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Westmorland League Roundup

Ambleside Town v Ambleside United Res (Ben Challis)
Ambleside Town v Ambleside United Res (Ben Challis)

[K]endal United are sitting on top of the Westmorland League after winning four matches out of four with their midweek 2-1 victory over Ibis leaving them three points clear of nearest rivals Sedbergh Wanderers, although Sedbergh have a game in hand. Third placed Appleby have three wins out of four after putting 5 past Lunesdale United.

Despite the final score, Lunesdale gave a good account of themselves, and were always in the game until the final 10 minutes – when chasing an equaliser at 2-3, the home team succumbed to 2 breakaway goals from Appleby, in another game marred by another controversial sending off.

It’s Appleby’s surprise 3-0 defeat by Kendal County Reserves that was the real blow to their title chances – all the more so after Sedbergh beat Kendal County 4-3 away on Tuesday night. Keswick and Kirkoswald managed a 1-1 draw midweek, with Keswick missing numerous chances (and a penalty) and having a goal disallowed The game came to life in the last ten minutes: Keswick scored first when Stevie Hindmarch headed in an excellent goal from a corner kick. Kirkoswald responded with just two minutes to go from a looping shot from twenty five yards out which went in. A frustrating night for both teams, but a point each – leaving the defending champions in fourth place. Windermere SC have now moved into fifth place with a 4-2 win over Burneside, having only played two games.

In the Division II midweek matches, Endmoor KGR go top of the league with three wins out of three after beating Staveley United 4-0.

The defending League champions Wetheriggs United Reserves won out 5-4 against Carleton Banks in a game of two halves, with Carleton Banks 4-0 down after 30 minutes, but fighting back in what then ended up a very close game. Kendal United Reserves drew 2-2 with Dent leaving just Endmoor and Castletown United with one hundred percent records, with Castletown easily beating Keswick Reserves 5-1 last weekend.

AFC Carlisle have made it four wins out of four to sit top of Westmorland League Division III, beating Kirkoswald Reserves 5-0.

AFC dominated the first half but only went into the break with a 1-0 lead and it was Kirkoswald who started better in the second half, with a 15 minute spell where they could of got back into the game. AFC defended well, and some good counter attacks eventually saw AFC finish 5-0 winners with goals from Tom Friend (2), Dave Barnes, Jack Crowther and Chris RushIn.

In other League III matches, Penrith Town beat Penrith Academy 1-0, Endmoor KGR Reserves went down 3-5 at home to Ibis Reserves, Sedbergh Wanderers Reserves lost 1-6 at home to Burneside Reserves and Lunesdale United Reserves triumphed 6-1 over Appleby Reserves.

Lunesdale went into the game missing goalkeeper Chris Mandle and right back Paul Johnston so manager Carl Horner was forced into his first changes of the season with Liam Teasdale playing his first game and 16-year-old Jack Sowerby stepping into fullback for his first Westmorland League start – with the home team cruising to victory with with goals from John Wolstenholme (2), Brandon Brett (2), David Johnathan Beecham and a James Mandle penalty, reversing the loss their first team had against Appleby first team the night before.

Ambleside Town v Ambleside United Reseves (Ben Challis)
Ambleside Town v Ambleside United Reseves (Ben Challis)

Last night Ambleside United Reserves won out in their local derby against new boys Ambleside Town 3-1. From their first goal – ten minutes in from a penalty, United always looked like winning this one, but neither team coped well with the pitch at Lakes School, which was in need of a good mow and some repair work, and the first half was marred by numerous fouls. United went into the break 2-0 up and ended up winning out in the South Lakes’ rain and gloom, in front of a sizeable crowd.

Cockermouth v Whitehaven Miners (Ben Challis)
Cockermouth v Whitehaven Miners (Ben Challis)

Over in the Smurfut Kappa Cumberland County League, Cockermouth are on top of the Premier Division after a 6-2 win over Whitehaven Miners at home in the midweek games. But its been a topsy turvey set of results so far this season, and only second placed Wigton Harriers and third placed Carlisle City have an undefeated records – with both winning midweek – Wigton edging past Netherhall with a 1-0 win and Carlisle City also winning 1-0 away at Silloth. In Division I, Borough had a good 2-1 victory over Windscale, pushing them up into fourth place, and Cleator Moor Celtic made it four wins out of four to top the Division I League Table, beating Frizington Whitestar 1-0.

FIXTURES this weekend :

Westmorland League Division I: Ambleside Utd v Kirkoswald, Ibis v Sedbergh Wanderers, Lunesdale Utd v Windermere, Pirelli vKendal Utd, Wetheriggs Utd v Keswick. Westmorland League Division II: Eden Thistle v Greystoke, Endmoor KGR v Castletown United, Keswick v Windermere SC Reserves, Kendal United Reserves v Braithwaite, Staveley United v Dent. Westmorland League Division III: Ambleside Town v AFC Carlisle, Appleby Reserves v Burneside Reserves, Penrith Academy v Endmoor KGR Reserves, Penrith Royal v Kirkoswald Reserves, Penrith Town v Penrith Saints, Sedbergh Wanderers Reserves v Lunesdale United Reserves.

Smurfit Kappa Cumberland County League (GMB Whitehaven Cup): Borough v Wigton Harriers, Carlisle City v Unisun, Cleator Moor Celtic v Whitehaven Miners, Gosforth v Workington Athletic, Mirehouse v Netherhall, Whitehaven Miners Reserves v Aspatria, Windscale v Cockermouth.

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