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Pilks slip up at home
Category 2017-18 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington FC 0-1 Middlewich Town FC Saturday 24th March 2018, Cheshire League Division One Pilkington suffered a huge blow in their promotion battle when they were defeated 1-0 by promotion chasing Middlewich Town at the Arcoframe Stadium. But the 1-0 scoreline does not tell the whole story. Simply put, Pilks were dominant in the game but … Continue reading Pilks slip up at home   more...

Pilkington FC 0-1 Middlewich Town FC
Saturday 24th March 2018, Cheshire League Division One

Pilkington suffered a huge blow in their promotion battle when they were defeated 1-0 by promotion chasing Middlewich Town at the Arcoframe Stadium.

But the 1-0 scoreline does not tell the whole story. Simply put, Pilks were dominant in the game but couldn?t find the goals to kill the game off.

As the game settled down, Luke Sephton?s cross was met by Matty Taylor but the Middlewich keeper pulled off a great save. A couple of minutes later and Miguel Gillum headed wide.

The golden chance of the game came on 30 minutes when Sephton knocked the ball down to the advancing Adam Dixon but again he failed to convert.

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With minutes left in the half, Sephton was presented with a chance when Ian Mcbride slid him in but somehow he dragged it wide.

Pilks knew that they needed to get the first goal to settle things down and the second half started the same with the midfield trio totally controlling the ball.

Half-time: Pilkington FC 0-0 Middlewich Town FC

Within a few minutes of the restart Jake Worrall burst down the left and his cross was just missed by the outstretched leg of McBride. From the resulting corner Sephton then skewed it wide after a scramble in the box.

Another cross from Worrall found Boylan at the back post and his header back across goal was again narrowly missed by McBride. You sensed it wasn?t going to be Pilk?s day and the hammer blow came on 58 minutes.

The lively Middlewich winger cut inside and delivered a ball over the top to catch the Pilks defence out and in one of their few attacks of the day Middlewich were able to take the lead.

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From then on in it was all about the equaliser for Pilks. You thought that they just needed to one for the floodgates to open but it didn?t arrive.

Firstly, a backflick from Boylan was just missed by Sephton at the back post and then Boylan seemed to hesitate twice in the box as the box bounced around. They went on to hit the post and bar but somehow it wasn?t destined to go in.

This was definitely three points lost for Pilks and they need to start to find that cutting edge once more if they are going to get over the line and grab one of those promotion spots.

Full-time: Pilkington FC 0-1 Middlewich Town FC

 

 

Sephton hat-trick keeps Pilks top
Category 2017-18 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington 5-1 Golborne Sports Saturday 17th March 2018, Cheshire League Division One Pilks eased to a comfortable 5-1 victory over bottom club Golborne Sports with Luke Sephton grabbing another hat-trick. Pilks started sharp as Ben Maddocks found space in the box but his shot was well blocked. A minute later and Pilks had opened the … Continue reading Sephton hat-trick keeps Pilks top   more...

Pilkington 5-1 Golborne Sports
Saturday 17th March 2018, Cheshire League Division One

Pilks eased to a comfortable 5-1 victory over bottom club Golborne Sports with Luke Sephton grabbing another hat-trick.

Pilks started sharp as Ben Maddocks found space in the box but his shot was well blocked. A minute later and Pilks had opened the scoring, Matty Taylor intercepted a pass out of defence and his cross was turned in by the retreating Golborne defender.

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Pilks were in total control of the ball and by half-time the game was dead and buried. On 25 minutes Adam Dixon played in Sephton who rounded the keeper to make it 2-0. Then Sephton grabbed his second on 39 minutes with some breath-taking counter attacking football after defending a corner.

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The goal of the game came with 4 minutes of the half left when Dixon?s well struck effort from outside of the box found the bottom corner.

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Half-time: Pilkington 4-0 Golborne Sports

With the game effectively over Pilks were hoping to come out in the second half and build on their goal difference. It looked to be going to plan when Sephton completed his hat-trick on 58 minutes after he met a Taylor corner to convert.

Changes to personnel ensued and for a while Pilks lost a little rhythm but were never in any danger.

On 70 minutes Golborne managed to grab a goal back when a simple long ball caught out the defence and Rob Cork clipped the advancing forward to concede a penalty that was easily converted.

