Local football round-up

Action from Olympic Athletic and FC Wigan United
Action from Olympic Athletic and FC Wigan United
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South Lancs Counties - IN a terrific contest in Division Three, Hindley Athletic came from 3-0 down to beat Martland Mill 6-5.

Keiron Taylor was the hero with four goals, helped by a brace from Tommy Woodock who hit the winner.

Victoria and Standish Park Rangers fought out a 1-1 draw with Andy Stevenson putting the Vic ahead, with Ian Yarwood equalising.

A Dan Oakes hat-trick helped St Helens Rovers win 5-2 against Hindley Lion. Dean Taylor and Adam Harness replied for Hindley.

Chequer Lane moved to joint second with Knowsley South after winning 2-0 at Leigh Accies.

Halsall Reserves top the division after winning 8-7 at Orwell. Matty Ward, Dean Fitzgerald and Glen Stoneman each scored two, with John Carty and Phil Gore also netting.

In the Premier Division North Star could have gone top with a win against Parbold, but are in fourth spot on goal difference after being held to a 3-3 draw. Dave Healey (2) and John Milner scored for Parbold, with Sam Denton (2) and Ryan Jones replying.

AFC Wigan moved into second spot after a 3-0 win against Horwich St Mary’s. Martin Lunn, Mark Wright and Dave Carr were the marksmen.

Aspull JFC ran out 5-0 winners against bottom club Hawkley courtesy of Neil Berry, Joe Hull, Craig White, Danny Edmundson and Joe Woodcock.

Dynamo Globe moved out of the relegation places after a 3-1 win against Leigh Centurions. Wayne Marsden, Balazs Toth and Dave Johnson were the marksmen for Globe.

In the Houghton Cup first round, an early goal by Danny Gurhy gave Bryn Hall a 1-0 win against Whitley.

In the James Barnes Shield Golborne Parkside ran out 4-1 winners against Orrell Sorrento.

In the third round of the Lancs Sunday Trophy, Highfield Grange twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Euxton Corinthians before winning the penalty shoot out 4-3.

Wigan Cosmos and Up Holland both went down 6-1 against Littleborough and Penwortham Hill Rovers respectively.

Halsall moved six points clear at the top of Division One after twice being pegged back by Academy Sports to win 3-2. Daniel Viquerat (2) and Andreas Georgiou were on target.

Orrell Otters are in second spot but went down 3-2 against Penlake. Kev Hill (2) and Sam Keville put Penlake 3-1 up, with Tom Ashall hitting a brace for Orrell Otters.

Up Holland Rangers and PSN Mabs Cross shared eight goals in a thrilling contest.

Up Holland led 1-0 before falling 2-1 behind, they then went 4-2 ahead but two late Mabs Cross goals saw them share the points.

Paul Gregory (2), Lee Harley and John Bulcock scored for Up Holland with Dave Abram, Paul Winstanley, Keiron Elsdon and Matt Aitcheson replying for Mabs Cross.

Marus Bridge were 4-2 winners against Newtown with Scot Priestly, Dave Sharkey, Matt Seddon and Graham Morris giving Bridge a 4-0 lead. Two goals by Gaz Kenyon were too little too late for Newtown.

In Division Two, Digmoor were 3-0 winners against bottom club, Winstanley Warriors. John Stalker (2) and Alex Stoddern were the marksmen.

Despite scoring a hat-trick, Steve Barlow was on the wrong end of a 5-3 scoreline for FC Wigan United as Olympic Athletic twice came from behind to win. Dave Williams, Richie Cunningham, Craig Nelson, John Perry and Phil Atkinson were on target for Olympic Athletic.

Parklands were 2-1 winners against Bryn Park. Sam Woods put Parklands ahead, with Greg Hobson hitting an 89th minute equaliser.

Bryn Park were still celebrating their equaliser when Andy Stalman popped up with the winner for Parklands on the stroke of the final whistle.

In the Youth Under-18s Division, Ashton Town moved to the top of the table on goal difference from Forefield Rangers after an 8-0 win at Horwich Town. George Nicholson hit four goals for Ashton, who have played two games more than Forefield Rangers.

Wigan Amateur League - LAITHWAITE Shield holders Gidlow Athletic were made to struggle by Division One side St Jude’s as they began their defence of the famous old trophy.

At the end of a blistering contest Athletic just edged out their opponents 2-1 thanks to a double from Mat Benson.

