North West Counties Premier and D1 North round up 21/8

The North West Counties League continued on Saturday with a nine-goal thriller in the Premier Division, and no wins for the region’s Division One North sides.

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Credit: Paul Moran

Five straight defeats for Ashton Athletic

Ashton Athletic remain bottom of the Premier Division table, after losing 5-4 to Vauxhall Motors in a dramatic game that really deserved a better crowd than 43.

The visitors were 2-0 up within seven minutes through Michael Burkey and Joe Brandon, and it looked like another long day ahead for Ashton who are yet to pick up a point this season.

The home side rallied however, and were level through Millen Brown and Joe Nicholson before the middle of the first half.

Brandon again pulled Vauxhall into the lead, but Chris Bandell first levelled, and then put Ashton ahead for the first time, all with three minutes to spare of the first 45.

There were no goals for the first 25 minutes of the second half, before Leo Riley’s two goals in as many minutes ensured the points went back to Ellesmere Port.

Ashton prop up the table and have conceded 21 goals in just five matches so far.

Bury remain top

Bury AFC remain top of the Division One North, but again left it late to claim a point in a 2-2 draw with Cleator Moor Celtic.

Andy Welsh’s side opened the scoring midway through the first half, with Adam McWilliam putting his side ahead.

The Cumbrians fought back after the break however, and two goals in seven minutes from Jay Wetherill and Brad Tatton gave the hosts the lead.

There was only a minute left on the clock when Liam MacDevitt bagged the equaliser, with Bury similarly needing an injury time goal to rescue a point at Bacup Borough earlier this month.

Nevertheless, they are still unbeaten and are a point clear of AFC Blackpool.

Ashton Town’s winning run comes to an end

David Dempsey’s Ashton Town side suffered a 3-2 home defeat to Holker Old Boys, a result that put paid to their three-game winning streak.

The visitors were 2-0 up in nine minutes, through Jamie Mellen and Joe Amison.

Ashton couldn’t get back into the game before half time, but did strike first through Noah Robson, who opened his account for the season just after the hour.

Jamie Hodgson restored Holker’s two-goal advantage eight minutes later, but Rustan Stepams netted once more with five minutes to play to give his side a hope of a draw. It’s Stepams’ fifth goal in six games.

Ashton are eighth in the table with nine points.

Defeat for Chadderton

Chadderton lost 2-1 away at Pilkington.

Phil Marsh’s third minute goal gave the visitors an uphill task, and the score remained the same until a goal 20 minutes time for Chadderton.

Joe Richards claimed the goal, but the NWCFL have it listed as an own goal on their website, so it’s one for the dubious goals committee to settle if one exists at this level…

In truth it became immaterial, as the home side restored their lead five minutes later with the winning goal from Jack Gibney.

Chadderton have fallen behind their opponents on Saturday, but remain well placed in fifth.

What’s next?

It’s top versus bottom for Ashton Athletic on Saturday as they travel to early leaders Congleton Town.

Bury AFC are at home to near-neighbours Daisy Hill on Bank Holiday Monday.

Ashton Town and Chadderton also meet on Monday, with both sides looking to get back to winning ways.

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