WILL Jones scored a decisive goal for hosts Witton Albion when they edged out Grantham Town to record a sixth win from their past eight Northern Premier League matches.

The front man cut inside a recovering defender before stretching to steer the ball past goalkeeper Sam Andrews with eight minutes left at Wincham Park.

It leaves Carl Macauley’s men ninth in the Premier Division table.

1874 Northwich recovered at the first attempt following a defeat at promotion-chasing Bootle last time out.

Scott McGowan’s double was a highlight of a 4-2 win over Burscough, their FA Cup conquerors back in August, that also featured goals for Michael Koral and Taylor Kennerley.

Sam Hind made his 100th appearance in the club’s colours when he came on as a substitute in the second-half.

It was an afternoon to forget for Winsford United at Charnock Richard where Lee Jones’ first-half dismissal as punishment for being cautioned twice proved costly.

Blues led twice thanks to goals from Sam Madeley and Joe Duckworth but trailed 3-2 by the break.

Carl Grimshaw, Ross O’Farrell and Matt Davison were on target for the hosts after the interval.

Lostock Gralam continue to lead the way in Cheshire League One following a 3-0 win against Golborne at Moss Farm.

Jack Woolley poked in an opening goal in the moments before half-time and Louis Johnson swept in at the back post shortly after it.

Scott Taylor teed up Robbie Hatton to add gloss for the Grey Lambs, who are three points clear of Blacon Youth.

Cuddington kept hold of a promotion position in League Two after brushing aside their hosts Club AZ.

Max Linaker, Tom Hassall, substitute Ben Curbishley and Stefan Bell all found the net in a comfortable 4-0 win.

Winsford Saxons bowed out of the Crewe and District League’s AJ Cooke Trophy following a 3-1 defeat at title-rivals Madeley White Star in the semi-finals.


Saturday, March 9

Northern Premier League 

Premier Division: Bamber Bridge 1-3 Whitby; Basford 2-0 Buxton; Hyde 1-2 Farsley Celtic; Marine 1-2 Scarborough; Mickleover 1-3 South Shields; Warrington 2-3 Stafford; Witton 1-0 Grantham. 

North West Counties League 

Premier Division:  1874 Northwich 4-2 Burscough (at Winsford United FC); Abbey Hey 0-4 Hanley; Barnoldswick 1-3 Whitchurch; Bootle 4-2 Ashton Ath; Charnock Richard 6-2 Winsford; Congleton 1-2 Runcorn Town; Litherland REMYCA 1-2 City of Liverpool. 

First Division South: Abbey Hulton 1-0 Eccleshall; New Mills 1-2 Maine Road; Sandbach Utd 2-2 Cheadle Town; St Martins 0-4 Wythenshawe Amateurs; Stockport Town 4-0 Ellesmere Rangers; Wythenshawe Town 3-1 Stone Dominoes. 

Cheshire League 

Premier Division:  Crewe 2-1 Whaley Bridge; Egerton 1-4 Daten; FC St Helens 4-1 Poynton; Knutsford 0-1 Denton; Malpas 2-3 Eagle. 

League One: Blacon 2-1 Windle Labour; Lostock Gralam 3-0 Golborne (at Moss Farm).  

League Two: Ashton Ath 4-1 Holmes Chapel; Club AZ 0-4 Cuddington; Maine Road res 1-0 Mersey Valley. 

Reserves Division: Middlewich 1-0 Orford; Styal 4-1 FC St Helens. 

Crewe and District League 

Premier Division: Barnton Wanderers 2-0 Mary Dendy; Over 3 Grange 0-3 Tarporley; Winnington Ave 1-3 Sandbach Curshaws. 

AJ Cooke Trophy 

Semi-finals: Madeley White Star 3-1 Winsford Saxons (Madeley White Star to play Barnton Wanderers in the final)