50th Anniversary

This year the club’s presentation day will be at Sedgley Park RUFC, 22nd May and we’ll be celebrating the club’s 50th Anniversary. Any old players and managers please get in touch.

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New Season, New Pitches

News and results for Saturday 6th April.

Raiders drew with Royton
A hard fought, physical encounter this one, with very few clear cut chances and total commitment from all the boys. Raiders had more of the ball in both halves, but with a very hard and uneven St Marys there was little quality on display. It wasn’t a huge surprise then that having not taken advantage of the few chances they had created, Raiders conceded deep into the second half – a hopeful free kick into the Raiders box, the ball not cleared, pinged around a bit before being stabbed home by Royton. It would’ve been a very harsh result, with just a couple of minutes to play, the Raiders finally managed to get the ball down on the deck, a smart interchange down the right, Harrison squaring for motm Tu’San to side foot home a very tidy left foot equaliser, and that was it, the game restarted and the final whistle blew. Well done for keeping on till the final whistle Raiders 

Lions beat Denton youth
Good performance from the boys in the sunshine this morning. The Lions dominated from start to finish really. Denton only got passed the defence on two occasions. Jamie ran the first half from the middle of the park. There keeper made 20+ saves with one or two of them top draw. We hit the woodwork 2/3 times with cracking 20 yard efforts. Half time and it was only 1-0. Great ball over the top from Finlay found Daniel who squared to Rocco to tap home into an empty net. We told the boys at half time to use the width more and the goals would come for sure. Jamie again pulling strings with his through balls to the front three. Boys creating chance  after chance DJ with two goals and Daniel grabbing the other. The boys are now becoming very strong and using their strength at every opportunity which is great to see. 
Motm was between Jamie and Daniel. Jamie just shaded it with his great passing and never giving up.

Bridge drew with Raiders
You know it’s right when kids come off smiling and parents make a point of saying how happy they are, and how entertaining the football is. Smashing game in the sunshine this morning, two well matched teams enjoying themselves, competitive, both sets of lads looking to ‘play’. An early goal for Bridge was cancelled out after Harrison found the top corner after some good work down the right, William almost adding a second, only to be denied by the woodwork after an excellent strike. One each at the break. It was Williams run and shot, this time coming back off the post that resulted in Raiders taking the lead early in the second half, this time Tu’San on hand to smash in the rebound. Bridge lifted their game and hit back with two goals and the lead, despite another fantastic display from Tyler at the back, driving forward when he could to turn defence into attack, and it was the result of one of these runs that found Harrison who cut in from the left and snuck one in from a tight angle to level things up. Chances both ends in the closing stages, but the draw was a fair result, and it was smiles all round at the end. Well done Raiders 

Sapphires Win

Well. Wow. What a game. I don’t think I’ve seen a better all round team performance from the girls than today. The Sapphires shone like diamonds.
A truly remarkable performance from each and every player today, they kept their heads in spite of the tough game.

