Hawkley Football Club

SEASON 2006-07

 

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HAPPY NEW SEASON...seven teams and a growing Saturday morning Academy

Hawkley FC will again be running seven teams for Season 2006-07, as follows:-

Under-11s, Under-13s, Under-15s and Under-16s in the Wigan Youth League. 

First Team, Reserves and Under-17s in the South Lancs League. All teams play on Sundays.

The club's successful Hawkley Soccer Academy, on Saturday mornings at Hawkley Hall High School, is growing steadily. New members are welcome...see the Academy link from our home page.

UNDER-11s

This is a completely new team, which has grown partly from the Hawkley Soccer Academy, held at Hawkley Hall High School on Saturday mornings, and partly from new players attracted by media advertising and word of mouth. The team is being managed by Justin Adams and Damien Smith, and training is under professional FA-qualified coach Craig Simmons. With 16 players now signed up, the squad is virtually complete, with only 1 or 2 possible places remaining.

UNDER-13s

A completely new  management team, but otherwise this is the same successful squad as last season's promotion-winning side, now under the control of Carl Shambley and Dave Mills. The squad is full, with a waiting list.

UNDER-15s

Dave Shaw remains as manager, and has strengthened the squad considerably.

UNDER-16s

Several new players have joined, and new management team John Brogan and Dave Quigley are confident of improving on last season's league showing, under the direction of FA-qualified coach Mike Owen.

UNDER-17s

Based on last season's Under-16s, this team is now managed by Mike Barlow and Gareth Francis, with Dave Bacon providing the coaching expertise. The step up to the South Lancs League is always tough, but the squad is now much bigger, and a respectable showing is expected once the season gets into gear. 

OPEN-AGE

First Team manager Phil Owen has been joined by assistant Darren Bond, and an enthusiastic and hard-working pre-season is hoped to pay off with a more disciplined and consistent performance on the pitch. The Reserve Team has a new player-manager in Phil Denton, with Darren Jenkinson as assistant.

As the website is updated, each team will have its own page, with fixtures and results, photos etc.

 

Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous new sponsors for the season:

Flares Nightclub, Wigan (First Team and Reserves)

K + W Kitchen Installations Ltd (Under-16s)

Advanced Asphalte, Wigan (Under-11s)

More details of these local businesses will appear over the next few weeks and we would urge all Hawkley FC players and their families to support them whenever possible.

 

Superb opening victory for Under-16s

A 5-2 away win at local rival Highfield Grange was the highlight of the opening day of the new Wigan and District Youth League season on Sunday September 3. An improved Hawkley squad, under new manager John Brogan, were far too good for the home side, despite the pre-season forecasts in certain quarters, and we could well have won by an even wider margin. The victory will taste extra sweet for the ex-Highfield players in the Hawkley side. Scorers included Ahmed Hasan (2), Danny Holmes and Simon Egerton, whose brother Martin was one of two ex-Hawkley lads in the beaten home team. In a very strong league, we are confident of making a better showing than last season, when several games which should have been won were allowed to slip from our grasp.

 

First Team unbeaten after five...

Five tough matches into the South Lancs Premier Division season, the Hawkley First team came out of their clash with Abram with a 1-1 draw on September 3. We took the lead with 15 minutes remaining when an Abram defender deflected a Mike Harris cross into his own net, but Abram came back strongly, as expected, to force an equaliser with only three minutes to go. The result means our First Team are unbeaten, but other draws against Highfield Grange and Wigan Accies have kept them off the top spot, the only victories being over newcomers Redgate and local name-pinching imposters Hall Athletic. Details of these games are on the First Team page.

 

Wins for Reserves and U-15s

Hawkley Reserves continued their up-and-down start to the season with a 1-0 win away to Ashton Rovers, new signing Gareth Hogg netting. A draw at Leigh, a win over Olympic WL and a disappointing loss at Parbold were earlier results.

Meanwhile the Under-15s opened their campaign with a 4-2 win at Young Gate, in a game switched from Parsons at the last minute because of a pitch double-booking.

 

Youngsters earn a point apiece

The club's two youngest teams, the Under-11s and Under-13s, both recorded 3-all draws in their season-openers on September 3. The 11s, missing a number of key players, came back from 3-1 down against Hindley A, and could have snatched it late on, but manager Justin Adams is confident that the lads will go from strength to strength as they gain experience of team play on the 11-a-side pitch.  The U-13s, under new boss Carl Shambley, have had a very successful pre-season, and their first match in the new top division of  Wigan Youth League ended with honours even against Highfield Grange Rangers.

