Hail Ryan Small - Wigan's best midfielder - apart from the fact he wasn't Corcy was but... and two absolutely superb goals that downed a spirited Ashton Town side in the Pie Classico.
Well I'm told they were absolutely superb goals but if you will score them on 45 and 51 minutes and the bar is open do you really expect the Wigan Robin Bastards to see them.
Here's what the offish site says about 'em
39 min - Ryan Small (8/10)
Ryan Small fired home from close range with a superb headed goal, following a cross from Danny Worthington.
47 min - Ryan Small (10/10)
A mind-blowing team goal, finished off by Ryan Small with a left footed conversion from long range, following a Andrew Miller pass
All-in-all it was a tough hard-earned victory. Ashton looked a different side to the one that was gobbled up 6-1 by Hurrricane Maurice down at the Stadio de Robin Park yonks back. That said the Robins looked a little rusty but in the end it was job well done and a special pat on the back for the aforementioned Jon Corcoran who battled through the sand and slope of the Edge Green Street to control the midfield.
Anyroad the beer in the Cross Keys was good, the club's weren't too bad either and the after-match chilli was alright 'n all - so job's a good 'un!
The next day I took in the Bootle v AFC Liverpool game and what a fantastic advert for the NWCL it was. Over 700 watching and a 4-3 win for AFC. Not that it was really deserved but good luck to them as they took their chances whilst Bootle didn't. The game had everything: an own goal, goalkeeping gaffs, a cracker from the half way line and a great finish. Plus as we've lost twice to Bootle we were hoping for an AFC win as we have a chance of clawing three points back off them. That said great hospitality from Bootle, good pies and beer at £2 a pint.
Photo nicked off the AFC Liverpool site
The victory restored AFC's lead at the top of the table that they had lost to Padiham - our opponents this coming Saturday: a game that looks like being a blinder ...
Padiham (H) League, th'athletics stadium Sat 3 Jan 2009 3.00pm - £3.50 to geet in.
Preview later in the week