Billinge Community earn share of the points

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IN Northgate Vehicle Hire Division Three, Billinge Community and Cart and Horses shared the points in a 3-3 draw.

Lee Grundy got two and Damian Peers the other for Billinge while the Cart goals came from Tom Carlton, Chris Hart and Jonny Townsend.

The only other game in this division to survive the weather saw Ormskirk Reserves and near neighbours Ormskirk Plough clash at Edge Hill University. In a thrilling encounter the home side came back from behind twice to take the spoils 5-4.

The first goal after only seven minutes was unbelievable as home Manager Jamie Hampson, with a strong wind at his back and just outside his own penalty area, spotted Plough keeper John Robinson off his line.

Hampson then hit the ball 80 yards and with Robinson helpless the ball soared into the Plough net. Plough hit back strongly and Eoin O’Leary raced clear to level the scores.

As half time approached the excellent O’Leary set up Stuart West to edge his side ahead with a well-taken goal.

The second half was a few minutes old when two Plough defenders collided giving Ormskirk skipper John Causey the easiest of tap ins to make it 2-2.

When Ormskirk were awarded a free kick Robinson made a hash of his intended save and Steve Dooley netted to put the home side in front.

Still the goals flowed as Darren Robinson equalised following a corner and then Plough took the lead when O’Leary netted again.

It was helter skelter and there was soon another goal when Mark Ward, the smallest man on the pitch, out jumped his opponents to head Ormskirk level at 4-4.

Both sides now chased the winner and it fell to home substitute Steve Anders whose brilliant 20-yard shot gave Robinson no chance. A game neither side deserved to lose.

There was a significant game in the Garswood Trophies Premier Division as leaders Bel Air crashed 3-1 to the unbeaten Standish St Wilf’s. Jamie Benson with two and an own goal were on the Standish score sheet while a Scott Peach penalty was the Bel Air reply.

The Standish set now trail Bel Air by 11 points but with a massive five games in hand. Gidlow Athletic caused a bit of a surprise beating Pemberton 3-0 with goals from Gavin Heyes who got two and Dane Bolton.

St Jude’s, leaders of McHale Baker Wills & Trusts Division One, moved further ahead after a 3-0 home win over Wigan Robin Park Res with goals from Tom Yates, Ant Smith and John Cushion.

Ince slammed Leigh Foundry 5-1 with Chris Demings and Paul Mawdsley claiming two apiece and Dave Cavill the other while Anthony Trot replied for Foundry.

Leigh Foundry Reserves maintained their narrow lead in David Wilson Homes Division Two after beating an excellent Ormskirk side 4-2.

Dave Smith with two, Paul Burke and Dean Hayes got the goals while the division’s top scorer Adam Leadbetter and Rick Houlihan netted for the visitors.

Ormskirk West End are right behind Foundry having an impressive 6-1 win over Springfield.

Andy Hall got the game’s only goal to give Up Holland victory at Black Bull while Ashton Villa saw off Leigh Rangers Res 5-2.

There were a few Laithwaite Shield sponsored by Barratt Homes matches with Bickerstaffe’s 5-2 win at Aspull particularly notable. The match between Ince Central and AFC Scholes had everything.

Scholes’ Ryan Newton was sent off for handball on the line, visiting keeper Mick Brookes saved two penalties and the game went into extra time with Scholes winning 2-0.

Marc Grimes put them ahead and then Tom Clossick lobbed the keeper from 40 yards - what a game!

Leigh Phoenix edged out AFC Tyldesley 4-3. Darryl Unsworth put Phoenix ahead but Sean Rowley son levelled maters. Daryl Cope made it 2-1 but Ste Rafftry equalised.

Daniel Gunning gave Phoenix the lead again but back came the visitors through Gary Renshaw leaving Cope to grab a late winner for Phoenix.

The league had only one winner in the Northern Cup as Division Three Mitch FC won 3-1 at Grange Sports a team four divisions higher. Zac Alger got two and Adam Isherwood the other.

Digmoor Res were unlucky to go down 4-1 to holders Billinge Reserves with Drew Hayes getting their solitary goal while Bickerstaffe rest were also unlucky losing 3-2 to Ellesmere Port Town.