Football: Celtic hit back to humble leaders
ELMO'S Celtic put their cup exploits behind them to concentrate on their push for the Premier Division title.
The Leek outfit have been tied up with matches in the Sentinel Sunday Cup, the Staffs FA Sunday Challenge Cup and the JW Howson League Cup in recent weeks.
But they returned to domestic duty in style by beating leaders Knypersley 5-3.
Mitch Shenton gave them an early lead, only for Knypersley to hit back through James Spencer and Lee Horton.
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Spencer made it 3-1 on the hour mark and Elmo's looked to be heading for defeat.
However, Ollie Mellor grabbed a lifeline on 66 minutes and then netted an equaliser seven minutes later.
Will Bown put Celtic in front eight minutes from time and as Knypersley pushed forward looking for another goal, Bown netted his second to make it 5-3.
Elmo's are three points behind Knypersley, but have three games in hand.
Bottom club Waterhouses picked up their first point of the season when they drew 1-1 at home to fourth-placed Hare & Gate Strollers.
Waterhouses took the lead on 25 minutes with a goal from Jake Binns, but Hare and Gate earned a point with a second-half equaliser goal from David Bailey.
Division One leaders Unicorn suffered a shock 6-0 defeat at home to eighth-placed Rams Head.
Lee Tawn gave Rams Head the lead after 10 minutes, but it took until a minute into the second half for Jake Scott to double the lead.
Damien Sandywell made it 3-0 before Unicorn had their keeper sent off for serious foul play. Jordan Benfield added a fourth and new signing Dan Buelher netted twice in the last 10 minutes to round off the victory.
Vale Hoppers took advantage to move to the top of the table with a 7-1 home win over Stanleys.
Joe Gosling gave Hoppers the lead after five minutes, but Stanleys equalised through Will Mason.
Ryan Speak restored Hoppers' lead just before the break, then two early second-half goals from Scott Sapsford and an own goal put them in control.
Rob McGubbin made it five with 15 minutes left and goals from Chris Jackson and Gary Barnes sealed Stanleys' fate.
Dyers Arms moved up to fourth place with a 6-1 win at Royal Oak Rushton Spencer, thanks to goals from James Owen (3), Andy Pegg (2) and Dan Shenton.
Valiant Troggs moved into fifth spot after beating early-season leaders Wellington 6-0 at Birchall, with new signing Mike Keates hitting four of the goals on his debut.
Leek Snooker centre beat struggling Biddulph Town Diamonds 2-1 thanks to goals from Richard Knott and Andy Mayer.
Two teams have resigned from the league, Athletico Rag from the Premier Division, and Wharf Inne from Division One.
Both records have been expunged and the league tables amended.