Wigan Amateur League

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AFTER much rain only three games survived the awful weather last weekend.

Bickerstaffe Reserves entertained Leigh Rangers Reserves in a Division Two game and after a thrilling contest the home side took the spoils 4-3.

After five minutes Bickerstaffe’s Martin Bimpson fired in a good shot which deflected off a defender.

After eight minutes Adam Hughes crossed the ball from the right but sadly the ball skimmed off Rangers defender John Bailey, looping over his own keeper to make 1-0 to the home side.

Rangers levelled when Chad Drake raced down the middle before chipping the keeper to make it 1-1. As half time beckoned Bickerstaffe were back in front as Bimpson fed Adam Hughes, who found Byrne to hand onto Steve Brookes who made it 2-1.

The home side went 3-1 up early in the second half through Brookes after good work from Byrne.

On the hour mark Rangers got a free kick just outside of the Bickerstaffe box.

The ball was crossed in from the left for Wayne Pitchford to rise up above the rest to make it 3-2.

The visitors then got a corner on 80 minutes and as the ball was cleared it fell to the feet of Stuart Neale whose shot hit the back of the net making it 3-3.

Leigh Rangers then went one-on-one with the Bickerstaffe keeper, forcing him to make an excellent save.

Both sides were now looking for the winner and it came in the dying minutes when Chris Richards scored with a beautifully judged free-kick.

Hindley Town Reserves saw off Springfield at Kildare Street 5-1 with goals from Kieran Wright [2], Warren Collier, Mark Glover and Abi Ourinde, with defender Paul Kay netting for the losers.

The only game played in Autus Web Design Division Three saw Sporting Leigh lose narrowly to Winstanley Warriors 2-1.

Sporting – without a league win this term – started strongly but the visitors were soon ahead with a goal from Andy Bioley.

Sporting hit back but Warriors keeper Ryan Price was in superb form.

Warriors increased their lead through Brett Ashcroft but still the Leigh outfit would not lie down.

As time ran out Nathan Wall cheekily lobbed Price, but sadly for the home side it was too little too late.