Southport were crowned champions of the Premier Division Cup on Sunday, in which they came back from a two-goal deficit to win 4-3.
We spoke to Southport Manager Cameron Foster about Sunday's cup win, the season so far and the progress of his team in the Premier Division.
"I am really happy for the lads and proud of the performance they put in to fight back and win the final. They deserved that tonight for all the hard work they have put in so far".
"It was a great experience for the players as it makes a real occasion for the day. We met up for a team lunch at 2pm, had a social few games of pool, team meeting and we headed to the ground".
Foster was pleased with the teams show of character to come from 2 goals behind.
"This has probably been our biggest success as a group. We had a couple of difficult games in January where as a team we lacked leaders and players who were willing to get in to a battle and stuck in".
"Since then we have won 3 games that have gone to extra time and made numerous comebacks. Even when we went 2-0 down with 25 minutes to go, I knew we would get back into it".
Southport currently sit 5th in the Premier Division, with four games to go and another cup final at the Moss Rose as they face West Kirby United on May 10th.
"This season so far had been extremely enjoyable as we have seen so much improvement in every player".
"We've had 7 players go out on loan to non-league clubs and had 4 players feature in the first team squads and had Lewis Doyle make 3 appearances for the first team".
Come and watch Southport in action in their next final on the Thursday 10th May, 8pm kick-off at the Moss Rose.
Glossop were crowned the first champions on finals day at the Moss Rose on Sunday with a convincing 4-1 win over Neston Nomads of the East Division, in the Championship Division Cup. Manager Billy Greenall spoke to us about his joy on winning the cup.
"We've played some cracking football this season both in the league but especially the cup".
"Promotion at the end of the season is great but securing our first piece of silverware makes it a little more worthwhile".
"It's a fantastic occasion for them to be involved in. It helps them to cope with pressure and readies them for that step into semi professional football and beyond".
Greenall took over early on in the season and he discusses how the season has gone throughout his tenure at the club over the campaign.
"The transition was a little rocky as our results shown mid-season, but the last couple of months have been fantastic".
"Winning the cup Sunday certainly helped with the regrets we have regarding the league but to be promoted will certainly be a solid achievement for us".
"The lads haven't stopped improving since playing in this league, it's a good standard. We just want to go out, play our last three games our way and hopefully score some more goals".
Glossop finish the season with two home games against Cheadle Town and Poynton, as well as visiting top of the table Sale United.
This Sunday (29th April) will see the third edition of our very successful 'Finals Day', where we host each of our Divisional Cup Finals back to back. This year it will be at Macclesfield Town, after previous editions at Altrincham and Vauxhall Motors.
The first game will kick off at 4pm and will see the East Division's Glossop North End take on the West Division's Neston Nomads. That will be followed at 7pm by the Premier Division clash between Southport and Stockport Town. The two sides met only two weeks ago in a humdinger of a cup tie in the League Cup Semi Final, Southport prevailing on penalties on that occasion. Can the Lions get revenge?
Admission is £5 for adults and £2 for concessions (OAPs and Under 16s). A family ticket is available for £10 which will admit 2 adults and 2 concessions. The admission cost will cover both games and includes a free programme
We look forward to seeing you there!
The North West Under 21 Development League are inviting teams to apply to join us next season. Applications are open to clubs of all levels - we currently have teams ranging from National League to Grassroots!
The Application Form is available on our Full Time page, you can also obtain one by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We very much look forward to hearing from you!
Due to the current adverse weather conditions, the League Management Committee have made the decision to postpone all fixtures scheduled for Sunday 4th March. This decision has been made in order to ensure the safety of all participants
Games scheduled for 3G surfaces may go ahead only if the pitch is safe and both teams agree to play. The only games this affects are Broadheath Central v Southport and Macclesfield Town v Neston Nomads.
Have a great weekend and stay safe in the snow!
League Management Committee
Match Report-Broadheath Central 3-2 Burscough.
On what was a windy Sunday afternoon, Broadheath Central struck late to defeat Burscough in the North West U21's Premier Division Cup.
The home team started off the best, with three or four chances in the first 10 minutes, in which they hit the post, saw two shots head wide and one fired over. Their deserved goal did come on the 10th minute of the match, when they finally took one of their chances to take the lead. However, it didn't last long, as the conditions played a part, with the Broadheath 'keeper struggling to deal with a free kick that was whipped into the box and Burscough tapped in the equaliser.
The conditions took their toll as the chances became few and far between, with the first half finishing level. The second half started in a similar way to the first, with both teams having good chances in the opening five minutes.
