Weekend round up - w/e Saturday 1st December 2018
Sun 2nd December 2018 | General | By Ian Templeman
Four ties involving five of our clubs in the Buildbase FA Vase 3rd Round, coupled with games across all three divisions, offered another fascinating bill of fare at the weekend.
Northwich Victoria reached the last 32 of the Buildbase FA Vase with a 3-0 win over Silsden in the only tie that matched two of our teams together.
First half goals from Brandon Barski and Andrew Fitzgerald, and a late penalty from Joel Brownhill wrapped up the win for Vics, who are the only team from our league guaranteed a place in the next round.
Irlam will also be in Monday's draw but their tie against Winterton Rangers was abandoned due to floodlight failure, with a replay date set to be arranged for next week.
Our other two representatives went out of the competition, with late goals in both cases proving to be decisive.
Two goals in the last eight minutes saw Avro lose 2-0 at home to West Auckland Town, and there was an even more dramatic finish up in the North East, with Runcorn Town eventually going down 5-4 to Newcastle Benfield.
Town were 4-2 down with seven minutes remaining when two goals in as many minutes from Craig Lindfield and Danny Byrnes brought them level at 4-4, but Benfield struck a winner in stoppage to clinch a last gasp win.
There were four games in the Premier Division, and City of Liverpool extended their lead at the top to six points over Congleton Town after a 1-1 draw at home to 1874 Northwich.
Craig Cairns gave the home side a half time lead, but Scott McGowan levelled for the Greens a minute after the restart.
There was an important win at the other end of the table for Winsford United, whose 3-0 win over bottom club Abbey Hey at the St Luke's Barton Stadium moved them nine points clear of the drop zone.
William Foster, David Short and Rhys Saunders were on target for the Blues.
The other two games ended in 2-1 wins for the visiting sides, and at the LSP first half goals from Riccardo Egidi and James Boyd set Squires Gate on the way to victory over Litherland REMYCA.
Meanwhile at Potteries Park there was a dramatic finish as Donald Eumessi's second goal of the game, in the 90th minute, earned Burscough the points against Hanley Town.
The First Division North is still headed by Longridge Town, who moved six points clear of Carlisle City in second place thanks to a 6-3 win at Cleator Moor Celtic. A hat trick from Jason Hart was the highlight of the win, and the day was rounded off for Town when they learned that their nearest challengers Carlisle City had been held to a 2-2 draw at home to Nelson.
Prestwich Heys continued their good goalscoring form with a 6-0 home win over Holker Old Boys, a result that moved them in to joint third place alongside Avro. Adam Farrell and Lee Grimshaw both grabbed doubles for Heys.
Anthony Lyons scored twice in AFC Liverpool's 3-1 win at Atherton LR that moved the Reds into 6th place and kept LR at the bottom of the table, and a first half hat trick from Elliott Pond set AFC Darwen on the way to a 4-3 win at Ashton Town.
Chadderton came from behind to win 4-2 at home to Garstang, a result that moved them further away from the relegation zone, and Daisy Hill are just above the drop zone on goal difference after going down 2-1 at home to Bacup Borough.
The other two games in the division ended all square, with St Helens Town sharing a 2-2 draw with Shelley, and Steeton being held to 1-1 draw at home to Lower Breck.
Although First Division South leaders Abbey Hulton United had no game, they remain at the top of the table, although their lead has been narrowed to two points, after victories for both Rylands and Wythenshawe Town.
Jay White struck a hat trick in Rylands' 7-0 win over Ellesmere Rangers, and Lee Gregory, Brad Byrne, Steven Yarwood and Benjamin Steer all hit the back of the net at Alsager Town in Wythenshawe Town's 4-1 win at Wood Park.
Jack Tomlinson's hat trick helped Stone Old Alleynians to a 4-1 win over Cammell Laird 1907, and they are now ahead of Wythenshawe Amateurs on goal difference in fourth place, after the Ammies went down 3-2 at home to Cheadle Town.
Sandbach United's recent good fork deserted them as they went down 3-1 at home to FC Oswestry Town, a result that meant Vauxhall Motors leapfrogged over them in the table, thanks to a 4-1 home win over New Mills.
Eccleshall also hit the back of the net four times, winning 4-2 against Maine Road at Pershall Park, and Callum Dolan's goal proved to be decisive in Stockport Town's 2-1 win in their derby clash against Cheadle Heath Nomads.
The picture below shows Scott McGowan of 1874 Northwich in action against City of Liverpool.
Photo courtesy of Ian Dutton.