Here's this weeks photo of the week, sent in by one of the U13s parents. Keep them coming in all you Rishton United parents / supporters and we'll add them onto our club website! Here, our U13s won their local derby with Huncoat United on Saturday with a 4-0 victory, with Ethan Hartland grabbing a hat-trick. You can read the full match report by clicking here.
Below is an action shot from Saturday's game - can you "spot the ball"?
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!
It was LFA cup day for our U13s, U16 and U18s, with another three of our junior sides in league action. In the league, the U12s Red completed a good weekend for Rob & Gareth's two sides, with a 3-0 victory over Clitheroe Wolves Red. The U12s Blue fought out a well-earned point with a 2-2 draw with local derby rivals Great Harwood Rovers. Our U11s (click here for match report) continued their good form with a convincing 5-0 win, again over Great Harwood Rovers.
In the LFA county cup second round, our U13s found themselves up against a strong Gillibrand Warriors side and lost out 6-3. The U16s (click here for match report) had Harry Wissett to thank for saving a penalty in a shoot-out, with Rishton going through to round three, winning 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 1-1. Our U18s turned in possibly the performance of the day, though. Having drawn last years' winners AFC Fylde - a side containing virtually a full complement of town team, academy and county players, the lads put in a superb performance and the 4-0 scoreline to AFC Fylde flattered them to say the least. You can read the U18s report here.
Rishton United have just two teams who reached the last 32, or round three of the LFA county cup. The U12s have a home tie against Shevington (from Wigan) on Sunday 19th October, while the U16s, who came through a penalty shoot-out at the weekend, also have a home fixture against Whelley Alexandra (also from the Wigan area). Both sides face a tough, but achievable task of getting to the next round. We wish both sides the best of luck!
Seniors: Both our senior teams enjoyed good wins, with the first team winning 3-1 at Waddington - their third in a row. The second team grabbed their first THREE POINTS of the season - a superb 4-2 victory over Blackburn Olympic. A bit of trivia - useless information: Blackburn Olympic were once a football league side and actually won the FA cup in 1883!
Juniors: Our junior sides also had a good day mostly, although our U15s and U13s both lost their cup ties to Darwen Rangers and Huncoat United, respectively. However, our two U10s sides both won, with the U10s Blue beating Brierfield Celtic 4-1, while our U8s Red had a big 8-0 win over Whalley. The U11s recorded a thumping 14-1 win over Huncoat United, while last years' U11s league and cup winners, gained a 4-0 away win over Wilpshire Wanderers to get their season campaign back on-track.
Our adult first team got their first win of their East Lancashire league campaign with a brilliant 1-0 win over previous leaders Colne. Our reserve team were edged out 2-1 in a close encounter with Hole ith Wall.
It was a great day for our junior teams in the ADJFL - four of our six teams in action all won, with the U10s grabbing the headlines with a superb 15-1 win against Whalley. Our U9s went down 4-0 against a strong Mill Hill Red side, but the U10s won 4-1 against Padiham Saints. The U11s had a convincing 6-0 win over local rivals Huncoat United White, while our U12s fought out a rare goaless draw against Langho. Last but not least, our U15s got their second win of the season with a decent 3-1 result against Wilpshire Wanderers Blue.
A few postponements meant only two of our junior sides played on Sunday, with both ending in defeats. The U13s were edged out 5-4 in a top of the table clash with Colne FC. Despite the loss, Dave Hickey's side have had a great start to the season and will no doubt, be in the mix for a top two spot come the end of the season. Its also worth pointing out the U13s play some decent foobtall, and the parents serve up a great cup of coffee too - all for a good cause as well! Meanwhile, our U12s Blue were on the wrong side of a 6-1 score-line against a strong Blackburn Eagles side.
On Sunday, the Under 18s finally got their season underway and began with an excellent 4-3 win against Blackburn Eagles. You can read their match report on their U18s page. But the U16s (pictured below) had a bad day, losing 5-1 to Lammack in a top of the table clash, for U16s match report and photos click here. Both our U12s sides lost narrowly, but our U11s and U13s both had great wins, against Feniscowles & Pleasington and Langho Juniors, respectively. To read our U11s match report, click here.
On Saturday, our seniors had an excellent 6-2 win in the LFA County Amateur Cup, but our reserve side lost out 5-2 against a strong Anchor FC side in the Blackburn Combination.
Our junior sides had mixed fortunes in the ADJFL on Saturday. Our U10s Blue were involved in a thrilling 6-6 draw with Padiham Saints, while our U11s had a fantastic day, netting 15 times in a 15-0 win over Wilsphire Wanderers. The U10s Red won 4-2, while our U13s drew 0-0. However, our U15s lost out narrowly against Oswaldtwistle Rangers, but our U12s lost 4-2 to Padiham Saints.
It was a mixed week for our senior and junior teams this weekend. Our senior first team are finding it difficult to adjust to the higher standard of East Lancashire League football but put up a brave fight against a strong AFC Darwen side, eventually losing 3-1 at the Anchor Ground. The reserve side had no fixture, so the rest of the weekend, the attention was on our junior teams.
Sundays results saw the Under 11s win 5-3 against local rivals Huncoat United, while the U12s Red edged out Blackburn United 2-1. The U13s continued their good start to the season with another win, this time a convincing 6-1 victory over Rossendale Valley. Likewise, our U16s made it two wins from two with another tight win, 2-1 at Towneley Park against Fulledge Colts. You can read the U16s match report here.
On Saturday, the U10s Blue had a great win, 7-0 against Wilpshire Wanderers, while our U11s also had a good win, 6-0 over Langho Lions. The U12s fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Wilpshire Wanderers Blue, but our U13s were edged out narrowly by Globe Bullough Park. Finally, the U15s went down 3-1 against Rossendale United.
Meanwhile, our younger age groups continue to make great progress. We can't publish their results, but here's a link to the U8s Blue teams' match report and team photos.
As promised we can reveal our new 2014/15 match ball. All our 18 teams will be issued with the new Optimum match ball, shown below, for the forthcoming season, which of course, starts on Saturday 6th September and Sunday 7th September. We think the new match ball looks great and they are superb quality and will be extensively tested too, so a big thanks to kit manager Graham Avison and the club for investing in the new match balls. The new balls are being issued to each of our teams before next week's big kick off.