Pierce FC wins football league following unbeaten spell

Employees at Pierce have swapped bookkeeping for goalkeeping as their five-a-side football team topped Blackburn’s Power League.

Team members Jimmy King, Jimmy Moore, Lewis Withnell, Adam Zinga, Daniel Burrows and Charles Hopkinson won the league following an unbeaten run in all 10 games of the season. Their win means they will receive automatic promotion to Division One next season.

Director Jimmy King was the team’s top goal scorer with 30 goals, closely followed by Audit and Accounts Senior, Jimmy Moore, who scored 28.

Organiser Lewis Withnell, Trainee Accountant at Pierce said: “We started playing in the league as a bit of fun, for team building and to keep fit.

“We’ve really enjoyed our first season and it’s the icing on the cake that we won the league after winning every game. We’re really looking forward to next season now and hoping we can have a repeat performance.”

Ben Smith, Director at Pierce added: “We’re really proud of Pierce FC’s achievements this season. We actively encourage our staff to keep fit and it’s even more fun when you can do this with your colleagues.”

Rishton United take on the World

by: John Wilkin

It has been my privilege to have travelled to Italy with the Rishton United @RishtonUnitedFC  under 16 Team.

The Rishton United under 16's San Marino Cup Team

The Rishton United under 16’s San Marino Cup Team

The lads have taken part in the San Marino Cup 2013 from the 8th to 12th July.  www.sanmarinocup.com

Over 75 teams from 18 different nations from Taiwan to Canada to Brazil took part and our lads acquitted themselves very well indeed.

Regularly playing on the Rishton Pitches adjacent to the Leeds Liverpool canal our players adjusted to the glamour of competitive football in Italy. We were based in Rimini www.riminiturismo.it and played in Riccione www.riccione.it and adjacent towns.

Over the four days of the team faced:

  • USA American Elite
  • ItalianSTBBresciaProfessionalAcademy Team
  • Mexican – Academy Deportivo Mexico
  • VenezuelanNationalAcademy Team

All of the teams played to a very high standard and our lads made us proud as they drew against Mexico but unfortunately lost against the other teams – this time!

Having been in the fortunate position of joint manager and trip organiser, I had the opportunity to watch the matches very closely indeed and if you want my tip for the top from the international players that we observed I will state that we should all watch out for:

Alberto Carrara from STB Brescia www.stbacademy.it

Well done Rishton United Under 16’s


I’m proud to be associated with you.

John Wilkin