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Endmoor close the gap on Shap in the Westmorland League

Ambleside acrobatics against Lunesdale (Catherine Allen)
Ambleside acrobatics against Lunesdale (Catherine Allen)

With top of the table Keswick and Pirelli in Cup action, there were three matches in Division One of the Westmorland League, and third placed Appleby had a good 2-1 home win over Ibis, who stay in eleventh place.

Appleby’s goals came from Thomas Armstrong and Dan Robinson. Fourth placed Windermere SC also won, beating Wetheriggs United 0-2 away, with Wetheriggs now down to tenth place, and Penrith Reserves picked up three more points to stay fifth with a 3-2 win over Sedbergh Wanderers. Penrith’s goals came from a Connor Shields’ brace and Richie Lee Arnold, and Wanderers goals came from Andrew Burrow and Aaron Siemaszko.

In Westmorland League Division Two, the top two teams faced off and it was Endmoor KGR who came out on top, winning out 2-1 over Shap, with Endmoor’s goals from Adam Soulby and William Swallow.

Shap’s goal came from a Luke Fraser penalty. Shap stay top, but the gap is now just two points, and KGR have two games in hand. Dent drew 3-3 with Castletown Utd, with Dent fourth and Castletown fifth, and Greystoke beat Ullswater Utd 5-2, with Greystoke now tenth and Ullswater thirteenth. Langwathby United were comprehensively beaten at home 1-9 by Wetheriggs Utd Reserves, with the visitors goals from Scott Underwood (2), Josh Halliwell (2), Ben Brookes, Andreas Granerud, Chris Wilson, Antony Bailey and Dan Lowes.

Wetheriggs are now back up to sixth and Langwathby still prop up the table. Staveley Utd lost out in the last minute to Braithwaite, with Aaran Gragham scoring with a fine header in the last minite from a Sam Robinson cross. Braithwaite are now ninth and Staveley eleventh

In Westmorland League Division Three the top three all won, but AFC Carlisle who keep top spot after an impressive 0-5 away win over Penrith Academy, with David Barnes scoring two for AFC and with one each for Tom Freind, Steve Brough and Sam James. Academy are now down in tenth place. Second placed Appleby Reserves also scored five, winning 2-5 away at Penrith Royal, and the Appleby goals were from Andrew Little, Kevin Sowerby, Liam Kinnear, Jack Overs and Scott Turnbull. Royal stay fourth.

Lunesdale United recent run of good form came to an abrupt stop after they were were well beaten by Ambleside Town, currently in third in Division Three. Ambleside came flying out of the blocks and passed the ball around quickly and accurately and on 13 minutes the visitors got the breakthrough when a save by LUFC ‘keeper Adam Ingledew fell back into the path of an Ambleside striker who fired into the top corner of the net. On 22 minutes Ambleside doubled their lead when a goal kick was headed back into the path of Stephen Sewell who brilliantly guided a first-time finish over Ingledew from 25 yards.

It was all Ambleside in the first half as Lunesdale struggled to retain possession. and only Ingledew kept the score down. But on 30 minutes it was 3-0 when after a fantastic block on the line by Jack Sowerby saw the ball again fall to an Ambleside attacker who found the net at the second attempt, and there was sill time for Ambleside to add a fourth before half time.

Lunesdale had a better second half, and on 70 minutes the Ambleside ‘keeper couldn’t hold onto a David Beecham low shot across goal and Ryan Law followed up to net his third goal of the season. It was Ambleside who had the final say in the match when on 85 minutes they wrapped the game up when Tom Blenkharn twisted and turned his way into the penalty area and found a gap to finish well. 1-5 Ambleside. Lunesdale stay seventh.

In the final two division three matches, ninth placed Burneside Reserves lost out 2-3 Ambleside Utd Reserves in the South Lakes derby, with Ambleside now eleventh. And Ibis Res had a 3-0 win over Penrith Saints, with Ibis sixth and Saints in bottom spot.

With both Conway Cup and Benevolent Cup ties being played, and a rain postponement between Whitehaven Miners and Cockernouth, there was just one match in the Smurfit Kappa Cumberland County League, and Carlisle City went back into second spot in the Premier Division on the back of a 2-1 win over Aspatria who are now fourth. Richard Hudson scored for Aspatria, and Jack Baker and Lee Thompson for Carlisle. Workington Athletic keep top spot and Silloth are now third, but both Aspatria and Silloth have games in hand over Carlisle.

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