Cosmos slip on the Ice to exit Cup

Amateur football
Amateur football

WIGAN Cosmos switched their Bill Heyes Memorial Cup semi-final against Lancashire Ice to their opponents’ pitch, and were beaten 3-1.

The other semi-final between Halsall and Leigh Genesis became a victim of the weather along with 10 other games.

The final of the Division Two South Lancs Charity Cup will be between Fallows Way and St Cuthbert’s.

Fallows Way won their semi-final against Highfield Grange Youth 4-0 and St Cuthbert’s beat Leigh Genesis Reserves 3-1 in their route to the final.

In the only Premier Division game to be played, mid-table Digmoor were 10-1 winners against Aspull who are just ahead of them in the table.

Division One leaders Adam Morris FC proved to be stoo strong for second-placed AFC Rainford and won 5-1 to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

Olympic Athletic, who are bottom of the division, drew 5-5 with eighth-placed Orrell Athletic (inset).

Orrell had won their previous four matches,

Ashurst FC remain in fifth spot despite enjoying a 5-0 win over Horwich St Mary’s Reserves.

Gary Charnley hit a hat-trick for Real Haydock as they beat St Helens Rovers 6-3.

His first was from a stunning free-kick in the Division Two clash.

Clay Brow were 5-1 winners at bottom club Orwell but still remain in third spot with Haydock in fourth position.

Hawkley Athletic and Standish United shared the points after a 2-2 draw.

Mitch FC and Leigh Rovers shared 10 goals in a thrilling contest.

The rest of the scheduled games were postponed.

In the Wigan Amateur League, Hurlston Hall, chasing runners up spot in David Wilson Homes Division Two, made the long trip to Whelley and in difficult conditions came from behind to win 2-1.

Hall started well with Josh Hough taking the eye.

On 15 minutes they were poleaxed when Whelley centre back Dave Smith fired home from the half way line a brilliant goal.

This setback hit the visitors hard and home skipper Jay Clark should have scored twice but his shots just missed the post.

At the other end Hough was causing havoc in the home defence but they stood firm until the dying moments when Steve Ormesher’s long throw was headed by skipper Dave Oxton to Rob Knowles who scored with ease.

Hall, playing with the wind at their backs in the second half, started to press forward and had numerous chances to go ahead.

But poor finishing and top class defending denied them.

As time ran out there were huge claims for a penalty when Whelley’s Stu Harris appeared to handle but the claims were waved away by the official,With injury time beckoning Hough broke clear and fed Knowles who made no mistake from close range to secure the points for the visitors.

It proved to be a well-earned win for Hall but Whelley perhaps deserved more.