Completing a great escape
THE L and C’s interleague team staged a great escape as they kept up their hopes of reaching the next stage of the Jeff Walton Memorial Trophy.
Trailing the West Lancs League 4-0 after 55 minutes, they saw Sean Chappell (AFC Oldham) pull a goal back before teammate Callum Franklin made it 4-2.
Old Ashtonians’ James Moran set up a nerve-jangling finish with a third on 85 minutes before, in the first minute of added time, AFC Oldham’s Dom Hallam levelled the scores and took his side to the top of their group.
They can now look forward to a semi-final tie against probably the Manchester League or the Cheshire League.
In the Premier Division, Whalley Range moved to within a point of leaders Rochdalians – and with a game in hand – after beating Castleton 6-2.
Bedians saw off Moston Brook 4-2, AFC Oldham beat Chorltonians 3-1, while Newton lost 1-0 to Parrs Wood Celtic.
Division one saw Gorse Hill edge out Newton Heath 2-1, Signol Athletic beat Hooley Bridge Celtic 3-1, Moorside Rangers defeat Burnage Metro 2-1, as well as a 1-1 draw for Govan Athletic and Milton.
High Lane were 6-2 winners over Chorltonians in division two, where Ardwick beat Old Strets 7-4 and Mellor had a 3-1 win over Spurley Hey.
Parrs Wood Celtic head division three after defeating Heaton Mersey 3-1, though Deans FC beat Cheadle Hulme Villa by the same score and Hooley Bridge Celtic won 7-1 at Droylsden JFC.
Oldham Vics reached the next round of the Wray Cup with a 2-1 win over Eagle.
Division A leaders Salford Vics beat nearest challengers Old Strets 4-1, while Newton were held 2-2 by AFC Oldham.
Aldermere are eight points clear in division B after winning 3-0 at AFC Oldham, keeping them ahead of Salford Vics after their 5-2 victory at Burnage Metro.
Parrs Wood Celtic (white) lost 1-0 to Newton in the Lancashire and Cheshire League