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Date:- 03 March 2007

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Peter Brown Craven Minor League

Match Reports Week Ending 25 Feb. 2007

Under 8
Rainford Rangers A 2 Town Green 3

On a heavy pitch, Town Green made heavy weather of a game that they dominated for long periods but could easily have lost.  The visitors started brightly, with Jack McComb making good progress down the right wing and looking dangerous every time he got the ball. It was he, though, who missed the best chance of the half, slicing Dan Brady’s cross wide with the goal at his mercy. At the other end, on what was their first meaningful break, Rainford took the lead when a bobbling shot deceived Michael Power and crept into the goal. Town Green got a deserved equaliser just before half time when McComb made amends for his earlier miss, dispossessing the Rainford centre-half and stabbing the ball home.

Playing uphill in the 2nd half seemed to make matters easier for Town Green. Amir Hadiei, now playing with greater confidence, broke down the left flank then cut inside and drilled a low shot past the Rainford ‘keeper, the ball just crossing the line before Ben Harding arrived to smash it home.  Thomas Bradley, whose mazy runs had been causing the home defence real problems, had to come off injured and Tom Hartley played excellently as a make-shift left midfielder. After a scramble in the Rainford penalty box, Josh Dean showed composure to take the ball out of the mêlée and finish well to give Town Green a 2-goal cushion.

Rather than capitulate, Rainford rallied well and had a period of sustained pressure, during which Michael Power made up for his earlier mistake with a couple of brilliant saves. Rainford did pull one back towards the end of the half, and would have equalised but for an excellent goal-line clearance from Giacomo Poli in the last seconds of the game which left Town Green relieved to take the 3 points that their overall play deserved.

Southport 0 Town Green A 1

This was always going to be a closely fought affair and with the score being 0-0 at half time it looked as though neither team was going to break the deadlock. Town Green upped their game in the second half and passed the ball well, but some excellent defending by Southport and some good saves by their keeper kept Town Green at bay.  After some good work down the right hand side by Connor Tierney, he found substitute Josh Donson, who calmly side footed a right foot shot into the corner of the goal to give Town Green the lead.  Southport hit back just when time seemed to be running out but Connor Stockwell put in a great last ditch tackle to deny Southport the equaliser.

Theo Chrisokhou kept things tight at the back for Town Green and George Newell was as consistent as ever with his accurate passing and brave tackles.  This was a great win for Town Green against a very strong Southport side. Both teams played well with enthusiasm, bravery and commitment and the supporters witnessed some excellent footballing skills by both teams.  Town Green's man of the match was Connor Tierney.

Under 10
Redgate 3 Birkdale A 3

Quick off the blocks with a goal by Young within the first few seconds of the game the Capio Renacres Hospital sponsored team Birkdale United A produced the best start to their season and continued to pressure Redgate. Redgate responded and the game was end to end resulting in Redgate producing an equaliser after 9 minutes of play. The game continued at a fairly even pace, Aindow's shot flew over the crossbar and Harrison had 2 goal attempts denied with one over the crossbar and the other hitting the post. Some good play between Platts and Young lead to Young's 2nd goal making a half time score of 1-2 to Birkdale A.

1st part of the 2nd half saw Birkdale press forward and Redgate counter attacking which has handled well by Copson and Frew, but Redgate managed to equalise again making it 2 all. Copson again had to work hard as Redgate edged in front, and that determination from Birkdale lead to Young's hat trick. At this point in the game Platts and Williams had shots denied and corners for both teams put pressure on the Keepers. Just before the end of the match Redgate equalised for the 3rd and final time in the game with the result of 3-3.  Player of the match for Birkdale United A - J. Young.

Under 12
Southport Juniors 5 Redgate Y 3

Having been beaten last week in a semi-final Southport needed to lift their game this week. They had lost to Redgate earlier in the season but then beat them in a quarter final.  The game got off to a great start with Southport taking the lead within 5mins. A long ball over the top from T Edmondson allowed D McWilliams to place it home to the keepers left.  From the kick-off Southport where looking to increase their lead with another shot from McWilliams led to a fine save from Z Ball but the ball fell loose in the box only for McWilliams to slot home.  Redgate stepped it up and kept their heads with an attack through the middle that gave the Southport keeper L Wainman no chance and despite a save from Wainman an easy tap in led to a 2-2 half time scoreline. 

With the 2nd half under way and Redgate pushing Southport’s back four they had to be solid. A through ball from L Prescott to K MacDonald led to a driving run through the back four and a well deserved goal.  Another break down the left following a clearing header from L Williams led to Drummond shooting hard and low into the bottom right hand corner for 4-2.  With only 10 minutes left Redgate attacked again and won another corner resulting in a Redgate goal. But the port pushed again and C Bos played a super ball through to McWilliams who hit an unstoppable shot to the keepers left.  Man of the Match was Jake Vaianella and 10/10 for the ref.


