NWCFL Round Up: 11/03/2017

Premier Division

Runcorn Town 2-1 Atherton Colleries

A Craig Cairns double helped Runcorn Town defeat top-of-the-league Atherton Colleries to blow the title race wide open.

Rory Gorman initially opened the scoring in the 64th minute following a goalless first half.

Their lead lasted less than 60 seconds, however – Cairns grabbing the equaliser almost immediately after the opener.

With three quarters of the game gone Cairns scored the winner to give Town their third win in their last six games.

Abbey Hey 3-2 Squires Gate

We visit Abbey Hey on Tuesday night and they will be in good spirits following a victory over Squires Gate.

An early goal from Rio Murray was cancelled out as Joseph Noblet scored early in the second half.

After Abbey Hey regained the lead through Jonathan Hardy, Squires Gate replied with Tarran Moxon equalising.

James Moore’s finished the game with 79th minute goal to bag the three points.

1874 Northwich 1-4 Runcorn Linnets

Michael Ellison’s Linnets thrashed 10-man 1874 Northwich by four goals to one.

With ’74 on top following Jason Carey’s 11th minute goal, they were reduced to 10-men when Lee Jones was dismissed after two bookable offences.

This allowed Linnets to take control of the game, and they scored twice before the interval to give them the advantage in the tie.

Linnets went on to score twice in the last five minutes of the game, goals coming from Freddie Potter, Kristian Holt, Stuart Wellstead and Zachery Aley for the win.

Barnton 0-3 West Didsbury & Chorlton

A Nicolaos Evangelions double helped WD&C to a 3-0 win over Barnton

With his goals coming in the 67th and 73rd minute respectively, on top of Saul Henderson’s opener, Barnton suffered their third defeat in six.

Other scores included: 

Congleton Town 2-2 Padiham

New Mills 2-1 Winsford United

Hanley Town 3-0 Cammell Laird

First Division

Litherland REMYCA 2-3 Charnock Richard

Andy Westwell’s Charnock Richard gave themselves a huge opportunity to finish at the top of league after beating league leaders Litherland REMYCA 3-2.

The result not only puts them in the playoff places, but means should they win their games in hand they will go top.

Goals from Ashley Young, Spencer Bibby and Jonathan Hession proved to be enough to beat the league leaders Litherland.

Colin Quirk and Colin McDonald both scored for the REMY, but it wasn’t enough and the chasing pack are now beginning to smell blood behind the team in first place.

Whitchurch Alport 3-0 Bacup Borough

Two goals from Simon Everall aided Alport in a 3-0 victory at Yockings Park.

Paul Hudson’s 90th minute goal sealed the win, and keeps Alport within touching distance of top spot.

Ashton Town 0-2 Prestwich Heys

Heys chances of promotion were handed a massive boost after beating bottom side Ashton Town.

Jamie Baguley and Michael Itela’s goals sealed the win, and with a massive six games in hand, Heys could go further than just promotion.

Alsager Town 2-1 Cheadle Town

We witnessed Alsager’s 2-2 draw away to St Helens Town on Thursday night, with two last minute goals swinging the tie back and forth.

Wayne Brotherton’s side managed to hold on to a 2-1 this time out, with goals from Dave Harry and Mark Grice being the difference.

Justin Pickering made the tie interesting for the last few minutes with his 75th minute strike.

Alsager managed to hold on and pick up three points which saw them rise to 5th in the table.

If they would have held on on Thursday night, however, they would now be 4th – just five points off top.

Daisy Hill 3-3 Sandbach United

Promotion hopefuls Sandbach United were held to a draw in a six-goal thriller at New Sirs – even though they were 3-0 up.

An outstanding comeback from Daisy Hill with an Ashley Stott brace either side of Michael Gervin’s strike denied Sandbach three points.

Dereece Gardner scored twice within five minutes late in the second half to extend United’s lead following Ryan Allcock’s opener eight minutes in.

The result keeps Sandbach in sixth place, just two clear of Widnes in seventh who have two games in hand over Sandbach.

Other scores included:

AFC Blackpool 2-2 Stockport Town

FC Oswestry Town 2-1 Carlisle City

Holker Old Boys vs. St Helens Town was postponed after the pitch failed inspection due to water-logging.