Wigan Amateur League: Gidlow Athletic on form

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THE only game to survive the weather in the Garswod Trophies Premier Division saw the much improved Gidlow Athletic come from behind to beat Atherton Royal 5-1.

The first half was pretty even with play moving from end to end. Atherton took an early lead when Brian Wilcox fired home a terrific 25 yard shot which gave keeper Andy Baker no chance. A few minutes later it should have been 2-0 but Royal skipper Chris Greeley shot wide. Gidlow equalised in quite bizarre circumstances as a Royal defender hit a back pass straight to Gavin Hayes who had the easy task of slotting the ball home.

The visitors never really got over the setback and on 54 minutes Danny Arkwright’s corner was headed powerfully past keeper Sam Atkinson to give Gidlow the lead. Royal still plugged away but as they faded the home side took command and Hayes broke clear to complete his very first hat trick to make it 3-1. Arkwright was now running the show and in a typical solo run beat five opponents before slamming the ball home for goal number four.

In the dying seconds the hard working Dane Bolton made it 5-1 but spare a thought for keeper Atkinson whose performance throughout was first class.

Both games in McHale Baker Wills & Trusts Division One were called off but two survived in David Wilson Homes Division Two.

Up Holland turned in a top performance winning 5-1 at Leigh Rangers Res with Ben Barnes collecting a couple of their goals. Ormskirk West End continued their title challenge with a 4-1 home win over Pemberton Res.

In Northgate Vehicle Hire Division Three too many defensive errors meant Gidlow Athletic Res losing 4-2 to Old Hawardonians while Billinge Community drew 2-2 with Mitch FC.

Ormskirk Plough are still chasing that elusive first win as they went down 3-2 at home to Cart and Horses, Jason James and Eoin O’Leary netted for Plough with Corey Grogan, Pete Aspinall and Mike Barnes scoring the visitor’s goals.

The Laithwaite Shield sponsored by Barratt Homes also had a soggy return with only four matches surviving.

There was a minor surprise at Hurlston Hall from Division Three who beat Division Two outfit Black Bull 4-2 with goals from Rob Knowles who got two,

Andy Clark and John Edge with Nathan Smith getting both Bull goals. Digmoor Res who have been playing some excellent football of late continued their run beating Springfield 5-0 with Jamie King their leading scorer grabbing two.