The last 20 minutes passed without incident in what was horrendous conditions with driving snow and Pilks recorded another win in their push for promotion.

Full-time: Pilkington 5-1 Golborne Sports

Pilks fight back to go top
Category 2017-18 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Egerton FC 2-3 Pilkington FC Cheshire League Division One, Saturday 10th March 2018 Pilks went back to the top of the Cheshire First Division with a 3-2 victory against third placed Egerton. With a team full of ex pro-footballers including Dean Gorre, JLloyd Samuel and Tru-Sox billionaire Jim Cherneski, Egerton?s quality was evident and they … Continue reading Pilks fight back to go top   more...

Egerton FC 2-3 Pilkington FC
Cheshire League Division One, Saturday 10th March 2018

Pilks went back to the top of the Cheshire First Division with a 3-2 victory against third placed Egerton. With a team full of ex pro-footballers including Dean Gorre, JLloyd Samuel and Tru-Sox billionaire Jim Cherneski, Egerton?s quality was evident and they took control of the first quarter of this game.

Quick passing and quality possession meant Pilks struggled to get a foothold in the game and they found themselves 2-0 down within 30 minutes. After the second went in Pilks made changes and introduced Matty Taylor who seemed to spark some life into Pilks.

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Five minutes later they had pulled one back. Danny Hughes won the ball and his pass to Luke Sephton was flicked onto the advancing Adam Dixon who returned the pass for Sephton to slot home.

Pilks were in the insurgency and started to press quicker to stop Egerton from playing. With four minutes of the half left Sephton drew the game level after Ian McBride had won the ball and slid him in for a cool finish.

With their tails up and Egerton on the ropes, Pilks struck again with a minute to go to half time. A cross-field ball from Rory Campbell was sublimely brought down by Taylor and his shot from an acute angle bounced off the post back to Dixon who finished well.

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Half-time: Egerton FC 2-3 Pilkington FC

Egerton were rocked and it was Pilks who had more of the opening exchanges of the second half with Campbell hitting the post and missing a one-on-one. But Egerton grew back into it and they were forcing a few opportunities for themselves.

As the game entered the last 20 minutes there were horrific scenes as Pilk?s defender Mike Samson suddenly collapsed after what seemed an innocuous challenge. Alarming scenes ensued as Samson was kept confortable by both team?s physios before the paramedics arrived. Thankfully he suffered just a fractured bone in his face and was airlifted to hospital.

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After an hours delay the game restarted and with the Pilks players a little shellshocked in what was difficult circumstances it was Egerton who had all the ball in these last twenty minutes. It took two outstanding saves from keeper Rob Cork to see Pilks over the line against the team with the most quality in the league.

Full-time: Egerton FC 2-3 Pilkington FC

Pilks lose ground at the top
Category 2017-18 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington 1-3 Windle Labour Saturday 3rd March 2018, Cheshire League Division One Pilks lost ground at the top of the table when their second half display sent them to a 3-1 defeat at local rivals Windle Labour. Pilks started the game brightly as they didn?t let Windle settle into the game. On the 5th minute … Continue reading Pilks lose ground at the top   more...

Pilkington 1-3 Windle Labour
Saturday 3rd March 2018, Cheshire League Division One

Pilks lost ground at the top of the table when their second half display sent them to a 3-1 defeat at local rivals Windle Labour.

Pilks started the game brightly as they didn?t let Windle settle into the game. On the 5th minute Luke Sephton robbed the defender but his pull back was dragged wide by Ben Maddocks. Sephton was involved again when his pass was brought down by Matty Taylor but his shot was easily saved by the keeper.

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On 16 minutes Pilks opened the scoring. Sephton broke free again but couldn?t put it past the keeper who pushed it wide but Sephton was then on hand to flick in Taylor?s corner.

Despite being in total control, Pilks somehow couldn?t punish their opposition further. They were wasteful in front of goal and missed three or four more chances to put the game to bed. The easiest being when Sephton rounded the keeper but somehow missed the net.

You sensed the longer the game went on the more encouragement was being given to Windle and in a rare first half attack it took a good block from Dean Smith and save from Rob Cork to keep them out.

Half-time: Pilkington 1-0 Windle Labour

The game changed on its head immediately after the half. Windle came out with a lot more desire and it was now them who were first to everything and the scores were level after just 3 minutes of the half.