The girls kept their heads down and let their feet do the talking, and for the entire first half they were in complete control of the game. Aimee was terrorising their left back at every opportunity, leaving her in her wake repeatedly as she got down the byline and put the crosses in the box for Alex and Scarlet to try and get the first goal. Some panicky defending saw them get the ball clear, but the ball kept coming straight back at them in waves, as Libby and Pam ruled the midfield, winning the ball back and putting it straight back into the danger areas. When Maccabi did manage to get past our hard working front three and tigerish midfield duo, ‘The Wall’™ were absolutely magnificent. Issy and Kinyemi were superb with their tackling and distribution from the back, and absolutely nothing was getting past Sofia today (I think it was the raw steak she had for breakfast), breaking up play and stopping Maccabi in their tracks. Despite not being busy, Nyeleti kept 100% focused and played the role of ‘sweeper keeper’ brilliantly today. Alert, quick to react and making the right decision every time. Grace came on and instantly gave the Maccabi defence an even bigger headache than before.
A slight altercation was taken in their stride by the girls, and in fact seemed to be galvanised by it and doubled their determination and effort.  Again Grace, Pam, Libby, Alex and Aimee worked hard to try and create a breakthrough, with some lovely passing and movement coupled with great skill and composure on the ball, but it wasn’t to be as the first half ended 0-0.
Dan gave the team talk at half time, and whatever he said had an effect on the girls as they came out all guns blazing in the second half. Within 30 seconds of the restart, we should have been one up, as the ball was worked out nicely to Aimee on the right, who took a touch, looked up, then picked out Grace making a run from the opposite flank with a tremendous through ball that completely took out the Maccabi defence. Grace controlled and hit a great shot which whistled just past the keeper’s right hand post. You could see that the midfield and forwards had complete faith in our outstanding defence today, as they kept pushing forwards and playing some good passes into dangerous areas, knowing that if the opposition broke away, Sofia would stop them in their tracks and come away with the ball, or Issy and Kinyemi (and Scarlet when she had to fill in at right back on the couple of occasions Issy had to go off to recuperate) would take the ball off the attackers’ toes and surge forwards down the flanks and play some great forward passes for their team mates to go and create chances. In fact it was from such a tackle and forward pass from Kinyemi that the Sapphires got the breakthrough. The ball went out wide and was put in across the box for Grace to get on the end of and finish superbly past the keeper from a tight angle! 1-0.
Alex, Libby and Pam kept up the pressure, not giving Maccabi a moment’s peace, and soon after the second goal came along, as more determined midfield work saw a lovely through ball part the opposition defence like the sea for Grace to run on to again. She took a touch and drove forward towards the penalty area and despite heavy pressure, again finished clinically into the keeper’s bottom left hand corner to double our advantage.
The Sapphires now really turned on the style with some fantastic football, passing, triangles and quite notably great communication on the pitch. Aimee was very unlucky not to grab a couple of goals (that first goal isn’t far away Aimee!) as the defence stuck admirably to their task of winning that ball back and giving it to the midfield to go and create chance after chance for the front line. The third goal followed, with Scarlet fittingly being the scorer. Again more great team work saw the ball dropped in to the right hand side of the penalty area, where Scarlet had made a lovely run, she got control of the ball and emphatically smashed a fantastic shot past the Maccabi keeper to make it 3-0. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bigger smile on anyone’s face as she celebrated finding the back of the net!
The last 10 minutes of the game continued in the same vein, with the Sapphires refusing to be rattled. Nyeleti kept a clean sheet in the last minutes of the game by rushing out and making a fantastic and brave save. I believe it was with the nose area that she stopped the ball, hopefully it’s not too painful now! The game ended 3-0, could’ve been more, but what a superlative effort from each and every single one of the girls, they truly played as a team today, looked out for one another, kept their composure, communicated and played some really good, neat, clever football.
Sofia was named player of the match, but I think that that accolade is equally shared by all 10 girls today, it was a truly complete performance. I hope I speak for all of us parents when I say how proud we are of you girls! Thanks also to Marc, Dan and Steve for looking out for the girls today, enjoy your Sunday everyone!! 💪🏼🔵⚫

News and results for Saturday 30th March.

Pumas drew with Chadderton Dragons
Good game, Pumas on top for the majority of the first half, Rasan and Alex a real handful on the break, supported with some good midfield work from Joseph and Fraser. Pumas worth the lead at halftime, a nicely worked worked goal and Alex on hand to slot home. A switch to 8 a side at half time threw the Pumas somewhat, not especially useful as we look to transition to 9’s format next season, and suited Dragons much better who started to gain more possession, the result two quick goals for Chadderton. Pumas never far away, kept creating plenty of chances, Isaac and Rasan both with clear chances to level, and it was the latter who jinxed into the box and drove home the equaliser with 10 to play. A good game, a little scrappy with Pumas impressing in the first half.

Tigers lost to Littleborough Juniors Yellows.

MOTM Alfie.

