LANCASHIRE AMATEUR LEAGUE: Duo battle for top honours
10:00am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
OLD Boltonians and Castle Hill continued to set the pace in the Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division.
Old Bolts lead the way on goal difference, their 2-0 win at a Tottington United side which had also won their first two games taking their goal tally to 12 scored and none conceded.
Darren Dalton beat the onrushing goalkeeper for the opener and Robert Taylor got the second with a close-range shot after a deft piece of skill from a corner.
Ben Wells set Castle Hill on their way to a 3-0 home win when he followed up a parried shot for a tap-in.
A Taylor Gildea header doubled the lead before Barry Wilcox struck.
Little Lever, who lost their opening two games by a single goal, got off the mark with a 3-1 home win over Rochdale St Clements.
The visitors led before the break, and the Mytham Road men levelled 10 minutes into the second half with a goal courtesy of the three Bingham brothers, Craig finding Andy who crossed for Scott to convert.
When Phil Regan was fouled off the ball in the box four minutes from time, Matt Woods put Little Lever ahead from the spot, and Regan kept up his remarkable scoring record as a striker with the third two minutes from time.
“Phil played up front when we were kids so I put him there to give us a bit of a presence,” said new boss Lee Buckley.
Howe Bridge Mills moved up to fifth with a battling 2-1 win at Failsworth Dynamos.
Two headed goals direct from corners by Peter Monks put them in control.
And they also owed their victory to keeper Dan Ridings who pulled off a magnificent save a minute from time.
Horwich Victoria remain bottom and without a point after a 4-2 defeat at Bury GSOB, Neil Corbett scoring with a 30-yard free kick and Adam Skelly heading home a corner late on after being 4-0 down.
In the Manchester League Premier Division, Hindsford drew 2-2 at Springhead.
Rico Stewart scored twice in a hard-fought match to ensure Hindsford came away with a point and remain unbeaten in their opening three games.
In Division One, Atherton Town cruised to a 3-0 victory over Wilmslow Albion.
Hensley Mills opened the scoring in the first half with a neat finish and Lee Birchall and Mills rounded off the scoring.