CATON United have been crowned North Lancashire Football League Premier Division champions after closest rivals Carnforth Rangers suffered a shock defeat at relegation threatened Bowerham.

United, who last one the title in 1996, only needed a point against Trimpell and Bare Rangers and they ran out 4-1 winners thanks to goals from Liam Moffatt (2), Nathan Jackson and Phil Eccleston.

Any hope Carnforth had of pipping them for the title evaporated at Bowerham who avoided the drop thanks to an impressive 3-2 victory.

Carnforth are still favourites to finish in second place after runners-up rivals Galgate slipped to a 3-1 home defeat against Morecambe Royals - although they have a tough run in with games against Bentham and the Royals still to play

Bowerham's win means College AFC are relegated to Division One.

Swarthmoor Social Club have been crowned Division One champions after beating Kirkby Lonsdale 5-2 with leading scorer Graham Wilcock scoring a scintillating hat-trick in a man of the match performance.

Mike Thomsett and John Evans completed the scoring. Kirkby could not stem the tide but did manage to score twice through Andy Metcalfe and young Joshua Bateson.

Mayfield have secured runners-up place despite losing 2-0 at Cartmel and District Reserves in their final game of the season. Cartmel's own hopes of taking second spot faded away when they were held to a midweek 2-2 draw against Lancaster Rovers.

Grange and Bolton Le Sands have both been relegated to Division Two.

In Division Two, Ingleton Reserves 2-1 win against Galgate Reserves - thanks to two goals from Sam Hutcheson - saw them secure third place behind already crowned champions Freehold FC and runners-up Boys Club.

In Division Three, Boys Club Reserves are Champions with Preesall and Pilling runners-up.

The nine goals that the Preesall side scored last week earned them second place.

The only team who could have prevented that was Highgrove Reserves who before their game against College AFC Reserves knew they needed to score 13 unanswered goals to pip Preesall.

But they had to settle for third place as two goals from Joe Martin secured a 2-1 win.

FC Britannia had already been crowned Division Four champions with Westgate Wanderers Reserves clinched runners-up spot.

On Saturday, the last two games were played, Arnside Reserve fighting back from 3-0 down against Bentham Reserves to draw 3-3.

League newcomers Burton United finished their first campaign with a 2-1 home defeat to mid-table AFC Moorlands Reserves.