ZAHOOR Hussain was on target to secure the three points that lifted Life FC to the top of the Pendle Charity League Premier Division for the first time in their history as they beat Station Hotel 1-0 to maintain their undefeated start to the season.
Crown FC lost their 100% record, suffering a 6-0 setback against Trawden Venue. A brace from Ben Gorman along with goals from Rob Rolland, Adam Birkett, John Crabtree and Ben Mousley were enough for Trawden to overtake their opponents.
Early goals from Nadeem Rashid and Akash Ajmal gave Paak United a two-goal advantage against Sacred Heart, but Neill Kelly’s hat-trick completed a great comeback.
A wonder strike from Brett Doogan from well inside his own half proved enough for Crooked Billet to beat leaders Pendle Blues Athletic 2-1 and move within five points of their opponents at the top of the table, with two games in hand. David Shackleton’s seventh goal of the season gave Athletic an early lead, but Dean Lorriman equalised for Billet on the stroke of half time. Paak AFC remain bottom of the First Division in spite of a brace from Yasser Khan. Two goals from Jordan Jackson and a strike from Paul Jackson gave Shooters Clarets the points. After his surprise transfer from Graham Engineering Redskins, Joe Murphy’s brace, along with goals from Jason Wilkinson, Matthew Lange and James Holmes helped Colne Town overcome SKK Blacko 5-2.
In the Second Division, FC Intershape dropped their first points of the season in a 2-2 draw against Pendle Athletic. Josh Garvey and a James Hall header proved enough for Intershape to stay top on goal difference. Zahid Hayat scored both Pendle goals. Fence FC’s great start to the season continued with a 2-1 win against Pendle Renegades. Michael Cheema and Romane Musso gave Fence a two-goal lead. Renegades’ consolation came from Scott Myers. Five goals from Andy Husband and strikes from Lee Lord and Matthew Hoggarth helped Boca Clarets to a 7-1 win against T&R Precision, who’s goal came from James Harper. Life Athletic gained their first victory with a 3-2 win against AFC Veterans. Junaid Khan, Sibtain Jabbar and Nadim Ahmed helped Athletic move above Lord Nelson in the table. Goals from Andy Commons and Kyle Dobson were not enough for Veterans who remain bottom of the league.
• THE BIRD Cup final between Rock Rovers and Padiham A will take place at the XLCR Stadium, home of Colne FC, on Thursday, kick-off 7 p.m.