- Written by RayRoberts
- Category: UCC Football
The reward for winning last weeks match against Egerton Tatton was that the starting line up remained the same which was unfortunate particularly for Rowie and Dan who started on the bench with Charley and Ben .
The game was nip and tuck right from the start with The Reds looking bright going forwards but at times erratic with the ball at the back and in central defensive midfield and being the architects of our own downfall potentially .
Thankfully Unsworth scored the first goal when Jack slipped Morgan in with a fine pass and Morgan ran on to this and finished with aplomb .
Not for the first time we gave away a goal which really shouldn't happen when Luke S lost the ball from a loose pass from Joe and a fine strike made it 1-1 with Mark beaten in the top right corner .
At half time we asked for defenders to defend as their number one job , for the defensive unit to work as a team and to talk to each other and ask each other to do what is expected of them in their positions and that if we did this we would win as we felt our attacking threat was superior to Uppermills .
Dan moved to right back , Joe to left back and Oisin alongside Jack now in central defensive midfield to add more bite and tenacity and discipline .
Dan immediately kept us level when he cleared really well off our line but from here the game was mostly one way in favour of Unsworth .
Soon after Marcus found Morgan who saw Lewis moving forward and the latter finished nicely to make it 2-1 .
Marcus then headed straight at the keeper when anywhere else it would have been a goal , Morgan had an effort saved and Oisin had a lovely attempt at steering the ball in to the top right corner after being put in by Rob .
After a good move with Rowie , Lewis and Morgs linking well the momentum we were creating was building up as we put Uppermill under the cosh and when Lewis picked out Marcus, a lovely inside pass found Morgan who was having his best game for some time and he scored his second to make it 3-1 .
Once again however we are devils at making it difficult for ourselves and an own goal from a corner made it 3-2 .
From this point on there was only one team in it and another exquisite pass from Oisin found Marcus rampaging through in his best game for a few weeks for a fine strike which hit the far post .This same pair then saw another shot going wide off Marcus but our money was on him putting one in as he was lively throughout .
Our fourth much deserved goal was magic to say the least Oisin duping two or three to find Rowie out on the left , Rowie superbly nutmegging the defender and putting in a forwards dream ball for Morgan to run onto in the opposition six yard box to make it 4-2 . This we must do more often is the challenge .
To wrap the game up Marcus got his reward for a performance of sheer hard work to match his skills with Morgan putting him on the ball and with much to do Marcus fought his way to retain the ball and this fight gave him the opportunity and space to find the net and make it 5-2 .
The lads are getting a good run going and next week we look forward to meeting Middleton Boys at home who we owe one to after battering them away but only drawing 2-2 .
- Written by Steve Judge
- Category: Senior Cricket
The club are delighted to announce the signing of South African Darryl Brown. Darryl is a 33 year old fast medium bowler, and top order bat. To date he has played 100 first class games for Border, scoring over 3500 first class runs and taking 193 wickets. He brings a wealth of experience to England, To date in first class cricket, he has 2x 100s and 21x 50s to his name, along with 4 wickets on 10 occasions. The club sourced Darryl via CricIntro, Thanks to the help of Gary Hunt.
Thanks go to outgoing professional Chris Williams. Chris joined the club in 2013, ironically making his debut against Middleton who he has now joined as professional. In his first season Chris bowled the 2nd most amount of overs in the league, ending the season with over 80 wickets for the club along with 800 runs. The club missed out on promotion to the top tier of the CLL, finishing 3rd but claiming Oldham Subsidary trophy. The team also reached 20/20 finals day, thanks largely to William's contributions. In his 2nd season he took over the captaincy, and guided the team to 2nd in the league and thus securing promotion with a game to spare. Chris's stats were just as impressive as his 1st season at the club, and like the 1st year he managed a solitary ton, this time against Crompton. 2015 season saw the last year of the Central Lancashire League, and the fixtures were much tougher in the top tier, the team however managed to finish 7th, and William's impressive performances earned him another contract with the club. 2016 saw the club join the top tier of the Greater Manchester Cricket League, and the team struggled to recover from poor early start. An impressive 115* v Prestwich and 5 wickets, along with equally impressive performances against Bury and Clifton hauled the team out of the relegation zone. Unfortunately the team went down on the last game of the season despite a win in final game. Chris ended the season with over 550 runs and 41 wickets for the club in 2016.
- Written by Steve Judge
- Category: Club News and Events
Sunday November 27th sees annual Christmas Fayre, which has been going since the club were located at its old location, pre 2001! It starts at 2pm as usual, with Santa from 230. It is FREE Entry for kids and just 50p for adults. There will be a large selection of stalls as usual, with cafe & bar also open. The event closes at 5pm.
Sunday December 11th is the club Christmas dinner, with Besses Boy Band playing. It is just £16 for traditional Christmas meal, for 3 courses, with veggie option also available. It will be followed by coffee & mince pies. It is 1pm start, and of course, the bar will be open. Put your choices up on board at club before December 5th please.
Saturday December 31st is the New Years Eve Party. It will be much the same format as last year, with entertainment and a buffet. The price has been held for members at £15 per ticket, with advance purchase recommended. The cost will be £20 for NON Members. Tickets now available from the club direct.