SATURDAY REVIEW: Action-packed afternoon full of goals
Sun 18th August 2019 | General
By Craig Kendall
29 NWCFL fixtures, 58 games, and over 100 goals - what an afternoon filled with action from up and down the region across all three of our leagues. (Main photograph by James Lobley)
We start the round-up in the NWCFL top flight as the top three sides all kept their 100% records. Five-second half goals for 1874 Northwich against Charnock Richard guided Wayne Goodison's side to a win, whilst Rylands beat Avro by the same scoreline, George Lomax and Harry Molyneux both grabbing a brace. And Joe Cuff grabbed a hat-trick and guided Whitchurch Alport to a 4-1 win over Padiham.
Probably the game of the day in the NWCFL Premier Division saw Winsford United run out 5-4 winners against Squires Gate. Sam Madeley grabbed a first-half brace and Nathan Cotterell added a third. Madeley added his third before Squires made a game of it with two quick-fire goals. Obi Anoruo added Winsford's fifth but Squires added two injury-time goals for a grandstand finish at Wharton Road.
Runcorn Town returned to winning ways as manager Paul McManus netted a first-half penalty as they ran out 2-0 over Bootle.
Barnoldswick Town won their first game of the season as James Crorken scored a second-half goal to guide Matt Barnes' side to a win against Ashton Athletic.
Longridge Town secured their second win of the season, thanks to a Finlay Sinclair-Smith brace and a Paul Turner goal, away at Congleton Town.
165-spectators witnessed Northwich Victoria win 2-0 against Skelmersdale United who are yet to win this season.
Two late goals, one for either side saw Irlam draw away 1-1 at Burscough.
Hanley Town and Litherland REMYCA ended goal less at Abbey Lane.
In the First Division North, Lower Breck maintained their status as leaders at the top of the league, as they defeated Nelson 4-1 - Stephen Milne bagging a brace.
The biggest winners in the division were St Helens Town, recording their first win of the campaign with a stunning 6-0 win against Cleator Moor Celtic.
Whilst Ashton Town leap-frogged AFC Darwen, who did not play, in a thriller against Bacup Borough. Brent Peters' side was two-nil up at the break but an inspiring half time team talk saw four goals in eleven minutes which turned the tie on its head. Town eventually ran out 5-3 winners delighting the home crowd.
AFC Blackpool finishes the weekend in the fourth league position with a two-nil win over AFC Liverpool.
Atherton LR's Connor Comber rounded off a perfect day for David Jones' side with a hat-trick against Steeton - their first win of the season.
Holker Old Boys held on against Chadderton for an important 2-1 win, whilst Emley AFC moved up to sixth in the standings after a 4-2 away win at Daisy Hill.
Golcar United's Michael Fish bagged the match ball as they ran out 5-1 winners at Garstang.
Lastly, Prestwich Heys came from behind away at Shelley to move up to ninth in the table.
Whilst in the First Division South, FC Oswestry and Vauxhall Motors continued their impressive unbeaten runs with wins over Cheadle Town and Ellesmere Rangers respectively. Matt Burton's side won 5-1, whilst Mick McGraa's team headed back along the M53 with a smile on their faces after a 2-1 late win.
An Ashley Wood's brace for West Didsbury & Chorlton kept Brad Cooke's side hot on the leader's heels with a 3-1 win away at Abbey Hey.
Cheadle Heath Nomads returned back home with a 2-0 win over Barnton, whilst a four-goal haul for Luke Blondel secured a great 4-0 win for Cammell Laird 1907 over Maine Road.
Lee Cropper grabbed a brace for Abbey Hulton United, whilst Kieran Lazenby went one better and netted a hat-trick as they ran out 5-1 winners at Stockport Town.
There were wins for Stone Old Alleynians, up to sixth win a 2-1 win over New Mills, whilst Sandbach United defeated St Martins 3-2 and Wythenshawe Town beat Eccleshall 3-0, Brad Byrne fired in a brace.
Lastly, 72 spectators saw Alsager Town and Wythenshawe Amateurs battle out a 0-0 draw.
The action returns to the NWCFL on Monday night for the first of three-nights worth of matches.