Lane take Chequered flag in league opener

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CHEQUER Lane opened their Division One campaign with an 8-1 win at home to Horwich St Mary’s.

Debut boy Jordan Murray hit five goals with John Parker, James Thomson and Mark McNulty also fining the back of the net.

Steve MacDonald scored the Saints’ consolation goal and Chequer Lane’s keeper James Lightfoot saved a last minute penalty.

In the Premier Division, Up Holland made their debut by beating Golborne 3-1.

Adam Niklas gave Up Holland an interval lead with a forceful shot.

Nathan Drury equalised but Joe Unsworth and Matt Gaskell clinched the points for Up Holland.

Division Three saw 
Martland Mill race into a 5-1 lead against Atherleigh Athletic.

Athletic fought back to 5-4 before a late clincher by Lee Sherman gave MArtland Mill a 6-4 win.

Brad Greenhough scored a hat-trick, his first two were straight from corners.

Marc Grimes scored a brace for the Mill and Christian Grundy, two, Cole Hardman and Scot Rowe replied for Athletic. Division Two’s Hawkley Athletic opened their campaign by scoring three goals in the last 10 minutes to beat Highfield Grange 3-2.

Paul Pilling, Alex Sharrock and Greg Connor were the marksmen for Hawkley Athletic.

Wigan Rovers last graced the Garswood Trophies Premier Division a long time ago in 2007.

Their return was quite remarkable as they came from behind to beat former champions Winstanley St Aidan’s 3-1 at Little Lane.

The first half saw Winstanley edge the proceedings and it was no surprise when Adam Stanley put them in front.

A rousing team talk from Rovers manager Shaun Dainty at half time seemed to do the trick as Rovers came out in defiant mood. Within minutes Dean Berry had levelled the scores and his side then looked for more.

A superb move involving Berry and Phil Holland set up Lee O’Grady who made no mistake and then Berry himself raced through to put the mater beyond doubt.

Two Championship contenders, Hindley Town and Belair, met at Kildare Street but after 90 minutes football the score sheet remained blank.

Champions Standish St Wilf’s slammed Ince Central 6-1 as Johan Du Toit and Martin Ratcliffe, with two each, led the way.

Jamie Benson and new signing Danny Monckton added the others with Ian Gaskell replying for 
Central.

Pemberton grabbed a 1-0 win over Bickerstaffe.