Ambleside Reserves up to third in table as Appleby progress to quarter final

First published in Sport The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AMBLESIDE United Reserves completed the double over Burneside as they won 3-2 to move up to third in the First Division of the Westmorland Football League.

Burneside started the game brightly in the only game in the division at the weekend, and capitalised on an Ambleside defensive error to open the scoring after five minutes through Carl Green.

Ambleside equalised when Chris Mills blasted home a free kick from 25 yards .

Soon after they took the lead. Dan Nevinson was brought down in the penalty area and Ryan Close firmly hit his spot kick into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.

Before the interval Ambleside made it 3-1 when a Burneside defender directed the ball into his own net from a corner by Sam Benson.

The second half was fiercely contested with chances falling to both teams. Burneside were awarded a penalty with 10 minutes to go which was converted by Callum Mackay to reduce the arrears.

Although Burneside put pressure on the home defence they couldn’t find a way through and in the last minute of the match Burneside had two players red-carded.

Meanwhile in the Westmorland Benevolent Trophy unbeaten Appleby continued their impressive form this season with a 2-1 success at Kirkoswald.

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Appleby kicked upfield in the first half and for long periods were struggling to get out of their own half, with the home side nearly taking the lead from a pinpoint left wing cross but the header was straight at Crawford, who was deputising for the missing Richardson.

It wasn’t until 20 minutes into the game that Appleby got any sort of momentum with a shot from Forrester, closely followed by a chance by Dent at the far post which could not be converted.

Kirkoswald took the lead in the second half after a goalmouth scramble fell to Elliot, who poked the ball past Crawford.

A more attacking formation finally brought the equaliser after good work down the right from Dent. He fed Crawford, who turned sharply and rifled a shot into the bottom corner, giving Banks no chance in the home goal.

This seemed to unsettle the home side and Appleby took the lead when the ball found its way to Dent, who cut inside and with his right foot tried his luck from just outside the area. In wet conditions the ball squirmed under Banks and went into the bottom corner.

Appleby could have increased the lead but for a terrific save by Banks from Dean late on and resolute defending managed to withstand the late onslaught from the home side as Appleby progressed into the quarter finals.

In the Westmorland Junior Trophy, Ibis defeated Burneside Reserves 4-3, while Langwathby United eased to victory at home to Kirkby Thore Rangers with a 7-0 win.

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