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Torrential rain on Saturday caused two of Sunday’s Bolton Sports Federation over 35s Football League games to be called off because of waterlogged pitches, but fortunately, the other games went ahead.
BLGC’s match against Rochdale Sports on their 3G pitch started as planned, but was abandoned at half time because a player suffered a serious leg break. The game will now be played as a “double header” on 30th May at Rochdale when the teams were already scheduled to play.
Division One leaders Radcliffe Vets A restored their three-point lead over Radcliffe Old Boys A with a thumping 8-2 home win over Old Boltonians. Stuart Telfer scored four, Rhys Day scored a brace while Karl Beswick and Chris Denham each added one. Dan Anderton scored both goals for Old Bolts.
In Division Two, Joey Harrison, Ste Bell and James Fagan (2) gave second-placed Gidlow Athletic a 4-1 home win over Bolton Wyresdale for whom Mark Grundy was on target, but they fell short of the title.
Leaders Salford Waggon clinched the championship in style, beating third-placed Royal Farnworth Vets 5-2 away from home. Although Liam Dickinson and Tom Walsh scored for Farnworth, there was no stopping the champions. Paul Taylor scored two with Simon Parks, Simon Dawson and Scott Jones adding one apiece to secure the title.
Mark Fitton and Rob Curran earned a point for Radcliffe Old Boys B at home to AFC Dobbies for whom Darren Jackson and Andy Salisbury scored to level the match. Chris White scored for Westbury Vets at home to Turton Vets, but a Trevor Howarth hat-trick for Turton consolidated their mid-table position
AFC Darwen Vets lead Division Three by five points, but still need eight points to be sure of the championship, however, they have goal difference of 27 which was boosted by their 5-1 win at Eagley Vets for whom Paul Fletcher scored a consolation goal, but Darwen were unstoppable as five different scorers, Paul Mashiter, Brett Ormerod, Ryan Brogan, Kevin Thompson and Liam Lishman, put the ball in the net.
Blackrod Town beat strugglers Moss Bank 3-1, who have completed their season, thanks to strikes by Harry Hendley, David Sutch and Carl Barnes. Bottom side Stoneclough Vets earned a point in a ten-goal thriller at Ainsworth. Gareth Harrison, Mark Finn, Danny Coyle, Lee Bates and Micky Jefferson all scored for the home side while a John Coogan hat-trick and one apiece by Nick Power and Anthony Dodge levelled for Stoneclough who have four games left and could potentially reach the top half of the table.
North Walkden need four points from their remaining two games to clinch the Division Four championship, but three might be enough because of their goal difference which went up to 42 following their 12-1 demolition of Deans Youth & Ladies. Mark Morris scored four, Craig Redshaw a hat-trick, Ian Teasdale two, Steve Thorpe and Mike Berry one each, plus an own goal to make it a round dozen.
Wigan Town still have a chance of topping the table after their narrow win at Astley & Tyldesley FC thanks to Chris Selby scoring the only goal of the game.
Bottom team Lever Arms recorded their first win of the campaign, away at Tottington United, beating them 3-1, Paul Byrne scored for the home team while Wes Booth, Simon Walsh and Anthony Geeler gave Lever Arms victory.
Atherton Town won a hard-fought game at Radcliffe Vets B for whom Adam Greenhalgh scored a couple, but Pete Carson did likewise for Atherton while Lee Atherton scored the odd goal to give his side a 3-2 victory.
for Sunday 9th May 2021