Saturday's Premier Division review

By David Watters

It`s only September and the EVO-STIK League Premier has had a first weather postponement with a waterlogged pitch, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.

It came at Hurst Cross as heavy showers overnight and early morning put paid to Ashton United`s home game in the with Halesowen Town.

The action continued elsewhere though with Lancaster City still unbeaten since winning promotion at the end of last season.

Saturday saw them beat fellow newcomers Shaw Lane AFC 2-0 at the Giant Axe with goals from Craig Carney four minutes after the break and Hannu Tam with three minutes remaining.

Warrington Town top the early table after they beat another of the newcomers, Farsley Celtic, 4-2 at Cantilever Park.

Experienced forward Tony Gray gave the Wire a 27th minute lead that another well-travelled striker, James Walshaw, levelled from the penalty spot six minutes later.

Connor Hughes` goal right on half-time restored the home side`s lead and 10 minutes into the second period, Gray made it 3-1 with his second. Paul Walker gave Celtic hope of a point when he pulled a second back with 68 minutes gone on the clock but a stoppage time penalty from Sean Williams sealed the Wire`s victory.

Grantham Town are second and they won by the odd goal in five at The Meres against Workington AFC.

And the Gingerbreads had to come back from being a 14th minute James Earl goal down to win. Jordan Hempenstall eventually equalised 11 minutes into the second half, only for Scott Allison to restore the Reds lead with 20 minutes to go. But a second for Hempenstall in the 86th minute made it 2-2 and Lee Shaw popped up with a winner four minutes into time added on for the hosts.

Another promoted side, Witton Albion, are in the top three after a good 4-0 win at Marston Road against Stafford Rangers in front of a crowd of 445.

Steven Tames after 10 minutes, Will Jones after 35 and Rob Hopley a minute before the break saw Witton go into the break three-up. Tames` second with six minutes remaining was just the icing on the cake.

Relegated Stalybridge Celtic pulled themselves up a couple of places in the lower reaches of the table after beating Stourbridge 3-1 at Bower Fold.

A Liam Dickinson brace in the 41st minute from the spot and the 69th minute from open play gave Celtic a comfortable lead that an Aaron Forde own goal added to in the 74th minute – rendering Leon Broadhurst`s 85th minute reply for the Glassboys as just a consolation.

Rushall Olympic find themselves bottom of the pile after a 4-1 home thumping by Nantwich Town.

And that after leading in the 6th minute thanks to Joe Hull. Two goals in three minutes midway through the first half from Joel Stair and Sean Cooke had the Dabbers in front before Kaiman Anderson made it 3-1 immediately after the break. A fourth from veteran Steve Jones added salt to Pics` wounds.

The game between Matlock Town and Whitby Town looked to be drifting towards a 1-1 draw after Luis Rose`s 73rd minute effort had cancelled out the Seasiders` 27th minute opener from Kieran Weledji before Mikey Roberts popped up with an 88th minute winner for Whitby.

Coalville Town were also away winners – 1-0 at Marine AFC, thanks to a 35th minute Nathan Watson effort.

And Altrincham continued their climb up the table as they also earned an away victory. The Robins won 3-1 at Kirkby Road against Barwell, taking a 2-0 lead through James Poole after 17 minutes and Josh Hancock five minutes before the break.

Former Alty striker Kyle Perry reduced the deficit after 64 minutes but a late stoppage time third from Tom Peers confirmed the Robins` win.

Hednesford Town sealed a 3-0 Keys Park success for returning bosses Rob Smith and Larry Chambers.

Luke Rodgers put them in front after 14 minutes and eight minutes later, Danny Glover doubled the Pitmen`s lead. A Tom Thorley third in the 86th minute rounded off a comfortable afternoon for the

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