League Statement on Discrimination

The Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur Football League is an all inclusive league where all participants are welcome. The league supports the FA in it’s application of Regulations, particularly to discipline. The league will do all it can to assist the FA to minimise bad behaviour, one type of which is discrimination.

The league has it’s own policy on discrimination, which it wrote on it’s own initiative, and that has been re-issued again this season. The league has requested that all clubs pass on the information to all participants. Discriminatory behaviour has no place in football, nor in wider society.

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL was a founder member of the FA’s Respect project, helping to shape the programme 14 years ago and is still a leading light in promoting Respect.

High Lane pull off impressive win in packed cup programme

IT was again a pretty full programme of games with a variety of outside and domestic cup and
league competitions with the Stockport Senior Cup taking the top highlight.
It was provided by High Lane who accounted for Manchester FL Premier League’s Old Alts 4-2 to march into the later stages.
But there was no joy for Stockport Sats who put on a good display in losing 4-2 to another top Manchester League side Stockport Georgians.
It was catch-up time in the Rhodes Cup with Manchester Polonia putting on a great display as they
cruised to a 5-1 win hosting division one high-fliers AFC Oldham.
Norbert Niegowksi pounced on to an Oldham defensive error to open their account in two minutes but Oldham responded quickly to level through Dan Jackson.
Niegowski made his a double on 22 minutes and Polonia kept up their momentum to add three more without reply and they now await the winners of the Parrs Wood Celtic v Signol Athletic tie in round two.
There was a much closer contest at Stoconians they shared six goals with Urmston Town and in the penalty shoot out Town ran out easy winners by 4-1.
It also went to a penalty shoot-out in the Whitehead Cup match at Flixton JFC after a goalless deadlock with Parrs Wood Celtic and Celtic kept their nerve to prevail by 5-4 in a gripping finale.
Joining them in the next round are Salford Storm who edged a close game at Rochdale Galaxy by the odd goal in five
Salford Storm reserves made it a double for their club as they won their Hellawell Shield match by 3-
1 over Whalley Range and joining them in the next round are Old Stretfordians thirds who won a thriller with Oldham Vics reserves by 5-3.
Whalley Range extended their lead at the top of the Premier division to a massive 14 points but they were taken to the wire by a spirited Dom Doyle before winning 4-3.
It was also close in the other games as Waterloo won 2-1 at Abacus Media to leapfrog them on goal difference into third place.
South Manchester moved out of the bottom two, also on goal difference with a 2-0 win at Trafford United.
Salford Vics and Lancashire Amateur Cup semi-finalists Milton both found goals had to come by as they drew 1-1 with Josh Lawman netting the point-saver for Vics.

In the Lancashire Amateur Cup final Milton will play Darwen reserves at Padiham FC on Wednesday Feb 19, 7.30ko.
With division title rivals AFC Oldham in cup action leaders Radclyffe extended their lead to six points with a clinical 3-0 win at Signol Old Boys to move into third place behind the pace-setters.
Chorltonians had Luke Grey (two) and Aaron Rodger netting in a 3-1 win at Bury Ams. Newton were good value for a 5-2 win at Moston Brook to keep in mid-table security.
Division two leaders Dukinfield Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw against Santos and North Walkden moved to within seven points of Athletic with five games in hand as they were emphatic 5-0 winners at Rochdalians reserves.
There was a real cliff-hanger at Chorltonians reserves as visiting Mellor reserves were on easy street as goals from Louis Isaacs, Sam Parker and Ryan Prescott saw them lead 3-0 well into the second half.
Then Chorlts came alive and stormed back with goals from Shola Kawala(two) and Abi Eccles to look to have saved a point until a breathless last minute goal from Louis Isaacs gave Mellor victory.
Just one game in division three with Chadderton Park beating Milton reserves 4-2 to close the gap on leaders Chadderton Cott to four points.
Plenty of action in division A with new boys Wythenshawe Wanderers sitting proudly on top of the table for the first time after a 6-3 victory at Waterloo reserves.
Hot on their heels are Old Strets reserves who beat Deans 2-1 and are two points behind with two games in hand and Mellor thirds who beat Dukinfield Athletic reserves 3-0.
In the other game AFC Oldham reserves won a close contest with Moston Brook reserves by 2-1.
With division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic in cup action, Moston Brook thirds took full advantage to move within two points with a comfortable 5-0 win at Chorltonians Athletic.
On target for Brook were John Mulcahy, Mark Terris, Dale Reid, Des Rosser and Martin O’Malley after a sublime assist from club legend Joe Ryan.
Plenty of goals in the local derby at Heaton Mersey as visiting Stoconians thirds won 6-4.
The other two games both ended at 2-1 in favour of Chadderton Cott reserves against Spurley Hey reserves and Hillgate over AFC Oldham thirds.
Division C leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers extended their lead to ten points but were made to work hard for a 3-2 win by Bury Ams thirds.
Second-placed Chadderton Park reserves lost ground as they went down 3-0 at Govan Athletic.
Staly Lions had one of their best wins of the season cruising to a 5-0 win at Altrincham Hale and a local derby at AFC Stockport Warriors saw the Warriors emerge with a 3-2 win over Stoconions Fourth.

