Askam United v Ambleside United

2pm  13 December 2014

West Lancashire League, Division One
Askam United 5 Ambleside United 1 (att 32)

A visit to the Furness peninsula to finally complete all three divisions of the sprawling West Lancashire League, just over 23 years after ticking my first ground in it, not far away at Barrow-based Vickers.

It's often said that the road to Barrow is Britain's longest cul-de-sac, but if you turn off the A590 a few miles before its end you can reach Askam in Furness, and small town with a neat and tidy football ground in Duddon Road.

There's a pleasant clubhouse near the entrance, and pitch enclosed by a wooden fence, with dugouts and one or two advertising boards. It couldn't hardly be any closer to the Duddon Estuary, and on an afternoon when the wind blowing in from the coast was bitterly cold, there's not much in the way of shelter.

Perhaps Askam are used to the conditions though, as they comfortably saw off Ambleside despite having a player red-carded at the start of the second half.

By that stage they'd already gone 2-0 up, scoring both goals while playing into the wind in the first half. Any thoughts Ambleside had of using their numerical advantage to stage a comeback were quickly dashed, as it wasn't long before the 10 men had doubled their lead.

The visitors did pull a goal back, and missed chances to make the game closer, but the final action of note was an 88th minute fifth goal for Askam.

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