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A much delayed BSF Over 35s Football Sam Ashworth Trophy third round match was completed on Sunday when Salford Victoria and Irlam Steel of Division One met at Irlam and Victoria, currently second in the league, reached the semi-finals by five goals to one thanks to a Tony Weall hat-trick plus goals from Allan Houghton and Mark Bailey.
Two Division 2 Cup quarter finals were one-sided affairs. Bottom side Hindley Town visited leaders Radcliffe Old Boys A and went out 4-0 as Ian Shoreman scored a hat-trick and an own goal completed the scoring, but third placed Dobbies A went to strugglers Heaton Vets and won by a remarkable fourteen goals. Lee Smith, Marvin Browne, Anthony J Healey each scored a hat-trick while Carl Lomax added two.
In a Division 1 league game, leaders Barr Hill dropped points at Bar Lane Bowling Club as they drew one apiece. Mark Sloan scored for the home side, but an own goal levelled the scores.
Tavern Vets and BLGC shared the points in a 4-4 draw. Richard McCloughlin scored a double for Tavern while John Coogan and Colin Hadfield netted one each, but a Wez Gallagher hat-trick and a Jimmy Reynolds goal earned a point of BLGC.
Three of top four in Division 3 had victories, but Dobbies B moved into second place above Home Guard Failsworth by beating them 4-1 thanks to two Dave Cosgrave goals and one each by Mark Longshaw and Mark Lonsdale. They are just one point behind leaders Horwich St Mary’s Victoria who narrowly won at home against Vulcan Vets. Sammy Cardwell (2), Daniel and Kristopher Arkwright scored for the home side while Mark Dougill, Mark Morris and Dan Wright scored for Vulcan.
The game between Radcliffe Town and Wigan Town reflected their relative league positions with Radcliffe Town winning 3-1. Ian Judd, Glen Pearson and Grant Chapple scored the Radcliffe goals with Paul Fleming grabbing a consolation for Wigan.
Four Division 4 games produced 26 goals. Leaders Bolton Wyresdale thrashed bottom side Bury Seniors by eight goals to nil. Aaron McCarthy scored a hat-trick while Rob Tulley, Jay Knowles, Paul Gibson, Mark Grundy and Gaz French contributed one apiece.
After a dismal run, Deans Youth & Ladies FC have recently started scoring and earned a point on Sunday by drawing at home with Ainsworth B. Andy Horrocks and Martin Smedley scored, but they were pegged back by Danny Coyle and Chris Hayes strikes for Ainsworth. These teams met in a Divisional Cup game on Wednesday and Deans won by the only goal of the game.
Second placed Radcliffe Old Boys B dropped points as the drew 4-4 at PF Bury for whom John Smith (2), Noel Coleman and Tony Dunn scored, but that was an improvement on their Divisional Cup game on Wednesday when PF Bury won 7-5.
Heaton Casuals failed to make up ground on Radcliffe by drawing at home to Atherton Town with Chris Sutcliffe, Clint Hibbert and Tony McCormack scoring for Heaton with Peter Higgins (2) and Craig Conway levelling for Atherton.
for 15 April 2018 + Mid-week
Sam Ashworth Trophy 3rd Round: Irlam Steel 1 Salford Victoria 5
Division 2 Cup quarter
Division 4A Cup
Division 4B Cup
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