L&C discrimination policy re-issued

As part of the L&C’s drive to make playing in the league inclusive for all, we have re-issued our policy on discrimination. It is imperative that everybody reads this and is aware of its contents. It is part of this week’s update.

  1. The fixture schedule is released up to 8th February. Delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. This season we have lost Old Ashtonians, Unicorn, Didsbury, Swinton, Barr Hill, and one team from each from Chorltonians and Spurley Hey. All have been for the same reason, lack of player commitment. If any clubs have found ways of increasing the commitment, please let us know and we’ll share best practice to try to avoid any more casualties.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. For Hooley Bridge Celtic contact Alec Gill on 07887367160.
  5. The league’s policy on discrimination was re-issued on Thursday 16th Jan, along with a communication on the subject from MFA. Please ensure all club members are aware of the contents.

More teams drop out of league

This season has seen more teams drop out of the L&C AFL. So far, seven teams have pulled out of participating and as such, we’re looking for collaboration from league secretaries about the best ways of increasing commitment. More details are confirmed in this week’s update.

  1. The fixture schedule is released up to 25th January. Over the month, delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. This season we have lost Old Ashtonians, Unicorn, Didsbury, Swinton, Barr Hill, and one team from each from Chorltonians and Spurley Hey. All have been for the same reason, lack of player commitment. If any clubs have found ways of increasing the commitment, please let us know and we’ll share best practice to try to avoid any more casualties.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. For Hooley Bridge Celtic contact Alec Gill on 07887367160.
  5. A reminder that there are a number of fines outstanding, the clubs have been notified by Phil Faulkner. Unpaid fines will be doubled unless you pay or contact the treasurer.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 11.01.2020

Milton do the league proud

The awful weather we have endured for many weeks at last relented and allowed a full and busy programme of league and cup games to be completed.

County Cups

Lancashire Amateur Cup

The undoubted stars of the day were Milton who once more denied their miserable form in the Premier division to storm into the semi-finals of the Lancashire Amateur Cup with a great win over Wigan and District League high-fliers Pemberton.
Milton were delighted to have a full squad available and they showed their class as they cruised into a 3-1 interval lead capped by a stunning strike from Dale Roberts, who added another for a pleasing brace.
Milton kept up their form in the second half adding two more goals with Ross Esti, Matt Bradley and Conor Leech on target for a 5-1 win to put them into the last four of the county cup for their first time in their history where they will fly the flag for the L and C.
They will now be looking to replicate their cup form in the league where they have still to chalk up their first win.

