Under 9s 2005 / 2006 ~ penned "Big Nige"

Sunday 2nd April 2006. Gt Harwood Rovers v  Akzo Yellow  Away @ Everton. K.O 11.00pm.
Considering Gt Harwood only had a bare 7 players,2 ill + no Keeper they were really outstanding against 2nd in the lge Akzo, the first half Harwood were the better side Bradley Allen coming close on a few occasions 0 - 0 half time, second half was the same but Akzo took the lead from a corner, Gt Harwood battled back, good work from Karl Sutton down the right and a great through ball for Jack Hargreaves to slot in the equaliser 1- 1, Harwood should have gone on to win it with a hatfull of chances, and a disallowed penalty,but it's goals that count and Akzo grabbed the winner at the death again from a corner. Final Score Akzo Yellow 2  Gt Harwood Rovers 1. Man of the Match Karl Sutton
This was the last game of the season and to go 17 games unbeaten in the league is a great credit to the lads, they have done Gt Harwood proud.
Under 9,s  League Champions!!!!!!!! Well Done Boys. 

Sunday 26th March 2006. Great Harwood Rovers  v  Lammack Jnrs  Away K.O 12.00pm @  Old Blacks
Great Harwood needed to get through the group stage of the cup with a win to go into the semi-finals, with the wind at there backs they were 3 goals up thanks to Brandon Blackmore and 2 from top scorer Arron Phillipson, Lammack replyed just before half time and it gave them the boost they needed 1 -3. Second half we didnt cope with the wind and it was 3-3 inside 10 minutes, Harwood battled on but to no avail, then 2 wonder goals wind assisted from Lammack finished us off. Final Score Great Harwood Rovers 3  Lammack Jnrs 5. Man of the Match Karl Sutton.

Sunday 19th March 2006 Great Harwood Rovers U9's   v   Darwen Rangers Lads U9's K.O. 11.00am Memorial Park, 3rd rnd Cup

Gt Harwood Rovers havn't kicked a ball in anger in 3 weeks and it showed because they battered the Darwen side into submission.
Arron Phillipson started the ball rolling with 2 goals of the highest quality, Brandon Blackmore, Ronan Nixon and sub Aaron Mcgahey finished them off, brilliant. Final Score Gt Harwood Rovers 5   Darwen Rangers Lads 0. Man of the Match Ryan Mitchell.

Great Harwood Rovers Under 9's  v  Ossy Rangers Home Memorial Park 11.00am K.O.

Gt Harwood got back to winning ways in this hard fought cup tie, against a very strong and tall Ossy side. Harwood went into the break 1 - 0 up a goal from Arron Phillipson, Second half was more evenly matched, Ossy scored an equaliser and then good work by midfielders Jack Hargreaves and Karl sutton set up A Phillipson for his second, yet again Ossy woudn't lie down and grabbed another equaliser, Gt Harwood pressed and pressed and it payed off, Hand ball by an Ossy defender in the box "PENALTY" up stepped Arron Phillipson and confidently placed it in the bottom corner.
Final Score Gt Harwood Rovers 3   Ossy Rangers 2
Man of the Match Jack Hargreaves
Good luck to Joshua Morris this was his last game for the club, he will be emergrating to Australia.

U9's Great Harwood Rovers vs Langho Jnrs, away at Rydings, ko 11 am.  Cup match.

 Great Harwood started this cup match over confident and didn't give Langho any respect, even though they went 1-0 up with an Arron Phillipson goal.  They were 2-1 down at the break and arguing amongst themselves.  The second half Gt Harwood were chasing the game and threw everything forward but got caught on the break twice to give Langho a thoroughly deserved win, and harwood their first defeat of the season.  Final score Great Harwood 1 Langho Jnrs 4. Motm Ronan Nixon.

Under nines storm to title.......17 out of 17  !!!!!!!!!

Sunday 22nd Jan 2006
 Great Harwood Rovers  v   Blue Star Aces Home
  Mem Park K.O 11.00am.
Great Harwood Rovers Panthers were not letting anyone or anything stand in their way from winning the league title. They were relentless against a plucky Blue Star team. Harwood should have been at least 7 goals up at half time but only managed 2 - 0 with goals from Bradley Allen and from top scorer and captain Karl Sutton. In the 2nd half Blue Star created a few chances, but it was always going to be Gt Harwood's day. 2 goals from the wizard Arron Phillipson and another from sub Aaron Mcgahey, capped off a good days football. Jack Hargreaves gave a gritty performance earning him the Man of the Match.

Final Score Gt Harwood Rovers 5  Blue Star Aces 0


Great Harwood Rovers U9's Panthers  v    Whalley Jnrs Home Memorial Park K.O. 11.00am, Sun 15th Jan 2006.

