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Leek & District Sunday Football League

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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IT'S A BUSY time as teams get on with the task of clearing their backlog caused by winter postponements .

AFC Dyers Arms had an away game on Tuesday against Leek Snooker Centre and then faced a tricky home game against Waterhouses two nights later.

Dyers came away with four points out of the possible six, as they beat Snooker Centre 1-0 and played out a 3-3 draw with Waterhouses.

Dyers dominated a goalless first half dominated but Snooker looked a different side after the break and had a Tatton goal disallowed for offside.

The game could have gone either way before Dyers player-manager Daniel Johnson broke the deadlock

Snooker Centre continued to push forward but the Dyers defence held firm to take all three points.

Dyers faced a tougher challenge on Thursday away against Waterhouses and it took a last minute goal to salvage a point.

Paul Jacklin gave Waterhouses the lead after 13 minutes, but Rich Hambleton equalised two minutes later.

Waterhouses came out the stronger in the second half and they scored twice within the first 20 minutes through Jacklin and Jack Binns.

Dyers refused to accept defeat and their efforts were rewarded when Hambleton got his second goal to reduce the deficit.

In the last minute of the game, midfielder Dan Evans scored for Dyers to level the game at 3-3.

In the Subsidiary Cup group A, Wellington needed to beat Leek Snooker Centre by at least two goals to see them snatch the last place in the semi finals from their opponents grasp.

Wellington attacked right from the onset and did manager Luke Ford proud by winning 5-1.

Nick Webster and Chris Long netted a brace to add to an own goal. They now face AFC Dyers Arms in the last four.

Railway, still on a high from winning the Leek & District Shield, are playing like a side with an abundance of confidence and this was evident in their games this last week.

First up were Biddulph Town Diamonds, who remain top of Division One. This was a must-win game and it was Railway who took all three points with a 4-2 victory.

Railway took the lead after just four minutes through a fine solo effort by Lee Tawn.

This clearly rattled Biddulph and within three minutes they were back on level terms .

Railway kept their composure and continued to play their normal passing game, which paid dividends when Gareth Bratt hit a thunderous low shot into the bottom corner.

Sam Faulkner put Biddulph back on level terms on 20 minutes. Bratt got his second goal to give Railway a 3-2 interval lead.

The second half saw Ashley Burton run riot, causing Biddulph numerous problems, which ultimately led to Bratt getting his hat-trick

Two goals down, Biddulph tried to get back into the game but failed to get past the Railway defence.

Level on points, but with two games in hand, Railway needed to take all three points off Wellington United to wrestle top spot off Biddulph Town Diamonds – and they did not disappoint.

Gareth Bratt continued where he left off mid-week by giving Railway the lead after 18 minutes.

Railway dominated the game and Wellington found it difficult to get out of their own half.

Bratt got his and Railway's second with a long-range shot and then completed his hat-trick before half-time.

Wellington got back into the game in the second half as Railway tired and just when it looked like the game was over they got a consolation goal.

Railway's three points took them to the top of Division One.

In the weekend's match of the day, Valiant played pub team mates Valiant Troggs in the final of the J W Howson Cup at Ball Hay Green. With Valiant having beaten Troggs twice in the league, the latter went into the game as the underdogs.

The teams were evenly matched in the first half, with neither able to break down the others defence.

The second half was largely the same and it took a Mitch Cartlidge penalty to win Troggs the cup.

With Railway Inn winning both of their games, Waterhouses desperately needed a win to keep their hopes alive of winning Division One.

Waterhouses created and missed numerous chances in the first half and their breakthrough came from a penalty, which captain Andrew Barleyman confidently dispatched.

Bryan Mycock doubled Waterhouses' lead from a corner kick.

The second half saw Waterhouses set up to defend their two-goal lead and Snooker Centre took advantage to claw a goal back with 20 minutes remaining.

Vale Hoppers finished their season off with a 2-1 victory over Hare & Gate Strollers, but despite the result, they remain bottom of the Premier Division. Andy Brunt gave Strollers the lead after five minutes, followed by a Tony Hulse strike shortly before the break.

Vale Hoppers came out a different team in the second half, and stunned Strollers with goals from Steve Byram, Matthew Ben-Accom (2) and Tom Vanderstein.

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