Wood leaves it late to help Cheadle retain top billing
ALEX Wood came up with a late winner as Cheadle Town edged a ding-dong battle to maintain their advantage at the top of the Premier Division.
The striker's goal in the closing moments was just enough for the leaders to see off plucky Keele University 3-2.
Dan Rooksby had given Town the lead, but they were pegged back when Simon Aggarwal levelled before the break.
Sam Gavin put Cheadle ahead once more in the second half, only for Lewis Williams to bring the scores level again.
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Redgate Clayton are two points behind in second after claiming a hard-earned 1-0 win at Wolstanton United.
Chris Harding scored the only goal of the game in the second half.
In a programme disrupted by a string of postponements due to the wet weather, Ball Haye Green took the chance to boost their own title bid.
Andy Teague, Chris Pickford and Rich Smith were on target in their comfortable 3-0 win at Florence.
Uttoxeter Town got the better of fellow high-fliers MMU to stretch their lead at the top of Division One.
But they had to produce a thrilling comeback to clinch a 4-3 victory.
The Alsager outfit raced into a two-goal lead through Lewis Bentley and Jack Siddall, though Matt Redshaw pulled one back before the break.
Rob Collins levelled matters after half-time, but Bentley put MMU ahead once more and the home side were up against it.
But Town hit back again through Tommy Smith and won it with a stunning free-kick from Jack Holley.
Hanley Town Reserves are five points off the pace, having played two games more, after their 2-1 success at home to Congleton Athletic.
Martin Stanier put them in front and though Neil O'Brien hit an equaliser, Chris Shenton's 80th-minute winner did the trick for Hanley.
In the only other game played, Bradley Town were forced to share the spoils at home to Abbey Hulton United Reserves.
Steve Amison gave Town the lead, but an own goal earned a point for Abbey.
James Burn struck twice as leaders Silverdale Athletic marched on at the top of Division Two.
Jarred Batkin and Charlie Ryles were also on target in a 4-0 win against Longton.
Goals from Matt Woodward and Dan Boot put Cheadle Town Reserves on course for victory, but Hall Heath hit back through John Robinson, Tom Leatherbarrow and Dan Sedgwick to steal the points.
Tom Roper's double meanwhile put Biddulph Town on their way to a 3-1 success at Hawkins Sports. Julian Wetherall made it three for the visitors with Dan Maxwell netting a consolation in reply.
Foley won through to the third round of the President's Trophy with a penalty shoot-out win at Leek Town.
Josh Ford had put Leek ahead, but the visitors forced extra-time with an equaliser after 65 minutes.
There were no further goals and it was Foley who edged the spot-kick drama 4-3.
Hilton Harriers made more comfortable progress in the same competition when they hammered Bradwell 11-0.
Scott Abbey led the way with four, while Ollie Peplow and Christian Banner scored two apiece.
There were other goals for Chris Smith, Luke Billinge and Brent Freeman.