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23 April 2002

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The Too Friendly Theatre Company

After the success of "Wuthering Heights at the Southport Arts Center recently, Maghulls 'too Friendly Theater Company' have now begun rehearsals on their next production, the poignant and entertaining "Breezeblock Park".  The play will be performed at the Rose Theatre, within Edge Hill College, Ormskirk from the 6th to the 8th of June 2002.

The play, set in 1970's Liverpool, tells the story of a family having to come to terms with the pregnancy of an unmarried daughter and the importance of material possessions and one-upmanship.  Whilst exceptionally funny, the play explores the hopes and dreams of the characters and results in a dramatic climax.  The play is written by Willy Russell who also wrote "Blood Brothers" and "Shirley Valentine" to name but two.
Amongst the talent and enthusiastic cast of actors, the character of Betty is being played by Stella Barrington and Betty's long suffering husband Syd is played by John Windsor.  The play is once again directed by Merseyside's own Cliff Gillies.
The Theatre company have a growing reputation for producing high quality, moving performances, due to the dedication and imagination of those involved.  Having already received rave reviews for their productions of  Willy Russell's "Stages and Hens" and Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights", this production promises to be one where the comic and dramatic talents of the company are shown off perfectly.
Tickets are for sale at £5.00 per ticket.  More and ticket details are available by calling 01704 534 552 or alternatively log on to our website at:- 
Learn to dive!
Ormskirk Sub~Aqua Club  was established in 1975 and has a broad band of members from all walks of life with various diving experiences. We are an open and friendly club and have a busy diving and training schedule held during the year. The club owns a 5.8 metre rigid inflatable boat that we commonly use to dive the wrecks of Liverpool Bay and beyond.

Within the last two years we have had trips to Oban, Anglesey, Seahouses on the North East Coast, Normandy and have arranged for this year to dive the Clyde and Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.
OSAC is a member of BSAC who have a membership of over 55,000 with some 1,200 branches in more than 50 countries around the world and are the UK Governing Body for underwater sports!  
If this sounds like your type of fun the ask for more information and a try-dive, by contacting any of the committee members on our club training night at the Ormskirk Park Pool, ever Wednesday at 9.00pm.  Also see our web page at 


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Southport FC. Doncaster Rovers 1 Southport 0

Southport dropped to 17th in the table as Doncaster finished their last home fixture of the season with a 1-0 win against the Sandgrounders.   Doncasters fourth Belle-Vue victory in a row could in fact have yielded more goals but for at times resilient defending from their Lancashire visitors.
Southport came close to earning themselves a point when Simon Parke came close to equalizing in the last minute.

With only the goalkeeper to beat Parke miss-hit his shot and Andy Warrington was left with an easy save.
Rovers teenage sensation Paul Green had a shot deflected for a corner after only 30 seconds for the home side but despite Doncaster forcing ten first-half corners, Southport stood strong and prevented them from gaining an advantage.

Parke's first chance of the game came in the fourth minute after escaping the offside trap but his shot cleared the bar to the dismay of the traveling support.

Doncaster winger Andy Watson fired just wide from the edge of the box in the eighth minute . Barry Miller headed the ball into the back of the net from a Tim Ryan cross just minutes later. Fortunately for Southport the offside-trap worked well and the linesman raised his flag to rule the effort out.
Barry Jones worked hard and tirelessly for the Sandgrounders, as he has all season, and came close with a 25-yarder in the 19th minute.

But the home side continued to dominate with Watson having a flick shot saved before Ryan had a long range thunderbolt tipped over the bar.
Doncaster, with much of the early play under their belt, were denied by Steve Dickinson in the Southport goal when he saved Watson's second effort. Soon after, ex-Sandgrounders Tim Ryan missed his opportunity to open the scoring when he too failed to beat the favorite for the Southport player of the year trophy.
Dickinson continued to deny Watson, who was out to impress the visiting scouts. In the 38th minute an angled drive by the winger was stopped dead in its tracks by the Haig Avenue favorite.

The second half was more even, with both sides struggling to find an opening. Rovers had another effort disallowed in the 62nd minute when Robert Gill fired home after Barnes had handled in the build up.

Southport began to look more dangerous with the big man Simon Parke heading wide in the 63rd minute but it was Doncaster who made the all important breakthrough a minute later.

A rare mistake by Dean Howell saw Paul Green latch onto the ball to set up Barnes who finished from close range.

Steve Jones came close with 20 minutes remaining, firing into the side-netting when close in on goal but luck just wasn't going Southport's way.
Southport battled to the finish but were out of luck when Steve Whitehall had a shot on the turn well saved in the closing stages.

Doncaster:- Andy Warrington, Jamie Price, Barry Miller, Jamie Squires (Kevin Sandwith, 54), Tim Ryan, Tristram Whitman (Lee Butler, 72), Paul Green, Ricky Ravenhill, Andy Watson (Jamie Paterson, 81), Paul Barnes, Robert Gill
Subs:- Neil Campbell, Lee Butler, Jamie Paterson, Francis Tierney, Kevin Sandwith

Southport:- Steven Dickinson, Martin Clark, Barry Jones, Shaun Teale, Chris Lane (Lee Elam, 69), Andrew Scott, Dean Howell (Lee Mulvaney, 75), Neil Grayston, Carl Macauley, Steve Whitehall, Simon Parke
Subs:- Lee Elam, John Robertson, Chris Ward, Lee Mulvaney, Phil Morgan

Referee:- M Yerby (Ashford)
Attendance:- 2151

Team stats for Doncaster v Southport
11 Goal Attempts 8, 4On Target2, 7 Off Target 6, 0 Hit Woodwork 0, 13 Corners 4, 11 Fouls 7, 7 Offsides 2

CARDS:- Yellow, Sandwith (67), foul
Ryan (90), unsporting behavior
Jones, B (26), foul.

Article by Daniel Hayes.

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