EX-WINSFORD and Witton midfielder Chris Bermingham made an instant impact on his Barnton debut in this Mid Cheshire League Division One victory at bottom-of-the-table Golborne.
It was Bermingham's corner as half-time neared that produced the opening goal. Jerry Coll's header was half saved and he bundled home the loose ball.
Golborne put up determined resistance, though Lee Pennington had missed a sitter before Coll scored.
The home side levelled in the 55th minute, but five minutes later Coll netted what proved to be the winner - a neat chip according to some, a mishit lob according to others.
Knutsford 0 Middlewich Town 1: Middlewich kept hold of top spot with a deserved win over improving Knutsford.
Lee Murphy headed home a Dave Murray throw in the first half and Knutsford, though they applied pressure near the end, did not look like equalising.
But Middlewich didn't look like adding to their score either - even when they had to substitute their injured keeper, with ex-Barnton winger Aidan Brodigan donning the jersey and making two good saves. Crewe FC 1 Witton Albion Res 1 (Crewe FC
won 5-3 on penalties): Goalkeeper Steve Harding proved spot on in a penalty shoot-out and earned his side a President's Cup semi-final place.
Harding was the first to volunteer to take a spot-kick when the tie went to a shoot-out after neither Crewe FC nor Witton Albion Reserves could add to the 1-1 scoreline in extra time. The keeper, who had earlier kept his side in the match, pulling off two outstanding saves in the first half after Crewe had fallen behind, smashed home his penalty and saved two of Witton's to send his team through.
Meanwhile, Lostock Gralam went down 4-1 in Division Two at Warrington Borough and, in the Reserves Division, Middlewich
Town triumphed 4-1 over Gamesley. Saturday: One - Middlewich v Crosfield (1pm), Barnton v Linotype-Cheadle; Two - Broadheath v Lostock, Penketh-Sankey v Witton Res; Reserves - Golborne v Middlewich; Tuesday: One - Poynton v Middlewich. nWinnington Avenue Res moved above Winsford IPC in the Crewe & District League with a 4-2 win over their local rivals, courtesy of two goals each by Cooper and Touch, with Langley and Cook replying.
Avenue's first team put up a spirited fight at Malpas Res before losing 1-0 in the semi-final of the Crewe FA Junior Shield. Saturday: Avenue v Congleton Ath.