Pilks simply couldn?t respond and they looked completely disjointed as they failed to match Windle?s effort. On 70 minutes, Pilks failed to deal with another attack and they went behind 2-1. The large crowd was expecting a response from the team at the top but it didn?t come. A change of personnel didn?t even inject any change and they fell further behind with five minutes left.

Taylor managed to put a half chance over the bar with minutes left but it was all too little too late. With no notable shots on goal in the second half you wonder what happened to the team that in the first half was in total control of the game.

Full-time: Pilkington 1-3 Windle Labour

Sluggish Pilks get over the line
Category 2017-18 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington 3-1 Garswood Cheshire League Division One, Saturday 24th February Pilks finally saw off a stubborn Garswood side to run out winners 3-1 but they were by no means at their best and played with a slow tempo for most of the game. Having said this it was the quality of the Garswood keeper that … Continue reading Sluggish Pilks get over the line   more...

Pilkington 3-1 Garswood
Cheshire League Division One, Saturday 24th February

Pilks finally saw off a stubborn Garswood side to run out winners 3-1 but they were by no means at their best and played with a slow tempo for most of the game.

Having said this it was the quality of the Garswood keeper that kept the scores level in the first half. Luke Sephton muscled past the defender on 10 minutes but was denied and then Ben Maddocks turned in box only to see his shot saved. With ten minutes left Matty Taylor fizzed the ball across the 6 yard box and the keeper tipped it into the path of Mike Samson but his shot was cleared off the line.

Half-time: Pilkington 0-0 Garswood

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The second half started better for Pilks as they finally got their breakthrough just after the restart. Sephton held the ball up well before playing in Ben Maddocks who opened the scoring. 15 minutes in and Sephton should have extended the lead but somehow blazed over the bar when he could have squared it to Taylor.

Taylor finally got his goal on 65 minutes. Maddocks burst through the defence before squaring in to Taylor to finish easily.

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Samson had a cheeky back heel cleared off the line before Rory Campbell wrapped up the game with 8 minutes left. Sephton broke free down the right and Campbell neatly put away his cross.

With two minutes left Garswood pulled back a goal but it was too late to have any effect on the game. This was a poor display by Pilks but they had enough quality in their team to get the three points.

Full-time: Pilkington 3-1 Garswood

Pilks get back on top
Category 2017-18 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington 3-0 Styal Cheshire League Division One, Saturday 17th February 2018 Pilks responded to last week?s defeat to title rivals Daten by beating Styal 3-0 to move back to the top of Cheshire Division One. The opening exchanges of the game were very much the same as when these two sides met earlier in the … Continue reading Pilks get back on top   more...

Pilkington 3-0 Styal
Cheshire League Division One, Saturday 17th February 2018

Pilks responded to last week?s defeat to title rivals Daten by beating Styal 3-0 to move back to the top of Cheshire Division One.

The opening exchanges of the game were very much the same as when these two sides met earlier in the season. Pilks with all the possession in the opening 15 minutes but unable to put the ball into the net.

They missed 4-5 chances with both Rory Campbell and Adam Dixon having clear sights on goal only to be denied by good saves from the keeper. As Styal settled down into the game they started to create their own chances and really should have gone ahead themselves.

_DSC0733The breakthrough came on the 25th minute when a great ball from Ian Frazer picked out Luke Sephton who skipped past the defender before cutting it back to Dixon to slot home.

Dixon was denied again five minute later when Sephton?s flick fell to him and he steered it past the keeper only for it to be scrambled off the line.

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Sephton was again his usual menacing self and had a couple of sighters as half time approached but the chance of the game feel to Boylan. After a good lay off from Sephton he found himself on the penalty spot with a large space to aim at but somehow he uncharacteristically placed it wide.

Half-time: Pilkington 1-0 Styal

Pilks should have been out of sight in the first half and it looked like they were going to pay for this as Styal started the second half much stronger. They were stretching Pilks who looked nervous on the ball and were unlucky to see the ball hit the bar on the 60th minute.

Against the run of play though Pilks managed to grab the goal that finally settled them down. Matty Taylor pressed the full back well to win the ball back and played in Sephton who slipped the ball under the advancing keeper.

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Pilks now seemed a little more comfortable but Styal were still posing a threat and the game wasn?t dead and buried yet. Finally though, with 13 minutes left, a dubious handball decision resulted in a Luke Sephton penalty that was dispatched with ease to kill the game off.

