IN the Baines Bagguley North Lancashire and District Football League Premier Division, Galgate took advantage of Carnforth’s slip up to move into second place after beating a spirited Arnside team, who are fighting for their Premier Division status.
It was a great end-to-end game played at a high tempo. Galgate were always just quicker to the ball and threatened every time they got near goal.
Arnside, on the other hand, counter attacked with determination but it was goals scored by Lee Fox (2), young Jamie Fairclough and Chris Carradus that did the damage for Galgate, the impressive James Thornton scored two good goals for Arnside.
Carnforth Rangers dropped to third place after firing blanks against a much improved Marsh side.
The game was end-to-end and quite even, with both defences outstanding.
Leaders Highgrove had an early shock when they went 1-0 down to a very good Bowerham/Furness.
There was nothing between the two teams until the 25th minute when, from deep inside their own penalty area, the ball was swept out to Joe Bouskill on the right wing.
He carried the ball wide to just outside the penalty area and swung in a cross which the Highgrove central defender just got his head to.
The ball fell to an unmarked Stuart Rowlands, whose intended looped header to the back post hit the net, beating the keeper with ease.
The game livened up with Highgrove going all out for the equaliser, but Bowerham resisted and held out to half-time.
In the 55th minute Highgrove equalised when Josh Buller shot through a crowd of players and into the net.
The game really livened up after the equaliser, both teams going all out for the winner and again both keepers saving their sides.
After a good advert for the top of the Premier Division the game ended 1-1 and a good point gained for each side that on the day neither deserved to lose.
In the Division One Holdens Solicitors/Gibson Challenge Cup second round, Trimpell just edged out Kirkby Lonsdale in a dour cup tie.
See the Lancaster Guardian (01-03-12) for full story.