Five Things We Learned - w/e Saturday 14th April 2018

Mon 16th April 2018 | General
By Ian Templeman

Great form from Gate

Squires Gate consolidated their position at the top of the current form table in the Premier Division with a 2-0 win at Ashton Athletic on Saturday.

It's now six wins out of seven for Andy Clarkson's men, and the travails from early in the season when they were bottom of the league after losing their first eight games have long been banished from memory.

Now sitting comfortably in ninth place, and with five of their last seven games at home, their end of season finishing position is likely to be one that no one would have predicted back in the autumn.

Straight eight for Heys

Analysis of the last week for Prestwich Heys reveals that the number eight has significance for two reasons.

On Saturday Heys rounded off a busy week with an 8-1 at home to Stockport Town, taking their total to 11 goals in the three games they played.

What's interesting though is that the 11 goals were shared among eight different players, with John Main scoring a hat trick on Saturday, Alfie Belcher scoring twice, and six other players all chipping in with one each.

Saturday's game completed a run of 10 games in 25 days for Heys, eight (that number again) of which were won, which has set them up for a strong finish to the season, and with firepower throughout the ranks, they look good for hitting the back of the net plenty more times in the coming weeks.

Never say die from Cheadle

Cheadle ended a run of eight games without a win when they emerged with a 4-3 victory from a trip down to Eccleshall - but that was only part of the story.

With seven minutes remaining Town were 3-1 down, but it was game on when Thomas Ratican pulled a goal back, and then Jake Ambrose struck twice in the last four minutes to grab victory from the jaws of defeat.

Results may not have been to their liking of late, but there's obviously no lack of fighting spirit in the camp.

Purps on a roll

Another form team that on a good run at the moment are City of Liverpool, who racked up another win at Barnoldswick Town on Saturday.

From 5th March up to last Saturday's game, the Purps have crammed in 11 games and have lost any of them, recording seven wins and four draws. What's more, seven of those games were away from home, making the statistics all the better.

They now sit fifth in the table, and with games in hand on those above and with the current momentum they have, you wouldn't bet against them being higher by the time the season ends.

Merry Millers

In the space of a couple of days, New Mills managed to put a spoke in the wheel of two Division One promotion contenders, Prestwich Heys and Whitchurch Alport.

A 2-1 win over Heys on Thursday was followed by an even more impressive 4-1 win over Alport on Saturday, good results by any standards against teams that have been in good form and sit in third and fourth place in the table.

It's not been the best of seasons for the Millers, but those two results suggest that they will be finishing the campaign on the front foot.


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