Horwich St Mary's Victoria v Tottington United

6.30pm  9 September 2015

Lancashire Amateur League, Premier Division
Horwich St Mary's Victoria 3 Tottington United 2 (att 32)

Horwich may have become home to Bolton Wanderers in recent years, but grassroots football in the town has had a tough time. The original Horwich RMI moved to Leigh, before disappearing, while Horwich Victoria struggled to find a suitable local venue for Lancashire Amateur League football.

But a reformed RMI is now back, playing amateur football in Horwich, and during the summer Victoria merged with Sunday and youth side Horwich St Mary's, giving the Saturday team a home at St Mary's revamped Scholes Bank home.

From the car park a path leads, past an open sports field, to a new clubhouse. Beyond the clubhouse the main football pitch looks well-maintained, and for this match was roped along both touchlines. As well as the senior fixture, Scholes Bank was busy with youngsters enjoying training sessions.

Having seen plenty of Lancashire Amateur League football over the years, I think playing standards in the top division are particularly good at the moment. Tottington played some great football in the first half, quickly establishing a two goal lead.

That they didn't score more before half time proved their undoing. Horwich were much better after the break, and staged a remarkable comeback to turn a two goal deficit into a 3-2 win. It was great entertainment packed into two 40-minutes halves, the game reduced due to the start time and fading light.








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