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Keswick and Appleby march on in the Westmorland League

Penrith Royal clear a Langwathby attack (Colin Watson)

[I]n Division One of the James Cropper Westmorland League, Keswick stay top, beating basement side Ambleside United 4-0 at Hilliard Park, with the visitor’s goals from a Declan Robinson tap in, a bullet header from Stevie Hindmarch and two neat goals from Richard Bannister, with Lee Meddings having a very quiet day in the Keswick nets.

Appleby stay second in the league table with a 3-0 win over Penrith Reserves, deservedly earning the three points, much needed after last weeks surprise loss to in form Kirkoswald in the League. The home win came on the back of a goal from David Nugent and a brace from Neil Dean, with Josh Richardson in the Appleby nets putting in a man of the match performance. Kendal County Reserves are now in tenth place after a 0-2 home loss to Ibis who move into fourth place. The Ibis goals were from  Luke Deveney and Callum Taylor.

Kirkoswald battled to another win, this time 3-2 at home to Endmoor KGR. After a close game, Kirloswald were delighted with all three points which leaves them in a very solid third place in the table, courtesy of goals from Nicholas Jake Holden who fired in a long range screamer that smashed in off the crossbar, Brad Renwick, who cut inside from the left and unleashed a curling effort into the top corner, and from the Division’s sharp shooter Niall Renwick, who was on hand to finish from close range. Ryan Carrudus scored both of Endmoor’s replies, whose line up featured Jack Ireland making his first team debut. A disappointed Endmoor are now down to fifth spot.

Shap’s much improved season continued with a 4-3 home win over Wetheriggs United. The Shap goals were from Jordan Palmer (2), Ben Palmer and Luke Fraser. Alex Johnson, Ben Pool and Joe Henderson scored Wetherigg’s goals. Vital points for the home side and Shap move up into ninth spot. Wetheriggs are down to sixth place.

In Division Two, Keswick Reserves were left frustrated, having a playable pitch but no opposition after AFC Carlisle had to make late cancellation with not enough players to make a squad.

Eden Thistle had an excellent 5-1 win over Appleby Reserves, with the Thistle goals from Joe Robinson (2), Shaun Conner, Jordan Whinn and Phil Wynn. Thistle stay in fifth spot, with Appleby down in tenth. After being hammered in the Cup last week, Castletown United bounced back with a 8-1 win over Greystoke with a hat trick for Ryan Gate, a brace for Jonny Murray, and one each from Macauley Forsyth, Jamie Street and new signing Sean Elliott.

Castletown stay in fourth spot and Greystoke are now ninth. In the Mason and Freeman Cup, Kendal United Reserves put in a battling performance but lost out 2-4 at home to League leaders Carleton Banks, whose goals came from Ryan Smith, Nathan Moorhead, Aaron Newton and from their in form skipper Corrie Pearson, his eleventh goal in ten games, and with man of the match Liam Jackson providing three assists. It was an entertaining game, and Kendal played their part, striking back with goals from Joel Nicholson and Ben Dixon.

In Division Three there were three ties in the Peter Daws Memorial Shield. In a high scoring match on a heavy pitch,  Burneside lost out 4-8 at home to Kirkby Stephen, whose magnificent eight came from a Dan Hastwell hat trick, two each for Jamie Cooper and Andy Lockheart and one for Matt Branthwaite. Burneside’s goals were from a brace apiece from Brett Croskell and Kevin Pickering.

Penrith Royal progress into the next round with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Langwathby United. The Royal goals were from Jonny Lawlor, Tom Dixon and Craig Willan. Penrith Saints lost out 1-3 at home to Kirkoswald Reserves, who move into the Semi Finals thanks to two penalty strikes fro Ben Allen, and a Rob Anderson goal.

It’s not a Cumbrian Competition, but they are a Cumbrian side, and Sedbergh Wanderers were in Craven Cup action and progressed thanks to a hard fought 1-2 away win over Pendle Renegades with the Wanderer’s goals from Stu Wells and Andrew Burrow. Cup holders Sedbergh now meet Waddington FC in the Quarter Finals in a repeat of last year’s Semi Final.

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