Jan 30 2014 Ormskirk Advertiser
SKELMERSDALE UNITED Under-17s came from a goal down at half time to beat Bickerstaffe 4-1 at Glenburn.
United started the game well, with Jake Ball heading wide from a corner in the opening minutes of the game, and Connor Woods causing the left full back all kinds of problems early on.
But it was Bickerstaffe who took the lead, Lee Grice chasing down a long ball in between centre back and keeper, looping the ball over oncoming goalkeeper Johnson.
With both sides struggling to cope with the gale force conditions the game was very flat and scrappy, with United creating the most of the chances.
United came out for the second half and looked threatening from the start, still behind by that one goal, they just could not get past the Bickerstaffe goalkeeper who was in inspired form. With that, United made two changes, midfielder Alex Hallwood and forward Shaun Brady making way for Simon Sandys and debutant Nathan Howarth.
It seemed to be the catalyst for Skem, who started to pile the pressure on the Bickerstaffe defence, a corner kick from Brier was headed out as far as Tyron Hare who struck a brilliant volley from the edge of the box and into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Some more good play from Luke Cooney and Josh Brier resulted in Simon Sandys playing a one-two with Nathan Howarth and chipping the Bickerstaffe goalkeeper. A brilliant finish from Simon who now has 12 goals in his last seven games.
Nathan Howarth completed the second half rout in the last minute, picking up the ball about 40 yards out, he beat two men before lashing an unstoppable strike into the left hand corner of the goal, a goal that wouldn't have looked out of place on Match of the Day.
Next up for the Under-17s is Appley Bridge FC next Sunday at Appley Lane South in the quarter-finals of the Wilf Hicks on cup.
Paul Nicholson’s Under-18s were due to be playing Ashton Athletic this weekend, but another water logged pitch played havoc with the majority of fixtures. Their next game is at home to Abbey Hey FC in the North West Youth Alliance this Sunday at the West Lancashire college stadium.