Football: Weather puts dampener on Cheadle's bid for the title
PREMIER Division leaders Cheadle Town must have been cursing the bad weather.
Opponents Norton arrived at Thorley Drive strengthened by several players from the club's North West Counties League side, whose game at home to Colne had been called off.
The visitors certainly made the sudden improvement in quality count as they raced to an impressive 6-1 victory.
John Beaumont, Scott Dundas and Dan Brown, all members of Norton's first team, were among the scorers as Cheadle came under the cosh.
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Joey Aberdeen also scored twice and Kieron Ball rounded things off after Jake Alcock had pulled a goal back for the hosts.
That result enabled Hanley Town to close the gap at the top to just one point, with four matches in hand.
Danny Tainton grabbed a double and Neil Edwards was also on target in an impressive 3-0 win against Newcastle Town.
Andy Teague scored a goal in each half as Ball Haye Green maintained their interest in the title with a hard-earned win at Stretton.
Elsewhere, there was a thumping home win for Audley, who racked up double figures against struggling Stone Dominoes.
Karl Charlton led the way with four with Danny Meek and Jordan Quick each helping themselves to a brace.
Greg Woodcock's double put Biddulph on course for three points at Alsager Town.
Lee Greatbach was also on the scoresheet for the visitors, with Jordan Erdmann and Danny Biegus on target in reply.
Keele University followed up a midweek win at Biddulph with another comprehensive victory, this time at home to rock-bottom – and still winless – Florence.
Mikey Hewitt scored twice, with Lewis Williams and Matthew Hughes also earning top marks.
MMU closed the gap on leaders Uttoxeter Town at the top of Division One.
An own goal midway through the second half was just enough at Vodafone, though MMU remain five points behind the Oldfields outfit, who were without a game.
Struggling Foley shared the goals around as they raced to an impressive 4-0 success at home to Bradeley Town at their Meir headquarters.
Dan Robinson, Darren Wooliscroft, Lee Goodwin and Paul Preston were all on target for the team who remain second bottom, while Furo Davies and Richard White gave Leek Town a 2-0 win at home to Cheadle SMU.
There were goals galore at Bradwell, but only one point each at the end.
Rob Tideswell put the visitors ahead, but it was all-square at the break thanks to a Tom Lloyd equaliser.
Ashley Doney's double put Chesterton in the driving seat once more, but Jordon Burrows pulled one back and Matt Reddell levelled it once more towards the end to seal a 3-3 draw.
Wayne Hinks bagged a hat-trick to keep Hall Heath flying high at the top of Division Two.
His treble was enough to see off Cheadle Town Reserves.
Second-placed Silverdale, meanwhile, saw off poor old Tunstall Town, who remain bottom with just a single point.
James Burn, Kentley Jenkins and Toby Bell each scored twice in a comprehensive 8-0 mauling.