THE Colin Silcock Cup reached the Semi Final stage with Belair facing Ince and what a cup tie it produced with Ince shading the spoils 2-1.
Belair started strongly and had plenty of the play but couldn’t finish off their chances mainly due to Ince keeper Tom Holmes.
The Ince skipper made a number of brilliant saves largely from Scott Peach and Martin Ruddy.
Ince were then awarded a penalty but the other keeper Jason Hall made a fantastic save from Chris Demings’ kick.
Then against the run of play Ince got a corner and Paul Mawdsley’s delivery was perfect as Chris Gregory steered the ball home.
Ince were now back in the game and on the hour increased their lead when Phil Bushell volleyed the ball home.
Belair hammered away at the Ince goal but Holmes kept on his super show with more saves.
Just when it looked like they had weathered the storm a terrible mix up gave Peach an easy tap in to give his side hope.
Almost immediately the Belair striker turned from hero to villain as he was sent off for a lunge at an Ince defender.
The ten men kept on trying and at one stage claimed a penalty but the referee was unmoved.
In the other semi-final it was one way traffic as Aspull beat Wigan Rovers 4-0 with goals from Brian Wilkinson, Matt Lynch, Andrew Ashcroft and Ross Ellison. They will now meet Ince in the Final on Wednesday 1st May at Ashton Athletic, kick off 7.30pm
In the Laithwaite Shield matches Third Division Atherton George lost 3-2 to Premier giants Bickerstaffe despite having two men sent off.
Leigh Legion saw off near neighbours Foundry 3-1 with goals from Craig Hardman two and Mark Bretherton with Ross Marsh netting for Foundry.
The remaining Whitehead Cup Second Round game went to Hindley Town who beat Gidlow Athletic 3-1 with goals from Craig Naylor, Dave Hodgson and Dave Monckton with Bill Makinson replying.
The Taylor Cup outstanding Second Round tie went to Sporting Leigh who beat Hurlston Hall 3-0 thanks to two goals from Christian Grundy and one from and Jamie King but that was not enough and Hall go through 6-3 on aggregate.
Winstanley St Aidans Eras proceeded to the next round in the Northern Cup thanks to Matt McCoy’s first half goal at Southport Trinity.
On the league scene, Standish St Wilfs routed their opponents Digmoor 6-1 in the Garswood Trophies Premier Division.
Newburgh Harrock United and Shevington fought out a goalless draw.
In Crystalleisurewear.co.uk Division One Leigh Phoenix came from behind to beat Goose Green United 5-1,
Standish St Wilfs Reserves beat bottom side Ormskirk 3-1, while Cherybrook couldn’t raise a team against St Judes.
In North West Gas and Solar Heating Division Two promotion hopefuls Bickerstaffe Reserves triumphed 4-0 over Foundry Res while at the other end of the table, Cart and Horses won 3-1 at Leigh Rangers Reserves.
Up Holland beat Lowton Rams 4-2 while Punchbowl slammed Wigan Rovers Res 7-3.
In Northgate Hire Division Three, Ashton Villa demolished Billinge Community 11-0. Ince Central Reserves beat Landgate Springs 5-2.
Gidlow Athletic Res outpointed Farnworth Town 2-1.
SOUTH LANCS COUNTIES
MARTLAND Mill of Division three, came out winners against Division one’s, Upholland Rangers after a penalty shoot-out, in the Houghton Cup third round. It was a thrilling 90 mins.
Brad Greenhough struck home the winning penalty.
Highfield Grange also won on a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw against Penlake.
After a 2 -2 draw with AFC Rainford, Ashton Villa also won on spot-kicks.
Academy Sports were 2-1 winners at Forefield Rangers with Sam Sobiah scoring twice.
Two second half goals by Donovan and Adam Power gave St. Cuthberts a 2-0 win over North Star.
Garswood United triumphed by 7-1 against Parklands, with all the goals coming in the first half.
Aspull were 3-0 winners against Horwich St. Marys with Jason Dawbon (pen), Dean Gaster and Danny Edmindson the scorers.
In the Premier Division, AFC Leigh Centurions twice came from two goals down to draw 3-3 with Orrell Otters.
Halsall lead 2-0 and again at 3-2 against Wigan Cosmos but had to settle for a 3-3 draw.
Division One leaders, Digmoor went down by one goal to nil against Horwich St. Marys reserves, with Jordan Coop scoring the only goal.
A goal in each half by Danny Curran and Dean Smith gave Whitley a 2-0 win against Upholland who are now bottom.
Leigh Genesis ran out 6-1 winners again Orrell Sorrento with Chad White (2), Matt Jackson (2), Nathan Ogden and Dec Pearce on target.
In Division Two, Olympic Athletic were 9-4 winners against Bryn Park with Craig Nelson and Phil Atkinson each scoring a brace. Dave Williams, Chris Buckley, Asa Nelson, Danny Fonkin and an own goal were the other marksman.
Halsall Reserves were 3-0 winners against Standish Park Rangers.
Twice Aspull Reserves took the lead against Upholland Reserves but they had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
A. Morris FC moved 11 points clear at the top of Division Three with a 2-0 win at Ormskirk Royals.
Lower Ince moved off the bottom after a 4-1 win against Digmoor Reserves.
Wargrave Rovers are now in bottom spot after losing 3-2 against Hindley Green Spinners.
St. Cuthberts reserves ran out 7-3 winners at Leigh Rovers.
In the Wilf Hickson Cup 1st Round, a 40th minute goal by Josh Heyet won the game for Highfield Grange against Ahston Town Under 17s.
In round two, Billinge led 3-2 against Horwich St. Marys, before losing 5-3.
Redgate Rovers were 4-0 winners against Town, whilst Southport routed Ashton Athletic 7-1.
In the Under 17’s Cup Standish Panthers beat Billinge Juniors 2-1.
NORTH WEST COUNTIES
A debut goal from Andy Olsen earned Ashton Town a 1-1 draw at Nelson.
The home side started stronger and had already rattled the Ashton crossbar, so it was no surprise when on 25 minutes, Adam Stockdale opened the scoring with a spectacular 25-yard shot.
The goal wasn’t without controversy as Town claimed there was a handball in the build up, but the official waved away the visitor’s appeals.
Ashton pressed hard, but the equaliser was proving elusive.
Olsen, a recent signing from Atherton LR, had shots saved and blocked on the line, before he finally got the goal his performance deserved on 78 minutes.
Michael Boyle’s probing run, saw Olsen connect with his pass to poke the ball past the keeper.
Both sides were presented with glorious chances to snatch a late victory.
Town winger Lee Tynan had his shot smothered at his feet, whilst Nelson’s Chris Turner saw his injury time header well saved by Nathan Brabin.
It was a welcome point for the Town, after the game had appeared to be drifting away from them. The visitors had also only travelled with 13 players and one outfield substitute.
Nevertheless, with Town pushing hard for third spot, it will be regarded as two points dropped.
A Mason Ryan equaliser, 15 minutes from time, secured a 1-1 draw for Ashton Athletic at Norton United on Saturday.
Youngster Ryan, was put through on goal by Gareth Grant, before cooly lifting the ball over the on-rushing United keeper.
The home side had taken the lead on 25 minutes through Delroy Fox, after the wide man turned Asthon keeper Jay Waldron and slotted home.
Norton rallied for a winner late on, but Athletic held firm to return from Stoke with a point.
Elsewhere, Wigan Robin Park lost 1-0 at home to Runcorn Town.