BRETT Ormerod played more of a supporting role as Great Harwood Rovers booked their place in the second round of the Blackburn Sunday Blue and White Rosebowl after winning the battle of the Division Two high-flyers.

The former Southampton, Blackpool and Accrington Stanley striker has been turning out for his home town team this season and netted five goals in his two previous appearances - including four goals in one, 20 minute cameo against Valley FC two weeks ago.

But the 41-year-old left the scoring to his younger teammates as Rovers fought back from 1-0 down to beat Whinney Hill Colts 3-2.

There is little to separate the sides in the league - both tied on 15 points after six games - so it was always going to be a close affair in the pick of the first round ties.

Jordan Chippendale gave the Colts the lead but Rovers hit back with three goals; two for Marco Bellanca and another for Jamie Slater before a late Ryan Pearson strike for Whinney Hill set up a frantic finale.

But Rovers hung on to win - and manager David Hope was pleased with his player, both young and old.

“Brett didn’t score this week but he more than played his part,” said Hope. “It was a good win for us. We are both doing well in the league so we are pleased we fought back from a goal down to win and move in to the second round.”

Division One champions, Crown Paints, are also through as they beat Ewood Blues 9-1 - Jamie Edwards and Danny Pilkington both netting hat-tricks.

Ben Wilson, Martin Clarke and Karl Turner also scored with Dylan Cooney grabbing a consolation for the Blues.

Reece Thompson bagged a brace with Craig Brown and Matt Williams also on target as Wellington beat Cherry Tree Cricket Club FC 4-2.


Blue & White Rosebowl 1st Round: Whinney Hill Colts 2-3 Great Harwood Rovers, Cherry Tree CCFC 2-4 The Wellington, Crown Paints 9-1 Ewood Blues,

Mill Hill Car Centre Division 1: Mill Hill 1-0 Blackburn Eagles, Longshaw 4-1 Moorgate

Pelle Menswear Division 2: Blue Star 3-4 Accrington Old Boys, Observatory 0-8 Anchor, The Crown FC 0-3 Helmshore Harriers,

Fixutes, Sunday, October 28

Mill Hill Car Centre Division 1: The Wellington v Mill Hill, Moorgate v Rising Sun, Blackburn Eagles v Longshaw, Ewood Blues v Crown Paints

Pelle Menswear Division 2: Great Harwood Rovers v Anchor, Helmshore Harriers v Whinney Hill Colts, The Crown FC v Cherry Tree CC, Valley FC v Accrington Old Boys.