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North West Counties League round-up
8:12am Monday 28th April 2014 in Football
A last minute Alsager Town winner condemned Bacup & Rossendale Borough to relegation from the North West Counties League Premier Division.
Brent Peters’ side knew a win in their game at Abbey Hey would definitely see them survive regardless of results elsewhere.
But Borough were only able to draw 1-1 with Adrian Bellamy hitting a 77th minute equaliser to cancel out Scott Hardy’s opener.
Bacup had bossed proceedings in the first half but failed to make the breakthrough which, in the end, proved to be vital.
In fairness, Abbey Hey could have won it in the end as two good chances went begging.
That meant victory for Alsager away to already relegated Wigan Robin Park would send Borough down.
And Josh Lane’s goal in the final seconds saw Alsager win 3-2 after the visitors had twice led.
Barnoldswick Town’s disappointing campaign came to end when they lost 5-1 at home to Runcorn Linnetts with Carl Ellerton netting the home side's goal.
In contrast, Colne finished the season on a high with an excellent win against fourth place Runcorn Town.
Jason Hart gave the Reds the lead after 14 minutes when Chris Anderson’s through ball released him into the penalty area and he found the net with a low diagonal shot into the far corner.
Runcorn struck back after 22 minutes when Daniel Toone curled a free kick into the top corner of the Reds goal to level the scores at 1-1. Runcorn keeper Stuart Plant pulled out two good saves just before half time to keep his side level when he pushed a header by Hart over the bar before producing a similar save to keep out Jonathan Hodgkinson’s header from the resulting corner.
Four minutes into the second half, Colne regained their lead when Anderson again released Hart into the penalty area and the Reds striker tucked his shot past Plant from close range.
Player - manager Steve Cunningham led by example as Colne matched their opponents with some outstanding football and competed strongly to the final whistle to earn a well deserved and memorable win.
In NWCL Division One, AFC Darwen finished their campaign in ninth place thanks to a 1-0 victory against Ashton Town.
Bobby Langford’s 35th minute strike sealed the win.
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