 

Massive Lancs Cup win for U-13s

Pride of place for the September 10 matches must go to the U-13s who travelled away to Clitheroe to play Langho FC, one of the county's best-known and most successful junior clubs, in the First Round of the Lancashire FA Cup.  The Hawkley lads came home with an excellent 3-2 win, keeping up their unbeaten record in all games so far this season. Adam Corless hit two of the goals and Craig Shaw got the other in a commendable team effort on their first big awayday.

 

Massive scoreline for U-11s

Beating Hindley Juniors 'C' by a huge 10-1 margin, Hawkley's new U-11s side recorded their first-ever win in competitive football on September 10, after drawing their opening league match against Hindley 'A' the previous week. Highlight of the day was a five-goal tally by Jack Brown, a likely candidate for the hardest shot in the league...  Callum Cross hit a hat-trick, and other scorers were Jamie Adams and Dylan Roberts.

 

Massive battle for First Team

If it's results that matter, the club's First Team can be pleased with their LFA Sunday Trophy Round 1 tie against Carters Rhodes, of Middleton. Not much else was worth cheering, in a game littered with defensive errors and missed chances, which went to a nervy extra time before our lads came out 4-3 winners. Carters provided a stern physical test, but willpower kept a determined Hawkley side in the driving seat, despite missing three regulars and with several players carrying knocks. Best goals were Chris Holland's opener and Andrew Stock's header for the fourth (a blessed relief after easier chances went begging...finishing like that should be illegal, Stocky...)

 

September 10 summary: 15s win, Reserves and 17s go down

It's two wins from two for the U-15s, as they overcame Standish Storm away, while the Reserves went down  narrowly at home to Golborne and the U-17s nightmare start continued with a heavy loss in Southport. Early-season suspensions and injuries have hit the team hard in a difficult league, but hopes are high for the next few weeks as more players become available. The Under-16s continued to show improvement, coming from behind to earn a 3-3 draw against Golborne Sports, in a game we should even have won in the end.

 

SEPTEMBER 17

100% record as 15s make it 3 straight wins

Dave Shaw's U-15s side galloped to their third straight league win, beating Hindley Wolves 2-1, following their victories over Young Gate and Standish Storm on the first two weeks of the season.  With a number of new players, the team is tipped to be chasing honours this season, after a difficult last campaign, and have also been delighted to obtain new kit sponsorship from MATRIXX WINDOWS.

 

Injury-hit senior team on top in local derby

The First Team's 4-3 triumph over neighbours Goose Green was made much tougher by some defensive errors, but the brilliance of striker Craig Simmons saved the day. Hitman Simmy grabbed a superb first-half hat-trick, and then came up with the cross from which Ant Hampson tapped in the winner 15 minutes from the end. In between, Green got back into the game courtesy of some neighbourly defending. Without the injured Dave Clandon, Phil Holland and Mike Owen, and with Andy Stock unavailable, there were First Team debuts for Mike Evans and Danny Crompton, and both showed up well.

 

Weekly summary: one-pointers for 11s and 16s...first loss for 13s...Res and 17s slip out of cup...

There was disappointment for the Under-11s, as opponents Town Green snatched a 4-4 draw in a game dominated by Hawkley. The team's quality showed through, despite missing out on the three points, and they are still unbeaten three weeks into their first season together. The Under-16s also surrendered a healthy lead twice to allow Young Gate to claw back a 5-all result, but the point in St Helens confirms that John Brogan's men have improved a lot this season. Meanwhile it was a tale of missed chances, as the promoted U-13s lost their first match in the top division, 3-1 away to Golborne. In the Houghton Cup, the South Lancs. League's equivalent of the FA Cup, both the Under-17s and the Reserves went out at the first hurdle, both suffering from player shortages which will hopefully be rectified over the next few weeks. The First Team enter this competition at the Third Round stage with the other Prem Division teams.

 

16s hit five as the H team strike...

Hawkley's Hasan and Hankey were each on target twice as the U-16s overcame Hindley 5-2 on September 19. Ahmed Hasan and Adam Hankey were also among the team's best performers, along with defender Daz Rampling and 'keeper Adam Rourke, in a match that they should have won by even more.  With Hawkley leading 3-0, a careless penalty let Hindley back in, and they pulled another goal back later to make it 4-2 before midfielder Jac Rennox slotted a neat fifth to restore the three-goal margin. 

