Latest news and reports from Litherland’s junior football teams


Litherland Blues U7s 3Altown United U7s 6

AFTER the thumping the Litherland under-7s gave to Churchtown last week, a below par performance saw them come up short against Altown.

Things started really well after only a few minutes, when Shea Lacey unleashed a left-footer from outside the box which beat the keeper to his left.

For the next five minutes it was all Litherland, with Dan Spear having a few good chances only to be denied by the keeper and defenders. Leon Cummings and Jack Bretherton were pushing forward and working well too.

The Blues switched off a few times though, and while Tommy Campbell produced some good saves in Elliot Gallagher’s absence, Altown turned things around and went into the break 4-1 up.

Elliot Woolcot was his usual all-action self and Ellie Campbell and Callum Ardin did some great work breaking up Altown’s attacks. George Masterson filled in in goal and he too made some great stops, including a penalty save.

Jack scored with a great free-kick to reduce the deficit and Dan turned in a shot from Leon to make the scoreline more respectable, the game finished 6-3. Despite the defeat, the team have made great progress.

Litherland Blue JFC U8s 1Burscough U8s 6

THE lads came up against another strong side and for long periods of the game matched Burscough.

In the first-half the lads were excellent and looked the better team and chances were created with tremendous play from midfielder Anthony Butler.

Burscough took the lead at the end of the opening half through a very fortunate goal which hurt the lads who went into the interval 1-0 down.

Ste was unlucky with the goal and did not deserve it after he had made two or three great saves.

Burscough came out in the second period just how they ended the first half and raced to a 4-0 lead.

The Litherland boys kept going, Jack Finn on left wing and Leo Fairclough combined well to create chances.

The boys kept pushing for a goal and were rewarded when an Anthony Butler free-kick was converted by Joel Silk.

The lads then pressed for an equaliser, only to be hit on the break twice in two minutes to put the score at 4-1. The heads seemed to drop but they somehow managed to start playing really well again in the last 10 minutes.

The midfield were creating more chances for the forwards. On another day Litherland could have had five or six but on this occasion were unfortunate.

Burscough were clinical in front of goal and managed another two goals to make the scoreline an harsh 6-1.

There were many positives from the game that the lads should be proud of.

Litherland Blue JFC U9s 4Forefield Rangers 0

LITHERLAND BLUE were made to work hard to make it nine wins out of nine.

After a slow first-half and with the scoreline blank at half-time, the boys came out and started to play the football they have done all year and went 1-0 up thanks to Michael Middleton.

The same player soon made it 2-0 to put the game to bed and with the team now playing great football Ellis Nugent had time just before the end of the game to score a quick brace.

The under-9s have one more game left to play against Maghull FC and a point would claim the team’s first league title.

Litherland Blue JFC U7s 5Football Tots 3

A FRIENDLY game against the Football Tots saw mini Litho play some of their best football since starting together seven months ago.

With a great shape to the team, they dominated a side that they have struggled to contain in two previous matches.

From the first whistle, Jack Bretherton and Leon Cummings (who went on to get the player of the match award) pressed the Tots back, not giving their defence a minute’s peace.

Jack opened the scoring with well taken low and hard shot after the Tots’ keeper played a goal-kick short.

The second goal followed shortly after when some good play on the right by Jack saw the ball break to Dan Spear, who dragged the ball past a defender and toe-poked a high shot past the keeper, in off the far post.

Football Tots were soon back in the game when a low shot beat Elliot Gallagher.

The keeper was soon back to his best though, pulling off some fantastic saves in the super encounter.

The Blues carried on going forward and a great finish from Leon, tucking the ball under the keeper, made it 3-1 at half-time.

The second-half saw some really good defending from the Blues, with Ellie and Tommy Campbell pushing forward from the back and George Masterson and Callum Ardin holding things together.

Elliot Woolcott was his usual all-action self, tackling anything that moved and driving forward from deep in midfield.

Two quickfire goals from the Tots made it 3-3, but the Blues never really looked in any danger and soon stepped up the pace.

A scramble in the box saw Tommy Campbell turn the ball towards goal, and Dan nipped in to poke it home.

With the Tots pushing forward, little Litho were catching them on the break and Dan got his hat-trick when he finished the scoring off with a drilled shot from inside the box after the keeper saved a shot.

Litherland Blue JFC U8s 2Football Tots 2

A GOOD performance from the Blues earned a draw against a team who were 5-3 winners last time they met.

With the festive period over the boys were keen to get their boots back on.

The game was against tough opposition with a very tall and physical team but the Litho boys matched them in every department and were unlucky not to win the game.

The match started off with both teams having a real good go.

Some excellent work early on from AJ Bader and Frankie Lloyd kept Football Tots off the scoresheet.

At the other end Callum Swift looked sharp with some great turns of pace and was unlucky with a shot which the Tots keeper saved well.

The Tots took the lead soon after with a goal straight from a corner.

Lots of bodies were in the box and was impossible for Stephen White to keep it out.

After the break the boys came out flying. Midfielders captain Leo Fairclough (who organised the team excellently again), Anthony Butler and Max Davies got tackles in and created great chances for the team.

However it was a moment of brilliance from Joel Silk that got the boys level.

He made a turn and showed incredible strength before slotting the ball calmly past the Tots keeper.

Litherland had the momentum and poured on the pressure. At the back Tom Clark-Newsome and Jack Finn made some important tackles in and looked very comfortable and the midfield continued to win their battle. Max is very committed and this motivated the rest of the team.

The pressure told midway through the second-half when good work from the whole team created a chance for Bader which he finished excellently.

The boys pushed for the killer goal but it would not come. The Tots then came on strong and a great series of excellent saves from White kept Litherland ahead.

White was helped out with great desire from all the team.

Anthony was very strong and also the three smaller players – Tom, Callum and Frankie – threw their bodies in to defend the lead.

Finally, though, the Tots equalised and that was tough for the boys to take.

After the goal both sides had good chances to win the game.

Great covering from Jack Finn kept the Blues level.

The managers and coaches were proud of all the boys – this was their first game back and it was a great performance.

Man of the match went to White.

Princes Villa 4Litherland Blue JFC U9s 4

BLUES under -9s, the leaders of the Hightown League, played their counterparts from the Chester League who are setting their pace in their division.

From the start to the very end, both teams played some good football on a very bad pitch.

After 15 minutes the home team were in the lead by 2-0 after some bad defending from the Blues.

However, the boys kept their heads up and hit a quick brace to make it all even thanks to Joshua Dobson and Ross McFall.

The game was now end-to-end with both teams looking to take the lead but it was the Blues who scored after 40 minutes when Tom Davidson netted a header off a Dobson free-kick.

Litherland were now on top and were looking to put the game to bed but the hosts made it all even when they were awarded a very harsh penalty.

With both sides now looking tired, chances were being made for both teams and just after a goal was disallowed for the Blues, Princes Villa scored to take the lead.

The boys were now up against it with very little time left.

With the very last kick of the game, man-of-the-match Davidson found some space in the box to poke the ball just about over the line to make it 4-4.

Player of the Month

Jack Bretherton - Litherland JFC Player of the Month

Blue U7s player Jack Bretherton was named Litherland JFC Player of the Month for November.

In the past month Jack scored two hat-tricks in consecutive games – the 6-3 win against Silcox Villa and the 5-3 clash against Holy Rosary Harriers.

He also struck a brace in last weekend's 14-4 win against Churchtown.

In each game Jack has shown an ability to change the game with individual skill.

He has a presence up front that opposition defenders find difficult to live with. He is a great prospect for the club. Well done Jack, and keep up the hard work!

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