It took until the 78th minute to break the deadlock, and it came in dramatic fashion, with the linesman initially raising his flag for offside on the Burscough forward, however play continued and a magnificent volley from 40 yards found its way into the net to give the visitors the lead, despite the protests of the home side.
The lead didn’t last long, as a Broadheath corner almost straight after the restart was nodded home to level the game. Broadheath regained their lead on 87 minutes, after piling on the pressure and numerous chances.
We spoke to Southport Manager Cameron Foster about his sides start to the season, after playing three games already this campaign, both winning, drawing and losing one, resulting in his side being 7th currently in the Premier Division.
"The players are doing well and enjoying training. We can see a huge improvement already in regards to our style of play and feel very positive that the players are developing and learning".
"Our youth set up is run to try and create more first team players".
The club changed its entire structure at the start of the season, seeing a transformation in not just the development sides, but the first team also".
"The Under 17's,18's and 21's have got to create future first team players, if we finish bottom of the league this season but get 1 or 2 lads signed on Conference forms, that will be a success for us".
"The key here is development and we are using this league as a tool".
After 3 games into the season, results are not the end of the world for Foster, but believes it is an 'excting' time to be involved with the club.
"June this year saw us look at 170 players in the 3 youth squads, so we believe every player that come through that system has the potential to move on to better things".
"We have attracted new players from academies due to the new set up here. There is also a lot of local talent too which has come from our own youth set up and other grass roots players looking to push their career forward".
"It's an exciting time at the club and this is just the beginning of the journey".
After 2 wins in the first 4 games of the season, and currently placed second in the Premier Division after the opening few games of the season, Rylands manager Andy Dawson is pleased with how his side have started the campaign.
"I think the season has started well overall, considering we are a new squad and still learning".
After a positive start to the season, Dawson believes in his team and has changed his aims for the season.
"At the start of the season I set a challenge to sit mid-table, but so far we have played what are the top two sides in the league, with one win and one defeat".
"My lads are improving week by week, I believe there is far more to come from this group so our aim is to finish in the top 3, which would be a fantastic season, but we'll take each game as it comes and who knows what could happen".
The Rylands manager couldn't fault any of his players, and believe the potential of the team is one to watch.
"These are young lads still learning the game so my job is to keep them performing well consistenly and for them to be able to adapt quickly to play different styles depending on the game".
Hartford Under 21's start their first season in the North West Under 21 Development League in the West Division, with 19 year old manager Harry Bennett in charge, we spoke to Harry as Hartford prepare for their first game of the season.
Pre-season has gone well for Bennett's team, who have improved game on game as they get closer to the big kick-off.
"We didn't start off the best but we have improved in every game we've played. It has given us the chance to try different formations, and to see what some of the teams we'd be playing against this season are like".
The club are aiming high in their first season at this level, very much being the unpredictable team in the West Division as a new club.
"We are a new team and haven't played any of the teams in the league before, we aren't sure what to expect".
"We definitely want to be pushing towards the top end of the table but it's important we compete in every game we play".
Hartford start the West Division on Sunday 10th September as they face Malpas.
"Everyone is ready for the first game, I think everyone just wants to get started now".
"There is a lot of lads in our squad so the competition is high to be in the 16 for the first game of the season".
Egerton Under 21's are fully prepared of the new North West Under 21 Development League East Division on Sunday as they face Stockport Vikings at Torkington Park this weekend, after an outstanding season which has seen the club win 6 games out of 6, scoring 32 goals, We caught up with Manger Tom Fox to see how things are looking ahead of Sunday's game.
"Our pre-season has been emphatic winning 6 games out of 6, including 3 wins over Premier Division sides".
"This has created a great vibe around the squad and I am positive we will use the most players this season having 31 signed on already".
With such a positive pre-season in preparation for the new season, Egerton are very confident in what they can achieve this season.
"We have a very ambitious squad meaning we literally believe we will beat anyone we face, I am confident to say we will be up there to win the East Division, and hopefully a Championship Cup run".
"We are going into this as the dark horse, the team which goes unnoticed and gains a few scalps, what better way to attempt this by playing Daten Under 21's away in the first round".
Egerton will need to carry on their consistent run of performances into Sunday as they are on the road and have a tough test to Stockport Vikings.
"We have more than 24 players ready and it's my job now to cut that to 16. The approach we take is possession based attacking football".
"We have different formations for who we are playing and who we have playing for us, showing our flexibility".
When we spoke to the manager, he believes he has a very talented squad. But he has told us to watch out on Rhian Davies which some Man United fans may have heard of, as well as Oliver Ford who will score a bagful of goals at this level.