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Two-goal Ken clinches derby win

19 Feb 1980
Towneley, Burnley

Two-goal Ken clinches derby win

Burnley Grammar School Old Boys (left) and Belvedere line up before the start of the local derby at Towneley on Saturday. Bert Rogerson made this derby in the Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division his match of the day. BGSOB lost 2-0 but the margin could have been double. They couldn’t keep possession in a tough game and didn’t take advantage of the dry land at the top of the pitch, and only the spirited Steve Whitaker stood between Belvedere and more goals.

Old Boys also complained about match officials but should know that it isn’t always the ref’s fault if volunteer linesmen aren’t forthcoming. They paid the price of standing and shouting “off-side” three minutes after the turn-around when Belvedere’s Graham Bushell and Neil Anderson combined well and Ken Howlett streaked down the middle to a high through ball and scored with a powerful drive. In the 29th minute Greens went one up when an unmarked Howlett scored from six yards from an Anderson corner. After his second goal, danger-man Howlett was robbed by Whitaker at a crucial moment, and later when goal-bound from a great pass by Peter Clare, he was brought down by David Sheridan, who was promptly booked. Old Boys' substitute Paul Hartley shot just wide in 82 minutes and Neil Thomas also went near with a couple of minutes remaining. Derek Sadler was prime mover of the more experienced Belvedere side, who lost the hard-working Wood through a pulled muscle at half-time but found a useful substitute in Clare. For the Old Boys Andy Ward defended well and Steve Whitaker showed why he is the League's choice in goal.

Old Boys: Steve Whitaker, Stuart Hargreaves, Andy Tomlinson, David Sheridan, Andy Ward, Keith Thomas, Derek Davies (sub. Paul Hartley ( 55 mins.), Peter Holden, John Baldwin, Paul McIlroy, Mick Binns.

Belvedere: Alan Holden, Simon Vercoe, Derek Sadler, John Sutcliffe, Mick Cryer, Kevin McGovern, Pat Wood (sub. Peter Clare ( 45 mins.) Graham Bushell, Neil Anderson, Ian Higgin, Ken Howlett
Referee Frank Benson, Bury.