyhound Ford: The Under 10s won 4-1 against Wilpshire Wanderers Red. Harry Davis opened the scoring while Zack Curley made it two at half-time. Wilpshire came out strong after the break and got it back to 2-1.
Greyhound applied more pressure, Harry Davis scored his second goal and then Alexander Wolfenden scored to finish the game 4-1. Referee’s MOTM was Niall Latham. Manager’s MOTM was Kavan Hurn.
The Under 11s saw the Blue team face the Red side with the Reds running out 3-1 victors.
The Blues took the lead but the Reds were soon back on level terms through Matt Ingham.
At the start of the second half, the Reds managed to get a second through Ingham.
And, in the final five minutes, Jordan Maden finished off a piece of good passing play to clinch the win. Referee’s MOTM was Alfie Hargreaves while Reds Manager’s MOTM was Callum Mcdaid
The Under 16s beat Rossendale United 7-0 in the latest round of the league cup. Brandon Barski got the first of his hat-trick after 25 minutes while Ryan Holmes bagged a brace. Luke Turner and Declan Hewitt both added their names to the scoresheet. Nathan Smith was MOTM for a solid perfomance in defence.
OSSY RANGERS: The Under 11s overcame Clitheroe Wolves Yellow 2-0 with Harry Wissett and MOTM Luke Barnes scoring the goals.
Oswaldtwistle FC: The Under 15s crashed out of the cup in the second round losing 6-3 to Crown Paints Green.
Ossy went a goal down but fought back well to lead 2-1 thanks to two goals from Lewis Wissett, one of which being a back heel direct from a corner.
In the second half, Crown raced to a 5-2 lead, Matt Woodhouse then replied with a unstoppable shot to make it 5-3 before Crown then scored a late goal to complete a 6-3 win.
A good all-round performance against a good team but, unfortunately for Ossy, they just ran out of steam at the key moments.
HUNCOAT UNITED: The Under 10s lost 1-0 to Fulledge Colts while the Under 10 Badgers ran out 8-1 winners over Langho.
The Under 10 Allstars lost 2-0 to Mellor while the Under 11s on Saturday were 4-0 victors over Rossendale United.
The Under 11s on Sunday drew 1-1 with Rossendale United while the Under 13s had two wins over the weekend. They saw off Dynomos 1-0 on Saturday and were 4-1 victors over Mill Hill on Sunday.
RISHTON UNITED: In the North Valley League, the Under nines lost 3-2 to Readstone United Blue in a frustrating game.
Evan O’Carroll was unlucky with a fierce shot early on but Readstone then took the lead.
Owen Hodgson and O’Carroll worked well together setting up Xander Braysford who slammed the ball home.
Rishton made it two when Braysford and Hodgson linked up with Hodgson burying the ball in the back of the net. Rishton almost made it three on the stroke of half-time through a good Braysford header but it wasn’t to be.
After the break Readstone got a scrappy goal and then, at the death, another cheap goal gave the win to Readstone. Rishton’s Man of the Match was Owen Hodgson for his tireless effort.
The Under 10s Red secured their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Brierfield Celtic.
Man of the Match Dillon Harling put Rishton in front but Brierfield drew level before the break.
In the second half, Rishton continued to put the pressure on and it eventually paid off with goals from Kian Mckenna and Jack Hilton.
In the East Lancs Football Alliance League, the Under 11s Blue won 7-3 against Darwen Rangers with a strong all-round attacking display.
Sam Malone opened the scoring when he lashed in a great strike from the edge of the box, which hit the underside of the bar. Rishton then fell asleep though and poor defensive work let Darwen draw level.
Matthew Thornley, who has shown great improvement in recent weeks, got his second of the season from close range to make it 2-1 before Matt Steer added another to make it 3-1 from a well delivered Mark Devine corner.
Then Darwen pulled another back before Thornley got his second after being teed up by Steer and Joel Davies to make it 4-2 at half-time.
