Week 5 of the SportsReach 5aside league brought the closest round of fixtures we have ever had!!!
In the early games we had Crown Lane against Ingleton and Lune Valley Utd against Roeburndale Rascals. After last weeks narrow loss for Crown Lane, they were keen to get back to winning ways against Ingleton. Ingleton had a few players unavailable and manager David Easterby had to bring in some new faces, including himself! Crown Lane took an early lead but struggled to gain any real momentum as Ingleton were well organised in defence with Dave Easterby controlling things at the back. As the first half went on, there were few chances, until in the last couple of minutes, Ingleton won a free kick and managed to place it through a gap in the wall and into the bottom corner. Into the second half and it was much of the same, but it was Ingleton who took the lead as they caught Crown Lane on the break and slotted away the chance. Crown Lane managed to get back on level terms only to let Ingleton in again to retake the lead. As the game went on Crown Lane started to create a few more opportunities and after getting back on level terms again, Sam Hogarth got two well taken goals at the end of the game to seal the win. Ingletons performance deserved more. After Roeburndale Rascals beat the preseason favourites Crown Lane last week, they were full of confidence heading into a tie with Lune Valley Utd. Maybe they were too overconfident as Lune Valley started like a train! First Nathan Park, then Ned Hayes and then Alan Wadsworth all scored, with Roeburndale hardly getting started. They were just quicker and more organised. Roeburndale managed to stem the tide and then slowly but surely get into the game. James Lawson got a goal back and as the half went on Roeburndale scored two more through Andrew Jackson and Will Preece. Into the second half and with Roeburndale trying to push on, pressure was mounting on Lune Valley. David Whitfield in net for Lune Valley made a string of fine saves, including acrobatically flicking a fierce shot onto the crossbar. With David in inspired form in net, it was Lune Valley who again took the lead through Ned. Shortly after James Lawson scored his second and try as both teams did, nobody could find a winner with Roeburndale hitting the woodwork two more times.
At 9pm James Smith shared with us all. James asked us what we would feel like if we invited someone around to our homes and made them a really nice meal, only for them to eat it all and completely ignore us and not thank us? He said that on a far greater scale, that this is how we all treat God. He has done so much for us and yet we ignore and even reject Him, when He deserves our praise.
In the late games Newbigginners were against Capernwray and Carnforth were taking on Chipping. Dan Hallam scored after 5 seconds for Newbigginners, but that was about as good as it got for them in the first half. Capernwray were quick and skilful with Pascal Jones organising them well, found themselves 3 – 1 up before Dan got a goal back through a penalty. Capernwray got 2 more before half time including a lovely free kick from Pascal. Into the second half and Newbigginners raised their game. Both goalkeepers were playing really well, but it was Newbigginners who started to take their chances, managing to score 3 goals without reply to tie things up. Carnforth against Chipping have been close games for number of seasons, with Chipping winning by an odd goal, twice last season. Chipping were first to score with Joe Kelsall taking advantage of a hole in the Carnforth defence. Damien Kitching scored a cracker for Carnforth as they got used to a new lineup. Heading towards halftime and there was nothing between the teams, but it was Chipping who would head in with the lead after some neat interplay and finish from Jake Fawcett. Into the second half and Damien scored his second with Carnforth quickly getting another through John. A moment of quick thinking from Chipping put Jake in for his second, but it was Damien Kitch who got the final goal with some good footwork and a smart finish to get his hat trick and the 3 points for Carnforth.
Crown Lane 5 – 3 Ingleton
Lune Valley Utd 4 – 4 Roeburndale Rascals
Newbigginners 5 – 5 Capernwray
Carnforth 4 – 3 Chipping