Victory at last! Dominoes' comeback sees off Glossop
IT was party time at Yarnfield as Stone Dominoes finally ended a miserable run of 30 games without a win – and 12 successive defeats – by sealing a 3-2 Premier Division victory over Glossop North End.
It was no mean feat as Glossop had been on a good run with four wins from their previous five games.
But Matthew Dodswell's hat-trick, which included strikes in the 89th and 90th minutes, enabled Dominoes to rally and grab the points.
And their late recovery was even more remarkable after they were forced to play the final 10 minutes a man down following Matt Klemperer's red card.
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New Stone manager Dave Dale said: "It was a great reward for everybody who had stuck with us behind the scenes as well as the new faces that have been brought in.
"Matthew Dodswell is a big, strong lad who has recently joined us and he took his goals very well.
"Being down to 10 men, I was just delighted to get back level, but the lads saw the opportunity to get the winner and took it.
"We're not going to get carried away, though. There is a lot of hard work to be done before we get near to moving off the bottom of the table."
The afternoon appeared to be going to form when Glossop took a 15th-minute lead thanks to an own goal.
Dodswell equalised before the break, but Klemperer's dismissal, coupled with Mark Battersby's goal in the 83rd minute, looked to have settled the issue in Glossop's favour.
However, Dodswell levelled a minute from time, and then scored the winner just 60 seconds later.
CONGLETON Town moved up to third place in the Premier Division, just three points off top spot, with a 2-1 victory over Barnoldswick Town at Booth Street.
Matthew Worrall put the Bears in front after only six minutes, and Louis James made it 2-0 10 minutes later.
Barnoldswick, who had rattled in 16 goals in their previous three games, pulled one back in the 63rd minute through Billy Priestly, but the Bears hung on.
ALSAGER'S run of five straight wins came to and after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Runcorn Linnets.
Runcorn dominated the first half, but the Bullets battled well until falling behind in the 51st minute.
Tommy Turner hit a shot that Craig Vernon parried, only for Ross McDowell to turn the loose ball home.
Eight minutes later it was 2-0 when McDowell scored his second by cutting inside the box and firing in.
Vernon made some good saves as Runcorn sought a third goal, but the Bullets got on the scoresheet themselves in the 77th minute, although somewhat fortuitously.
Runcorn defender Martin Crowder hit the ball against team-mate Michael Burke and the ball rebounded into the net.
This gave Alsager heart and they pressed for an equaliser, which finally arrived in injury time when substitute Sam Aspinwall fired in.
NORTON'S home game against Bootle was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
ECCLESHALL conceded twice in the final five minutes to lose 2-1 at Daisy Hill in the Division One Trophy second round.
Mark Mapperson's 64th-minute goal looked to have secured Eccleshall a place in the quarter-finals, but late strikes from Richard Smith and Matthew Boland turned the tables.
LEEK CSOB'S Division One game at Formby was postponed due to the weather.
ROCESTER'S Midland Alliance game at home to Kirby Muxloe was abandoned in the second half because of a waterlogged pitch. The visitors were leading 2-0 at the time.