MANCHESTER LEAGUE: AVRO scalp a real scalp for Hindsford
HINDSFORD manager Lee Bennett believes Saturday’s 1-0 Gilgryst Cup win against holders and Premier Division leaders AVRO could be a big psychological blow when they return to league action next weekend.
After a shock 9-4 hammering at AFC Monton a week earlier, Bennett was back on the touchline to see his side through to the last eight at the expense of cup holders AVRO.
It was a predictably tight affair between the league’s top two until Rico Stewart latched on to substitute David Moreno’s well-timed through ball to settle the tie.
Bennett said: “It was a great response to what happened at Monton and the lads were really up for it.
“In difficult conditions it was end-to-end as you would expect with two strong sides.
“But we got the goal and it was a good finish from Rico.
“Hopefully, it will be a big confidence-booster ahead of a massive league game on Saturday at Stockport Georgians, who are just a point behind us.”
Breightmet United secured passage in the Murray Trophy with an impressive 2-0 win at Division One rivals Hollinwood.
Second-half goals from Kurt Farlow and Gary McShane sealed the win in conditions United boss Simon Wilcox described as dreadful.
Playing against a strong wind in the first half at Chapel Road, Breightmet did well to keep the scores level.
They broke the deadlock on 70 minutes when Farlow tried his luck from 25 yards and the wind caught hold of the ball to give the home stopper no chance of reaching it.
Farlow turned provider inside the last 10 minutes to double the advantage with some quick thinking from a free kick. While the hosts argued the decision, Farlow fed McShane to score Breightmet’s second.
Wilcox praised the team for their effort, though conceded it was not one of their better displays.
He said: “It was a good win for us because it is always hard at Hollinwood and they don’t lose many at home.
“The conditions were dreadful; the wind played a big part.
“It was that strong that keepers were seeing clearances blow back to them without reaching halfway.
“We did well to keep it 0-0 at half time and then worked hard to get the goals with the wind.
“It wasn’t our best performance, but we won and away from home we have been struggling so hopefully that will kick us on.
“Again we had six players aged under 20 in the side and while the performance wasn’t the best, I couldn’t fault the effort and work-rate.”
While Breightmet got through to the last eight, Leigh Athletic were dumped out by AFC Bury, who won 5-1 at Leigh Sports Village.
It was a day to forget for Leigh, who levelled through Jack Kenny at 1-1 before conceding four more.
Manager Colin Pickering said: “We were very poor on the day. We went behind and got level when Jack Kenny went around their keeper, who had to be substituted after being knocked out in the build-up.
“We then fell to pieces and were well beaten. We have to just put it behind us now because we have a big derby against Atherton Town on Saturday.”