SPORTSREACH 5ASIDE LEAGUE
As we come towards the end of this season, we had 2 nights of fixtures this week.
On Tuesday night Crown Lane were looking to win and confirm their runner-up place for the third year in a row. They were playing Capernwray Staff and right from the start Crown Lane pressed Staff high up the pitch. Sam Hogarth was on top form after being rested the previous week and managed to score not only 4 goals with his weaker left foot but also a header, which takes some doing when outfield players can’t go into the ‘D’. Crown Lane continued with the same intensity and kept creating openings even though Staff became more organised as the game went on. Michel Koch managed to get a couple of good goals back before half time, but Crown Lane ended up winning comfortably. In the other game unfortunately Galgate were unable to play and so gave the points to Capernwray Students. Capernwray Hall student, Matty Overweel shared some of his story with the guys before the game. He was really honest about the difficulties he had experienced in the past but explained how at the age of 15 a man started attending the Church he had grown up in, who showed Matty just how amazing God’s grace is. Matty explained how he had always been trying to attain a certain level to please God, but he realised that he never would, but that Jesus had ‘attained’ it on his behalf.
On Wednesday night Galgate were playing Real VVV and Ingleton we up against Chipping in the early games. Real VVV welcomed a couple of new players and were up against a strong Galgate team. Galgate were strong throughout the game and with the extra drive of Rob Barker and the control of Josh Akinson this week, they were a real threat. Real VVV played well, but on a night where it just didnt come off for them, Galgate ended up winning comfortably. Ingleton vs Chipping was a high paced game, with two strong teams out and it was Ingleton who eventually opened the scoring after 10 minutes. They doubled their lead a couple of minutes afterwards and started to control much of the play. Just before half time Dan Parkinson broke through 3 Ingleton players and cut the ball back for Josh Hardman to score for Chipping. Second half and Chipping came out strongly, but without really creating many chances. It was however Dan Hallam who scored next to get his second and Ingletons third goal. For the final twelve minutes both teams played well, but cancelled each other out, with Ingleton taking a hard fought win.
Andy Smith came from Caton to speak to us half way though the night. Andy told us the story of his mums life and asked us about what our hope is in? Andy told us about some of what his mum went through and some of the things that shaped him as a young man. He then told us about the end of his mums life as he spoke with her about what Jesus had done for her, to deal with her sins. We put our hope in so many different things, but the only thing that matters is if our hope is in Jesus. Andy encouraged us to grasp hold of Jesus, the one who had worked in his life to deal with sin, the One who had helped deal with his alcohol abuse. ‘Grasp hold of Jesus and don’t let go.’
In the late games Wray were in dominant form against Capernwray Students. Wray again with a settled team kept possession well and were well organised. Thomas Ward, in net for Wray, managed to keep a rare clean sheet and they scored 9 goals. Carnforth were playing Capernwray Staff in the final game and after conceding 13 the previous night, the staff team started by defending very deep. As the game went on the staff came out more and became more of a threat with Michel Koch again getting a brace. For Carnforth Callum Thompson was in fine scoring form and was helped by Reiss Ford with a brace as Carnforth won with a little breathing space.
Capernwray Staff 2 – 13 Crown Lane (Tuesday)
Galgate 0 – 4 Capernwray Students (Tuesday)
Galgate 8 – 1 Real VVV (Wednesday)
Ingleton 3 – 1 Chipping (Wednesday)
Wray 9 – 0 Capernwray Students (Wednesday)
Carnforth 7 – 3 Capernwray Staff (Wednesday)