Roberts and Richardson red hot on goal-crazy weekend

A total of 157 goals were smashed in just 32 games in the West Lancashire League on Saturday as strikers made hay in the sun, writes BEN SMITH with pictures from Fulwood Amateurs by GRAHAM LANCASTER.

It was a high-scoring Saturday of Premier Division action this weekend, with the standout result seeing Blackpool Wren Rovers net six without reply against CMB to end the leaders’ 100% start to the season in emphatic fashion.

Luke Harris scored twice in the win, whilst Ethan Smith, Kian Makepeace, Ric Seear and Danny Fletcher grabbed a goal apiece.

It was though third-placed Fulwood Amateurs who led the division’s scoring stakes with a 7-2 win against Slyne with Hest, which included a hat-trick from Spencer Lucas.

Lucas was joined on the scoresheet by Will Pitt, Joe Hooper, Joey Higham and Alex Smithson, whilst Slyne with Hest’s goals came via William Sharkey and Anthony Storm.

Meanwhile, Thornton Cleveleys, currently second in the table, eventually triumphed 4-3 in a thriller at Hurst Green.

Goals from Lewis Walmsley, Daniel Stoney, Eddie Pell and Callum Dickinson sealed the three points for the visitors, whilst Daniel Mort, Cyan Bradley and Jordan Monk scored for Hurst Green in a game where both sides held the lead twice.

Elsewhere, Coppull United put in a five-star performance on the road, with Greg Brickell bagging a brace in a 5-1 win at Turton.

Cameron Murphy, Sean Elliot and Taylor Brickell also found the net, whilst the hosts’ only goal came courtesy of Ricardo Pembele.

Connor McAuley, Danny Ormerod and Isaac Loftus were all on target as Lostock St Gerards beat Whitehaven 3-1, with the latter pulling a goal back through Carl Denver just after the hour.

And Rossendale beat Milnthorpe Corinthians 2-1, with Ewan Atkinson halving the deficit late on after Luke Simpson and Joe Maycock had established a two-goal cushion.

Tempest United and Cleator Moor Celtic played out a 2-2 draw, with Tom Booth and Sam Parkinson cancelling out goals from Luke Close and Ben McCaron respectively.

And we end our look at the Premier Division for this weekend at Wyre Villa, where Max Landless got the only goal of the game to seal a 1-0 win for visitors Poulton.

Moving into Division One, and it’s largely as you were at the top of the table, with the league’s leading trio all picking up maximum points.

A Jack Milburn double and Scott McDonald opener sealed a 3-0 win for leaders Ulverston Rangers against Southport Hesketh, whilst Aiden Pearson also scored twice for second-placed Askam United in their 4-2 win at Carnforth Rangers.

Pearson’s brace was sandwiched by goals from Callum Rayner and Joshua Jones, whilst the hosts’ goals came via Oliver Rickerby and Ben Turton.

And it was an away victory too for Eagley, currently third, with Finlay Stafford, Kieran Lomax and Harry Wood each netting twice in a 6-1 triumph at Crooklands Casuals, whose only goal via Tom Heywood.

Elsewhere, Haslingden St Mary’s also hit six, with Jack Cain grabbing a late brace in a 6-0 win against Croston Sports, in which Lewis Hanley, James Wright, Brady Boardman and Sam Holt also found the net.

Chipping and Millom completed a trio of 3-0 wins across the division, seeing off Holker Old Boys Reserves and Kendal County respectively.

Harris Bailey bagged a brace either side of a Gareth Jones goal in Chipping’s victory, whilst Millom’s goals came via Jed Philip, Jordan Williams and Ben McDonald.

Closing out Division One are Hesketh Bank and Lytham Town, who played out a 1-1 draw after George Bond cancelled out Billy Bould’s opener.

Division Two leaders Freckleton solidified their place at the top of the division in style, recovering from falling 2-0 down early on to eventually triumph 8-3 over Caton United.

Joe Jenkinson and Edward Harrison established that two-goal lead just nine minutes in, before a brace from Saul Hamer, along with goals from Freddie Mason, Ryan Thompson, Rhys Turner, Callum Williams, Joe Bentley and Max Newby completed a thoroughly convincing comeback.

Hakan Oktem added a third for Caton United late on.

