Fixtures and Results 24-8-19

Champions battle back for a point

THERE were  only a limited number of games played in the Premier division and division one due to the bank holiday weekend and travellers causing High Lane’s fixture at Torkington Park to be called off due to pitch damage.

But the two games played in the top flight had plenty of thrills and spills with reigning champions Rochdalians hosting Whalley Range. Range stormed into a deserved 3-1 lead thanks to a hat-trick from Reece Jones but then Rochdalians showed their desire to retain their title as they battled back well as Range tired to earn a valuable point in a 3-3 deadlock in an excellent game..

Salford Vics entertained South Manchester with both teams showing plenty of young talent and playing some very slick football. Jonathan Hayes gave Vics the lead with a clinical finish only for Keiffer Greig getting South on level terms  after a great team move. Jordan Spiers restored the Vics lead capitalising on a defensive mistake and Josh Lawman looked to have put Vics in command making it 3-1 at the break. But South kept their nerve and reduced the arrears in the second half  to keep Vics in a tense mode before winning 3-2.

In division one new boys Radclyffe showed that they will enjoy life at this level after a comfortable 7-1 win hosting Bury Ams.

Few problems for AFC Oldham at Curzon Ashton as they cruised to a 6-2 win over Old Ashtonians.

The other game was a much closer affair as Green was the colour for Chorltonians as they entertained Signol Old Boys. Chorlts hotshot Aaron Rodger showed his customary predatory skills with a double before the break with Asa Melville replying for Signol before the break. There was a game-changing moment early in the second half as Chorlts conceded a penalty and were given a red card to reduce them to ten men.

But Chorlts keeper Dan Green pulled of a superb save from the spot kick followed by more smart saves as Signol looked to exploit their one-man advantage.

Their hopes were hit as Aaron Rodger completed his hat-trick before Harry Brown gave Signol hopes of a point with a strike on 65 minutes.

But their hopes were dashed as Ayron Beaumont restored the two-goal advantage for Chorlts on 86 minutes to give his team a well-deserved three points.

Pics –action from 1 Salford Vics v South Manchester (South in blue) 2 Chorltonians v Signol OB (Signol in yellow and Dan Green in pink saving the penalty)

Fixtures and Results Saturday 17th August 2019

Another Lancashire & Cheshire League season began on Saturday for clubs with teams in the Premier and Division One.

Rochdalians Start the New Season as they Finished the Last

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, current League Champions Rochdalians took a 2-0 win against last year’s runners-up High Lane.

Newly promoted Dom Doyle found life a little tougher in the top division going down 4-3 away at Abacus Media.

With their ground unavailable, South Manchester switched their local derby with Whalley Range to 3G but ended up on the losing end of a 4-2 scoreline.

In the other games in the division Waterloo took the points at home to Trafford Utd, hitting four goals with no response from Trafford and Mellor played out a 1-1 draw with Milton.

Division One

In Division One, the clash of the newly promoted sides saw Signal Old Boys take a 3-1 win against Urmston Town whilst their new to the division colleagues Newton went down 2-0 at AFC Oldham.

Fresh down from the Premier, Old Stretfordians found themselves on the losing end of a 5-3 scoreline in their match with Chorltonians.

The other two matches in this division, Irlam Tiger versus Swinton and Moston Brook against Bury Amateurs both ended in 3-3 draws.

L&C AFL weekly update

Further to the final preparations for the new season, all club secretaries and committees are reminded of the information set out below.

  1. The League pre-season EGM is on Thursday 15th August 8PM at Curzon Ashton. The agenda was sent out on Thursday 1st August.
  2. The League structure has been attached via email and sent to all secretaries. Fixtures have been released on Full Time for August 17th and 24th. Thank you for your patience.
  3. A reminder that at the AGM we agreed that on registering, the players are agreeing – among other conditions which are on the registration form – to abide by the Respect Codes of Conduct. The documents are attached via email.
  4. The free Emergency First Aid training course on the 9th September at 6:30PM is now full and candidates have had details sent to them.
  5. Team Administrators: I have worked through every division and sent invites to those who don’t have a login ID and re-invited some to create one, as I could remember their names from the club details. New teams, I have sent invites to your people. If you have not received an invite and think you should have, check spam, and/or email me if you will need to login to Full-Time.
  6. If you need to contact Salford Victoria please contact Chris Carney on 07956 106564, and not Janet Carney.
  7. If you need to contact Urmston Town please contact Kyle O’Connor k.y.199@msn.com or 07376133676, and not Chris Cole.

