[I]n a rain lashed Cumbria, it was Westmorland FA Benevolent Trophy Semi Final day, and Westmorland League leaders and current trophy holders Keswick FC were scheduled to play Ambleside United. But this match was postponed for the second time, with the Fitz Park pitch in Keswick again waterlogged.
The second semi final between Wetheriggs United and Appleby at Gilwilly Recreation Ground was keenly anticipated, and this match went ahead despite the weather, with Appleby winning out a tough battle 0-2, thanks to goals from John Coward and Charlie Addison-Adams.
In Westmorland League Division One the rain wiped out the fixtures between Ibis and Kendal Utd, and Kendal County Reserves and Penrith AFC Reserves, but seventh placed Kirkoswald’s Old Showfield was playable.
Kirkoswald had the home advantage against ninth placed Sedbergh Wanderers, but lost this one 0-1, meaning Sedbergh are now seventh and Kirkoswald eighth. The games’ only goal came from Sedbergh’s Alex Fearn. In other League Division One news, mid table Burneside announced that they were withdrawing one of their two sides, after struggling to raise teams, leaving just one Burneside side playing in Westmorland League, in Division Three.
In Division Two, leaders Shap had the home advantage against Keswick Reserves and after a really tight match edged this 2-0, with goals from Jordan Palmer and Paul Ronald. With Second placed Endmoor KGR’s game against Dent postponed, Shap have now re-established their five point advantage at the top of the table, but KGR have three games in hand.
Braithwaite were up against Windermere SC Reserves, and Windermere had won 4-1 out in the reverse fixture, but with Braithwaite’s topsy turvey form this season, that was absolutely no use in trying to predict this one, and BFC had the home advantage. This one was much closer, and despite Braithwaite goals from Anthony Fearns, Charlie Andrews and Sam Robinson, Windermere edged this 3-4. Carleton Banks also managed a tight win, squeaking past Ullswater Utd 3-2 in a very hard fought match. The Soccermoos let a two goal lead slip, but ended up with three points thanks to goals from Dom Lisle, Corrie Pearson and Ryan Smith. Carleton Banks are now fifth.
Castletown Utd were up against bottom placed Langwathby United, and Castletown won this one easily with a 5-1 scoreline, and Castletown move up to fourth with their goals from Macauley Forsyth (2), Ryan Gate (2) and Ewan Willacy. Greystoke went into their match against third placed Eden Thistle on the back of two recent wins, but this run came to a halt as Thistle grabbed all three points with a 2-5 away win, and keep themselves in third. Greystoke are tenth.
Eighth placed Kendal Utd Res were up against sixth placed Wetheriggs Utd Reserves who had a good win last week after a run of five losses. The last time these two met in early November, Wetheriggs walked away with a 6-0 home win. It was the other way round this time, and Kendal had this one, 5-3, with a brace each for Sam Hunter and Dillon Hine and a Riggs’ own goal. Wetheriggs goals were two for Declan Sutcliffe and one from Dan Lowes. Kendal and are now level on points with Wetheriggs.
In Division Three League leaders AFC Carlisle were up against Burneside Reserves and had a comfortable 5-0 win to stay at the top of the table, clear by four points. And congratulations to missing striker David Barnes, whose wife Laura had just given birth to their first child, so welcome Teddy!! AFC’s celebratory goals were a massive four from Tom Friend and one from Steven Brough.
Second placed Appleby Reserves had an upset, with Ibis Reserves beating them 2-1 at home, pushing Appleby down into third place, and elevating Ibis to fourth. Ambleside Town took on Penrith Royal, whose early season run of good form with seven straight wins stalled with a draw against Endmoor five weeks ago, and since then the Royal have gone into reverse with four straight losses, and they lost again, but only narrowly, with Ambleside grabbing a 4-3 home win to go second, and Royal now drop to fifth.
Bottom placed Penrith Saints FC had a local derby against Penrith Town who were in eighth place going into the match and Town won this 2-6, and they gain a place to seventh on the result. The matches between Endmoor KGR Reserves and Lunesdale Utd, and Sedbergh Wanderers Reserves and Penrith AFC Academy were postponed due to the weather.