Saturday saw games in the Isuzu FA Vase, and all three divisions of the League. We look back on all the action from across the weekend.
The Isuzu FA Vase took centre stage this weekend with 28 times involving our sides. The action began on Friday evening with Stafford Town bowing out to an 86 minute winner at Hinckley, Chandler Pegg with the only goal of the game in a 1-0 nil win.
Onto Saturday and the biggest win of the day was 6-0 at Cheadle Heath Nomads, although unfortunately for them it was visitor's Winterton Rangers who progressed. A Josh Walker double in the first half was added to by an own goal at the start of the second half, and further goals from Dan Walker, Ryan Douglas and Luke Anderson saw the NCEL side through.
Three other games saw six goals with Longridge town picking up the best win for our sides as they won 4-2 at Northallerton Town. A Scott Harries goal was cancelled out by Micky Rae on 58 minutes before a devastating nine minute spell saw Longridge add three more goals. Paul Turner got two and Jack Arrowsmith the other, and despite Rae getting his second, it proved a consolation.
Hereford Lads Club, who were facing NWCFL opposition for the first time, went ahead through Adam Newbury after three minutes, but a Louis Downs hat-trick turned the game around for Eccleshall. Adam Hockey pulled one back from the spot with another from Newbury equalising. With no further goals it went to penalties with Eccleshall winning 3-2 from the spot.
It was a topsy turvy game at Horden Community Welfare who were also facing NWCFL sides for the first time. Jack Maskell gave them the lead over Steeton before Luke Baldwin and Tobias Jeffrey turned things around. David Doughty levelled just before the break and then put Horden ahead with five minutes to go. Benjamin Wignall levelled for Steeton, but it was the home side who won on penalties 3-2.
There were also penalties at four other games. Cammell Laird 1907 where Retford led through Alex Wonham's goal. Ben Wood equalised three minutes from time, and it was Lairds who won 3-1 on penalties. Just down the road, Vauxhall Motors opened the scoring on 18 minutes through Michael Burkey with Dominic Riordan levelling for former NWCFL side Emley just before the break. With no further goals it was Emley who progressed 4-1 on penalties.
Squires Gate twice came from behind two draw 2-2 at West Allotment Celtic. Two Mehack Kanda goals put them ahead twice with Rowan Chambers and Gary Pett levelling for Gate. It was Gate who won 6-5 on penalties. The final penalties game saw Francesco Frangillo put Maine Road ahead with Thomas Brennon levelling for Penistone Church. And it was Penistone who went through with a 4-3 penalty win.
There were five all NWCFL ties. Barnoldswick Town won 3-0 at AFC Blackpool with first half goals from Ben Ashton, Andrew Hill and Gareth Hill proving enough. Holker Old Boys had a superb 1-0 win at Padiham, Nathan Reid with the only goal 12 minutes from time. And Bacup Borough beat Stockport Town by the same scoreline, Toby Wright's goal coming in the 5th minute of stoppage time!
FC Isle of Man progessed with a 3-1 win over Lower Breck. Two goals from Chris Bass bookmarked one from Jamie Menagh, with Sam Caine hitting the third with 11 minutes to go. Litherland REMYCA fell behind to a Nathan Nickeas goal for Charnock Richard after half hour, but goals from Johnny Foy, Paul Foy and Ewan Catt within the first 15 minutes of the second half swung the game their way. Brad Carsley pulled one back with a minute to go but it proved in vain.
Brocton had a fine 3-0 win away at Cradley Town, with Regan Smith, Connor Haddaway and Cameron Osborne seeing them safely through. Darwen FC are also through although they had to wait, with goals from Sandro Da Costa and Joe Almond in the last 12 minutes giving them a 2-0 win over Handsworth.
FC St Helens' debut match in the competition saw them take a two goal lead in at the break thanks to goals from Joe Barker and Liam Houghton. Tyler Bell pulled one back for visitors Rossington Main but it wasnt enough.
