DAISY Hill manager Brian Hart hailed the character of his team after they twice fought back to take a point from a 3-3 draw at AFC Darwen in the North West Counties First Division North.

After falling behind on 14 minutes, Daisy equalised through Jamie Ramwell midway through the half.

Two goals in as many minutes by Darwen’s Niall Ellis – completing a first-half hat-trick – put the hosts 3-1 up at half time. But two goals by Jacob Ridings, taking his tally for the season to 15, on 75 and 81 minutes, saw them return home with a point for their efforts.

And Hart told the North West Counties League: “I was disappointed with us giving away a soft penalty. Happy to get back into the game, only for two individual errors giving them a 3-1 half-time lead.

“Second half we managed to pass it better. Our keeper made a great save which spurred us on and two good finishes from Ramwell and Ridings earned us a point. We showed good character to get something from the game.”

The Daisies now sit eighth in the table ahead of tonight’s game at Steeton.

Atherton LR came from behind to win 3-1 at Bacup Borough, climbing above their hosts into 17th place in the process.

Anthony Hall put Bacup ahead four minutes in and they led at the break but second-half goals from Nathan Strong (two) and Connor Comber gave them victory.

And manager Mark Robinson says the aim now is to produce consistency in their performances, telling the league: “The much-needed three points were well-deserved and despite difficult conditions shows what we can achieve when we play as a team in the way they have been coached.

“Too many individual performances of late have been counterproductive to what we want from the team. We need to use this as a platform to build from and get some consistency in performance levels again.”

Eagley’s resurgence in the First Division of the West Lancashire League continued with a 3-1 win at home to Kendal County.

Bailey Wallace, pictured right, put the Eagles ahead and their lead was doubled with an own goal 20 minutes in. Although Kendal pulled a goal back on the half-hour mark, Jack Cowan made sure of victory with Eagley’s third goal five minutes from time.

Oli Clarke’s side may have exited the President’s Cup last month and three games have been postponed but with maximum points from their league fixtures they sit 11th in the table.

Elsewhere in the First Division, Stoneclough stay second in the table after a 2-1 win at home to bottom side Haslingden St Mary’s with Jay Mannion and Ben Marshall getting the goals, while Horwich St Mary’s Victoria drew 1-1 at home to Askam United, Jordan Prescott producing an 80th-minute equaliser for Horwich.

In the Premier Division, second-placed Tempest United lost ground on leaders Fulwood Amateurs as they drew 1-1 with Euxton Villa, the team in third. Jordan Shorthouse was Tempest’s goalscorer but Fulwood extended the gap at the top to seven points with a 5-1 win against Burscough Richmond.

There were defeats for Turton, 3-0 at Coppull United, and CMB, who were beaten 5-0 at Blackpool Wren Rovers.

In the Manchester League Premier Division, Bolton County’s three-game winning run came to an end with a 2-1 loss at Dukinfield Town, Carl Airey their goalscorer.

Despite a victory at the weekend, Atherton Town surrendered top spot in Division One, with Elton Vale taking over on goal difference. Atherton beat hosts Uppermill 2-1, coming from a goal down at half time with 10 men after a red card for Matt Jackson, Jordan Lloyd grabbing both goals.

Elton Vale now lead the table following an 8-1 thumping of bottom team Leigh Athletic, Atherton having played two games more.

With no win since the end of November in the league, Bolton Lads and Girls Club are ninth, after a 3-0 home defeat by East Manchester.

Bolton United maintained their one-point lead at the top of Division Two with a 2-0 home win against Hindsford reserves, who finished the game with 10 men. Shakil Abdullah and Abu Kamara were the goalscorers for United, who stay ahead of AFC Monton but they have played three more games than their nearest rivals.

At the bottom of the table, Astley and Tyldesley were beaten 3-0 at home by Wythenshawe Amateurs reserve team.

Old Boltonians continue to stutter at the top of the Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division.

Steve Eccleshare’s side lost 1-0 at home to Valley United to make it one point from the last three matches and Failsworth Dynamos closed the gap to two points with an emphatic 12-1 win at Thornleigh.

Little Lever took their fifth win in six games, beating Prestwich 4-2. Man-of-the-match Josh Hill scored two goals with Ryan Talbot and Blaze O’Brien also on target for Little Lever, who are up to eighth in the table.

Kieron Raynor scored for Bolton Wyresdale but it was not enough to prevent a 3-1 defeat at Chaddertonians, a result that leaves them 11th.

In Division One, Blackrod Town suffered a 7-1 loss at Tottington United and Horwich RMI lost 3-1 at Little Lever’s reserves.