North Lancashire League: Caton need three big wins to deny Carnforth title

Caton United v Carnforth Rangers.
Caton United v Carnforth Rangers.
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Caton United need three big wins to deny Carnforth Rangers the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire Football League Premier Division championship.

The reigning champions picked up a 5-0 win over Marsh United during the week before backing it up with a 5-1 victory over a depleted Trimpell and Bare Rangers on Saturday.

Carnforth however ended their campaign on Saturday with a 9-0 win over a weakened Galgate side to further increase their goal difference.

Cameron Holmes led the way with four well-taken goals, his strike partner Damien Murphy scored twice while Aaron Hoyle, Aaron Jones and Byron Nixon scored the others.

It all means with that Caton need to beat Cartmel and District, Ingleton and Bentham in their final three games and pick up a plus 20 goal difference in the process if they are to retain their title.

Against Trimpell and Bare Rangers it took Caton 25 minutes to open the scoring when Phil Eccleston burst through from midfield to make it 1-0.

Caton kept chasing the game looking for goals and before half-time they took a 2-0 lead when Eccleston scored his second.

The second half was just four minutes old when Kevin Burns, promoted from the reserve team, latched onto a bad defensive mistake to score the goal of the game for Trimpell from fully 25 yards.

Caton continued to create chances in the second half but again good defending and poor misses kept the score at 2-1 until Caton’s best player on the day, full back Christian Sawacki, started to move further forward and soon caused 
problems for the Trimpell defence.

In the 65th minute he beat three defenders before slotting the ball into the net to make it 3-1.

Trimpell tried to retaliate and missed two or three reasonable chances before Eccleston completed his hat-trick with another well-taken goal.

Nathan Jackson should have made it 5-1 but he now has a contender for the miss of the season when in front of an open goal he managed to scoop the ball over the bar from three yards.

Sawacki scored his second when again he beat a number of defenders with his speed and trickery to make it 5-1.

Ingleton kept alive their hopes of ending the season in second place after demolishing an injury-hit Highgrove side, winning 6-1 with Joe Towers scoring a hat-trick.