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Date:- 26 February 2007

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Peter Brown Craven Minor League

Match Reports Week Ending February 18

Under 8 Friendly
Southport 2 Burscough 1

With both teams having no game in there respective leagues, it was a good opportunity for a friendly. On a great Sunday morning for football the Juniors were up for it. They fought hard for every ball and took the lead on 10mins with Matt Howard doing some good work down the right and putting in a good cross for Jack Hart to finish.

Burscough came out for the 2nd half up for it more than the Juniors. Following some pressure Burscough equlised with some very good passing and a good finish.  The Juniors came more into it as the game went on, with both teams having chances and Luke Dempster making 2 great saves. Then came the winner with a lovely finish from Lewis Harwood, after a lot of hard work and another fine perfomance by captain Andy Thorpe the Juniors had a much deserved 2-1 win.

Under 10
Town Green A 4 Rainford 0

Town Green started this game in fine form and quickly took the lead from a throw-in by Jack McGregor from the left into the penalty area which was played into Connor Tierney's path to score the first goal. Rangers hit back with a couple of shots which kept Anthony Caunce busy in the Town Green goal.  Shortly after this, Town Green scored again from some great 1 touch passing which ended with Nathan Peet finding the net superbly with a 1st time shot. Town Green made it 3 with a fine header from Nathan Peet direct from a corner kick.  Despite some heroic goal keeping and defending by Rainford, Town Green made it 4-0 from a powerful shot from Kieron Turner which rebounded off the bar for Connor Tierney to tap in. 

George Newell was pivotal in many of Town Green's moves and 2nd half substitute, Jonathan Campbell, made some good runs down the left hand side and was unlucky not to find himself on the scoresheet.  This was a great team performance by Town Green with some top class football and accurate passing. A truly entertaining game for all who watched it.  Town Green's Man of the Match was George Newell.

Trinity 1 Southport A 2

This game was full of what is good in junior football, the players from both teams have a great respect for each other and a great will to win. Southport had Robson Baldwin back in his left wing role and the early stages of the game he produced some outstanding runs and linked up well with James Smith and Anthony Brown that let in Brown who's shot was destined for the far post only for Mathew Gautry to make an outstanding save by turning the ball wide and out for a corner. The game was very tight and Trinity had a great chance to go ahead when Nathan Thistlewaite and Christy Devlin worked an opening that found Jack Baybutt who crashed an effort against the bar from outside the box.

The 2nd half started by Southport forcing numerous corners against Trinity who defended them well but as the half reached the half way stage a move involving James Smith who played a 1st time pass to Owen Drummond who gave it back to Smith who then placed a pass that cut the Trinity defence to peices for Drummond to run on to the ball and place the ball beyond the advancing keeper and into the net. This was a truly outstanding goal and the clinical passing between the 2 players was met with applause from both sets of fans. Trinity tried to level the game but this left gaps at the back that Sam Johnson was unlucky not to punish when he shot just wide with only the keeper to beat. 

The game reached the last few minutes when a foul by Southport just outside their area gave Trinity a chance to get back in the game, Christy Devlin rifled a right foot shot that went through a group of players and into the back of the net. Southport had only themselves to blame and should have had kept it tight but from the kick off they pushed the ball forward and a scramble on the egde of the Trinity box saw the ball fall to Anthony Brown who lobbed the ball over the keeper and into the net, Brown is the unsung hero of the side who week in week out he gives 110% this week he got his just rewards and was by far the best player on the pitch. This took the wind out of Trinity who ran out of time to hit back when the final whistle ended a very entertaining game played in a sporting manner.

Under 11 Trisconi Cup Semi-Final
Town Green 4 v Southport Trinity 0

In a game switched at the last moment because of a waterlogged home pitch Town Green and Trinity met for the third time this season with honours even.  Town Green started well from the kick off and sharp passing saw the ball slotted though from Captain Will McKee to AJ McGowan who let fly from fully 25 yards to make it 1-0 after only 2 minutes. Town Green continued to play controlled football and Trinity found it hard to leave their own half. A corner won from a fine save by Trinty keeper Jacque Verite was taken by AJ McGowan. The keeper could only flap at the cross and the ball landed in the net. 

