Clitheroe Wolves win through to Alliance Cup Final!

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WOLVES won through to the East Lancashire Alliance Cup final for the third year in succession in a hard-fought game.

Rossendale’s early attack was defended well by Wolves, who then threatened through Joe Briggs, George Bland and Sam Pickles, who were all denied by the keeper.

Wolves keeper, James Prendergast made two good saves, and Connor Jackson fired wide before Bland opened the scoring.

Again Prendergast saved, and Jackson increased Wolves’ lead just before half-time.

Wolves attacked at the start of the second half, with Jackson and Pickles going close, and Ben England sending an effort wide.

Rossendale struck back with a good long range volley, and Prendergast ensured Wolves stayed ahead with a strong save.

Wolves then went on a sustained attack with Jackson shooting wide, Kit Lloyd being denied, Joe Wilson hitting the bar, Bland firing over, Taylor Wilson and England seeing shots saved, before Jackson secured the win in the last minute.

Man of the match was awarded to Joe Briggs.

The side then beat Bacup Juniors 4-0 to guarantee Wolves at least second place in the East Lancashire Alliance Red League.

Bacup attacked first and were denied by Wolves keepers Prendergast, before Wolves pressed, with Ben England firing over the bar.

Sam Pickles had an effort saved, and Kit Lloyd sent a chance wide, before Prendergast made two more saves to keep the score level.

Pickles sent a shot over and England clipped the top of the bar before Pickles then opening the scoring.

Lloyd came close to adding a second just before half-time, but the Wolves had to settle for a 1-0 interval lead.

In the second half, Bacup looked for an equaliser, but Prendergast held firm, after which Wolves mounted some sustained pressure.

Connor Jackson and Pickles were both kept out by the keeper, and Pickles shot wide before Jackson netted.

Still the chances came for England, Matthew King, Jackson - who hit the bar - and Taylor Wilson, but Bacup stayed in the game, and only good defensive work from Joe Wilson and Taylor Wilson kept them out.

With midfield support from George Bland, two goals followed in quick succession, first from Pickles, then a brilliant chip over the keeper from Jackson.

Wolves had further chances to add to their lead, but the game finished 4-0, with Connor Jackson named man of the match.

• NEXT season Readstone United are hoping to run two teams at Under 8s level, and have organised training sessions on Read school field on Saturday mornings between 10-30 a.m. and noon, commencing this Saturda.

Any boy or girl is aged six or seven and under the age of eight on August 31st this year, and is interested in playing football, is welcome to turn up for training.

This training will given by existing Readstone managers who are all FA qualified coaches and CRB checked.

If further information is required, please telephone either Tina Fielden (01282 770224) or Stuart Andrew (01254 884073).

Meanwhile, Readstone’s Under 9s Blue had an excellent 6-3 victory over Colne Juniors with goals from Callum Bentley and man of the match Josh Waddington.

The Under 9s Yellow had a thrilling 2-2 draw with Trawden Celtic Whites with goals from Joseph Clarkson and Alex Morrissey.

Owen Jones was the pick of the players.

United’s Under 10s Yellow had a convincing 4-0 victory over Pendle Eagles, with a hat-trick from Cade Leonard and one from Harry Burrows. Ben Dinning was named man of the match.

The Under 10s Blues played unbeaten champions Ighten Leigh.

In an exciting game, Ighten Leigh scored the only goal in the second half, and Readstone finish the season as runners-up. Man of the match was Austin Curson.