ATHERTON George, second in the Northgate Vehicle Hire Division Three of the Wigan Amateur League, made the long journey to Edge Hill University where they beat home side Ormskirk Res 5-1.
It was a great day for George striker Danny Jackson who helped himself to a hat-trick. The visitors were soon on top and it was no surprise when Jackson opened the scoring with a delicate chip over the keeper.
Within minutes it was 2-0 when Jackson added his second. Ormskirk hit back and after a good team move Gareth Ellis fired home. The visitors restored their lead when Gaz Chapman netted just before the break.
There was no stopping the Atherton side and Jackson completed a well deserved hat-trick when he fired home on the hour and as time ran out Alan Larkin added goal number five. Chad Hill of Atherton was named man-of-the-match.
It was a red letter day also for referee Aaron Fowler who was making his debut in the league attracting praise from both teams.
Leaders Hurlston Hall pulled off a 6-1 win over Mitch FC to continue to blaze away from their rivals. Dave Oxton put them ahead and then leading scorer Rob Knowles made it 2-0. Mitch did hit back but could not get through as John Edge pounced to make it 3-0. As half-time approached Denis Lartey added a fourth as Hall threatened to run riot. The second half was much quieter but still Hurlston hunted for goals and Andy Clark struck.
Hall then added goal number six when Lartey collected his second but as time ran out Mitch grabbed a consolation through Scott Magregor. This result puts Hurlston 19 points ahead of nearest rivals Atherton George who have three games in hand.
Old Hawardonians switched their match to opponents Billinge Community’s ground and it was all worthwhile as they ran out 3-1 victors with goals from Brent Helliwell. Benson Johnson and Jay Smith while Stu Morgan netted for the losers. Leigh Foundry Res, leaders of David Wilson Homes Division Two, edged out a useful Springfield outfit 3-1.