Band of brothers take aim for Casuals

The Irving family were the toast of Crooklands Casuals as the number of postponements this season hit 248 matches, writes BEN SMITH with pictures from Kendal County v Millom by RICHARD EDMONDSON.

It was yet another weekend where conditions led to a significantly reduced schedule of West Lancashire League action, with this edition of the roundup covering the best from the dozen games that did manage to beat the latest round of wet weather.

The standout scoreline from the Premier Division came at Poulton, who rallied from 2-0 down to record a 7-3 victory of Milnthorpe Corinthians.

Goals from Gerard McCullion and Ewan Atkinson had the visitors two-up inside 14 minutes, before braces from Max Landless and Billy McKenna, along with goals from Danny Morris, Adam Jennings and Dominic Gill, completed an emphatic turnaround.

Jamie Looker then netted a late consolation.

Fulwood Amateurs put in a five star performance on the 3G at UCLan against Hurst Green, with Spencer Lucas scoring twice in a 5-0 win.

Will Pitt, Aaron Hewitt and Zaid Bangi were also on the scoresheet.

And there was late drama at Thornton Cleveleys, where Jordan Beavers’ 95th minute winner saw the hosts triumph 2-1 against Burscough Richmond.

Both sides knew they needed to win to keep the pressure on pacesetters CMB and champions Burscough took the lead through Zach Carberry.

But that goal would be cancelled out by Adam Sumner from the spot just 10 minutes later.

Beavers then capitalised on a defensive error to earn a late three points in front of a healthy crowd.

In Division One, it was a case of a band of brothers as Lee Irving denied second-placed Ulverston Rangers a point at Crooklands Casuals, as he netted the decisive goal in a 3-2 win for the home side.

Earlier, the visitors had battled back from 2-0 down, with goals from Aaron Beardsworth and Scott McDonald cancelling out a quickfire double from Lee's brother Harvey in the first half.

Carnforth Rangers would salvage a draw against Southport Hesketh, despite having been 2-0 down inside 10 minutes thanks to a brace from Muhammed Sameteh.

A Joe Jobling strike and an own goal saw the game ultimately finish 2-2, Hesketh's fourth point of the season.

Things also ended level between Kendal County and Millom, who played out a 1-1 draw after Jack Brench’s opener was cancelled out by Reece Orton just before the break.

Division Two saw Kendal United score six without reply on Saturday, with Jonny Voortman and Jason Jones both scoring twice in an emphatic victory over Hawcoat Park.

Ryan Close and Jamie Harris also found the net in the win.

Meanwhile, Walney Island came from 2-0 down to claim a point away at Storeys, with second-half strikes from Zach Walker and Joe Hayes cancelling out goals from Liam Jackson and Matthew Poole.

Jude Platt and Ryan Keegan were among the scorers as Tempest United Reserves triumphed 3-2 at Hurst Green Reserves in the sole surviving Division One Reserve fixture.

An own goal and Daniel Mort provided the goals from the home side.

And in Division Two Reserve, a Zac Brierley brace set Haslingden St Mary’s Reserves on their way to an eventual 6-2 victory over Croston Sports Reserves.

Goals from Tom Brierley, James Goodyear, Sam Gammack and Charlie Lord then sealed the win, whilst Jonathan Sharples was the scorer of both of Croston Sports Reserves’ goals.

The game between Milnthorpe Corinthians Reserves and Hesketh Bank Reserves, meanwhile, finished goalless.

Concluding this edition of the roundup are Thornton Cleveleys Reserves, who reached the semi-finals of the Stewart Rowe Memorial Cup with a 2-1 win at Eagley Reserves.

Jake Mangan got both goals as the visitors came from behind to secure victory, that after Rhys Hardie had opened the scoring 15 minutes in.

Where next?

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