IMPROVEMENT STATISTICS: The team now has eight points from six games, which is more than they got for the whole of last season...!!! In three of their six games, they have scored five goals.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 24

15s on top after fourth straight win

A resounding 7-0 win away at Spring View put Hawkley clear at the top of Division Two of the Wigan Youth League's Under-15s section. The team have a 100% record after four games,  and must be early favourites to bounce straight back up to the top flight next season.

 

Firsts still unbeaten

A first-half penalty by Craig Simmons was enough to give Hawkley's senior side all three points in their first-ever meeting with FC Parma, at Abbey Lane, Burscough. An unconvincing display by a team still missing four injured players, with the highlights being another commanding defensive effort from Kev Roberts and a useful contribution from Danny Crompton, who was again stepping up from the Reserves.  The next game, away to Highfield Grange in the Lancs Sunday Trophy, should prove an even tougher test of the side's strength in depth and determination.

 

Summary: defeats for junior sides and U-17s

A disappointing day for the club's other teams on September 24, with the struggling Under-17s going down to another heavy defeat, while the Under-11s registered their first competitive loss, finishing on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline that could easily have been reversed. The U-13s also went down, and will be hoping they can recapture top form for the next game, a Lancs Cup visit from Furness.

 

 

OCTOBER 1

Lancs Cup exits for three in Sorry Sunday

Hawkley's First Team went down 3-0 to Highfield Grange, the Under-15s lost away to Morecambe and the Under-13s were beaten by Furness in their respective Lancs FA Cup competitions. On a generally bleak day for the club, there was another heavy defeat for the Under-17s, while losses for the Under-11s and Under-16s (to a last-minute goal) put the tin hat on a Sorry Sunday.

The First Team were even more depleted than in recent weeks, with three more players unavailable through other commitments, so the loss to Highfield was not a big shock, although our hopes were not helped by a disputed first goal and two penalties conceded.

 

OCTOBER 8

15s notch fifth straight victory

The club's Under-15s team have now won five out of five in the league, with  a goal difference of 18-5, which must augur well for the rest of the season, despite the exit from the Lancashire Cup the previous week at Morecambe. Kieron Latham is top scorer with 8 goals. The squad rotation system designed to give the boys as much football as possible appears to be working and the management report no adverse criticism from the parents.

The latest game against Winsfield was a tough 2-1 victory, with Latham and Ryan Mawdsley on the scoresheet, recovering from a 1-0 deficit after 15 minutes. Hawkley's strong bench allowed us to make changes and although still down at the break we were making enough chances to give us optimism.  The second half was also evenly fought out with chances for both teams and our keeper Tom Hook making a couple of crucial saves as a result of the opposition exploiting our defensive flaws. Ten minutes into the second half we drew level with a well taken goal from Latham. With 15 minutes left Mawdsley scored what proved to be the winner with a headed goal following sustained pressure. The referee played nearly seven minutes injury time, during which it has to be said the opposition were unlucky not to draw level.

Three Hawkley  players were booked, two disappointingly for dissent (which will be addressed !) and one unluckily for a late challenge. 

Summary: point for 11s, losses for the rest

Lewis Bolton and Jamie Adams put the Hawkley Under-11s 2-0 up in their game at Young Gate in St. Helens.  But the home side came back strongly to force a draw in an evenly-fought match.

The Under-13s went down narrowly 4-3 at Ashton Athletic, and the Under-17s suffered a 6-2 reverse to Redgate Rovers at the end of the long trip to Formby. The Reserves went out of the South Lancs League's Division 2 Cup at home to AFC Wigan. The First Team were unlucky not to get a point from reigning Premier Division champs Gathurst after taking the lead through Ant Hampson and later levelling the scores at 2-2 via Craig Simmons. Gathurst claimed the winner 10 minutes from time with a snapshot from the edge of the box that the keeper could not have seen till it was too late.

The Under-16s suffered a 4-0 Lancs Cup defeat at home to one of the county's top sides, Boundary Park Juniors. The scoreline doesn't look as bad when it is considered that the visitors have won this competition five times in the past.

