In the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire and District Football League Premier Division, Marsh United and Highgrove have found themselves languishing at the bottom of the table in the early stages of the season.
At the start of the game both sides were still waiting for their first win of the new campaign but it was Highgrove who claimed all three points, winning 3-1 with Jake Archer, Zak Archer and Luke Bradley scoring their goals.
In reply Kevin Coulton’s goal turned out to be just a consolation for Marsh.
Last season’s champions TIC Dynamos of Overton and Middleton, after losing their first four games, are now starting to pick up points although they had to fight hard to beat newly promoted Swarthmoor Social Club with two goals from Matthew Thompson and Robert Goldsborough.
Last season’s runners-up Galgate travelled to Caton with a game plan of not to lose. They defended very well in the first half which ended goalless with everyone playing their part.
Caton changed their formation at the start of the second half which paid dividends when leading scorer Nathan Jackson opened the scoring.
To seal a hard fought win Scott Tremble scored his first goal for the club after signing from Marsh United to make it 2-0.
Carnforth Rangers lead the table at this early stage of the season having won six and drawn one of their seven opening games.
The only game they didn’t win was against Caton United, despite taking an early lead courtesy of a goalkeeping error but they couldn’t hold on with Caton drawing level in the first half.
The saviour for Carnforth was their keeper who made many outstanding saves including a penalty.
They struggled against a battling Bentham side who are without a win and are next to bottom of the division before winning 1-0 with a Daniel Syson goal separating the teams.
Bowerham left it late before beating newly promoted Trimpell 3-2.
The winning goal was scored by Joe Bouskill, his second with just 10 minutes remaining, Louis Butlin scored the other goal.
However, goals for Trimpell scored by Mark Pike and Jamie McMeekin levelled the game until the dramatic late winner by Bouskill.
Cartmel travelled to Galgate in their first game of the season and over-ran last season’s runners-up, winning 5-0, the first goal of the season being accredited to 16-year-old Carl Airey after just 90 seconds.
In the first half against Morecambe Royals they opened up a 4-1 lead with goals from Michael Robinson, Steven Porter, Sam Taylor and Joel Drinkall. Johnny Durnam scored for the Royals.
The second half saw a big transformation when the Royals altered their tactics and went all-out looking for goals and within minutes of the restart Durnam scored his second.
Substitute David Atkinson gave the Royals slight hope with a third with just two minutes remaining.
College AFC and Ingleton both played excellent football in an interesting game at College.
Both sides went close to scoring before Ingleton took the lead with a Grant Troughton goal following excellent work by Alex Hartley.
With 20 minutes remaining Ingleton took a 2-0 lead when Gary China scored. College could not respond to this setback and conceded two further goals, Troughton scoring his second and Dan Tyrer the third to keep this season’s surprise team in fourth position.