SPORTSREACH 5ASIDE LEAGUE
Round 17 of the 5aside league – Wednesday 13th February 2019.
In the 8pm ‘Championship’ game Lune Valley Utd were taking on Garstang. The game started quite evenly as both teams set themselves out defensively, not committing many players forward. It was Lune Valley who were the first to get in behind the opposition defense and it was rewarded with the breakthrough, as Isaac Dennis got on the end of a through ball and scored from the tightest angle possible. Minutes later and it was the same outcome as Isaac was put through on goal, this time from the left and again scored from out wide. Lune Valley started to really control the play and scored twice more before half time, through James Sutton and a long rang pile driver from Sam Dennis, to give themselves a commanding lead.
Second half and it was much of the same, with Isaac completing his hat trick and then adding a fourth. A mixture of Lune Valley taking their foot off the gas and Garstang rallying, brought a much more even period of play. Garstang were starting to create some chances, but couldn’t find a way past Nathan Park in Lune Valley’s goal. Just as the game was about finished, Garstang found the net through Dom, with a great finish finding the bottom corner. Garstang won the ball back again and found Jacob Taylor, who made it 6 – 2. Lune Valley seemed stunned and Garstang were suddenly first to each ball and in a matter of another 30 seconds it was 6 – 3 as Matt Sowerby fired home a loose ball. Fortunately for Lune Valley and unfortunately for Garstang, time had run out and that was the final score, leaving Garstang wondering what might have been.
In the 8pm ‘Premiership’ game, Crown Lane were looking to stretch their lead at the top of the league as they were up against Quernmore. Quernmore had a very strong defensive team out and the usually free scoring Crown Lane, found it very difficult to break them down. Crown Lane did score through Sam Hogarth in the first half, but heading into the last 5 minutes and the game was on a knife-edge. As Quernmore pushed for an equalizer, it was Crown Lane who took advantage, with Dan Parkinson, followed by a second from Sam and then Keith Townley all scoring for Crown Lane. Quernmore did get a consolation goal through Ian Ellershaw, but it wasn’t enough to stop Crown Lane as they ran out 4 – 1 winners.
In between the early and late games Thomas spoke to the lads. Thomas is a student from Capernwray and he started by asking the question ‘what is going to happen when you die?’ Lots of people have different ideas about what will happen, but Thomas explained what the Bible says and how we will all be judged by God and will go to either Heaven or Hell. This isn’t about how good or bad we are, because none of us are good enough to go to Heaven. Thomas said that we may seem ‘good’ when compared to each other, but when we look at what God requires of us, none of us get anywhere near that standard. This is why we so desperately need Jesus. He is the only perfect one and because He willingly took the place that we deserve, on the cross, we can be forgiven if we seek Him and ask Him to deal with the wrong that we have done and to give us new life and one day, a place in Heaven.
In the late games the ‘Premiership’ game was between Wray and Capernwray. Both teams were looking to get back to winning ways after loosing last week. It was Capernwray who started the better of the two sides, blowing Wray away in the first half, to take a 4 – 1 lead. David and Taylor again combining for the goals for Capernwray. Second half and Wray came out strongly. Mark Ellershaw was first to score as he finished off a great move with the ball being passed through the team at pace. Mark soon pulled another back as he managed to ride a strong tackle and place the ball past the keeper into the bottom corner. Wray were having most of the ball now and they scored next to tie things up, Steven Wright finishing from a great layoff from Mark. Capernwray weren’t done though and started to dig deep. Having 2 subs compared to Wray having none, was starting to show and Capernwray managed to open up Wray to score their 5th goal with a smart finish from Christian. Thomas Ward quickly picked up the ball and played it out and two passes and a finish later and Wray were back level, as Steve Wright scored his second. Thomas was keeping Wray going, but it was Capernwray who were pushing for the winner and they thought they had it. Again Capernwray found some space and smartly finished only for Mark Ellershaw to again score within seconds of conceding. And that was that, 1 point a piece. Both teams with lots of positives to take away, but probably confirmation that Wray won’t be retaining their title, even though they have played some great football again this winter.
In the last game of the night Ingleton were playing Torchbearers. In another low scoring affair, Torchbearers got their first win in a game of few opportunities.
Crown Lane 4 – 1 Quernmore
Lune Valley Utd 6 – 3 Garstang
Wray 6 – 6 Capernwray
Ingleton 1 – 5 Torchbearers