Five-star Rangers see off struggling Marsh

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In the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire League Premier Division, leaders Carnforth Rangers took advantage of second placed Cartmel’s slip up by extending their lead to seven points following their 5-2 win over a struggling Marsh United side.

Carnforth controlled most of the game, but credit to bottom of the table Marsh who never gave up and scored twice, Lee Stuart credited with the goals.

The goals for Carnforth were scored by Phil Meeks, Matthew Garwood (2), Byron Nixon and Damien Murphy.

Cartmel, after suffering three straight defeats, staged a mini-revival by drawing with Highgrove.

Goals were scored by Jake Archer for Highgrove and Dave Regan for Cartmel.

A draw was probably a fair result as neither side did enough to win.

Caton United narrowed the gap behind Cartmel in second place to just one point after overcoming a resolute Trimpell side, newly promoted this season, to win 3-2.

Although Caton had the edge, the result could have gone either way. But Jacob Davies, Nathan Jackson and the eventual winner from Phil Ecclestone got the Caton goals.

Phil Meeks and a penalty scored by Sam Sandham kept Trimpell in the game right to the end.

Bowerham entertained Morecambe Royals in what turned out to be an excellent game of football played by two very good sides on the day.

For the opening 15 minutes the game was flowing from end-to-end with some excellent football being played.

The first chance came to the Royals after 15 minutes but a goal-bound effort was somehow turned over the bar by the Bowerham keeper.

On the half hour mark the Royals had a one-on-one chance but again the keeper came to the aid of Bowerham with another great stop.

Bowerham’s first chance came from a free-kick on their right, the cross into the centre volleyed well over the bar to leave the game goalless at half-time.

The second half started well for the Royals as they were gifted an opening goal just five minutes after the 
restart.

A weak back pass from a defender led to his goal keeper being stranded and the ball was intercepted by Matthew Armistead, who calmly lobbed the ball into the net to score.

The Royals started to get on top and should have doubled their lead five minutes later.

A low cross into the area from the right wing was missed by two attackers from just inside the six-yard area with an open goal beckoning.

The Royals went 2-0 in front when a defender dwelled too long on the ball and lost it resulting in him conceding a corner.

The corner was not cleared properly, allowing Adam Garnett to take advantage and score with a 20-yard shot giving the keeper no chance.

Another poor defensive mistake allowed Armistead to score his second to make the game safe.

The fourth goal came in the final few minutes from Graham Friend.

This defeat sends Bowerham down into the relegation zone after just nine games played.

This win earns Morecambe Royals the team of the month for October as the only side to be victorious in all four games. College AFC beat reigning champions TIC Dynamos for the second time this season, this time 4-2 with goals scored by Alan Davies, Darren Martinez, Russell Moore and Adam Campbell.

College played much the better football and fully deserved their win.

Robert Goldsborough scored both goals for the Dynamos.

Swarthmoor Social Club are hard to beat on their own ground and once again proved to be too good for their opposition when they beat Bentham easier than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.

John Rattigan and Graham Wilcox scored the goals that moved them above Bentham in the table.

In the Westmorland Football Association Junior Cup first round, Arnside crashed out at the first hurdle against a very good Unisun Athletic who are hot favourites to win the competition.

Arnside managed to score two good goals by Adam Cowperthwaite and David Parsons but it was never going to be enough as they conceded six.