Tempest 'storm' into second final in three years

Sam Parkinson was the hat-trick hero as Tempest United's quest for Richardson Cup glory was kept alive, writes BEN SMITH with pictures from Fulwood v Coppull by JOHN SHIRRAS.

Away from the weekend’s league fixtures first, Saturday saw both the Richardson Cup and the Stewart Rowe Memorial Cup reach the semi-final stage.

Starting with the former, and Sam Parkinson put in a star performance as Tempest United came from a goal down to beat Hurst Green 3-1.

Lucas Robinson opened the scoring just five minutes in, before Parkinson netted a hat-trick to seal his side’s place in the final, where they will meet either Haslingden St Mary’s or CMB.

Tempest won the Richardson Cup in 2021-22 beating Coppull in the final.

Moving on to that previously mentioned Stewart Rowe Memorial Cup action, and Hesketh Bank Reserves also remain in the hunt for silverware after surviving a scare to beat Turton Reserves 3-2.

Kasper Ganczarski’s brace, along with a goal from John Stead, looked to have wrapped the tie up inside the first-half, only for Jake Wallbank and an own goal to cut the advantage down to one before the hour to set up a tense final 30 minutes.

Hesketh Bank Reserves, who did ultimately hold firm, will now face either Eagley Reserves or Fulwood Amateurs Reserves, after that tie was one of nine matches to be beaten by the weather this weekend.

Premier Division leaders Thornton Cleveleys continued their title push, with David Lang, Daniel Stoney, Archie Lang and Jordan Beavers the scorers in a 4-0 at Slyne with Hest.

That result opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the table, albeit with second-placed CMB now possessing four games in hand.

Burscough Richmond also picked up a 4-0 win on Saturday, as Billy Whittle, Will Doherty, John Hughes and Jordan Lorde all found the net in their side’s victory over Wyre Villa.

Spencer Lucas’ hat-trick saw Fulwood Amateurs rally from a goal down to triumph 3-1 over Coppull United, who held a brief first-half lead through Greg Brickell.

Meanwhile, Jamie Looker also scored three for Milnthorpe Corinthians, who were still ultimately beaten 5-3 at Cleator Moor Celtic.

Looker’s treble cancelled out goals from Adam Smith, Luke Close and Bradley Rooney, only for a stoppage-time double from Ben McCaron and Ryan Hall to seal all three points for the home side.

Both games in Division One were decided by a 2-1 scoreline, with Joe Tindall grabbing both of his side’s goals as Askam United made it six wins in a row as they saw off Carnforth Rangers, who halved the deficit early in the second-half through Jordan Cragg.

All three goals at Holker Old Boys Reserves would come before the break, with Jordan McGarry and Tyler Spence putting the hosts two up inside the opening quarter of an hour, before Sean Mooney pulled one back 10 minutes later.

Declan Wallace and Jayden Foster scored two apiece as Dalton United recorded an emphatic victory in Division Two.

Jordan Chubb also found the net in a 5-1 win over Galgate, whose only goal came via an own goal.

Storeys, meanwhile, secured a 4-1 victory at Charnock Richard Reserves thanks to goals from Connor Cassidy and Matthew Poole, and two from Tim Last.

Luke Gibson got the only goal for the home side.

An Owen Pye brace, either side of a goal from Rory Walmsley, saw Garstang Reserves win 3-1 at Kendal United, who had levelled the game at 1-1 through Jamie Harris.

And Caton United also won on the road, with second-half strikes from Joe Frith, Kane Taylor and Jack Tipler sealing a 3-2 win at Walney Island, whose goals were scored by Joe Pearson and Hayden Skyme.

Division One Reserve saw a five-star performance from Blackpool Wren Rovers Reserves, with a Luke Smith hat-trick, sandwiched between goals from Ellis Wilson and Reuben Williams, securing a 5-0 win at Hurst Green Reserves.

Meanwhile, Rossendale Reserves beat Lostock St Gerards 3-0, with Teal Amos, Jack Cassidy and Dale Lomax all on target.

Where next?

Rangers resurrect cup dreams with late turnaround Carnforth Rangers are 90 minutes away from a second successive Challenge Cup crown after a come-from-behind win over Freckleton, with pictures from Poulton Res v Turton Res by DONNA ARTIS.
Bottom sides live to fight another day after tremendous wins Both Slyne-with-Hest and Southport Hesketh came from behind to earn vital wins in their unlikely bids to stave off relegation, writes BEN SMITH with pictures from Caton United v Freckleton by PAUL HUNT.

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