Goals come despite rain

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DIGMOOR Res and Pemberton Res met at Glenburn in the Wigan Amatuer League David Wilson Homes Division Two and after a difficult contest in awful conditions the match ended in a 3-3 draw.

Digmoor had dominated the early stages of play against an horrendous wind but fell behind after 10 minutes when Pemberton were awarded a free kick and in the ensuing melee a low cross was tapped in by Liam Atherton.

Conditions were making it difficult for either side to play any sort of football and this led to the game becoming congested in midfield.

The only real Digmoor chance of note being a weak header cleared off the line while the Pemberton keeper was lying helpless on the floor.

With the wind behind them it was pretty much the same as the first half, a whole lot of Digmoor possession not really causing any damage. Against the run of play a rare Pemberton break led to a couple of consecutive corners with the second not being dealt with properly, a weak low strike from Atherton was then cruelly deflected past the Digmoor keeper.

Finally Digmoor got on the score sheet when Jamie King rattled one home from 20 yards.

Moments later it was 2-2 as new signing from Ormskirk Adam Leadbetter fired home on his debut. Despite this setback Pemberton then broke clear and Tony Roberts edged them back in front.

Digmoor piled on the pressure and great work by Leadbetter saw Martin Bullen head home a fantastic diving header to equalise with almost the last touch of the game.

Leaders Leigh Foundry Res were demolished 9-3 by mid table Hindley Town Res as Scott Higham , David Moore and Nathan Coke got two each, Paul Taylor, Dave Taylor and Craig Naylor got one apiece while Dean Hayes, Dave Aspinall and Carl Threadgill replied for the home side.

They still remain on top by one point from Ormskirk West End who have a game in hand.

West End dispatched Black Bull 5-0 in a one sided contest. Lee Brooks smashed home a 20-yard free kick after three minutes and then Harry McGill followed with goal number two.

Matty Ward chipped in with goal number three and then skipper Jay Baker sent them in at half time with a 4-0 lead. Second half saw the home side take their foot off the gas and substitute Greg Lawson rounded off the scoring.

There was only one surviving match in Garswood Trophies Premier Division as Bickerstaffe outgunned Gidlow Athletic 2-0.

The first half was goalless but on 70 minutes Will Lamb lobbed the Gidlow keeper Andy Baker to edge the home side ahead.

As time ran out a superb ball winning tackle and then pass from Sean Cocks led to Marc Connolly sealing it up. Northgate Vehicle Hire Division Three top dogs

Hurlston Hall guaranteed themselves promotion with a 4-2 victory against Ince Central Res with goals from Dave Oxton,

Andy Clark, Rob Knowles their leading scorer and Denis Lartey while Central’s leading marksman Jamie Bennett got both his side’s goals.

Ormskirk Res beat Billinge Community 3-2 with Mark Ward netting two and skipper John Causey the other with Ant Eyre and Steve Clark scoring for Community.

In South Lancs Counties action Lancashire Ice went down 4-3 against WBM FC in the Liverpool FA Cup quarter final.

A last minute penalty proved the downfall of Ice after they had taken an early lead through Mark King.

They fell behind twice before equalising through Dave Fealey and Mark King before the fateful penalty.

In the Premier Division, Digmoor twice came from behind to beat Leigh Genesis 3-2.

Steve Edwards, Chris Walton and Danny Norris, with the winner, scored for Digmoor.

Mason Ogden and Paul Birch replied for Leigh Genesis. Digmoor Reserves ran-out 7-2 winners against Leigh Rovers in their Division Three clash.

Simon Newton hit four goals and Tom Lightbody, Luke Burns and Ryan Hederich scored the other Digmoor goals.

Jake Seddon and Tom Wheeler replied for Leigh.

Ashurst of Division Three beat the Premier Division’s Aspull in a penalty shootout in the third round of the Houghton Cup.

After 90 minutes, the score was 2-2.

Liam Duffy put Aspull ahead at the interval but Ben Barnes and Josh Lafferty gave Ashurst the lead.

Duffy scored again to take the tie into a penalty shootout which Ashurst won 4-2.