Saturday's First Division North action review

By David Watters

There was little riding on Saturday`s final games in the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League First Division North apart from the final play-off positions, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.

Spennymoor Town were already assured of finishing as runners-up to champions Warrington Town and a home tie next week, and it will be against Burscough, while Northwich Victoria`s 2-0 win at Glossop North End sees them paired together again on Wednesday, but with Vics gaining the crucial home advantage.

First half goals from Stuart Cook on 15 minutes with a 20-yard effort and a header by Matt Regan on 35 minutes won it for Vics.

Burscough warmed up for their trip to the Brewery Field with a 3-0 home win over Scarborough Athletic, thanks to Liam Caddick after 34 and 60 minutes, sandwiched by a 54th minute Michael Monaghan effort.

Their opponents, however, suffered a 3-2 home defeat to the champions in front of a crowd of 514.

Steven Gillespie gave the Wire a sixth minute lead that Scott Metcalfe quickly added to two minutes later. Ben Deegan made it 3-0 with only 19 minutes gone on the clock, and a Gavin Cogden brace on 23 and 62 minutes made for a nervy finale.

Lancaster City ensured they weren`t going to be the only side beaten by New Mills this season as goals from Jacob Gregory after 47 minutes and Richie Mercer on 55 minutes condemned the Millers to a 39th league loss.

Elsewhere, Brighouse Town won 3-1 at home to Mossley AFC with second half goals from Kurt Harris, James Hurtley and Daniel Facey after Mike Fish had given the Lilywhites a 14th minute lead.

Not roo far away, Farsley Celtic beat Radcliffe Borough 2-1 at Throstle Nest, thanks to Rob O`Brien after three minutes and Paul Walker after 55 minutes – Elliot Rokka replying seven minutes from time.

Sam Bailey bagged a brace for Kendal Town in their 3-1 Parkside win over second-bottom Harrogate Railway, and Mike Hampson, Dan Brady and Kurt Willoughby were on target for Clitheroe in a 3-2 win at Wincham Park over Witton Albion, whose Tom Owens and Danny Andrews from the penalty spot were on target.

Prescot Cables shared a 1-1 draw at Valerie Park with Bamber Bridge, whose Ali Waddecar gave them a 24th minute lead that Rob Doran levelled seven minutes from time.

And both Ossett sides won. Albion beat Trafford 2-1 at Dimple Wells with goals from Rob Bordman and James Eyles – Dominic Smith for Trafford – and Town won 3-1 at the Butcher`s Arms with Brad Kilner, Danny Frost and Steve Ridley outgunning Droylsden's Dan Parkinson.

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Where next?

Saturday's Premier Division action review After Darlington took the title in midweek and Stamford filled the final relegation spot, the last day drama in the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League's Premier Division was all about bagging the final two play-off places, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.
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