Their was 33 points separating these two teams before the start of the game and you woudn't of known the difference. Harwood struck first with a goal from Arron Phillipson then Whalley levelled it, In the second half Bradley Allen put us 2 - 1 in front only for Whalley to equalise again. Good defending and a full stretched one handed save by Josh Morris kept us motivated 2 goals by MOTM Karl Sutton broke Whalley and later on a brilliant headed goal by Jack Hargreaves finished them off. Gt Harwood Rovers 5  Whalley Jnrs 2. 16 wins, nearly there boys.

Great Harwood Rovers Under 9's Panthers  v   Darwen Rangers Boys Home Memorial Park 11.00am, Sun 8th Jan 2006.

 It was a case of business as usual for the Panthers who played a well organised Darwen Rangers side, The First half so Great Harwood take a deserved lead through Arron Phillipson and a second goal headed by Aaron Mcgahey, The Second half Harwood were relentless but good defending and an exellent keeper kept us at bay, near the end Harwood scored a third goal by Bradley Allen. Right back Ronan Nixon was excellent. Good work boys, 15 out of 15. Man of the Match   Arron Phillipson

Great Harwood Rovers u9's Panthers vs Blackburn Eagles, away at Witton Park, ko 12.30 11-12-2005

 There was no stopping Gt Harwood from their 14th consecutive win against a hard working Blackburn Eagles side.  The Panther's were 2-0 up in the first half from Jack Hargreaves and Bradley Allen.  Second half Gt Harwood turned on the style.  A goal from Jordon Edmondson,  two goals from Karl Sutton and two goals from MOTM Arron Phillipson.  Sealed a well deserved victory.  Final score Great Harwood 7 Blackburn Eagles 1, motm Arron Philipson.

Great Harwood Rovers Panthers U9  v   Akzo Yellow U9  Home Mem Park K.O. 11.00am  4th Dec 2005. 

It was a case of LUCKY 13 for the Gt Harwood Panthers U9's as they went 6 pts clear at the top of the leugue, at the expence of 2nd placed Akzo.  The First half so Harwood hit the post twice and the cross-bar but it remained 0 - 0 at half time. The second Half Ryan Mitchell put Arron Phillipson clean through and he smashed the ball past the keeper 1 - 0, half a dozen chances went a missing but no joy, Akzo came at us in the last 10 minutes but we defended stoutly to see the game to a close.

Final Score Gt Harwood Rovers 1   Akzo Yellow 0

Man of the Match    The whole team

Great Harwood Rovers Panthers  v   Ossy Rangers U9's  Away Witton Park K.O.  12.30pm Sun 27th Nov 2005.

 Rain, Sleet and Snow couldn't stop Great Harwood Rovers beating Ossy Rangers. 3 excellent team goals, a Hatrick by Bradley Allen , some fine saves by Joshua Morris and a Man of the Match Performance by Arron Phillipson. Other scorers included 2 goals by super-sub Brandon Blackmore and 1 from Jack Hargreaves.

Final Score Ossy Rangers 2 Gt Harwood Rovers 6,
MOTM  Arron Phillipson

Great Harwood Rovers U9's Panthers  v Oakdale Rovers .Sun 20th Nov, Away K.O 1.45pm  Pleckgate.

Gt Harwood again were slow starters in the first half  but still managed to get to the break 1 -1, a goal from Arron Phillipson. A strong team talk was
needed to wake the lads up, and it payed off, good work down the right hand side earned Karl Sutton a goal, and a cracking left foot drive from MOTM Arron Phillipson made it 1 - 3 Harwood, Oakdale grabbed a 2nd goal to make it a tence finish, but Jack Hargreaves got the goal of the game, a first time header from a corner, superb. Final Score Oakdale Rovers 2  Gt Harwood Rovers 4
Man of the Match Arron Phillipson

13/11/05, GHR U9's  v  Langho Jnrs  home played at Everton

First i would like to congratulate both teams on doing the 1 minute silence for Rememberence Sunday, they were a credit to their clubs.
Gt Harwood started very brightly but just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net, Langho threatend a few times but the 2 defenders Ronan Nixon and Ryan Mitchell were solid as they were all the game. The second Half was much the same Gt Harwood hit the woodwork 3 times before Karl Sutton but the ball in the back of the net, 1 - 0. The Panthers then stepped up a gear , Arron Phillipson picked up the ball on the right hand side, slipped the defender on lobbed the keeper, Brilliant. 10 games out of 10, keep it going lads. Final Score Gt Harwood 2  Langho Jnrs 0
Man of the Match Arron Phillipson

06/11/05, Great Harwood Rovers Panthers  v  Haslingden Jnrs Away Witton Park K.O 1.00pm

