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Leek and District Sunday Football League - April 6

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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VALIANT Troggs, as the sole Leek and District Sunday Football League team survivor in the Macclesfield Cup, faced a tricky semi-final against last season's winners, The Pack Horse.

In a closely fought game it was Troggs who found themselves in front thanks to Mitch Cartlidge goal that separated the clubs going into half-time.

Cartlidge got his and Troggs second goal of the game to extend their lead.

With a two-goal lead and five minutes or so remaining Troggs midfielder Mike Keates was dismissed for what seemed to be a harsh second caution.

This both unsettled and angered Troggs and Pack Horse took full advantage to score three times in less than five minutes. midfielder. Troggs secretary Jimmy Buxton said: "We had Pack Horse exactly where we wanted until Mike Keates was harshly sent off.

"All credit to Pack Horse for mounting the comeback but it was a refereeing decision that cost us the game."

Group B in the Subsidiary Cup saw Hare & Gate Strollers play hosts to The Railway Inn in what would be their opponents last chance to qualify for the semi-finals

A win or draw for Strollers would see them eliminate any chance Railway had of qualifying.

Rob Goodwin got Strollers off to a great start by scoring after only seven minutes, but Railway were back on level terms five minutes later through Ben Wilde.

The remaining half-hour or so saw both teams fail to take advantage of scoring chances and the teams changed ends all square.

The second half saw Railway start off the brighter and it took only three minutes for Lee Tawn to score.

The following half-hour saw Strollers throw everything at the Railway defence without being able to get back on level terms. Strollers left it until five minutes before full-time to level the game at 2-2 through Andy Bloor.

Strollers ever-reliable forward and leading goalscorer Tony Hulse popped up to score the winner.

As a result of this Strollers victory Railway are not able to qualify for the semi-finals and the match next week between Waterhouses and Hare & Gate Strollers will determine who progresses from Group B progresses into the semi-finals with Dyers Arms.

Valiant, having drawn their last league game against Hare & Gate Strollers and lost to arch rivals Elmo's Celtic, were desperate to get their season back on track.

A normally a well-organised Wellington were soundly beaten as Valiant hit them for six with a ruthless display of finishing.

All the damage was done in the first half. Lee Fower scored for Valiant after just five minutes.

A frenzied 10 minutes spell shortly after saw Joel Dawson net twice, together with Fower getting his second of the game for Valiant.

Richard Law made it five just before half-time.

Wellington made more of a fight of it in the second half and looked more comfortable as they got the better of the Valiant forwards.

However, Fower completed his hat-trick late in the game to make it six for Valiant as they secured all three points to remain top of the Premier Division.

Vale Hoppers faced another tough game playing hosts to Elmo's Celtic who were looking to continue their unbeaten league run Hoppers took the lead after only eleven minutes thanks to a wonderful strike from Steve Byram.

Hoppers held on to their lead by repelling everything Elmo's threw at them, but just before the break Elmo's were awarded a penalty which Greg Johnston confidently dispatched.

The second half saw Elmo's start the better and it took them only 12 minutes to take the lead through Tom Lowe.

Hoppers held out for another 20 minutes or so before Will Bown got Elmo's third goal to extend their lead.

Hoppers secretary Rob Walker said: " We did ourselves proud today coming up against such a good side and we gave them a scare so early on in the game.

"I thought it was a dubious penalty that was awarded to Elmo's and wonder what could have been had we still been in front going into the second half."

Leek Snooker Centre entertained Wellington United with both teams still in with a shout of the Division One title.

Snooker Centre had forward Lee Bailey to thank for scoring twice within the first half hour.

Wellington's star forward Adam Taylor clawed a goal back before half-time to reduce the deficit.

The second half saw both teams attack at every opportunity but without really creating any clear cut chances.

This victory saw Snooker Centre keep their chances alive of winning the league, as only six points separate top and bottom teams.

Biddulph Town Diamonds, currently sitting top of Division One following the league split, faced a tough game against Dyers Arms. Biddulph continued their current run of good form as they soundly beat Dyers 4-1 to remain top of the table.

James Welch gave Biddulph the lead on 15 minutes and despite both teams playing some good attacking football the score remained 1-0 to Biddulph going into the break.

With places up for grabs for this week's final the Biddulph players continued to impress - in particular Welch, who went on to score two goals in the second half to secure his hat-trick.

Biddulph substitute Sam Faulkner came off the bench and scored to make it 4-0 with five minutes left.

Dyers got a consolation goal through Ben White with minutes remaining.

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