Belair title hopes receive a boost

Amateur football
Amateur football

Wigan Amateur League

ORMSKIRK Res and Old Hawardonians clashed at Edge Hill University in Northgate Vehicle Hire Division Three and in a thrilling contest the Bolton side hung on for a 1- 0 victory.

The home side were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes when keeper Mick Gregory brought down Roy Hampson. Hampson got up and struck the spot kick well but Gregory made a quite brilliant save to deny him.

Home skipper Jon Causey then had the ball in the net but it was ruled offside. Jay Smith was prominent at the other end but he couldn’t find a way passed home keeper Dan Eggleton.

The second half was only five minutes old when the visitors went ahead when Craig Atherton’s lob eluded Eggleton and ended up in the net.

Hampson then went on a solo run but his efforts came to nothing and Craig Ellis’s shot was saved by Gregory.

As time ran out Ex Aylesbury semi pro Eggleton pulled off an unbelievable triple save from Smith and then made another vital stop to deny Jordan Lawson.

Leaders Hurlston Hall beat Billinge Community 6-1 with ace striker Rob Knowles claiming a hat trick. Andy Clark got two and Josh Hough the other with Ant Eyre replying for Community.

Mitch FC won 4-1 at Gidlow Athletic Res while Wigan Rovers Res plundered the three points at Winstanley 
Warriors Res courtesy of goals from Stuart Myers with two, Louis Hudson, Matt Murray and veteran Steve Lees.

Abram returned to winning ways 4-2 at Ormskirk Plough as former Hindley Town man Dave Murray grabbed two, TJ Brown and Curtis Houghton one apiece with Gareth Hughes and Stuart West netting for Plough.

In the Garswood Trophies Premier Division, Belair improved their title hopes with a 4-0 success at AFC Scholes, Liam Duffy with two, Callum Mahoney and Neil Davies scored the goals.

Hindley Town still lead the table but had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Shevington.

A Dave Hodgson goal put the home side in front only for Chris Hewitt’s spot kick to level matters.

Atherton Royal are in quite brilliant form slamming Bickerstaffe 4-1 as Greg White with two, Dale Dickinson and Chris Radcliffe all on the mark with Sean Cocks getting a consolation for Bickerstaffe.

Standish St Wilf’s trounced Ince Central 7-1 with Johan Du Toit knocking in a hat-trick.

Leigh Rangers came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Pemberton, Eddie Clifford’s double strike looked to have won it for the visitors until Nick Pilling and Sean Bradbury struck for Rangers.

Leigh Phoenix wedged out Gidlow Athletic 3-2.