Lions beat 3D football
We knew this was going to be an eventful game as they played on the pitch next to us last week and we could hear how bad their attitude was. We started well keeping the ball and making them work hard just for a touch of the ball. We must of created 4 good chances in the first ten minutes but failed to find the back of the net with any. We then got caught on the break which we need to learn from because if it wasn’t for Sam rushing off his line and making them hit the post we would of found ourselves behind after all our hard work. Then came the break through. Magic feet from Jamie in midfield left three of there players stood still and he passed it home from the edge of the box with his left foot. This put us in the driving seat for the rest of the half. Another one of Finlays trade mark long throws and Jamie was on hand to head home from the same spot that he scored his first. Great glancing header into the keepers far corner. The third was a good team goal after some nice passing from DJ, Jamie and Rocco. Rocco crossed for Cayden to head home just before half time. Second half and the fun began. Their players shouting and trying to intimidate the ref and our boys. They got a goal back and this got there tails up. The Lions then started to play them at their own game giving back what they were giving out. The ref did well i thought keeping them all in check. DJ was taking stick off one boy for a good ten minutes on and off the ball. DJ then did what he does best and put the ball in the bottom corner after a neat one two with Cayden and celebrated in style with take the L Fortnite style to shut this kid up. Brought a smile to mine and Steve’s face. Then with the last kick of the game Jamie completed his perfect hat-trick after a quick corner from DJ found him unmarked in the box to pass it home with his right foot. On another day this would of been a cricket score but I was proud of the boys. I thought they did excellent against a team that wasn’t very nice.
Motm was between Jamie and Cayden. Cayden took the trophy home as it was his best performance a while.
4-3 win for Spartans .
MOTM Kyle Smith . 15  games now unbeaten and Cup final is on Friday  10th May in Preston 6pm kick off if anyone would like to attend

News and Results for Saturday 23rd March.

