WITTON Albion let slip a two-goal lead when they visited Vauxhall Motors for their second friendly of the summer on Saturday.

Carl Macauley’s men took the lead when a defender on trial headed in from a corner and went further in front when James Foley was left unmarked to score.

However the hosts, preparing for a return to the North West Counties League this season, rallied after the interval and hauled themselves level thanks to a double from Jo Brandon.

Albion’s next opponents, tenants Northwich Victoria, ran out 2-1 victors away to Garstang and claimed the Adam Swanwick Memorial Trophy.

Rob Doran was in the right place to convert from a corner before Liam Bickett, a second-half substitute, fired in a second with a quarter of an hour left.

The reigning West Lancashire League Premier Division champions replied before full-time.

1874 Northwich were on the wrong end of an emphatic 6-1 score-line after their meeting with higher-ranked hosts Leek Town.

Charlie Walford was first to find the net before Dominic Smith quickly added to Blues’ advantage.

Matthew Woolley converted from Jake Parker’s cross to halve the visitors’ deficit before the break, only for Neil Baker’s men to pull clear after it.

Tyler Blake tapped in before Rob Stevenson scored his side’s fourth goal shortly afterwards.

Dan Trickett-Smith chipped a fifth and Stevenson completed the scoring.

Stalybridge Celtic, from the Northern Premier League’s top flight, proved too strong for Winsford United in the first game played at St Luke’s Barton Stadium.

Greg Wilkinson opened the visitors’ account before Brandon Moores restored parity for Blues.

However Lee Duckworth’s side were playing catch-up from the moment Ross Dent made it 2-1.

Further goals from Matty Wolfenden, Jake Charles and Daniel Pemberton followed for Celtic before the final whistle.

Barnton’s record during pre-season remains unblemished after they beat Newton Athletic, while Middlewich Town went down 2-0 at Whitchurch Alport.

A goal in each half, from Joe Cuff and a fine overhead kick from Arron Johns, downed the visiting Witches.

Lostock Gralam suffered a 6-2 defeat on a visit to Rylands, where James Dean scored both the Grey Lambs’ goals.