REVIEW: Bank Holiday madness with all NWCFL sides in action

Tue 27th August 2019 | Match Reviews
By Craig Kendall

Less than 48 hours after Saturday's action, football returned to the NWCFL on Bank Holiday Monday with 30 intriguing and exciting matches - and they did not disappoint. (Main photograph by Judie Tingle)

In the NWCFL Premier Division, Rylands and Whitchurch Alport continued their impressive start to the season, with narrow wins for both, 2-1 over Ashton Athletic and a slender 3-2 win away at Skelmersdale United respectively - Jud Ellis the hero for Luke Goddard's side netting a hat-trick.

The biggest winners of the day came at Northwich Victoria as 186 fans saw Steve Wilkes side put eight passed Litherland REMYCA without reply - Robert Doran and Sam Pilkington both bagging braces.

Brian Pritchard saw his Congleton Town side battle to the bitter end, a Bevan Burey 90th minute winner saw his side come from behind against Winsford United winning 4-3.

1874 Northwich had a real battle on their hands away at Runcorn Town but eventually ran out 3-2 winners, Scott McGowan netting an 82nd-minute penalty.

Longridge Town stayed fourth in the standings after their 3-1 win away at Hanley Town, whilst Irlam lie just one place below them after a 2-0 away victory at Padiham - Karl Cassell and Marcus Perry with the second-half goals.

Bootle made it back-to-back wins with a 4-1 win against Burscough - who are now up to eighth after a slow start to the season whilst Avro secured their first win of the season, a 3-1 win away at Charnock Richard.

The only draw of the afternoon came at Barnoldswick Town as Ryan Charley scored in the 93rd minute for Squires Gate - their first draw of the season.

In the First Division North, Lower Breck made it two 5-1 wins in two days as they beat St Helens Town in front of 176 whilst Ashton Town secured a 2-0 victory away at second-bottom Pilkington to stay second.

Shelley, Prestwich Heys, and Daisy Hill all secured wins, beating Steeton 5-2, AFC Liverpool 1-0 and AFC Darwen 4-1 respectively.

To round off a great day for the teams in the top half of the table, Nelson, Atherton LR and Golcar United all won. Jack Coop bagged a brace for Andy Harrison's side at Cleator Moor Celtic, whilst a slender 1-0 win against AFC Blackpool for the side from Crilly Park saw them maintain seventh and a very impressive 544 witnessed a super derby at Emley AFC as the Connor brothers saw a 4-1 win for their side.

Two first-half goals for Garstang saw an away win at Holker Old Boys for the managerless side.

Lastly, Brent Peters has his side firing on all cylinders as Bacup Borough won for the second time this Bank Holiday weekend as Joel Gnabouyou netted a 94th minute winner against Chadderton - making the 14 mile journey home all smiles.

The First Division South saw the top two sides pitted against each other as FC Oswestry Town hosted league leaders Vauxhall Motors. On a difficult afternoon in the heat, Matt Burton's sides ran out 2-1 winners - a win which levelled the sides on points but Motors stayed on top with a superior goal difference.

Wythenshawe Town put seven passed Cheadle Town without reply - Aaron Dwyer collecting the match ball - his first goals of the season.

West Didsbury & Chorlton kept up their unbeaten run, winning 1-0 away at Barnton, whilst a late Matthew Thomas goal kept up Stone Old Alleynians form with a 1-0 win away at Sandbach United.

Whilst Abbey Hey won 2-0 against Stockport Town and Cammell Laird 1907 were 4-2 winners over St Martins - Luke Blondel kept up his scoring form with a brace and Alsager Town came from behind away at Cheadle Heath Nomads to secure a 2-1 win.

Abbey Hulton United scored twice late on in their 2-0 win away at winless Ellesmere Rangers, and fellow strugglers New Mills also lost 3-0 to Eccleshall.

And lastly, Maine Road and Wythenshawe Amateurs drew their swords but could only manager a one-all draw with 154 onlooking.

And that concludes the Bank Holiday action. Want more we hear you ask?! Wait only until Wednesday night when the action returns when Longridge Town and Charnock Richard battle it out in their Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay - 7:45 pm kick-off.


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