Football: Cooper nets again as Dresden fire home eight
DRESDEN United put thoughts of the Premier Division title to one side at the weekend to concentrate on cup glory.
South Staffs outfit Littleton were the visitors to Bucknall Park for a Staffs FA Sunday Cup clash, but they were no match for Dresden who fired eight goals past them.
Hot-shot Ash Cooper was on target once more with a couple of goals, while Ben Leese (2), Richard Parkes, Roy Smith, Andy Cragg and Josh Thorpe also found the back of the net.
Black Lion were also involved in the Sunday Cup, but they lost 3-2 to another South Staffs side in Brereton Sol. Gaz Whitmore and Scott Griffiths were their scorers.
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Division Two side The Barrel were knocked out of the Staffs Sunday Trophy by Potteries and District League side John Marston 4-1. Dave Hughes bagged their solitary goal.
Newcastle Rangers lost 4-2 to Coors Division Four side AC Biddulph Arms.
Bentilee made progress in the PM Cup thanks to a 3-1 victory at Stella Bucharest.
Sakari Hamin and Tom Meredith scored in the first half for Bentilee, with Nathan Campbell wrapping things up after the break with a third goal.
Division Two teams Gardeners Retreat and Wheatsheaf met in the first round of the Subsidiary Cup.
And Stefan Powers (2), Mark Wilson and Tom Forrester were on target as second-from-bottom Gardeners came out on top with a 4-2 success. Lee Ross and James Ross replied.
The Congress had little difficulty in seeing off fellow Premier Division side L&M Autos with Daz Swan (3), Ash Warren and Shaun Forster on target a 5-1 win.
Locomotive moved up to third place in the Premier Division with a 4-1 home win over third-from-bottom Bench & Bar.
Jordan White, Barry Walker junior, Jamie Durber and Aaron Darlington got their goals.
Keele University and Blurton Joker were involved in an 11-goal thriller, but the students had the last laugh as they emerged 6-5 winners.
Simon Brown (3), Sam James (2) and Rick Latham netted their goals.
Oak Tree dropped one place to fourth following a hard-earned draw at leaders Hawk.
Josh McDade, Ciaran McKinney and Dean Johnson scored for the Trent Vale side, while Greg Thorley (2) and Jake Podmore found the net for Hawk.
In Division One, Scott Fernyhough scored his first ever goal as Longton Area put eight past bottom side Millstone Inn.
Simon Worthington helped himself to four as Longton established a 5-1 interval lead.
Marvin Johnson, Shaun Hurst and Adam Bridgwood completed the scoring after the break.
Elsewhere, leaders Holditch beat third-from-bottom The Tavern 3-0.