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Date:- 6 February 2006

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Peter Brown Craven Minor League

Fixtures Week Ending February 5
Under 16 - Division 1

Skelmersdale United Youth - Halsall
Southport FC Juniors - Birkdale United
Formby JSC - Kerky Juniors
Hale Juniors - Town Green

Under 16 - Division 2
Redgate Rovers - Ainsdale
West Lancs Colts - Ormskirk West End
Southport Trinity - Lonsdale

Under 15 - Division 1
Aintree Villa - Southport FC Juniors
Town Green - Holborn
Burscough FC Juniors - Rainford Rangers
Ormskirk West End - Cave Canem

Under 15 - Division 2
Birkdale United - Formby JSC
West Lancs Colts - Southport Trinity

Under 14
Ainsdale - Southport Trinity
Woodland - Town Green
Barlows Juniors - Southport FC Juniors
Formby JSC - Great Crosby United
Burscough FC Juniors - Redgate Rovers

Under 13
Birkdale United - Southport Trinity
Hesketh Colts - Town Green A
Town Green B - Redgaqte Rovers
Burscough FC Juniors - Formby JSC
Southport FC Juniors - Ainsdale

Under 12 - Division 1

Southport Trinity - Burscough FC Juniors
Thornton Boys - Formby JSC A
Town Green - Thornton Youth

Under 12 - Division 2
Halsall F - Ainsdale
Hesketh Colts - Birkdale United
Formby JSC - Southport FC Juniors
Winsfield - Halsall B

Under 11 - Division 1
Town Green - Redgate Rovers A
Burscough FC Juniors A - Pilkington
Southport Trinity - Churchtown Jaguars
Ainsdale A - Formby JSC

Under 11 - Division 2
Birkdale United - Ainsdale B
Southport FC Juniors - Ormskirk West End
Kingsford - Rainford Rangers

Match Reports for week ending January 29
Under 15

Southport, having come back at Edgehill College last week from a 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 lead, cruelly cancelled in the 4th minute of injury time for a 3-3 draw against Town Green, today’s return fixture was always going to be interesting.

Town started strongly but were countered by a bright SFCJ team that, generally, had the better of the opening 20 minutes, until a series of inconsequential mistakes turned into local disasters and the ‘Port team found themselves 2-0 down. A late first half penalty was coolly converted by Captain John Cross but the official insisted on a re-take which was well saved by the keeper. 3 minutes before the interval a further break by ‘Port saw Billy Sutton collect well and drive into the Town area before placing a low driven cross in front of the goal for John Cross to tap home. After the interval, with Town chasing to prevent further damage, the home team won a corner from the right with Graham Davidson curling in a delightful precision corner which was met, and headed powerfully, by Josh Rylands, with the Town keeper making a good save which fell to the feet of the incoming Ben Elliott who neatly lashed the ball into the net.  A flurry of necessary substitutes, were then made by ‘Port, with the replacements proving once again what a great squad ethic is possessed as the, by now tiring, Town side, were pressed relentlessly with Billy Sutton striking a great solo goal to give the home side the lead. With 8 minutes to go, Steve Minghella, whose fresh legs were giving considerable trouble to the visitors, was adjudged, correctly, to have been tripped in the area and Mark Brown coolly slotted an unstoppable spot kick into the roof of the net to give the home side a 4-2 advantage.

With virtually the last kick of the game, the visitors clawed a goal back from a corner kick melee but the ‘Port side remained resolute to take all 3 points.  A great squad performance which again reinforces the resilience of the lads, even in the face of adversity.

Under 11
Town Green's unbeaten run had to come to end eventually and today was the day. A great run and shot from Tom Peterson that came off the bar could have changed the course of the game but the pacey Danny Boden sprung the offside trap to put the home side into the lead at half time. T.G. bombarded Churchtown's goal in the second half but they found keeper Alex Thornton in inspired form and the next goal of the game came from Boden again. A missed penalty from the usually reliable Peterson further frustrated the away side,but a grandstand finish was set up when James McGregor fired home to make it 2-1.Try as they did they could not break down the Jags rearguard that were superb to a man especially the outstanding Daniel Hodgson who was Churchtown manager’s M.O.M. For Town Green it was Joe Doolan.

Under 10
A tense build up to the Eagles derby match between Town Green’s B and A teams saw a huge crowd witness a fine display of football from both teams. TGB started well with several long crosses from Adam Townson splitting the TGA defense. Constant pressure finally paid off when Andy Freeman was felled in the penalty area. Charlie Stoker stepped up to drill the ball home from the spot. TGB continued to apply the pressure and another superb cross

...continued... from Townson saw Stoker rise above everyone in the box to score a spectacular goal. TGA tried to mount an offensive move but were held back in their own half by superb passing by TGB. A free kick awarded to TGB on the edge of the area saw Shay Banner lift the ball over the defense and a quick knock on by Townson was met by Freeman to net the third before half time.

