THE two delayed Lancashire Amateur Cup ties brought joy to the league as both Aspull and Leigh Phoenix triumphed.
Aspull made the long journey to the Furness Peninsula to take on Barrow Celtic and returned with a 3-0 victory.
Aspull were soon in front through James Smith, but Celtic hit back to test the visitors’ defence. Scott Adamson bagged a second goal, then added a third to send his side into round three.
Phoenix faced an unknown quantity in Burnley Road but easily ran out 4-0 winners. Pierre Bowen opened the scoring, and then Daryl Unsworth made it 2-0 as Burnley began to wilt.
It was all over when Jack Pemberton struck, leaving leading scorer Daryl Cope to finish the job with a fourth goal.
Digmoor Res stormed into the second round of the Liverpool Intermediate Cup with a fantastic 8-0 victory at Walton Athletic,
Jamie King hit a hat-trick, Alex Stoddard got two, while Greg Hudson, Martin Bullen and an own goal sealed Walton’s fate.
The Digmoor senior team crashed out of the Liverpool Junior Cup, losing 4-3 on penalties to South Liverpool Res after the sides had drawn 2-2.
The Northern Cup produced heavy defeats for two of Wigan’s sides. Wigan Rovers Res crashed 7-1 at Pinewood from Southport, while Liverpool outfit Liobians slammed Farnworth Town 6-1.
In the Garswood Trophies Premier Division leaders Winstanley St Aidan’s were held to a 3-3 draw at Hindley Town,
Martin Thomas got two for the Saints with substitute John Catterall adding a third, while Kieron Wright, Rob Connolly and Grant Hurst netted for Town.
Gidlow Athletic went goal crazy, winning 6-2 at Atherton Royal with Billy Halsall and Gary Kenyon getting two apiece.
Pemberton, who are having an excellent season, saw off AFC Scholes 4-1 with Damon Martland scoring twice, while Standish St Wilf’s beat Shevington by the odd goal in three in a fiercely-contested local derby.
Leigh Rangers defeated Ince Central 4-2 with goals from Liam Johnson, Mick Edwards, Scot Mulcrow and Chad Drake, with Lee Collier and Ian Gaskell netting for the losers.
Newburgh Harrock United outpointed near neighbours Bickerstaffe 3-2 to move into a challenging position in the table.
In a much reduced Crystlalleisurerwear.co.uk Division One programme, Belair beat lowly Foundry 4-1 despite playing for the best part of an hour with only ten men.
Belair’s scorers were Nigel Robinson, Martin Corry, Liam Duffy and Paul Veall, with Lee Fiendley replying for Foundry.
AFC Tyldesley got back to winning ways as Standish St Wilf’s were beaten 3-1, while Goose Green United edged out neighbours St Jude’s 2-1 thanks to strikes from Simon Walls and Daryl King. An own goal put St Jude’s on the score sheet.
Wigan Rovers’ good run came to an end as they lost 3-1 at home to Leigh Legion, with Craig Hardman notching two for the visitors.
North West Gas and Solar Heating Division Two saw Lowton Rams win 3-2 at Cart and Horses with Ian Knowles netting twice and Tom Scot once, while Jon Higgins and Corey Grogan netted for the Astley outfit.
Leigh Rangers Res just got the better of Pemberton Res 2-1, while it rained goals at Punchbowl where the home side and Up Holland shared the spoils 4-4.
The leaders of Northgate Vehicle Hire Division Three Atherton George were made to work hard to beat lowly Hurlston Hall 5-3. David Jackson scored twice for the top dogs with Rob Knowles doing the same for Hall.
Ince Central Res are in second spot but again had to work hard to edge out Billinge Community 2-1. Andy Moseley and Jamie Bennett scored for Ince, with Lee Grundy replying.
Bottom side Landgate Springs, who are still without a win, fought well but lost out 4-2 to Gidlow Res.
Ashton Villa are coming up on the rails and had a brilliant 4-1 win at well-placed Skelmersdale Celtic with Gaz Smith netting yet another hat-trick. The first round Laithwaite Shield game, sponsored by Barratt Homes, saw Winstanley Warriors beat AFC Waterside 4-3 after extra-time.
South Lancs Counties League
KNOWSLEY South retained top spot in the Premier Division despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Orrell Otters on Sunday.
Knowsley took the lead with a strike by Paul Hines, but Mike Price equalised.
North Star came from 1-0 down to beat Leigh Centurions 7-3. Sam Denton hit a hat-trick, with Danny Gurhy (2), Chris Taylor and Obi Kiering also on target for North Star.
A second-half goal by sub Phil Parry saw Penlake beat Wigan Cosmos 1-0.
Twice Halsall took the lead against Aspull with goals by Dave Mawdesley and Alex Grysedale. However, a brace by Dean Gaster allowed Aspull to level it at 2-2.
There were no goals in the first half between Horwich St Mary’s and Highfield Grange, but seven were scored in the second with Grange scoring five to Saints’ two.
Grange made it 3-0 but Mike Cowburn struck a brace to give St Mary’s a chance.
However, two late goals saw Grange home. Jamie Harrison (3), Andy Shawcross and Mike Fairhurst were the marksmen for Grange.
In Division One, Ashton Villa and Horwich St Mary’s shared 10 goals in a goal fest at Laithwaite Park.
