Sunday football: Head boy Colin springs surprise
COLIN Fletcher's last-minute header gave Trent Tavern one of their finest results against title-chasing Chell Heath Knave.
Tavern, who merged with Spring Cottage in the summer, had the better chances in a tight first half, but looked like they would be made to pay for hitting the post and bar.
Luke Standeven gave Chell Heath the lead in the 75th minute and it seemed certain the 2010/11 champions would seal the victory needed to stay top of the table.
However, Paul Gater levelled from the spot with five minutes left on the clock and Knave had to revert to all-out-attack in search of a winner.
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They won a corner in the last minute, only for Trent to clear their lines and see Dean Simcock burst down the wing to deliver a cross for Fletcher to nod home.
Trent Tavern club stalwart Neil Sterne said: "We played so well, but when they scored we were thinking 'here we go, they're going to make it four or five-nil'.
"After we scored they pushed on, but we cleared a corner to Dean, who skipped around the full-back and crossed for Colin. We went absolutely mad.
"There were 40 or 50 seconds to go, so we just had whack the ball as far away from our goal as possible. It was terrific."
Gardeners Arms are top on goal difference after hammering Castle Borough 5-0. Sean Mountford got two.
Champions Bignall End are second after beating Cobridge Community 4-2. Dan Johnson, Sean Vaughan, Shaun Searle and Martin Wright netted.
Ten-man Polonia recovered from 5-1 down with 15 minutes left to earn an amazing draw against Biddulph.
What had been 2-1 to Biddulph at the break soon became a four-goal advantage as in-form Andrew Hoskins ran riot, scoring all five.
But, in a match between two teams tipped to challenge for promotion from Division One, Polonia abandoned defence in hope of the impossible.
Two quick goals made it 5-3 going into the 80th minute, yet all hopes then faded when goal-scorer Adam Blaczyk was sent off for two bookings.
However, Polonia kept pouring forward and made it 5-5, with Michal Kalisz (2), Mariusz Kubiki and Pawel Mlynarzczyk also on the scoresheet.
Kalisz even had a chance to steal all three points – and seal his hat-trick – in the dying seconds when he rounded the keeper, only to hit the post.
Polonia manager Krzysztof Wieckowski said: "Their striker Andrew Hoskins is a very good player and he had given us a mountain to climb.
"I swapped a defender for a striker at half-time and we hit the woodwork five times in all. It was chance after chance.
"I have seen teams come back from big deficits before, but never so much with so little time left.
"We very nearly got a winner. It was an incredible game."
The draw means Biddulph missed the chance to go top and sit third.
Polonia, targeting their fourth successive promotion since being formed as the first Polish club in the Coors League in 2009, are eighth, but have only played two games.
AFC Alsager are the early Division One leaders after beating Mow Cop Athletic 3-0 thanks to Peter Heler (2) and Tom Watkins
Staff of Life are second following a 3-0 win over Pool Dole, with goals from Liam Dann (2) and Aaron Johns.
Joe Sargeant grabbed a hat-trick as Crown Red Street hammered Blurton Club 7-0 and Lee Summerfield hit four in Kidsgrove WMC's 6-1 thrashing of Penkhull.
Darcys won the match of the day in Division Two, beating Bradeley 4-1.