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Edition No. 224

Date:- 24 October 2005

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Birkdale Girls 1-4 Redgate Girls

A 4th successive away win for Redgate was achieved by some excellent all round play against worthy opponents in Birkdale.

With a number of regular players unavailable Redgate pressed hard to establish the initiative and were rewarded with two first half goals from Lucy Cunningham and then an own goal. Redgate were tight at the back where Sarah Williams and Beth Dodd were prominent.

Despite the loss of an early deflected goal at the start of the second half Redgate continued to press forward at every opportunity and gradually took control of midfield allowing both Rachel Carragher and Jade Brooks to score for the fourth successive game. Birkdale battled hard but ultimately to no avail.


Under 7
Redgate Under 7s

The Greens continued their football development with a friendly game against Southport Trinity.

Their were excellent performances from Luke Rawcliffe and Joseph Ramsay the goal-scorers, and Edward Atherton in goal ably supported by Joe McNulty with some well timed clearances in defence.

Redgate Rovers Yellow - Birkdale -

On a gloomy day in Birkdale the U7's came good in the end to defeat a resolute Birkdale team that defended in numbers.

The first half was a frustrating affair with Redgate dominating the game without converting any chances. Their normal blend of incisive flowing football not up to their usual high standards.

In the second half however they got the vital goal they needed and began to open up the opposition. Birthday boy Dominic Giblin had little to do in the Redgate goal but kept his concentration well to make some vital saves when required. Thomas Croughan had a good game, his long throws and foraging runs always causing Birkdale problems.

Jack Osborne's pace and tenacity up front ensured he scored an outstanding Hat-Trick to go with his double Hat-Trick the week before.

Under 8
Redgate Rovers Green - 0 Town Green - 0

The Greens built on last week's good performance with another fine display against Town Green. This was a hard fought match between 2 evenly matched teams.

Both teams created chances but fine goalkeeping by Alex Buckley and tireless running by the Redgate defenders prevented Town Green from scoring. Joseph Lowe (MOM), Thomas Drela and Lewis Wright caused problems for the Town Green defence with some strong tackling and good passing.

Redgate's best chance fell to Joseph Lowe who's well struck shot forced a fine save from the Town Green goalkeeper. Overall a draw was a fair result with the Greens continuing to improve week by week.

Under 9
Redgate Green - 1 Burscough - 4

Another tough encounter for the Greens with little reward for their efforts. The score line flattered Burscough as Redgate deserved at least a point out of this fixture. On a very small pitch with very long grass Burscough settled quickly and scored early from a long range speculative effort.

Rovers started to find their feet and pushed and harried but struggled to breach the Burscough goal line. Redgate conceded again, this seemed to spur the Greens on they pulled one back from a superb strike from Man Of The Match James Smith after some determined battling he created his own chance and finished it well.

Ellie Alderson upfront made good runs and distributed the ball well, she linked up with James Mitcheson, Matthew Guildford and Ben Davies in midfield. Matthew Mercer played a good game switching between attack and midfield. Josh Jackson was reliable as ever in defence along with Andrew Marsh and Sam Holcroft. The team continued to battle throughout the game but eventually lost 2 further goals from set pieces. Carl Sutcliffe in goal grows with confidence each week and made some great saves throughout the game.

Under 10
Hesketh Colts 1-3 Redgate Yellows

Redgate continued to build on last weeks good work to record a well deserved first away win of the season with another impressive performance.

Redgate took the game to their opponents in the first half and were unfortunate to find themselves a goal behind at the break. However, in the second half Redgate gradually took control and fully deserved their equaliser from Sam Dudley. The same player, revelling in his new role up front, then crashed the ball against the bar.

Patient built up play between James McCall and Lewis Shaw sent Man Of The Match Sean Sayle in for an excellent second goal and Lewis Shaw then scored a third, pouncing alertly on a fumble by the home goalkeeper. The new defensive partnership of Sam Emsley and Neil Williams then successfully dealt with some late pressure from the home team.

Redgate Rovers - 4 Hesketh Colts A - 0

A well deserved victory for Redgate. The whole team played with determination throughout and a battling first half was rewarded with some great goals.

The scoring was initiated early in the first half by Man Of The Match Joe Cashmore followed by a great shot by Harry Atherton and a speedy follow up by Connor Brown. The score was rounded to an even number by Connor moments before the
half time whistle. Despite continuing the pressure throughout the second half several shots failed to make the back of the net.

At the back resilient defending by Chip Rowan, Phil Roberts and Joe ensured that Hesketh made no reply.

Under 11
Redgate Rovers - 4 Southport Trinity - 3

A combination of devastating finishing skills and never-say-die defending earned Redgate's under-11s an outstanding Trisconi Cup triumph over Southport Trinity.

James Rowan's precisely picked out through-ball sent Josh Giblin sprinting clear to round the keeper and fire Redgate ahead, Giblin almost repaid the favour with a header into Rowan's path - the Trinity keeper blocking this time - before Rowan squeezed a near post shot under the home goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

If Rovers already thought they were through to the semi-finals, they were mistaken. Trinity rallied bravely. Zac Ball headed superbly off the line, before Trinity's captain crashed the rebound into the roof of the net.

But with Rovers defending resiliently, their pacey strikers always looked threatening. Greg Banks raced clear to make it 3-1, Trinity came back again - 3-2. Banks extended the advantage again with a sublime strike - controlling with one foot before clipping a shot into the top corner.

Trinity were still not finished and a magnificent free-kick made it 4-3 and ensured Rovers had to defend stoutly once again before deservedly earning their place in the last 4.

Under 12

Redgate Under 12s had a very successful fundraising Race Night for their Holland 2006 tour due to the kind sponsorship of, EWS Print and Blue Anchor.

On the pitch they also had a successful weekend, with an 8-2 victory over Grosvenor in the Hightown league with another Bobby Hearnshaw hat-trick, 2 goals from Peter Aylmer, and contributions from Thomas McDonald, Sean McCartney and Matthew Fisher.

In the CML they had another tough encounter with Formby falling behind to a goal in the second minute before hitting back through Ryan Barron and a wonder strike from Bobby Hearnshaw to win it. Redgate's defence were in excellent form with a superb display from Liam Carragher backed up by Leum Ward and the keeping of Tom Simpson.

Under 15

Redgate lost their unbeaten record in a tough cup tie against first division Southport. Redgate took time to settle against a physical opposition but should have had a penalty when Michael Brown was upended in the penalty area. But after 15 minutes the home side took the lead when a Southport forward was given too much time and space to curl a fine shot into the Redgate net. Redgate fought back strongly and the rest of the half was very even but few chances were created at either end.

In the second half Redgate pushed for an equaliser but were caught out once again when the opposition were given too much time on the ball and another unstoppable shot flew past Phil Mahon. Redgate replied in the best possible way and Lewis Ricketts scored a fine individual goal straight from the kick off. Chris Lackner was causing trouble down the left wing but his crosses couldn’t find a Redgate head. Chasing a second equaliser Redgate were caught on the break and the third goal did not reflect the balance of play. Redgate fought bravely and despite pressure they couldn’t get another goal. In a very creditable performance Adam Delaney in defence and both Chris Lackner and Danny Ward on the flanks gave strong performances and didn’t deserve to be on a losing side.

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