Old Boys grace national centre

Ian Pilkington
Ian Pilkington

COMMERCIAL Old Boys are to sample the new national football centre, St George’s Park, at first hand.

Last Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met England manager Roy Hodgson, captain Steven Gerrard and assorted FA and Staffordshire dignitaries at the grand opening of the centre, 11 years in the making.

And the Old Boys will line-up at the 330-acre site at Burton upon Trent on Sunday, November 4th for the final of the Umbro Veterans’ Over 35s Masters National Championship Final, against South London side Mayfair Veterans (kick-off 1 p.m.).

Anyone interested in travelling down to support the locals can contact Tony Bannister (07932654046).

The squad will leave the Crown in Colne at 9-15 a.m.

The squad will include Simon Burrows, Neal Hillier, Andrew Magill, Jon Naylor, John Bailey, Paul Murphy, Gary Hind, Mark McQuillan, John Whitaker, David Leigh, Denny Khan, Manzar Ditta, Stuart Mulligan, Steve Carling, Paul McDowell, Grahnt Hutchinson, Ian Pilkington), Graham Lancashire, Dale Hoyle, Scott Gizon and Graham Smith.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring the squad, again, contact Tony on the above number.

Mill Hill 5, Rock Rovers 2

ROCK succumbed to defeat in Blackburn, after going in level at half-time.

Alex Heap put Rovers ahead midway through the first half, only for the hosts to level before the break.

And Mill Hill kicked on in the second half, storming into a 4-1 lead, before Joe Kelly pulled one back.

Mill Hill added a fifth goal, however, to thwart hopes of a comeback.

Mark Feeney was man of the match for Rovers.

The reserves beat champions Rimington 2-1.

A penalty from Daniel Terry put them ahead after 20 minutes, but Rock conceded straight from the kick-off, Rimington equalising with a shot from a tight angle.

Rock dominated the first period, but the teams went in level, and Rimington went on to boss the second.

They were stunned though, when Rob Lawless smashed in what proved to be the winner from 35 yards out.

Man of the match was Matthew Robinson.

Tomorrow Rock’s first team are at Calder Vale and the reserves host Oswaldtwistle Immanuel, meet The Venue at 12-30 p.m.

Also in the East Lancashire League, Barrowford Celtic saw their game at Church Town postponed. They entertain Daneshouse tomorrow.