Murphy and Nixon both net twice in Rangers win

Many games were called off due to the weather.
Many games were called off due to the weather.

In the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire Football League Premier Division, Carnforth Rangers hit top form when they entertained Mayfield United,hammering them 6-0.

Leading the way for Carnforth was Damien Murphy with two great strikes, Byron Nixon also hit two, Phil Meeks and Tom Gammon scoring the others.

Storeys’ improvement under new manager Steven Stirzaker continued, but despite a battling performance they just could not stop Highgrove from pulling off a smash and grab raid with two well-worked goals scored by Louis McGrath and Luke Ogley.

Trimpell and Bare Rangers and Bentham served up a poor game in poor 
conditions. Trimpell had most of the chances, and their goals were scored by Jamie McMeekin, Johnny Durnan and Curtis Graham.

The 3-1 scoreline flattered Bentham and could have been even larger but for some excellent goalkeeping. Milton Mendes scored the consolation for Bentham.

In Division One, leaders Westgate Wanderers suffered only their second defeat of the season when they were humiliated by a strong Ingleton Reserves side.

When an attack broke down in the 10th minute, a swift counter attack sent Alex Hartley speeding through the midfield and into the Westgate penalty area, a clever back heel found Sam Hutcheson following up, to be in the right place at the right time to score into an open 
goal.

Ingleton took a 2-0 lead when Hartley tormented the defenders, allowing David Whitfield to score from close in after 20 minutes.

Within five minutes Westgate got back into the game when Ryan Worrall collected the ball on the left and inside his own half, his run for goal took him past three defenders, and from 25 yards he looked up and picked his spot to score a great goal.

In the 35th minute Ingleton went into a 3-1 lead when the irrepressible Hartley set up Whitfield to score from close in, but within 60 seconds Westgate’s Matthew Dalton scored a fabulous goal from 30 yards.

Just before half-time Alex Hartley made it 4-2, but within two minutes of the second half Stuart Gardner scored the third for Westgate to make it 4-3.

Ingleton’s Hartley scored his second and his side’s fifth goal after some poor defending. Mark Dobson, who had missed several chances in the first half, finally found the net, with Whitfield completing his hat-trick to leave Westgate very much 
deflated.