AUTUS Web Design Division Three title-chasers AH Leisure took on bottom side Sporting Leigh who had yet to win a league game in a long and traumatic season.
On paper this game looked a mismatch, but amazingly Sporting won a thrilling contest 5-3.
The game was only 49 seconds old when Dave Hearte poked the ball home to put Sporting in front. Jack Hayes then struck on the half-hour.
Hayes then struck again minutes later to make it 3-0.
Leisure finally found the net on 57 minutes through Ant Orrell and then moments later AH were awarded a penalty as Orrell was dragged down and Tom McGraw knocked in the spot kick.
The title-chasers threatened to overwhelm their opponents but the plucky young Sporting side fought back and from a Hayes corner unlucky defender Steve Whalley hit the ball past his own keeper to make it 4-2.
Still it was not over as a fabulous solo goal from Tom Rabbitt gave AH hope, but as time ran out a poor clearance from keeper Andy Jones went straight to Hearte who fired into an empty net.
Title hopefuls Cart and Horses and Wigan Celtic met at Ley Rec with Cart coming from behind to win 3-1.
Celtic went a goal up with a tap-in from Ian Armstrong, who later hit the post with a superb shot. Cart hit back immediately when Liam Jones was put through by Ant Meakin. Jones was again in the thick of the action as he was felled in the penalty area. He picked himself up and made it 2-1. As time ran out a spectacular overhead kick from Daniel Reade tied it up in Cart’s favour.
Black Bull pulled off a superb 6-3 win at Billinge Community as Danny Foster (3) and brother Martin (2) dominated proceedings, with Tommy Shaw adding a sixth. Lee Grundy, Paul Owen and Ant Eyre netted for the losers.
Garswood Trophies Premier Division action saw Digmoor slam Standish St Wilf’s 5-2 at Glenburn.
Paul Rawsthorne put the hosts ahead in the first minute, and it was soon 2-0 as John Stalker’s brilliant cross was headed home by Jamie Ward.
Digmoor then let Standish back into the contest with two terrible errors which Kevin Wilson took advantage of to make it 2-2.
The home side then struck twice on the hour through Jason Harford’s double strike.
As time ran out Harford completed a superb hat-trick with the best goal of the game.
AFC Scholes secured a 3-1 win over Ince with goals from Scott Peach (2) and Jay Clarke, while Chris Demings replied. Leigh Rangers made Bickerstaffe’s plight worse with a 3-2 win at Hall Lane. Steve Anderton, Phil Allen and Lee Johnson scored for Rangers, with Ryan Bridge and John Anderson replying.
Ince Central won 3-2 at Downall Green United as Danny Lloyd-Jones, Ian Gaskell and Rhys Lloyd-Jones all found the net, with Ian Kearney and Tommy Yates netting for United, who amazingly missed two penalties in the last five minutes!
Newburgh Harrock United shared the spoils with Gidlow Athletic 1-1. Eddie Williams’s goal was cancelled out by Anthony Joynt.