Astley never give up to storm into top two

Astley and Buckshaw bounced back from a goal down to beat Division Two leaders Freckleton to go into the promotion places, writes BEN SMITH with pictures of Burscough Richmond v Turton by ALAN WALKER.

Premier Division leaders CMB further solidified their place at the top this weekend, with a Dan Crook penalty and Ben Thornton goal sealing a 2-0 win at third-placed Lostock St Gerards.

That result extended the gap between the two sides to nine points, with CMB also possessing a game in hand.

Thornton Cleveleys continue to head the chasing pack, and ensured they didn’t lose ground the summit with a 4-3 over Blackpool Wren Rovers.

Adam Sumner scored two in the victory, both from the spot, whilst Jordan Beavers and Brett Dawson also found the net.

Luke Harris, Ben Duffield and Robbie Hulme were the scorers for Blackpool Wren Rovers.

Elsewhere, Cleator Moor Celtic registered the division’s biggest win over the weekend, triumphing 6-1 against Coppull United.

Braces from Adam Smith and Connor Hammell helped secure the three points, alongside goals from Jamie Glover and Ellis Trotter.

Ethan Ingram got Coppull’s only goal of the game.

Hayden Ellis and Oliver Jordan cancelled out goals from Alwyn Flynn and Adam Blair respectively as Slyne with Hest and Wyre Villa drew 2-2, whilst the points were also shared at Whitehaven.

Owen Woodburn scored for the hosts, whilst Daniel Mort netted for visiting Hurst Green as the game finished 1-1.

A first-half Jordan Lorde double saw Burscough Richmond beat Turton 2-1, that despite Jack Griffin halving the deficit shortly after the break.

Lorde expertly finished twice in the first half after the home side were reduced to 10 men after just 11 minutes.

Lorde slammed home his first after turning inside before deftly chipping Turton's keeper after being played through by Mike Galliers.

Griffin powered home a header on the stroke of half time but Turton couldn't find an equaliser.

Meanwhile, Sam Parkinson’s late strike put the seal on a 2-0 win for Tempest United against Milnthorpe Corinthians, that after the deadlock had been broken via a 13th minute own goal.

And in Saturday’s final Premier Division fixture, Will Foster got the only goal as Rossendale won 1-0 at Fulwood Amateurs.

It was a goals galore in Division One, with each of the top three enduring high-scoring drama on their way to three points.

Leaders Ulverston Rangers found themselves 1-0 down at Askam United after Ben Phizakela opened the scoring, before ultimately securing a 3-2 win thanks to goals from George Akred, Scott McDonald and Sam Pinnegor.

Joe Tindall scored the hosts’ second, meanwhile, to briefly leveler the game at 2-2.

Eagley secured victory by the same scoreline, with the second-placed side rallying from two down after Jordan Brumby and Callum High found the net for visitors Millom.

Finlay Stafford scored two, including the game’s 90th minute winner, to complete the comeback, after Joe Howlin had halved the deficit for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Haslingden St Marys, currently third, won 5-2 at Lytham Town, with Leon Barker-Williams bagging a brace.

Lewis Hanley, Brady Boardman and Jack Cain also netted in the win, whilst Danny Scarlett and Dec Preyzner got the goals for the home side.

Hesketh Bank also hit five on Saturday, with an own goal the only blemish in a 5-1 win over Chipping, in which Luke Smith scored twice, and Sebastian Bailey, Richard Burns and Kevin Edgar netted one each.

Crooklands Casuals were the third side in the division to triumph 3-2, with goals Ryan Rodgers, Joe Blackshaw and Nathan Shaw sealing victory at Holker Old Boys Reserves, who found the net via Gareth Smith and Charlie McGladdery.

Elsewhere, Steve Mercer got the only goal of the game as Croston Sports picked up all three points at Carnforth Rangers.

In Division Two, Astley and Buckshaw recorded a real statement victory, beating Freckleton 4-1 to move within striking distance of their opponents at the top of the table.

The leaders had taken an early lead through Callum Williams, before goals from Adnaan Patel, Wes Bajraliu, Danny Cooper and Kurt Robinson sealed an emphatic turnaround.

Euxton Villa Reserves also picked up a 4-1 win, with Sam Burton scoring twice, and David Prout and Jacob Greenhalgh also netting in their triumph at Pause United.