Kendal have had an up and down season, but goals from Steven Yawson, Daniel Hammond and Finley Lynch saw them three goals ahead against Guisborough Town. A Cole Kiernan penalty six minutes from Town proved a consolation in a 3-1 win for Kendal. West Didsbury & Chorlton had a 2-1 win over Nostell Miners Welfare, Lewis Boyd and Ben Elliott seeing them on their way, Towheed Ahmed pulling one back two minutes from time.
Cheadle Town are also through after a 3-2 victory over Maltby Main. They twice led through Callum McGlynn and Patrick Davin only for Alister Haydock and an Aaron Sennett-Neilson to restore parity. However McGlynn's second of the game saw them through.
Rocester put up a good fight at Ashby Ivanhoe, but second half goals from Macauley Holmes and Daniel Quinn saw them progress. Former NWCFL side Golcar United went ahead at Barnton through Kayle Price with Freddy Garbutt levelling. It was Golcar who went through though with Daniel Naidole scoring 20 minutes into the second half.
Eccleshill United won 2-0 at Cleator Moor Celtic, goals from Joel Silva and
Takua Jitsukawa inside four first half minutes proving enough. Irlam fell behind to goals from Keelan Grist and Alhassane Keita at Frickley Athletic, with a John Main goal just after the half hour the only reply, Frickly hanging on for a 2-1 win. That was also the scoreline at South Liverpool where Hallam were victorious, Owen Hough's goal not enough with Liam Roylas and Scott Ruthven on target for the visitors.
Two goals from Scott Phillips and one for Kevan Kahoussi saw Brigg Town win 3-0 at New Mills. Alsager Town also conceded three with Josh Parsons, Chris Mayuba and Dylan Parker scoring for Racing Club Warwick, Johmari Hyatt's equaliser proving a consolation. The final game saw Brad Welding score the only goal as Tividale beat Abbey Hulton United 1-0.
Wythenshawe Town made it eight wins from eight league games with a 2-0 win at Avro. After Benito Lowe's 8th minute goal, Wythenshawe had to wait until four minutes from time when Gregory Wilkinson added a second. They are ten points behind leaders Vauxhall Motors but have four games in hand.
Congleton Town warmed up for next weekend's big FA Cup game with a 2-0 win at Winsford United. Lewis Short scored after 14 minutes with Arron Johns securing the win in the very first minute of the second half.
Tom Douglas' 78th minute goal was enough for AFC Liverpool to beat Bury AFC, that being the Reds ninth win from twelve league games. Prestwich Heys also won 1-0 at home to Ashton Athletic, but they had to wait with Adam Farrell's goal coming three minutes into stoppage time.
Northwich Victoria beat Burscough 3-1 in the other game, Matthew Dudley, Ryan Jackson and Harvey Whyte putting them three ahead with Edward Servuts netting a last minute consolation for the Linnets.
There were just two games in the First Division North with a rollercoaster of a game at New Sirs. Connor Hughes put Daisy Hill ahead after just six minutes with Ben Clarkson levelling for Ilkley Town on 20 minutes. Jordan Lazenbury then put Daisy back ahead just after the half hour with a Tom Smith penalty levelling the scores again. Nathan Hunt then put Ilkley ahead on 44 minutes, and after a pulsating first half, that's how it stayed.
Runcorn Town picked up a huge three points with a 2-1 win over Atherton LR. A Kevin Pollard goal after just five minutes was equalised three minutes into first half stoppage time by Brandon Dawson. However a Jack Coop goal on 66 minutes put Runcorn back ahead and that's how it ended.
There was just one games in the First Division South and it saw leaders Wythenshawe Amateurs extend their lead at the top after a 5-0 win over Ashville. Bryan Ly put them on their way with Joe Bevan and Jake Pollard adding two more before the break. Bevan got his second 25 minutes into the second half with Sam Dickov making it five just two minutes later. That's nine wins from eleven games for Wythenshawe now.