Rovers Reserves give leaders a tough time

Amateur football
Amateur football

LEADERS of Wigan Amateur League’s Northgate Vehicle Hire Divison Three, Hurlston Hall struggled against lowly Wigan Rovers Reserves.

Hall managed to win 2-1 in difficult conditions.

Leading scorer Rob Knowles put them in front and then Andy Clark added number two but Rovers hit back with a goal from Ryan Green but try as they might they could not get the elusive equaliser for their efforts.

Ormskirk West End second in David Wilson Homes Division Two entertained bottom side Ale House Leisure and won 6-3 to go joint top with Leigh Foundry Res.

Ormskirk started like a house on fire and were a goal to the good in just five minutes when Harry McGill fired home.

Fellow striker Danny Heavican then made it 2-0 as the home side took the honours.

McGill was certainly in top form and he added his second soon after to give his side a handsome lead.

Leisure had their share of possession and pulled a goal back though skipper Terry Butler but Heavican restored West End’s three goal cushion by the break.

The second half saw Phil Butler find the net for the visitors to give them a little hope.

However that was not in the script and substitute Phil Malloy made it 5-2 to the home side. Still the visitors stuck grimly to their task and Adam Thomason one of their substitutes scored a brilliant goal to give the home side something to think about.

However as time ran out McGill completed his well earned hat trick picking up on some poor defending and West End were home if not dry.

The only game to survive in Garswood Trophies Premier Division saw home side Bickerstaffe come from behind to edge out Winstanley St Aidan’s 3-2. The home side started strongly and Craig Bowden put them ahead.

Winstanley hit back with a penalty from Dave Quigley and then just before the interval Ian Espinoza rifled them in front. The second half saw Sean Cocks grab an equaliser and then with ten minutes remaining Jon Bulmer netted the all important winner.

All other games were postponed as a result of the weekend’s weather.

Standish St Wilf’s Lancashire Cup Semi Final against Castleton will now be played on Tuesday 11 February at Ashton Athletic, kick off 7.30pm.