Stretford Paddock move level with Premier Division leaders

THE league resumed with a full programme of action and the race for the Premier Division is as tight as ever.

Leaders De La Salle Reds didn’t have a fixture and Stretford Paddock took full advantage with a comprehensive 4-0 win at Rochdalians to draw level on points at the summit, though De La Salle Reds have a game in hand.

Moston Brook are also well in the race after a 4-2 win at Mellor preserved their unbeaten record and they are two points behind the leaders on the same number of games.

On the heels of the top three are Milton after a thrilling 4-3 win over Salford Vics and Manchester Polonia who were too hot for AFC Oldham to handle in a 6-2 cruise.

The other games showed the tight nature of the division as Abacus Media shared six goals with North Walkden.

No change at the top of Division One as the leading pair both posted victories.

Top team Chadderton Cott were on easy street after a 5-2 win at Signol OB.

And Signol Athletic hit a last minute winner to record a dramatic 3-2 victory at Trafford United.

United gave as good as they got after opening the scoring on 10 minutes through George Bell but Athletic were quickly back on terms to set up a great contest efficiently managed by referee John Melia.

There was another terrific contest at Didsbury who were in control against Bury Ams leading 3-1 and 4-2 before a spot kick from Steve Murphy got Bury firing on all cylinders.

Anthony O’Brien drew them level at 4-4 to add to earlier strikes from Nick Smith and Ollie Dunn before grabbing a late winner for a dramatic 5-4 win.

Hadfield Athletic had their best result of the season with a 5-0 win over high-flying Shaw Athletic and Irlam Tigers were also on fire as they disposed of Old Stretfordians 6-3.

Hattersley are also soaring in Division Two as they lead by six points after an 8-2 demolition of Milltown.

Eccles United drew level with second-placed and non-playing Baguley Athletic but they were taken all the way by Mellor reserves before edging home by the odd goal in nine.

A close game between Sale Ams and Wythenshawe Wanderers was settled by two first-half strikes for Sale to keep them in touch with the leading pack with games in hand.

The other two games in the division saw Irlam Tiger Rangers surge to a comfortable 5-1 win at Bedians with Karl Cassell (two) and Lewis Cartwright providing some of the Tigers goals.

Stretford Paddock Reserves and South Manchester enjoyed another close encounter with Paddock winning 3-2.

Chadderton Park are the only unbeaten team in Division Three but being in county cup action saw their lead reduced as Radclyffe moved to within three points after an exciting 5-3 win over Abacus Media reserves and AFC Stockport cruised to a 5-2 win over Hooley Bridge Celtic.

In the other two games Elton Lib Hargreaves won 5-3 at Aldermere and Stoconians battled hard for a 2-1 at Salford Albion.

Just a point separates the top three in Division A and new boys Woodsend Athletic moved into the pole position after a comfortable 7-1 win at Greater Manchester FC.

North Walkden reserves lost top spot after being held to an entertaining 4-4 deadlock with Milnrow Firgovia after leading 3-1 at the break and Salford Vics are level on points with them after a thrilling 4-3 win over Stretford Paddock Development.

It was six-hitters in two of the other games in the division as Salford Storm beat AFC Oldham reserves 6-0 and Milton reserves won their local derby at Santos by 6-2 with Liam Churchill and Lewis Toppin providing the Santos consolations.

Kartel moved into mid-table with a close 2-1 win over Trafford United reserves.

Aldermere reserves have the best record in the league and they showed why as a 7-0 victory at Moston Brook reserves takes them a massive 11 points clear at the top of Division B.

No joy for their main rivals as AFC Oldham thirds were beaten 5-3 by Old Strets reserves and Greater Manchester seconds were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Heaton Mersey.

Oldham Saints enjoyed their second win of the season by 3-1 over Spurley Hey a feat matched by Flixton JFC in a classic 5-4 victory over Hillgate.

It’s hot at the top of Division C with just a point between the top four teams.

Early pacesetters Dukinfield Athletic dropped points as they were held 3-3 by Mellor thirds allowing Altrincham Hale to join them on points as they beat Deans 4-2.

Govan Athletic Development also lost ground as they could only fire blanks in a 3-0 defeat by Salford Storm reserves.

