This weekend all four SportsReach football league games went ahead, with some great games to be played and plenty of goals scored. It was last seasons top two facing off with Great Ecc playing Lancaster, Wray were at home to Moorlands looking to continue to stake a claim that they can be title challengers this season, Quernmore traveled to Fulwood, looking to respond to last weeks hammering and finally Preston City Mission traveled to Loko looking to get their first win of the season.
Great Ecc hammer sorry Lancaster
Lancaster 0 – 5 Great Ecc
//Simon Greenhalgh 36, Sean McCabe 48, Richard Booth 49, Rob Tomkins 68, Jack Sharples 70
Both teams knew that this was a big game, but coming into both teams turned up with big players missing resulting in a bare 11 for Lancaster and 12 for Great Ecc. On a heavy pitch both teams struggled to get into a rhythm, although Great Ecc looked like the team most likely to break the deadlock. And so it was, with Si Greenhalgh opening the scoring, whipping in a cross that evaded everyone including the keeper. Great Ecc were looking for their second goal and were soon to be rewarded for their efforts with Sean McCabe prodding in from close range. Less than 5mins later Jack Sharples megged two Lancaster players, going across from left to right, he played through Booth who scored with a delightful dink over the outrushing keeper to make it 3-0. Great Ecc, playing with lots of freedom, continued to press on Lancaster, with Great Ecc’s ever reliable left back Dan Parkinson floating a cross in for a superman-esque jump from player/manager Rob Tomkins, shocking all those watching that he’d scored a header! Great Ecc continued to push and again Jack Sharples evaded several Lancaster players to slot his second of the game past the keeper. Lancaster, missing many key players, will no doubt be very disappointed with the result and will want to put it right later on in the season.
Nine up for dominant Wray
Wray 9 – 1 Moorlands
Martin Huddleston 1, 10, 75, Stephen Harrison 20, Wayne Hutchinson 67, Phil Talbot, 78, 80, OG 24, 46 // Chris Dent 13
Can this be the season that Wray break into the top two and challenge for the title? The way they are playing and the results they are getting, you would not be doubting them at the moment. Wray made it four wins out of four after a sensational attacking performance at Burton-in-Lonsdale. Just like last week, Wray were quick out of the blocks and found themselves 2-0 up after Martin Huddleston finished off fantastic crosses from both Joe Atkinson and then George Whitaker. Despite that fast start, some hesitancy in the home defence saw Chris Dent fire home from 12-yards to give Moorlands hope. Wray didn’t let that goal affect them however and Stephen Harrison netted from the narrowest of angles before a sensational Whittaker cross was headed into his own net by a Moorlands defender. The second-half started in similar vein with Wray on the front foot and with Whittaker causing all sorts of problems on the right hand side, another one of his dangerous deliveries was diverted past his own ‘keeper by an unlucky Moorlands defender. Wray continued to attack and it was soon 6-1 after sub Wayne Hutchinson finished well inside the box. Wray didn’t have to wait long for a seventh and it came courtesy of Huddleston who fooled both the Moorlands defence and ‘keeper with a clever drag back before slotting calmly into an empty net to complete his hat-trick. Phil Talbot then added a seventh with a fantastic diving header at the front post from another fine Whittaker cross. The scoring didn’t stop there though and Talbot still had time to double his tally; tapping in after Hutchinson’s shot had been saved to complete a huge win for the home side.
Fulwood hit by Quernmore backlash
Fulwood 1 – 3 Quernmore
Luke Dean 78 // Shaban Bakri 21, 86, Ahmad Agha (70)
After their hammering last week, Quernmore arrived at Fulwood determined to put the result right and get the win against a Fulwood team looking for their third win of the season. Quernmore started the game the better, looking to use the channels to get in behind of the Fulwood back line. Fulwood, however, struggled to get into the game, finding it hard to get past Quernmore’s resilient defence and centre midfielders. Quernmore looked the most likely to score and indeed they did, Shaban Bakri slotting into the empty net, past the stranded Fulwood keeper. Both sides kept chipping away at one another, although Quernmore, buoyed by their goal, still looked the more likely to score. Into the second half, Quernmore looked to continue their good start and as the crowd on the sideline continued to grow, so did the pace of the game. Fulwood grew more into the game as the second half continued, until Quernmore netted their second of the game. A free kick hit into the box from centre half John Gorst, headed onto the post by centre mid Jordan Yates was then hit home by Ahmad Agha, capping off a great individual performance. Following this, Fulwood started to throw more men forward, Quernmore’s defence was being tested more and more. Fulwood got their break through, Luke Dean scoring with a fantastic turn and shot, that Quernmore keeper Neil Oldfield could do nothing about. But Quernmore, determined to get the result, grabbed a third through Shaban Bakri – getting his second of the game. A well deserved win for a Quernmore side that was much better on the day and indeed a much better performance than last week.
Seventh heaven for Loko
Loko 7 – 1 Preston City Mission
Graeme Beaumont, Brad Rodwell (x3), Dan Bond, Glen Hanmer, Dave Jarvis // Daniel Tibel
Loko took on Preston City Mission, with both looking to grab the win. However, it was Loko who were to come out on top, recording their biggest win of the season. A big thanks has to go out to Loko player Tom Carling stepping in and being the ref for this game as well. A no doubt competitive game, Loko were able to continue their run of decent form, recording a great win against a spirited Preston City Mission side. Loko have brad Rodwell to thank for their big scoreline, with him grabbing his – and Loko’s first hat trick of the season. No doubt, however, Loko will be looking to make it a hat trick of wins in their next game, when they face Moorlands at home. For Preston City Mission, however, the wait for a win goes on. Despite being a tough and competitive side, this has unfortunately transformed into results. However, manager Phil Seagrave says they still thoroughly enjoy every game and it is a real privilege to have them in the league this season.