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Thursday's Premier Division action review

By David Watters

Thursday night's three games in the EVO-STIK League Premier all three had a bearing on the race for promotion, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.

Leaders Altrincham received a boost without playing as they saw second-placed Warrington Town drop two points at the Turnbull Ground against Whitby Town.

And it could have been almost title race over for the Wire until the grabbed a last-gasp equaliser. Lewis Mahoney gave the Seasiders an early second minute lead that Jack Higgins cancelled out within five minutes.

But Matty Tymon restored Whitby`s lead seconds before the half-time whistle. And they held that lead until four minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game when Higgins scrambled home his second of the game, pictured.

Farsley Celtic`s busy schedule saw them move back into fourth spot, five points above sixth-placed Shaw Lane AFC, who won 2-0 at Sheerien Park against Stalybridge Celtic to keep their top five hopes alive.

Celtic`s fourth game in a week looked as though it had caught up with them, although they did go into the break in front, thanks to a 42nd minute Nathan Cartman goal. But Rob Hopley deservedly levelled for the visitors 11 minutes into the second half.

The Ducks recovered from last Monday`s defeat to Marine AFC with goals from Ollie Dyson after 15 minutes and then Damian Reeves 5 minutes into the second half.

The game between Stourbridge and Stafford Rangers was postponed with a waterlogged pitch.

Image courtesy of John Hopkins/Warrington Town

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