Latest NewsTuesday May 14, 2019
Ex-players invited to take up Refereeing
The Lancashire Sunday League has launched an initiative to persuade their ex-footballers to take up refereeing and continue their involvement in the game.
The League intends to supply those ex-players who take up the whistle with a discounted referee kit, whistle & Assistant Referee flags, referees’ notebook and cards. They also offer a reimbursement of 50% of the cost of the referee course on completion of 10 fixtures plus a year’s membership of Preston Referees Society.
For decades, ex-players were the main source of referees for local football leagues and countless ex-players turned to refereeing when their playing careers were over and went on to enjoy many years of added involvement in the game. Several of them progressed to higher leagues, most notably Neil Swarbrick who took up refereeing after finishing playing for Bamber Bridge Wanderers in this league and he went on to spend 7 year as a Premier League referee before retiring in 2018.
More recently the Football Association and County FAs have embarked on a successful recruitment programme resulting in a significant increase in the number of new referees, albeit only a small number are ex-players. To ensure all new starters are given the best opportunity to enhance their knowledge, experience and skill set the LSFL operates a mentoring and coaching system by aligning newly qualified referees with the more experienced referees within the league so they can learn their trade.
This initiative has the full support of the Lancashire Football Association (LFA) and Preston Referees Society. League Chairman Eamonn McNamara said, “This is a great opportunity for some of our ex-players to keep an active involvement in football and at the same time put something back into the game”.
Anyone interested in taking up refereeing is asked to contact the Lancashire Sunday League Referee Manager Mark Moore on 07765 668045 or e-mail Mark here.
Sunday May 12, 2019
Acregate Lane crowned League Champions
Acregate Lane celebrate winning the League Title
Match winner Paul Turner with manager Gary Duboulay
Acregate Lane Labour Club were crowned League Champions after beating Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs 2-1 in a terrific title decider at Bankfield Lane, Southport.
Southport & AA, who have already won the Challenge Cup went into the game with a one point lead so a draw would have been enough for them to complete a remarkable double-double, having won the Presidents Cup and the Division 1 title last season.
The game was played on a lovely May morning on an excellent pitch at Southport in front of at least 200 spectators who were entertained with some first class football by both sides. As expected, the opening exchanges were fast and furious with both goals under siege, but it was Acregate who drew first blood in the 13th minute when the precocious Paul Turner slotted home his 29th league goal of the season.
Twelve minutes later saw Southport level when Kev Edgar created an opening for himself in the box and rifled the ball into the net. The teams changed ends with score at 1-1. Southport piled on the pressure in the second half, but the Acregate defence held firm and their keeper Paul Howson turned in a Man-of-the-Match performance which included one extraordinary save which drew applause from all present.
The longer the game went the more we all thought that the game would end in stalemate, but all that changed in the 72nd minute when Acregate were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area and their talisman Paul Turner blasted the ball into the Southport net. After that was all hands to the pumps for Acregate until the final whistle which was the cue for wild celebrations from the Acregate players, management team and supporters.
There are few who would deny Acregate Lane FC their moment of glory. This club has been an integral part our League since they joined us 48 years ago in 1971. They have been in the premier division since 1980 and this is their first major trophy. The past 39 years has seen them suffer their fair share of setbacks but today they can hold their heads high as Champions of the Lancashire Sunday League. Many people have contributed to their success, none more than club secretary Alex Ross and their management team of Gary Duboulay and Shaun Cromie.
Bearing in mind what was at stake, the game was played in an excellent sporting manner by both sides with just one caution and that for a technical offence and it was well handled by referee Bob Roberts and his Assistants Joe Hind and Jamie Law.
The League’s first title play-off went the way of Cadley FC who beat Garstang FC 3-1 at UCLan Sports Arena to win the Youth Division White title after both clubs had completed their season with 43 points.
Cadley opened the scoring through David Marley on 20 minutes and it took Garstang till the 50th minute to draw level when Tom Ruston pounced on a misplaced goal kick to hammer home from just outside the area. David Marley scored his and Cadley’s second on 75 minutes and the keenly contested match was put to bed in the 87th minute when Cadley’s Rob Burrows hit a low hard drive from 25 yards into the bottom corner.
