SportsReach 5-a-side League – 20th November

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This weeks 5-a-side games were great once again with lots of good goals and tight matches being played. This week Garstang faced Lune Valley, Newbegginers played Carnforth and at 9pm, Capernwray faced Light Church and Ingleton played Wray. A number of good games!


In the early game, Garstang faced a strong Lune Valley side, but Garstang were boosted by the addition of Will Marsden for the evening, donning the keepers jersey. Garstang started off the better of the two sides, playing the ball about nicely with Lune Valley struggling to get into any rhythm. Matt Sowerby got the opening goal of the evening, firing home after a good move from his Garstang team mates. Soon after they doubled their lead through Ben Taylor. Lune Valley at this point had begun to get going and get into a rhythm and soon found the reward from that. Jonny Sudell fired home tidily, past keeper Marsden. Coming to half time, Garstang were in front and on top 2-1. This was a great chance to get another win, but the Lune Valley side weren’t going to let it be so easy. Within the first 10 minutes of the second half, Lune Valley had gone from being 2-1 down to being 3-2 up, Super Alan Wadsworth doing the business for them with two very tidy goals. The first of which was arguably the goal of the night, a looping ball volleyed first time between the legs of keeper Marsden, a lovely goal. Garstang, having been ahead for so long, weren’t inclined to allow the lead to slip and got a third goal soon after, through Jonny, bringing it back to 4-3. However, despite the late scramble, Lune Valley saw the game out for their first win of this season! The only way is up!


The other 8pm game was Newbegginers versus Carnforth. Newbegginers set off well with Col Sowerby pulling the strings for the team well and soon grabbed a goal as well, nipping in on a pass to slot home calmly. This was a great start for the Newbegginers team, looking to navigate this tricky Carnforth side. However, a while later, Carnforth drew level, the long legs of John Gorst connecting to a corner well to finish tidily. Both sides were looking to go in at half time ahead and thus both sides were probing and trying to find a way through to get that advantage. Alex Baines hit a rocket the flew into the net, giving Newbegginers the advantage they were after. At half time it was a tight 2-1 lead for Newbegginers. Moving into the second half and Carnforth soon brought themselves level again, through Nathan who fired home for them. However, this Newbegginers team is a really difficult side to play against and soon were back on top, with midfield maestros Dan Hallam and John Kelsall both scoring good goals, putting Newbegginers 4-2 ahead, giving them a bit of breathing space. The game was heading towards full time when Damien Kitching nabbed a goal right at the end, bringing the scores back to 4-3, though there wasn’t enough time at the end of the game for Carnforth to go again and try to nick a draw and as full time came, it was 4-3 to Newbegginers.


At 9pm, Will Marsden shared with us, speaking about VAR and how it has been the hot topic this season, despite the expectation it would take all the discussion out of the game and would get every decision correct. Will explained that there are mistakes with VAR because of its human element – that humans will make mistakes with it as no-one is perfect except for Jesus, God’s only son. Will shared how Jesus transformed the world he came into and demonstrated God’s standard for heaven – perfection to us. Will shared 2 Corinthians 5:21 with us, which says – ‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.’. Will closed by sharing with everyone there that there is nothing better than knowing Jesus and if they don’t know him, they need to get to know him.


IN the first 9pm game, Capernwray took on Light Church, looking to continue their good run of form recently. However, it was Light Church who took the lead in that game, Josh Atkins firing home for them. However, it was soon 1-1 as Taylor fired home for the Capernwray side. It was a quiet half as it was still 1-1 at half time, both sides cancelling the other out. Soon after the restart, Light Church found themselves ahead again, Keiron firing home for them. This was a great start for Light Church, looking to take a major scalp in beating this Capernwray side. However, this goal seemed to awaken the Capernwray side, who roared back with 7 unanswered goals, firing in goal after goal in the last 15 minutes of the half, taking them 8-2 up. Light Church had no answer for all these Capernwray goals, finding themselves over powered by the strike force of Capernwray. A fantastic result for Capernwray!


In the other 9pm game, Wray took on Ingleton. This again was a quiet game to begin with, with it only being 2-1 at half time, Wray in the lead with a number of chances not converted. They were, however, controlling the game. Moving into the second half, Wray scored a lot more goals and were soon well in the lead, much to Ingleton’s disappointment, however, they did get a consolation towards the end of the game, bringing the score back to 8-3. A good victory for Wray who continue to stay at the top of the table.


This week we have another four good games, with Roeburndale Rascals taking on Newbegginers in a mouthwatering clash, Light Church facing Lune Valley and then at 9pm, Capernwray facing Chipping and Halton Rangers playing Garstang.