SATURDAY was Laithwaite Shield day and Division One Orrell pulled off a shock 3-1 win at Premier club Downall Green United.
The home team were soon a goal up when Thomas Yates raced through to score. The visitors’ Carl Parkinson then levelled the scores.
Their ace marksman Brian Shuker then cashed in on a defensive mistake to nudge Orrell ahead just before the break. Green had a few chances in the second half but a great goal from Danny Jepson finished them off near the end.
Division Two Belair saw off another Premier team in Digmoor 4-2.
Paul Veall fired in two early shots to put the home side in charge, but Digmoor’s Alan Tyrer did the same and it was 2-2 after 90 minutes.
In extra time Belair got a penalty which Neil Davies converted to put them 3-2 up and then that same man clinched their surprise.
Another Premier side to crash out were Pemberton who lost 1-0 to Winstanley St Aidan’s Res whose Mike McCoy grabbed the only goal.
AFC Scholes just got the better of Division Three outfit Sporting Leigh 4-3, while Leigh Phoenix pulled off a 2-0 win at Boars Head.
AFC Tyldesley needed extra time to take care of Cherrybrook 3-1 and Standish St Wilf’s – with Kevin Wilson striking twice – beat Premier rivals Leigh Rangers 3-2.
Holders Gidlow Athletic lost out 1-0 to an extra-time goal from Shevington’s Chris Buchanan.
Ince and Newburgh Harrock United drew 3-3 before United won the penalty shoot-out.
Leigh Legion beat Goose Green United in a penalty shoot-out, with Standish St Wilf’s doing the same to Farnworth Town Res.
There was no shock result as Division Three Gidlow Res lost 6-0 to First Division strugglers Ormskirk.
Garswood Trophies Premier League title-chasers Winstanley St Aidan’s beat Hindley Town 4-0 as Jamie Harrison , Martin Thomas and Alex Turner all scored.
Division One title hopefuls Farnworth Town beat Shevington Res 4-0 as Grant Dean, Kieran Ward, Ian Teasdale and Steve McGonnell all found the net, while Foundry won 2-1 at Wigan Rovers. Atherton Royal moved back into top place after a 3-2 home win over St Jude’s.
In Division Two, Aspull’s championship hopes took a knock as they lost 2-1 at Atherton Hag Fold. Paul Stead and Stuart McPike netted for Fold, with Anthony Mercer replying.
Orrell Res edged out Springfield 1-0 with debut boy Stuart Hewitt getting the goal.
Hindley Town Res beat Wigan Rovers Res 3-1 with goals from Craig Curless, Warren Collier and Martin Irvine.
Foundry Res moved into pole position in the table with a hard-earned 4-3 home win over Ince Central Res, while rivals Cart and Horses kept rolling with a 2-1 victory at Billinge Community.
Lowton Rams are making a late bid for glory after thrashing Black Bull 6-2 with goals from Connor McMahon, Ben Pye, Neil Smith, Danny Davies, James Hamilton and Steve Williams. Ashton Villa slammed Winstanley Warriors 5-2 with Gaz Smith claiming a hat-trick.