As expected Trinity tried to come on strong at the start of the 2nd half but a fine defensive team performance by Jack Woodward, James Halpin, Luke Dwyer and David Taylor dealt with anything Trinity could throw at them.  Town Green had soon soaked up the expected charge and again found time to pass the ball. A sweet 1-2 between David Wilkinson and Rob Welsh saw Welsh breeze though to slot the ball round the keeper. Trinity could not muster a response and when John Cain blasted in the 4th it was game over for Trinity.  So Town Green deservedly head for a final at Burscough FC’s ground in May.

Under 13
Forefield Rangers 1 West Tower 4 (Liverpool County Cup quarter final)

West Tower made it through to the semi-final of the County Cup, with a display as impressive as any they have managed all season. However this was no easy game, against a Forefield side who matched West Tower in most departments, and for periods in the game dominated possession. Even so, thanks to some stout defending, the West Tower goalkeeper was very rarely called upon, whereas, at the other end, West Tower were creating good chances, but failing to convert.  It seemed only a matter of time before West Tower scored, and Ellis Appleton duly obliged with a good run from centre midfield, into the box, and then slotted the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net. Two or three more good chances were missed by West Tower, and the 1st half ended 1-0. 

An early goal in the 2nd half was important for both teams, and it was West Tower who got it, with Bradley Sherwood scoring from close range just minutes after the re-start, and it looked as though the game might now be up for Forefield. However, Forefield had different ideas, and came at West Tower again, and scored from a superbly taken free kick, giving the keeper no chance. Now it was game on again, and for 10 minutes West Tower were wobbling as the opposition camped in their half, yet the keeper was hardly bothered, thanks to some impressive defending.  Finally, as the game neared conclusion, the quality of West Tower came through, and they scored two further goals to kill the game. Both came from Ellis Appleton, who capped a tremendous midfield performance with a hat trick.

Counting the cost of poor maths and English skills

NEW research reveals poor basic skills are costing people in the North West a staggering £69 million every year - enough to pay the starting salaries of over 3,429 new teachers - as people are regularly short-changed or miscalculate the cost of purchases.  The research, commissioned by learndirect, the UK’s adult e-learning network, reveals almost half of all adults in the UK (49%) feel their basic maths and English skills let them down. It also highlights the extent to which poor basic maths and English skills can affect all aspects of everyday life.

1 in 5 find their holidayscosta plenty as they are unable to convert local currency into pounds. Everyday shopping is also problematic, as a further 1 in 5 cannot work out which retail offers are better value when comparing packs containing different weight measurements.  More than a 3rd of adults admit to adding up on their fingers when faced with a maths problem and no calculator. 40% of us cannot calculate volume, whilst a 3rd finds converting fractions to decimals and vice versa extremely taxing.

In response to the findings, learndirect is launching its Spotlight Challengeinitiative, an interactive quiz featuring Eamonn Holmes. This quiz explores people’s maths and English skills through everyday examples – from calculating how much it costs to fill a car with petrol to spelling words like ‘necessary.’ Adults across the country will be encouraged to engage in this fun quiz in shopping centres, helping them to assess whether they have a skills gap.

Eamonn Holmes, the face of the learndirect Spotlight Challenge, says:- “Sorting out your English and maths skills is hugely important on both a personal and professional basis. Not having these core skills can really hold you back and, as this research shows, make your work or home life more costly. I know that maths has always been my least favourite subject and things like working out mortgage rates leave my head swimming. We are encouraging people to come down and do the learndirect Spotlight Challenge as a way of helping to identify if they have an issue with English and maths and, if they do, then learndirect is there to help.”

Maths isn’t the only problem, as almost half of the population struggles with the meaning of words. 1 in 5 does not know the difference between words that sound the same but have different meanings, such as there andtheir.

Sally Coady from learndirect adds:- “Recent studies have shown there are 26 million adults** across the UK who have a maths or English need. However, many of these people may not realise their basic skills are holding them back. This campaign is designed to encourage people to brush up on their maths and English if they have a skills gap. Our aim, via the support of learndirect centre staff and the flexibility of our courses, is to overcome any barriers to learning and equip people with the skills they need to get the most out of their lives.”

For details of your nearest centre or information on courses that could even lead to a maths or English qualification up to the same level as a GCSE, call Learn Direct on 0800 101 901 or log on to.

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