Round 16 of the 5aside league – Wednesday 6th February 2019.
With fixtures starting to pile up due to the snow and freezing conditions over the past 2 weeks, a milder night was very welcome! There were some more big games with 1st against 4th and 2nd against 3rd in the ‘Premiership’, all vying for top spot.
In the 8pm ‘Championship’ game Chipping were up against Lune Valley Utd. Last time these teams played Chipping won 7 – 6 in a breathless game which could have gone either way. Right from the off Chipping took control of the game with the majority of possession and some great link up play and it wasn’t long before they took the lead through Stephen Whitaker, with a great finish. Minutes later they were 2 – 0 up as Oscar Foot scored his first of the night, and 2 became 3 when Stephen Cornall coolly slotted home a penalty. Within 10 minutes it was 4 – 0 as Jake Fawcett finished off a nice team move. Lune Valley had been caught a bit cold, but rallied themselves as the half went on. It was still only Chipping that looked a real threat though and Oscar grabbed his second of the night before Jake scored the goal of the game as he received the ball on the back edge of his teams ‘D’, before running past the whole Lune Valley team and placing the ball past the Lune Valley keeper. 6- 0 at half time. Second half saw Lune Valley posing more of a threat, but it was again Chipping who were amongst the goals with Jake Fawcett scoring 4 more to take his tally to 6 and Oscar Foot finishing off the scoring with his 3rd of the game. Lune Valley did manage a consolation goal through James Sutton as he turned the Chipping defense, before firing his shot into the bottom corner. James was unfortunate not to get a couple more, but for the post and some good shot stopping from James Smith in Chippings goal.
In tonight’s first ‘ Premiership’ game, roeburndale rascals came up against Wray in the local derby. Roeburndale started much the brighter of the two and took the lead early on when Will Huddleston finished off a lovely sweeping move. Wray kicked into gear shortly afterwards and began to pile on the pressure. Matthew Dawson in the Rascals goal, filling in for the injured Luke Gorst, made a string of fine saves to keep Wray out. Rascals went back on the attack however and a fierce drive from James Lawson saw them double their lead. Again Wray responded positively and on the stroke of half time Stephen Harrison calmly finished into the corner from a lovely ball inside from Martin Huddleston. Score at the break 2-1 Rascals. In the second half Rascals quickly got back to dominating proceedings and Will Preece was on target to give some daylight between the sides. Thomas Ward in the Wray goal had made several excellent stops before he saw a long distance effort from Joel Law sneak past him in the corner to give the Rascals a 4-1 lead. Wray refused to lie down and mounted several good attacks themselves. Matthew Dawson continued to frustrate Wray with some superb saves but was again beaten by Stephen Harrison who grabbed his second of the night. There was just enough time for Joel Law to grab his second goal of the night and complete the scoring to give Rascals a 5-2 victory. A much more comfortable win than most would of predicted. Man of the match was Will Huddleston who had a fantastic game all round.
At 9pm Jacob who is from Ontario, Canada and is studying at Capernwray, spoke to the lads. Jacob said that he wanted to look at who God isn’t. He said that many people are put off from following Jesus because of reasons and claims that aren’t what we find in the Bible. He said some try to explain God as the reason behind everything we don’t understand. The problem with this is that our view of God is constantly changing and we make Him to be who we want Him to be and not who He says He is. Secondly Jacob said that many people think that bad things shouldn’t happen to ‘good’ people, if God is in control. But God never makes that claim. When we look at the Bible we see that Jesus, who lived the best life possible, was put to death and we know that many of the early disciples were killed for following Jesus. God doesn’t promise an easy road, but he promises to be with us and to help us, when we go through difficulties. And thirdly Jacob said that many think that we should be experiencing God all the time and that if we have times where we are not experiencing Him, then we start to doubt that He is there at all. Jacob said that what is most important is that we look in the Bible to find out who God says He is, and that we get to know and submit out lives to Him.
In the ‘Championship’ late game, Torchbearers were playing their second game, against Carnforth. With a couple of key injuries, Carnforth made the last minute signing of Richard Preece, to take their team up to 5 players. In the early exchanges there was very little to pick between the teams, but it was Carnforth who broke the deadlock as Dean Hoggarth finished well after good work from Nathan Wintrip. And it was the same combination that brought the second goal for Carnforth. Torchbearers were playing good football themselves and after a clever corner from Danny, pulled a goal back.
Carnforth were back on the front foot as Nathan nipped the ball off a defender before getting his first of the night. They went even further ahead as John hit a shot through a couple of defenders and into the bottom corner. But Torchbearers were soon back in it, as first Abiola and then Danny brought them right back into the game. It was Carnforth who took the momentum into half time though, as Dean was again played in by Nathan, for his hat trick and a 5 – 3 lead.
Second half and again Torchbearers looked sharp and moved the ball around well, but it was Nathan who scored first. An attack from Torchbearers was broken down and Thomas Salmon made a pin point throw from goal, up to the unmarked Nathan, who calmly slotted past the Torchbearers keeper. A couple of minutes later and Nathan had his own hat trick as he again found himself goal side of the Torchbearers defense and slotted in, to give Carnforth a comfortable lead. Torchbearers pressed and created some good openings, but due to good tracking back and some good goal keeping from Tom, they couldn’t find a way through. Not until the 37th minute when Torchbearers suddenly scored 2 goals in a minute and Carnforth were left frantically defending for their lives. They did just and so manage to see out the win and remain top of the Championship, with some difficult games to come.
Report for Crown Lane vs Capernwray still to come….
Roeburndale Rascals 5 – 2 Wray
Chipping 11 – 1 Lune Valley Utd
Crown Lane 5 – 4 Capernwray
Torchbearers 5 – 7 Carnforth