Calling all players / parents. Signing on nights are here again. Tuesday 19th May and Thursday 21st May at Rishton Cricket Club 7-9pm. Junior teams - please ensure you bring 2x identical passport photos and your bank details. If you are signing on for the first time, you will need to bring a photocopy of a birth certificate or passport.
On Saturday 16th May our reserves narrowly lost out to Clifton FC 2-1. Pictures below. On Tuesday 13th, our First XI lost out to a very strong Whinney Hill side, who have finished the season as treble winners having gone the entire season undefeated. That should take nothing away from both sides, who have gone into a higher league and had excellent seasons. This gives both teams a great platform to build on for next season and the players, coaches and management team deserve a lot of credit for moving the club forward.
What a season it's been! Well done to both the first and second team for reaching their respective cup finals. The first teams' cup final will be against Whinney Hill, who have gone unbeaten all season and are league champions. If you can make it and want to go and watch two superb footballing teams, get down to the Arbories, Padiham FC this Tuesday, 12th May. Kick off is 7.00pm. We also have our reserve team in the Cotton Cup final - next Saturday, 16th May, 3pm kick off at AFC Darwen's Anchor Ground, against Clifton FC. Why not go and support both teams and get the juniors involved by wearing their Rishton United shirts? We wish both sets of coaches / players all the best in what has been a superb season.
Next seasons' Under 9s are looking for a new goalkeeper next season. Contact Andy Pendergast on 07734 099255.
ADJFL Cup Final Rishton United U11s 3 Crown Paints U11s 0
Favourites Rishton were made to work hard to clinch the league and cup double in this very competitive cup final, played at Clitheroe FCs Shawbridge ground. Both teams tried hard to play good football but an uneven surface didn't help and the first half was a scrappy affair. Both defences were winning their battles and good chances were few and far between. Rishton probably had more chances but most were long range shots. The only real chance came at the end on the half when a well struck shot was brilliantly saved by the Crown keeper.
The second half started much the same but the deadlock was broken when Ben hit a shot from outside the box into the top corner giving the Crown keeper no chance. This settled the Rishton side down and slowly they got into their usual stride. It wasn't long before Rishton doubled their lead when Lucas smashed the ball into the net. Crown didn't give up and if it wasn't for some great defending and goalkeeping Crown might have pulled one back.
Rishton's third goal started from a great tackle in their own box by Jake. Then Edward carried the ball out and found Jack on the wing. Jack took in down the line and put in a great cross. It fell to Ben who couldn't get a shot away but the ball kindly fell to Harvey who hammered it home. Crown almost got a consolation goal when they got behind the Rishton defence but William made a great save to keep a clean sheet. A fantastic end to a great season. Well done lads from Lee, Josh and Adey
UNDERDOGS LOSE OUT ON PENALTIES IN CUP FINAL
Rishton United 1 v 1 Pendle Forest after extra time. (3 v 4 pens)
Rishton Utd matched the league champions from the league above (who have been unbeaten all season) and were very unlucky to lose out on penalties. The game was very evenly matched form the start with both teams having spells of pressure but both defences were outstanding. It was no surprise it was nil nil at half time.The second half was much the same and chances were few and far between. But Rishton broke down the right and a ball into the box undid the Forest defence and Elliot slotted it passed the keeper. In a very tight game this could have been a winner but almost straight from the kick off Forest when through the Rishton defence and equalised.
Both teams tried to get a winner but the defences were to strong. The final whistle went and it was extra time. Extra time produced very few chances and although both teams were tiring the winning goal didn't come for either team.
What a great game of football and both team should be proud of themselves.
As in every cup final there has to be a winner and it was penalty shoot out time. Rishton losing out 3 - 4.
Well done to the Rishton lads who have worked their socks off all year and were presented with their league Champions cup after the match,which helped cheer one or two up.
Lee, Josh and Adey are proud of you all. Well done.
Our U12s Red needed to win their final game to become league champions once again. And Gareth and Rob's talented squad did with a 4-1 win at Pendle Forest, thanks to a hat-trick from Jack Gregg and a goal from Max Mcloughlin. Well done to the players and coaches for another title win. It's been a great season for this team who also reached the final of the LFA County Cup.
Fantastic effort from our U10s, who are following in the footsteps of our highly successful U11s and U12s Red teams and have won their U10s White League. Well done to Gaz Buchanan and his players!
Despite playing the league leaders of the premier division of the East Lancashire league, Rishton's first team put in a superb performance today to win 3-0 in the Presidents' cup. Goals from Liam Hutchinson, Brad Campbell and Matt Pendergast earned a young but talented Rishton side a place in the next round after beating Rimington, who are not only top of the premier league but were unbeaten all season until today. And let's not forget, our Rishton side are new to the East Lancashire League, as well as a league below, so well done to Johny Seal's side today, fantastic effort.
Elsewhere, the weather wiped out our ADJFL fixtures for our junior sides. Tomorrow, the highlight for our club is undoubtedly the U12s, who face Darwen Rangers in the ELFA cup final. it's a 1.30 kick off at Memorial Park, so if you have time, why not go and support Rob and Gareth's boys?
It might be a few years yet until our U13s go on their foreign trip, but you can't beat a bit of forward planning! Here players mums Theresa Hickey and Kate Kennedy are serving tea and coffee to help raise funds for their U16s foreign trip. You will catch them at all home and away games (Saturdays and Sundays), grab a decent cup of coffee (or tea) and watch some decent football too!