South Lancs Counties

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IN a terrific Wilf Hickson Memorial final with some terrific football played by both sides, Highfield Grange Youth beat Southport Youth 4-2, with five of the goals coming in a storming 1st half.

Southport took a fifth minute lead before Highfield Grange equalised with a goal by Tom Jackson, assisted by Ben Conway.

Highfield raced to a 3-1 lead with Jackson doubling his account and then Conway getting off the mark.

Southport pulled a goal back before the break.

Highfield won the game with just three minutes to play when they broke from defence and Conway scored his second.

In the South Lancs Counties Premier Division, Penlake visited leaders Highfield Grange and came away with a 6-2 victory after a superb display.

Andy Simm struck a hat-trick, Chris and Jamie Foster and Darryl Hale were the marksmen.

Kieron Unsworth and Mike Fairhurst scored for Highfield Grange.

North Star moved up to fourth place after a 4-2 win at Wigan Cosmos

One time leading Knowsley South will finish in third spot after being held to a 1-1 draw at Leigh Centurions.

Mike Halliwell gave Knowsley South a 2nd half lead but it was cancelled out by Mike Southern.

Aspull came from behind to beat Golborne Parkside by 3-1.

Nathan Drury gave Golborne the lead by goals by Matt Gallagher, Adam Floret and Neil Berry saw Aspull home.

Halsall beat bottom club, Horwich St Marys 5-2.

In Division Two. Forefield Rangers won 3-2 at Aspull Res with Dominic Spence, Andy Dawber and Wes Cain on target.

Lewis Winstanley and Will Makinson replied for Aspull Res, who were twice two goals down

In Division One, Ashton Villa went down 4-2 at home to Digmoor.

Horwich St Marys Res won 3-2 against Up Holland with Ryan Bloor, Shaun Coop and Dave Walker on target for the Saints.

Adam Graves and Matt Gaskell scored for Up Holland who were 3-0 down at one stage.

Academy Sports and Whitley shared six goals in an entertaining game.

In Division Three, Adam Morris FC were 5-2 winners against St Helens Rovers with Craig Naylor scoring a hat-trick with Chris Berry and Tom Heaton also on target.

In the Bill Hayes Memorial Final, Aspull lost 3-1 against North Star.

A terrific free-kick from 30 yards by Jason Dawber on 28 minutes reduced arrears to 2-1 but North Star added another.


THE Mike Taylor Cup Final for Division Three teams produced an excellent game between Divisional Champions Ashton Villa and next to bottom Hurlston Hall.

It looked bad for Hurlston when Robbie Naylor nipped into the penalty area to put Villa a goal up after only three minutes.

But they steadied the ship and on 26 minutes Eddie Smith fired in an unstoppable 30 yard shot that gave keeper Dave Jones no chance.

Then Villa got a soft goal, Dave Roche took a 40 yard free kick which Hall keeper John Robinson allowed to go into the net as he fumbled around.

Poor marking on the hour allowed Villa’s Dave Griffiths to head home and despite lots of late Hurlston pressure Villa hung on for victory.

Highlight of the second half was the arrival as substitute of 66-year-old Len Rainford bringing a loud cheer from the big bank holiday crowd. League President Mike Taylor presented the trophy.

The Keith and Margaret Whitehead Cup sponsored by Barratt Homes was won by Bickerstaffe who beat local rivals Digmoor 2-0.

The first half was pretty even but Bickerstaffe broke the deadlock with a goal from Shaun Cocks.

At the other end Alan Tyrer went close and with Adam Hallam pulling the strings it looked as if Digmoor would get on the score sheet.

Despite Hallam’s excellent work it was Bickerstaffe who sealed the match in injury time with a close range goal from Dan Viquerat.

As expected Hallam was named Man of the Match.

The week brought bad news for Winstanley St Aidans who managed to reach the Laithwaite Shield Final with a penalty shootout win over Bickerstaffe Res then lost of penalties against Leigh Athletic in the Wigan Cup Final.

St Aidan’s Res crashed out of the Northern Cup losing 3-0 at holders Billinge Res.

On the League scene Winstanley St Aidan’s are Garswood Trophies Premier Division Champions while Belair Top Division One.

A 3-0 home win over AH Leisure gives Bickerstaffe Res the North West Gas and Solar Heating Division Two tile with Ashton Villa gaining Northgate Vehicle Hire Division Three.