League leaders Atherton Collieries extended their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Division One West as Michael Clegg’s side ran riot in a 4-0 victory at the Skuna Stadium against Clitheroe.
The hosts got off to an excellent start as Gareth Peet fired home a fourth-minute penalty to start the rout. The hosts were threatening more, and more goals in the opening stages, and that persistence paid off as Jordan Cover was on hand to fire in his third goal in four games as he moves within just four goals of becoming the all-time top scorer for Atherton Collieries.
Ben Hardcastle added a third just before half-time, and notably, Hardcastle made his 250th appearance for the club, which is a fantastic achievement. Having taken a 3-0 lead into the interval, the hosts piled on the misery in the second-half as Tom Bentham piled the misery on Clitheroe with a goal in the 62nd minute to complete the rout.
Colne continued their push for the play-offs as Steve Cunningham’s side left it late in a hard-fought 1-0 victory at the Soveriegn Play Stadium. The home side were left frustrated during the 90 minutes as they created several openings, but were quite wasteful in front of goal. But, the home side remained patient, and they were rewarded in the 90th minute, when Alex Curran’s attempt was deflected into the back of the net off a Droylsden body. In terms of the result, that late, late goal could prove crucial in the context of the play-off race.
Leek Town carried on their push for the play-offs as they managed to complete a well earned 2-0 win away at Glossop Town. Two goals in four second-half minutes on the hour mark from Daniel Trickett-Smith and Rob Stevenson helped Leek Town on their way as they moved up to fourth position in the Evo-Stik Division One West.
Widnes were denied all three points at the Novus Stadium as they travelled away to Kidsgrove Athletic. The visitors controlled the game for large parts, but when central defender Daniel Ventre was given his marching orders, the home side grew into the game, and in the 81st minute, Oliver Jepson salvaged an equaliser.
Market Drayton Town left it late as they overturned a 1-0 deficit to take all three points against Chasetown at the Greensfield Sports Ground. Tom Hill gave the visitors the lead in first-half stoppage time. But, Market Drayton remained patient in the second-half as Daniel Beddows was on hand to fire in a late brace in the 74th, and the 90th minute to secure all three points for the home side.
Mossley kept their play-off hopes alive following a 1-0 victory at home to local rivals Trafford. It was a closely contested battle, but Adam Jones’ strike in the 51st minute proved to be the match winner.
Prescot Cables were rampant at Valerie Park on Saturday afternoon as they fired four past Newcastle Town in what was a dominant display from the host from start-to-finish. Baba Conte started the rout with a goal right on the stroke of half-time, but Prescot came out firing in the second-half, as Jack Lenehan, Chris Almond and Jordan Southworth completed the rout which will give Prescot plenty of confidence heading into Saturday’s match away at Chasetown.
Runcorn Linnets moved up to third position in the Evo-Stik Division One West as they completed an assured 4-0 victory over Colwyn Bay. Louis Corrigan opened up the scoring for the hosts in first-half stoppage time. But, their one-goal advatnage was multiplied as Aaron Morris and Freddie Potter made it 3-0 just over the hour-mark, before Potter grabbed his second and Runcorn’s fourth in the 90th minute to secure a fantastic victory for the home side, who take on Trafford next Saturday.