ATHERTON LR & DAISY HILL
Who is on top with me:
Head to Head:
Atherton LR 2 wins
Daisy Hill 1 win
23/2/18 Daisy Hill 0 Atherton LR 1
18/4/16 Daisy Hill 4 Atherton LR 2
13/2/15 Atherton LR 1 Daisy Hill 0
2.4 miles walk.
I am sure both sides would say that their real rivals are Atherton Collieries, but seeing as ex-LR boss Michael Clegg has now taken Colls up into the Evo-Stik then they are left to battle over Hag Fold, the area that separates the two clubs.
My first experience of these two rivals was on a Friday night in February, an event that was to repeat itself 3 years later. The scoreline was also to be repeated, a 1-0 victory for Laburnum Rovers. Only the venue changed from Crilly Park in 2015 to New Sirs for the most recent encounter.
Sandwiched in-between these 2 Friday night encounters was an impressive 4-2 win for the blues in the 2015/16 season.
As with all local derbies between players who know each other well, this has certainly not been the most bad tempered of rivalries when I have been present. No red cards and only the 1 penalty in the 3 games is quite tame.
It was scheduled to be a week where these 2 met twice, Monday in the Cup and Friday in the league. As with so much of the fixture list at the moment, the weather had its say, Monday’s game was off.
There was a quick change, the Friday match was changed from the league to the Division One Cup Quarter-Final. Whilst the cup can be a leveller, LR’s higher league position put them as favourites for this tie.
As with the first time I saw these two play, it was a freezing cold night and a very tight game. Both sides struggled with the strong wind that blew in from Atherton and chances were at a premium. I am sure I am not the only one who thought that they were in for extra-time as we headed towards the last 10 minutes.
Then LR struck, Kidd ran at the home defence, worming his way towards goal, finally getting a shot off, the ball then pinballed around the near post until it fell at the on rushing Giverin’s right foot, the winger swept the ball past Haynes and into the bottom corner. Atherton were through to the semi-final.
Monday 9 April @ Daisy Hill