Aspull sink Penlake

Amateur football
Amateur football

IN the South Lancs Counties Premier Division Aspull denied Penlake the chance to go second with a 2-0 win.

In Division One Radley twice came from behind to beat St Cuthbert’s 4-3 and Orrell Athletic beat Horwich St Mary’s 3-2.

Division Three leaders, St George moved three points clear after beating Town Green 4-2.

In the under-17s league, Wigan Cosmos ran out 4-1 winners at Appley Bridge Academy. Anatol Mbykay, Josh Hughes and Joe Redford put Cosmos 3-0 ahead. A strike by Keiron Alker gave Appley Bridge hope but Leon Slater scored a late goal for Wigan Cosmos.

In the under-17s Cup, Atherleigh Athletic were 10-5 winners at Highfield Grange Athletic, who ran away with the game in the second half.

In the Bill Heyes Memorial Cup, Digmoor visited Highfield Grange and won for the first time this season.

Leigh Genesis made it to the next round after beating Academy Sports, 3-1. An own goal, then Chad White put Genesis 2-0 up at the interval. Chris Berry pulled a goal back in the second half but Nathan Ogden clinched the game for Leigh Genesis.

Wigan Cosmos were 5-2 up at Horwich St Mary’s, but the Saints’ hit back to level at 5-5, with Horwich St Mary’s winning the penalty shoot out 4-2.

A goal in each half by Chris Partington saw Parklands win 2-0 against AFC Leigh.

Whitley played hosts to Up Holland and equalised three times but finally went down 4-3. Dean Smith, Lloyd Snellgrove and an own goal were on target for Whitley with Adam Graves, Tom Potter, Matt Gaskell and Mike Joyce on target for Up Holland.

Up Holland Rangers were 7-0 winners at Halsall Res with Kit Heyes helping himself to four goals. Orwell entertained Mitch FC in the South Lancs Charity Cup first round and won 4-3.

Craig Duckworth and Neil Rigby gave Orwell a 2-0 lead.

Hindley Green spinners visited Standish Park Rangers and won 3-1 thanks to a Mark Gibson brace and Ash Walker. Ant Coppenhall gave Standish Park Rangers hope when he made it 1-2 but Walker clinched the game.

St Cuthbert’s Res were 3-1 winners against Chequer Lane with Jamie Dallimore, Carl Davison and Josh Taylor on target.

Anton Higgins scored a first half equaliser for Chequer Lane but conceded two in the second half,.

AFC Rainford ran out 4-0 winners at Bryn Park.

In the Adam Morris Cup, Wargrave Rovers visited Billinge and despite going 1-0 down came back to win 4-2.

Standish Potters played hosts to Hawkley Athletic and won 5-3 after leading 3-1 at the interval.

Greg Berry scored a brace, Charles Johnson, Martin Cropper and an own goal for the Potters. Curtis Hodgson, Shaun Conway and Stefan Harmon replied for Hawkley Athletic.

THERE were goals and surprises galore in the Laithwaite Shield.

Winstanley Warriors Res lost 8-2 at Atherton George. Standish St Wilf’s hit Leigh Rangers Res 14-0 and there was a huge shock when holders Winstanley St Aidans crashed out 3-1 at Second Division Punchbowl.

Digmoor Res thrashed Goose Green United 9-3 while Aspull sunk Wigan Rovers Res 6-0. AFC Scholes hit five as Ormskirk Plough were beaten.

Hindley Town swamped Cart and Horses 7-1 and Hindley Town Reserves disposed of Leigh Foundry Res 5-2. Shevington just got the better of Up Holland from Division Two by the odd goal in three.

Ince FC coasted to a 3-0 win at Winstanley St Aidans Res and Black Bull beat AH Leisure 3-2. Bickerstaffe Res beat Pemberton Res 1-0. Bickerstaffe’s first team struggled to beat Division Three outfit Billinge Comunity 4-2.

Pemberton hammered Gilow Res 8-0, while Rainford North End beat fellow newcomers Wigan Robin Park Res 4-1.

St Jude’s from Division One slammed Old Hawardonians from Division Thee 7-2 and Belair beat Newburgh Harrock United 3-1.

Wigan Rovers needed extra time to see off Ormskirk West End as Phil Holland’s late goal did the damage.

Ince Central Res just got the better of Ormskirk Res, winning 2-1.

On the League scene Mike Case claimed a hat trick as Gidlow Athletic beat Ince Central 6-0 in the Garswood Trophies Premier Division while in Mc Hale Baker Wills & Trusts Division One Standish St Wilfs Res beat Leigh Foundry 3-0. Ashton Villa top Division Two after a 6-3 win at Winstanley Warriors.

BILLINGE came from behind to beat Styal 2-1 in an entertaining Cheshire League game on Saturday.

On another glorious afternoon at Barrows Farm it was Styal who impressed in the early stages.

The Storks let their guard down on the stroke of half-time when slack marking at a corner allowed Graeme Brotherton to nod home.

The second period needed a reaction from Billinge and they responded well; quickly asserting their dominance and looking the fitter team.

On the hour mark Derek Evans had two good chances to draw Billinge level but both efforts went wide.

After this manager Paul Oakes shuffled his pack bringing on substitutes Andy Goulding and Scott Robinson which allowed Elliot Bradshaw and Gareth Fletcher to move up from defence into midfield.

Fletcher’s extra height and drive gave The Storks the impetus to search for the equaliser. On 62 minutes Chad Whyte played Green through but the striker snatched at his shot and it went wide of the post. It was now all Billinge but they couldn’t find a way through.

As the game entered the last 10 minutes a rare sortie upfront by Styal saw Kennerley’s long-range shot come back off the post.

Goulding’s precise long ball was bravely back-headed by Whyte over the advancing keeper and into the goal to draw Billinge level.

With Styal out on their feet Billinge won a corner on 87 minutes and from this centre-half Chris Godwin saw his header tipped over the bar.

From the resultant corner by Bradshaw debutant Robinson lost his marker and headed down and past the keeper to make it 2-1 to the clarets and blues sending players, management and supporters into raptures and Billinge home with a win.