Weekend round up - w/e Sunday 10th September 2017
Sun 10th September 2017 | General | By Ian Templeman
Two league games and a fistful of Buildbase FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round ties, spread over three days on a rain affected weekend, delivered mixed results for our clubs at the weekend.
The action kicked off in the Buildbase FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round on Friday night with a cracking game at Townfield, which ended in Stockport Town eventually winning 4-3 in a thriller against Northwich Victoria.
Town were actually leading 4-1 with less than ten minutes to go, but two late goals from Vics set up an exciting finish.
The focus then turned to Saturday, with ten of our clubs progressing and ten falling at the first hurdle in the games that survived the wet weather.
Highest scorers of the day were Charnock Richard who will fondly remember their trip across the Pennines to Selby Town, after winning 7-1, Carl Grimshaw and Mark Adams both scoring twice.
There were plenty of goals in the three all-Hallmark Security League ties that survived the wet weather. Last season's League Player of the Year Declan Fletcher scored twice in Congleton Town's 6-2 win at Squires Gate, and across the road at AFC Blackpool Tom Bailey hit a hat trick in West Didsbury & Chorlton's 6-1 win.
A ding-dong encounter at Wood Park saw Alsager Town eventually triumph 3-2 over New Mills, with the second of Oliver Jepson's goals ten minutes from time proving to be decisive.
Dan Cope scored twice for Hanley Town in their 5-1 home win over Lichfield City, as did Kyle Hancock in Silsden's 3-2 win at Chester-le-Street Town.
Carlisle City also emerged victorious from a trip to the North East with a 3-1 win at Heaton Stannington and an extra time winner from Shaun Harris secured Litherland REMYCA a 1-0 win Ashton Town at the LSP.
Two candidates for games of the day produced a total of 17 goals between them, and in both cases both our clubs progressed.
There appeared for a while to be shock on the cards on the Wirral, but 1874 Northwich eventually got the better of their West Cheshire League opponents Vauxhall Motors, winning 5-4 at the end of extra time.
All was going to plan when Adam Whitlock and Jake Parker gave 1874 a two goal lead within 19 minutes, but by the hour mark the Greens were 4-2 down. Two late goals from Kazim Waite-Jackson levelled the tie at 4-4 to deliver another 30 minutes of action and Jack Pritchard struck what proved to be the winner 12 minutes from the end.
Whitchurch Alport needed a penalty shoot out to progress at the expense of Pershore Town after the sides were tied at 4-4 after 90 and 120 minutes.
The story was a similar one to that at Vauxhall Motors with Alport goingtwo goals down early on before storming into a 4-2 lead through goals from Dean Twigg (twice), Luke Walley and Nick Marley. But the visitors scored twice to force extra time, and in the end Alport won the penalty shoot out 4-3.
Ten of our clubs exited the competition at the hands of teams from other leagues, although there were a few hard luck stories along the way.
St Helens Town were two down at half time at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare, but Joel Douglas pulled a goal back with seven minutes remaining and Town came desperately close to forcing extra time when they hit the post with virtually the last kick of the game.
Widnes conceded in the 88th minute to lose 2-1 at home to Glasshoughton Welfare, and after leading Ellistown thanks to two goals from Louis Downs, Eccleshall shipped two goals in the last 12 minutes to eventually lose 3-2.
Cammell Laird 1907 made a game of it at Maltby Main, eventually losing 4-2, and Barnoldswick Town lost 1-0 at home to Dunston UTS, who won the Vase in 2012.
Maine Road found it predictably tough going against Northern Counties East Premier Division leaders Pontefract Collieries, losing 5-1 at Brantingham Road, and for 70 minutes Holker Old Boys put up decent resistance against another NCEL Premier club Garforth Town, before losing 3-1.
Elsewhere, Parkgate beat Daisy Hill 4-0, Rossington Main also scored four in their 4-1 win over Cheadle Town, and what always looked to be a tough game away to Wolverhampton Sporting Community proved to be just that for FC Oswestry Town, who lost 6-0 in the Black Country.
On Sunday, the remaining two games took place, and AFC Liverpool set up a fascintaing tie at home to City of Liverpool in the next round with a 3-2 win at home to Athersley Recreation. Kevin Edgar, Joseph Whittington and Adam Weston from the penalty spot were on target for the Reds.
Over in Yorkshire, Abbey Hey set up a midweek replay after a 1-1 draw at Hallam. Abbey conceded a late equaliser after having led for most of the game thanks to a 4th minute opener from Adam Farrand.
Two league games survived the wet conditions, one in each division, and the game in the Premier Division saw Runcorn Town maintain their 100% record at the top of the table, with a 3-2 win at home to Burscough.
Town were in fact 2-1 down with 15 minutes to go, but Simon Thelwell's second goal of the game pulled them level and almost inevitably, August player of the Month Craig Cairns struck the winner eight minutes from time.
In the First Division, Sandbach United recorded their fourth win in five games when they beat Chadderton 4-2, with Ryan Brooke scoring twice to take him on to six goals for the season.