Football: Short bags winner to take Athletic to cup final
CREWE Athletic lined up a county cup final appearance after beating AFC Lamb 2-1.
Athletic, from the Premier Division, didn't have it all their own way against their Division One opponents, however, and they were made to fight all the way for the victory in the Crewe and District Sunday Cup.
Mike Nixon put Athletic in front in the first half, but Liam Challinor shocked the Premier Division outfit by grabbing an equaliser in the second.
However, Jamie Short calmed Athletic's nerves with a second goal to end Lamb's resistance.
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They will now meet fellow Premier Division side Willaston White Star in the final on Sunday, April 28.
In Premier League action, it was business as usual for the top two teams Bentley Motors and Railway Hotel, who both recorded victories.
Leaders Bentley chalked up a 3-1 win at bottom club Nags Head Bunbury, thanks to a double from Daryl Scarlett and a single from Jon Dawson.
Motors retained their one-point lead over second-placed Railway, but they have played two games more. Railway travelled to third-placed Square One and effectively ended their title chances by beating them 3-0.
Carl Gibbs, Josh Ruane and Jez Tagg were the scorers for Railway.
Wrenbury stay fifth following their 3-2 home win over second-bottom AFC Crewe Town.
Lee Mellor (2) and Joe Wood scored for Wrenbury, with Mike Walton and Vinnie Powell replying for Town.
In Division One, WEB stay top after putting nine goals past a stunned Wistaston Athletic.
Brian MacWhinney was the goal hero for the winners by bagging four of the goals, with Robert Timmis scoring twice, with singles from Dale Broadfield, Danny May and Danny Roberts.
Boot & Shoe Villa were also in form in front of goal as they smashed eight past bottom side St Marys.
Adam Smithies led the way with a hat-trick, Brad Eardley scored twice and there were singles for Connor Jones, Ethan Roberts and a first league goal for Will Harris.
IN the CREWE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE Tarporley Vics picked up their first points in the AJ Cooke Cup Group A.
Their 3-0 win over Duddon United came courtesy of goals from Dale Broadfield (2) and Freddie Bulow.
Tom Simonett scored a hat-trick for MMU Cheshire as they beat Winnington Avenue 4-1 in Group B.
Cuddington Reserves preserved their unbeaten record in Group C with a 2-0 win over Winnington Reserves.
Nick Latham and Jordan McKay were their scorers.
In Group D, Cuddington beat Curshaws 6-4, thanks to goals from Oliver James (2), James Dean (2), Adam Betley and Jake Gilmmond.