 

OCTOBER 15

16s claim local bragging rights once again…

In the highly-competitive triangle around the Hawkley-Highfield-Winstanley area, bragging rights so far are firmly with Hawkley Under-16s after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Winstanley, following on from our opening-day win at Highfield Grange. Several of the players in the two rival teams have played for Hawkley in the past, and a couple of ex-Highfield lads are now Hawkley regulars, so the three teams know each other pretty well.

The latest close encounter, on Sunday October 15, saw several ex-Hawkley players and an ex-Hawkley manager lining up for Winstanley, ensuring that all the players were really up for this match. Hawkley started well and had the best of the early exchanges, with Ahmed Hasan looking most likely to score.

After 10 mins or so an uncharacteristic mix up in defence gifted Winstanley an opening goal, and shortly after that Jac Rennox had to leave the field with a back injury. A reshuffle saw Simon Egerton going on at right mid.

Hawkley continued to dominate and Steve Gent missed a chance to make it one all after bursting through from midfield. Not long after team captain Darren Rampling had to come off with a slight pull, and another reorganisation brought Martin Cunliffe on at right back, with Phil Pagan going to centre back alongside Lee Quigley. Ben Miller pushed up to right mid and Adam Hankey had to come inside.

Even with these changes Hawkley continued to dominate, until they got their just rewards when Steve Gent equalised to make it 1-1 at the break. More injury trouble at half time, as Adam Hankey, recently back from injury, had to come off after running himself into the ground, but Daz Rampling however had recovered to come back on and Simon Egerton was replaced by Adam Dawber, who moved to left mid and was well supported by left back Kieran Brogan. Tony O’Connor was also struggling but bravely battled on.

With Hawkley in the driving seat. goalkeeper Adam Rourke had very little to do but when he was called in to action he did it well.

With 15 minutes to go some good battling by Ahmed Hasan allowed the ball to break free on the right, to Martin Cunliffe who delivered a cracking cross to the unmarked Adam Dawber, who coolly slotted it home to make 2-1, and Hawkley were able to see out the game with no scares.

Manager John Brogan praised an excellent team performance. Steve Gent was named man of the match but was pushed by the whole team, particularly Lee Quigley who looks really at home at centre half. Special mention to Mike Ebrey and Darren Coulter, thanks for your support.

 

Hundred percenters keep storming on…

Six wins out of six and five points clear at the top of the league, the Under-15s are already looking odds-on for honours this season, as they continue to defeat all-comers in their division. They won at third-placed Hindley Sharks on October 15. This was a very competitive match with a strong and at times physical Hindley Sharks team.

Hawkley got off to the worst possible start conceding after only three minutes. The team however recovered from this to dominate the first half through excellent football. The equaliser came from a smart 1-2 between Brown and Latham resulting in man-of-the-match Brown scoring.

As half time approached Latham put Hawkley into the lead with a headed goal. As the second half progressed Brown came in for ‘special’ attention from the Hindley team but to his credit let his football do the talking!

With five minutes to go the Referee awarded a penalty to the home team which was brilliantly saved by the stand in keeper and team captain Sean O’Regan. Seven minutes of injury time was played but Hawkley hung on in defence to win a hard fought game 2-1.

 

Back to the future as First Team find form

Manager Phil Owen decided on a return to a 4-4-2 formation, and the First Team finally found form with five good goals at home to Chalon Lodge in the first round of the Bill Hayes Memorial Cup for Premier Division teams. A more attacking line-up and a better-balanced defence enabled the team to play some of their best football of the season, and frontman Craig Simmons celebrated by grabbing four excellent goals, taking his season tally so far to 11 in 8 games. Strike partner Danny Coulton responded by netting from Simmy’s cross to claim the fourth goal. It was 1-1 at half-time but the second half saw Hawkley take command, and build a 4-1 lead before Chalon hit back, before Simmons knocked in a fifth with a couple of minutes left. Both the Chalon goals were excellent strikes from distance.

 

Great derby win for 11s

A focused training session in midweek helped the Under-11s to step up their performance enough to claim a resounding 4-0 win over local rivals Highfield Grange. After a couple of disappointing results, the lads put on a good all-round display, with two goals from man-of-the-match Callum Gaskell and one each from Callum Cross and Dylan Roberts.

 

Worth waiting for: 17s win at last, despite the low-lifes...

