Cheshire Football League round-up

Division One.

A 78th minute goal from Jack Webb saw Barnton finish victorious in their local derby with Rudheath Social. The 1-0 win sees Barnton move up to third spot, a point behind their rivals who have played a game less.

Crewe shared the points with Greenalls PSO as the teams played out an entertaining 0-0 draw. The point puts Crewe five points clear of Rudheath in second, having played three games more.

Last seasons top two sides were again evenly matched as they drew 1-1. The first half was a tight affair with both sides cancelling each other out. Eagle had goalkeeper Neil McDermott to thank for keeping the game scoreless when he made a superb double save, first from Matt Woolley’s 20-yard drive and then from Jack Woolley’s powerful follow-up. Eagle came close moments later when Jay Waldron’s right-wing cross was headed just over the bar by Owen Ellis.

Eagle took the lead six minutes before half time in fortuitous fashion. Right-back Adam Coleman whipped in a deep, swirling cross that caught the strong wind, it deceived Mark Higgs in the Knutsford goal and went straight in. Eagle could have doubled their lead a minute later when Craig Hall headed towards goal from Liam Walker’s corner, only to see his effort superbly stopped by Higgs. Knutsford almost equalised on the stroke of half time when Reece Davies found Sean Lynch unmarked in the area, but his low drive went wide of the near post.

The second half was controlled in the most part by Knutsford. Jack Woolley came close early on in the half when his 20-yard effort curled narrowly over the bar.

McDermott again came to the rescue for Eagle when Reece Davies won the ball from Richard Chinn at the back, he tried an outside of the foot effort that McDermott palmed around the post at full stretch.

Knutsford's Lynch found himself free in the area for a second time soon after, but he was denied again when his strike was blocked superbly by Craig Hall.

Scott Beattie then came close when Jack Woolley got to the byline and pulled the ball back to Beattie whose first time effort was saved again by the impressive McDermott.

Knutsford’s equaliser came seven minutes from time, Steve Jenyons drove a free kick in to the area from the half-way line and Sean Lynch rose highest to nod home his tenth goal of the season. The final few minutes of the game were played at a frantic pace with both sides looking for a winner that ultimately never came.

Rubin Kennerley and Connor helped Styal to a 2-1 win away at Middlewich Town. The home side found the net through Mike Evans but it was Styal who left with all three points.

Denton Town looked strong as they finished 3-0 winners at home against Pilkington. The win keeps Denton in 15th place in the table but they only trail their opponents now by goal difference.

Ewan Rodger scored twice for Rylands, with Lee Deakin also scoring on his debut appearance from the club. Billinge's goal came from Graeme Green but it was Rylands who took maximum points as they finished 3-1 winners at home.

Division Two.

Malpas moved to within four points of leaders Poynton following a 2-1 win at home against Moore United.

The strong wind blowing across the pitch caused problems for both sides and Malpas found it difficult in the final third to get the final ball right. Moore pressed all over the park making Malpas work for space to play which is key to their passing game.

Malpas got the first goal after 26 minutes when a pass from Danny Lloyd found top scorer Alex Hughes. Hughes cut inside beating two players and driving low into the bottom corner for 1-0. Although Malpas looked to build on their lead it was Moore who started to take control and the home side had a blow when skipper Steve Watkins had to leave the pitch with a bad cut. Moore got back on level terms when a free kick went through to Dave Willett who made no mistake to give Moore a well deserved leveller just before half time.

Despite the wind continuing to cause issues, Malpas looked good going forward and Hughes got his second in the 56th minute went he made no mistakes just inside the box for 2-1. Moore pressed but Malpas held strong at the back and finished the game victorious.

Bradley Parker (2) and Andrew Williams gave Warrington Town Reserves a 3-0 half time lead as they played host to Sandbach United. A Valliant second half performance saw Sandbach bring the game back to the 3-2 when Mike Blundell and Tom Watkin scored Maine Road Reserves finished 4-2 winners away at Sale Town to move up to twelfth, while Golborne Sports won 3-1 away at Lostock Gralam.

A 90th minute equaliser from Oliver Hardman saw Daten earn a valuable point after falling behind at home to Congleton Vale. The 1-1 draw sees Daten move up to tenth.

Reserve Division Styal climbed into second place as they breezed to a 5-1 win at home against Rylands. Joe Swindells was in fine form as he bagged a hat trick, with further goals coming from Alex Whelan and Matt West. All eyes were on groundsman David Oates as he came out of retirement to play for the side and missed a sitter from close range.

Barnton bounced back from last weeks cup disappointment to beat Egerton 3-1 away from home. Rob McGee scored all three goals for the Northwich side with Egerton's goal coming from Mike Simmons.

League leaders Greenalls PSO lost 3-0 at home against Linotype CHN where Jordon Thompson continued his scoring prowess with two goals with Mike Wild getting the third.

Chris Francis (2) Adam Prince and James Lawless were all on the score sheet for Garswood United as they beat Poynton 4-3 at home in a closely fought game. Poynton's goals were scored by Ed Bailey, Tom Bridge and James Robertson.

Gamesley secured an important 3-2 win away at Grappenhall Sports, while Middlewich Town also returned to form with a 4-3 win away at Pilkington.


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