North Lancashire league round-up: Bowerham bomb as Galgate flourish

Galgate finally won their first game of the season at the expense of Bowerham.
Galgate finally won their first game of the season at the expense of Bowerham.

In the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire Football League Premier Division, last season’s runners-up Galgate have finally won a game at the tenth attempt when they beat an out of sorts Bowerham.

Bowerham played their best football in the first half and took the lead when Alastair Laird beat his marker and scored.

It didn’t take Galgate long to respond though when Adam Roskell scored. The game looked to be petering out to a draw, but with just 90 seconds left Galgate got one more chance and took it with a good goal scored by Will Onek.

The match of the day was billed as being between Carnforth Rangers and Caton United, who were both unbeaten at the start of play.

Caton never got near to the Carnforth goal to pose any kind of threat and the second half was just four minutes old when Carnforth took the lead with a great curled shot from 20 yards by Nicholas Pidcock which beat Lupton all ends up.

Carnforth did try to play football and created more chances but just could not finish off the chances they created.

With the introduction of Nathan Jackson, Caton had their first and best chance of the game with a pass down the right wing for Jackson to chase.

The Carnforth keeper also committed himself to reach the ball first but it was Jackson who got their first and from way outside the penalty area his shot went inches past the far post with two defenders desperately chasing after it.

It looked as though the one goal would be enough to settle the game as Caton did not look capable of breaking down Carnforth’s defence.

Unlike the first game between these teams when it was the Carnforth keeper that saved the day, in this match it was just opposite, he didn’t had a single shot to save.

Carnforth finally made the game safe with just four minutes remaining when Daniel Syson collected the ball from a poor clearance and weighed his shot up and placed it perfectly beyond Lupton in the Caton goal and into the net to make it 2-0.

Cartmel’s good start to the season looks to be over as they lost 1-0 to College AFC.

A free-kick some 35 yards from goal was partially saved by the Cartmel keeper who did well to get to the ball, but as the ball bounced up and hit the bar from his save Paul Fairclough was first to react and headed the loose ball into the net to give his side a deserved win.

Freehold made the fightback of the day when they fought back from a 3-0 deficit to draw 3-3 against newly-promoted Grange in division one.

Grange started very well and out played Freehold for most of the first half and took their chances when they came, with goals coming from Karl Davidson, Joe Wellens and Kieron McGrath.

The second half started with Grange going all-out for another goal but Freehold had other ideas and soon started pushing Grange onto the back foot.

It didn’t take them long to score their first goal when Phil Oliver, who had had a quiet game by his standards, put Freehold back in the game.

Oliver went on to score a superb hat-trick to save his side from defeat and earn his team a well deserved draw.

The match of the day between division one leaders Heysham and second placed Moor Lane was a one-sided affair with Moor Lane running out 4-1 winners.

From the first whistle the Moor side took the game to Heysham and with some excellent football soon started to score.

Thomas Geary (2), Jordan Theobald and Oliver Helme did the damage to Heysham whose only reply was a Steve McMinn consolation.