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The finalists for the BSF Over 35s Cups were decided on Sunday except for one Sam Ashworth Trophy game in which BLGC are playing Moorside Rangers on Tuesday evening (8pm at Hacken Lane).
The Division 1 Cup final at the Tempest United ground will kick off at 2pm on Sunday 1st May when Mitchells Unicorn will face Digmoor. This is preceded at 11am by the Division 2 final between Ashtonians and Barr Hill Priory. The Division 3 final between Spotland Social and Cross Guns is at 11am the following Sunday, 8th May to be followed by the Sam Ashworth final at 2pm between Atherton Town and the winners of Tuesday’s semi between BLGC and Moorside.
Digmoor cruised into the Division 1 final as Ian Jones, Ian Luck and John Shaw gave them a 3-0 victory over Cheers Bar, but the Division 2 matches were less clear cut. Barr Hill Priory beat Mersey Valley by the odd goal in three, Barry Massey and Jason Fisher scoring their goals as Michael Coates replied for Mersey Valley, however, the game between Golborne Parkside and Ashtonians went to penalties before Ashtonians booked their place in the final.. It was three each at full time and after extra time, Ste Hughes, Mark Glover and Jamie Yeates scoring for the home side with a Mike Hamilton brace and one from Kev Rogers levelling the game, but Ashtonians triumphed 6-5 in the penalty shoot-out.
In the Division 3 semis, Spotland Social whitewashed Bolton Wyresdale 7-0 with Ryan Stainland netting twice as Daniel Stokes, Darren Smith, Jason Kay, Kristian Hubbard and Jason Murphy added one each. The other semi saw Rob Howarth score for Breightmet United B, but Mark Shannon struck twice and Darren Hornby once to see visitors Cross Guns into the final on 8th May.
Goals from Philip Leese and Lee Neal were enough to see Atherton Town into the Sam Ashworth Trophy final despite Colin Doherty scoring for Radcliffe Old Boys A, but they will have to wait till Tuesday to find out who they will meet in the final.
With the finalists known, it will be easier, but difficult, for the Match Secretary to arrange the 86 outstanding league games, only eleven of which have been arranged within the constraints of Cup involvement.
Division 1 leaders Mitchells Unicorn dropped points in the only Division 1 game played as they drew at Turton Bay Mare, but they remain two points clear of Digmoor with a game in hand. Peter Howard scored for Turton and Lee Newbold for Mitchells.
The top two in Division 2 were in Cup action and third placed Old Boltonians reduced the gap, but have played three games more than the pair above them and more than the chasing pack. Paul Berry, Andy Blackburn and Richard Stokes gave them a 3-1 win over Chorlton Sports for whom Dave Allan scores.
Astley Bridge kept in touch with the leaders by beating Breightmet United A 3-2 thanks to Mark Slone, Chris Kelly and Greg Richardson.
Bottom side PF Bury had a satisfying first win this season as they triumphed 3-2 away to Ainsworth A. Joe Vela scored one and Tony Dunn a double as Andy Kitchen struck twice for Ainsworth A.
In another Ainsworth/Bury clash, bottom side Bury Seniors lost 6-2 at home to Ainsworth B who have now reached the half way point of their Division 3 season, having completed ten matches. Dale Horrocks and Andrew Gealer scored for Bury, but they were blitzed by Ste Keane who scored four with Shaun Cockcroft and Mark Fill adding one apiece.
Radcliffe Old Boys C went down 0-4 to Elton Liberals for whom Jason Jarret (2), Danny Coyle and Martin Woodall scored.
Results for Sunday 24/04/2016
Sam Ashworth Semi Final:
Atherton Town 2 Radcliffe Old Boys 1
Division 1 Cup Semi Final:
Digmoor 3 Cheers Bar 0
Division 2 Cup Semi Finals:
Golborne Park Side 3 Ashtonians 3 A.E.T. (Ashtonians won 6-5 on penalties) Mersey Valley 1 Barr Hill Priory 2
Division 2 Cup Semi Finals:
Spotland Social 7 Bolton Wyresdale 0 Breightmet United B 1 Cross Guns 3
League Division 1
Turton Bay Mare 1 Mitchells Unicorn 1