Football: Nine-man Bentley hold on for point against title rivals
BENTLEY Motors managed to frustrate Railway in the battle of the Premier League top two, despite having two men sent off.
A victory for Railway would have seen them take over at the top, but they remain a point behind Bentley after failing to press home their numerical advantage in a 0-0 draw.
Their only consolation is that they have played two games less than Bentley.
White Lion, in fourth, kept their slender title hopes alive after coming from 3-0 down at Wick to win 7-4.
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Ashley Lawton led the recovery with four of the goals, while Danny Dodd, Adam Griffiths and Tim Beresford were also on target.
In Division One, Wickstead moved up to second following a 5-1 home win over fourth-from-bottom Boot & Shoe Villa.
Garry Gordon and Anthony Broadhurst netted two apiece, with Rory Saunders making up their tally. Ethan Roberts netted a consolation for Villa.
Acton Star's promotion hopes took a knock as they crashed 4-3 at Betley Reserves, who moved up one place to third. Jake Smith, Liam Buckley, Matt Booth and Andy Archer were the players on target for Betley.
Bottom club St Marys pushed the team two places above them, Rising Sun, all the way, but were unable to add to the one point they have from 19 games as they lost 4-3.
Ryan Hughes (2), Simon Evans and Adam Smith scored for Rising Sun, with Jordan Prince (2) and Stuart Elsam netting for St Marys.
Willaston White Star are through to the final of the Crewe and District FA Sunday Cup following a 4-2 home win over Scholar Green, thanks to goals from Carl Everall (2), Mike Evans and Chris Steel.
In the Sunday Vase, Ocean and AFC Lamb will contest the final after last-four successes over Alsager Arms and Cricketers Arms respectively.
IN the CREWE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE, teams were involved in the latest round of the AJ Cooke Cup.
In Group A, Tarporley Vics Res took the lead with an early strike against Rudheath Social Reserves, but eventually lost out 3-2.
Crewe FC went to the top of the table following their 4-2 win over Duddon, thanks to goals from Jonty Edge, Dan Lloyd, Hayden Teanby and Shane Wild.
In Group B, in form Barnton Wanderers beat MMU Cheshire 5-1. Matt Jamieson netted a hat-trick and there were singles from Sean Mills and Chris Roberts.
Winnington Res beat Malpas 2-0 in Group C, thanks to goals from Joe Penny and Liam Moore, while Cuddington beat Sandbach 6-2 with Chris Betteley and Mark Robinson scoring two apiece.