PRESSURE KEPT ON BY CABLES
PRESCOT Cables grabbed a crucial 3-1 away win at Clitheroe as they kept up the pressure on South Shields and Scarborough Athletic at the top of the table.
Chris Almond opened the scoring for Prescot, with an unmarked header direct from a corner.
Kurt Willoughby missed a penalty on 28 minutes for Clitheroe but Alex Newby made amends one minute later after springing the offside trap.
Josh Klein-Davies restored the lead after his shot deflected outrageously over the keeper, and the pace continued in the second half with Lloyd Dean setting Almond free to grab his second and Prescot’s third on 51 minutes. Willoughby hit the post two minutes later but it was to be the away side’s day as they maintained the lead until the end.
Elsewhere in the top four, there was a thrilling match between Bamber Bridge and Ossett Town as Brig eventually triumphed 3-2.
Gerard Garner opened the scoring for Bamber Bridge on 23 minutes, volleying home, before Ossett equalised, with Isaac Assenso firing home.
After the break, Macauley Wilson put the home side ahead again, converting a penalty after Regan Linney had been brought down, and Brad Carsley made it 3-1 just past the hour mark.
Martin Pembleton pulled one back for the Reds but Brig survived a few late scares to seal the points. The other Ossett side,
Albion, shared the points with Droylsden after a 3-3 cracker at Queen’s Terrace.
Aidan Chippendale scored two goals of quality to give the home side the lead, the first of which was created by Declan Dawson’s delightful through ball and the second was much the same – this time Adam Priestley assisting.
Sefton Gonzales then converted a penalty to get Droylsden back in it, Priestley made it 3-1 on 60 minutes but Dominic Smith brought it back to 32 and Gonzales’ 88th-minute header claimed the draw.
Glossop and Trafford are just six points apart in the table after a tight game ended up 1-1.
Aaron Burns put Trafford ahead just 18 minutes in, but Adam Jones’ perfectly-angled header into the far corner on 71 minutes meant the points were shared.
Brighouse Town and Hyde United also drew 11 after the Tigers had led for most of the game.
It was a Janni Lipka through ball to Marcus Marshall that proved crucial in the opener, and in the second half Town had most of the play before Adam Field headed in Iwan Heeley’s corner.
Town also lost Aaron Martin late on, the striker shown a red card by Peter Walker in the fourth minute of added time.
At the top of the division South Shields kept up the pace with
Scarborough Athletic as they smashed their way to a 5-1 win over Mossley.
Liam Ellis had given the away side a surprise lead in the first half but a Gavin Cogdon hat-trick plus goals for Carl Finnigan and Julio Arca swept aside the opposition in a one-sided second half.
Tadcaster Albion were also big winners away at Skelmersdale United, notching a 3-1 victory.
Peter Davidson opened the scoring on 20 minutes and Andrew Milne doubled it before Joshua Wardle pulled one back, but Joseph Pugh struck 15 minutes from time.
Atherton and Goole drew 1-1, Colwyn Bay beat Radcliffe 3-0 and Matthew Morgan’s injurytime goal saw Colne defeat Ramsbottom 1-0.