Dog Inn celebrate title glory

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DOG Inn have won their first Harry Dewhurst Memorial Sunday League title.

The Whalley side, sponsored by Darbyshire & Co. Accountancy Practice, secured the championship with a 2-1 win over Ribble Valley rivals King’s Arms at Memorial Park last Thursday.

After an early Liam Boyle goal had been cancelled out, top scorer Jamie Enefer guaranteed top spot with a penalty two minutes from time.

Dog then drew 3-3 with Black Bull in their final game on Sunday, with a Jordy Timmins goal sandwiched between two more from Enefer, which took the prolific attacker’s return to 31 goals from just 18 matches.

Manager Simon Kerins said: “The players have been fantastic and we thoroughly deserve this success.

“I always believed we could and would win the league, even after we lost two of our opening three matches.

“I am delighted for the players, many of whom are still very young.

“We have also had terrific support from The Dog Inn, its regulars, our sponsors and the spectators who have followed us, especially in the vital closing weeks of the season.

“We are a community team and this is very much a team and community success.”

Dog’s title success means that defensive stalwart Craig Barnes has now won the Memorial League title in four decades – an incredible feat for the man who is already the only player to play and score in every season of the competition.

There will be more on Craig’s achievement in next week’s Advertiser.