Final preparations for the new L&C season

It’s less than a week until the 88 teams in the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL lock horns and get the 111th season underway. With that in mind, there are some final instructures for club secretaries and the committee.

  • All new documents relating to the L&C can be found on the new website www.landc.org.uk. All out of date documents have subsequently been removed from the Full Time website.
  • If you are a club secretary or any other club official and you need to access Full Time to input referee marks and team statistics, you must assign a role of ‘team secretary’ on the Whole Game system. All club secretaries have been emailed FA guidelines about this by the League Secretary, Brian Davies.
  • Those who have done so will be assigned a ‘team administrator’ role on Full Time, and invites have been sent out to those done on Saturday to create logins. Any other interested parties should ask the League Secretary to send invites.
  • SMS results: if the people nominated by any club secretaries to receive texts have subsequently changed, or are new, send the names to the League Secretary.

Introducing the new League President for the 2019 -2020 season

The new league President is Tim Roebuck of Abacus Media FC and he is looking forward to his new role with great anticipation.

After beginning his soccer at Manchester Grammar School Tim enjoyed his soccer in the Middleton area playing Sunday League Football for St Thomas More in Sunday Leagues before forming what would eventually become Abacus Media with a number of family members who joined the L and C in 2003

 After playing most of his career in the club’s second team Tim also took on the role of Chairman of the club working with John Rees /Secretary for Abacus Media from 1997 onwards and in this time the club has won one League Cup the Woollam Aggregate Trophy numerous promotions and their individual League winners, runners up in the Manchester FA Charter Standard Cup and runners up in last season’s Saturday Challenge Trophy.

Tim said: “Obviously, it is a fantastic honour in being asked to become the President of the L&C and I would like to thank all of the league committee in firstly discussing me as an option and the subsequently deciding to ask me to take on this role.

“Also as mentioned above there have been a lot of individuals over the years involved with Abacus Media and they have all contributed to the club we have, not only on the football pitch but also with the culture we have created off the pitch, with an amazing bunch of people wanting to be involved in amateur football and giving so much time and effort.

“It has to be said, the short time John Rees was involved with the club left an impact that has lasted and will last for decades to come, even with international links to Ireland, where club members still go every year to compete against local teams in Clonakilty, in County Cork.

“I hope to gain an insight into the running of the league from the committee point of view and hope to visit games and maybe create a link for clubs to be more involved from a committee point of view, as ultimately we are all putting in a huge effort, on a voluntary basis in order for hundreds if not thousands of games every season to go ahead, which is sometimes a life line for individuals within our local communities.

“In addition to that, it will also be a wonderful opportunity for us to develop the inter league team to create again a squad that the teams in the League are proud to play for and we represent all our teams in the League.

“So every club has the chance to put forward players, to enjoy fixtures, at grounds they wouldn’t normally play in week in week out and from this they can convey their experiences back to the club to incentivise other players to step up and perform in their club games, which will in turn help both the clubs and the inter league team.

“I am looking forward to yet another exciting season in the Leagues 110th year and I am sure that it will yet again turn out to be another one filled with twists and turns, together will lots of competitive, sporting and gentlemanly football.”

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League Chairman Mile Yates (Left), welcomes Tim into Office

League ready to kick off the new season

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL is well prepared for their 111th season which begins with some games in the top two divisions on August 17.

The league will have 88 teams in action in seven divisions providing football for a range of ages and abilities until the end of April 2020.

The new teams joining the league include Barr Hill, Hadfield Athletic, North Walkden, Denton Town, Salford Storm, Wythenshawe Wanderers and Altrincham Hale who it is hoped have been placed in divisions appropriate to their ability.

Rochdalians will be defending their Premier division title and Dom Doyle will be looking forward to their first venture into the Premier division.

Goalkeeper needed

Do you have multiple goalkeepers at your club, which means that one of them may not get regular games, but wants to play every week?  If so Signol Athletic are looking for a goal keeper.  If anyone knows of a keeper that wants to play regular football, please can you ask them to call Mick Graham on 07432719941.