Five Things We Learned - w/e Saturday 9th September 2017

Mon 11th September 2017 | General
By Ian Templeman

Back to business for Sandbach United

It's looking like Sandbach United are getting back into last season's groove again, following a couple of early setbacks.

After making the play offs and reaching the Reusch First Division Cup final last season, the expectation was that we'd see more of the same this season, but two defeats in the opening two games meant that United were in catch up mode.

But it appears it's business as usual now for Andy Hockenhull's men, with Saturday's win over Chadderton being their fourth in five games, a result that moved them into the familiar position of the play off places.

With striker James Kirby cutting short a family holiday to come back and play (and score) in Saturday's 4-2 win, and with Ryan Brooke and Josh Lane in good scoring form, the signs are that United will once again be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Seven heaven for Charnock Richard

League or cup, home or away, it doesn't seem to matter to Charnock Richard - the goals flow and the wins keep coming, no matter the destination or the competition.

Saturday's trip across the Pennines to Selby Town saw the Mossie Park men return with a 7-1 win, keeping alive their 100% record in Vase away games, and at the same time inflicting on the Yorkshiremen their heaviest ever defeat in a competition they have competed in continuously since 1989.

Andy Westwell's men hit the ground running last season in their inaugural season in the league, and the momentum shows no sign of slowing down.

Cobbydalers keep on rolling

The irresistible force that is Silsden kept up their 100% record from the start of the season, with a 3-2 win at Chester-le-Street Town in the Vase on Saturday.

Going into the game with seven league wins out of seven under their belts, a trip up to the North East held no fears for the Cobbydalers on current form, and despite going 2-1 behind with only 16 minutes left, Danny Forrest's men turned the game around with an immediate equaliser from Mark Trueman, and Kyle Hancock's second goal of the game.

In their current mode, the Yorkshiremen will take some stopping.

Business as usual for Craig

In the superstitious world of football, a belief is often held that being presented with an award for achievements can sometimes be the forerunner to ill-fortune.

However, in the case of Runcorn Town's Craig Cairns, goalscoring comes naturally whatever the circumstances.

After being presented with the Macron Premier Division player of the month award for August before the game against Burscough on Saturday, Craig weighed in with his 12th goal of the season in the 82nd minute to seal a 3-2 win for Town and keep them clear at the top of the table.

The league's leading scorer is showing no signs of slowing down, which is bad news for opposition defences in the coming weeks.

High fives for Hanley Town

A team quietly going about their business at the moment are Hanley Town, who recorded their second successive 5-1 win in the space of a few days against Lichfield Town in the Vase on Saturday.

With a 4-3 win at Bootle also in the bag a few weeks back, a run of three successive home league games after the midweek trip to Abbey Hey, and games in hand on those above them, the chances of a top five place are looking good for the Potteries Park men.


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