NWCFL Matchday Review 2019/20 #31

Sun 1st December 2019 | Match Reviews
By Craig Kendall

The Buildbase FA Vase Third Round took centre stage for five of our sides as this season's competition reached the final 64 teams.

Joe Brandon and Keiran Hamm second-half goals secured a win for Vauxhall Motors against a strong Northern League outfit in Newcastle Benefield.

Extra-time was needed between Congleton Town and Longridge Town after the game ended in a draw. However, after a further thirty minutes and a goal for either side, they will have to face a midweek replay after it ended 2-2.

Meanwhile, Wythenshawe Town will have to travel to Consett following their 1-1 draw at Ericstan Park.

Lower Breck exited the competition following a 5-1 loss against Hebburn Town - a valiant effort from Gary Moore's side.

In the NWCFL Premier Division, leaders 1874 Northwich were held to a goalless draw against Ashton Athletic with a superb crowd of 241.

Whilst Bootle were today's biggest winners, strolling to a 7-2 victory over Avro. 149 fans witnessed a thrilling first-half display from Joe Doran's side who were winning 5-1 at the break. Cameron Dalton and Carl Peers both bagged a brace as they moved to fourth in the standings.

Charnock Richard recorded a 4-0 win against Hanley Town - Carl Grimshaw bagged a brace, whilst Squires Gate came from behind away at Northwich Victoria - eventually winning 3-2.

Luke Noble scored the only goal of the game in Padiham's 1-0 win against Burscough, whilst Irlam's Danny Eyres late goal secured a slender 2-1 win at Runcorn Town.

Skelmersdale United ran away with the scoreline at Winsford United - winning 5-0, ending the weekend five points clear of the bottom. Meanwhile, Whitchurch Alport and Barnoldswick Town had to settle for a point-a-piece as they drew 1-1.

The weather affected just one game in the NWCFL top flight as Rylands and Litherland REMYCA was called off due to a frozen pitch.

In the First Division North, Lower Breck's lead at the top of the standings was cut to just a single point as AFC Liverpool won 2-0 away at GarstangEmley AFC are still hot on their heels after a late winner from Rob Boardman secured a 3-2 away win at Cleator Moor Celtic.

Elsewhere, AFC Darwen scored twice late on to win 3-1 against Atherton LRDaisy Hill won by the same scoreline as they hosted Pilkington, whilst St Helens Town also won 3-1 against Ashton Town.

There were eight goals at Holker Old Boys but AFC Blackpool bagged six of them in a 6-2 away win - Benedick Fishwick walking away with the match ball after netting four on a great afternoon for Martin Barid's side.

Three fixtures suffered postponements with frozen pitches at Golcar United, Shelley and Steeton.

FC Oswestry Town and Stone Old Alleynians both ended where they started the weekend in second and third respectively as they could not be separated - drawing 1-1 as games at Alsager Town and Sandbach United were called off due to frozen pitches.

Fourth-placed Abbey Hey missed their chance to leapfrog Alleynians as they could only squeeze a draw out of Wythenshawe Amateurs. 115 fans saw Amateurs lead 2-0 at the break but two quick-fire goals saw Abbey level. Martin Ivison's side looked to have secured all three points but Szymon Czubik popped up with a last-minute equaliser as they draw 3-3.

Abbey Hulton United waited until the last few minutes to secure a 2-0 win against much improved Stockport Town.

Cheadle Heath Nomads won 2-0 against New Mills, whilst Ellesmere Rangers won back to back games for the first time this season, beating West Didsbury & Chorlton 3-2 - Jack Briscoe scoring twice.

Maine Road recorded a 3-0 win over Barnton with three different scorers to ended the weekend in 11th.

The action returns on Monday evening with the first of three consecutive nights of action as Whitchurch Alport host 1874 Northwich in the NWCFL top flight, and Cheadle Town travel to Maine Road in the First Division South.

Main photograph by Morgan Robinson (@PurpledonMedia) as Atherton LR prepared for their game against AFC Darwen.

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