Athletic secure Premier status

Ashton Athletic have secured their North West Counties Premier League status with four matches to spare thanks to a thumping 5-1 victory at Padiham.
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Joe White headed the Yellows in front from Lewis Boyd's corner, before Tom Carr doubled the lead after good work from Josh Nicholson.

Padiham pulled a goal back before the break from the penalty spot, only for an own goal to restore Athletic's two-goal advantage.

And a brace from Tom Carr put the icing on the cake.

Ashton Athletic had a big win at PadihamAshton Athletic had a big win at Padiham
Ashton Athletic had a big win at Padiham
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Neighbours Ashton Town went down 2-1 at Steeton in Division One.

Town took the lead on 15 minutes through Declan Hill, before the home side levelled just after the half-hour mark through Tobias Jeffrey.

Town were reduced to 10 men when Ethan Van-Aston was sent off, with Andrew Briggs also dismissed for Steeton.

And Steeton grabbed a late winner through Jordan Townend six minutes from time.

Billinge's game at Whaley Bridge was called off due to the weather.