Tigers 4 – 1 Roach Dynamos Black.
MOTM Felim.
Lions beat curzan Ashton.
Down to 7 players today due to illness and boys away. The 7 boys played out of there skin. Pass and movement was top notch. Matthew, DJ and Daniel played up top and their pace and power from the off had us on the front foot all half. Matthew down the left was on fire creating chance after chance. First goal went to Daniel. 20 yards out on the right, dropped the shoulder and hit a top bins to give their keeper no chance. Unbelievable finish with very little back lift. Rocco then lobbed their keeper two minutes later from the edge of box after great work from Matthew and DJ, another great finish. The boys at the back were sweeping up with ease on the odd occasion  that they could get out of their half. We then scored 3 quick goals to put the game to bed before half time. Daniel grabbing two and DJ finding the back of the net with a good free-kick just outside the box. Second half we started just like the first. Creating chance after chance with Matthew scoring two quick goals both great goals. One was a great team goal that had 7/8 passes that ripped through their team from front to back. Great one touch football and a joy to watch. Sam only touched the ball twice in the second half which is a credit to the boys playing in front of him. On the only occasion they got passed him Owen was on hand to clear off the line with a great block even though he was falling over the other way. Daniel then grabbed his fourth on the full time whistle with a neat finish into the bottom corner giving their keeper no chance yet again.
Motm was an easy one, the whole team. They were on their game from start to finish and it was an absolute joy to watch. Can’t wait for the other 3 boys coming back next week as the lions are now playing some great football again.
Penine Black Beat Raiders
An enjoyable game played out by two committed teams. Physical for the most and some good football played by both sides. Raiders not quite on their game at the moment, responded well after conceding early with the impressive Kian drawing level midway through the first half, Penine hitting back almost immediately, before some dazzling footwork and finish by Izu squared it all up going into the break. Another strong performance from Asa kept things flowing throughout, Izu enjoying himself on the 4g surface, but a couple of quick strikes from Penine stunned the away side. A quick switch of Motm Josiah into the back line to sure things up, and the come back began. A great challenge from Josiah at the back started a classic Raiders break down the left, three passes and Harrison on the spot to ease in a third. Raiders kept on and almost grabbed the equaliser in the last moments, Ollie  firing just wide. A good game, and cakes at the end for birthday boy Tyler. Happy days
Chadderton Lions drew with Pumas
This one had it all. A cracking game for all involved. Chaddy started well, a number of top saves from the impressive Bobby keeping Pumas in it whilst Pumas got to grips with the class outfit. A switch to man mark the Lions dangerous no.9 was the key to this one, first James and then Motm Eesa taking turns to do an excellent job carrying out their instructions to the letter. Pumas now gaining more possession, defending strongly, hard in every challenge and breaking at pace, Dayne finding Rasan with an array of quality passes, and then combining with Alex to create some good chances. James, Joseph and Fraser relentless in their work rate. Pumas finished the first half strongly, Alex receiving a throw down the left from Dayne, a neat turn and run into the box and a top class outside of the boot drive across the keeper into the far corner, and a first half lead. Chaddy rattled but Pumas not phased, and an excellent second half saw chances at both ends, both keepers impressive and on hand to keep their respective teams in it. An unfortunate deflection saw a Chaddy drive loop over Bobby for the equaliser, but in fairness not undeserved. Both sides committed for the win saw a fractious final few minutes, the ref doing well to keep kids (and parents) cool. A very exciting game played out by two very committed sides. Pumas impressive again, great to see the friendships and playing partnerships growing every week. Very well done Pumas.
Walshaw 0 Sapphires 5 
A bright, sunny morning in Bury saw the Sapphires taking on Washaw again, with the girls looking to make a repeat of the win last time out in blizzard conditions.
Aimee was making her debut today, taking up her position on the right wing. The girls started really well, almost grabbing a goal in the opening couple of minutes. Walshaw came back at us, but the defence of Issy, Kinyemi and Sofia, with Nyleti sweeping up behind them in goal, was like a wall. Nothing was getting past them today – tenacious and strong in the tackle and calm and collected on the ball. Keira and Libby controlled the midfield expertly, playing some nice, quick passes between them to make the space to then be able to release Scarlet, Grace and Aimee up front. I honestly don’t think the Walshaw defence knew what hit them! Aimee was going past players for fun and putting some fantastic crosses in to the box from the right, which Grace & Scarlet were close to putting a finishing touch on a number of times. Their keeper made a couple of good saves to keep the score level.
That was until another great bit of work from Libby and Keira got the ball to Aimee wide on the right, who then sprinted down the line and beat her defender with ease before putting in a peach of a cross for Grace in the middle of the area. Grace controlled the ball well and smashed a volley into the top corner, giving the keeper absolutely no chance!
The Sapphires kept the ball well, and produced some good football for the rest of the half, with Keira and Scarlet playing some nice one-twos, and Libby always looking for that defence splitting pass after winning the ball back. Sofia was strong and broke up play very well in the centre of defence, and Issy and Kinyemi were brilliant covering and breaking forward too. The half ended one nil, with the parents being more troubled by low flying pigeons than Nyeleti was by the opposition’s forwards
The second half started in much the same vein, with the Sapphires putting the pressure on. Another quick move down the left saw Scarlet and Keira putting the ball across the box for Grace to get her second of the game. Soon Scarlet added a third, firing the ball past three defenders and the keeper at the near post after some good work on the ball. Alex and Little Izzy came on and played really, really well, and soon Libby played a through ball from midfield that Michael Carrick (sorry Rob!) would’ve been proud of, putting Grace clear through on goal after cutting the whole Walshaw midfield and defence with that single pass. Grace took the ball in her stride and smashed the ball into the bottom corner for her hat-trick, making the score 4-0. Aimee and Keira were close to adding to the score line, after tormenting the opposition. I think the player marking Aimee went off with twisted blood and dizziness!
Another great move saw the ball break to Grace on the left hand side of the penalty area. She sent the defender the wrong way before curling a shot into the far top corner of the goal to make it 5-0 and leave her dad holding his head in his hands, worried about how much today was going to cost him. 4 goals in one match can be quite steep
The ref blew for full time to bring an end to a match where the girls were in complete control and played fantastically well, another contender for best performance of the season. Every single one of them played tremendously well and contributed fully to the victory, but Aimee stood out on her debut, making light of the fact that this was the 1st time with the girls, aside from one training session on Wednesday, and came in to the team and played as though she’d been with the girls for years and deservedly took the Player of the Match award for this week . Well done girls, a well deserved win and a great performance.

