Second half goals from Dan Christie and Phil Yuille saw Whaley Bridge and Linotype CHN share the points in a 1-1 draw. The point leaves Linotype 5 points behind top spot Knutsford with three games in hand over their closest rivals.
Knutsford fought back from 1-0 down to beat Sandbach United 3-2 after Anthony Owo had given Sandbach the lead. First half goals from Sean Lynch Dave Owens and Tom Rutter gave Knutsford a 3-1 lead at the break but a further goal from Josh Lane showed Sandbach intended to fight to the end.
Denton Town secured a 4-1 home win over Billinge, while Crewe continued their run of form beating Styal 3-1 through goals from Carl Everall, Nathan Southern and Synowicz. Styals goal was scored by Joe Knight. The win puts Crewe level on points with second place Linotype, having played a game more, behind on goal difference.
Rylands can count themselves a little unfortunate not to pick up anything from their fixture against the reigning champions, Garswood United. After dominating possession for long periods of the second half, they were unable to break down a resolute Garswood defence and a first half headed goal was added to in injury time by a penalty kick after Gaz Finch was adjudged to have fouled Thomas as the visitors broke away.
Rylands started sluggishly and Garswood almost opened the scoring after three minutes when Bell headed well wide when well placed in the Rylands area. Moments later, Mike Southern forced a save from McCall in the Garswood goal with an angled drive.
Garswood were rewarded for a positive start when they took the lead after just six minutes when Clarke headed home unchallenged from a Danny Francis free kick.
The home side responded well and the Garswood keeper was forced to push away a drive from Southern before Joel Brownhill curled an effort just over the crossbar, while at the other end Andy Moor smothered a shot from Clarke.
The second period saw a much more determined display from Rylands when Southern and Jennings combined to send Brownhill into the penalty area only for his goal bound effort to be blocked by Bell. However Garswood were still creating chances and Tom Gibson cleared off the line from Clarke as the game began to open up.
Alex Lowe fired a shot wide before Brownhill was just unable to connect with a Jennings cross as Rylands enjoyed the majority of possession. Garswood were always dangerous on the break though and Moor saved really well from Clarke to keep Rylands in the game.
Despite constant pressure, Rylands were unable to break through and deep into injury time Finch was adjudged to have brought down Clarke. Bell dispatched the resultant spot kick with virtually the last kick of the game to make it 2-0 to Garswood.
Middlewich Town shared the points with local rivals Lostock Gralam as the sides drew 2-2, while Egerton beat Golborne Sports 3-2 at home. First half goals from Mike Evans and Josh Rowley gave Egerton a 2-0 cushion at the break but a comeback from Golborne saw Anthony Smith score twice to bring the away side back level. A lapse in concentration allowed Egerton to capitalise and secure the victory through a goal from Gary Gordon.
Congleton Vale moved back into pole position as they beat Grappenhall Sports 4-1 away. Jordan Erdmann gave Congleton an early lead from the penalty spot which was soon doubled by Danny Exley. Second half goals from Tom Meacham and Carl McCurries secured the points for Congleton who now sit a point clear of Malpas having played two games more.
Penlake secured a comfortable 3-1 over Maine Road Reserves which moves them up to fifth in the table, with two games in hand over Grappenhall Sports who are two games ahead. Dave Owens gave Penlake the lead in the 5th minute from the penalty spot.
Maine Road drew level on the half hour mark when a good move started from an Alex Stadnicki throw. After receiving the ball back from Tom Keyworth, Stadnicki squared the ball to Nick Osbourne whose first touch created some space outside the box. The long range shot was saved by the keeper but he let the ball slip through his hands into the net for 1-1.
As the half drew to a close Penlake scored twice in a matter of minutes through Alex Griesdale and Andreas Georgiou to give the home side the advantage at the break. Despite both sides having chances in the second half, neither were able to convert and the score remained at 3-1.
JA Walton Challenge Cup
Wednesday night saw Grappenhall Sports travel to local rivals Warrington Town Reserves to battle it out in the group stages of the JA Walton Cup, previous encounters between the two sides have always been close affairs and this was no different,
Warrington started with the greater possession but Grappenhall looked very dangerous on the break. The first real chance came when Jordan Rigby was played in and the Warrington keeper made a smart low save. That was a warning as the Rigby was played in again soon after and slotted past the on rushing keeper for 1-0. The first half maintained a similar pattern with Grappenhall having the better chances as Dan Sisson and Odi Koubemba both came close inside the Warrington box.
Warrington came out quickly in the second half and made it 1-1 after 52 minutes when Chris Bandell slotted home. Grappenhall responded well and were back in front in the 63rd minute when a superb Odi Koubemba free kick was headed home by David France.
