MIDDLEWICH Town followed an impressive victory on their travels the previous week with another when they beat FC St Helens.

Scott Twite, with a header, and a free-kick from Harry Short established control for the Witches in a Cheshire League Premier Division encounter on Saturday.

Captain Jamie Petrie added gloss with a third goal following a counter-attack with time running out, sending his side to the top of the table.

Lostock Gralam completed a double over Moore United to record an eighth win from their past nine League One matches.

James Dean converted a penalty to set the Grey Lambs on a course for victory before Alex Wilson made it 2-0.

Dean then doubled his personal tally after the interval, this time with a fine header, before Josh Baker added his name to a list of goal-scorers at Park Stadium.

Winnington Avenue 1994 demonstrated their powers of recovery during a 6-4 win at Club AZ in League Two.

After trailing 3-2 at the break, the Northwich side rallied in thrilling fashion to record a second victory of the campaign.

Sam Didsbury scored twice while Craig Humphries, Steve Rowlands, Mike Chubb and Steven Hamill were on target too for the visitors.

Matthew Cann was on target for 10-man Middlewich Town's reserves when their eight-match winning run in all competitions ended after a 3-1 defeat at home to Vulcan, who avenged a loss in the reverse fixture.

Barnton Wanderers, the defending champions, put six goals past neighbours Clock Tower on their return to action in the Crewe and District League’s Premier Division.

Rob Campbell’s hat-trick was the highlight of a 6-1 win.

Ste Hughes netted four times for Winsford Saxons, while Alex Townhill claimed a treble, as they ran up double-figures in a 12-1 thrashing of Winnington Avenue.

Meanwhile Over 3 Grange became the latest side to secure a spot in the AJ Cooke Trophy semi-finals after goals from Zak Finnigan and Brandon Icely contributed to a 2-1 win at Mary Dendy.

Performance of the week

Winnington Avenue 1994

The newcomers are still adjusting to life in the Cheshire League but they gave evidence they are growing used to new surroundings after overturning a deficit to beat Club AZ.

Player of the week

James Dean (Lostock Gralam)

The attacker held his nerve to open the scoring against Moore before doubling his personal tally with a sublime header.

He now has 12 goals in 11 appearances this season.

It was another good afternoon for…

Middlewich Town

The Witches can enjoy the view from the Cheshire League’s Premier Division summit after brushing aside FC St Helens

Stat of the week

Middlewich have collected more points on their travels – 15 from 18 on offer – than they have from games at Seddon Street (14 from 27)

Quote of the week

“I asked for a reaction, and I got one. This win is a big statement.”

Lewis Wood

Manager, Winnington Avenue 1994


Saturday, November 3

Cheshire Football League

Premier Division: Altrincham res 2-2 Eagle; Denton 0-5 Egerton; FC St Helens 0-3 Middlewich; Greenalls PSO 2-1 Billinge; Knutsford 4-2 Daten; Poynton 2-2 Crewe; Whaley Bridge 3-0 Malpas.

League One: Buxton res 2-2 Garswood; Ford Motors 1-3 Styal; Halebank 2-4 Broadheath Central; Lostock Gralam 4-1 Moore; Windle Labour 0-2 Blacon.

League Two: Cheadle res 7-2 Holmes Chapel; Club AZ 4-6 Winnington Ave 1994; Mersey Valley 1-3 Ashton Town res; Rylands res 2-7 Cheadle res; Sandbach Utd res 1-3 St Helens Town res; Wythenshawe Development 0-5 Ashton Ath res.

Reserves Division: Daten 0-1 Orford; Middlewich 1-3 Vulcan; Moore 0-4 Garswood A; Pilkington 1-3 Broadheath Central; Styal 1-0 Winstanley.

Crewe and District League

Premier Division: Barnton Wanderers 6-1 Clock Tower; Sandbach Town 4-3 Sandbach Curshaws; Winnington Ave 1-12 Winsford Saxons.

AJ Cooke Trophy

Quarter-finals, Saturday: Mary Dendy 1-2 Over 3 Grange.