Management and players knew that their losing streak could not last, and Hawkley Under-17s finally overcame a traumatic start to the season with a 4-2 victory at Haydock which lifts them off the bottom of the table. The match was marred by bad behaviour from two local drunken yobs who chose to attend, and their conduct could well result in police action. But the unsavoury incidents could not detract from a convincing Hawkley performance, and the scoreline could have been even more emphatic if all our chances had been taken. Just reward for the lads after their difficult start to the season and all credit to them for not reacting to the obscene and stupid provocation from the uninvited 'fans'. We are not blaming Haydock, whose manager, and the referee, did all they could to get rid of the interlopers. Finally, the two low-lifes ran away when the police were called by a Hawkley official.

Summary: October 15

Another bad day at the office for the Reserves, with a 3-0 loss to a strong AFC Ince team who have yet to concede a goal on their home ground.

The Under-13s struggled against Billinge, finishing with a heavy defeat, but will be looking to find some form when they meet Highfield Grange Rangers in a week’s time.

 

RACE NIGHT October 24: own a horse, sponsor a race...

We are looking forward to a successful Race Night at Flares in Wigan on Tuesday October 24. Ahead of the event, we are looking for business sponsors for each of the eight races, at a cost of £20 per race, while people also have the chance to become racehorse owners for the night, for an investment of only £4. Special prizes will be up for grabs for the winning owners. For more details speak to any club official or main event organiser Phil Denton on 077 09 10 02 79.

On the night, we expect a big turnout from our club members, including players, their families and invited guests, and as well as the chance to back a few winners there will be a raft of special events and attractions to make it a fun-raiser as well as a fund-raiser...

 

OCTOBER 22

Under-13s out of the starting gate with first win

Hawkley's Under-15s came up with a resounding performance to claim their first win of the season in Division One of the Wigan Youth League.  They trounced local rivals Highfield Grange 6-2, in what could be the beginning of an upsurge in form, just as they have been awarded £500 sponsorship in a competition run by Tesco for their new Poolstock Lane Tesco Express store (SEE NEXT ITEM).

Adam Corless and Craig Shaw put Hawkley in front in the first half,  and Corless restored the two-goal advantage after Highfield pulled back a goal early in the second half. Soon, though, Highfield fought back to 3-2. Then Corless completed his hat-trick, and Hawkley's superior fitness and determination began to tell, as Stephen Ann and James Corner added more goals to seal an impressive win.

 

Tesco backs a winner with Hawkley... 

Great news for the Under-13s came when they were chosen from about a thousand entries to qualify for a £500 donation from Tesco, to mark the opening of the new Tesco Express store in Poolstock Lane. The lads turned up in force for a presentation on the store's opening day, and pictures have already appeared in the local papers (see the U-13s page for our own shot of the team). Parents and friends throughout the club are also collecting the Tesco Sports for Clubs and Schools vouchers, with the aim of getting some free equipment. We would like to thank Tesco very much for the donation, and echo their slogan 'Every Little Helps' with our own addition...'and £500 helps a lot'...! PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SHOP AT THE NEW STORE AND DON'T FORGET TO ASK FOR THE  VOUCHERS.

 

 Still ahead of the field...U-15s claim seventh league victory

A 3-2 home win over Young Gate was just as close as score indicates. We were 1-0 down after three minutes (again) but quickly equalised through a well-taken Kieron Latham goal. Young Gate continued to dominate play and took the lead to go in 2-1 at half time. 

Hawkley made changes at half time to players and formation, switching  to 4-5-1 in a bid to recover the midfield supremacy. This appears to have worked as Latham equalised for the home team with a header from a set piece. With 15 minutes to play O’Regan played Latham through to complete a great hat-trick, and Hawkley didn’t look in any danger of conceding after that. The team have now won all seven of their league matches.

 

Back in the saddle...Reserves win

A sprinkling of off-duty First Teamers helped the Reserves to a much-needed 3-1 win at home to Ashton Rovers. Goals from Kev Roberts, Neil Hock and new signing Scott Mackenzie (his first for the club) sealed the game and gave the Reserves three vital points in their climb up Division Two of the South Lancs League.

 

Summary: October 22

The Under-11s came up against the table-topping Hindley Juniors side and were unlucky to be on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline. An unfortunate own goal in the first half gave Hindley a half-time advantage and they added two more early in the second. But the rest of the game was evenly contested with Hawkley just unable to take their chances when it mattered.

