Warrington and District League, Premier Division
Croft 3 Orford 1 (att 30)
It's tight at the top of the Warrington League's highest division, but Croft's 3-1 win leaves them in pole position while dealing a huge blow to fourth placed Orford's title hopes.
But it took two goals in stoppage time for Croft to earn the points, after they'd spent most of the second half on the back foot following a red card which reduced them to 10 men. The goals that won the game came soon after a red card for Orford evened things up.
The hosts scored the first half's only goal, after 10 minutes, but Orford hit back with an equaliser a minute into the second period. Their best chance to win the game was a penalty, that was saved, after an hour's play.
An ugly melee after the penalty award was when Croft had a player sent off, but despite a numerical advantage, and plenty of possession, Orford rarely looked like scoring. Once they had a player dismissed, for a second booking, Croft saw their chance and took it.
I last saw a Craft home game nine years ago, when they played on a pleasant recreation ground in the village itself. These days they're based at the more bland surroundings of Birchwood Community High School, on the outskirts of Warrington not far from Croft. It's just a pitch on a large playing field, with the centre section of each touchline roped off.