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North West Counties League First Division

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

By Gary Shenton

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LEEK CSOB's League Challenge Cup home clash with AFC Darwen on Saturday was a victim of the weather.

The Harrison Park pitch was waterlogged following Friday's heavy rainfall.

Only a handful games involving the North West Counties League Second Division teams survived the downpour, but the games that went ahead provided plenty of goals and talking points.

In the only tie to go ahead in the First Division Challenge Cup quarter finals, Formby emerged with a 4-2 win over 1874 Northwich at Victoria Park.

Two goals from Kurt Sherlock and one from Jason Carey put the home side in the driving seat inside 50 minutes, but Ryan Stewart and Rick Bailey reduced the deficit to one goal and set up a grandstand finish before a last minute Mark Kirby strike secured a semi final place for the Squirrels.

In the First Division, an entertaining game at Valley Road saw Irlam eventually emerge with a 4-2 win at Northwich Flixton Villa.

Tommy Smith, Ryan McGreevy and Barry Lomas all scored for Irlam in the opening 18 minutes, but Ahmed Ali and Kial Callacher reduced the deficit before Jordan Icely secured the points for the Blues.

At Park Road, Cheadle Town earned their second successive home win with a 3-1 victory over Eccleshall.

Thabiso Magida gave them a first half lead, and although Craig Hulme equalised just after the break, an Adam Oakes penalty and a late goal from substitute Nathan Neequaye secured the points for Town.

The other game between Daisy Hill and Chadderton ended goalless, although Chadderton missed a second half penalty.

Leek CSOB return to league action this Saturday away to mid-table Ashton Town.

Ashton must be relishing the prospect of facing a side which has conceded four goals in each its last three games.

The Old Boys are fourth from bottom in Division One but have games in hand over teams above them.

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