Leek & District Sunday League
VALIANT Troggs were involved in a fourth round TB Williamson Cup clash with AFC Thistlebury, which saw the Potteries and District League outfit come out on top of a nine-goal thriller.
Mike Keates gave Troggs the lead after only five minutes, which was doubled by Jack Bowyer eight minutes later.
Ryan Hadderall reduced the deficit for Thistlebury and then Tom Moores levelled the going into the break.
Thistlebury scored within four minutes of the restart as Hadderall got his brace and then went on to complete a hat-trick nine minutes later.
Troggs got a goal back through Jack Keeling but it was not long before the in-form Hadderall got his fourth goal of the game to restore Thistlebury's two-goal lead.
Troggs pushed forward at every opportunity to get level and were rewarded when Keates got his second goal of the game.
Eight teams were involved in the J W Howson Cup, the tie of the round being an all-Congleton affair between Vale Hoppers and Railway Inn.
A Matt Rushton goal for Hoppers separated the two teams after an evenly matched first half. The second half saw both teams created good chances before Ben Wilde levelled for Railway. Steve Byram smashed the ball into the back of the Railway net to win the tie for Hoppers.
Ash Inn were looking to put the previous week's crushing defeat by Waterhouses behind them as they faced Dyers Arms in the cup.
However, Dyers poured more misery on their opponents by running out 14-2 winners.
Dyers goals were spread out across the team with Jonathon Goodier, Shane Charlesworth, Carl Foster, Tapiwa Sibanda netted together with Sean Richardson getting a brace, Ben White grabbing a hat-trick and Andy Graham scoring four.
Ash Inn replied through Jimmy Simpson and Matt Howard.
Wellington United had the toughest tie of the day against unbeaten league leaders Valiant.
Wellington's young team did extremely well in restricting Valiant to just two goals in the first half.
Midfielder Rocky Dunn-Fox scored a brace within 30 minutes to give Valiant a two-goal lead going in to the break.
The second half, however, was a different story as Valiant's pedigree began to tell. They played some attractive passing football and scored another four goals, with Dunn-Fox completing a hat-trick, Ricky Mallen netting and William Sheldon getting a brace.
Hare & Gate Strollers faced a confident Biddulph Town Diamonds team fresh on the back of a 4-2 victory against Wellington United. The teams went into half-time level after both teams had created some good chances.
Biddulph did themselves proud to keep up with Strollers in the opening 45 minutes, but it was a different Strollers side that came out for the second half.
Strollers took the lead after only three minutes through Martyn Machin.
Biddulph battled for the equaliser they deserved, but in a mad four minutes, Tony Hulse doubled Strollers lead from open play and then went on to score from the penalty spot after being bought down in the box.
With the tie clearly already won, Biddulph valiantly continued to push Strollers to their limit but were hit on the break as Ben Venables broke clear to score in the final minutes.
In the only league game, Leek Snooker Centre faced third-placed Wellington, who needed a win to go top of the league.
However, Wellington failed to end Valiant's six-week reign at the top as they played out a 1-1 draw.
A remarkable team effort from Snooker Centre got them a point as they looked to catch up with the rest of pack.
In a evenly-matched contest, Wellington took the lead going in to the break with a well-worked goal from Tony Hulse.
The second was similar to the first, with both teams creating some good chances but neither being able to convert them. Dan Kelter scored the equaliser for Snooker Centre in the very last minute.
TB Williamson Trophy
Valiant Troggs 4 AFC Thistlebury 5.
Ash Inn 2 Dyers Arms 13; Wellington Utd 0 Valiant 6; Vale Hoppers 2 Railway Inn 1; Hare & Gate 4 Biddulph Town Diamonds 0.
Leek Snooker Centre 1 Wellington 1