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The game was now effectively over and Pilks enjoyed the final ten minutes, again creating a few chances to stretch the lead. The best of which was Brad Smailes who cut inside and beat the keeper only to see the defender scramble back and save it again off the line.

Full-time: Pilkington 3-0 Styal

The ArcOframe Stadium
Category Club News, Featured
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Description: Pilkington Football Club are delighted to announce a landmark three-year sponsorship with ArcOframe, under the terms of which our ground at Ruskin Drive Sports Village will become known as the ?ArcOframe? Stadium. The sponsorship is part of the club?s and ArcOframe?s ongoing commitment to supporting the local community with a focus on sport and health. … Continue reading The ArcOframe Stadium   more...

Pilkington Football Club are delighted to announce a landmark three-year sponsorship with ArcOframe, under the terms of which our ground at Ruskin Drive Sports Village will become known as the ?ArcOframe? Stadium.

The sponsorship is part of the club?s and ArcOframe?s ongoing commitment to supporting the local community with a focus on sport and health.

Chariman Jimmy Woodyer said, ?It?s with great pleasure that we welcome ArcOframe into our family of partners for a deal as special as this one ? the naming of our home. I would like to thank Charlie Richards (ArcOframe Partner) for his commitment to getting the deal done and I feel very strongly that we have secured a long-term agreement that will be really important for the long-term future of the club. It will be nice to work with a company that has such a strong local focus and as they are also sponsors of our co-tenants St Helens Town FC so it seems a great fit from which both Clubs can benefit. I must also thank Dave Boocock from St Helens Council for supporting us in finding a sponsor for the ground. This is fantastic opportunity for the Club to again progress and we are over the moon to be working with another local company to put what we are doing on the map.?

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Fans will soon be accustomed to seeing ArcOframe’s presence across the ground, with the wording ‘ArcOframe Stadium’ being to be installed around the exterior.

In the meantime, if you require any uPVC windows or doors visit www.arcoframe.co.uk for more information.

Pilks lose out in the battle at the top
Category 2017-18 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington FC 0-2 Daten FC Saturday 3rd February 2018, Cheshire League Division One It was first v second in the Cheshire League Division One clash at Ruskin Drive. By the end of it Pilks were knocked off the top after being defeated 2-0 by a Daten side that simply shown more aggression and desire on the … Continue reading Pilks lose out in the battle at the top   more...

Pilkington FC 0-2 Daten FC
Saturday 3rd February 2018, Cheshire League Division One

It was first v second in the Cheshire League Division One clash at Ruskin Drive. By the end of it Pilks were knocked off the top after being defeated 2-0 by a Daten side that simply shown more aggression and desire on the day.

In the first half-hour, Daten dominated all the possession and were stronger in the tackle and quicker all over the pitch. They were very unlucky not to be a few goals ahead and it was Rob Cork who came to Pilks rescue as he pulled off a few stunning close range saves.

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Pilks rallied themselves with ten minutes left of the half and managed to muster a few half chances. Firstly, Ian Frazer?s shot was deflected onto the bar and Graham Boylan steered Connah Kilgallon?s scuffed shot wide.

Half-time: Pilkington FC 0-0 Daten FC

The second half turned out to be a more even affair. Pilks enjoyed more possession but still didn?t offer much going forward as they struggled to find an answer to unlocking the well organised Daten defence.

Daten didn?t stop pressing but they knew it would take something special to beat Rob Cork in goal. The deadlock was broken on 60 minutes when Pilks failed to deal with a clearance and a 25 yard strike from McLoughlin rifled into the top corner.

Pilks rallied a little with a succession of corners but all they could muster was Luke Sephton?s shot that hit the defender before bouncing clear off the bar.

As Pilk pressed for the equaliser they became more open and with 9 minutes left Massey cut inside to beat Cork and extend Daten?s lead.

This effectively killed the game for Pilks and ended their 8 match unbeaten run. With eleven games left there is plenty to play for and they must pick themselves up now and fight on for the title.

Full-time: Pilkington FC 0-2 Daten FC

Pilks stay top after beating close rivals
Category 2017-18 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington FC 3-1 FC St Helens Saturday 20th January 2018, Cheshire League Division One Pilks stayed top of the Cheshire Division One after defeating local rivals FC St Helens 3-1. The large crowd gathered expecting a good game between two sides that have produced some close encounters over the last few seasons. Pilks started well … Continue reading Pilks stay top after beating close rivals   more...

