Football: McShane double sends Bullets crashing to another home defeat
ALSAGER TOWN succumbed to their third successive home defeat in going down 2-0 to North West Counties League Premier Division rivals Runcorn Town.
The Bullets were undone by two goals from James McShane, who took his tally to 19 for the season.
The first came from the penalty spot on 36 minutes, and he wrapped up the scoring 11 minutes from time.
Alsager are now 12th in the Premier League table, while Runcorn, due to play at Rocester in the next round of the FA Vase in a couple of weeks, are third after an unbeaten run of 10 games.
NORTON UNITED warmed up for their Staffs Senior Cup tie against Port Vale at Community Drive tomorrow (7.45pm) with a hard fought game at Runcorn Linnets.
The match finished 1-0 to the hosts, but Norton were unlucky to concede a late goal.
A difficult pitch made good football tricky, but Norton gave as good as they got.
Tom Winkle forced the home keeper to save a shot with his legs before Dan Brown fired wide when he might have done better.
The only goal of the game came four minutes from time when Martin Crowder sent over a cross that was turned home by Ross McDowell.
Norton manager Scott Dundas came on as a last-minute substitute and almost scored a dramatic equaliser.
His low shot beat the Runcorn goalkeeper, but was hacked clear by Michael Duffy.
STONE DOMINOES finally got a game under their belts after five postponements out of six – but lost 4-2 at home to AFC Blackpool.
Marc Beattie put the visitors in front on 37 minutes, but Matthew Dodwell levelled a minute before the break.
Beattie restored Blackpool's advantage from the restart and Ciaran Donnelly made it 3-1 in the 67th minute.
Dodwell scored his second of the game for the Doms from the penalty spot with 10 minutes remaining, but Ben Waddington rounded off the scoring with Blackpool's fourth.
Doms still prop up the table with only one win all season.
CONGLETON TOWN were without a game as scheduled opponents Wigan Robin Park were losing 4-1 to Walsall Wood in the FA Vase.
LEEK CSOB made it 10 points out of a possible 12 in Division One with a goalless draw at Chadderton to move up to 12th place in the table.
Remarkably they are unbeaten in the league since September, but have had eight postponements and one abandonment to contend with in the meantime.
ECCLESHALL slipped back to the bottom of the table after a 7-1 home drubbing by Formby.
It all started well for Eccleshall when Daniel White gave them a 12th-minute lead.
But Michael White equalised for the visitors from the penalty spot on 20 minutes, before Jason Carey and Jordan Rugg were on target to make it 3-1 by half time.
Carey was to strike twice more after the break to complete his hat-trick, while a brace from Emini Adegbenro topped off a day to forget for the hosts.
Defeat completed an unwanted double for Eccleshall who had lost the reverse fixture between the sides earlier in the season 9-3.
ROCESTER extended their fine Midland Alliance run to one defeat in their last eight games with a 2-0 victory over Heather St Johns at Hillsfield.
Their goals came from Ryan Grocott and a season's debut strike by Darren Leonard.