Meanwhile, Pause United are now up to third after they too emphatically responded to an early setback, recovering from Ellis Hancox fourth minute opener to beat Garstang Reserves 10-1.

Ben Roberts had an incredible day individually, netting five goals, whilst Roger Sharrock also scored twice.

Jay Wilcox, Jamie Wilkes and Taylor Fagan complete the scorers.

And there was also an eye-catching result at the other end of the table, with Galgate picking up their first points of the season with a 3-2 victory against Charnock Richard Reserves.

Tom Swayne, Liam Painter and James Ludlam all found the net to seal that all-important maiden win, whilst Charnock Richard Reserves’ goals came via Alex Santos and Ross O’Farrell.

Elsewhere, Euxton Villa Reserves battled 2-0 down to earn a point against Walney Island, with goals from Matthew Thompson and Lewis Sullivan cancelling out Will Boulton’s first-half brace.

And wrapping up the Division Two action, Dalton United beat Storeys 3-0 thanks to goals from Jordan Chubb, Ethan Cole and Lewis Taylor.

In Division One Reserve, we saw the second individual five-goal haul of the weekend, namely from Joey Richardson, as Lostock St Gerards Reserves beat Poulton Reserves 7-3.

Trystan Taylor and Ben Rixon also scored in the win, with Poulton Reserves’ goals coming via Sam Montgomery and a brace from Aidan Wintrip.

Elsewhere, the division’s bottom side Hurst Green Reserves rallied from 2-0 down to claim a valuable three points at Thornton Cleveleys Reserves.

Will Hockings and Jake Mangan established the hosts’ first-half advantage, before goals from Ashley Wilson, Scott Craven and Will Kellington completed the turnaround.

And Coppull Reserves also battled from behind to claim three points, with late goals from Lee Richardson and Dylan Bennett sealing a 2-1 win over Turton Reserves, that after Cole Exley had opened the scoring.

A 93rd minute goal from Josh Pope, his second of the afternoon, earned CMB Reserves a 2-2 draw against Rossendale Reserves, whose goals were scored by Rico Gavan and Nobab Mian.

And Eagley Reserves and Tempest United Reserves also shared the points, with Rhys Hardie’s opener cancelled out by Sam Hutchings in a 1-1 draw.

Lastly, we take a look at Division Two Reserve, where there was a significant shake-up at the top end of the table.

A brace from Anthony Slater, either side of a goal from Joe Wood, saw Chipping Reserves beat Freckleton Reserves 3-2, despite Brad Jones and Isaac Kusaloka both finding the net.

That result saw Chipping Reserves move up to second, whilst Freckleton Reserves slipped from the top of the division down to fourth.

Haslingden St Mary’s Reserves now occupy top spot, after a Charlie Lord hat-trick, along with goals from Sam Gammack and George Haworth, sealed a 5-1 win at Lytham Town Reserves.

And Milnthorpe Corinthians Reserves are up into third after a 6-0 triumph over Rossendale A in which Will Booth bagged a brace, and Charlie Morton, Tom Jackson, Jamie Woodruff and George Cormack all the found net.

Niall Maloney also scored twice for Croston Sports Reserves as they beat Hesketh Bank Reserves 4-1, with Ric Tomlinson and Ben Davies also netting in the win.

David Yeates got Hesketh Bank Reserves’ only goal of the game.
Storeys Reserves beat Thornton Cleveleys A 3-0, thanks to first-half goals from Luke Capstick, Sol Featon and Wayne Beswick.

And we conclude this edition of the roundup at Fulwood Amateurs A, who played out a 2-2 draw with Carnforth Rangers Reserves.

Jack Dickinson and Dylan Jackson-Cooney were the scorers for Fulwood Amateurs A, whilst Will Meade and Rob Lawson got the goals for Carnforth Rangers Reserves.

Where next?

Clubs warned about M6 traffic delays Clubs and officials are advised to give themselves extra travel time after M6 roadworks continued to cause delays for motorists.
Walney shine in the sun to win battle of top two The top and bottom of the five West Lancashire League divisions are now starting to take shape after a sun-drenched Saturday, writes BEN SMITH, with pictures of Poulton v Rossendale by DONNA ARTIS.

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