Hindley Town, winners of the shield in 1995, beat Third Division Winstanley Warriors 8-1.

They led 2-0 at the break with goals from Tommy Woodcock and Grant Hurst. The second half saw sub Mark Howard make it 3-0, but then Town scored four goals in ten minutes through Dave Moore, Eric Rostron , Chris Martin and Craig Naylor.

In the final minute keeper Gaz Grady gave away a penalty and his opposite number Danny Gurhy obliged from the spot to complete the scoring.

Two teams from Division Three both recorded their first wins of the season. Black Bull won 5-2 at Billinge Community as Martin Foster plundered four goals.

Sporting Leigh had their first win, 5-2 at Ince Central Reserves, with goals from Trev Jones (2), Ash Clarke, Zak Evans and Tony Bradley.

Central fielded the second oldest player in the league Lawrence Hoy, aged 62.

Belair thrashed Wigan Celtic 9-1 as Rudd (3), Lee Taylor (2), Tom Whelan (2), Neil Davies and Liam Duffy all found the net.

AFC Scholes came back from 2-0 down to ease past Foundry Reserves 3-2 with Gaz Roberts bagging the late winner, while Standish St Wilf’s slammed Atherton Royal 6-1.

Digmoor beat Lowton Rams 4-0 as Steve Tomaseli, Dale Johnson, Jamie Ward and Jay Harford netted.

Ormskirk had their first win of a miserable season, beating Cart and Horses 6-3 with Kevin McGlinchey hitting a hat-trick.

Leigh Rangers Reserves won 3-0 at fellow Division Two side Orrell Reserves with Chad Drake netting twice and Denis Hilton bagging the other, while Orrell’s first team went through 3-0 at Atherton Hag Fold with goals from Steve Hickling, Brian Shuker and Matt Weaver.

Leigh Legion won 4-2 at Ashton Villa with Chris Brierley scoring twice for Legion and Dave Jones doing the same for Villa.

Pemberton came from behind to beat a resilient Wigan Rovers 4-3. Martin O’Neill put the visitors ahead, but Rob Heaton equalised. Andy Reed made it 2-1 to Pemberton.

The second half saw Rovers score two quick goals from Heaton and Gareth McMahon and a shock looked a certainty.

However, that man Reed levelled matters and O’Neill grabbed a late winner after Pemberton’s substitute Billy King was sent off after being on the field for just one minute!

Winstanley Reserves defeated Foundry 3-1 as Kieran Atherton, Mat McCoy and Gary Holden all netted, with Lee Dawber replying. In a second round tie Shevington Reserves beat Atherton George 2-1.

North West Counties - WIGAN Robin Park’s Jay Foulds has won the North West Counties League First Division SK Kits Goalkeeper of the Month award for September.

It is often taken for granted by people at Robin Park that Foulds always plays well. It is very rarely he drops below a 7/10 performance, but this season he has started in magnificent form.

During September he kept three clean sheets, and in the recent FA Vase defeat at Oldham Boro – with the Robins throwing everybody forward in search of an equaliser – he kept out six one-on-one situations in the last three minutes.

What makes Foulds’ form even more impressive is the fact that he has also taken up the reins of assistant manager this season.

Along with all the extra responsibilities that brings, it is also worth noting that Robins’ manager John Neafcy works regular nights and Foulds is therefore the main man at night matches.

Add in the fact that he is also a committee member, the unofficial organiser of all the lads’ nights out and administers the club’s fundraising match predictions, the club committee believes that Foulds is a worthy winner of the award for September.

Meanwhile, Foulds helped inspire a dramatic penalty shoot-out win for the Robins at Abbey Hey on Saturday afternoon in the NWCFL First Division Trophy.

After the first round tie had ended 2-2 following extra-time – Shaun Judge bagged both of the Robins’ goals – Neafcy’s men triumphed 5-3 on penalties and earned themselves a second round clash away at AFC Darwen.

The Robins return to league action this weekend as they host Leek CSOB at the Robin Park Arena.

Meanwhile, Ashton Athletic lost 3-1 at home to Alsager Town in their Premier Division clash on Saturday.

Christian Banasko scored for Athletic in the second half.

They travel to Congleton Town on Saturday.

Ashton Town went down 3-2 at home to Oldham Boro in the First Division.

Harry McGill and Adam Gilchrist were on target for Town, who travel to Irlam this weekend.