Weekend Round Up - Saturday 7th January 2017

Sun 8th January 2017 | General
By Ian Templeman

An outstanding win in the Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round for Atherton Collieries, and a change of leaders at the top of the Premier Division, were the headline talking points from the first fixtures of 2017 at the weekend.

In the FA Vase, Atherton Collieries delivered one of the most outstanding results of the club’s history, winning 4-1 at reigning Northern League champions Shildon.

After going a goal down, Colls scored four times without reply in the last half hour, with Ben Hardcastle, Mark Battersby, Daniel Lafferty and Jordan Cover all on target, and Colls now take their place in the last 16 of the competition for the first time in their history.

In the Premier Division, Runcorn Town started the day as league leaders, but with their game at Nelson postponed, Bootle took the chance to leapfrog into the pole position with a 2-0 win at Congleton Town.

Two goals from on fire striker Ryan Cox proved to be decisive for the Bucks who are now two points clear at the top.

1874 Northwich moved into fourth place with a 1-0 home win over Ashton Athletic, the decisive goal from Tom Bailey six minutes from time, and Runcorn Linnets dropped into fifth place after losing 2-5 at home to Hanley Town in a game that was goalless until just after half time. Sean Mountford scored twice for the visitors.

Padiham kept up their remarkable winning run in the league with a 3-2 home win over Irlam, Kieron Pickup scoring the winner three minutes from time, after the Storks had initially established a 2-0 lead.

In an entertaining game at the Abbey Stadium, Rio Murray and Connor Martin gave Abbey Hey a two goal lead over AFC Liverpool, who were back on level terms midway through the second half through two goals from Jack Leamey. But Jonathon Mafolo struck an 85th minute winner for the home side.  

Two goals from Nic Evangelinos helped West Didsbury & Chorlton to a 4-3 win over New Mills at Brookburn Road, and Barnoldswick Town shared a 1-1 draw with Maine Road thanks to a late equaliser from Zack Dale.

Barnton kept up their recent good form to bag another three points with a 1-0 home win over AFC Darwen, Ryan Malone scoring on the hour for Steve Lloyd’s men.

Goals in each half from Seydou Bamba and Brett Dawson ensured a 2-0 home win for Squires Gate over bottom club Cammell Laird 1907.

In the First Division Whitchurch Alport remain at the top despite being held to a 3-3 draw in a thriller at Cheadle Town. Two goals from Mike Blundell had helped Alport establish a 3-2 lead that they held until Thabiso Magida earned a point for Cheadle with an 87th minute equaliser.

Free scoring City of Liverpool FC returned to goalscoring form with an emphatic 6-2 win at home to AFC Blackpool, Tom Peterson and John Connolly both scoring twice in a win that moved them into second place, three points behind Alport.

Charnock Richard remain third but lost ground on the top two after going down 1-0 at home to Litherland REMYCA, for whom Colin McDonald scored the only goal of the game in the 37th minute at Mossie Park.

REMYCA stay in fourth place, two points ahead of Alsager Town who won 3-1 at Chadderton. Jonnathan Kapead, Taylor Attrell and Michael Lennon were on target for the Bullets.

Sandbach United occupy the final play off place, Josh Lane’s 51st minute goals securing the points in the 1-0 home win over Atherton LR.

Widnes kept up their hopes of a play off place with a 3-1 win over Carlisle City at the Select Security Stadium. River Humphreys, Luke Edwards and Kevin Towey were on target for Joey Dunn’s side.

Two goals from Chris Wademan and one from Joshua Eastwood gave Silsden a three goals lead inside 35 minutes at home to Prestwich Heys, but two goals in the last ten minutes from Jamie Baguley and Jacob Wood restored some respectability to the score for the visitors.

Two goals from Luke Edwards set St Helens Town on the way to a 4-2 win at home to Holker Old Boys, and Stockport Town recovered from last week’s 10-0 defeat to City of Liverpool with a far more respectable goalless draw at FC Oswestry Town.

In the clash of the bottom two, a last minute goal from Eccleshall’s Oliver Dunne ensured a share of the points in a 3-3 draw at Ashton Town.