Well what a day that was, it was a weekend that promised much as a number of fixtures were scheduled and were still in place at the start of the day. That's not easy in the current climate but Saturday 24th October will live long in the memory for goals action, eye-catching results and a rather impressive cup triumph!
In the Premier Division there were eight games ehich netted 38 goals between them! Bootle always have goals in their games when they host Squires Gate and yesterday saw five different scorers as they netted seven compared to Squires Gates Two for an impressive win for Joe Doran's side. Also bagging seven goals were Runcorn Town, they hit theirs without reply from Ashton Athletic and again had five different names on the score-sheet. Winsford United beat a hard working Litherland Remyca as they recorded an impressive 4-2 home win, Winsford have been doing well so far and they look a side to watch as the season settles, they are currently top of the table
Congleton Town are second in the table and they travelled to Avro who are traditionally a strong side at the Vestacare Arena but the visitors managed a 3-1 win on the road, assisted by a brace from Aaron Bott. Close behind Congleton are Irlam and they put in a strong performance on a pitch that put in the best performance of the day by stayinging just about playable. goals from Milan Thompson and Mwiya Malumo gave the Salfordians a 2-1 win at home.
1874 Northwich have had an intermittant start to this season but they travelled to Padiham yesterday and returned with the points following a 2-0 win at the Ruby Civil Arena. Hanley Town came back from Two goals down at Barnoldswick, Gareth Hill and Zack Dale having put Barlick Clear but three goals in quick succession from Danny Needham, Ryan Malbon and Brian Barton secured the points for Hanley which in-turn lefted them into the top six.
Northwich Victoria finished the day fourth in the table with an impressive 2-0 win at Yockings Park over Whitchurch Alport, both goals coming from Brad Lynch in the second half.
Division One North produced 21 goals across four game, Lower Breck got the better of Golcar United by the odd goal in seven despite having been two goals behind at half time, re-affirming their happy knack of travelling well.
AFC Liverpool made light work of Steeton as a Tony Lyons hat-trick was part of a 5-1 win for the Little Reds and they are showing some solid form at the moment. At The Anchor Ground, Darwen also put in a hard-working display as they got the better of Chadderton, running out 3-1 winners, a result that lifts then into the top ten. Ashton Town scored two goals in the last five minutes as they beat near rivals Daisy Hill 3-1. Other items to note from that division yesterday is that the game between Atherton LR and St Helens Town was abandoned after 50 minutes with the visitors 2-1 at the time. That game will be rescheduled for a later date.
Division One South produced 32 goals in it's seven games with Cheadle Heath Nomads catching the eye with an 8-1 away win at Eccleshall, Richie Tindall and Kieran Herbert bagging a hat-trick each as the Nomads were clinical.
Wythenshawe Town also had a decent day on the road as they ran out 5-0 winners at Abbey Hulton United, as result that put them top of the table and left Abbey Hulton in the Bottom two. Barnton missed out on the opportunity to put the pressure on Wythenshawe Town as they were beaten 4-0 at home by Abbey Hey, Ryan Waterhouse putting Abbey Hey ahead on 16 minutes followed by a goal in each half by Deane Smalley and topped off with a 90th minute effort from Tyrone Turner.
West Didsbury and Chorlton put a shift in yesterday as they comprehensively saw off Alsager Town 7-0 in front of 300 fans. Those fans saw seven different scorers if you count the unfortunate own-goal from Alsager as they climbed to sevent and left Alsager 16th with a massive dent in their previously reasdonable goal difference. West Didsbury & Chorlton's near neighbours Maine Road had no luck yesterday, they were beaten by the only goal of the game as New Mills Mason Fallon secured the points for the Derbyshire side.
Stockport Town were 3-0 winners at home over St Martins, however two of those goals were scored after the 90th minute but they all count. It finished 3-0 at Stone Old Alleynians too as goals from Jack Tomlinson, Sam Wilson and Louis Downs secured the three points against Cammell Laird 1907 that took them into the top ten in the table. That defeat sees Laird's in eleventh.
And in other news...... In case you missed it, Skelmersdale United beat Stafford Rangers 4-1 on the road in the Emirates FA Cup to not only record an impressive cup victory for Paul McNally's men but also make them the first NWCFL side to reach the first round of the FA Cup since 1996-97. Two goals apiece for Emini Adegbenro and Lloyd Ellams giving Skem their first appearance at that stage for nearly 50 years. An absolutely superb win and great performance as to their credit they were rarely troubled by Stafford. Congratulations to everyone at the club.
What a weekend, great league action, goals aplenty, mud, rain, abandonments and a hostoric FA Cup win! It's no wonder more and more people are talking about the NWCFL.