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Salford Victoria narrowed the gap at the top of the BSF Over 35s Football Division One with a thumping 8-2 win away to Mersey Valley A. They are just one point behind leaders Hindsford Vets whose game was postponed and have a game in hand. Anthony Weall scored a hat-trick, Richard Jackson and Mark Bailey added two apiece and one by John Smith made it eight while Dimitch and Murtagh scored for the home side.
Bar Hill edged past Bamford Arms to stay third, two points behind Salford. Stevie Raymond, Steve Naylor and Steve Hughes scored for visitors Bar Hill for their 3-2 victory while Stokes and Smith were on target for Bamford to keep their hopes alive.
Digmoor and Turton Bay Mare started the day with one point each at the foot of the Division, but Digmoor went clear with a 2-1 home victory, however, Turton have played two fewer matches. John Stalker and Robbie Rea scored for Digmoor and Craig Williams for the visitors.
The top two teams in Division Two met on Sunday and Astley Bridge consolidated their position with a 2-0 away win to go six points clear although Radcliffe Old Boys A have a game in hand. If the Radcliffe had won, the teams could have been level, not only on points, but also on goal difference. Mark Sloan and Paul Fletcher both scored to guarantee Astley Bridge the top spot.
When Mersey Valley B were placed in Division Two, their officials were concerned they might struggle, but they are in third place after seven games. Deans Youth & Ladies were placed in the same Division although they wanted to start at the bottom and Sundayís game confirmed they were right. At home to Mersey Valley B, Deans were crushed fifteen to nil and are still looking for a point after eight matches. Michael Coates and Dion Goodridge each netted four, James Scott scored a hat-trick while Leon Hamilton, Kevin Walton, Daniel Abucewicz, and John Gilmartin all scored one. Provided they donít lose heart, losing in Division Two might teach Deans more than winning in the lower Division.
Bolton Lads & Girls Club are joint third in Division Two, but are the only team to have played all nine matches, and their game against Ainsworth A was switched to their 3G pitch on Sunday. Although Strudwick scored for Ainsworth, Jeff Brookes, Richard Rowlan, Steve Stringer and Andy Kitchen scored for BLGC to earn the points.
Golborne Park Side leap-frogged Heaton Vets after Noel Coleman struck twice for victory over Heaton Vets for whom Chris Sutcliffe scored.
Radcliffe Vets went ahead of Old Boltonians on goal difference thanks to their 3-2 away win. Adam Greenhalgh, Mark Westhead and Tom Dawson scored the Radcliffe goals while Berry and Dean replied for Old Bolts.
Division Three leaders AFC Dobbies increased their lead over second placed Heaton Casuals with a convincing 6-1 away win. Carl Tollady scored for the home side, but a Lee Smith brace and one apiece from Dave Malius, Robert Howarth, Carl Lomax and Anthony Healey saw Dobbies to a comfortable victory.
Atherton Town drew level on points with Ainsworth B thanks to a 2-1 home win, however, Ainsworth have a game in hand. Ste Anderton and Dave Walker scored for Atherton and Gareth Harrison for the visitors.
Paul Lewis and Rob Black scored to give Home Guard Failsworth a narrow 2-1 home win over Radcliffe Old Boys B and are just a point behind Bolton Wyresdale whose game was postponed
for 27 November 2016
Bamford Arms 2 Bar Hill JFC 3 Digmoor FC Vets 2 Turton Bay Mare 1 Mersey Valley Vets A 2 Salford Victoria 8
Deans Youth & Ladies FC 0
Mersey Valley Vets B 15 Golborne Parkside Vets FC 2
Heaton Vets 1 Ainsworth A 1 Bolton Lads & Girls Club 4
Home Guard Failsworth Vets 2 Radcliffe Old Boys B 1, Atherton Town Vets 2 Ainsworth B 1, Heaton Casuals 1 AFC Dobbies 6.