The Under-17s were the only other Hawkley side in action this weekend, and they came up against a strong Briden side in the Divisional Cup, the 6-0 result being one of Briden's smallest- winning margins of the season. With no game next week and then a run of five home games in the league, the Hawkley lads are keen to get their season on track.

 

RACE NIGHT RESULTS

A very successful Race Night at Flares on Tuesday October 24 attracted around 100 people and raised in excess of £500 for club funds, as well as proving an enjoyable social event. We would like to thank all those who attended, as well as the race sponsors and those who took the opportunity to become racehorse owners for the night. The star prize of a TV/DVD unit was won by N. Turner, of the U-13s.

Winning owners were:-

 

Horse Name

No.

Owners

Race No 1

Hot Dog

6.

N.TURNER (U-13s)

J.BOYERS (U-15s)

Race No 2

Married Life

4.

K.KELLY (U-13s)

J.NOY (U-15s)

Race No 3

Females

1.

W.MORRIS (U-13s)

D.SHAW (U-15s)

Race No 4

Little Blossom

3.

S.BAMBER (U-13s)

A.CUNLIFFE (U-15s)

Race No 5

Just Managing

2.

P.DENTON (RES)

MIKE C (U-17s)

Race No 6

M.O.T.

7.

D. BOND (1ST)

MICHELLE (RES)

Race No 7

Odour Eaters

5.

J.MELLOR (RES)

MAUREEN McCOY (U-16s)

Race No 8

Tight Sweater

8.

M.ASHCROFT (RES)

D.CROMPTON (1ST)

 

        SPONSORS OF RACES WERE:-

Flares

Knowsley Estates

M & M Windows

Winstanley Ceramics

Stock Moran Swalwell

Reach Creative Communications

PLEASE SUPPORT THESE GENEROUS LOCAL BUSINESS WHENEVER YOU CAN

 

OCTOBER 29

Hindley hit for seven as 11s click 

A 7-0 away win at Hindley Juniors Jets was the Under-11s team's reward for an excellent all-round display of teamwork. With all the players working hard to realise their full potential, the performance gave the lads a welcome boost and ensured team morale was soaring. Man-of-the-match Jamie Adams grabbed a hat-trick, with strike partner Callum Gaskell scoring twice and Dylan Roberts and defender Chris Dawber also on target.

Competing at the top

In what manager Carl Shambley described  as "an outstanding game of football," Hawkley earned a 1-1 draw with table-toppers Spring View, underlining that they have the ability to compete at the highest level, if only they can find some consistency.

Hawkley took the lead in the first half with a free kick from Craig Shaw. Spring View pulled level in second half. MoM was Josh Bannister.

Close, but 15s still flying 

A 3-0 win over Standish Storm was far closer than the scoreline suggests, as Hawkley U-15s picked up their eighth straight win. Scorers were Declan Francis, Kieron Latham and Jonny Fisher. After a slow start (again) Hawkley took the lead with a finely-crafted goal from Francis, and dominated for the next 20 minutes before Standish came back into the match. 

Hawkley pressed on in the second half and were rewarded with a Latham strike putting us into a two nil lead, followed by a fantastic strike from 30 yards by the same players which hit the crossbar and bounced to safety. With ten minutes to go Fisher picked up the pieces from a corner, driving the ball home from close range to seal the points.

 

Soft start, strong finish

The U-16s lost 4-2 against top-of-league Bleak Hill Rovers, not helped by giving away two soft early goals. We hit back when Tony O'Connor smashed in a rebound from Adam Hankey's free kick, but the visitors stretched their lead with another soft goal and a breakaway effort. Continuing to battle, Hawkley pulled one back when Jac Rennox slotted after good work down the left by Simon Egerton and Kieron Brogan.

A highlight was an excellent all-round display by Lee Quigley, who is getting better and better at centre back ended up earning the man-of-the-match award.

Summary: October 29

The First Team produced a terrible display to slump to a 1-0 home defeat by Upholland Rangers. Missed chances and defensive errors were too common, and a hard-working Upholland defended their early lead well to deserve the win. With no game for the U-17s, the only other South Lancs League action saw Hawkley Reserves lose disappointingly 3-1 at Parbold.

 

NOVEMBER 5

Fireworks from 16s, as favourites are downed

A sparkling  performance from the Under-16s lit a bonfire under the title hopes of Ashton Athletic, with a well-deserved 3-1 victory over a side tipped by some as potential champs. 

