Latest NewsFriday March 23, 2018
Bob Roberts to referee the Challenge Cup Final
Preston referee Bob Roberts has been appointed to referee the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup Final Acregate Lane LC v Hunters FC at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge on Wednesday 18 April 2018. He will be supported on the Final by Assistant Referees Martin Winters and Dan Hooton and 4th Official Mark Fitzpatrick.
A contracts Manager for SML Painters & Decorators, Bob has a long association with this League as a player, club secretary and manager of the now defunct Leyland Gables FC. He took up the whistle in 1995 and has been an Assistant Referee on the Football League since 2004. Here is the full list of Cup final appointments;
Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup Final
Acregate Lane LC v Hunters FC
Syndicate Trust Presidents Cup Final
Syndicate Trust Youth Cup Final
Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy Final
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Thursday March 22, 2018
Clocks go forward this Sunday
Summer time starts this Sunday 25th March when the clocks go forward by one hour, which means one hour less in bed.
No late kick offs please.
Thursday March 22, 2018
Parks are ON this Weekend
Preston and South Ribble Councils have declared their parks and pitches fit for play this weekend Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March 2018 subject to the decision of the match referee.
However, the Councils and the local leagues ask that clubs and match officials act responsibly and do not play on any pitch which is unfit.
Wednesday March 21, 2018
Presidents Cup Final - Wednesday 28 March 2018
Walton Athletic (yellow) & Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs
Two division 1 sides Walton Athletic and Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs will meet in the Presidents Cup final on Wednesday 28 March 2018 with the kick off at 7.30pm.
Walton Athletic FC managed by Mark Brown & Mark Parkinson are currently fourth in the table with games in hand on the teams above them. They joined the League in 2000 and are looking forward to their first cup final. Their leading scorer Neil Byrne has netted 13 to date.
Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs FC managed by Gareth Jones & Tony Alty are enjoying their first season in the league and find themselves two points behind the leaders Bolton Lads & Girls Club with a game in hand. They have plenty of firepower up front with strikers Daniel Boden and Robert Lamont on 22 goals each.
The Final will be refereed by Mark Doherty who will have Kavan Hurn & Josh Hodges as his Assistants with Tony Parr on 4th Official duties.
Admission is £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for children and concessions.
Monday March 19, 2018
UCLan Summer Challenge Football League
Clubs are invited to register for the UCLan Summer Challenge Football League which will operate from Tuesday 8th May until Friday 29th June 2018.
All games will be played on UCLan’s excellent 3G surface on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and all teams must be flexible with this for everyone to benefit from the League. If any team is only available on one evening it may affect their chances of being guaranteed a game every week.
Games will last for 50 minutes with two equal haves of 25 minutes and a ten-minute half time interval. Kick off times are 6.00pm, 7.00pm and 8.00pm and games will be finished by 9.00pm sharp.
The League is sanctioned by the Lancashire Football Association (LFA) and clubs must provide their LFA affiliation number when registering. Match fees are £21.00 per team per game which are inclusive of the pitch fee and referees fee.
Interested clubs can register for the League by contacting the UCLan Football Development Officer Cian McEvoy here
Sunday March 18, 2018
Foxhall & BAE Warton through to Youth Cup Final.
AFC Fylde (orange) v Foxhall - Youth Cup semi-final
BAE Warton (red) v Winstanley Warriors - Youth Cup semi-final
Foxhall and BAE Warton are through to the Syndicate Trust Youth Cup Final at Bamber Bridge FC on Wednesday 4 April following this morning’s semi-final games at Fulwood Amateurs FC.
The portents did not look good at 8.30am with a covering of snow and a bitingly cold wind. However, thanks to the magnificent efforts of Fulwood Amateurs Chairman Paul Eastwood, who not only rolled the two pitches but also marked the lines in blue, the games went ahead before plenty of spectators who braved the weather to support their teams and they were rewarded with two excellent games.
Both AFC Fylde and Foxhall had shots on target with the keepers being the stars of the show for the two teams. Even VAR technology couldn't have been sure about the first few opening volleys with shots rebounding off the crossbar and upright, back in to play.
Foxhall's resolute defending cancelled out the strong attacking play from AFC Fylde. The tie was decided when a well struck shot from Foxhall’s Harry Fishers on 40 minutes turned out to be the only goal and the decider in this clash of two top teams.
The opportunity for Foxhall to go two up from a 85th minute penalty was denied by the safe hands of the AFC Fylde keeper Cameron Allison. AFC Fylde had their chances, they hit the woodwork five times and Foxhall keeper Callum Cornwell chipped in with a couple of spectacular saves but it is Foxhall who will be heading to the Final on 4th April.
BAE Warton & Winstanley Warriors will face each other later in the season in the LFA U18s Youth Cup Final but this morning they had a Syndicate Trust Youth Cup semi-final to resolve.
And it was Winstanley Warriors who struck first as early as the 3rd minute when Dylan Rutter latched on to a cross from the right and buried the ball in the bottom corner. BAE Warton drew level on 44 minutes when Alex Gibbons scored with a sweet low shot to send the teams into the interval at 1-1.
These two excellent sides matched each other stride for stride in the second half and in spite of creating chances, neither was able to finish which left the score at 1-1 after 90 minutes. An additional 30 minutes of extra time could not produce a decider and it was left to the penalty shoot out to decide matters. Each side took 10 penalties before a Winstanley miss allowed BAE Warton to claim the spoils 5-4. Huge credit goes to the players and officials of the four clubs and also to the match officials for their efforts in cold, testing conditions.All four Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy games fell victim to the weather to add to problems mounting for fixtures boss mark Moore. We did manage to get some league games played, Ashton on Ribble beat Acregate Lane LC 4-1 in the premier division, Ingol Rangers beat Bamber Bridge United 5-1, Tanterton won 5-1 at Springfields and Ashton Villa beat Theatre Boys 2-1. Wyresdale Rangers beat Whittle Wanderers 3-1 in division 1, Gregson Lane and Vernon Sports drew 3-3 in division 2 and Ribbleton Wanderers made it five points from three games as they beat Fishwick Rangers 4-1 in division 3. Only two league games played in the Youth Section, Southport beat Burscough Dynamo 3-1 in youth red and Springfields drew 1-1 with Euxton Villa in youth blue.
Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
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