BILLINGE New Street returned to League action on Saturday and came away from Bollington Town with a well-earned three points after a 5-2 win.

With a couple of key players missing manager Steve Hallwood gave a chance to some fringe players for the long trip to Bollington and they didn't let him down.

However, it was the hosts that started the livelier and had the best chances early on with Joshua Connolly and Sam Glover going close.

Twenty minutes in and the visitors had to thank Danny Still in goal to pull off two great saves from Bollington's number nine, Zak Mousa.

The visitors only chances of the half saw a great header from Connor Simpson just go over the bar and Warren Gerrard's shot well-saved by Joyce in the Town goal before the teams went in 0-0 at half-time.

The visitors started the second-half well with Jordon Hallwood, Gerrard and Simpson working hard in midfield. Martin Dearden on the left was causing Bollington defender Harry Burgess-Hayde all kinds of problems as his early effort narrowly missed the target.

However, despite the New Street pressure Town took the lead on the hour mark when some poor marking in the visitors defence left Mousa free to tap in at the far post.

Within five minutes Billinge were level: Dearden cut in from the left and fired a wicked shot in which Joyce couldn't handle only to see Dylan Martin to fire in at close range.

Again, some slack marking saw the home team take the lead with Connolly finishing neatly.

But again, this wasn't to last long when Sean Cotterall equalised two minutes later as the visitors applied more pressure in the driving rain.

Then with five minutes to go the visitors took the three well-earned points as Jimmy Howard fired home after some great work down the left to send management, players and supporters wild on the touchline.

Reflecting on the match Steve Hallwood was happy with the result saying, "When we looked at the man-of-the-match award there were two clear candidates and I think it summed up the ninety minutes, as in the first-half our keeper Stilly kept us in the game and in the second period Martin Dearden was unplayable at times and he was the reason we won it."

As it was, the accolade sponsored by SC Renewables went to Danny Still for his heroics between the sticks that gave the side the platform to attack in the final 45 minutes.

Next week Billinge New Street are in action in the Liverpool County FA Challenge Cup when they entertain FC Woodlands in a 2.30pm kick-off at Sutton Leisure Centre.

On Sunday Billinge's under-18s came away from Matthiola under-18s with a terrific 5-2 victory.

The Young Storks goals came from Layton Lee (2), Joey Carr-Dickson, Dylan Cross and Otis Urmston.

That victory took the team into second place in the Warrington Junior Football League Premier Division setting up a great derby fixture against third-placed Pilkington under-18s next Sunday at Barrows Farm - kick-off 11.30am.