The sportsmanship and respect between these two superb clubs was highlighted at the end of the game when the Garstang manager Steve Smith presented Cadley’s manager David Botes with a congratulatory bottle of champagne.
Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
Wednesday May 8, 2019
League Championship will be decided on Sunday
Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs (left) and Acregate Lane LC
Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs will host Acregate Lane LC on Sunday 12 May when both clubs play their last game of the season with the League Championship at stake. This game should be an absolute cracker as there is plenty of interest in the outcome.
Both teams have played 17 games out of an 18 game season and Southport & Ainsdale have a slight edge with 41 points compared to Acregate’s 40 points. This season’s premier division has been the most competitive in recent memory which has seen AFC Ingol, Hunters & Ingol Rangers, Ribbleton, Acregate Lane and Southport & Ainsdale lead the table at various points since Christmas, but it is now all down to one game.The game, which will kick off at 11.00am, will be played at Bankfield Lane, Churchtown, Southport PR9 7NJ. Directions to the ground;
From Preston take the A59 towards Southport. Keep straight on at the Tarleton traffic lights and continue to the big roundabout. Bear left at the roundabout into Rufford Rd (B5244) and continue over the old railway bridge into Bankfield Lane. The ground is on the left between houses number 50 & 52, opposite Verulam Rd. Postcode: PR9 7NJ.
Tuesday May 7, 2019
Cadley & Garstang to meet in historic play-off
Cadley (left) and Garstang will meet in a play-off decider
Cadley FC and Garstang FC will make league history on Sunday 12 May by becoming the first clubs to meet in a play-off to decide a divisional title.
The two clubs head Youth Division White with 43 points from their 16 league games and current Football Association (FA) rules deem that the title cannot be decided on goal difference but must be played to a conclusion via a one-off decider.
The rule in question states, “In the event of two or more teams being equal on points at the end of the playing season, rankings may be determined by a deciding match or matches played under condition determined by the management committee or the position shared”. This rule applies in junior and youth leagues but not in Open Age (Adult) Leagues where goal difference can be taken into account to determine a divisional title.
The play-off game will take place at UCLan Sports Arena on Sunday 12 May with an 11.00am kick off.
Sunday May 5, 2019
Penwortham St Teresas secure 3rd place in Youth Blue
AC Preston (stripes) v Penwortham St Teresas - Youth Division Blue
BAE Warton - Champions of Youth Division Blue
Penwortham St Teresas can look back on a successful where they will finish third in Youth Division Blue, irrespective if the result of their final game against Astley & Buckshaw next Sunday.
They faced the much improved AC Preston in a double header at Preston’s College this morning and won both games 3-0 and then 2-1. James Cooper, Adam Weeks and Jack Dickinson scored for Dave Tynan’s team in the first game whilst Ben Sagar and Josh Traynor provided the goals in the second match. Filip Ral scored for AC Preston.
BAE Warton wrapped up their campaign as champions of Youth Division Blue with a 3-1 win at second placed Ribbleton with a 3-1 win at Waverley Park where inevitably Matt Van Wyk score two and Jake Molloy got the other.
Manager Mark Sevens will be proud of his lads who won every one of their 22 games played whilst scoring 177 goals and conceding just 12 with a colossal goal difference of 165.
The final game of the season in Division 1 saw AFC Longridge travel to Warton and claim the points with a 6-2 win which means that they finish the season in 4th place. Longridge scorers were Sam Mellor, Adam Roskell, Alex Bateson, Greg Timbrell and Johnny Timbrell (2) whilst John Waite got both Warton goals.
Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
Thursday May 2, 2019
Transition Meetings off to Flying Start
The Lancashire Sunday Football League (LSFL) has held its first meeting to discuss the transition from junior to youth football and we are looking to make this a regular pre-season event.
The meeting was a great success with several Junior and Open Age clubs in attendance from various parts of the County who have applied to play their football in the League next season.
We would like to thank the Lancashire Football Association (LFA), Central Lancs Junior Football League (CLJFL) and the Poulton & District Primary League (PDPL) for their continued support in making the evening a success.
The League is still open to Open Age (Adult) and Youth teams who wish to join us for the 2019-20 season. Interested clubs are asked to contact Eamonn McNamara on 07850 708011 or e-mail him here.
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