It promised to be a great weekend of action and we are only half way through it! Yesterday saw a number of games that would have potentially had a major effect on the top and bottom of each division and that proved to be correct, as by the end of the day the leaders of all three divisions had changed!
Starting with the Premier Division, it looked straightforward at Congleton where top faced bottom as Ashton Athletic visited the Cheshire Silk 106.7 Stadium but it was anything but as Chris Bandell put the visitors ahead just before half time. Tom Pope levelled on 70 minutes only for Josh Nicholson to restore Ashton’s lead on 77 minutes, a goal that proved to be the winner lifting them off the bottom and saw The Bears slip to third by the end of the day.
Wythenshawe Town came from behind twice in their game against Lower Breck to run out 3-2 winners on the day, goals from Steve Hewitt, Joel Bembo and Deane Smalley on the 89th minute giving them the win and sending them top. Wythenshawe are closely followed by Macclesfield who gained a decent win on the road at Barnoldswick. The Silkmen went ahead on the 19th minute with a goal from Tom Clare, followed by a second goal bagged by Aaron Dwyer. However it wasn’t to be a comfortable win at the Silentnight Stadium as Barlick’ pulled a goal back on 42 minutes from Gareth Hill to make the second half a tense affair. Macclesfield held on though and are just behind Wythenshawe in second.
At the opposite end of the table, Litherland Remyca’s poor start continued as they were turned over 0-3 by Squires Gate at Litherland Sports Park. Goals from Saad Mekkaoui, Dean Ing and Max Rogers doing the damage, sending The Remy to the bottom of the table and propelling Squired Gate up to thirteenth. Vauxhall Motors seem to have found second gear in recent performances and they continued to climb up the table yesterday, bolstered by a decent looking 1-0 home win over Skelmersdale United. The only goal of the game coming from Jack Kelly on 71 minutes.
Also upwardly mobile are Prestwich Heys who got their first win of the season with a 4-1 home win over Winsford United. Niall Sultan got the ball rolling with a goal on 15 minutes followed by a second scored by Jack Coop on 38 minutes. Heys looked impressive throughout and extended their lead in the second half with goals from Oscar Campbell on 65 minutes and Tony Hall three minutes in to added time. Winsford’s 87th minute penalty scored by Jack Duckworth proved only to be a consolation.
Not much separated Irlam and Runcorn Town in the table and that showed yesterday as both sides played out a 2-2 draw at the RG3 Digital Stadium. Indeed, Town only secured a point courtesy of an equaliser from Craig Cairns deep into added time.
AFC Liverpool keep the pressure on the leaders with a 2-1 home win over Longridge Town. A brace from Danny Cockerline either side of a Scott Harries goal for the visitors saw the Reds home with the three points. Just ahead of AFC Liverpool are Northwich Victoria, they kept their good start going with a 2-1 home win over Padiham. The visiting Storks had gone ahead on 29 minutes courtesy of a Marcus Perry goal. However, two penalties from Matt Birchall on 45 and 56 minutes gave The Trickies the lead, and ultimately the win that keeps them nicely positioned in the top six.
The other game of the day saw Avro finish the day in fourth, courtesy of an impressive 3-2 home win over Charnock Richard. Goals from Bailey Sloane, Danny Byrnes and Oumar Camera gave Avro the three points and helped the leap-frog their opponents.
Monday sees another busy set of fixtures that could see a pack breaking away depending on results.