THERE were plenty of goals scored on Saturday when Witton Albion led the way with a 5-0 thrashing of Buxton.

Carl Macauley’s men assumed complete control of the Northern Premier League Premier Division encounter from the moment Will Jones’ broke his duck for the campaign midway through the first-half.

James Foley, twice, Danny McKenna and Josh Meade, an unlucky Bucks defender who deflected a shot past his own goalkeeper, were also on target at Silverlands.

Northwich Victoria were too strong for Runcorn Town, finding the net five times during the second-half of a North West Counties League Premier Division meeting.

Brian Matthews was denied a hat-trick when goalkeeper Adam Reid saved his penalty in added time, but by then Steve Wilkes’ side had long since secured maximum points.

Harvey Whyte, Andy Fitzgerald and Lewis Pilgrim completed their list of scorers.

1874 Northwich prevailed on a visit to Charnock Richard in the same section and Scott McGowan’s late goal put the seal on a 2-0 victory.

The front man had twice the reason to celebrate after passing Michael Brandon in a table of all-time scorers for the club since its formation.

A single strike was enough for Winsford United to edge out Whitchurch Alport at Barton Stadium, where Sam Howell stroked in Obi Anoruo’s cross on the hour.

The points felt precious to Blues, who moved clear of the bottom two.

Barnton went down 3-2 at Vauxhall Motors in the First Division South on Friday night, when Lee Guirado and Jordan Cobley netted for the visitors.

Harry Short’s leveller earned for Middlewich a deserved share of the spoils from their meeting with Pilkington in the Cheshire League’s match of the day.

Matthew Taylor put the visitors to Seddon Street in front.

The Witches’ lead at the Premier Division’s summit is down to three points following Altrincham reserves’ comfortable victory against Malpas.

Lostock Gralam brushed aside Windle Labour in League One, running out 4-0 victors thanks to goals from James Dean, who claimed a double, and substitutes Sean Tierney and Jack Woolley.

Adam Bettley’s goal late in extra time ensured Cuddington began the defence of their Northern Cup crown with a 2-1 win at home to FC Garston.

Josh Mainwaring had replied to the visitors’ early opener.


Northern Premier League

Premier Division: Bamber Bridge 2-2 Nantwich; Buxton 0-5 Witton; Gainsborough 4-1 Whitby; Hyde 2-0 Hednesford; Lancaster 0-0 Stafford; Matlock 3-1 Stalybridge; North Ferriby 0-6 Farsley Celtic; Scarborough 2-0 Marine; South Shields 3-2 Mickleover; Warrington 1-1 Basford; Workington 1-4 Grantham.

North West Counties League

Premier Division: Abbey Hey 0-6 Ashton Ath; Barnoldswick 2-0 Burscough; Bootle 3-5 Squires Gate; Charnock Richard 0-2 1874 Northwich; Irlam 1-0 Congleton; Northwich Victoria 5-1 Runcorn Town; Padiham 0-1 City of Liverpool; Silsden 2-1 Hanley; West Didsbury & Chorlton 2-2 Litherland REMYCA; Winsford 1-0 Whitchurch.

First Division South: Abbey Hulton 3-1 Stockport Town; Cammell Laird 1-1 Sandbach Utd; Cheadle Heath 2-1 Ellesmere; Cheadle 1-0 FC Oswestry; New Mills 1-5 Eccleshall; Rylands 1-0 Stone Old Alleynians; St Martins 1-1 Wythenshawe Town; Stone Dominoes 0-5 Maine Road; Wythenshawe Amateurs 7-0 Alsager. Friday: Vauxhall Motors 3-2 Barnton.

Cheshire League

Premier Division: Altrincham res 3-0 Malpas; Congleton Vale 0-3 Denton; Daten 4-3 FC St Helens; Eagle 4-0 Billinge; Middlewich 1-1 Pilkington; Whaley Bridge 2-2 Greenalls PSO.

League One: Ford Motors 2-0 Grappenhall; Halebank 2-1 Golborne; Moore 3-5 Winstanley; Orford 3-0 Buxton res; Vulcan 2-4 Blacon; Windle Labour 0-4 Lostock Gralam.

League Two: Ashton Ath res 3-2 Sandbach res; Ashton Town res 4-0 Wythenshawe Town Development; St Helens Town res 0-3 Holmes Chapel.

Reserves Division: Broadheath Central 1-1 Daten; Garswood A 5-2 Moore; Winstanley 1-2 Vulcan.

Mid-Cheshire District FA Challenge Cup

Group A: Clock Tower 1-2 Middlewich res; Winnington Ave 0-12 Over 3 Grange.

Group B: Winsford Saxons 0-0 Winnington Ave 1994; Witton Albion Development 0-2 Barnton Wanderers.

Northern Cup

Second Round: ASC Face 1-3 Orford res; Billinge res 4-4 Gidlow Ath (aet, Gidlow won 5-4 on pens); Cuddington 2-1 FC Garston (aet); Golborne res 1-9 Leigh Rangers; Market Drayton Tigers 4-3 Pilkington res (aet); Mexoc 4-6 Christleton Argyle; North Walkden 3-0 Cuddington vets; Red Lions 1-12 Poynton res; Styal res 2-1 Digmoor (aet); Woodstreet Academy 1-2 Maine Road res.