RMI sign Rooney

ROONEY has signed for Leigh RMI!

Unfortunately it's not Wayne, but it is one of the same clan which includes the Manchester United and England superstar.

Striker Thomas Rooney (pictured), a cousin of Wayne, signed for The Railway Men this month from Merseyside outfit Vauxhall Motors but has yet to debut for his new team due to an injury.

The 22-year-old moved up through the Tranmere youth set up before going to Macclesfield Town and from there he moved to TNS before moving to Vauxhall.

Leigh RMI director Stan Walker said: "He's quite a similar player to Wayne – he's a stocky lad like his cousin and he's an aggressive, powerful player.

"We are just working on getting him fit at the moment and looking forward to him making his debut."

The Railway Men are also training with another noteworthy player in the form of Nepalese left-sided midfielder Suraj Thapa.

He played with the reserves at Kendal last week, setting up two goals in their 5-1 win at Hilton Park and also scored the second in the side's 3-1 away win against Darwen on Monday..

Reserve team manager Steve Eckersley said: "He's came in last week and performed well against a good standard of competitor – a lot of the lads he's up against are technically very good players who've been released by top clubs.

"We found out about him through a referral made by one of the directors.

"Obviously he's got to get used to the pace of the English game but he's done well so far and we'll see if he can go one better."

Leigh RMI Reserves 5 Kendal Town Reserves 1

RMI Reserves bounced back from their lack-lustre performance against Bamber Bridge last week with a convincing win against top three side Kendal Town at Hilton Park.

Manager Steve Eckersley was forced to make several changes due to injuries and two players becoming injured in the warm-up.

Striker Lafferty opened the scoring on 22 minutes when he ran onto a defence splitting pass from Nepalese trialist Suraj Thapa and drilled his shot into the net.

RMI moved up another gear and Lafferty grabbed his second in an almost carbon copy of the first finding the back of the net from 15 yards. break in a comfortable position. A counter attack led to RMI's third when Chetcuti leapt to head home Heaton's cross from the right.

Within minutes Chetcuti had made it four when he headed home a corner from Fairhurst. Chetcuti rounded off a fine performance when he completed his hat-trick on 85 minutes rifling in a 10 pass move.

RMI were disappointed to concede on 88 minutes.

Their next home game is against Formby Reserves on Saturday, October 13, ko 2pm.

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lRMI Under 13s won away again for the second week running with a 4-1 win at Hindley Town Athletic in the Bolton and Bury League.

The only goal of the half came when a Hindley defender nodded into his own net.

In the second half, Hindley equalised with a good header.

RMI began to take control again and a superb individual goal from Jamie Forshaw gave Leigh the lead, followed by a thunderous free kick form Jack Willison, before Matty Wilkinson wrapped the game up near the end.

The man of the match was Ryan Holland.