Brown Craven Minor League
Match Reports for week ending February 5
Following last weeks mini upset Town Green needed to get back to
winning ways. They found Redgate to be a tough nut to crack
and in particular goalkeeper Zak Ball was in formidable form. Tom
Peterson eventually got things going with a well taken goal and
followed it up with three more (one from the spot) sandwiched by an
Elliot Peet strike all in the first half.
entered the proceedings for the second half and soon stamped his
mark on the game. Aided by Jack Arundel and Jay Francis, he twice
got himself onto the score sheet to put the game beyond doubt.
Managers Men of the
Match were Ben Hodkinson for Redgate and Vinnie Holligan for Town
Rainford v Redgate in the Wilf Jenkinson Cup was a hard fought match
that saw Redgate run out the eventual winners, on a pitch where
space was at a premium. Redgate started off the stronger putting
pressure on the Rainford defence who held out well and setting up
their forwards with some good clearances. The first goal of the
match coming from one these with the Rainford striker pouncing on
indecision in the Redgate defence to score. Redgate immediately went
looking for the equaliser and this soon came from Sam Bennett
scoring with a trademark freekick that gave Rainford's excellent
keeper no chance.
The second half began
with both teams trying to increase their scores. Ryan Walker in goal
for Redgate supported his defence and commanded his area well during
this period. Rainford were first to break the deadlock in the second
half with a well taken freekick from the edge of the area. This
stung Redgate into action and they battled back forcing numerous
Craig Lowe ghosted in at the back of one of these corners and struck
a sweet left foot volley to score Redgate's second goal
and was soon followed by Chris Muir who scored the third with a
great strike. Rainford were desperate to get the equaliser but left
themselves open at the back leaving Dan Abdous to run in and claim
Redgates fourth goal. A good match played in good spirit it was just
sad there had to be a loser.
Town Green the current leaders of the Eagles Division hosted Formby
currently in second in this Cup quarter final. Town Green started
slowly and were soon put under pressure by Formby's Matthew Hamilton
who battled for every ball and caused the Town Green defense many
problems. After ten minutes Hamilton picked up the ball just inside
the Town Green half and was allowed to waltz his way through the
defense and slot the ball home. Soon after a corner from Formby saw
George Apel rise to nod in a second.
In the second half Town Green rearranged themselves and began to
apply the pressure. A shot from Adam Townson shaved the post and a
glorious save from Charlie Stoker's snap shot denied them yet again.
With time running out Town Green threw everything at Formby but just
couldn't get that breakthrough. A fantastic cup tie.
Town Green ‘A’ bagged 5 goals without reply against Redgate ‘B’. Tom
Pearce opened the scoring as he dribbled the ball through the
Redgate defence and
placed the ball out of the keepers reach and into the net. Town
Green played a passing game and the Redgate keeper was resilient in
goal until Ryan Dwyer collected the ball off a corner and finished
clinically from a few yards out. Town Green closed the half with
another as Pearce took his chance for his second and a 3-0 lead.
Sam Mulholland and Joel Maxwell were creating chances for the hard
working Joel Day, but it was Kieran Dowell who switched the ball
cross field for Tom Pearce, who with the goal in his sight, fired it
past the keeper for his hat trick. In the last telling move of the
game, Dowell won a tackle from just inside the Redgate half of the
pitch, he surged forward and showed strength on the ball and
accuracy in his shot to score and record a 5-0 win for Town Green.