TWO clubs at the wrong end of Crystalleisurewear.co.uk Division One, St Judes and Ormskirk, clashed at Parsons Meadow with the Saints narrowly coming out on top 2-1.
The game itself was played at 100mph with play racing from end to end throughout.
Ormskirk should have taken a first minute lead but with Kevin McGlinchey perfectly placed to score fired wide. He was made to pay as Curtis Hodgson took advantage of some slack marking to put St Judes in front.
He should have made it two a few moments later but visiting keeper Adam Edwards made a terrific save. The visitors levelled on 35 minutes when Ricky Hurst’s free kick was nodded home by Lee Rourke.
The second half was hectic to say the least as both sides made loud penalty claims only to find the referee unmoved. As time ran out McGlinchey again missed a golden opportunity but as St Judes broke away Paul Pilling laid on the winning goal for Craig Scriven who tapped in from close range. A tremendous game of football that nobody really deserved to lose.
Cherrybrook lost ground on the leaders crashing 2-0 at home to Ince whose scorers were Chris Gregory and debut boy Brad Gambles. Leigh Legion turned in an inspired performance to beat leaders Winstanley Res 5-3, Phil Brierley grabbed a hat trick, Craig Hardman and Dean Bretherton added the others with Dane Winstanley, Andy Hodgkiss and an own goal replying for the losers. Wigan Rovers are really flying these days and they saw off AFC Tyldesley 6-3 with Gaz McMahon getting two of their goals.
Garswood Trophies Premier Division leaders Winstanley St Aidans had to settle for a 2-2 draw against a rejuvenated Pemberton outfit, Martin Thomas put the homesters ahead but Gary Hughes equalised.
In the second period Tommy Hunt put through his own goal to edged Winstanley in front but an injury time header from Peter Atherton tied it all up.
Leigh Rangers won 3-1 at AFC Scholes with goals from Chad Drake who got two and Sean Bradbury with Chris Boylan replying. Digmoor beat Gidlow Athletic 4-2.
Punchbowl were the top scorers in North West Gas and Solar Heating Division Two beating Cart and Horses 7-3 with Chris Anderton netting four of them, Pemberton Res beat AH Leisure 3-0 in a turnaround from last week’s cup match.
Leigh Rangers Res edged out leaders Boars Head 2-1.
Bickerstaffe Res are moving up the table and beat Wigan Rovers Res 6-0 with Luke Huges geting a couple, Ryan Bridge, Dave Parry, Lee Brooks and Mike Owen adding others.
Atherton George continue as top dogs of Northgate Vehicle Hire Division Three after a 5-1 home win over Gidlow Res, Danny Jackson got two, Sean Campbell, Eddie Speakman and Andy Tipping one apiece with Ryan Aspey replying. The derby at Fosters saw Ince Central Res draw 3-3 with Black Bull, Jamie Bennett with two and jonnie Bertrand got the Ince goals while Nathan Smith with two and Martin Foster netted for Bull Ashton Villa demolished Landgate Springs 14-0 with their ace marksman Gaz Smith claiming a nap hand of five goals, Dave Griiffiths and Simon Parry each got a hat trick, Sean Dodson two and Dave Cash one.
Winstanley Warriors beat Hurlston Hall 4-2 to complete the double over their rivals while Sporting Leigh outpointed AFC Waterside 3-2 with Nathan Wall grabbing two and Zak Daniels the other with Barry Kenyon and Wes McKay scoring for the St Helens outfit.
Just one of the county cup games survived the weather but Goose Green will wish it hadn’t after being thrashed 9 -1 by Rossendale Amateurs in the Lancashire Amateur Cup Third Round.
SOUTH LANCS COUNTIES LEAGUE
In the Premier Division, Knowsley South moved four points clear at the top after beating Wigan Cosmos, 4-1.
Matty Cushion put Knowsley 1-0 ahead at the interval but just into the second period, Nial Harmon equalised for Cosmos. However, two strikes by Craig Cushion and a goal from Ben O’Neil clinched the points.
Second-placed Goose Green were held to a 0-0 draw by fourth-placed Orrell Otters.
North Star moved into third place after a 3-0 win against Golborne Parkside. Sam Denton grabbed two.
St Cuthbert’s moved to the top of Division One with a point in a 2-2 draw with Whitley. Chris Butler and Dean Smith gave Whitley a 2-0 lead but Liam Keefe and a Dale Hardman struck back.
Knowsley South Reserves and Academy Sports are third and four respectively after drawing 2-2 with each other.
Ashton Villa came from 1-0 down to beat Marus Bridge 4-2. Matt Verinda, two, Adam Verinda and Steve Molly scored for Villa with Phil Sharkey and Scot Priestly replying for Marus Bridge.
Orrell Sorrento played host to Leigh Genesis and won 3-2. Mike Green put Sorrento ahead but Josh Simms equalised. Two penalties by Adam Walters put Sorrento 3-1 ahead but Alex Carvel scored late on for Leigh.
Division Two leaders, Garswood Utd, moved six points clear after coming from behind to beat Aspull Reserves, 4-1. Liam Duffy put Aspull ahead but goals by Danny Clark, two, Chris Francis and Matty Robinson earned Garswood the points.
Forefield Rangers ended Chequer Lane’s good run when they beat them 3-1. Dominic Spence, Jack Brierley and Austin Cartwright were on target for Forefield Rangers with Mike Kelly scoring late on for Chequer Lane.
Parklands ran out 6-2 winners against Bryn Park thanks to a hat-trick from Adam Riley and two from Paul Redhead.
Halsall Reserves visited Orwell and won 2-1 with all three goals coming in the second half. Jeff Highton and Glen Stoneman gave Halsall Res a 2-0 lead but a goal by Neil Rigby made the last 10 minutes interesting.
Leaders in Division Three, St Helens Rovers came from 1-0 down and then led twice before settling for a 3-3 draw against A Morris FC. Karl Burrows, Keith Hampson and Chris White scored for the Saints with Calvin Williams and Mark Birch with a double on target.
Hindley Green Spinners were turned over 4-0 by Ormskirk Royals with Dave Haynes two, Andy Knott and Luke Broomhead on target for the Royals.
Digmoor Res visited PNC Athletic and came away with a 4-1 win thanks to Luke Byrnes, Lee Phillips, Martin Bullen and Tom Lightbody. Ryan Trimwell replied for PNC athletic.
Mitch FC got their second point of the season in successive weeks after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Lower Ince.
Martland Mill moved up into third spot after a 3-1 win at AFC Rainford.
A double hat-trick from Adam Thomason enabled Leigh Rovers to win 7-2 at Wargrave Rovers.
In the Lancs Sunday Trophy Round Three Aspull went down 2-1 against Havelock FC. Leigh Centurions’ game with Ingol FC was postponed and will be played this coming Sunday.
And in the Liverpool Under 18s Cup quarter final, Redgate Rovers went down 3-1 against Formby.