BALL Haye Green closed the gap on leaders AFC Alsager on Monday night with a 3-1 victory at Lichfield City in the Staffs County Senior League Division One.
The players observed a minute’s silence before the game following the death of Ball Haye Green’s former chairman John Murfin.
When the action got underway, the home side took the lead, but right on the half-time whistle Green were level when Alex Cimino’s free-kick came back the foot of the post and Matt Anderson was there to fire the rebound into the roof of the net.
Cimino made it 2-1 five minutes into the second half and the points were secured with a third goal two minutes from time when Declan Heath scored.
There was not a lot of action on Saturday as Storm Dennis followed hot on the heels of Storm Ciara to play havoc with the weekend’s grass roots programme, with most of the action taking place on 3 and 4G pitches.
Three games survived in the Staffs County Senior League and the Coors League, with just one being played in the Potteries and District League.
The Uttoxeter and District League was hit hard, with just one game going ahead, while there was a complete washout in the Crewe Regional League.
Action in the Staffs County Senior League Premier Division saw Walsall Phoenix move up to fifth place with a 4-2 home win over Hanley Town.
Liam Hallan scored twice, with Olli Burn and Chris Warden also on the scoresheet for Walsall, while Izaak Walsh and Adam Wright found the target for Hanley.
Into Division One where AFC Alsager took advantage of being the only club in action to stretch their lead at the top of the table to 15 points with a 4-0 home win over Keele University at their Alsager Sports Hub headquarters.
Chris Speed was the goal hero for Alsager, scoring four times. His first came after 14 minutes and then went on to find the net in the 16th, 55th and 75th minutes, with Jordan Rigby scoring the fifth goal in the first half.
In Division Two Eastwood Hanley Development moved into second place with a 1-0 home win over Wyrley, thanks to the only goal of the game from Josh Gilson.
There is one game scheduled to take place tomorrow night in the Premier Division where Abbey Hulton United welcome Ashbourne to their Birches Head road ground. Congress Town moved up to third place in the COORS LEAGUE Division Three with a thumping 9-1 victory at AFC Northwood on their 4G facility at Northwood Stadium.
Harry Everist bagged a hat-trick with Dan Minshall and Jamie Shingler both scoring twice. Ross Whitehurst and Chris Perkin were also on target to complete the scoring. A host of clubs are chasing the top two with only four points separating third from ninth.
For Northwood it looks an impossible task to avoid the drop as they remain without a point and are ten points from safety having played more than their rivals.
Into Division Three where leaders FC Gardeners opened up a six-point lead over Vale Hoppers with a 7-1 home win over Bradwell FC, the only game in the division to go ahead.
However, Lee Pickerill gave fifth-placed Bradwell the perfect start when he cracked home a fine shot from 25 yards after only five minutes on the clock.
The hosts took it in their stride however, and were soon moving through the gears to equalise through the in-form Josh Gill just five minutes later and the same player made it 2-1 shortly after.
Ash Warren made it 3-1 to the hosts with a beautiful curling effort with his left foot and that was the score at half-time.
The leaders were well in control at this point and despite playing against a strong wind in the second half they scored again as Ben Matthews hammered home a 25-yarder for the second week running. Josh Gill completed his hat-trick to make it 5-1 and incredibly that is his sixth treble of the season.
An Adam Hutchinson free-kick was headed home by Ash Warren and he also completed his hat-trick with ten minutes remaining to make it 7-1.
Tam O’Shanter have opened up a 13-point lead at the top of Division Four as a reward for being the only game on grass to survive the weekend’s stormy weather.
In a one-sided affair, both Christian Roden and Ryan Rowe helped themselves to hat-tricks with Christian Hale, Tommy Smith and James Tudor ensuring the leaders hit double figures for the second time in three games.
Tam have now gone 10 games without defeat in the league and although they have played six more games than their rivals they have the points in the bank, leaving the chasing pack little margin for error.
Just two games went ahead in the POTTERIES AND DISTRICT LEAGUE and Adderley Green took advantage to go level on points with leaders Roaring Meg following a 5-3 home win over Greenhoff’s, but they had to come from 3-1 at half-time to secure the points.
James Beaman, Ash Moore, Elisio Francisco, Liam Robinson and Cameron Waltho were all on the scoresheet for Adderley Green.
Into Division Two where Musician United moved into second place following a 2-1 home win over Fulford United.
Ryan Lewis hit the post midway through the first half, but made up for it by rounding the home keeper and tapping the ball into the net for a 1-0 half-time lead.
Fulford levelled at the start of the second half through David Iacono, but Marco Buckley came off the bench with 30 minutes to go and struck home a left-footed winner.
Silverdale Athletic are back on top of the Veterans Division following a 3-0 home win over bottom club Werrington Wasps, while Jolly Potter were 3-0 winners over Newcastle Athletic.
Stone Town managed to stage their UTTOXETER AND DISTRICT LEAGUE Division Two game against leaders Bramshall FC, but could do nothing to stop Bramshall leaving with the three points following a 3-0 win.
Bramshall have now won all 11 league games, to open up a six-point lead over second-placed Waterhouses, who also have a 100 per cent record from their nine games.
John Thacker scored twice for Bramshall, with Kieran Coates rounding off a good morning for the leaders.
South Cheshire was obviously badly affected by the storm, as every game in the CREWE REGIONAL LEAGUE was postponed.