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Wirral Sunday League: Neston Nomads turn deficit into victory
IN A game seen as an excellent advert for the Wirral Sunday League's Premier Division, reigning champions Neston Nomads turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-4 victory.
The turnaround was sparked by the introduction of substitute Nick Jones who bagged a quick-fire double and turned the contest.
Richie Foulkes also struck twice and an own-goal completed the scoreline. Kalifa Kamara (2), Paul Davies and Scott Parkinson were Kent's marksmen.
Current leaders Tixall Prenton trailed 1-0 to Victoria Seniors before replies from Ryan Innes (2) and John McGraa made it 3-1 to the visitors.
Two-goal Kyle Williams made a telling contribution for Towers who beat MSC Eastham 4-3. Liam Stephens followed suit with two goals for Mike Worsley's outfit.
Elsewhere, Clarence opened their account for the season and escaped from bottom spot after Greg Nixon, Lawrence Kelly and Kev Gallagher scored in a welcome 3-2 result over Railway Meols.
Division One pacesetters Riverside stayed a point in credit at the top thanks to a 3-1 triumph over Eagle & Crown. Chris Maddocks, James Taylor and Johnny Warren scored for the Liverpool challengers.
Nearest rivals Shore Villa maintained their 100% record after they came from 2-1 down against Astra Athletic and ran out 5-2 winners with goals from Mike Neish, Adam Coulls, Gaz Johnston, Steve Green and Steve Morton.
Strongly-fancied Sheridans Utd had Carl Owens (2), Alan Cross, Eddie Hutchinson and Ben Evans on the score sheet but dropped two points after Student Sixes hit back and forced a 5-5 stalemate with replies from Chris Lewis (2), Tom Jones, James Nunn and Barry McKay.
Windmill's promotion tilt also hit the buffers following a 3-3 finish with Gallaghers. The Windy's contribution came from Willy Jones, Ashley Oldham and seasoned campaigner Chris Connolly. At 3-0 down, the odds were stacked against the visitors, who rallied superbly to salvage a point, with efforts from Danny Nettleton (2) and Kyle Labella.
Another side who gave it their best shot were Bronze, who netted via James McAllister (3) and Paul Ricci before they capitulated 5-4 to third-placed Ravenscroft.
In Division Two, four goals from man-of-the-match Carl Smith and a Mark King effort helped third-placed Bebington to a 5-3 success over Gladstone Athletic and to within three points of the leaders.
Sunday's Wirral and District FA Junior Cup second-round action gave several Wirral clubs cause for celebration, with Forum Athletic to the fore after Mikey Dunn plundered four goals in the 6-0 win over Shawcross.
Goalkeeper, Richie Cook converted a penalty for Higher Bebington RBL who romped home 9-1 against New Ferry Rangers. Aaron Doyle and Ryan Clayford weighed in with doubles.
Ben Winstanley's double, allied to further efforts from Bob Main and Dave Herd, set up Wirral Athletic or a 4-0 win against Poulton Vics, while Champions Bar's went through following a 5-2 decision over ESWA.