THREE points separate the top six teams in the Premier Division of the Pendle Charity League in what is looking to be the closest title challenge for many years.
Current title holders Sacred Heart moved to within two points of the leaders Trawden Venue following a 3-1 victory against Graham Engineering Redskins. A penalty from Matthew Aspinall gave Hearts a first half lead before Danny Pinder’s free kick equalised. Late headers from David Potts and Matthew Aspinall secured maximum points for Hearts.
At the other end of the table, Sacred Heart United came from behind to gain their first league victory of the season, beating Timmy Ts 2-1. Goals from Paul Watson and Danny Oldfield settled the tie, after Paul Holden had given Timmys the lead. Pendle Blues recovered from a two-goal deficit to gain their first point of the season against Station Hotel. Goals from Paul Birkett and Craig Stephenson gave Station a 2-0 lead but Jordan Riley and Jamie Holmes secured a point for Blues.
There are new leaders of the First Division following George and Dragon Athletic’s 5-1 win against Shooters Clarets, while previous leaders Pendle Blues Athletic drew with Colne Town. Jake Butterworth scored all five goals for Athletic and Kurt Wilkinson replied for Shooters. Pendle Blues Athletic were held to a 2-2 draw against Colne Town in a top of the table clash. David Shackleton scored both Athletic goals. Lanway moved out of the relegation zone after sharing six goals with Financial Affairs. A Danny Hirst brace and a Ross Whittaker strike keeps Affairs within touching distance of the leaders. Sacred Heart Celtic Development squad suffered a 3-1 setback against Golden Ball to replace Lanway in the bottom two of the league. An Aaron Horsfall strike was Celtic’s only consolation.
FC Intershape’s 7-0 victory against Lord Nelson took their league tally to an impressive 57 goals this season in their first eight matches. Braces from James Hall and Steven Dickson and strikes from Joel Howard, Adam Hartley, James Brookes and Adam Bancroft maintained Intershape’s four point lead at the top of the Second Division.
A Daniel Crew brace and Andy Husband effort proved enough for Boca Clarets to beat Pendle Renegades by the odd goal in five. Chris Garner and Matthew Nutter were on target for Renegades. Paul Binns, Craig Stansfield, James Diggle and Shane Daffern all scored for Colne Cougars as they beat T&R Precision 4-2, and a Jol D’Silva strike proved enough for Barnoldswick Barons to gain a point against AFC Veterans.