LANCASHIRE AMATEUR LEAGUE: Skipper James Kinsler comes to Old Bolt's rescue
LEADERS Old Boltonians scored a late leveller in their top-of-the-table home clash with third-placed Old Mancunians to maintain their position at the summit of the Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division.
With second-placed Castle Hill not in action due to the postponement of their away match at Prestwich, it was left to the other sides in the top three to provide the big match-up of the day.
After a sluggish start, Julian Stevens’ Old Bolts dominated the latter part of the first half but still went into half time a goal behind.
The visitors netted from a free-kick after Old Bolts keeper Andy Hodgson handled outside the box. Within five minutes of the restart, however, the hosts were on level terms when Josh Melin got on the scoresheet.
But just three minutes later, they were behind again when a speculative 30-yarder from an Old Mancunians midfielder flew into the top corner.
Old Bolts dominated again for large periods after that but had to wait until the last 10 minutes to claim a share of the spoils when skipper James Kinsler latched on to a threaded Rob Taylor pass to make it 2-2.
Howe Bridge Mills picked up an important three points with a 2-1 win at home to Bury GSOB.
They took the lead on 25 minutes through Martin Parkinson and held on to the advantage until the interval. But 10 minutes into the second period they were pegged back to 1-1.
Howe Bridge secured maximum points, however, 15 minutes from time through Peter Monks’ strike.
Little Lever were also victorious when they recorded a 3-1 win at Old Blackburnians.
Leon Farrimond gave them the lead and it was 2-0 before half time when Matthew Woods was credited with a goal that was diverted in by a home defender.
Old Blackburnians halved the arrears early into the second half but the points were sealed when midfielder Chris Williams scored a screamer from all of 35 yards. The comfortable win lifted Little Lever into sixth place, above Bury GSOB.
It was not a happy weekend for Horwich Victoria who lost 3-1 at home to struggling Rossendale Amateurs.
The visitors went into the clash rock bottom of the premier division but took the lead when confusion reigned in the Vics defence.
A shot was cleared off the line but the defence stopped believing the ball had crossed the line but play went on and Rossendale followed up awith a near-post strike.
Ten minutes after half time, Jordan Coop scored to level the scoreline but Vics missed a good chance soon after and were made to pay.
Rossendale made it 2-1 and then hit a third on the counter attack late on to claim just their second sin of the season and haul themselves off the bottom.