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Southport Reporter®

Edition No. 228

Date:- 28 November 2005

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Under 9
Redgate Green - 2    Hesketh Bank - 0

ANOTHER fine display of good football and battling qualities with Redgate running out 2-0 winners.  The Greens took control early on with good solid defending.  Josh Jackson kept it tight at left back with Andrew Marsh looking assured, tackling and coming forward with the ball.

The first goal came from one of Marsh's forays forward.  After a well timed interception, Marsh released Matthew Guildford who took the ball in his stride effortlessly, a well disguised side step opened up the goal for a rasping low shot, the keeper did well to parry the ball away, only for goal poacher Ellie Alderson to pounce and drive the ball home to take the lead.  Redgate never looked in danger of loosing from then on.  Matthew Mercer  was very strong leading the front line along with Ben Davies who made some lovely mazy runs, putting the Hesketh Bank defence under constant pressure. 

Carl Sutcliffe kept another clean sheet with confident goal keeping and great distribution.  Sam Holcroft was like a tiger switching form midfield to defence, along with James Smith's determination the pair didn't allow Hesketh Banks good attacking line a sniff of a chance throughout the game.  James Smith finished off the game with a superb run and shot into the top right corner.  Each week the team improve and go from strength to strength.

Under 10
Redgate Rovers - 1    Town Green B - 2

IN a fast paced 40 minutes both teams played well in an end to end game.  Town Green's goals came at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.  After initially allowing their heads to go down Redgate picked up the pace and piled on the pressure. 

Secure defending by MOM Chip Rowan, Phil Roberts and brave goalkeeping by Liam McKevitt ensured that Town Green's attempts at goal were thwarted.  Redgate's goal was the result of a great one two by Connor Brown and Will Gardiner, slid into the back of the net by Will.  

Redgate Rovers Yellow 1  Southport FCJB 4

THIS was a much closer game than the score-line suggests with the main difference between the teams being the visitor's ability to make the most of their chances. The first half was even with Southport opening the scoring with a very well taken strike and then doubling their advantage soon after. Redgate were always in contention with Sam Dudley going close twice, his second effort being particularly well saved.

Redgate conceded a third goal at the beginning of the second half but then had their best spell.


...continued... Lewis Shaw scored their opener and went close to further reducing the arrears, developing a good understanding with Steven Maitland who had a very promising debut. The visitors scored their fourth on the break but Redgate kept working until the end and were unfortunate not to find the net with a number of close efforts.

Under 11
Pilkingtons - 2 Redgate Rovers - 0

REDGATE'S Under-11s produced their snappiest, sharpest, most committed performance of the season - but it wasn't enough to secure a famous Cup victory.

The boys still left Pilkingtons' enormous pitch with their heads held high, however, and the knowledge that their display augurs well for the rest of the season. Pilkingtons were the more dangerous side, but some sound handling from goalkeeper Adam Broughton and some superbly timed tackles by defender Lewis Steen kept the home team at bay.

One perfectly executed sliding tackle from behind by Steen saved a certain goal and went some way to earning the defender a well-earned Man of the Match trophy. With Josh Holcroft also making a series of solid challenges, it took a well finished goal to separate the sides at half-time.

Even then Josh Giblin went close for Rovers with a dipping free-kick. Pilkingtons made it 2-0 with a fierce long range drive, but Redgate's head's still didn't go down and they took plenty of credit from a much-improved performance.

Under 15
Redgate Rovers - 6 Churchtown Jags - 2

AFTER 2 weeks inactivity Redgate got back on track with a well deserved win playing some of their best football of the season. Redgate took an early lead with a fine individual goal from Mike Brown who beat his man and lobbed the opposition keeper from 25 yards. With Pat Jackson dominating the midfield Redgate took full control and penned Churchtown in their own half. Danny Ward came close on two occasions and Chris Lackner was equally impressive down the left wing. Redgate increased their lead when Danny Ward cracked in a low free kick from 25 yards that left the keeper helpless. Mike Brown hit his second five minutes later with a beautiful half volley from 30 yards which flew into the net and he could have had a third but shot over the bar after a great passing movement from one end of the pitch to the other.

Churchtown got back into the game courtesy of an error by the referee and matters got worse when Mike Speed was injured and had to go off which unsettled the defence and Churchtown pinched a second goal. However, Redgate responded and Mike Brown scored a poacher’s goal to claim his hat trick. Danny Hughes then scored the fifth with a delicate chip over the advancing keeper. Danny Ward completed the scoring after good work by Olly Tenwick. His header set Ward free and he sped down the wing before firing in a terrific cross shot into the far top corner of the net. In a keenly contested and sporting game Redgate deservedly came out on top and despite Pat Jackson’s first class display in midfield man of the match must go to Mike Brown who scored a quality hat trick.

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