BOLTON SUNDAY LEAGUE: Cattle Market romp to Division One title
5:20am Tuesday 18th March 2014 in Other Football
CATTLE Market claimed the Division One title in the most resounding fashion possible – with a 7-0 victory at second-placed Morris Dancers.
The league leaders wrapped up the championship with two games to play thanks to hat-tricks from Lee Fitzsimmons and Matthew Carter, while Micky Bottomley also got on the scoresheet.
Victory moved them a point clear of their opponents, who have now finished their fixture programme.
It also maintained an unbreachable six-point gap over third-placed Hulton Wanderers, who won their penultimate match of the campaign 1-0 at home to D Havilland thanks to a Pat Furey goal.
Fourth-placed Newbury edged a ding-dong battle with Darcy Lever, running out 4-3 winners.
Strikes from Dom Sharples, Sam Bradley, Ash Hampson and Gaz Bentley ensured Darcy returned home empty-handed, despite further scoring performances from Kyle Bailey, Gaz Whiteside and Nat Whittle, who have all been in the goals in recent weeks.
Bottom club Great Lever fell to their 15th defeat of the season at seventh-placed Mosesgate, who won 3-0 at home following goals from David Booth, Shaun Fairington and Chris Ryan.
The Division Two title has long-since been decided, with champions Queen Anne finishing their campaign with 15 wins and one draw from their 16 matches, with a lead of 13 points over their closest rivals.
There is still plenty to play for, however, with the double a very real prospect following their 3-1 victory over Deane in the semi-final of the Open Cup.
A few matches are still to be completed in Division Two, with sixth-placed Astley Bridge playing out a 1-1 draw at home to second-bottom Brindley Arms on Sunday.