Crown-ing glory after derby win

First published in Sport

CROWN Paints produced the biggest shock of this season’s Blue and White Rosebowl competition when the Division Two outfit knocked out high-flying New Gardeners in an all-Darwen encounter.

Gardeners, previous winners of the competition, were big favourites but Crown had other ideas as they ran out 3-0 winners.

Rishton Roebuck from Division Two gave First Division Station Hotel a scare as the Cherry Tree team had to come back from a goal down to win 2-1.

That was also the scoreline as Clifton’s quest for a league and cup double stayed on track as the Division One leaders edged out a gallant AMT Lawyers 2-1.

In Division Two, long time leaders Royal Oak needing a win to clinch the league title lost their second game in a row as they crashed 4-3 to promotion challengers JQ Plumbing after leading 3-1 with 20 minutes left.

Second-placed Whinney Hill had resounding 4-0 win over Darwen Victoria. Great Harwood Rovers gave their promotion challenge a boost with a fantastic 4-0 victory over fellow promotion rivals Stanhill WMC.

In The Mill Hill Car Centre Division Three, Helmshore Harriers took advantage of Whinney Hill Colts inactivity to stretch their lead at the top to three points with a 3-1 away win over Wellington – although the Altham side have two games in hand. Brown Cow stayed in touch with a 3-2 win over Rishton Rangers.

Gastec Celtic beat Hyndburn Youth 2-1, while King Edward defeated Green Squirrel 10-2.

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