However Warrington refused to be beaten and were back on level terms 5 minutes later when Bandell made it 2-2 after pouncing on a scuffed clearance from the Grappenhall defence. Towards the end of the game Warrington were awarded a penalty and could have stolen the points but Jody Lewis in the Grappenhall net made a smart save to keep the sides level. Warrington followed up their midweek derby with a 2-0 home defeat in group three, they now sit in third place on 8 points, but having played a game more than their rivals.
In group four, Tarporley Victoria and Daten shared the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw after Sean Bennett had given Daten a 2-0 lead at the break. Second half goals from Carl Smith and Adam Williams saw Tarporley turn the tables and take the lead but a last minute winner, deep into injury time from Daten goal keeper Brett Balac saw Daten rescue a point at the death.
West Didsbury & Chorlton continued their climb up the table, moving into sixth place after beating Irlam Reserves 5-1 at home. Enyoma Chilaka was on the score sheet again as he bagged a hat trick, while Rhys Bailey-Morton and Tom Webb also hit home on a successful day out.
Witton Albion Reserves climbed up to eighth after beating Ashton Town Reserves 6-2 at home. Ryan Read (2) Simien Babayemi, Dan King, Jack Johnson and Samson Gabriel all scored for Witton.
It was a successful week for Cheadle Town Reserves as they bounced back from a 4-1 midweek defeat by Mersey Valley, to beat high flying FC Woodford 4-2 away on Saturday securing their first league victory of the season.
Mersey Valley and Moore United battled it out as the two bottom sides shared the points in an entertaining 3-3 draw. Moore had the better of the opening chances and were unlucky not to take the lead when a mix up at the back for Mersey Valley gifts the ball to Moores John Darbyshire but his chip falls safely into the goal keepers hands.
Mersey Valley took the lead against the run of play on the half hour mark when Moore failed to clear their lines and the ball from Rory McDonald ricochets off player/manager Willott and into the net for 1-1. However, their lead was short lived as Holt found Darbyshire free at the back post and his heavy touch sent the ball crashing into the net.
A minute later and Moore looked to have taken the lead but Farnadi was offside and the goal was disallowed. This gave Mersey Valley the kick they needed and they were soon in the lead when Moore failed to deal with a free kick and it was poked home for 2-1.
The next goal saw Mersey Valley take a 3-1 lead in the 51st minute as a quick free kick was taken by James Liversedge and Kyle Denton knocked it past the Moore keeper to extend their lead.
Shortly after the hour mark a Holt free kick was nodded down by Kyle Gallagher for Willetts to poke home from two yards out, making in 3-2.
With five minutes remaining Moore were awarded a penalty when the ball was handled by a Mersey Valley defender. Sean Willott smashed the ball against the post but the referee awarded a re-take due to encroachment. Farnadi made no mistake from the spot as he hit home to rescue a point for Moore United.
Reserve Division One
Styal continued their run of form as they beat Whaley Bridge 1-0 and inflicted their first league defeat of the season. Jack Roberts scored the only goal in Styals third consecutive league victory.
Billinge also impressed as they secured their first league win of the season in emphatic style, beating Middlewich Town 6-0 at home. Billinge went ahead from the penalty spot in the 18th minute as Jon Redmond hit home after Ryan Knowles was fouled in the box. 5 minutes later, Mike Forsyth made it 2-0 with a well taken goal after some good build up play from Duffy and Redmond.
Redmond got his second when Higgins slotted the ball through the Middlewich defence to his feet and he finished well, making it 3-0 going into the break.
In the second half, Billinge applied more pressure to the young Middlewich outfit and were rewarded when Redmond completed his hat trick in the 55th minute. Higgins added a fifth soon after, which beat the keeper at the near post. However, the goal of the match came from Redmond who picked the ball up just inside the Middlewich half, looked up and saw the keeper off his line, before hitting a shot which crashed into the top corner of the net for 6-0.
Gamesley secured a 2-0 home win over Rylands, while Garswood United beat Daten 3-1.
Greenalls PSO beat local rivals Eagle Sports 1-0 through a goal from Daniel Wilcock, while goals from Jordan Thompson and Danny Grandison earned Linotype CHN a point as they drew 2-2 at home with Poynton.
Reserve Division Two
Pilkington returned to winning form as they beat Wythenshawe Town 6-2 at home, while Knutsford A kept up the pressure on the league leaders after beating Golborne Sports 4-0.
Cuddington also bounced back from defeat as they beat West Didsbury & Chorlton 4-2 at home, while Egerton stormed to a 10-1 victory away at Moore United.
Goals from Oliver Hailes, Ben Parry and Alex Hughes (2) helped Malpas to a 4-2 win at home against Sandbach United, while Denton Town won 3-2 away at Rudheath Social.
Report: Kat Davey
Images: Neil Southern
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