Football: Four-goal Leech avoids red faces for Cookoo
RICHARD Leech was on song to help The Cuckoo rally from a 4-1 deficit to beat Travellers Rest 6-4.
In a roller-coaster Division Three clash, Travellers Rest appeared in command as they strolled into a three-goal lead inside half-an-hour.
Mischa Haywood had given Cuckoo the lead, but Nathan Watson, Darren Lee and Ant Curry (2) then appeared to have set Rest on course for their third win of the season.
But Martin Evans then bagged a penalty to reduce the deficit before Leech took control of proceedings.
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The Redgate Clayton striker had made it 4-3 before half-time and put away three more after the break to send his side up to seventh and looking up rather than down the table.
Cuckoo player-boss Matthew Warren said: "We started well before a couple of mistakes, and a couple of quick-fire goals, put them 4-1 up in next to no time.
"We were shell-shocked, but I always thought we were still in the game because we've got Richard.
"The penalty and his first goal made it a very different team talk at the interval.
"We have conceded a lot this season (22 goals in six matches), but with Richard we always have a chance, even though we do need to tighten up a little."
Vodafone stay top of Division Three following a 7-1 walloping of Smithfield, with Sean Nixon (3), Scott Bew, Andrew Robinson, Simon Austin and Mose Adegoke netting.
Second-placed AFC Smallthorne won 2-1 at Fegg Hayes thanks to Kyle Clarke and Thomas Hancock, while AFC Clayton were held 1-1 by Newcastle and Hartshill.
Ball Green WMC almost completed a comeback from 3-1 down against Loggerheads, only for Robert Yates to miss a last-minute penalty and have to settle for a 3-3 draw.
Yates, Matthew Wood and Craig Richards were on target for Green, with Jonathan Ellerton, Rory Evans and Deacon Plant replying.
Shane Allen, Chris Carter and Nathan Bradley netted as fifth-placed Plaza won 3-1 at Silver Birch.
Gardeners Arms hammered Trent Tavern 8-2 to stay top of the Premier Division.
Tom Madden got a hat-trick and Sean Mountford and Matt Booth braces to turn a 3-2 half-time lead into a comprehensive victory.
Reigning champions Bignall End were rampant at Miners Arms, winning 10-3. Miners had led twice in the early stages, but Nathan Rowley (3), Shaun Searle (2) and Nathan Shaw (2) helped Bignall run away with proceedings.
Fourth-placed Cobridge Community were pushed all the way by bottom side The Wagon, as they won by the odd goal in nine.
Wayne Cotton's brace helped Blurton Club to a 3-0 win over Silverdale Athletic to go top in Division One. Scott Cotton got the other.
Eight different players were on the scoresheet as Division Two leaders Darcy's blitzed Furlong 10-1. Matt Elkin and Steve Brannan got doubles.
Chris Lockett jnr got a hat-trick as Weathervane held Bradeley to a 3-3 draw.
It was a special moment for the Washington family in Division Four as dad Lee scored a 30-yard free-kick and son Dean also netted in a 9-2 win for Biddulph Arms at Market St Queens.
Scott Williams scored four as Royal Oak beat Stoke Rovers 5-0.