League Cups

Rhodes Cup

There was also catch-up domestic cup action with three games in the top competition for the Rhodes Cup.
Premier division high-fliers Waterloo had to work hard to earn a 3-2 win at Salford Storm from the lower reaches of division A who did themselves proud but division one leaders Radclyffe had few problems in accounting for Bury Amateurs by 5-0.
Waterloo now play Abacus Media in the next round and Radclyffe await the winners of the tie between Stoconians and Urmston Town
The other tie featured two teams from the lower divisions and Division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic kept an immaculate clean sheet as they beat Denton Town Reserves from division three.
Netting for Celtic were Frankie Tufalo (two) and Adam Barry, and they now host Signol Old Boys in the next round.

Wray Cup

There was also one game in the Wray Cup featuring division two title rivals Bedians and North Walkden.
It was level pegging for most of the first half with Steve Binns twice on target for North Walkden and a Sean Chappell penalty and an own goal from Ross McCarthy keeping Bedians on level terms, but, some clinical finishing in the second half saw North Walkden on easy street as they added five more goals without reply as Binns completed his hat-trick and Travis Vaughan added two more.
In the Hellawell Shield there was a great game at Altrincham Hale who shared eight goals with Stoconians 4ths and then won the penalty shoot-out by 5-3 to set up their next round with a tie against Stoconians 3rds.

Premier Division

Premier division leaders Whalley Range increased their lead to nine points with a comfortable 5-0 derby win over South Manchester.
Dom Doyle closed the gap on second-placed Rochdalians, who were without a game, as they won 3-0 hosting Abacus Media and Trafford United enjoyed their second win of the season with a thrilling 4-3 victory at Salford Victoria who had Theo Barr, Joe Axon and Jono Hayes scoring their goals.
In the local derby at High Lane, the home team won comfortably 5-0 against Mellor in a mid-table clash.

Division One

The top game in Division One saw second-placed AFC Oldham and third-placed Irlam Tigers in a close encounter as they both looked to close the gap on the leaders Radclyffe.
It ended in a 1-1 deadlock with Oldham now three points behind the leaders with a game in hand and the Tigers stay in touch with a game in hand.
Basement team Old Stretfordians kept up the form which saw them upset Radclyffe last week as they beat Moston Brook 2-0 to move level with on points with them and Bury Ams, who were in cup action.
Manchester Polonia, have games in hand on the leading teams and they kept up their determined chase with an efficient 4-1 win at Urmston Town.
The other game in the division was an excellent encounter at Newton who shared six goals with Chorltonians.

Division Two

Dukinfield Athletic moved five points clear at the top of Division Two after a big 8-1 win at Chorltonians Reserves.
Hayden Greenwood struck for Athletic in the first two minutes and they kept up their scoring momentum for the rest of the game.
Second-placed South Manchester Reserves lost ground as they went down by the odd goal in five hosting Oldham Victoria but the big danger to the top two comes from Stoconians, who have plenty of games in hand, and were very impressive in a big 7-1 win at Rochdalians Reserves and stay hot on the heels of the leaders.
Hadfield Athletic are also in the mix after a close derby game at Mellor Reserves ended level at 1-1.

Division Three

The big game in Division Three between the top two was a real thriller with Signol Athletic beating leaders Chadderton Cott 5-4 to overtake them but Cott still have a vital game in hand.
Salford Victoria Reserves kept up their winning streak as James Grantham bagged a brace in a 2-0 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic.
It was close in the other three games with Chadderton Park winning 3-2 over Village Manchester and Abacus Media Reserves won by the odd goal in seven hosting Stoconians Reserves and another entertaining encounter had Elton Lib Hargreaves beating Aldermere 5-4.

Division A

It’s tight at the top of Division A with just two points separating the top four teams as leaders AFC Stockport suffered a shock 3-2 defeat by lowly Rochdale Galaxy.
Wythenshawe Wanderers have been in consistent form and a 2-0 win over Mellor 3rds saw them draw level with AFC Stockport and overtake Mellor.
Old Sretfordians Reserves enjoyed a 6-1 win at Dukinfield Athletic Reserves to stay handily placed two points off the top two with two vital games in hand of their rivals.
Moston Brook Reserves lifted themselves out of the bottom two with a 3-1 win at Deans and the other game produced a 3-0 win for AFC Oldham Reserves at Trafford United Reserves.

