Leek & District Sunday League
THE WEEKEND saw the opening round of the Staffordshire TB Williamson Cup, in which five Leek & District Sunday League teams were involved.
Only two progressed – Valiant Troggs and Waterhouses, with Bayern Red Lion, Dyers Arms FC and Wellington all falling by the wayside.
Bayern Red Lion were soundly beaten 6-0 by a strong Fulford United while Wellington lost 5-2 away at Fegg Hayes.
It was a lot closer contest between Newcastle & Hartshill CC and Dyers, with the former eventually running out winners after extra time.
Dyers quickly found themselves a goal down and took until the 28th minute for Erol Nazri to level.
Andy Graham put Dyers in front after 75 minutes but Newcastle equalised with five minutes remaining, to push the tie into extra time.
Waterhouses were victorious against Market Street Queens in a seven-goal thriller that saw both teams awarded a penalty.
The first was awarded to Queens on 33 minutes and Andrew Rigby duly dispatched the ball past the Waterhouses keeper.
Jake Binns pulled a goal back for Waterhouses after 40 minutes. Shaun Brookes then put Queens in front but Binns to equalised from the penalty spot Binns went on to get his hat-trick only for Gary MacDonald to level the game. Gary Barker scored the winner for Waterhouses.
Valiant Troggs put out a scratch side at Little Stoke with manager Kirk Buxton playing in goal and his brother, club secretary Jimmy, named as sub.
Little Stoke went two up and looked comfortable until Troggs were awarded a penalty that Mitch Cartlidge calmly slotted past the keeper.
Troggs were inspired by this and, with their decisive finishing, got the better of Little Stoke, with Cartlidge scoring another two goals to get his hat-trick.
Recent signing Jack Bowyer got in on the action by bagging his second goal in two games.
Vale Hoppers, who have had a bad run of luck in the league of late – losing their first two home games by the odd goal – faced a strong Valiant side.
It was level at half-time, with neither team being able to find the net. By contrast, the second half was full of goals.
Valiant took the lead shortly after the break, thanks to a Ricky Mallen goal.
The final 20 minutes saw Rocky Dunn-Fox double Valiants’ lead, only for Darren Byram to pull a goal back ten minutes later.
Hoppers pushed forward, trying to find an equalising goal, but were hit twice on the break – with Mallen getting his brace and Joel Dawson getting in on the action a minute before fulltime.
The Railway Inn faced third-placed Wellington United, who were looking to keep in touch with league leaders Bayern Red Lion.
Adam Taylor scored in the first minute for Wellington as Railway were caught cold. Railway got going after this shock and had some good spells, and equalised through Adam Rowe on 30 minutes.
Wellington fought back and scored from a corner on 40 minutes, when Jason Bould curled the ball inside the near post.
The second half was very up and down, and both teams made and missed chances.
Struggling Ash Inn faced last season’s Premier Division champions Elmos Celtic, on the back of defeats at the hands of Bayern Red Lion and Dyers Arms 11-1.
Elmos were looking not only to take all three points but were also keen to maximise the goal difference, and required ten to go top of the league.
They put four goals past Ash Inn in the first half through Drew Bennett, Matty Anderson and Greg Johnson (2).
Scott Faulkner pulled a goal back for Ash Inn just after half time, but that only encouraged Elmos to continue their goal feast and they subsequently netted another four goals, with Johnston getting his hat-trick. Super-sub Jimmy McMullen bagged a brace.
However, the goal bonanza was not sufficient to knock Red Lion off top spot.
RESULTS Sunday, September 15 TB Williamson Trophy first round Fulford Utd 6 Bayern Red Lion 0; Little Stoke 2 Valiant Troggs 4; Fegg Hayes 5 Wellington 2; MS Queens 3 Waterhouses 4; Newcastle & Hartshill CC 3 Dyers Arms FC 2; League games The Railway Inn 1 Wellington United 2; Vale Hoppers 1 Valiant 4; The Ash Inn 1 Elmos 8;
FIXTURES Sunday, September 22 Sunday Trophy Biddulph Town Diamonds v AFC Talisman League games Dyers Arms FC v Valiant (Chris Large); The Railway Inn v Bayern Red Lion (Neil proctor); Vale Hoppers v Wellington (Charlie Stevenson); Waterhouses v Hare & Gate Strollers (Anthony Knight); Elmos v Wellington United (tbc).