Top that! Town turn tables on Newcastle to claim lead
CHEADLE Town came back from the dead to win a nine-goal thriller and claim the lead in the Premier Division.
Town were trailing 4-1 at half-time at home to Newcastle Town, but turned it around in spectacular style.
Jim Picarello's first-half goal looked likely to be nothing more than a consolation, but a Jake Alcock effort after the break sparked a remarkable revival.
Dan Rooksby added a third, an own goal brought the scores level and then Rooksby netted again to clinch a memorable 5-4 victory.
Town are now a point clear of Hanley Town, who lost ground when they were held at Audley, but they have played two games more than their title rivals.
Danny Meek put mid-table Audley in front, but Danny Tainton levelled matters before the break.
Danny Ball scored twice to put Kidsgrove Athletic on their way to an impressive 6-2 success at home to Eccleshall, while Norton raced to a 5-1 win at struggling Stone Dominoes.
Second-half goals from Matt Hole and Micky Hewitt were enough to give Keele University a much-needed 2-0 win at home to Biddulph Town. It was only Keele's second win of the season.
A ding-dong battle between Redgate Clayton Reserves and MMU in Division One somehow finished all square.
Mark France struck twice to give the visitors a handy advantage, but the scores were level again before half-time thanks to John Wright and a Matt Barlow penalty.
Adam Yates put the visitors ahead again after 61 minutes, but Wright levelled matters once more.
It looked as though MMU had finally claimed victory when they went ahead again in added time thanks to an own goal.
But there was still enough time for Redgate to grab a share of the spoils, thanks to another own goal.
James Ibbs, Danny Powell and Brendan Whitfield scored the goals to give Bradeley a thumping 3-0 win at Bradwell.
Silverdale are storming ahead at the top of Division Two after putting Whittington to the sword.
Alex Djukic and Josh Thornton both scored braces, and Toby Bell, Guy Martin and Ryan Delgano were also on target to make Reece Ford's hat-trick almost immaterial in a 7-3 success.
Hall Heath remain second after hitting 12 at hapless Tunstall Town, who have lost all of their league games so far.
Hat-tricks for John Robinson and Tom Leatherbarrow were the highlights. Richie Shankland led the way with two goals as Norton Reserves scored five without reply at home to Longton, while Biddulph Town Reserves just got the better of Stapenhill.
Liam Hancock (2), James Spencer and Billy Horton netted for the home side, with Steve Gough, Liam White and Alex Weir finding the net in reply.
Cheadle Town Reserves came from behind to shock high-flying Betley.
Matt Bayliss put Betley ahead, but Matt Woodward scored twice either side of the break before Ben Carr rounded off a great win. Division One leaders Uttoxeter Town underlined their pedigree with a stunning performance to dump Hanley Town Reserves out the President's Trophy.
Ryan Smith put Hanley in front, but Mark Esplin hit an equaliser after the break and then added a second goal to clinch victory.
A Dan Beuhler hat-trick saw Congleton Athletic claim a 3-1 victory at Abbey Hulton United Reserves.
After a goalless first-half, the visitors grabbed a quickfire double before Richard Simcock pulled a goal back for Abbey Hulton.
However, Beuhler then struck again to complete his treble and ensure Congleton progressed.
In the League Cup, Redgate Clayton won through to the fourth round by edging out Premier Division title rivals Ball Haye Green.
Kris Hardy, Karl Bayley and Jimmy Gartside looked to have given their side a comfortable victory, but Redgate were made to sweat when Ball Haye hit back through Jamie Pointon and an own goal.
Wolstanton United also progressed, Chris Broad grabbing a hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing of Alsager Town.