Goals continue to flow as leaders show their class

Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson

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Table-toppers Leyland and Chorley men continued their fine form putting in a top team performance to defeat Cheetham Hill 6-3.

The victory strengthens Leyland’s lead at the top of the Barrington Sports Division Four North as they sit eight points clear of second placed Southport seconds.

In a closely contested first half, both teams moved the ball well.

Cheetham created the first chance as slick passing down the left and a fine through ball released their striker, but keeper Ande Wilding was alert to the danger and made a fine stop.

Leyland looked dangerous on the ball and took the lead after 15 minutes.

Some fine interplay in midfield between Rahul Bamania, Wayne Johnson and James Gallacher created space for Matthew Wilson in the D and, as the keeper came out, he moved the ball on to an unmarked Dave Rimmer to slot home into an empty goal.

Cheetham continued to pose a threat and nearly equalised on another quick break but with the keeper beaten, Tim Button made a fine

goal-line clearance.

Leyland moved clear at the back end of the half when Rimmer showed trickery on the left and drew a foul in the D,.

From the resulting penalty corner Gallacher fired an unstoppable flick into the roof of the net.

Two minutes later in was three after, Gary Swann intercepted an attempted clearance and quickly found Simon Myers, who drove to the top of the D and fired into the far corner.

L&C started the second half brightly and quickly opened up a four-goal lead as fine play down the right opened up the Cheetham defence and Myers had time and space to pick out an unmarked Craig Wilson to slot home.

Cheetham continued to pose a threat and pulled a goal back when Gallagher’s attempted lifted ball was intercepted, the striker showing fantastic composure to move into the D and find the bottom corner with a fine

reverse strike.

L&C restored their four-goal lead shortly after when Andrew Dunn, Matthew Wilson and Terry Fredericks combined well down the right.

With the Cheetham defence all over the place, Myers had time strike another into the roof of the net.

Cheetham reduced the deficit again as a drive into the D was only partly cleared and the loose ball was turned in, but Leyland and Chorley scored their sixth following a quick break.

Button was the instigator with a lovely timed pass to pick out Myers. His drive into the D attracted defenders before a well-timed pass gave Rimmer another easy finish.

Cheetham were awarded a penalty stroke late on following a mis-timed slide from Wilding but this failed to take the gloss off a fine display.

This Saturday, Leyland welcome Southport seconds.

Push back is 2.00pm.