Sensational Spence strike helps Caton extend lead at top of table

Caton United won again at the weekend.
Caton United won again at the weekend.

In the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire Football League Premier Division leaders Caton United increased their lead at the top to five points after beating Bowerham while their two nearest challengers Cartmel and Carnforth were involved in cup ties.

Caton opened the scoring when Guy Spence spotted Joe Dalglish off his line and from fully 30 yards he lobbed the ball over the keeper.

Dalglish was made to work hard to keep Caton out again and pulled off a string of amazing saves to keep the score at 1-0.

It went to 2-0 after some excellent wing play by Mambwe Chilufya and an inch perfect pass picked out Adam Garnett on the edge of the penalty area who smashed the ball into the net.

Despite having most of the possession Caton could not increase their lead mainly through the brilliance of Dalglish in Bowerham’s goal.

This defeat puts Bowerham in the bottom two and staring at relegation.

Fourth-placed Ingleton travelled to Galgate hoping to pick up maximum points to keep the pressure on the leading group.

As it was there was very little football played and the game turned out to be a scrappy affair with the only goal of the game being scored by Alex Hartley.

Arnside, another team battling to avoid relegation, did really well to hold mid-table Mayfield United to a 2-2 draw.

Arnside’s main strikers James Thornton and James Kirkham both struck goals as they surprised Mayfield who hit back through Jordan Sparks and Asa Stone. Marsh United’s good form continued when they overcame a good Highgrove side but they had to dig deep for a welcome victory on Saturday.

The 3-1 win dispels any prospect of relegation and on this form they will end the season in the top half.

Thomas Geary with a brace and James Eccles scored the Marsh goals with Dan Broadley scoring a consolation for a well-beaten Highgrove side.

Storeys, after languishing in the bottom two for most of the season, finally moved away from a relegation place with an emphatic 3-0 trouncing of Lancaster Rovers.

So dominant were Storeys that the scoreline could have been many more.

Adam Airey led the way with a brace and veteran Dave Leslie scored the killer third.