Stoke City lost again in the Championship on Saturday away to West Brom. 2-1. A Dwight Gale brace was enough to ensure the Baggies bagged all three points. The Potters grabbed a late consolation through a superb Erik Pieters strike.
There was disappointment for both of our local sides in League 2.
Port Vale were beaten at home by Newport County 2-1 despite Tom Pope becoming the Vale’s all time record scorer at Vale Park.
Macclesfield Town were soundly beaten away in the Cheshire derby by Crewe Alexandra 3-0.
Buxton fared better in the Evo-Stik Premier League. They traveled to Mickleover Sports and came away 3-1 winners. Bucks put on a superb display to take all 3 points.
Leek Town went down to a surprise defeat in the Evo-Stik Division 1 West. The Blues were beaten 2-1 at home by bottom of the table Clitheroe.
Kidsgrove Athletic were held 1-1 at home by Glossop North End despite taking the lead through club captain Ant Malbon.
Newcastle Town secured a much needed victory away at Kendal. An Aaron Bott strike was enough to ensure Castle came away with the full 3 points.
In the FA vase there were mixed fortunes for our local sides. Hanley Town thumped Pershore 4-0. Abbey Hulton were knocked out by Whitchurch Allport despite holding the lead twice. Abbey eventually lost by 2-3. Alsager Town were hammered 5-1 by Burscough and Congleton Town we’re knocked out by Bootle losing 1-0 at home.
In the Staffs County Premier Division – Leek CSOB drew 1-1 away at Tunstall Town.
In the local cricket – It was derby day in the market town of Leek. Ashcombe Park hosted Leek CC in the North Staffs & South Cheshire Cricket League Premier Division. The match ended in a draw. Ashcombe posted a mighty total of 259 for 6. Leek batted out their overs however making 176 for 3 to ensure it ended honours even.
There were also wins for Checkley, Elworth, Hem Heath and Longton.
In Division 1 – Caverswall thumped Betley.
Cheadle posted a whopping 354 for 3 and declared after 40 overs they then proceeded to bowl out opponents Barlaston within 16 overs for just 64 runs.
There were also wins for Little Stoke and Newcastle & Hartshill.
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