BURY FC: The Shakers went down to a crushing 5-2 defeat at the hands of Leicester City. On target for Bury were Plant and Fletcher while the visitors' goals came from Morris (2), Rowley, Small and Hines.

They stood fifth from bottom of the Second Division with only Fulham, Hull City, Oldham and Notts County lying below them.

The club's proposed floodlit match against Hajduk Split had been postponed at the request of the Yugoslav champions.

They suggested another date in January which was being reviewed by the club's directors.

BILLIARDS: The following players were selected for the Bury Amateur Billiards League to take on the Political League at the Cobden Club: A. R. Walton (capt) (St John's), J. Riggs (St Paul's), N. Meadowcroft (Walmersley), J. Wolstenholme (St John's), T. Martin (Transparent), R. Jones (St John's). Res: T. Chester (St Paul's) and B. Lavelle (Walmersley).

AMATEUR SOCCER: Among the teams selected for the weekend were:

Edenfield United v Joshua Hoyles B at home (Recreation ground). Stone (capt), Barnes, J. Taylor, Wallbank, Holden, Pickup, Waterworth, Timmins, Hanson, Sixsmith, Gregory. Res: Heartwell and Whittaker.

All Saints v YMCA. Chadwick, Keith, Morgan, D. SMith, H. Smith, Coleman, Vernon, Durrant, Harrison, Sowden, Kenny. Res: Mortimer.

ANGLING: Fishing Horridge and Cornalls D. Hart landed a nice perch weighing 1lb 2oz baiting with single maggot. This water was said to hold some very good fish and was not controlled by any club.

Cricket: Unsworth Cricket Club published their club averages and N. D. Ashworth topped both the batting and bowling tables.

He won the batting with 564 runs from 19 innings (3 not out) for an average of 35.25 while 19 wickets from 56.1 overs and 174 runs gave him an average of 9.15 and the bowling prize.

N. G. Hall topped the second team batting with an average of 71 from his four innings.

From the Bury Times week ending Friday, October 27, 1978

BURY FC: The Shakers went down to a 2-1 defeat at Exeter City with David Gregory on the scoresheet. The team lined up: Forrest, Ritson, Kennedy, Lugg, Tucker, Hamstead, Stanton, Wilson, Beamish, Gregory, Taylor. Sub: Farrell.

Meanwhile the reserves were earning a Central League point from a 1-1 draw against Lancashire rivals Burnley. Craig Madden got the goal. Team: Hills, Hughes, Evans, Fitzgerald, Whitehead, Bailey, Madden, Woolfall, Johnson, Hilton, Scott. Sub: Marshall.

YACHTING: Elton sailors Carolyn Haines and Gillian Little competed against Britain's top helmswomen to emerge as winners of the Royal Yachting Association Ladies National Championships for the third time.

In a borrowed Scorpion class boat the sisters displayed their yachting prowess to win all of the three races held at Queen Mother Reservoir, Datchet Water, Windsor.

Carolyn and Gillian were defending the title which they won the previous year and in 1974.

AMATEUR SOCCER: Highfield United progressed to the third round of the Lancashire Amateur Cup when they defeated Merseyside outfit Aigburth P.H. 3-1 thanks to goals from Martin Howard, Nello Oliviero and Ian McCool.

Meanwhile Bury GSOB were also winning in the same competition defeating Burnley Belvedere 3-2 with Phil Harwood (2) and I. G. Smith on target.

SNOOKER: The following players had been chosen to represent the Bury District Snooker League in the Manchester Pink competition: S. Craig (Bury Bridge), R. Critchley (Elton Lib), R. Green (Huntley), S. Hilton (Macphersons), S. Holt (Stanley), P. Taylor (Elton Fold), R. Wilkinson (Fishpool), G. Lambert (Philips), J. Fitton (Radcliffe Con) and J. Grady (Walmersley).

GOLF: Rossendale president Mr C. S. E. Ingham scored his third Stan Trophy victory when he and his 17-year-old partner Karl Lynch defeated Mr J. L. Whittle and 12-year-old Martin Ormerod by one hole in a keenly fought final.