Five things we learned - w/e Saturday 7th October 2017

Mon 9th October 2017 | General
By Ian Templeman

Millers get the winning habit

There's an old saying in football that a result can kick start a season, and it could be that New Mills will look back and highlight their 10-1 win over AFC Kilburn in midweek as a landmark moment.

After putting ten past their lower league opponents in the Derbyshire Senior Cup, the Millers then travelled to face a Litherland REMYCA side that had won their last eight games in a row and hadn't lost a league game all season, but two goals from Dennis Sheriff clinched a 2-1 win for the Millers, their first away win in over a year.

The challenge now for Calum Sykes's men is to keep the winning run going.

All looking bright at Abbey Hulton United

....or at least it certainly was for the first time on Tuesday evening, when the Staffordshire side played under floodlights at Birches Head Road for the first time ever, when they hosted Sandbach United.

The switching on of the new lights was another milestone in the history of the club, and the development of the facilities at the ground in such a short space of time is a credit to all at the club.  We look forward to some memorable nights under the lights in the coming years.

Away days no problem for Sandbach

Continuing on the subject of the game at Abbey Hulton on Tuesday evening, Sandbach United's 3-1 win was the latest in a good run of away form, which continued with a 4-1 win at Atherton LR on Saturday.

It's now four straight wins on the road for Andy Hockenhull's men, and in fact their only defeat on the road all season was on the opening day, when they lost 1-0 at current Division One table toppers Silsden.

The welcome mat should be laid down with some trepidation when United come calling at Division One grounds in the coming months.

First up for Town

History was made at Ruskin Drive on Saturday, when St Helens Town finally recorded a win in a competitive game at their new home for the first time.

The 3-2 win over Chadderton is another landmark in the club's long and notable history, and after a slow start to this season's campaign, everyone at the club will be hoping it's the start of better times.

West games mean goals

West Didsbury & Chorlton continued a remarkable run of high scoring games on Saturday, when they beat Squires Gate 4-2 at the Recreation Ground.

The game was West's seventh in succession that has delivered at least six goals, although the supporters who turned up on Saturday might have felt a bit short changes, as the previous three games had seven, nine and seven goals respectively!

The Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy tie against Nelson in midweek offer the next opportunity of a goal fest for the West faithful.  


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