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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Spinners victorious in their first game in two months

Overnight frost hit the Carlisle Sunday league and cup programme only 12 games surviving out of the scheduled 21.

In the Premier Division, Greyhound were 3-1 up at half-time at home to Wigton before emerging 5-1 victors. Their marksmen were Gavin Brough (2), Lee Coulthard (2) and Darryl Creighton. Johnny Studholme responded.

Playing their first game since early December, Spinners were 3-1 winners at DHCC. Gary Richardson’s long range looping free-kick over stand-in keeper Ben Ewings in the 20th minute gave them the edge and Scott Reynolds’ well struck volley from 20 yards five minutes before the changeover made it 2-0. DHCC pulled one back in the 50th minute through Johnny Simpson but Simon Elston’s telling pass enabled Jon Reay to make sure of the points with a simple tap in with 10 minutes left.

Howard Rangers went down 4-0 at Harraby Catholic. After missing several early chances they were punished in the 25th minute when Aidie Cairns sliced his clearance from Mark McKenzie’s cross into the path of Simon Ruddick, who made no mistake with his finish.

The home side had a great chance to increase their advantage when Darren Moynan was brought down in the box by Jason Betts but Mike Brown shot wide from the resultant spot-kick. Harraby controlled the second half and went two up in the 55th minute when McKenzie’s powerful shot found the net off the underside of the bar.

Things got worse for Rangers when they lost Steve Balmer through injury with 20 minutes left. And, five minutes later, Brown split Rangers’ defence with a great throughball, leaving McKenzie with a clear run for goal. Moynan completed the scoring near the end following good work by Jonny Hall.

Dalston gained their first points of the season at the 15th attempt by inflicting a 3-2 defeat upon Gretna SC.

Only one Second Division game survived the conditions and turned out to be an eight-goal thriller. With the teams locked 3-3 Jonathan Knott converted a penalty to put Unisun Athletic “A” in front but a late strike by new signing Jamie Atkinson squared matters to dent Unisun’s hopes of three vital championship points.

Lion & Lamb overwhelmed Wheatsheaf 8-1 in a Third Division clash. Tom Rudd, Jordan Wood, Fergus Ledingham and Richard O’Keefe netted two apiece for the winners. The encounter between UMI Exiles and Howard FC ended goal-less. Dave Crickett was outstanding for Exiles, likewise Simon Atkins for Howard.

Lloyds sank Shoulder of Mutton 5-0 following a goal-less first period in which Lloyds veteran keeper Chris Farrell produced a fine tip-over and his opposite number Gareth Edwards pulled off four point-blank stops. Lloyds finally found the net from Robert McCartney’s well-placed header and Dan Towers’ disputed penalty. During Shoulder’s spirited fightback Farrell pulled off the save of the match as the ball was bound for the top corner. Towers completed a fine run from halfway with a neat shot past the advancing keeper, then Dan Furness was presented with a simple goal from a rebound off the bar and in injury time Craig Cherry completed the scoring, curling a left-foot shot into the top corner from 20 yards.

In the only Fourth Division game played Border Reiver moved off bottom spot after racing into a three-goal lead at the break against Club Victoria through Matthew Horseman, Jordan Rotherham and Andrew Lewis. In a more even second half David Steele converted a penalty to reduce the deficit.

Pirelli provided a surprise League Cup result by knocking out St Aidan’s 2-0 with efforts by Jack Patterson and Jordan Davies. Second Division Upperby Park demolished their Fourth Division opponents Thompsons FC 13-0, with Tom Lucock grabbing four of the goals. Museum progressed at the expense of Carlisle Spartans 2-0.

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