ATHERTON LR drew 2-2 at Warrington in a Division Two clash but it was a performance that perplexed manager Alan Lord.

He said: "I can't explain it. In midweek games we are looking capable of beating anyone and then it comes to Saturday and we are well off key.

"We just didn't work hard enough."

Mike Rhead hit a half-volley on 20 minutes to put LR in front but two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half had Warrington in the driving seat.

Gavin Salmon made sure of a point with his 11th goal in eight games.

Lee Bowles asked to play in an unaccustomed role in midfield won the Rovers man of the match vote. Steve Strange is expected to return for tomorrow night's home clash with Daisy Hill.

Atherton Colls home clash with Skelmersdale United was postponed giving new management team Dennis Haslam and Tommy Foster the opportunity for an extra training session.

With 18 players involved competition for places at Alder House is hotting up.

New to the fold are midfielders Martin Sloan signed from Skem and Mark Borland from Prescot Cables, plus three players from Castleton Gabriels defender Frank Smith, Stuart Shepherd and one time goalkeeper with LR Andy Almond.

All these players will be in contention for places in tomorrow night's home clash with Flixton.


Former Colls manager Chris O'Brien has joined Glossop North End as assistant manager.

Daisy Hill lost out to the weather on Saturday as the home clash with Stone Dynamos was postponed.

Neil Melling and Michael Bennett both misses tomorrow night's big derby game at Atherton LR plus striker Adam Entwistle is unavailable. Kick off is 7.45pm.