Rangers pay the penalty as Askam extend lead – Local football round up

With Vickerstown’s game being postponed in the West Lancashire League Premier Division it was our Division 1 teams chance to take centre stage.

Askam United continued their fine start to the season as they defeated Ulverston Rangers on their own patch 1-0. In a game of few chances it took a Callum Rayner penalty in the 80th minute to separate the teams in a feisty encounter.

The first half will sadly be remembered for an injury to Askam’s Alistair Bradley after a Jack Gardner tackle which saw the centre back taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle. The referee adjudged the foul to be worthy of a yellow card fueling the already tense affair. Lee Irvine squandered a chance as the half came to a close but that wasn’t the end of the action for him. As the players walked off Lee squared up to Ulverston’s Mark Jackson and on another day could have seen red for his conduct.

The second half was a calmer affair with more football being played. Ulverston started the brighter but Askam’s back four held firm and limited them to one clear chance, a shot by Jackson that Phil Postlethwaite was equal to. It was clear a moment of inspiration was needed and the introduction of extra pace for Askam in the shape of Ben Phizacklea was just that. As the game looked to be heading for stalemate a run into Ulverston’s penalty area resulted in him being brought down for a certain penalty. Callum Rayner was the man who stepped up and dispatched the spot kick with confidence.

Ulverston had no option than to throw men forward but with little success, indeed they could have conceded again late on as Askam countered.

The victory made it five on the bounce for Askam who extended their lead at the top of the West Lancashire league Division 1 to four points as a result. Rangers sit in 4th place after the defeat but will hope to get back to winning ways next week.

Crooklands Casuals entertained Millom this week hoping to stop the rot after a run of three defeats. They certainly wern’t prepared for a Millom side who were raring to go after two weeks without a game. From the first whistle Millom attacked and dominated throughout the first 45 minutes although the game was still balanced at half time with only a Chris O’Brien finish separating the teams.

It was much the same in the second half, with Millom having more of the play, however Aden Eden now had his shooting boots on and scored a quick fire hat trick in a frantic period which also saw Crooklands pull one back after Millom’s third goal. With the game out of reach Crooklands started to play some quality football but without an end product couldn’t reduce the deficit, Millom taking the spoils 4-1.

The other local interest in Division 1 saw lowly Hawcoat Park beaten by the odd goal in 5 as they were beaten 3-2 at home to Horwich St Mary’s Victoria.

In Division 2 Walney Island continue to impress, although they had to fight for the 3 points this week defeating Kendal Utd by the odd goal in seven at Tummerhill.

With last minute injuries and Covid19 isolation meaning a defensive reshuffle it was no surprise when Kendal took an early lead after a neat passage of play. Kendal continued to play the better football. However it was Walney’s James Bailey who put himself on the score sheet after a break on the counter. Kendal continued to press and impress and it was only the heroics of George Scott in the Walney goal that kept them in the game, the highlight being an unbelievable double save.

The home side made Kendal pay for their misses just on half time with a carbon copy of the first goal, Bailey grabbing his second of the match after another quick break.

The away side had a chance to equalise when they were awarded a penalty but Scott guessed right and saved it low to his left.

Kendal drew level after some poor defending but it was this moment that seemed to wake Walney up. They found themselves back in front when Zach Walker headed home from a Joe Pearson cross. Bailey secured his hat trick as the game drew to a close to put the game beyond doubt. There was still time for more drama as Kendal converted a penalty to make the last few moments nervy ones for the high flying Islanders.

After the game Steve Brennan said of the performance ” Making four or five changes doesn’t help and we could have called it off , but with a large squad and the season looking like it will be run at a snail’s pace its only right we get games played. We looked awful at times today but with the likes of James Bailey and Zach Walker we have match winners who know how to score goals.”

Dalton United and Furness Rovers games were both postponed due to the ongoing problems with Covid 19.

Holker Old Boys certainly came out guns blazing in their game at Rakesmoor Lane versus Prestwich Heys. A brace in three minutes for Sean Paterson along with a Tom Dawson strike saw them put the game to bed within the first half hour.

Or was it? RIght on half time Jack Coop clawed one back to go in 3-1 and when Jack scored again five minutes after the restart things got very nervy for the home side. They managed to hold on though to record their first league victory of the season and jump to tenth in the league ahead of their visit to AFC Darwen on Wednesday night.

Written By
Mark Curwen

Mark Curwen

Bowls Editor

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