Division B

With Division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic in cup action it gave their title rivals a chance to close down their big lead and Moston Brook 3rds took advantage with a 6-4 win over Heaton Mersey moving them to within five points of Celtic.
AFC Oldham 3rds also kept up their chase of the top two with a clinical 3-0 win at Stoconians 3rds.
Spurley Hey Reserves were celebrating after posting their first win of the season with a 5-3 win over Flixton JFC.
The other games in the division were close affairs with Bury Amateurs and Chorltonians Athletic drawing 2-2 and Old Sretfordians 3rds and Chadderton Cott Reserves were unable to find the back of the net in a rare goalless game.

Division C

There plenty of goals in Division C and leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers were growling as they kept up their 100 per cent record with a big 8-1 win over Oldham Victoria Reserves.
Chadderton Park Reserves had to work hard to stay in second place with a gritty 2-1 win over Salford Storm Reserves but there were few problems for AFC Stockport Warriors in a 7-2 romp over Whalley Range Reserves or Staly Lions who roared to a 6-1 victory hosting Moston Brook 4ths and Bury Amateurs 3rds who eased to a 3-0 win over Govan Athletic.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 04.01.2020

League Cup Action

Hellawell Shield

The delayed Hellawell Shield match between Chorltonians Athletic and Hillgate went to the wire of a penalty shoot-out after the tie ended at 3-3.

Hillgate kept their nerve to win the shoot-out 3-2 to make it through to the quarter-finals.

League Action

The league resumed action after the festive break with a full programme and plenty of action on the field with some vital games being played throughout the divisions.

Range show their intent in top game

Premier Division

Undoubtedly the game of the day was at Whalley Range where the runaway Premier Division leaders took on the fine challenge offered by Waterloo.

It was an excellent game with some fine football from both teams and well controlled by referee Mike Crump and his team. An even first half ended deadlocked at 1-1 with Reece Jones on target for Whalley Range and with Ewan Malcolm providing the strike for Waterloo.

The game took off in the second half as Rob Swallow flew through the air to give Waterloo the lead with a great header, but Whalley Range were not to be denied and in a deadly spell turned the game around as Jason Fowl and Tim Kinsella netted to take the lead and Reece Jones provided the festive icing on the cake with a stunning 30-yard free kick to see Range home by 4-2.

The win keeps Whalley Range eight points clear at the top of the table from reigning champions Rochdalians who won a tight derby against Abacus Media by the odd goal in five.

There was also a thriller at High Lane as they took on Dom Doyle with Lane enjoying the first half as they led 3-1 at the break. Dylan Higginbottom, Mayo and Bembo struck for High Lane with Dom Doyle replying through Suarez. Matt German then added another for Dom Doyle before the break and they gained momentum to run out breathless 4-3 winners.

Plenty more thrills in the other two games with Trafford United celebrating the New Year with their first league win of the season as they beat Milton 5-3 to move above them out of bottom spot.

There were also eight goals at Mellor which were shared evenly with South Manchester in another entertaining encounter.

Division One

There were just three games in Division One but Duncan Edwards-inspired Old Stretfordians provided one of the shock results of the season by earning themselves a 1-1 draw at leaders Radclyffe FC to end their 100 per cent record. The goal difference between Radclyffe and Stretfordians is a total of 78 but they showed that their recent improvement in form could stand them in good stead in 2020.

Irlam Tigers have three games in hand over Radclyffe and they were impressive as they took out third-placed Urmston Town by 5-1. The other game in the division was an excellent and enjoyable match between Signol Old Boys and Newton with Signol edging home 3-2.

Division Two

The top two teams clashed in Division Two in a spectacular game at South Manchester Reserves where they entertained leaders Dukinfield Athletic. Dukinfield showed their intent as they raced into a 3-0 lead with Keelan Burton (two) and Kane Kershaw netting, but South drew on their fighting spirit to have it all square at the break thanks to a double strike from Alex Robbins and another from Doyle.

