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The BSF Over 35s Football League managed to reduce the backlog of matches on Sunday by completing four Sam Ashworth Trophy games and half a dozen league matches.

Wigan Town and Horwich St Mary’s eventually played their much delayed Sam Ashworth Trophy second round game and second Division Horwich triumphed 8-2 against their fourth Division opponents and will now be at home to Royal Farnworth Vets in the third round on a date to be arranged. Dean Ainscow and Mark Cowburn scored for the home side, but were blown away by a Mike Cowburn double plus goals by Paul Yates, Jay Clarke, Michael O’Rouke, Dan Purnell and Chris Tonge for Horwich.

Three third round games in the same competition saw Division 1 leaders Rochdale Sports progress thanks to Daz Smith brace and one apiece from Paul Sykes and Andy Clegg for a 4-0 home win over Division 4 high-flyers Heaton Casuals.

Radcliffe Town of Division 2 went out 2-5 at home to top Division Salford Victoria. Brendon Kimmins and Grant Chapple scored for Radcliffe Town, but Carl O’Mally (2), Allan Houghton, Lee McNamara and Richard Jackson goals gave the visitors victory.

Radcliffe Old Boys A beat Barr Hill 3-0 in the other Trophy match which was reported to be an unsavoury affair with two visiting players being sent off amid accusations of racial abuse and a police presence.

In League Division One, Lee Murgatroyd scored two as Greg Richardson and Dion Alphonso added one each for Bar Lane Bowling Club, but these proved insufficient as Russell Fox netted a hat-trick while Arron McCarthy and Lee Whiteley scored to give Queen Lizzy a 5-4 victory.

AFC Dobbies A faced Salford Waggon who started four points below them, but Waggon made up ground and have a game in hand. Steve Taylor scored for Dobbies, but Rob Faiyaz, Peter Lock and James McGranagan were on hand to give Salford the points.

One game in Division Two resulted in a 3-1 home victory for fourth placed Turton Vets against Old Bolts in third place who are still eleven points ahead. Darren Holt scored two and Gary Burns one while Morgan Barlow scored for Old Bolts.

Division Three had two convincing away wins with neither of the home sides finding the net. Mark Owen (2) and Paul Bentley scored for leaders Radcliffe Old Boys B to put them three points ahead of Bolton Wyresdale who kept up the pressure by scoring six at The Lever Arms who are struggling with just one point from their eight matches. Mark Grundy led the scoring with a couple of goals while Ric Fielding, Neil Davis, Wez Booth and Dale Newbrook each scored one.

Only one goal separated the teams in a Division Four thriller, but despite Tony Dunn (2), Ian Warburton and Steve Erskine netting for P.F. Bury, they were undone by a Peter Carson brace and one each from Martin Walker and Dennis Hilton to give Atherton Town the points.

Results for Sunday 17th February 2019

Sam Ashworth Trophy Round 2:
Wigan Town 2 Horwich St Mary’s 8.

Sam Ashworth Trophy Round 3
Radcliffe Old Boys A 3 Barhill Vets 0            Radcliffe Town 2 Salford Victoria 5            Rochdale Sports Club 4 Heaton Casuals 0.

League Division 1:
Bar Lane Bowling Club 4 Queen Lizzy 5                               AFC Dobbies A 1 Salford Waggon 3.
League Division 2
Turton Vets 3 Old Bolts 1.
League Division 3
The Lever Arms Vets 0 Bolton Wyresdale 6                              Tavern FC 0 Radcliffe Old Boys B 3.
League Division 4
 P.F. Bury 4 Atherton Town 5.