Knutsford returned to the top of the table as they finished 3-2 winners over Rudheath Social. Sean Lynch scored twice with a further goal from Tom Rutter to secure the win. Knutsford seemed to be cruising at half time as they took a 2-0 lead into the break but an impressive come back from Rudheath made for an exciting end to the game. Knutsford now sit three points clear of second place Linotype CHN having played three more games than their closest rivals.
Garswood United remain in sixth spot as they shared the points with Poynton in a 2-2 draw, while Styal beat Whaley Bridge 2-1 thanks to a Scott McGowan brace and Sandbach United moved up to ninth as they beat Gamesley 2-0 at home.
JB Parker Cup
Linotype CHN progress to the semi finals of the cup as they beat Greenalls PSO 4-1 away from home. Jordan Goodeve and Leon Grandison grabbed a brace each for Linotype, while Greenalls goal came from Lee Vaughan.
Grappenhall Sports and Penlake shared the spoils as they drew 3-3 in an entertaining game. Penlake opened the scoring in the 5th minute through Dean Curtis only for Jordan Rigby to pull Grappenhall level before the break.
Anthony Whelan made it 2-1 for Penlake shortly after the restart, before Rigby hit home again, this time from the penalty spot to make it 2-2. Five minutes later and Darrell Hale put Penlake 3-2 in front, only for Grappenhall to come back with the goal of the game when Dan Sisson completed an impressive one two with Jordan Rigby before slotting home from the edge of the box.
Malpas sneaked a 1-0 win away at Golborne Sports to go top of the table. Both sides did well on a very heavy pitch and it was Golborne who had the better opening exchanges as they looked to continue their improved run of form. When Malpas did get the ball they struggled to keep hold of it and this was the pattern of play for the first twenty minutes although the odd break showed the Malpas forwards would cause problems with their pace.
As the half moved on Malpas did start to find space as the home side ran out of ideas to break down the back line and this saw Andy Morris with Alex Hughes start to run at the home defence creating space to work the ball. Hughes had three snap shots held well by the Golborne keeper. As the game moved on, a tactical change saw Morris move into the hole leaving Hughes right front and this paid off on 41 minutes. Richard Sadler out fought the Golborne winger to move the ball forward picking up Andy Morris who burst into the box and slid the ball home for the lead. Golborne pushed hard and really deserved a point from the game but Malpas held firm to secure all three points.
Maine Road Reserves pulled off the ultimate comeback as they came from 3-1 down to scored three times in the last ten minutes and beat Lostock Gralam 4-3.
Lostock took the lead early on when a mix up at the back between Jack Shiels and and Maine Road keeper Lewis Fielding allowed Callum Priestly to nip in between the two and head the bouncing ball neatly over Fielding’s head.
Lostock did well to break up the play but Maine Road grabbed an equaliser in the 20th minute when a quick throw from Connor Kilcullen to Nick Osbourne slipped to Sam Barnett into space inside the box, with the shot not available, Barnett layed the ball back to the outside of the box and despite an awkward bobble Tom Keyworth struck the ball well to beat the keeper inside the post.
Lostock responded well and two goals from Sam Wakefield in six minutes saw them take a 3-1 lead into the break which looked to settle the game down.
Maine Road increased the pressure second half as they looked to take control of the possession, they pushed forward but were unable to break through in the final third. The first real chance of the second half fell to Mike Burke when he was put through by captain Zach Gatward, but as he went one on one with the keeper he was forced to shoot into the side netting.
Against the run of play, Lostock had a chance of a fourth when substitute Mike Clarke hit a shot goal ward bound but defender Kilcullen cleared off the line.
With ten minutes remaining, player/manager Chris Hirst set Aaron Woodman up behind the Lostock defence and with a confident finish he fired the ball across goal in to the far top corner for 3-2. Two minutes later and Lostock caught Maine Road on the counter attach and another goal line clearance this time from Alex Stadnicki ensured the deficit stayed at one.
In the 83rd minute Osbourne put Burke through and a cool finish inside the keepers near post to put Maine Road back on level terms and set up an entertaining end to the game. Maine Road had their tails up and all the momentum and with three minutes left on the clock they threw everything forward. Sam Barnett sent Mike Burke away up front but James Dean saved well but could only parry the ball to the edge of the box where Hirst was waiting to smash the ball home to steal all three points for Maine Road with a last gasp winner.
FC Woodford shared the points with Irlam Reserves in a 2-2 draw with Greg Mathers scoring both.
Reserve Division One
Whaley Bridge made it ten games unbeaten as they beat current champions Greenalls PSO 2-1 at home to go seven points clear at the top of the table. Tom Scorer scored both goals for Whaley, while Greenalls goal came from Ben Warder.
Poynton remain in second place with two games in hand following their 1-0 defeat at home against Garswood United, while fifth place Styal won 3-1 away at Rylands through goals from Sean Nolan, Troy Hayden and Joe Cooper.
Daten remain in mid table as they beat Middlewich Town 2-0 away from home, Jake Elwell and Dave Kellett with the goals.
Reserve Division Cup
Eagle Sports move into second in group two as they drew 0-0 at home against Grappenhall Sports and their opponents sit in fourth, a point behind with a game in hand.
Linotype CHN move to the top of group four as they beat second place Egerton 5-1 at home. Damian Braichas and Tom Cleary both scored twice and Jack Taylor also hit home for Linotype.
Reserve League Two
It was the day of the under dogs as bottom side Malpas secured their second win of the season after beating league leaders Pilkington 5-3. Chris Ingall scored an impressive four goals with Chris Towers adding the fifth.
Denton Town continued their run of form as they moved up to fourth after disposing of Moore United 8-2 at home, while Knutsford A beat Cuddington 4-2 away to retain second spot.
Words: Kat Davey
Images: George Cheetham