Round 20 of the 5aside league – Wednesday 6th March 2019.
At 8pm we had the ‘Championship’ decider between Chipping and Carnforth. Chipping were slight favorites going off recent form, but Carnforth had their two top scorers, Damien Kitching and Callum Thompson, playing together for the first time this season. It was Chipping who hit the road running as they took the game to Carnforth. They were quickly 2 – 0 up with goals from Joe Kelsall and Jake Fawcett, before Nathan Wintrip pulled a goal back for Carnforth. Jake found some space again and fired into the bottom corner, before Carnforth pulled another goal back via Callum Thompson. Carnforth were playing well, but couldn’t get close enough to Jake and he pulled Chipping away during the last few minutes of the half. His best couple of goals included curling a corner at pace straight into the far top corner of the goal and also scoring with the outside of his right boot. At half time Chipping held a 7 – 3 lead. Carnforth hadn’t played badly, but just hadn’t been as clinical as Chipping. Second half started and Chipping killed the game off within 3 minutes, with Steve Cornall scoring 3 times! The rest of the second half was back and forth, with Chipping in control and finishing with a 13 – 5 win. Jake Fawcett scoring 8, Steve Cornall scoring 4 and Joe Kelsall 1. Carnforth’s scorers were Callum Thompson 2, Nathan Wintrip 2 and Damien Kitchen 1.
In the ‘Premiership’ game, Wray were up against Quernmore. Wray were in control for most of the game and with Mark Ellershaw on top form, both providing goals and chipping in with 5 of his own, it ended up a comfortable win for them. Stephen Harrison scored a hat trick for Wray and Quernmore’s very own James Burr scored Wray’s other 2 goals. Quernmore replied with goals from Danny Garratt (2) and Rob Barker (2).
Mark Ellershaw was the speaker at 9pm this week and he looked at a statement that Jesus made (in the book of John, Chapter 10 and verse 10), where He said “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life and life more abundantly.”
Mark explained to us what ‘life’ means. In Greek (the language that the New Testament was first written in) the word ‘life’ has more than one meaning. ‘Bios’ means the physical life and the word ‘Zoe’ means spiritual life. The word that is in the original Greek recordings of the Bible is ‘Zoe’. So Jesus wasn’t saying ‘I have come so that you can have a great house and car and all the physical things you ever wanted.’ He was saying ‘ I have come that you may have an abundant spiritual life.’ So how do we know that life? Mark explained about why Jesus came and lived a perfect life and died a cruel death, which was a punishment that we deserve, so that we can be forgiven, if we turn to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness and New Life.
In the late games, Chipping and Carnforth were playing their second games of the night. Chipping were up against Ingleton and Carnforth against Garstang. In the Chipping vs Ingleton game, Chipping continued where they had left off against Carnforth, before the break. Jake Fawcett again setting the tone with 4 more goals and Oscar Foot and Steve Cornall with 2 apiece and one for Joe Kelsall. In response for Ingleton were goals from Phil Stephenson, Josh Capstick and David Easterby (2).
Carnforth against Garstang was a tighter game with both teams trying to make sure they were well organized. Carnforth got themselves in front with goals from Callum (2) and Nathan before Matt Sowerby pulled a goal back before half time for Garstang. Into the second half and chances continued to be few and far between. Carnforth tried to speed things up with quick passing, but were tiring after their earlier game and Garstang seemed happy to fill the gaps and try to catch Carnforth on the counter attack. Carnforth were next to score as Nathan and then Callum added to their first half goals. Just as Carnforth were pulling away, Garstang found a way back with a neat finish from Nathan Devany. Andrew Tissingh had come out from goals and he was playing well in defense and helping start attacks. Jacob Taylor benefitted from this, as he scored from another good move by Garstang. But as Garstang seemed to be getting back into it, Carnforth scored 2 quick fire reply’s as firstly Damien Kitching made a great run round the back of Garstangs defense to finish off a through ball and then Nathan Wintrip completed his hat trick. Carnforth saw out the last few minutes and were glad when the final whistle went!
Chipping 13 – 5 Carnforth
Wray 10 – 4 Quernmore
Carnforth 7 – 3 Garstang
Chipping 9 – 4 Ingleton