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As the BSF Over 35 Football season nears its conclusion, all league champions have now been decided, but two runner-up places are still up for grabs. Barr Hill had won the top division and Salford Victoria or Bamford Arms, each with two games to play, could claim the second place, however, Bamford Arms crashed to a 5-0 defeat at Irlam Steel on Sunday. Salford Victoria, meanwhile, did not have a match having played the Sam Ashworth Trophy final on Wednesday when they beat the champions 4-2 after extra time.
Luke Buckle, Lee Newbold, Danny Butters and a Ryan double for Irlam gave them a 5-0 win which seriously dented Bamford’s chances of becoming runners-up. With two remaining games, Irlam could rise from their lowly league position.
Barr Hill secured the championship with a 3-2 win at Manor Vets for whom Leon Hamilton and Daniel Abucewicz scored, but Bryan Love, Paul Berry and Paul Cox did the necessary for Barr Hill.
Radcliffe Old Boys A are champions of Division Two with an unassailable lead following their 3-1 win at Turton as Mark Fitton, Paul Walsh and Colin Doherty scored.
Old Boltonians and Heaton Vets played each other twice on Sunday and drew both games. Ashley Walsh and Clint Brearley scored for their respective sides in the first game and both scored in the second. John Collings and Ferghal Smith scored the additional goals for Old Bolts in the second match while Austin Hurst and John Armour were on target for Heaton.
A seven-nil home defeat by Hindley Town all but ended Dobbies A’s ambitions for the season. Alan Hall, Warren Collier, Colin Ross, David Fashou and a Stu Gaskell hat-trick gave Hindley a convincing victory.
The Division Three table is now complete with all teams having played ten games. Horwich St Mary’s Victoria rounded off with a 4-0 home win over third placed Dobbies B to become champions on goal difference. Sammy Caldwell, Chris Richards, Michael Cowburn and James Chorlton scored the goals.
The top two, Horwich and Home Guard Failsworth have both won seven, drawn two and lost one, but Horwich take the title by a goal difference of 25 against 18 for Failsworth.
At the bottom of Division Three, Wigan Town and Vulcan Walkden were involved in an eight-goal thriller with Wigan winning 5-3 to pull level on points but finish bottom because Vulcan’s goal difference is better by three. Dean Ainscough scored two, his brother Darren one as Rob Carey and Tony Joynt added one apiece. Mark Morris and a Dan Wright double kept Vulcan off the bottom spot.
The Division Four championship was settled some time ago with Bolton Wyresdale as champions and Radcliffe Old Boys B as runners-up, however, third placed Heaton Casuals finished with a flourish, beating Atherton Town thanks to a Chris Sutcliffe brace and one each by Daz Wilcox and Tony McCormack.
The one remaining games in Division Four is scheduled for next Sunday.
for 13 May 2018 and Mid-week
Sam Ashworth Trophy Final
Salford Victoria 4 Barr Hill2 (a.e.t.)
League Division 1
Salford Waggon 4 Irlam Steel 4 Irlam Steel 5 Bamford Arms 0 Manor Vets 2 Barr Hill 3
League Division 2
Hindley Town 3 Heaton
Vets 0 Turton Vets 4 Dobbies A 4
Old Boltonians 1 Bolton Lads & Girls Club 0 Dobbies A 0-7
League Division 3
Dobbies B 1 Home Guard Failsworth 2 Wigan Town 1 Horwich St Mary’s Victoria 8 Horwich St Mary’s Victoria 4 Dobbies B 0 Wigan Town 5 Vulcan Walkden Vets FC 3
League Division 4
Atherton Town 0 Heaton Casuals 4