Latest NewsWednesday September 19, 2018
Finals date for AFC Preston
The AFC Preston Squad
Congratulations to local club AFC Preston who have qualified to play in the finals of the UK Asian Football Championship to be held in Glasgow on 21st & 22nd September with the final at Celtic Park, Glasgow on Sunday 23rd September.
The club, who joined the Lancashire Sunday League this season in division 2, qualified for the finals as winners of the North West section of the competition. They will be joined in the finals by Blackburn United, FC Panda (ex-Halifax Hammers), Gurkhas, Sporting Bengal, Singh Sabha Slough, London APSA and SEMSA.
Now in its 20th year, the event was established to promote football for all and to showcase the increasing level of footballing talent within the Asian community. The tournament will feature eight of the best Asian teams from all over the UK, including a team representing the Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association (SEMSA).
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “Celtic Football Club is delighted once again to be sponsoring and hosting the UK’s Asian Football Championships. “The event is one which Celtic was instrumental in developing a number of years ago and we are pleased that the Championships have enjoyed such success in subsequent years. “Hundreds of players have taken part in matches over this period and thousands of fans have experienced these matches”.
Preliminary games will be played at Glasgow Green Football Centre on the 21st & 22nd September with the Final being played at Celtic Park on Sunday, 23rd September 2018 and we wish AFC Preston all the very best.
Monday September 17, 2018
Poppy Badges for Football Shirts
Poppies for 2018 - Red (left) and Maroon
Four years ago, this League encouraged its clubs to mark the start of World War 1 by wearing a poppy on their shirt on Remembrance Sunday which fell on 09 November 2014. Clubs responded magnificently by purchasing no less than 1,779 poppies and in doing so raised £1,067.40 for the Royal British Legion.
This year’s Remembrance Sunday falls on 11 November 2018, exactly 100 since the end of World War 1 and we feel that many clubs will want to mark the occasion by wearing a poppy on their shirt and at the same time support the work of the Royal British Legion.
There are two types of poppy, both of which are of high quality, the traditional red poppy bearing the legend 1918-2018 LEST WE FORGET and a maroon poppy bearing the legend LEST WE FORGET.
They cost £1.20 each of which 60p per poppy is donated to the Royal British Legion.
If your club is interested in obtaining some of the poppies, please e-mail Eamonn McNamara ASAP and let me know the number that you require, whether red or maroon plus a contact telephone number. Clubs who have already ordered badges need not order again.
Sunday September 16, 2018
Wins for Ribbleton, Theatre Boys & Tulketh Utd in LFA Sunday Trophy
AFC Ingol (blue) v Wardle (Rochdale) - LFA Sunday Trophy
A number of our clubs were involved in County Cup action today. Five clubs had first round games in the LFA Sunday Trophy postponed from last week and three of them made progress, Ribbleton who beat AFC Longridge at the UCLan Sports Arena, Theatre Boys won 4-2 away at Shawdale and Tulketh United won 4-1 at The Puckersley. However, Gregson Lane went down 3-2 away to Eleven Sports Media from the Blackpool premier division and AFC Ingol lost 3-0 at home to a very useful looking Wardle FC from Rochdale.
The results to hand in the LFA U18s Youth Cup show Padiham winning 6-1 at Euxton Villa, Garstang beat Mellor 7-4 at home and Lostock St Gerards drew 2-2 with Cherrybrook but Cherrybrook progressed by winning the penalty shootout 3-1.
The first round of the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup saw AFC Preston beat Leyland Orient 6-3, Walton won 5-2 at Blackpool Town, Earnshaw Bridge won 3-2 at Fulwood Park Rangers, Gregson Lane Wanderers beat Penwortham Town 5-4 in a thriller at Fishwick Bottoms, Lostock Hall won at Ribbleton Wanderers, Warton travelled to Tarleton Corinthians for an 8-2 win and Vernon Sports beat Park United 5-3.
Hunters & Ingol Rangers are up to second in the premier division after their 6-0 win at Ashton on Ribble and Southport & Ainsdale’s good start continued with a 7-1 home win against Bamber Bridge United. Arkwrights are five points clear at the top of division 1 after their 4-2 win at Walton Athletic and Wyresdale Rangers picked up their first win of the season beating Worden Rangers 3-1. Sir Tom Finney’s perfect start continued with a 3-1 home win against Bamber Bridge Town in division 2 and Ribble v Rufford Park Rangers ended 2-2 in division 3 whilst BAE Warton won 5-1 at Leyland BTR.
Just a handful of league games in the youth section today as many clubs were involved in LFA games. Mill Hill opened their account in youth division red with a 6-1 home win against Haslingden St Marys, in youth division white Cadley won 2-0 away at AFC Fylde Colts, Layton Lions won 3-2 at Chipping and Poulton won 5-0 at Winstanley Warriors. Layton Cavs and Tarleton Corinthians drew 3-3 in youth division blue, BAE Warton won 8-1 at Ribble Wanderers and Penwortham St Teresas beat Springfields 7-0 at Hutton.
Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
Wednesday September 12, 2018
LFA Sunday Trophy - Second Round Draw
The draw for Second Round of the LFA Sunday Trophy has been made and the following ties involving our clubs are scheduled to be played on Sunday 23 September 2018.
The second round consists of 32 ties involving 64 teams, although some first round ties have still to be decided. As it stands, 23 of our clubs are involved in 18 different ties. The standout game is the all premier division clash Springfields v Hunters or Ingol Rangers. Arkwrights (div 1) have a tough task at home to Littleborough who regularly do well in the competition and Tanterton will travel to Blackburn to meet Mill Hill. Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs (prem) who won the Trophy in 2016 are at home to Newhey Lodge Sports Bar and if AFC Ingol beat Wardle on Sunday they will be at home to Bamber Bridge Town (div 2).
Sunday September 9, 2018
LFA Sunday Trophy success for Acregate Lane
Walton v Acregate Lane LC - LFA Sunday Trophy
Today saw the first round games in the LFA Sunday Trophy and true to form we had games postponed due to unfit pitches, which means that those games now take priority and will be played next Sunday (weather permitting).
Acregate Lane LC travelled to Bamber Bridge to meet Walton from division 1 in what was the eye catching game involving our clubs and it certainly lived up to form. The opening exchanges were fairly even until the 15th minute when Paul Turner fired Acregate into the lead. However, this was snuffed out six minutes later when Matt Alty banged in the equaliser. Acregate’s lead was restored by Lee Worden before Owen Thompson scored the goal of the game following excellent work by 17 year-old Jack Anderton and Anderton was on hand to claim Acregate’s fourth.
Walton, run by Tom Rowland, Andy Taylor and Zac Heath have made progress through the divisions year on year and that is not surprising when you see their efforts and team spirit. Acregate Lane have long been a cornerstone in this league, always there or thereabouts without ever taking one of the prizes …. but this season could well be the one. Shaun Cromie and Gary Duboulay have got some precocious youngsters in Jack Anderton, Paul Turner and one or two others and they, with some of their experienced players could make all the difference this season, we will wait and see.
Bamber Bridge United (prem) beat D Havilland 6-2, Sir Tom Finney (div 2) won 5-4 at Cherry Tree CC, Earnshaw Bridge (div 1) were well beaten at Crown Paints who perennially do well in this competition. Fulwood Park Rangers (div 2) beat Tara 8-2, Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs (prem) won 3-0 at Prestley, Hunters & Ingol Rangers (prem) had a comfortable win at Rufford Park Rangers, Ashton on Ribble (prem) lost 3-0 at Top Club and Tanterton (prem) won 8-1 at Vernon Sports.
Arkwrights remain top of division 1 after beating Whittle Rangers 4-3, Gregson Lane Wanderers beat Walton Athletic 7-4 and Warton beat Worden Rangers 2-1. Leyland Orient who won 5-0 at Kingsfold are up to second place in division 2, Penwortham Town won 6-0 at Bamber Bridge Town and Blackpool Town got their first points after beating Fishwick Rangers 8-2. Leaders Lostock Hall are flying in division 3 with their fourth straight win 4-0 at home to Tarleton Corinthians, Park United beat Ribbleton Wanderers 4-1, Ribble beat Midgery Court 9-0 and Tarleton White made it three wins on the trot by beating BAE Warton 4-2.
Today was the opening league games in the youth section where Padiham won 4-1 at Bolton County in youth red, Fulwood Amateurs won 6-1 at Coppull United and Winstanley Warriors Reds beat Euxton Villa 8-0. In youth white, Chipping won 5-2 at Fleetwood Gym, Garstang beat Winstanley Warriors 8-0, Mellor won 5-2 at Layton Lions, AFC Fylde Colts won 3-0 at Poulton and Cadley opened their account with a 2-1 win at Southport.
Fulwood Amateurs Blues beat Lostock St Gerards 3-0 at Lightfoot Green in youth blue, BAE Warton beat AC Preston, Astley & Buckshaw won 2-1 at Ribble Wanderers, Tarleton Corinthians beat Gregson Lane 5-2 and Ribbleton and Penwortham St Teresas settled for a 2-2 draw.
Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
Wednesday September 5, 2018
Garstang FC donate 9 kits to our Uganda Appeal
Ugandan lads wearing a kit donated by one of our clubs
Garstang FC, new members of the North West Counties League, have donated nine full kits to our “Kits to Uganda” Appeal bringing the total donated to date by our clubs to a magnificent 110 kits.
Managing Director Malcolm Abraham explained that the Garstang club has updated their iconic red kit supplied by Ian Senior of SKkits who provides kits to many of our clubs and to clubs throughout the North West.
Our picture shows a team of Ugandan lads wearing a kit provided by one of our clubs. If your club has a spare kit (and it does not need to be complete) and wish to donate it to our Appeal, please contact League Chairman Eamonn McNamara here.
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