Pilkington FC 3-1 FC St Helens
Saturday 20th January 2018, Cheshire League Division One

Pilks stayed top of the Cheshire Division One after defeating local rivals FC St Helens 3-1. The large crowd gathered expecting a good game between two sides that have produced some close encounters over the last few seasons.

Pilks started well and were ahead after just 5 minutes when Graham Boylan stabbed home the rebound from Luke Sephton?s shot.

Despite the good start it was FC St Helens who had most of the play and ex-Pilks stalwart, Paul Meadows hit the post 13 minutes in. Somehow though Pilks extended their lead on 20 minutes. Brad Smailes ran onto Sephton?s flick and turned Meadows inside out before placing it past Brinksman in the FC goal.

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Pilks were still struggling to get a grip of the game and FC?s Sweeney was a constant threat down the right. They wasted a few chances to pull a goal back but got their rewards on 30 minutes when Pilks failed to deal with another cross and FC captain Liam Houghton headed home.

Half-time: Pilkington FC 2-1 FC St Helens

It certainly was a close contest and Pilks were lucky to go in at the break ahead. Straight afterwards they were again fortunate not to pegged back as Rob Cork pulled off a wonder save to preserve their lead. Cork was called upon a few more times as Pilks struggled.

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Despite this Boylan had a chance to extend their lead after a mistake by Meadows got him in but he made it too easy for the keeper. Pilks eventually got control of the game on 70 minutes. Sephton cut inside and played a pass to Boylan who was free to cross for substitute Rory Campbell to secure the game.

This was a great advertisement for Cheshire League football as it was a game played with great attitude and passion from both clubs. Pilks can count themselves a little lucky to come away with the three points but their resilience and clinical finishing was the difference on the day.

Full-time: Pilkington FC 3-1 FC St Helens

Pilks hit Deva for seven
Category 2017-18 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington 7-2 Deva Athletic Saturday 13th January 2018, Cheshire Division One Luke Sephton was again on fire as his four goals moved Pilks back to the top of the Cheshire League Division One with an accomplished 7-2 win over Deva Athletic. Pilks were completely dominant in this game and Sephton opened the scoring after just … Continue reading Pilks hit Deva for seven   more...

Pilkington 7-2 Deva Athletic
Saturday 13th January 2018, Cheshire Division One

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Luke Sephton was again on fire as his four goals moved Pilks back to the top of the Cheshire League Division One with an accomplished 7-2 win over Deva Athletic.

Pilks were completely dominant in this game and Sephton opened the scoring after just seven minutes when he rounded the keeper following a Graham Boylan throughball.

Pilks didn?t allow Deva any chance to get into their rhythm and Sephton should have doubled the lead ten minutes later. He pounced on a misplaced pass but was unable to beat the keeper..

Andy Cook also had a clear-cut chance but he dragged his chance wide with only the keeper to beat. With 15 minutes of the half left, it was Cook who provided for Boylan to finish easily for Pilks second goal.

Pilks were in total control and Sephton grabbed his second 7 minutes from the half when he again closed down well to win the ball on the edge of the area before he dispatched his shot into the bottom corner.

Half-time: Pilkington 3-0 Deva Athletic

Pilks may well have been in control of the game but they allowed Deva a glimmer of hope as they started slow after the break. Firstly Rob Cork gave away a penalty that was dispatched by Leyton Ashford and by the midway point of the half Ashford seemed to get Deva back in the game when he grabbed a second goal.

However, Pilks stepped up a few gears again and brushed Deva aside in a five minute spell to put the game to bed. Cook dispatched a penalty on 70 minutes before Sephton grabbed his hat-trick a minute later.

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Deva were demoralised at this stage and it was too easy for Pilks to extend their lead further. David McGrath got in on the act on 74 minutes with a neat finish after Boylan laid the ball back and Sephton finished the day with his 20th goal of the season after Rory Campbell played him in again.

This was an accomplished performance and Pilks move onto next week?s derby day clash against FC St Helens ? 3pm kick off at Ruskin Sports Village.

Full-time: Pilkington 7-2 Deva Athletic




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