Walsden switch their attention to trying to win two cup competitions

Walsden keeper Jamie Shackleton was crucially beaten late on against Fothergill and Whittles
Walsden keeper Jamie Shackleton was crucially beaten late on against Fothergill and Whittles

Walsden C & FC have targeted success in two cup competitions after seeing their Rochdale Online Alliance title hopes go up in smoke.

They lost their crunch match against Fothergill and Whittle 3-2 at Firgrove last week, leaving their conquerors needing only a couple of points from their last two games to be champions.

Walsden were 2-0 up just after half time in a game in which most of the goals came from long throws on a small pitch.

Joe Gale and Danny Welsh put Walsden in the driving seat but the visitors soon pulled a goal back, drew level with a header over ‘keeper Jamie Shackleton and grabbed an 85th minute winner.

Walsden beat Woodbank 2-0 away on Saturday with goals from Joe Gale five minutes before half time and Danny Brown, after good work from Gary Brierley and Paul Marrow, on 70 minutes.

Dan Howley’s side still have two chances of silverware, starting with Saturday’s Chairman’s Cup semi-final against Rochdale Asia at Firgrove. They also play Fothergill and Whittles in the last eight of the President’s Cup on a date yet to be fixed.

Walsden’s hopes could rest on the availability of players now the cricket has started.

Woodhouse finished a tough Rochdale Sunday League season with a 3-1 home defeat to Lighthouse.

The bottom side made Gavin James captain for his final game as manager.

Woodhouse trailed 1-0 at half time but came out fighting and they were soon level when Kieran Foster’s rocket shot hit the back of the net.

Jonny Sutcliffe hit the post and bar and United pressed for the winner but were caught out by two quick goals.