Atherton Collieries v Cammell Laird,Hallmark Security League Premier Div,Saturday 10th September 2016

The sun was shining in Atherton on this late summer afternoon,probably not as hot in Rio at the moment for the current Paralympics although just shy of three miles down the road from the Kensite Stadium in Leigh Market, 2012 S8 Gold Medalist Heather Frederiksen was opening her new market stall Molly’s Candles & Gifts.

Onto the game and Colls had a real comeback here and had to dig deep as the top of the table side with dreams of reaching the Northern Division of the Evo Stik almost came unstuck against a side stuck st the bottom with no wins now in their first eight games of the season. 

Oddly enough on this weekend last year,Colls found themselves going down by a goal to Bootle and for the home side a sense of deja vu of going down to a team from Merseyside looked like occurring again

Cammell Laird began with the upper hand and opened up the scoring as Danny Lomax struck an easy shot in the box that was only gong one way to make it 1-0 to the away team, Colls really struggled to get going as the goal looked to have knocked them for six and to make things worse they were down to ten men as Brad Cooke got shown the red card in what looked dubious circumstances, Colls did have a few decent chances and were probably glad to have made it to the half time oranges just a goal down. 

Laird were a bit unlucky not to double their lead and certainly didn’t play like a side stuck in the relegation zone in the first half

The second half however brought a complete turnaround in fortune for the home side with a comeback that any manager would have been proud of. 

Colls equalised pretty quickly on 49 minutes when Mark Battersby got his sixth goal of the campaign and his third in successive matches (watch out Jamie Vardy) when he chipped keeper Ben Morrow from 8 yards out, just four minutes later Battersby made it 2-1 from a Dave Sherlock cross. 

From this the game was never in doubt,Ben Hardcastle added a third on 72 with a fine strike then Jordan Cover who had a fine game made it 4-1 with a fine solo goal coming in off the right and tearing the Laird defence like a hot knife through butter to get a goal that was well deserved on 87 minutes. 

Goal celebrations

FT Atherton Colls 4 Cammell Laird 1

Colls recovered from the first half scare and they showed real metal to show why they are one of the favourites to get promotion this season, many of the other teams in this division will be out to get them but it will take a good one to actually do it.

Heaven knows what manager Michael Clegg said at half time but if Colls have a swear box then judging by the selection of words used from my position close to the home dugout in the first half then Colls would probably be able to afford Lionel Messi! 

Atherton Collieries 

Reid,Forbes,Brooks,Bailey,Grimshaw,Lafferty (C),Hardcastle,Cooke,Battersby,Cover,Pickering

Subs, Ayres,Messer,Kenny,Sherlock,Coleman

Cammell Laird

Morrow,Kennedy,Thomas,Jewell,Dodd (C),Sturtz,Lomax,Broderick,Milne,Hayes,Carney


Haydock Park,Saturday 3rd September 2016,32Red Sprint Cup Day

Yorkshire had an afternoon to remember at a very wet and soggy Haydock Park as the fair county from the other side of the Pennines took three of the big races with the most notable being the amazing sprinting filly Quiet Reflection in the feature Group One Sprint Cup over 6f. 

The 3yo has been a revelation this summer with wins in the Sandy Lane Stakes here and the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot for trainer Karl Burke,she travelled well throughout under Dougie Costello who would have been used to these conditions from his jumping days, Ascot now beckons next month before a more than likely retirement to the Paddocks,The Tin Man was a gallant runner up on ground not really to his liking but this filly received a grand reception. 

Quiet Reflection

Intense Tango gave Karl Burke a notable double as she just hung on under quality apprentice Clifford Lee (7) to lad the 1m6f Old Borough Cup,making all she quickened the pace around the home turn which proved to be the winning move and she held on by a head from Montaly, It’s possible albeit an outside chance that we may see her back here in November for the 2m hurdle on Lancashire Chase Day but before that the mares race at Wetherby looks likely.  

A lap to go!

Frankie Dettori made the journey worthwhile as Hathal won on his belated seasonal debut in the Group Three Superior Mile for William Haggis,just getting the edge over Mitchum Swagger and Convey in a thrilling finish, he could go to Ascot for the QE II and if it came up soft would be worth a chance unless connections prefer to keep him fresh for a chance to visit Dubai in the winter. 


Frankuus improved for the step up to a mile when making almost all to land the Ascendante Stakes,he should make an even better 3yo,he could have one more run possibly in the Royal Lodge before a nice winter break, previous course winner Star Of Rory stayed on well in second and looks to be coming along nicely. 

The 5f Be Friendly Handicap produced another thrilling finish as Soie D’Leau just got the better over Confessional whose a standing dish in this race, Soie D’Leau gave his trainer Kristin Stubbs dreams of Doncaster on Saturday with a crack at the Portland looking likely. 

In the opening fillies handicap over 1m2f trainer Mick Channon gave jockey Alexis Badel his first winner on his first ride at Haydock as Motdaw battled on gamely to hang on from Rosental by half a length, connections will no doubt be eyeing some black type for her soon and she relished the conditions from a jockey whose probably ridden over worse in France. 

The finale was a 1m6f race for 3yo and like in the Old Borough Cup it was a display of front running by Oisin Murphy on The Graduate who dug deep and brought down the stands side drew over four lengths clear from Cosmeapolitan in a race which the eight runner field were 54 lengths first to last,plenty to like about this winner he should make into a quality stayer in time. 


Cosmeapolitan,3yo gelding trained by Alan King was runner up in the last and will be over hurdles at some point. 

Montaly,5yo gelding from Andrew Balding,nearly broke Intense Tango’s heart but looks a Cesarewitch type. 

A good afternoons racing albeit in attrocious conditions for flat racing,not to much more flat to come on here before the return of the jumpers. 

Till next time Goodbye