News and results for Saturday 16th March.

Lions beat springhead reds.
It was by far the worst conditions the lions have played in. If it was up to me it would of been off. We started well keeping the ball and passing it around with ease. We created a good few chances but wasted them but in the conditions this was understandable. They then broke and scored against the run of play. Defenders caught napping and Sam in net asleep bad goal to concede unfortunately. The boys then got going again and we hit back straight away. Big throw from fin to dj who flicked it on with his head to Daniel who smashed it home from the edge of the box into the corner. Great goal and more than  deserved equaliser. We had a few more chances but couldn’t find the net so all square at half time. No team talk as the weather was getting worse. Just sent the boys out with more of the same please. Straight from the off we were pressing them high up. Their keeper making save after save and also bad finishing again. Then we got in front with a great team goal, pass after pass one touch football with Daniel on hand edge of the box to place it in the far corner. Their heads went and the boys went for the kill. Smashing in another 3 dj with 2 and Matthew with the other. Sam made two great saves in the last 5 minutes. Motm Owen. Strong at the back and splitting their team constantly with his great passing through to the boys up top.
Great second half display from all the boys today in shocking conditions and looking like drowned rats walking off at the end.
Kestrels beat Woodley Blues
The conditions were as bad as it gets.
The boys battled through torrential freezing rain to give a brilliant performance against a very good Woodley team.
A well worked short corner between Joe B and Dan led to the opener from Ali, a header at the far post. Dan then extended the lead, a rebound from a long range effort.
Woodley got a fortunate goal back, but the the boys continued to play hard with some outstanding link up play in midfield – we had back heels, flicked one-twos, Maradonas, all sorts, some lovely stuff.
Joe B made it 3-1 with a long free kick which snuck in through a crowded penalty area.
A free kick and penalty then gave Woodley parity.
Dominik and Callum each did some great work in goal with the ball sliding around unpredictably.
Kestrels’ two final goals were ridiculous: Raquami nailed one of his standard long range lobs for the fourth and Haris produced a moment of genius 360ing around two players before smashing it top bins – even Woodley’s coaches were applauding, and he gets man of the match for that.
Brilliant performance today – particularity impressive was the tackling, shooting on sight and communication.

News and results for Saturday 9th March.

Lions beat spring head.
The boys were at it from the off today in wet and windy conditions. Pressing from the front forcing springhead into mistakes high up the pitch. Quick passing from the front 3 led to Matthew scoring after 5 minutes. Good team goal and well deserved lead. We created a few good chances after that but their keeper made a few good saves. Including one from a great overhead kick from Jamie on the edge of the box. They didn’t offer much up front and Sam was a spectator for most of the first half. We then got a free-kick 20 yards out that Owen put in top bins after seeing their keeper off his line to put us 2 up at half time. Second half and we told the boys to keep the pressure on and not let them back in. Ten minutes passed and it was just how we wanted it. Keeping them out of our box and trying to hit them on the break. Then a mix up at the back led to them tapping home from the edge of the box.  Straight from the kick-off we kept the ball and made them chase it all over the pitch. This opened them up nicely as we moved the ball from front to back in a blink of an eye Cayden lifting the ball over the last defender from the left for Daniel with his lightening pace to beat their keeper to the ball first and tap it home to put the game to bed. Motm was Jamie for his all round game today on the right and in the middle of the park. Also really unlucky not to get on the score sheet with a great over head kick
Spartans 3-0 Winton Wanderers.
3-0 Win for the Spartans against Winton Wanderers now jumped them in the league for 2nd spot .. MOTM Josh Abbott’s but quality performance by all .
Cheetham Hill Reds lost to Raiders 
This is the second time Harrison has played against his old team. The first time he scored the only goal in a pre-season tournament win, and today he topped off a splendid motm performance with an excellent hat trick. A fairly even start against a side with some good players who play some neat and tidy football, and it was good passing and a tidy finish that saw CH take the lead after 10 minutes. All 11 boys there today so a quick change,
4 off and 4 on, and it wasn’t long before some neat work in the final third from William and Kian put Harrison through for the equaliser. On the front foot, but Raiders never really getting into top gear today, another neat finish from Harrison and a 1-2 half time lead. Much of the same second half, Raiders  playing well within themselves, Ollie and Kian exchanging well in the middle to almost double the lead, and Izu dazzling with his feet but unable to unlock a very robust CH back line. Asa showing his versatility as well in a number of positions, showcasing a great array of passes. But it was Harrison’s day and it wasn’t long before he was slid through again down the right and his power and pace were topped off with a neat finish and a worthy hat trick. The home side got a late consolation, but Raiders were good value for the win. Plenty more in the tank. Well done Raiders.

