Round 19 of the 5aside league – Wednesday 27th February 2019.
In the 8pm games Roeburndale had the chance to go top of the league as they took on Quernmore in the Premiership game. Roeburndale took off, where they finished the previous week against Capernwray, with Joel Law scoring from the edge of his own ‘D’ with a thumping, dipping shot. Will Preece quickly doubled their lead and then made it 3 – 0, with two well worked goals and with only 10 minutes played Joel scored 2 more to get his hat trick and leave clear space between the teams. Quernmore hadn’t really had much of the ball until then, but it only takes a moment of skill or a lapse of concentration and it was a combination of both that saw Dan Sudell pull a goal back for Quernmore and then some great footwork by Danny Garratt to create a chance and score, to make it 5 – 2. As much as Quernmore tried to push on from this boost, Roeburndale started to turn the screw again as Will completed his own hat trick before Joel scored again and Jacko finished off a lovely move. Half time 8 – 2 to Roeburndale. Into the second half and Roeburndale controlled proceedings without ever hitting the heights of the first half. Joel scored 3 more to take his tally to 7 for the game and Will once more, to take his to 4 and Quernmore pulled two more back at the end through Dan Sudell and Mick Lund. Roeburndale head into their last match with Crown Lane, knowing that a draw is enough to give them the title. CH Leisure – 9pm on Wednesday 13th March… It’s the place to be!!
In the 8pm Championship game Lune Valley Utd still had a slim hope of winning their section of the league and they were up against a strong Ingleton team. Both teams seemed to cancel each other out throughout a lot of the game, with the defenses winning out. James Sutton and Nathan Park worked hard to create openings for Lune Valley, both bringing good saves from the Ingleton keeper. Dave Easterby scored shortly before half time, which brought a response from Lune Valley, with Alan Wadsworth pulling a goal back. Ingleton did manage to take a lead into the break as they took advantage of some space in the Lune Valley defense. Second half was more of the same, with lots of hard work and pressure, but few chances. James Sutton was next to score, bringing Lune Valley back level, before finding the net again to take the lead, only for Ingleton to level it up again. It was back and forth, as both teams searched for the lead again, but it was Sam Dennis who found it, scoring a screamer into the top corner. Lune Valley then managed another to make it 5 – 3 before Ingleton scored quickly to pull it back to a 1 goal advantage. Lune Valley then restored their two goal lead as James Sutton scored his hat trick, but their lead was again halved as Ingleton hadn’t given up on the points themselves. With time almost gone, Ingleton had one last attack, but the chance just wouldn’t drop for them and that was the end of a very tight affair.
At 9pm Steve Cornall from Chipping, gave the word. Steve is a very keen Liverpool supporter and he started by talking about following Liverpool and his joy at seeing them sat at the top of the Premiership. He said that he had heard someone say ‘Liverpool on top of the table is like an Elephant on top of a tree. You don’t know how it got there, but you know it will fall.’ Steve said can be the same with humans. We look at each other and we just wonder how we got here. What is our purpose? What is life all about? The Bible helps to answer a lot of questions like these and in Colossians, Paul says ‘For by Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.’ Steve went on to explain that we were created by God to be in relationship with Himself, but that through living life our own way and in rebellion to God, we have been separated from Him. God not only made us, but He then has made a way for us to come back into that relationship. We deserve punishment and death for our rebellion against God, but Jesus stepped in and took the punishment that we deserve, so that we can go free and be in relationship with God. But we need to respond to Him, asking for forgiveness and seeking to follow Him wholeheartedly.
There was just one late game as Chipping were looking to pull further ahead in the Championship. They were playing Garstang, who themselves were coming off the back of a good performance. Unfortunately for them though, Chipping were in good form and continued their free scoring form, from the previous week. Jake Fawcett was right in the goals again and finished with 6. Jake was ably backed up by Steve Cornall (3), Joe Kelsall (2) and Oscar (1). Garstang replied with 2 for Ben Taylor and 1 a piece for Matt Sowerby and Dom.
Roeburndale Rascals 12 – 4 Quernmore
Lune Valley Utd 6 – 5 Ingleton
Chipping 12 – 4 Garstang