Wigan Amateur League

Olly Barton of Wigan Celtic
Olly Barton of Wigan Celtic

WIGAN Celtic were once again delighted that their 3G pitch ensured that their Autus Web Design Division Three fixture against Winstanley Warriors went ahead.

On a bitterly cold weekend it was the only match to survive the cold snap. Celtic comfortably beat their opponents 5-1 to return to the top of the table.

Celtic started strongly and were soon a goal to the good when Tom Mortimore scored courtesy of a neat finish. It was soon 2-0 when Paul Armstrong found the net as Celtic took command of the game.

The third goal was really special as ex-Liverpool junior Ian Armstrong raced from his own half, leaving seven defenders trailing in his wake as he scored a magnificent solo effort worthy of any game at any level.

Mortimore then made it 4-0 before the break with a long range shot that gave the goalkeeper no hope.

The second half saw the home side relax a little and this let the Warriors back into contention briefly, and they duly obliged when their best player Kieran Smith lobbed Celtic keeper Dan Goulding to make it 4-1.

Their hope was soon dashed, however, when Celtic’s new acquisition from Ashton Villa – Alex Rigby – headed their fifth.

The latest news on the Lancashire Amateur Cup is that Premier Division champions Winstanley St Aidan’s meet East Lancashire League outfit Langho in the semi-finals on Wednesday, March 14 at Bamber Bridge FC.

The match will kick-off at 7.30pm.

•wwww EVERY single scheduled game in the South Lancs Counties League at the weekend was postponed.

The same applied to the North West Counties League schedule as Ashton Athletic, Wigan Robin Park and Ashton Town’s fixtures were all frozen off.