Sunday football: Longnor end winless streak
LONGNOR are up and running after a 3-1 win over Waterhouses in their Premier Division basement battle.
The hosts had lost all five of their matches before the clash, while their rivals had suffered half-a-dozen defeats.
Waterhouses drew first blood when Bryan Mycock slotted home on four minutes, but they were pegged back when Jay Fletcher fired in a sublime strike three minutes before half-time.
Longnor inched ahead when Sam Ellis converted a penalty after he had been brought down. He then finished off a breakaway move in the dying embers of the contest.
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Knypersley remain top after a Danny Bull chip on 35 minutes was enough to see off Hare and Gate Strollers, who were left to rue missed chances and some last-ditch home defending.
AFC Blue Mugge lost 4-2 at home to Elmo's Celtic, their second defeat in two weeks.
Their cause wasn't helped by the fifth-minute dismissal of Darren Bloor for a professional foul, but they still managed to take the lead through Mark Drury.
However, Will Bown then helped himself to a hat-trick to put Elmo's firmly in command, while Matt Anderson was also on target.
Greg Johnson netted a second for Blue Mugge late on, but it wasn't enough to threaten second-placed Elmos' fifth successive win.
Valiant enjoyed a comfortable morning as Tony Hulse's four-timer helped his side to a 9-0 rout of Athletico Rag.
In Division One, Wellington moved five points clear at the top after a seventh successive victory.
James Scragg, Andy Hulse, Chris Long and Erol Nazli were on the mark in the 4-2 defeat of Vale Hoppers.
Second-placed Unicorn lost ground after being beaten by the same scoreline at home by Wellington United.
And Stanleys, in third, also missed the chance to cut the gap when they were on the wrong end of a 4-2 verdict at AFC Dyers Arms.
Valiant Troggs smashed eight past Tiamo, with Jack Keeling grabbing a hat-trick to pave the way to an 8-2 win, while Leek Snooker Centre were 2-1 victors at Royal Oak Rushton Spencer.
Biddulph Town Diamonds continue to prop up the rest after a 2-1 defeat at Rams Head – their eighth in nine outings.