HORWICH men's first team pulled off a fine 3-1 home victory over sixth-placed Formby third team in the North West League Division Four North.

The in-form visitors had thrashed Horwich in the reverse fixture, and drew first blood when they took advantage of sloppy defending.

Third-bottom Horwich hit straight back, equalising five minutes later when Andy Robertson blasted home from a short corner.

Relentless pressure brought the second five minutes later when David Whiteside drilled the ball into the visitors' D where Tony Sanderson pounced to slip it past the keeper.

Resilient defending kept the Formby attack at bay in the second half, with Connor Cliffe, in particular, outstanding when the visitors won three short corners in quick succession.

And Horwich sealed victory with a subtle finish from Matthew Kirk.

Horwich second team, who are third bottom of North West League Division Six North, produced a good team performance to draw 2-2 at home to fifth-placed Fylde fourth team.

Will Aitken set up the opening goal with a defence-splitting pass for Dave Fox to score.

The visitors equalised to go in level at half time, but Horwich went ahead again when Sean Gibson and Mo Rashid linked well and Aitken provided another assist, this time for Jamie Barry, only for Fylde to have the last word in a game they found themselves on the back foot for the most part.

Horwich ladies' first team beat Bolton second team for the fourth time this season – including twice in the cup – to remain top of Greater Manchester League Division Two.

A 2-1 away victory came courtesy of goals from Becky Howarth and Jeanette Brew before Bolton pulled one back.

Howarth opened the scoring from a penalty flick awarded after two minutes when Zoe Bluer's shot was stopped by a defender's foot.

Bolton fought back hard in the second half before Bluer carried the ball from midfield to the top of the D and slotted it to Brew, who calmly pushed it into the Bolton net.