WEEKEND REPORTS: West Lancs League, Manchester League, Lancashire Amateur League, Bolton Sunday League
7:20am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
WEST LANCASHIRE LEAGUE
West Lancashire Football League STEVE Fitton’s second half strike was enough to hand Turton all three points against Furness Rovers to keep up their 100 per cent home record this season.
The West Lancs Division One side had the majority of possession but didn’t create too many clear cut chances.
In a scrappy game, on a tricky surface it took a moment of quality from midfielder Fitton who collected the ball and exchanged passes with Dean Hailwood before firing a left foot half volley in off the post from just outside the penalty area.
Turton keeper Gareth Bradshawl had a relatively quiet afternoon but was alert to pull off a fine save after a moment of defensive indecision to keep a satisfying clean sheet.
Dave Hanlon made his debut as a second half substitute after rejoining the third-placed club Elsewhere, in the same division, Tony Aspin's hat-trick got Bolton County on their way to 4-1 win against Burscough Richmond.
County were 2-0 up at the break with Aspin’s brace and a further strike by Jordan Whittle, and Aspin put the icing on the cake in the 55th minute.
The win moved the newly-promoted side up to eighth.
In the top flight, Eagley continue to fly the flag with an impressive 2-0 away win at Blackpool Wren Rovers.
It was 0-0 at the break after a solid defensive display but they broke the deadlock in the 70th minute when Gary Whiteside set up Sam Parkinson to score.
The striking partnership combined again 10 minutes from time when Parkinson returned the favour for Whiteside to make it 2-0.
Tempest United were made to pay for not showing up in the second half by losing 2-0 to Fleetwood Hesketh.
Trevor Ball’s side dominated the first half but in the second half Hesketh opened the scoring on the hour mark and their frustrations were compounded when keeper Craig Tebay gave away a penalty which was converted.
Jake Pilling continued his good run with all four goals.
Despite only being 16 years old, Ollie Bretherton and Kamil Demiter were outstanding in defence.
Jamie de Sousa caused endless problems with his penetrating runs from midfield.
There were goals galore in the derby match between Stoneclough and CMB.
Janusz Heenen, Liam Ralph and Danny Wharton were on target for Stoneclough while Mike McGinlay and Craig McGinlay scored for CMB.
LANCASHIRE AMATEUR LEAGUE HOWE Bridge Mills almost let a four-goal lead slip in a seven-goal Premier League thriller with Little Lever on the first day of the season.
The Atherton men romped into a four-goal lead after just 15 minutes with two goals from Dominic Shinks, and Martin Parkinson and Elliott Beever strikes.
It was still 4-0 at the break when both teams made substitutions that made all the difference to the games.
Phil Regan, Matty Woods and Ste Barlow hit back for Little Lever and had the home side on the ropes until full-time.
“To say it was a game of two halves does not do it justice,” said Howe Bridge official Wayne Anderton.
Last season’s runners-up, Old Boltonians, got off to a comfortable start against the team which pipped them to the title last season.
Prestwich had two men sent off in the first half and the Chapeltown men took full advantage with a 3-0 victory.
Darren Dalton scored a 10th-minute tap-in and a stunning 25-yarder on 35 minutes before Sean Rushton hit a late third.
Castle Hill got off to a great start with a 2-1 win at last season’s fourth-placed finishers Rochdale St Clements.
Rochdale went ahead with a penalty on 25 minutes but the Tonge Moor men dominated and Des Wilcox levelled with a 40-yard strike before defender Sam Haughton drilled home the winner.
Horwich Victoria went two goals behind either side of half time. Sam Shone converted a penalty on 70 minutes to spark a late rally from the Horwich men.
NEW Hindsford coach Lee Bennett picked up where previous manager Barry Massey left off, guiding the Premier Division title holders to a resounding 5-1 victory at home to Wythenshawe Town in their opening fixture on Saturday.
The side has been in fine form in pre-season, beating AVRO 5-1 in the league’s equivalent of the Charity Shield the previous weekend and Horwich Town 10-1 in the Atherton Charity Cup in midweek.
Two new signings – striker Ryan Briody and centre-midfielder Rico Coulo (2) – led the charge against Wythenshawe, putting them three goals to the good in the opening half.
And while the visitors pulled one back, Briody’s strike partner Thomas Valentine and substitute forward Luke Sylvester sealed the result with a late goal apiece.
Despite the landslide, the result only ensured Hindsford third position in the table following big opening day wins for AVRO and Walshaw Sports.
BOLTON SUNDAY LEAGUE
Bolton Sunday League RESULTS Division One Cattle Market 8 (Nathen Monson 6, Lee Fitzsimmons 2) Mosesgate 3. Hulton Wanderers 1 (Jordan Dolan) Shamrock 1 (Auden Heaton). Newbury 10 (Josh Richardson, Dominic Sharples 2, Tom Jones, Sam Bradley, Ash Haslem 4 Gaz Bentley) White Lion 2 (Christain Richards 2). D Havilland 3 Gilnow 5. Great Lever 1 Darcy Lever 7.