The point moves Villa off the bottom of the division as Tom Leyland struck a hat-trick, with Chris Sykes and Carl Murphy also on target.
Shaun Coop (2), Jordan Coop, Matt Needey and Ryan Blow replied for the Saints.
Whitley take over the dubious position of bottom after losing 6-1 against Up Holland. Shaun Atkinson (2), Miguel Dillon, Steve Oakley, Shaun Wilkins and Mike Spicer scored for Up Holland, with Dean Smith replying.
Despite going behind, Digmoor ran out 7-2 winners against Orrell Sorrento with Alex Stoddern scoring a hat-trick and brother Dave scoring a brace. Ian White and Paul Rooney were also on target for Digmoor, who moved to the top of the table with this win.
St Cuthbert’s moved into second spot after coming from behind to beat previous leaders, Knowsley South Res, 3-1. Liam Abbott gave Knowsley a 1-0 interval lead but second-half goals by Scot Unsworth, Josh Winstanley and Darryl Lowery saw the Saints home.
Garswood United made it eight wins from eight matches with a 7-1 success against bottom club, Orwell. Chris Francis and Graham McCall each scored a brace, with Danny Walsh, Danny Clark and Jonathan Parkinson also on target.
Olympic Athletic came from 1-0 down to win 4-2 against Up Holland Res. Richie Cunningham, Phil Atkinson, Ronnie Gaudie and John Perry were the marksmen.
Joe Green and Lewis Treacy replied for Up Holland Res.
Goose Green Res are in second place after a 2-1 win at Bryn Park. Damien Hurst gave Green a 1-0 lead but Shaun Leyland equalised, before Mike Aspey hit the winner.
Forefield Rangers ran out 1-0 winners against Ince Utd.
In the Houghton Cup first round, Up Holland Rangers and A Morris FC fought out a 1-1 draw before Up Holland Rangers won the penalty shoot-out. Tom Heaton had given A Morris a second half lead but then Dan Crompton equalised from the spot.
In the Under-18s Youth Division, Golborne Sports came from 2-0 down to beat Redgate Rovers 3-2. Oliver Hibbert (2) and Daniel Petrie netted.
Highfield Grange moved into the Lancs FA U-18s Cup last 16 with a convincing 11-1 win against Bury Juniors.
Grange took an early lead but were pegged back as Bury converted.
After that it was one way traffic as Ben Conway struck four goals and Rob Winrow a brace, accounting for six of the Grange goals.
Youth Under-17s leaders Ashton Town came away from Town Green with a 4-1 victory.
And second-placed Ashton Athletic retained their 100% record with a 3-2 win against Standish Panthers.
Barry Baker struck a hat-trick as Bickerstaffe beat Ashton Town Youth 10-1.
Wigan Amateur League [October 27]:
LAITHWAITE SHIELD ROUND ONE SPONSORED BY BARRATT HOMES: AFC Scholes v Ashton Villa AFC Tyldesley v Shevington Bickerstaffe Res v Hindley Town Res Billinge Comm v Atherton George Boars Head v Winstanley Cherrybrok v Leigh Ph Foundry v Landgate Gidlow v Aspull Goose Green v Wigan Rov Ince Cent Res v Digmoor Pemberton v Leigh Rang Pemberton Res v AH Punchbowl v Belair Skelmersdale Celt v Lowton St Judes v Cart and Horses Up Holland v Gidlow Res Winstanley Res v Sporting Leigh
LAITHWAITE SHIELD ROUND TWO SPONSORED BY BARRATT HOMES: Digmoor Res v Ince Cent Hindley Town v Leigh Legion Hurlston v Farnworth Ormskirk v Newburgh GARSWOOD TROPHIES PREMIER DIVISION: Standish v Bickerstaffe
CRYSTALLEISUREWEAR.CO.UK DIVISION ONE: Ince v Standish Res
NORTHWEST GAS AND SOLAR HEATING DIVISION TWO: Wigan Rov Res v Foundry Res
NORTHGATE VEHICLE HIRE DIVISION THREE: Black Bull v Waterside
South Lancs Counties League [October 28]:
Aspull Juniors v North Star; Golborne Parkside v Penlake; Highfield Grange v Goose Green; Orrell Otters v Horwich St Mary’s; Wigan Cosmos v Halsall.
Academy Sports v Horwich St Mary’s Res.; Leigh Genesis v Up Holland; Marus Bridge v Digmoor; Up Holland Rangers v St Cuthbert’s; Whitley v Orrell Sorrento.
Chequer Lane v Aspull Juniors Res; Goose Green Res,. v Orwell; Parklands v Ince Utd; Standish Park Rangers v Olympic; Up Holland Res v Forefield Rangers.
A Morris FC v PNC Athletic; AFC Rainford v Lower Ince; Digmoor Res v Wargrave Rovers; Martland Mill v Leigh Rovers; Ormskirk Royals v Mitch. St Cuthbert’s Res v Hindley Green.
Youth Under 17s Division:
Ashton Town U17s v Billinge Jnrs U17s; Bickerstaffe v Ashton Athletic; Horwich St Mary’s U17s v Ashton Town Yth; Town Green Ath v Standish Panthers.
The Graham Tague Memorial U18s Youth Division:
Ecc & Heskin v Ashton Town U18s; Redgate Rovers v Billinge Jnrs U18s; Southport Yth v Highfield Grange U18s.