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Aspatria keep up the Cumberland pressure as Wigton sink in the Cup

Cockermouth ‘keeper Lee Meddings makes a brave save (Ben Challis)

On Tuesday night in the Smurfit Kappa Cumberland County League Premier Division, Aspatria took on Cockermouth on a heavy going pitch at St Mungos and from the first whistle this game was end to end, with both Dan Swann in the Aspatria nets and Lee Meddings in the Cockermouth goal pressed into early saves and kept very busy.

The first half ended goal less, but Aspatria pressure at the beginning of the second half eventually led to a Malcolm Graham goal on 55 minutes, and despite a spirited battle from Cockermouth, and a frantic last ten minutes, that’s how the game ended and Aspatria made it five wins out of five and are in second place in the Premier Division to Wigton Harriers, equal on points with the League leaders. .

On Wednesday the Premier Division match between Cleator Moor Celtic and Netherhall had already been postponed, and the overcast skies and damp weather meant that the games between Carlisle City and Silloth, and Frizington Whitestar and Workington Athletic were also postponed.

In Division One just two matches went ahead, and Crown Newlaithes and UniSun Athletic battling it out for a very entertaining 0-0 draw in their local derby, with tackles flying in and four yellow cards, and the result gave Newlaithes their first point of the season. Gosforth put six past Whitehaven Miners who could only score one in reply and the result put Gosforth into second spot in the Division, with Miners yet to pick up any points.

The goals for Gosforth came from braces for Jack Denwood and  Greg Bedford, and one apiece for Owen Woodburn and Rhys Singleton.

On Saturday with Cumberland Cup fixtures affecting a number of teams, there was just one fixture in the Premier Division, with Carlisle City and Netherhall meeting at Gillford Park, Netherhall won this 0-3 to get their first three points of the season and move into fourth place.

In Division One, two games survived the heavy overnight rain. Crown Newlaithes were at home to Borough but lost this 1-4. Whitehaven Amateurs took on Gosforth at Gosforth and were hammered 10-3. The Gosforth ten came from hat tricks for Jack Denwood and Greg Bedford, a brace for Owen Woodburn and one apiece for Rhys Singleton and Jon Dunn.

In the Cumberland Cup there were two Westmorland League versus  Cumberland League ties, with Carleton Banks match against Penrith Royal an all Westmorland affair, and Bransty Rangers tie against Wigton Harriers an all Cumberland affair.

A hat trick for Bransty’s Dan Fowler against Wigton (Ben Challis)

Smurfit Kappa Cumberland League Division One hopefuls Bransty Rangers had two good cup runs last season, and were up against the current Premier League leaders (and until this match undefeated) Wigton Harriers, and pulled off another giant killing, winning comfortably with the four Bransty goals from a Dan Fowler hat trick and Joe Dobinson at the Lakes College 3G pitch. Westmorland League Division Two new boys AFC Carlisle were up against Cumberland Premier Division side Cockermouth at Sheepmount, and the visitors won this 2-8 with the Cockermouth goals from a Mark Campbell hat trick, a Brian Straughton brace, A Connor Cooke brace and one for Lewis White and AFC’s two from Dan Dixon

In a keenly anticipated match, Wetheriggs United faced Silloth at home, knowing that Silloth had only lost in a penalty shoot out with Penrith AFC in the Quarter Finals last year.  It wasn’t to be the Seagulls day, and Wetheriggs  progressed to the second round of the Cumberland County Cup after an impressive 4-2 victory.

Wetheriggs went 2-0 up in the first half, but Silloth pulled back the lead after Reece Blake turned on his magic beating his man and firing in a low shot to get it back to 2-1, and then Lewis Little put in a lovely left footed cross for Andy Hardman to score. But the home side put in two more and with goals from Lewis Windle and another hat trick from inform striker Alex Johnson topping off a fine win for Wetheriggs. Finally, Westmorland League Divsion Two table toppers Carleton Banks overcame Penrith Royal 3-0, with the victor’s goals from Nathan Moorhead (2) and Jake Briggs.

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