Football: Chinshaw helps Abbey maintain their winning habit
NATHAN Chinn-Shaw came up with a timely double to keep Abbey Hulton United's title challenge on track.
The prolific striker netted twice to help his side come from behind against fellow Staffs County Senior League Premier Division high-fliers Ball Haye Green – a result which maintained their unbeaten league record.
Greg Johnson fired Ball Haye in front after 25 minutes, but Chinn-Shaw had levelled matters from the spot before half-time.
The front man added his second five minutes after the break to wrap up a victory which leaves United fourth and within striking distance of leaders Cheadle Town, whose game against Eccleshall was postponed.
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Hanley Town are just a point behind Cheadle, with two games in hand, after putting strugglers Stretton to the sword.
Hat-tricks for Theo Stair, Danny Tainton and Alex Barnfather were the highlights of a thumping 13-0 win, with two from Michael Moreton and goals from Josh Thorpe and Ben Blowers rounding it off.
Early leaders Wolstanton United lost further ground when they were held to a 2-2 draw at Stone Dominoes.
Sam Golden and Dan Macintosh were on target for the home side, but Tyrone Wilson and Mark Grice earned a point for the visitors.
Dave Shaw's 78th-minute winner was just enough to see Kidsgrove Athletic move into mid-table.
Dan Holdcroft's opener for the home side had earlier been cancelled out by Alsager's Kieron Jones. The misery goes on for rock-bottom Florence, whose defeat at home to Newcastle Town means they've now lost all 14 of their league games so far.
Matt Hardman and Josh Rhodes inflicted the damage.
Uttoxeter Town now look hot favourites for promotion from Division One.
An impressive 5-1 success at Bradwell put them seven points clear at the top of the table and it was striker Matt Redshaw who led the way with a four-goal blast.
Hanley Town Reserves missed the chance to close the gap when they surprisingly went down 3-2 at Ashbourne, while Cheadle SMU showed their fighting spirit to earn a point at Bradeley.
Goals from Steve Amison and Adam Robson looked to have given the home side all three points, but Michael Fitzpatrick came up with a second-half double to clinch a share of the spoils.
Jack Higginbotham and Tom Wilson were on target in the second half as Congleton Athletic saw off visitors Chesterton, while Neil Heaney and Danny Moorville were the scorers as MMU came from behind at Abbey Hulton United Reserves.
In Division Two, struggling Longton took a surprise lead at second-placed Hall Heath, but it all went wrong as the home side hit back through John Robinson (2), Wayne Hinks, Ricky Thompson and Toby Lewal.
A Josh Harris hat-trick, meanwhile, put Stapenhill on course for a 6-2 win at Whittington.
Jordan Beech scored the only goal as Audley won through to the third round of the Staffs FA Vase.
His 61st-minute strike was just enough to knock Premier Division rivals Redgate Clayton out of the competition.
There was a thriller in the Staffs FA Cup, with Redgate Clayton Reserves edging out Norton Reserves 6-5 after extra time.
Adam Bradley (2), Richie Shankland, Dwain Allen and Greg Baddick were on target for Norton, but Phil Mason and Matt Barlow both scored twice for Redgate, with further strikes from Matt Tudor and Nick Holland.
Goals from Oliver Rabie, Matt Bayliss and Josh Jones saw Betley safely through to the fourth round of the Staffs FA Cup at the expense of Biddulph Town.