Champions back in hunt

Peter Brooks Honda Mexborough and District Sunday Football League

DEFENDING champions Swinton WMC have dragged themselves back into the title race with a 3-0 win over local rivals Station 2007.

The scoreline did not reflect the true pattern of the match with Station not rewarded for their relentless efforts.

But a brace from Ricky License plus a Brett Lovell strike earned Swinton an important win for their aims.

BOLTON Social’s promotion aspirations suffered a hit as they were held to a 2-2 draw by struggling George and Dragon.

It could have been so much worse for Bolton, who lined up against a George outfit with a bare 11 players.

Joe Hill was cynically brought down in the area with Luke Kerley smashing home the spot kick to give Bolton the lead on five minutes.

Hill produced a moment of brilliance in Social’s second goal, flicking the ball over his marker with his first touch and calmly slot home the second.

Goals from Matty Drewett and Berry Kurde earned a hard fought draw for George, who could have won it in the final minute when a one on one was missed.

Telstar and Cromwells also battled out a 2-2 draw.

THE Gate moved level on points at the top of the table with a 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Albert Road.

First half goals from Jason Warren and Shaun Teasdale were enough for Gate to deservedly end Albert Road’s 100 per cent record.

Glyn Lockwood reduced the deficit minutes before the break with a powerful free kick.

Gate could have made the game more comfortable if they had not squandered good chances in the second half which saw the woodwork hit and several near misses.

They were nearly left ruing the missed chances when the keeper was forced to divert wide in the dying moments.

Stone House ensured their hopes of a debut season promotion push remained alive with a 2-1 win over next door neighbours Cafe Sport.

A superb 20 yard effort from Noel Rodway gave Cafe Sport an early lead which they looked set to carry into the break.

But Sean Davies turned two defenders and slotted home on the stroke of half time to draw Stone House level.

A draw seemed likely but John Smith turned in a low corner six minutes from time to give Stone House the win.

The Stone House keeper was called on to make a superb save in the last minute to ensure the victory.

A BRACE from Lewis Deaks was not enough for Conisbrough Station who crashed out of the cup with a 9-2 defeat at Plough.

Montagu Arms earned their passage into the next round with a 3-1 win at The Staithes.

The game was characterised by a string of missed chances with Staithes left ruing their own wasteful play in front of goal.

Simon Moss tapped in for Staithes to give them a lifeline at 2-1, but Mont rounded things off 20 minutes from time.

MEXBOROUGH Weatherspoons continue to fly the flag for the league after winning their fifth round tie at Westfield Rangers.

A 4-1 win saw them coast into the latter stages of the competition.