The ding-dong battle continued in the second half with South Manchester eventually emerging with an amazing 6-5 victory to move to within two points of Dukinfield Athletic but with a game in hand.

The other top two teams also staged a dramatic encounter with Hadfield Athletic and North Walkden sharing eight goals to stay in the promotion mix. Oldham Victoria and Stoconians also drew 4-4 and the game between Santos and Mellor Reserves was not short of goalmouth excitement either with Mellor running out 5-2 winners.

In the other match in this division Bedians were too hot for Rochdalians Reserves to handle in a big 13-2 win to complete a 49-goal fest in the division.

Division Three

Plenty of goals also in Division Three with leaders Chadderton Cott staying a point clear with a big 6-2 win at Elton Lib Hargreaves. Signol Athletic stay a point behind after a 3-1 win at third-placed Village Manchester.

Salford Vics Reserves are on a hot streak as they posted their second successive double-figure haul hosting Milton Reserves. In a ruthless first half Vics raced into a huge 8-0 lead but to their credit Milton enjoyed a much better second half to restrict the final score to 10-1. Scoring for Vics were debutant Craig West (three), Jay Carney (two), Steve Stephenson (two), Andy Kidby, Keir Jones and James Grantham.

Chadderton Park stay in touch with the leading group with a comfortable 3-0 win at Denton Town Reserves and Hooley Bridge Celtic were celebrating their first win of the season as they took victory in their local derby with Abacus Media Reserves by 3-2.

It was also close in the other game in the division as Aldermere picked up a much needed 2-1 win at Stoconians Reserves.

Division A

There were shocks for the top two in Division A as they both suffered defeats, with leaders AFC Stockport going down 3-2 at Deans and Mellor 3rds being beaten by the same score at AFC Oldham Reserves.

Old Strefordians Reserves were held to a 3-3 deadlock against Salford Storm and Wythenshawe Wanderers moved above them into third spot with a neat 2-0 win at Dukinfield Athletic Reserves.

The other games in the division saw lowly Moston Brook Reserves score the only goal of their game at Rochdale Galaxy and Waterloo Reserves were 3-1 winners at Trafford United reserves.

Division B

In Division B Parrs Wood Celtic kept their unbeaten record and stay eight points clear with a routine 3-1 win at Chadderton Cott Reserves and Moston Brook 3rds stay in second spot after winning 2-0 at Old Stretfordians 3rds.

It was close in the other games with Heaton Mersey winning their local derby at Spurley Hey Reserves by 1-0, Stoconians 3rds won 3-1 at Flixton Juniors and Bury Ams Reserves shared two goals with AFC Oldham 3rds.

Division C

With Division C leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers out of action Chadderton Park Reserves closed their lead down to four points with a 5-1 cruise over Stoconians 4ths.

Salford Storm Reserves and Oldham Victoria Reserves missed their chance to close the gap as Storm were blown away 6-3 by AFC Stockport Warriors and Vics went down 2-1 at Govan Athletic.

Bury Amateurs 3rds eased to a big 8-1 win over Moston Brook 4ths and Altrincham Hale and Whalley Range Reserves shared four goals.

Fixtures confirmed for January

Our first update of the new decade gives club secretaries information regarding where to look for the fixture schedule for the vast majority of the month. Details are also available on the format for Cup games.

  1. The fixture schedule is released up to 25th January. Over the month, delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. This season we have lost Old Ashtonians, Unicorn, Didsbury, Swinton, Barr Hill, one team from each from Chorltonians and Spurley Hey. All have been for the same reason, lack of player commitment. If any clubs have found ways of increasing the commitment, please let us know and we’ll share best practice to try to avoid any more casualties.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. For Hooley Bridge Celtic contact Alec Gill on 07887367160.
  5. A reminder that there are a number of fines outstanding, the clubs have been notified by Phil Faulkner. Unpaid fines will be doubled unless you pay or contact the treasurer.