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Atherton Colls on the rise thanks to drubbing
2:48pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
Colls . . . 6 Eccleshall . . .0
ATHERTON Colls closed in on the North West Counties League Division One top sides as they hit Eccleshall for six on Saturday.
It was Colls’ biggest victory since September 2010 when they put seven past AFC Darwen at Alder House.
Brad Cooke and Charlie Stoker doubles plus Paul Atherton and Chris Lawton strikes went some way to avenging Colls’ 5-2 drubbing at the hands of the Potteries outfit last season.
Cooke collected his first on 18 minutes, tapping in after the Eccleshall keeper parried a shot into the skipper’s path.
Stoker doubled the advantage five minutes later as he sprung the offside trap and coolly chipped the keeper, before Atherton prodded home for three.
The visitors hit the post from close range and Colls keeper Joe Brobbin was forced into a point blank save moments later.
But on the hour mark Colls furthered their lead when Lawton headed home his first goal for the club and Stoker reacted quickly to score from six yards.
Cooke completed the rout with 15 minutes remaining, collecting Aaron Cringle’s through ball before calmly finishing for his second to send Colls fourth in the table.
Colls visit Irlam on Saturday.
Colls . . . 3 Oldham Boro. . . 1
Colls had hosted Oldham Boro in midweek and disposed of their visitors with a three-goal first half performance.
Stoker, who bagged a total of four goals in the past week, collected a first half double and Gaz Peet made it three before Lee Knowles replied for Oldham.
Stoker opened the scoring two minutes in when a Mark Truffas effort was deflected into his path providing a simple tap in.
However, 10 minutes later and Colls had extended their advantage, Stoker again on hand to slot home after Daryl Paton’s long range effort was palmed into his path.
Peet made it three moments later, lashing a shot into the top left hand corner before Oldham pulled one back late on when Jerome Bryson’s cross found its way to Knowles.
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