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Leek & District Sunday League

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: November 20, 2013

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ELMOS Celtic disposed of Fulford United from the Potteries and District League to march on into the second round of the Sentinel Sunday Cup.

Fulford found themselves a goal down after only 10 minutes when Oliie Mellor headed in a Will Bown centre.

However, the visitors quickly got back on level terms when Tom Brown blasted in a free kick from 20 yards out.

Goalmaker Bown turned goalscorer when he broke the offside to regain the lead for Elmos just before half-time.

Elmos dominated the second half right from the kick off, playing some excellent football that at times had their opponents chasing shadows.

The hosts made certain of victory when Nathan Ball played a defence-splitting pass for Ollie Mellor to make it 3-1.

Elmos now play Caverswall – who they thrashed in the Sunday Premier Cup a few weeks ago – in the next round.

Valiant Troggs made light work of advancing to the fourth round of the TB Williamson Cup, firing six goals past Trent Valley Rovers from the Lichfield and Walsall District Sunday League.

Troggs came out with all guns blazing and opened the scoring through James Floyd after half an hour.

Rovers thought they were still in the game, going in at half time only a goal behind, despite the best efforts of the Troggs attack.

However, George Mealey doubled Troggs lead within five minutes of the second-half and Mike Keates added a third.

Edwin Ellis addied a brace within ten minutes to make it 5-0 and then Josh Johnson scored Troggs sixth.

Though Rovers got a goal back, they never really looked like threatening Troggs’ passage into the next round.

The league game of the week saw Valiant looking to extend their six game unbeaten run against Hare & Gate Strollers.

Strollers had won four of their previous five games played and had the services of experienced striker Tony Hulse who is averaging two goals a game.

Valiant responded by keeping their third clean sheet and putting three goals past their opponents.

Joel Dawson stunned Strollers by netting after only five minutes and Richard Smith doubled Valiants lead ten minutes later.

Valiant continued to push forward in the second half and were rewarded when Jamie McNicholas added a third to settle the issue.

Waterhouses, having lost their last five home games, were looking to get their season back on track against Wellington United.

A confident Waterhouses responded to manager Ian Chadwick’s rallying call by hitting six goals without reply.

Bryan Mycock started off the scoring after only seven minutes and Paul Jacklin quickly added a second.

Gavin Hargreaves and Jake Binns kept up the scoring to make it 4-0 at the break. A Daniel Buxton brace completed the scoring in the second half.

Railway Inn were looking to close the gap on the leading teams and were relishing the prospect of facing a struggling Ash Inn.

The Ash have appeared to be getting strronger in recent weeks but they let things slip after keeping their opponents at bay in the first half.

The Railway attack was stubbornly kept out by the Ash goalkeeper, who pulled out a sublime save to deny Lee Harrop It took 37 minutes for Ben Wilde to finally break the deadlock, which was swiftly followed by a rare headed goal from Lee Tawn.

Ash kept battling and had a couple of chances when they broke goalwards on the counter attack, but they could not find the back of the net.

Shortly after the break, Oliver Newton pounced on a loose ball and smashed it home after some inspiring football from Andrew Walton.

The game continued with both teams frustrating each other until Tom Callear scored from a long range.

Ash Inn were rewarded with a penalty on 75 minutes minutes that Scott Faulkner scored with ease.

Railway were awarded a penalty of their own and the normally reliable Lee Tawn stepped up to take it, only to be denied by the keeper.

Some desperate defending kept Railway at bay as they went about searching search for another goal to secure the three points.

Ben Wilde dashed Ash Inn’s hopes of any chance of securing a point by doubling Railway’s lead after he broke free of the defence.

Leek Snooker Centre, having lost their previous three games, faced another big test in the form of Bayern Red Lion.

With Red Lion looking to keep in touch with the top three of Elmos, Valiant Troggs and Valiant, a very close game developed.

Red Lion came out victors, beating Snooker Centre 2-1 after taking the lead in the second half through Jimmy Owens.

The league’s leading scorer Ryan Shenton then netted to double Red Lion’s lead and to take his individual tally to 15 goals in seven league appearances. Snooker Centre bravely battled on and got a consolation goal through Richard Knott with two minutes to go.

Wellington, on the back of the 7-0 thrashing of Railway last week, were looking to continue where they left off facing Biddulph Town Diamonds.

In a game that could have gone either way, Wellington took all three points and moved up to third in the league behind Bayern Red Lion and Valiant. Wellington opened the scoring as Matt Shone netted six minutes before half-time The second half was much the same as the first, with both teams being evenly matched and it took until the 70th minute for Jake Faulkner to level the game for Biddulph.

Wellington midfield maestro and talisman Chris Long scored to settle the issue with three minutes to go.

RESULTS TB Williamson Cup Trent Valley Rovers 1 Valiant Troggs 6.

Sentinel Cup Elmos Celtic 3 Fulford 1.

League Waterhouses 6 Wellington United 0; Ash Inn 2 The Railway Inn 4; Leek Snooker Centre 1 Bayern Red Lion 2; Valiant 3 Hare & Gate Strollers 0; Wellington 2 Biddulph Town Diamonds 1; FIXTURES Staffordshire FA Sunday Trophy Leek Snooker Centre v Castle Rangers (Reginald Breeze) League Biddulph Town Diamonds v Elmos Celtic (Charie Stevenson); Wellington United v Dyers Arms (Jack Birch); Railway Inn v Vale Hoppers (Neil Proctor); Wellington v The Ash Inn (Alex Perkin); Bayern Red Lion v Valiant (Andy Grindey); Valiant Troggs v Hare & Gate Strollers (Anthony Knight).

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