DIVISION One title-chasers Farnworth Town were stunned at the weekend as a strong Standish St Wilf’s Reserve side beat them 1-0 in a no-nonsense tussle.
The game was end to end from the start, though an uncompromising Standish rearguard, led by Adam Simpkin and Chris Charnock, ensured nobody got through.
At the other end Standish thought they should have had a penalty when Duncan McPhail went down under a challenge, but their claims were waved away.
Standish took the lead on 37 minutes when, following an almighty scramble in the Town penalty area, skipper Phil Sumner rifled home, giving keeper Paul Bentley no chance.
The second half was much the same but with Town throwing men forward looking for an equaliser with Andy Harper hitting the post on one occasion.
Standish were attacking on the break and they missed a number of clear-cut chances with Johan Du Toit and McPhail being the main offenders.
As time ran out Town poured forward, but with Simpkin in fantastic form they never really looked like scoring.
Atherton Royal stay top after a 4-1 home win over Goose Green United, while Orrell are right behind them after seeing off St Jude’s 3-1 courtesy of a Brian Shuker hat-trick.
Only one game survived the weather in the Garswood Trophies Premier Division as Winstanley St Aidan’s beat a disappointing Digmoor 4-0 as Martin Thomas claimed a hat trick and Jamie Harrison got the other to send the Saints back into top spot.
In Division Two, Boars Head continued their good run with a 4-2 victory at Atherton Hag Fold, while Up Holland narrowly defeated Wigan Rovers Reserves 2-1 as Andy O’Neill and a Connah Dainty own goal did the trick, with Louis Hudson netting for Rovers.
Orrell Reserves edged out Springfield 3-2 to end their recent poor run.
Cherrybrook, playing for the first time in a couple of months, blew away the cobwebs as they defeated Hindley Town Reserves 5-2.
Autus Web Design Division Three title-chasers Foundry Reserves got a narrow 2-1 win against Atherton George.
Dave Graham put Foundry in front and that’s how it stayed until the break. Young Foundry winger Paul Burke then beat the offside trap to make it 2-0.
George were then awarded a penalty which was brilliantly saved by keeper Adrian Mee. Atherton finally got on the score sheet when Andy Tipping headed in.
Cart and Horses won 7-0 at Gidlow Reserves to go top of the table, while Martin Foster’s five goals helped Black Bull win 6-3 at Winstanley Warriors.
Lowton Rams helped their title hopes with a 4-0 defeat of Billinge Community with goals from Anthony Aspinall, James Hamilton, Neil Smith and Connor McMahon, while Sporting Leigh edged out Ashton Villa 1-0.
Finally, Farnworth Reserves’ flirtation with the Manchester Amateur Cup ended in disaster as they crashed 6-1 to Irlam, and this after they had taken an early lead through Ian Tinsdale.