Lift-off for Lytham while leaders stay on course

By Andy Sykes

Lytham Town made it into the last eight of the Presidents Cup as title challengers refused to slow their momentum, writes BEN SMITH with match images from Coppull v CMB by Steve Taylor.

Wet weather washed out much of Saturday’s original schedule of fixtures, but the conditions weren’t enough to dampen the spirits of Premier Division leaders CMB, who continued their charge towards a potential title with a 5-0 victory at Coppull United.

Anthony Hough, Dan Crook, Carl Grimshaw, Robbie Deigham and Dylan Winstanley all struck in the win, which maintained CMB eight-point advantage at the top.

Rossendale, meanwhile, went one better, picking up a 6-0 win on the road, in large part down to four goals from Scott Wylie.

Tom Hulme and Luke Simpson also got on the scoresheet as the side ran out comfortable victors at Slyne with Hest.

Goals from Zach Carberry, Adam Sutton and Will Doherty saw Burscough Richmond rally from a goal down to beat Whitehaven 3-1, that after Kian Goulding had opened the scoring 12 minutes in.

Thornton Cleveleys also came from behind to claim three points, with Oliver Wilkinson and Adam Sumner securing a 2-1 win against Tempest United, who had taken the lead through Sam Parkinson.

Elsewhere, Jordan Monk got the only goal of the game as Hurst Green won 1-0 at Milnthorpe Corinthians.

In Division One, Aiden Pearson and Jay Hayton both struck twice for their respective sides as Askam United won 3-2 at Kendal County, with Kyle Jefferson also on target for the visitors.

Crooklands Casuals and Millom, meanwhile, played out a 1-1 draw after Ryan Rodgers cancelled out Jordan Williams’ opener.

Astley and Buckshaw took advantage of postponements elsewhere to extend their advantage at the top of Division Two, with the leaders now nine points ahead after a victory on Saturday.

Scott Hammill scored a brace, either side of goals from Adnaan Patel and Sam Swarbrick, in a 4-2 win against Charnock Richard Reserves, whose goals came via Cole Heaton and Joe Gittens-Smethurst.

Kendal United also picked up three points, with a Ryan Close double securing a comeback victory at Stoneclough, who had taken a first half lead through Dean Smethurst.

A hat-trick from Luke Smith saw Blackpool Wren Rovers Reserves register a big win in Division One Reserves, with Danny Fletcher and Aidan Burrows also on the scoresheet in a 5-1 win at Fulwood Amateurs Reserves, who succumbed to their first home defeat of the season.

Cory Gill got the hosts’ only goal.

In the division’s other game to survive the weather, Tempest United Reserves and Lostock St Gerards Reserves played out 3-3 draw, in which five goals came in a frantic opening 25 minutes.

Lewis Pilgrim scored twice for the visitors, either side of a goal from Olly Evans, whilst Brad Spencer and Nick Skelly got on the scoresheet for Tempest United Reserves.

Adam Sharrock then struck for the home side just after the hour to ensure the points were shared.

In to Division Two Reserve now, where goals from Josh Heap, Tom Charlson and Matthew Poole saw Storeys Reserves run out 3-1 winners against Rossendale A, whose only goal came via Tejay Bacon.

And rounding off the weekend’s league action are Carnforth Rangers Reserves, who claimed a 2-0 win against Milnthorpe Corinthians Reserves thanks to goals from Josh Hadwin and Tyler Hanafin.

Saturday also saw one game in the first round of the Presidents Cup, and it brought a shock as Division One Lytham Town triumphed 2-1 over Premier Division side Cleator Moor Celtic.

Goals from Danny Scarlett and Tom Eastham were enough to carry their side safely into round two, despite Luke Close halving the deficit with five minutes left to play.

Where next?

Trophy winners asked to return silverware Clubs which won silverware at the end of the 2022/23 season are being politely asked to bring back their trophies to a league official ahead of the next league meeting.
Draws for quarter-finals of cups revealed The quarter-finals of the Richardson, Presidents and Challenge cups will be played on March 2.

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