Barnton 2, Middlewich Town 3
MIDDLEWICH added the District FA Cup to the Mid Cheshire League championship and League Cup to the Seddon Street cabinet on Wednesday but only after a resurgent Barnton gave them a nasty scare.
Former Middlewich goalkeeper Barry Crellin had a superb first half and kept Barnton level at the break. That changed when Paul Ashwell powered home a header and Andy Whitney hit the top corner of the net with a right-footer.
But Town became a little complacent and that was all the encouragement Barnton needed to push forward and they scored well-taken goals through Paul Allen and Dave Tasker.
But within seconds of Tasker's equaliser Whitney had raced through Barnton's defence and restored Middlewich's lead with another top-corner finish, this time his left foot.
Barnton were unlucky not to get a Mid Cheshire League First Division point at least at Styal on Saturday.
They went down 1-0 to a deflected shot while Tasker went closest to scoring for Barnton.
LOSTOCK GRALAM beat off having to apply for re-election thanks to a 3-0 win over Eagle Sports on Thursday. Fullwood was their hat-trick hero.
Other MCL scores: One - C ro s -fields 2 Witton Res 1; Two - Lostock 1 Crewe 3; Reserves - Middlewich 5 Gamesley 0.
Tonight: Reserves - Middlewich v Broadheath; Saturday: One - Barnton v Garswood, Trafford Res v Middlewich, Witton Res v Gamesley; Two - Malpas v Lostock; Reserves - Billinge v Middlewich; Tuesday: Two - Eagle v Lostock.
* CUDDINGTON missed out on the second promotion spot in the First Division of the Crewe League when Kidsgrove Carpets beat Sandbach Wheatsheaf 2-0 to confirm runnersup place behind champions Lostock Gralam Reserves.
Winnington Avenue moved down a place in the premier division's mid-table when they lost 2-1 at home to title-chasing Congleton Athletic on Wednesday last week, Chris Millington scoring their goal. Saturday: Premier - Manchester Metro Univ v Winnington Avenue; One - Avenue Res v Sandbach Wheatsheaf.