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ASHTON Athletic won the Wilf Hickson Memorial final after a penalty shoot-out win against neighbours Ashton Town.

It was the third successive round that Athletic had won by a penalty shoot-out, a record in itself.

Athletic took the lead from the penalty spot through John Stalker. Within five minutes of the restart, Town went ahead with two goals by Liam Ratcliffe and James Edgar after a melee in the box. Athletic battled back to equalise on 83 minutes though, when Ben Bolton shot home.

In the shoot-out both clubs scored with their first four spot kicks. Athletic and then Town each missed their fifth to take the penalties into sudden death.

Athletic scored their next penalty and then Town missed, and the trophy went to Athletic.

The man of the match award went to Town’s Ryan Craven.

A goal in each half saw Horwich St Mary’s win the Houghton Cup final, 2-0 against Aspull JFC.

In the only match played in the Premier Division in mid-week, Aspull JFC and Dynamo Globe drew 0-0.

In Division One, Halsall and Penlake served up a feast of football before Halsall won 4-3. Halsall led 4-1 but a late fightback by Penlake wasn’t enough. Daniel Viquerat [3] and Dave Mawdsley scored for Halsall and Phil Parry, Kev Hill and Greg Shelton replied for Penlake.

Golborne Parkside got back into winning ways after losing to Orrell Otters midweek. They had a 6-1 win against Academy Sports. Matty Hughes was the hero, scoring five goals.

Orrell Otters are in a fight for the championship with Halsall and Penlake and narrowly beat PSN Mabs Cross 2-1. James Armstrong and Shane Gaskell netted for Orrell.

In Division Two, Up Holland ran out 4-0 winners at Horwich St Mary’s Res thanks to goals by Steve Oakley [2], Mike Joyce and Adam Niklas.

Division Three champions Knowsley South had a 3-1 win mid-week against Standish Park Rangers but lost on Sunday against Darly FC, 1-0.

Danny Malone scored the winner.