THE hunt is on for the heroic people who help Liverpool’s children thrive.  Nominations are being invited for Liverpool Early Years and Childcare Worker of the year Award 2007. This gives the people of Liverpool the opportunity to show their appreciation to those exceptional early years and childcare workers who have made a difference to children’s lives.

Employees who have gone the extra mile to deliver good childcare services as well as much needed support to parents will also be rewarded.  Nominations can be made by anyone, from parents to work colleagues. Carers can even nominate themselves.

Assistant Executive Member for Children Services Cllr Jan Clein, said:- “The hardworking individuals who care for the city’s children play a hugely important role in developing Liverpool’s future generation.  The awards are about thanking all our carers for their invaluable service, and honouring those who go the extra mile to make a difference to children.  We are hoping to get hundreds of nominations for what will be a very special awards evening”.

The Council is urging more parents to come forward this year, as in the past; nominations have come mainly from carers and work colleagues.  Award categories range from carers who work with babies to young teenagers as well as children with special education needs.  To be short listed carers must be making a difference in a child or children’s lives, actively seeking to improve their practice and knowledge, working well with others including parents and colleagues while promoting equality in their practice.

To apply please call Liverpool Children’s Information service on 0800 28 43 28 or visit the awards website.  Closing date for nominations will be on Friday the 20 April 2007

Stuart Smith, the Council’s Executive Director for Children’s Services said:- “Assuring children get the best possible start in life is invaluable. Receiving high quality care in the formative years has a massive impact on a child’s life.  This is the chance to give the city’s wonderful childcare providers the recognition they deserve. I would urge people to start nominating as soon as possible”.

All short listed finalists will be invited to attend the Award ceremony which will be held at Liverpool Town hall on of Friday 29 June 2007.

Research reveals the worrying state of young people’s mental health

4 OUT of every 5 calls (423) to ChildLine’s North West base last year concerning mental health came from girls.  Analysis of calls over the last year to ChildLine, which is a service provided by the NSPCC, reveal that 521 children and young people called the North West base about mental health problems. These were related to depression, eating disorders, family troubles, bullying, living with someone who has a mental illness and physical and sexual abuse. The calls came from children as young as 7.

Some even rang the 24 hour helpline while attempting to take their own life and others said they had already tried to kill themselves and were thinking of trying again.  On one occasion a ChildLine counsellor helped save the life of a girl who had taken an overdose in her bedroom while her parents were downstairs, unaware of what was happening. After getting the girl’s agreement, the counsellor called the emergency services and an ambulance arrived at the house in time to save the youngster whose grateful father rang the next day to say thank you.  Previous research shows an alarming decline in the mental health of UK adolescents with rates of depression and anxiety increasing by 70% in the last 25 years. 

Assistant director of ChildLine North of England, Alison Todd, said:- “When young people talk about suicide they are obviously in deep despair. They are at crisis point with no one else to turn to, which is why they call us.  The number of children who rang to talk about mental health issues last year could have filled 17 classrooms, so it’s a big problem.  We are able to give immediate advice and support to these young people, who are going through a terrifying experience but it is clear that those who call us with serious problems may need more intensive therapeutic support over a sustained period. At the moment, there are simply not enough therapeutic services for children with these problems, and we are urging the government to give this issue urgent attention.”

Of the calls taken nationally by ChildLine about suicide (1,265) nearly 4 out of 5, that is 1,009, came from girls. There were 256 from boys. But despite the higher number of calls from girls, statistics show that suicide rates among 15 to 21 year olds are around 3 times higher for males than females.  Eating problems also featured high on the list of mental health concerns with 1,854 girls and 158 boys ringing for help and advice. Some told how they wanted to lose weight after being bullied. Another 725 called about self harm with many explaining they believed it helped them cope with other problems.  Family difficulties encountered by many of the callers included living with someone suffering with mental problems or with parents who were abusive, neglectful or drank too much.

14 year old Rosie told a ChildLine counsellor:- “Mum has been on anti-depressants for years. The doctor wants her to keep taking them but she’s stopped. It’s really scary. I feel like I’ve had to raise myself – it’s made me lonely and depressed.”

15 year old Craig, told a ChildLine counsellor:- “I’ve taken some tablets and drunk a bottle of vodka. There’s no point. No one cares about me. My mum didn’t even notice that I’ve self harmed. I have nothing to feel good about anymore.”

Pete Bennett (Big Brother 7 - 2006 winner)

PETE Bennett will be playing at the Cavern in Liverpool on Tuesday 6 March 2007, along side 2 support acts. The gig starts at 8pm, tickets are on sale at £7 each.

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