TGA started the second half well and had bad luck when a free kick by David Taylor was tipped onto the bar by an outstanding Owen Griffiths in TGB goal. Another shot by John Cain was superbly held by Griffiths. Full time and a resounding win by TGB saw them head the table with Formby JFC. A special thanks to referee Barry Simm who kept a tense game flowing.

Under 9
This was a tightly contested game throughout in a game either team could have won.SFCJ had three former Trinity players in their team James Smith, Anthony Brown and SFCJ captain Oliver Cunningham all with a point to prove.SFCJ pressed forward from the start and a well worked move by Sam Johnson and Anthony Brown saw a right wing cross into the box which found Robson Baldwin to produce a fine save from Mathew Gautry. SFCJ opened the scoring from a corner taken by Anthony Brown which fell short to Oliver Cunningham to return it to Brown who sent in a great cross for Sam Johnson to head the ball into the net, from then on SFCJ took control of the game till half time.

Trinity came out all guns firing and where first to every ball, Christy Devlin sent Trinity sub Dylan Norbury clear down the left who cut in and hit a curling shot inside the far post. The next ten minutes both teams battled for possession and a breakaway by SFCJ saw Sam Johnson return the compliment to Anthony Brow by hitting a cross into the goal area for Brown to power a header into the net. Brown could not contain his celebrations scoring against his old team who released him earlier this season.From then on SFCJ kept it tight with Callum Lawson clearing a definite goal off the line and producing some clinical tackles to shut out Trinity who also rattled the bar late on. A good win for SFCJ who need to improve on this display to remain in second place in the league.

Under 8

Town Green 'A' and Redgate 'A' met for the first time this season and both teams started brightly. Town Green played flowing football from the start and it was Tom Pearce who opened the scoring when he won the ball on the left, beat the defence and found the back of the net. Danny Huyton made surging runs on the right and Joel Day got on the end of a cross and finished clinically to make it 2-0 to Town Green. Redgate had their chances but Sam Stubbs was timing his tackles brilliantly in defence and Stephen Killen held on to every shot on goal to deny them opportunities to get back in the game. After half time, Town Green increased the scoreline when Kieran Dowell had a solo run and wrong footed the Redgate keeper, accurately directing the ball into the goal. Joel Maxwell and Ryan Dwyer were
combining well to keep the pressure on Redgate and Sam Mulholland was required for his defensive skills to keep a battling Redgate at bay. Dowell struck again for 4-0 before Pearce got his second for a 5-0 win for Town Green.

Results Week Ending January 29
Under 16 - Division 1

Halsall 1-0 Southport FC Juniors
Town Green 7-0 Skelmersdale United Juniors
Kerky Juniors 0-2 Hale Juniors
Birkdale United 1-2 Formby JSC

Under 15 - Division 1
Cave Canem 1-1 Town Green
Rainford Rangers 2-3 Aintree Villa
Southport FC Juniors 5-0 Ormskirk WE
Holborn 9-0 Burscough FC Juniors

Under 15 - Division 2
Churchtown Jaguars 2-1 Birkdale United
Redgate Rovers 4-2 West Lancs Colts

Under 14
Formby JSC 3-2 Woodland
Southport Trinity 2-4 Town Green
Redgate Rovers 3-1 Barlows
Great Crosby United 3-4 Burscough FC Juniors
Southport FC Juniors 3-1 Ainsdale

Under 13
Southport FC Juniors 0-7 Birkdale United
Town Green A 5-1 Formby JSC
Hesketh Colts 3-3 Redgate Rovers
Southport Trinity 0-8 Town Green B
Barlows 6-1 Burscough FC Juniors

Under 12 - Division 1
Town Green 2-1 Redgate Rovers
Thornton Youth 0-1 Formby JSC
Southport Trinity 0-9 Thornton Boys

Under 12 - Division 2
Ainsdale 1-0 Ormskirk West End
Birkdale United 1-1 Halsall F
Southport FC Juniors 3-2 Hesketh Colts

Under 11 - Division 1
Formby JSC 3-4 Southport Trinity
Pilkington 1-0 Ainsdale A
Redgate Rovers A 1-6 Burscough FC Juniors A

Under 11 - Division 2
Ormskirk WE 7-0 Kingsford
Burscough FC Juniors 3-4 Southport FC Juniors

Under 10 - Eagles
Ainsdale 1-6 Town Green B

Under 10 - Hawks
Ainsdale 2-1 Southport FC Juniors B
Halsall 0-5 Birkdale United
Hesketh Bank 0-3 Formby JSC
Hesketh Colts 1-3 Southport FC Juniors A

Under 9 - Leopards
Birkdale United B 1-2 Redgate Rovers A
Burscough FC Juniors 0-0 Formby JSC B
Southport Trinity 1-2 Southport FC Juniors A
Town Green 0-1 Formby JSC A

Under 9 - Panthers
Redgate Rovers B 5-0 Birkdale United A
Kingsford 0-3 Rainford Rangers
Hesketh Bank 1-1 Redgate Rovers C
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