Five beat elements but home provides little comfort

The thaw did not come quickly enough for most teams in the West Lancashire League this weekend with only five matches played - but some sides showed some red hot scoring form.

In the Premier Division Hurst Green were the beneficiaries of Slyne's playable surface running out 6-0 winners to move up to ninth.

James Barnes and Lucas Robinson put them ahead at the break and a Charlie Collinge double, one from Pierce Beetham and a Cuan Bradley penalty sealed a ninth win of the season.

Blackpool Wren Rovers got back to winning ways with a 5-3 win at Cleator Moor Celtic in a topsy-turvy match.

Ric Seear got the first of his hat-trick early on only for Tom Mahone and Tommy Whitehead to put the home side ahead at half time.

Danny Fletcher and Seear then put Wrens back in the ascendancy but Adam Smith made it 3-3 on 58 minutes.

Jacob Aspinall and Seear then settled an enthralling match.

In Division One, Southport Hesketh grabbed only their third point of the season to scupper local rivals Hesketh Bank at the death.

Matty Low struck the woodwork with a volley in the first half before Luke Smith broke the deadlock on 65 minutes.

Muhammed Sameteh then popped up on the stroke of full time to deny the visitors three points.

Astley and Buckshaw threw down a promotion marker with a resounding 4-0 win at fellow high flyers Freckleton to clear at the top of Division Two.

Shane Mead set the ball rolling with Lucas Gornall's double and a Danny Cooper clincher earning them a morale-boosting win and becoming the first side to beat Freckleton at home this season.

Anyone who left Hawcoat Park early will be kicking themselves with most of the key action in the final minutes against Euxton Villa Reserves.

Liam McNally's 14th minute goal looked to be the only goal of the game until Matthew Roberts equalised five minutes from time.

James Hale thought he'd won it for Euxton on 90 minutes but Kieran Culley's injury time effort earned a point for Hawcoat Park in their battle to get off the foot of the table.

All county cup matches involving Coppull, Fulwood, Wyre Villa, Kendal County and Kendal United were postponed which will have a knock-on effect on league matches.

Where next?

Magnificent Millom make dash for survival Fulwood Amateurs were left to fly the flag in the LFA Amateur Shield as Coppull United and Wyre Villa bowed out, writes BEN SMITH with pictures from both quarter finals involving our teams by JOHN SHIRRAS and DERICK THOMAS.
Top five all win to keep pace in promotion battle There were no slip-ups among the Division Two frontrunners as the top five all grabbed three points writes BEN SMITH, with pictures of Astley and Buckshaw v Kendal United by STEFAN WILLOUGHBY

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