Hawkley started very well and for once it was us who got the early goal. Jac Rennox earned a penalty after some good work in the box ended up with him being up ended in front of goal. Captain Darren Rampling stepped forward to slot the penalty low into the bottom left-hand corner.

Hawkley continued to attack but the next goal came from an unlikely source as goalkeeper Adam Rourke launched a towering kick...one bounce and it was over the Ashton keeper's head and in the net!

Not sitting back, Hawkley pressed forward and Steve Gent rattled one against the bar, but soon afterwards he had to leave the field after being clattered on the calf which stiffened up quickly. His replacement Adam Dawber again made an impact, nodding home from a corner after finding himself unmarked in the box to give us a 3-0 interval lead.

The second half was a different story and Hawkley were on the back foot for most of it, but the defence coped admirably. A good goal by Ashton 20 minutes from time gave them hope and spurred them to put more pressure on, but the Hawkley rear-guard reacted superbly to earn a great win against one of the best sides in the league.

A good all-round performance with a couple of good saves, some some good takes...and not forgetting his goal...earned 

keeper Adam Rourke the man-of-the-match honours.

Hotshot 11s climbing table... 

Another goal feast from the Hawkley Under-11s, with a superb 6-2 home victory over Downall Green. The win moves us into seventh place, as we continue to climb the table. The team is starting to grow in confidence, as players gel together and enjoy their football.

Sleepy start scares 15s 

A ninth straight league win for the U-15s, as they ended up 7-3 victors at Hindley Wolves. Hawkley were one nil up in this game after 20 seconds but then proceeded to go to sleep against a team who were playing route one football with the wind at their backs. Three defensive errors meant that with two minutes to go to half time Hawkley were 3-1 down! However two quick goals from Latham and Brown meant that we went in on terms.

The second half was totally dominated by a fitter more skillful Hawkley who added goals through Latham (yet another hat trick) Brown and substitute Francis, as well as a great left foot effort from Josh Taffe. A great display on the right of midfield from the ever-improving Danny Wilson helped Hawkley to nine wins out of nine.

Jonny Ahmed took a boot to the face in the second half which left him mildly concussed, and he was taken to Wigan Infirmary as a precaution, where he was later give a clean bill of health.

We are closing in on promotion by the week but there is no room for complacency from the players or the coaching staff ...

Amazing comeback by First Team 

Picking up where they left off in the previous week's horrendous loss, Hawkley's First Team looked out of sorts in the first half against a strong and experience Astley & Tyldesley. Trailing 2-1 at the break, every time we pulled a goal back, Astley got another to stay one ahead. Then, with around half an hour of the game left, a positional reshuffle saw front man Danny Coulton and striker Neil Hock swop roles, and the effect was amazing. Andrew Stock poked in an equaliser to add to Neil Hock's two earlier strikes, making it 3-3. Then top scorer Craig Simmons weighed in with a superbly-taken hat-trick, all in the last 25 minutes, as Coulton took command in midfield and Hock re-energised the front line. Astley were unable to cope, and the game ended with a 6-3 win.

Summary: November 5

The Under-17s have improved dramatically after their horrific baptism in the South Lancs League. Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Bleak Hill was actually viewed as two points lost rather than a point gained, but the result moves us another place up the league table.

The yo yo Reserves also notched a good win, against title contenders Hindley Town, with Danny Twiss hitting the decider in a 4-3 victory, marked also by the team's first use of the posh new changing rooms at Parsons Meadow.

 

NOVEMBER 12

Rocket Men soaring as U-11s claim big victory...

A storming win for the Under-11s, who are rocketing up the league table. They beat Standish Panthers away by 7-3 in what was another great team performance. 

Callum Gaskell's hat-trick was a highlight, with other goals coming from Dylan Roberts (2), Callum Cross and Jack Brown.

Standish fought back in the second half, but Hawkley's midfield and  defenders held out well to secure the win. Man of the Match - Callum Gaskell.

 

Netbusters octagonise Aspull

Hawkley’s First Team slammed in seven first-half goals away to Aspull, with Chris Holland claiming a hat-trick. In the second half, as Aspull rallied and Hawkley eased off, we added only one more goal.