The Panthers started the game very brightly against a very large Haslingden side. Against the run play Haslingden were awarded a penalty which keeper Josh Morris brilliantly saved, Haslingden still took the lead and Gt Harwood instantly replied with a good goal from hard worker Jordan Edmondson 1 - 1 half time. Second half Gt Harwood turned the heat up and grabbed a second goal by Brandon Blackmore, a great save by keeper and man of the match Josh Morris, kept us going , Karl Sutton got hold of the ball just over the half way line side stepped one and smashed the ball in the back of the net, 1 - 3. Haslingden still hadn't finished and scored two minutes before the end 2 - 3.
Final Score Haslingden Jnrs 2 Gt Harwood Rovers 3

30/11/05, Great Harwood Rovers U9's Panthers Home v Haslingdon Jnrs K.O 11.00 Memorial Park

 Considering the torential rain both teams coped quite well.  Gt Harwood threatened early coming close several times.  Haslingdon catching Harwood on the break but to no avail, 0-0 half time.  Second half Gt Harwood started the better of the two sides.  Fifteen minutes in there was a scramble in the goal area, the ball broke free and Karl Sutton blasted a right foot shot into the top corner of the goal.  Haslingdon still tried to hit us on the break but the combined efforts of defender's Ronan Nixon and Ryan Mitchell kept them at bay.  Karl Sutton added a second goal, this time with his left foot. Game over. Excellent team performance. 
Final score Gt Harwood Rovers 2 Haslingdon Jnrs 0.  MOTM Arron Phillipson.

Man of the Match Josh Morris

23/10/05,Great Harwood Rover's u9's Panthers vs Whalley Jnrs, away , ko 11.00.

The Panther's came up against a strong Whalley side, however Gt Harwood took the lead with a quality goal from Karl Sutton.  Then Whalley replied to make it 1-1.  A cracking volley from Bradley Allen made it 2-1, just before half time Whalley got a penalty to make it 2-2.  Second half Gt Harwood stepped up another gear, 2 goals from Jack Hargreaves and two more goals from Bradley Allen making that his hat trick and gaining him the MOTM award. Final score Whalley Jnrs 2 Great Harwood Rovers 6.

Sunday 16/10/05, the u9's Panthers away to Darwen Rangers Boys, Sandy Lane, 1.30 ko.

Great Harwood went clear top of the league with a good win against a spirited Darwen side.  MOTM Karl Sutton scored two goals in the first half.
The second half was a different game, Darwen got one back just after half time.   Hard work from  midfielders Jack Hargreaves and Arron Phillipson
kept the game at 2-1.  Keep it going lads, final score Darwen Rangers Boys 1 Great Harwood Rovers 2.

Sunday 9th October 2005. The u9's Panthers away to Blue Star Aces, Witton Park ko 11.30.

First half Great Harwood started well with 2 goals before the break from Jack Hargreaves and Aaron McGahey.  The second half Harwood were relentless with 4 more goals, from Aaron McGahey, Ronan Nixon and 2 goals from MOTM Arron Phillipson.  A well deserved victory. 

Final score Blue Star Aces 0 Great Harwood Rovers 6.

The  Panthers were at home to Blackburn Eagles on Sun 2nd Oct 2005, Memorial Park 11.00am K.O.

Gt Harwood started the game slowly but there only one team in it from start to finish Aaron Mcgahey opened the scoring just before half time.
The second half we ran riot but only managing three more goals coming from Jack Hargreaves, Bradley Allen and  Karl Sutton, also Ronan Nixon was very solid at the back.
Final Score Gt Harwood Panthers 4  Blackburn Eagles 0
Motm Karl Sutton

The Panthers came up against a strong Ossy Rangers side at home on the memorial park. 18th Sept  k.o 11.00am

A solid team performance especially Aaron McGahey and Ronan Nixon, saw the panthers win 3 - 2 thanks to goals from motm Ryan Mitchell, Jack Hargreaves and a thunderbolt winner from Arron Phillipson (Azza).   Keep it going lads.

Final score Gt Harwood 3  Ossy rangers 2

11/09/05 Rovers  v  Oakdale Rovers at Memorial Park  K.O. 11.00am.

The Panthers started the game very poorly with most of the players cloud picking, but still managed to get to half time 1 - 1 thanks to a scrambled goal by Karl Sutton. After some strong encouraging words from manager Big Nige, the team were out all guns blazing and showed the watching parents what they could do, a well taken goal by Arron Phillipson, and a good goal by Man of the Match Karl Sutton. Well done lads.

Final Score Gt Harwood Rovers 3  Oakdale Rovers 1
Man of the Match Karl Sutton.

04/09/05 Rovers vs Langho Jnrs

The U9's Panthers started the new season away to Langho Jnrs at the Rydings. The game started fast and furious with Gt Harwood taking the lead with a well taken goal from Arron Phillipson.  The second half was more even, Langho managed to scramble the ball in the net from a corner to make it 1-1, that made it a tense last ten minutes.  Gt Harwood pressed and it payed off.  Corner to Harwood, the ball fell free outside the box and Ryan Mitchell hit a first time shot right in the bottom corner of the goal.  Great win.

Final score; Langho Jnrs 1 Gt Harwood 2