Local football round-up

Highfield Grange in action - they beat Hawkley 4-1
Highfield Grange in action - they beat Hawkley 4-1
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IN the South Lancs Counties League Premier Division, Horwich St Marys’ good form continued and they won for the third week running after coming from behind to beat Dynamo Globe 3-1.

James Benson had put the Standish side ahead at the interval.

Two first half goals by Liam Atherton gave leaders North Star a 2-0 victory against Aspull JFC.

Goose Green remain in second spot, but had to come from 2-0 down to beat Leigh Centurions 3-2. Lee Hill, Jay Roberts and Richie Livingston were on target for Goose Green.

Wigan Cosmos took a second half lead through Mike Black against AFC Wigan. However, Andy Carter levelled it at 1-1.

Hawkley played hosts to third-placed Highfield Grange and took a 1-0 lead through Neil Hock. Dean Gaster levelled the score and a second half hat-trick by Martin Meehan clinched a 4-1 win for Grange.

Marus Bridge visited Division One leaders Halsall and came away with the points in a thrilling 3-2 win. Graham Morris gave Bridge an interval lead but a double strike by Alex Grysdale gave Halsall a 2-1 lead. Marus Bridge hit back and Morris scored his second to level the match, but a late goal by Graham Brown was enough to give Marus Bridge the points.

Second-placed Orrell Otters played hosts to Academy Sports and took a 2-0 lead with strikes by Shane Gaskell and Tom Ashall. Billy Worswick hit a brace for Academy Sports to level at 2-2. However, a late Tom Ashall goal sealed the win for Orrell 3-2.

Up Holland Rangers led 2-0 against Orrell Sorrento with goals by Martin Lally and Scot Wilson, before three unanswered goals by Steve Greaves, Gaz Thomas and Chris Boyle saw Sorrento win 3-2.

Whitley took a 2-0 interval lead against Ashton Villa but a second half brace by Matt Verinda gave Villa a point in a 2-2 draw.

Division Two leaders St Cuthbert’s came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Bryn Park. Stu Cunliffe and Paul Gibson gave Bryn Park the lead, but goals by Adam Power, Don Chinennutha and Scot Unsworth gave the Saints the points.

Second-placed Bryn Hall were held to a 1-1 draw against Horwich St Mary’s Reserves, while third-placed Bird I’th Albion came from 1-0 down to win 4-1 against Parklands. Neil Robinson 2, Connor Powell and Dave Lynch were the marksmen for Bird.

Digmoor came from a goal down to run out 6-2 winners against Goose Green Reserves, Seventeen-year-old Mike Gray came on for Digmoor and scored two terrific late goals to clinch the match.

FC Wigan took a 1-0 lead with a 25-yard free-kick by John Lyon against AFC Wigan Reserves.

However, Scot Forshaw, Gareth Chapman, Mike Birchall and Richard Emmerson scored goals to win the match for Wigan 4-1.

Olympic Athletic visited Winstanley Warriors and clinched the match with three late goals to win 7-3.


WINSTANLEY St Aidan’s Reserves faced a buoyant Ormskirk side fresh from a great win last Saturday in a First Division contest.

In a fantastic game of football Winstanley took the points 4-3 after trailing 3-1, with Matt McCoy driving home the dramatic late winner.

Atherton Royal are the new leaders after beating Standish Reserves 3-1, while Farnworth Town kept up their title aspirations with a 4-1 win at Shevington Reserves.

Leigh Phoenix edged out Goose Green United 2-1, while Foundry and Wigan Rovers shared the spoils 2-2.

A late winner from Paul Pilling gave St Jude’s the points against AFC Tyldesley.

It was bottom versus top in the Garswood Trophies Premier Division as lowly AFC Scholes thrashed leaders Winstanley St Aidan’s 4-0 with goals from Scott Peach 2, Chris Beard and Jay Clarke.

Leigh Rangers couldn’t take advantage, crashing 2-0 to lowly Shevington whose scorers were Chris Buchanan and Andy Mah.

Standish St Wilf’s returned to winning ways beating Downall Green United by the odd goal in three.

Ince Central blasted Pemberton 5-2 with Ian Gaskell claiming a hat-trick and Wayne Collier and Mark Highton the others.

Ince FC edged out Digmoor 2-1 with a brace from Phil Bushell, while Hindley Town drew 1-1 with Gidlow Athletic as Kieron Wright’s effort was levelled by Danny Arkwright.

Newburgh Harrock United gained an impressive 4-1 win at Bickerstaffe thanks to goals from Kallum Tyrer, Luis Eden, David and John Standley.

In Division Two Belair stay top after a 4-2 win at Farnworth Reserves, while Aspull are right behind them after out-pointing Springfield 3-2.

Atherton Hag Fold got the better of Bickerstaffe Reserves 4-2 with their star duo of Danny Jackson and Stuart McPike grabbing two apiece.

Orrell Reserves returned to winning ways, beating Leigh Rangers Reserves 4-1. Steve Hickling got one of the goals with Sam Rimmer getting two and Ian Ward the other.

Up Holland beat high-flying Cherrybrook 3-2 with goals from Rader Kozlowski 2 and Darren Pennington.

Boars Head, with Shaun Dootson leading the way, demolished Hindley Town Reserves 7-4.

Autus Web Design Division Three leaders AH Leisure saw their long winning run come to an end after a 2-2 draw with rivals Lowton Rams. Billy McGraw and Tom Rabbitt got one apiece for Leisure, while Ant Aspinall scored two for the Rams.

Old warhorse Tony Wright was in goal action as Gidlow Reserves beat Billinge Community 4-0. The right full back knocked in a hat-trick, with Ryan Aspey adding the other.

Foundry Reserves won a valuable three points, beating rivals Cart and Horses 5-3, while at the other end of the table Sporting Leigh picked up their second point in a 3-3 draw with Ince Central Reserves.

,Atherton George sunk Winstanley Warriors 6-2 with Andy Tipping bagging four, while Wigan Celtic edged out Black Bull 4-3 in a cracker.


A LATE goal from Lee Barrett earned a point for Ashton Athletic in their 2-2 draw at Flixton in the North West Counties League top flight on Saturday.

Bradley Cooke had earlier fired Athletic in front, before a brace from Dan Egan handed Flixton a 2-1 lead.

In the First Division Trophy second round, Ashton Town went down 2-1 at Holker Old Boys.

Vigan Beqa handed Town a first-half lead, but they eventually went down to a 90th minute penalty from Mike Kewley.

The First Division Trophy second round tie between AFC Darwen and Wigan Robin Park that was postponed on Saturday has been rearranged for next Saturday (December 3).

The winners of the tie will be rewarded with a home game against Chadderton.

Quarter-final draw:

AFC Darwen or Wigan Robin Park v Chadderton, Irlam v Holker Old Boys, Northwich Villa v Nelson or Formby, Norton United v Oldham Boro.

The next game for Wigan Robin Park is tonight when Formby are the visitors to the Robin Park Arena for a Division One game [7.45pm].