Crown-ing glory as they reach Rose Bowl

First published in Sport

Crown Paints caused a real shock in the semi final of the Blue and White Rosebowl when the Second Division outfit beat First Division side Station 4-3 in a thrilling encounter.

In a game which was slow to come to life, Crown Paints went ahead on 10 minutes – however Station started to get back into the game and drew level in the 23rd minute and then went ahead five minutes later.

However, the teams went in level at the break when Paints powered home a free kick from the edge of the area.

The Darwen side looked the more dangerous in the second half and two quick goals put them in control.

But Station pulled a goal back on 80 minutes to set up an interesting finale – but Crown Paints held out to reach their first cup final in this league.

In Division One, there were goals galore and 18 were scored in just three matches.

Clifton and Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s edged out AMT Lawyers and New Gardeners by the same 4-3 scoreline, while Mill Hill edged out Beehive 3-1 in a closely fought game.

Bottom-of-the-table edged past Darwen Victoria 4-3 while Stanhill WMC promotion push is over as they crashed 4-2 to Rishton Roebuck, while Great Harwood Rovers convincingly beat Anchor 6-1 to keep up their outside promotion challenge.

In Division Three, Brown Cow’s promotion challenge was dealt a blow when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Green Squirrel. They now have a tough final game against table toppers Whinney Hill. Gastec Celtic had a excellent 6-3 victory over Golden Cup and King Edward put Wellington to the sword in a 5-1 victory.

The highlight of next week’s programme sees Mill Hill take on Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s at Griffin in a game which will have a huge bearing on the title fight.

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