The second half saw Steer add a fifth following good work from Devine who looked lively once again up front.
Devine had a good run and a fine finish to make it 6-2, before the best move of the game saw Thornley round off his hat-trick with a superb volley into the bottom corner.
Darwen added a consolation late on against the run of play. Manager’s Man of the Match was Matthew Thornley while Mark Devine was the opposition Man of the Match.
In the Accrington and District League, the Under 12s lost 4-3 to Rossendale Valley.
Rossendale took the lead but Rishton levelled with Pat McGregor doing the damage to make it 1-1 at half-time.
In the second half, Rossendale had the slope advantage but Rishton took the lead with Hayden Walker finding the target.
But the joy was short-lived with Rossendale equalising and then they piled on the pressure to lead 4-2. Danny Porten got his first goal for the Blues but they couldn’t find the equaliser. Man of the Match was Liam Clough.
Alister Lofthouse scored four goals as Rishton’s Under 13s ran out 5-4 winners over Baxenden Villa.
Rishton came close on a couple of occasions but Villa scored against the run of play.
Undeterred Rishton battled back and equalised when Jack Goggins raced down the left wing and put in a cross which was met by Lofthouse who headed home.
Rishton came close again but it was Baxenden who took the lead when once again the defence failed to clear their lines to make it 2-1 at half-time.
Rishton equalised soon after the break when Connor McNab unleashed a shot from 35 yards which sailed into the top corner. And they took the lead when the keeper fumbled the ball from a shot and Lofthouse scored.
Rishton were now pushing forward and went 4 -2 up when once again Lofthouse won the ball and then slotted it home.
Baxenden never gave up and pulled a goal back to make it 4 -3 with 10 minutes to go.
In the past Rishton may have collapsed but not this team. They battled up the park and once again Lofthouse found the net to make it 5 -3.
All credit to Baxenden who kept working and scored a fourth goal but Rishton held out for the win.
The Under 15s took on First Division table toppers Mill Hill - unbeaten all season - in the cup.
Rishton are second in Division Two and so it was always going to be an interesting clash.
Rishton made the early breakthrough when Jamie Taylor chased a "lost cause" ball into the corner. The ball hit the corner flag, stayed in play, and Jamie crossed to Brad Campbell who took a good first touch and slammed the ball past the Mill Hill keeper Tom Burrows.
Rishton were caught out just before the half ended when a mis-hit shot/cross fell nicely for a Mill Hill forward who calmly shot past the stranded Rishton keeper.
The second half was tense with goalmouth scrambles, penalty appeals and an off-side goal but it was 1-1 at full -time.
Mill Hill took more control in extra-time and took a half chance. Rishton kept battling but to no avail although they will be confident, on this performance, for next season in the top division.
The Under eights lost to Blue Star 3-1. Rishton trailed 2-0 before a Ben Larnach solo effort got Rishton back in it. Rishton pushed forward but were caught out again for Blue Star to clinch the win. Elsewhere, the Under 11s lost 4-0 to Wilpshire Wanderers.
In the Blackburn Combination, the seniors drew 2-2 with Knuzden while the Reserves also drew 2-2 this time with Feniscowles and Pleasington.
On Sunday, the Under 10s lost 3-0 to Feniscowles and Pleasington while the Ladies drew 0-0 with Crosby Stuart.
CHURCH: The Under 14s were at Mill Hill in the cup. After a tense first 10 minutes, Church took the advantage and Will Davies put away his first of the day while Jordan Haworth was next with a corner kick that the keeper failed to hold.
Mill Hill pulled one back and, with the game at 2-1, Church looked as though they may have a game on their hands.
However, two more goals from hat-trick hero Will Davies, booked Church their place in the quarter-finals.
They also extended their unbeaten run to four games - only conceding one goal.
Referee’s MOTM was Levi Ellis while the Manager’s MOTM Levan Haslam.