Ben Roberts got the only goal for the hosts.

And completing a trio of 4-1 victors were Caton United, who won on the road at Storeys thanks to an Edward Harrison double, and goals from Kayne Taylor and Stephen Wearing.

Josh Draycott netted a late consolation for the home side late on.
Goals from Tom Graham, Lewis Heap and Roy Walmsley saw Garstang Reserves beat Charnock Richard Reserves 3-2, that despite Luca Navarro notching a quickfire double for Charnock.

And Chris Stripp also scored twice as Galgate played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Hawcoat Park.

Stripp was joined on the scoresheet by teammate Jordan Foster, along with Lewis Woodend, Sam Johnston and Reece Creswell, who were the scorers for Hawcoat Park.

Rounding out the Division Two action are Stoneclough, who picked up an impressive 2-0 win at Dalton United thanks to a brace from Austin Almond.

And we complete the league section of this round-up with the only game from Division Two Reserve, which saw Haslingden St Mary’s Reserves beat Carnforth Rangers Reserves 4-2, thanks in no small part to a brace from Michael Woodvine.

Toby Wilkinson and Tom Brierley also scored in the win, whilst Carnforth Rangers Reserves’ goals came via Josh Hadwin and Ihor Galona.

Elsewhere this weekend, the Stewart Rowe Memorial Cup continued, with Blackpool Wren Rovers Reserves registered in an 8-0 win over Thornton Cleveleys A in Group A.

Liam Wenman hit a hat-trick in the victory, whilst Danny Fletcher scored twice, and Luke Smith, Ellis Wilson and Ben Seear got one each.

Fulwood Amateurs Reserves benefited from two own goals in their 3-0 win at Freckleton Reserves, with Layton Kirnon also getting on the scoresheet.

And in the group's other game, goals from Tom Charlson, Wayne Beswick and Connor Wallace saw Storeys Reserves pick up a 3-1 win at Fulwood Amateurs A, whose only goal came via Jacob Whalley.

In Group B, Jack Fryer scored three as Thornton Cleveleys Reserves won 7-2 at Croston Sports Reserves, with Cory Harrison also adding two, including a penalty.

Billy Cartmell and Jake Mangan then rounded off the win, whilst both of the hosts’ goals, one of which was also a penalty, came courtesy of Ewan Cheetham.

Sam Skinner and Nathan Watson both struck early as Rossendale Reserves beat Tempest United Reserves 2-1, with Nick Skelly’s goal ultimately only serving to halve the deficit.

Elsewhere, Turton Reserves and Poulton Reserves played out a 2-2 draw.

There was another 8-0 triumph in Group C, as hat-tricks from Will Booth and Dan Nowell helped Milnthorpe Corinthians Reserves beat Rossendale A, with Tom Jackson adding the other two goals.

Meanwhile, goals from Adam O’Neill and John Stead, either side of Alessio Degrassi’s equaliser, saw Hesketh Bank Reserves win 2-1 at Coppull Reserves.

And in Group D, Zach Karanga-Brown scored twice in Eagley Reserves’ 5-2 win at CMB Reserves, with Tom Flitcroft, Mike Linney and Sammi Khan also on target.

Jax Hazeldine and Jack Locke got the goals for the hosts.

Zach Wilson also hit a double, helping Chipping Reserves eventually overcome Lostock St Gerards Reserves 4-3.

Kieran Whiteworth and Matthew Shorrock also scored in the win, whilst Brett Ferguson, Luke Goodeve and Adam Whittaker were the scorers for Lostock St Gerards Reserves.

Meanwhile, goals from Sam Hayes, Ross Quinn and Mac Wilson saw Hurst Green Reserves beat Lytham Town Reserves 3-0.

And we complete this edition of the round-up with a brief look at the Westmorland Senior Cup, in which two West Lancs sides advanced to round three.

Kendal United beat Sedbergh and Dent 7-3, whilst Kendal County beat Endmoor KGR 3-2.

Where next?

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Leaders refuse to falter to stay at the summit The leaders of the top three divisions - CMB, Ulverston Rangers and Freckleton - stayed out in front with three more points toward their title charges, writes BEN SMITH with pictures of Fulwood Amateurs v Blackpool Wren Rovers by GRAHAM LANCASTER.

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