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Keswick top of the Westmorland table

Goal mouth action from Keswick Reserve’s win over Dent (Ben Challis)

[I]n Division One of the James Cropper Westmorland League, Keswick’s undefeated run continued, with the Fitz Park lads winning 1-3 away at Windermere SC to stay top of the table and now five points clear. Ambleside United managed to grab defeat from the jaws of victory in their match against Endmoor KGR.

Ambleside were 2-1 up with 5 minutes to go, but lost 2-4 to stay eleventh in the table.  KGR’s scorers were Ryan Carrudas, Shane Lambert, Bradley Thompson and Sam Daws, and KGR are now in second place in the table. Ibis had a big 5-1 home win over Wetheriggs United, with the Ibis goals from a Darren Nightingale brace, Tim Blamire, Cory Robinson and Chris Ellwood.

Ibis are now ninth and Wetheriggs drop to fourth. There was also a big win for Kirkoswald with a 5-3 victory over Sedbergh Wanderers, with Reece Simpson stepping up to the first team to help KO back to their winning ways. The three points put Kirkoswald up to sixth place in the table, and Sedbergh are now tenth. Shap stay rooted to the bottom of Division One after losing 3-5 at home to Kendal County Reserves whose goal scorers included Pete Carrudas, Luke Nicholson, George Key and Cameron Neill. Kendal are now in eighth.

in Division Two, AFC Carlisle had a 2-1 over Greystoke, with AFC’s goals from Damien Dixon and  Wayne Jackson, and AFC now in ninth place and Greystoke in eighth place. Appleby Reserves were hammered 0-6 at home by Carleton Banks with Jake Briggs netting a brace, and the in form Soccermoos stay top of the table on goal difference but with a game in hand over Keswick, who moved into second place with a 2-1 home win over Dent with goals from Jack Miller and Dave Gaskell sealing the win.

Dent drop to third. Castletown Utd moved into fifth spot with a 6-2 win over Windermere SC Reserves with the Castletown goals from Charlie Forster, Brad Shearer, Jamie Street and a Ryan Gate hat trick. Eden Thistle harvested three much needed points with an excellent 6-0 win over  Eden Thistle move into fourth spot. Kendal United Reserves are tenth.  At the bottom end of the table, Braithwaite and Staveley Utd each picked up their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw.

In Division Three, Langwathby United’s miserable run of form continued with a 2-5 home loss to Burneside. The Eden Valley side are now in tenth spot and Burneside sixth. Penrith AFC Academy had a useful 4-2 win over Penrith Town: two goals in a row from the in form Brendon Maddison put Academy 2-0 at half time, and a third for his hat trick made it 3-0 on 49 minutes.

Academy then lost focus and conceded a goal before Nathan Kerr put the game beyond doubt to make it four for Academy, and despite a late Town goal, all three points and seventh spot. Penrith Saints lost 1-3 to Kirkoswald Reserves with the Kirkoswald goals from Ollie Allen, Jack Lloyds and Adam Land. and KO are now third in the table with Saints eleventh. Ibis Reserves stay top with a 1-2 away win at  Sedbergh Wanderers Reserves whose only goal came from Chris Ladds.

In the Smurfit Kappa Cumberland County League, there was just one match in the Premier Division, but it was a big one, with the two top teams facing each other at St Mungos Park. Aspatria and Wigton Harriers went into this match undefeated in the League and equal on points, and it ended the same, after a war of attrition between the near neighbours, and the defences on top in a 0-0 draw.

Most teams were in Smurfit Kappa Conway Cup action. In Round Two,  Division One’s Borough lost out 2-4 to the Premier Division’s Cockermouth. Borough’s two goals were from Andrew Marshalsea and Liam McCullogh, and Cockermouth’s four from a Rob Cox hat trick and one from Luke Ivinson to seal the win.

Carlisle City had a more comfortable win against Whitehaven Miners, with the final score 6-1, with a brace each for Kyle McClean and Marc Gallimore and one each for Reece Roninson and Lee Graham. Cleator Moor Celtic also had a comfortable win, beating Whitehaven Amateurs 7-1 with Cleator’s goals from Gary George, Lewis Hamilton, Liam Stamp, Reece Bewley, Dan Graham and a pair for  Aiden Kegg.

Frizington Whitestar were at home at Bishop’s Park to local rivals Bransty Rangers, but lost this 1-6 with Bransty’s goals from Jamie Thursby. who netted four times, and Mark Callan and Liam O’Pray. There was one First Round  match, an all Premier Division clash between Workington Athletic and Netherhall, and Cup holders Workington had a comfortable 6-0 win to progress with the Workington goals coming from a Matthew Perry brace, Marc Messenger, Tony Berwick, Jonny Donat and Gareth Brunton.

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