Stoke City have Peter Crouch to thank for keeping the Potters in the hat for the 4th Round Draw of the FA Cup.
Gary Rowett’s men looked to be crashing out of the competition at the 3rd Round stage as they trailed their hosts by a goal to nil until substitute Crouch popped up with the the equaliser in the 78th minute. Dave Lee’s alternative match report and post match audio will be available on the website shortly.
In Skybet League 2 – Port Vale had a weekend off after a controversial week. Manager Neil Aspin appeared to have a foot out of the door after fans had criticised him in last weeks 1-1 draw away at Lincoln City, Aspin then confirmed he was staying at the Valiants at a press conference on Friday.
Back to Saturday’s action and Macclesfield Town remain in the relegation zone after losing 2-1 at home to Swindon despite taking the lead on 14 minutes through Tyrone Marsh.
Buxton continued their impressive run of form in the Evo-Stik Premier League with a 2-0 home win against Whitby Town.
In the Evo-Stik Division 1 West League Leek Town were held to a 1-1 draw at Ramsbottom United. The Blues had to come from behind to take a share of the points courtesy of an Aaron Bott penalty. Leek remain 5th in the league to occupy a playoff place. Our reporter Rich Scott will post his match report and post match audio on the website shortly.
Despite a spirited way performance, Kidsgrove Athletic were beaten 2-1 away at high flying Atherton Colleries. Newcastle Town were thumped 4-0 away by league leaders Radcliffe Borough. Radcliffe make the trip to Harrison Park next weekend to face Leek Town in what will surely by the league’s clash of the day.
In the Hallmark Securities Premier Division Hanley Town beat Barnoldswick Town 4-1 away. It was a welcome return to form for Hanley who had been languishing at the wrong end of the table. They appointed Micky Morton as Manager last week and he and some fresh faces made an immediate impact. 1874 Northwich beat Congleton Town 3-2 in an entertaining game. Congleton remain second in the league table but are 9 points behind leaders City of Liverpool and have a game in hand.
In the Hallmark Securities First Div South Abbey Hulton United were held to a 1-1 draw by Cheadle Town. Abbey remain joint top with Wythenshaw and Rylands but both have games in hand. It was another shocker for Alsager Town who were hammered 5-0 away to Vauxhall Motors to ensure they continue their terrible run of form.
In the Staffordshire County Senior Premier Leek CSOB were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Walsall Phoenix. Manager Sam Pettit can take some heart form the fact that his team were 2 goals behind and were reduced to 10 men before they fought their way back into the game.