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Northbank forge ahead as Reds Development clinch title PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Sunday, 16 May 2021

northbank shields.pngPlayers in the County League’s Andrea Buggy Memorial, Every Life Matters Divisional fixtures observed a minute’s silence on Saturday.

It was in respect for Jordan Banks, the young nine-year-old boy who had been tragically killed in a lightning strike earlier in the week.

In the East Division the hunt for the Championship remains close with four teams still in the mix.

The table top clash between two of the four main contenders for the title left Northbank clear at the summit, with a point and a game in hand over second placed Pirelli with Wigton now in third spot ahead of the losers Aspatria nowin fourth.

The game started at a frantic pace and if anything it was Aspatria who had the edge, applying early pressure on the Northbank goal.

Brady Wiser was an early casualty for the home side, lasting just one minute, but a well organised and quick passing Northbank moved up a gear and after ten minutes Aspatria were pushed back into their own half.

They repeatedly had to defend, with Connor Shields a constant menace and he put the hosts ahead on forty minutes with a headed goal that looked like it was going over the bar.aspatria northbank.png

It deceived everyone, before sweetly sinking into the back of the net.

The second half was more of the same, not aided by Aspatria being reduced to ten men with Matt Rudd seeing red on fifty five minutes. and Shields putting the game to bed with a second goal on the hour.

Pirelli kep- up the pressure on Northbank, enjoying their day by the sea at Silloth with a 9-2 victory over the home side.  The win was earned with goals courtesy of a ha- trick from Ben Davidson, a brace from Kieron Blair and individual efforts from Jordan Irving, Dan Black, Andy Lewis and Ricky James. 

Silloth replied with goals by Stuart Johnson and Adam Carr.

Wigton Harriers also won on their travels with a 3-1 victory at UniSun Athletic.  Sam Irving, Ryan Studholme and Andy Hill scored the goals for Wigton while Craig Hay kept UniSun in with a shout.

There was a close game at Gillford Park, home of Carlisle City Development, when they played host to Crown Newlaithes.  Goals from City’s Bobby Dixon and Olly Reay were enough to claim the points.  Newlaithes replied through Ben Atkinson.

buggy trophy.pngIn West Division One  the outcome of the Andrea Buggy Memorial Trophy, Every Life Matters Divisional  title could potentially have been decided when Maryport Athletic entertained Workington Reds Development at their Milltofts ground. 

The Development side, playing their final game in the competition would take the title if they won the game however, if Athletic triumphed the Championship would be decided in their last fixture away to Cockermouth. 

In an even first half it was Athletic who took the lead ten minutes from the break when Ryley Short powered home a header from a corner. 

The Reds rallied in the second period and two well taken goals by Ciaran Booty putg them in pole position.  Both teams continued to create chances as the game became more physical, but the Development side stood firm to win the game 2-1. 

Andrea Buggy’s family were in attendance at the game and saw her husband David present the trophy to the Reds captain, Aiden Howarth. 

It was perhaps fitting that the trophy went to the Reds as Andrea had been a regular player in the Workington Reds Women’s team.

There were two midweek games in the West Division Two with Bransty Rangers and Moor Row both winning their respective games.

Whitehaven Amateurs were the opposition for Bransty who claimed the three points with a 3-0 win with goals from Alan Sim, Mark Callan and Liam O’Pray.

Moor Row earned a 4-2 victory when they entertained Windscale Reserves.  Ben Graham notched a hat trick for Moor Row, while Jamie MacAllister chipped in with the other for the home side.  Andrew Bezusckho and Aaron Allen reduced the arrears for Windscale.reds development.png

There were Saturday fixtures for Bransty Rangers and Mirehouse, the two front runners in the Division.  Mirehouse eased to a 2-0 away win over Whitehaven Miners.  Bradley Dryden and Kyle Bailiff scored the goals.

Moor Row and Bransty fought out a 2-2 stalemate. Adam Williamson grabbed a brace for Moor Row with Jamie Thursby and Bradley O’Pray ensuring parity for Bransty.

Pictures at the top from BEN CHALLIS feature Northbank star Connor Shields and action from their game with Aspatria.

The lower two pictures were supplied by GEOFF TURFRELL as David Buggy presents his late wife's Memorial Troiphy to Adrian Howarth while the successful Reds Development side celebrate. 




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