ONLY Lydiate’s Sandy Lane pitches let down a full programme of fixtures for the first Sunday of the New Year in the Ormskirk & District Sunday Football League, which produced some interesting and shock results through all three divisions...
Fantail 1 Melling Vic 2
TOP team Fantail met the current form side Melling Victoria – and came off worse in a three goal thriller at Warrenhouse.
A game that was dominated by defences for nearly an hour had a superb Dean Early strike to thank for injecting some purpose into Fantail’s game.
The result was that Fantail upped their game as they chased the equaliser, and got their reward 20 minutes later with a well-worked move finished off by Kevin Pollard.
Both teams now believed they could win this game, and chances came and went at each end. It took a late header from veteran Wally Yates to secure the points for a revitalised Melling Victoria and a warning to all that they are back with a mission.
Salisbury 3 Mariners 1
SALISBURY got off to a great start with a strike from Gary Roach on 10 minutes which stunned the Mariners into a quick reply from John Cass minutes later. The midfielder crashed home the equaliser following some sloppy defensive play from Salisbury.
It was Roach again completing his brace before the break to send Salisbury back into the lead.
Mariners did cause some concern throughout the second-half and perhaps should have had a penalty as they began to take control. That failed to happen, though, and a late header from man-of-the-match Jamie Blackhurst gave Salisbury the perfect start to the New Year.
Kirkby RAFA 6 NAC 2
RAFA finally got their first win of the season with a great team display that shattered the NAC from start to finish.
Two up in 15 minutes thanks to a superb Paul Healy brace, RAFA never looked in any trouble despite Joe Riley pulling one back for the NAC.
Paul King restored RAFA’s two-goal lead by the break. Nothing changed in the second-half as a rampant RAFA struck again with a brace from Ramon McHugh and a sixth from Lee Seddon.
NAC did manage one more before the end with a strike from Jay McShane but the day belonged to RAFA.
Wynstay 1 Standpark 1
THE big game in the division ended all square as Standpark dominated the first-half against leaders Wynstay who suffered with a Christmas hang over for nearly an hour.
Standpark were value for a first-half performance that had a lone Paul Langley goal all to show for their dominance and as usual paid the price for their lack of finishing.
Wynstay emerged for the second-half with more promise and began to get on top with their equaliser coming on the hour from Liam Carden.
Both teams tried for the winner but on reflection a draw appeared the right result.
Parnell’s 5 Ormskirk Town 1
PARNELL’S problems are off the pitch for sure, as the team showed their dominance once again with a five goal win over an Ormskirk Town side whose form has been erratic for the last month or so.
Goals from Rob Dutton with a brace and Ashley Foulds got them off to a great start as Town could only admire the fluent passing play from Parnell’s who held the ball with a purpose.
Spencer Wharbington got one back for Town early in the second-half, but it proved only consolation as Parnell’s got back into their stride and a further brace from Lewis Saunders completed the rout.
Pivilion 0 Bar Du Fay 3
A HAT-TRICK from Michael Joyce secured a further three points for Bar Du Fay in their race for a promotion spot.
A good game that lacked the finishing touches from Pivilion to cause any kind of scare in the Bar’s defence, saw Adam Millington and Dave Flynn come closest to anything like a goal chance.
Bar, with their fluent football and quick long balls, made life easy for Joyce who finished all his chances with aplomb.
MCA 1 McPort Utd 4
McPORT made easy of an MCA team who had begun to show signs of late of vast improvement, outplaying their opposition for most of this game.
The first goal came on 10 minutes when Declan Gregson struck home for McPort.
Nicky Law doubled the lead on the half-hour as the MCA defence failed to cope with an easy bouncing ball that fell direct to the nippy striker.
Liam Morrison pulled one back early second period as the MCA had a spell in charge but a further brace from McPort’s Steve Malloy put the score beyond MCA.
George’s 1 Coleman’s 0
THIS game was switched after being called off early by Lydiate’s council, and was won late on by George’s Kevin Rankin.
Both teams created chances but failed to claim anything as the defences held firm until the late strike.
Joe Phillips and Glen Lamb went closest for Coleman’s. However the youngsters of George’s kept their nerve and grabbed the three points from the pacesetters.
Lane’s End 2 Ambrose Ellis 3
IN A close game, Ambrose Ellis came out best from a five goal affair going into the break with a Peter King strike following a great team move.
Lane’s End rallied in the second-half and goals from Joe Thomas and Callum Gorman put them into the lead.
This did, however, spur Ellis on, and two late goals from Wayne King and Paul Burke took the points from this clash.
Sacred Heart 1 Database 1
ANOTHER close game ended all even as Sacred Heart were matched throughout by a clever Database team that played above their lowly position.
Right from the off, Database made their intentions known as Andy McGuirk and John Withe went close with fine strikes.
Sacred Heart had few chances in the first-half with the best falling to Ryan Ball who scuffed his shot.
Database continued the second-half as they started the first and got their reward with a great strike from Dave Barker on the hour. As they continued to master the conditions, goals looked assured but they never came. And as is usual in these games the one real chance that Sacred Heart got was put away by Kevin Hayes to level matters.
Leftbank 6 Printworks 1
THE new Year has yet to change the fortunes of Printworks who were hit for six by a lively Leftbank team who have found their first season just as difficult as their near rivals.
A first-half hat-trick for Carl Boyd did little to improve the confidence of a Printworks team that have leaked goals all season. When Leftbank scored an early fourth in the second-half from Danny Jones, the game was effectively over. Printworks got a consolation from Alex Sephton before a Mike Hanley brace completed the rout.