LANCASHIRE LEAGUE: Castle Hill ease their way to convincing win
CASTLE Hill manager Rob Rostron has called on his team to show they have what it takes to last the title pace in a tough run coming up.
The Tonge Moor men remain second in the Premier Division after a 9-2 victory over Rossendale Amateurs.
Jason Perry helped himself to five, Ben Wells grabbed two and Rob Walsh and Carl Henry got Hill’s others.
Rostron said: “We now have three big games against Rochdale St Clements, Bury GSOB and Prestwich who are all good sides.
“That will tell us if we have the credentials to stay up there. But it has been a good season for us so far, and I owe a lot of that to my assistant Conrad Henry who is doing a great job for the club on and off the field.
“He’s putting his heart and soul into it and is very motivational, and he’s a big reason we are doing well.”
Castle Hill are still four points behind Old Boltonians who produced another class performance to beat one of the better sides in the division, Failsworth Dynamos, 3-1 away.
After going behind to a cross which deceived the keeper, Lee Worswick whipped in a good free kick and Matt McClellan showed lightning reactions to control and fire home.
The hard-fought encounter remained at stalemate until Kyle Rose put Old Bolts in front with a stunning half volley from Nick Holt’s cross 20 minutes from time.
And the Bolton side, who are unbeaten in their opening 10 games, sealed the points five minutes from time when Sean Rushton crossed for Rob Taylor to convert at the second attempt after the home keeper fumbled.
Manager Julian Stevens said: “We showed good resilience against an in-form team and then played well to get on top in the second half.”
Horwich Victoria climbed further away from the relegation zone with their second win of the season, a resounding 4-1 success at Old Blackburnians.
Striker Luke Skelly put Horwich ahead when he rifled home from a tight angle after 20 minutes, and Danny Rawlinson headed in from close range during a goalmouth scramble five minutes later.
The home side pulled one back 10 minutes after the break, but Skelly restored the two-goal lead on 70 minutes after his brother, Adam, had been fouled, and Sean James completed the scoring on 88 minutes.
Little Lever’s seven-match unbeaten was ended by Bury GSOB’s 2-0 victory at Mytham Road.
“It was always going to be the first goal that decided it,” said Little Lever manager Lee Buckley.
“They got it with a penalty about 10 minutes into the second half and then caught us on the break near the end.
“The good thing was you could see the disappointment in the eyes of our players at the end.
“That showed they want it, so now we’ve got to go on another run.”
Howe Bridge Mills suffered their fourth straight defeat with a 3-0 reverse at Rochdale St Clements.
But it could have been different had efforts by Martin Parkinson and Tom Heath gone in instead of hitting the woodwork when they were in control at 1-0 down for 30 minutes either side of half time.