Switched to a striking role alongside Neil Hock, Chris Holland revelled in the freedom up front, and ran rings rounds the opposition, putting away a varied selection of neat and stylish finishes. Two penalties, converted by Andrew Stock and John Speakman, added to Aspull’s woes before Mike Owen smacked in a corker from an acute angle and Mike Evans finished well to round off a busy performance from him. Aspull’s only score was an early consolation to make it 1-1 after 10 minutes.

Part Two saw more Hawkley dominance met with a better showing from Aspull, and missed chances kept the score down as only defender Danny Crompton’s strike, at the end of a long, loping solo run, added to the total.

 

Whole different ball-game for 16s

A total different game after the heroics of last week for the U-16s, as they went down 3-2 to an excellent Scorpions team.

From the beginning of the match Scorpions went on the attack, they stayed there all the first half. Hitting the woodwork twice and forcing some outstanding saves from ADAM ROURKE, in another Man of the Match performance.

Somehow Hawkley managed to take the lead with an ADAM HANKEY goal.. 

The second half was better for Hawkley and we started to compete more. However Scorpions put in three quick goals, overall no more than they deserved. But credit to the Hawkley lads no heads went down and we continued to battle, missing at least four golden opportunities to get back in it. The battling persistence paid off and AHMED HASAN typified this by chasing a ball down to the goalkeeper and popping it past him, which led to a tense last few minutes with Scorpions hanging on to win 3 –2.

"So far the best team we have played, including Boundary Park," was manager John Brogan's verdict.

 

It had to end somewhere..15s hit the wall after nine wins on the trot

Hawkley's U-15s lost 3-2 to Spring View in a game in which they should have scored ten goals. Despite some missed chances, we took the lead with a great headed goal from Sean O’Regan whose day was about to take a nose dive !!! Spring View equalised with a great 30 yarder from their midfield player, however a finely-crafted goal from Latham put us 2-1 up at the break. The second half was a tale of missed chances together with a number of borderline offside decisions none of which went our way. That said, we allowed the Spring View team back into the game from some indiscipline which led to a free kick. We then went 3-2 down with 5 minutes to go. While pressing to draw level we missed another sitter before Spring View broke away down the right hand side, and our stand-in goalie O’Regan came out, didn’t get the ball, got plenty of their man and was sent off !!! He is inconsolable, we are gutted , but it will be a test of character to see how the lads bounce back from this.

Summary: November 12

No game for the U-13s, while the Reserves went down narrowly 2-1 away to Wigan Cosmos. They are rumoured to be signing some new players to replace Jekyll and Hyde...

The U-17s continued their massive improvement with a 3-2 home win over Billinge. Scorers were Adam Ashcroft (2) and Tom Eccles.

 

NOVEMBER 19

15s back in the winning groove...

The title-chasing Under-15s were back on target this weekend, winning 5-2 away to Millfields in a game switched to Saturday. Yet again we make life hard for ourselves going 1-0 down after 4 minutes. We drew level on 19 minutes with a well-taken Latham goal, and at the break we went in 1-1. The second half was also quite even with Hawkley missing a number of chances before Taffe on receiving a smart through ball from Fisher chipped the keeper to put us 2-1. Once more we contrived to throw it away when slack marking led to them equalising. Latham put us in front again before Brown made the game safe finishing a smart one-two with Latham who later wrapped up the game with a fine hat trick. Next week we entertain second-placed Winfields which if the first game between us is anything to go by will be a close match. Special mention to Kieron Latham who has now scored 20 goals in 10 starts including 2 hat tricks and 5 (five ) in one game.

Another disappointing slip by seniors 

In a frustrating return to sloppiness of the past months, Hawkley's First Team went down 3-2 at Wigan Academicals in a poor game. With no recognised 'keeper available, stand-in Danny Coulton did a good job, and along with two-goal Chris Holland was about the only half-decent performer.  Niggly, moaning, error-strewn, the first half was awful, and if we improved in the second it wasn't by enough. 

Summary: November 19...second triple for 11s striker

The Reserves' result was the best of the rest this weekend, with a 5-5 draw against Olympic White Lion, while the U-11s went down narrowly by 4-3 at home to Standish St. Wilf's. A wonder goal from a free kick near the end gave Standish the points, with Hawkley striker Callum Gaskell unlucky to be on the losing side after claiming his second hat-trick in as many games. The U-17s had a bad setback after their improved form of recent weeks, with a heavy loss to Garswood Utd, while the U-16s had no game.