News and results for Saturday 2nd March.

Lions beat Reddish 
It wasn’t our best performance by far but the boys did enough. Good start as we pressed from the front closing down winning the ball high. Daniel down the left with a good cross into dj edge of the box great first touch allowed him to pass it past their keeper into the corner. Then a mix up with subs found them getting back into the game. Sam making a few good saves to keep them out. Then just before half-time they got their goal. Corner crossed deep and we could not clear so their number 5 tapped home from 5 yards. Second half and we created a good few chances but couldn’t hit the target. Then we won the ball high up the pitch again and Daniel found time and space to find the net to make it 2-1. The last ten minutes they pressed us a lot but the boys did well keeping them out. Motm was Daniel. Never gave up and great assist and finish.
Raiders lost to  Walshaw Sports Club
Smashing Cup tie and tough on Raiders not to be heading through to the quarters. Raiders good value for a first half lead, Ollie with a cool finish after some neat passing on the edge of the box. Walshaw pressed hard after the break, and fortunate to get the equaliser, knocked out of the keepers hands but the ref unsighted. A good finish gave Walshaw the lead and then the Raiders onslaught commenced – post, bar, goal line clearances and everything other than an equaliser before time ran out. A valiant effort from Raiders, couldn’t be more proud of them and no disgrace being knocked out to this top side. Well done boys.
Pumas lost to Roach Whites
Zero expectation going into this cup fixture, having been well beaten by Roach twice in last few weeks. ‘Enjoy yourselves and play with freedom’ were the instructions from the bench, and that’s exactly what the Pumas did. Committed from the off, the boys were strong and organised playing a new formation for the first time. Dayne (motm) and James looked like old hands in wing back positions, and with Arian directing traffic from the centre of defence, the Pumas were able to soak up a lot of early pressure from Roach, Bobby sensational between the sticks as usual. As expected Roach had the better share of the first half, eventually finding the net with a well delivered corner that was met with an unstoppable header. Pumas cracked on, defending well, and breaking with power and pace, causing more and more problems, Alex at the heart of most attacks. With just a few minutes till the break, a great through ball, Alex latching neatly onto it down the right side, in on goal, a fierce drive well saved by the keeper with Joseph and Alex both on hand to put the rebound away, I’ll leave it to them to work out who got the final touch. One each at the break, game on. A more equal second period, Roach rocked by a Pumas side growing in confidence, and for a little more composure in front of goal it would’ve been Pumas taking the lead. In the end it took a first class ‘top bins’ strike from Roach to make it 1-2, but Pumas didn’t stop, Joseph and Rasan both testing the Roach keeper and only the crossbar stopped an equaliser after Isaac let fly with a signature strike after one of his neat turns just inside the box. Pumas kept on, but it just wasn’t to be. A cracking cup fixture, played in the very best spirit of the game, Roach just about edged it and we wish them well in the next round. Great effort from the Pumas, growing and learning with every game. Top effort Pumas.

Updates from the FA

We recently received the following updates and clarifications from the FA.

Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins). For the start of the 2019/20 season, the FA has sanctioned the mandatory use of Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins) for Dissent offences only. Further details can be found here.

Wearing Glasses whilst playing Football. Following the recent incident, the FA have clarified their position on wearing glasses whilst playing football.