Staly Lions kept on roaring after a 7-0 demolition of Eccles United reserves and there were also wins for Village Manchester Reserves by 2-1 at AFC Stockport Warriors, Urmston Town Vale by 3-0 at Stoconians thirds and Chadderton Park reserves by 3-2 at Bury Ams reserves.

All change at the top of Division D as Bury Ams thirds kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 win over second-placed Moston Brook fourths to move a point clear and end the unbeaten record of Brook.

Whalley Range are in close contact with the top two after a 5-2 win at Milltown reserves.

The other games saw AFC Oldham fourths beat Altrincham Hale reserves 3-1 and Irlam Tigers A shared six goals with Didsbury Reserves.

Catch-up Manchester County Cup games brought no joy as Chadderton Park lost out 5-3 to AFC Middleton with two of their goals coming from Ryan Trelfa and James Gregory, a game in which the influential Corey Pearson was named man of the match. Moston Brook reserves, meanwhile, went down 5-1 at Failsworth Dynamoes.

L & C Key Messages

All of the following is useful information for clubs and their committees.

Fixture Scheduling

Our fixture team works diligently to provide very team a fixture each week if possible. This is based on not wishing any Saturday to pass by with teams missing games, as it is inevitable fixtures will be lost to the weather at some point during the season.

However, if there are times when there are Premier League fixtures that conflict with games and cause difficulty for clubs, we will allow either later kick offs, or for teams to find a mutually agreeable venue for a night fixture in the week preceding a game.

If this is a desirable option, please let the fixture team know of any such arrangements by emailing fixtures@landc.org.uk.

Referees/Respect

We have already made clubs aware of the challenges we are facing regarding referees. We are thankful for the clubs who have arranged stand-in officials this season. Unfortunately, it is a national trend, with abuse and a lack of respect driving referees away at all levels of the game.

Everybody understands this is a game of emotions and we all care and want to do well, but this is no excuse for abuse which we have already felt the effects of in terms of driving referees away from our league.

Teams who condone the abuse, either on the day or on social media, will risk not having a referee appointed.

We implore our clubs to set the tone, take a step back and understand the difficulty of the job, and appreciate their efforts. The referees are as important to the L & C running smoothly as the teams that participate.

Post-Match Admin

Please enter your team stats and refs marks on Full Time/Matchday, and send photos/scans of match sheets to matchsheets@landc.org.uk within seven days, but ideally as soon as possible. If you are having any issues, please make the league aware.

Mixed fortunes in the County Cup

THE Manchester Amateur Cup saw a big involvement for L & C teams with several close games and big scores providing plenty of excitement.

There were no Premier Division teams involved but Shaw Athletic were among teams making solid progress as they cruised to a 6-1 win over Gregorians reserves.

Not far behind were  Old Stretfordians with a 5-0 derby win at Trafford United reserves and Irlam Tigers also went nap in 5-3 win over Greater Manchester FC.

Chadderton Cott were taken to penalties by Beechfield United but won the shoot-out by 4-2.

Wythenshawe Wanderers had to defend well against a lively Trafford United but finished strongly after the break to win 4-1 with Trafford’s deserved consolation coming from Ben Wordsworth before the break.

Didsbury moved into the next round with a walkover against New Moston Rangers.

Plenty of lively cup action from teams in Division Two led by Eccles United with a 5-1 win over Didsbury reserves.

Baguley Athletic eased to a 2-0 win at Oldham Community FC and there was a real thriller at Stretford Paddock reserves as they shared four goals with Salford Albion before going on to win a marathon shoot-out by 11-10.

Irlam Tiger Rangers were given a walkover by St Michaels Trinity, but Milltown found Manchester Medics too hot to handle in a 5-1 defeat.

Another close game at Parrs Wood Celtic had the home team level with Village Manchester at the break at 1-1 with Jesse Deveaney on target for Celtic but Village hit the front with a fine header and went on to win 3-1.

There was a walkover for Radclyffe against Beechfield United A team.

There were two exits via penalty shoot-outs as AFC Oldham reserves drew 1-1 with AFC Monton reserves but lost 4-1 in the shoot out and Salford Vics drew 3-3 with Manchester Bulls but lost out 4-3 in the shoot-out.

Greater Manchester FC reserves were no match for Brownley Albion in a big defeat but Old Strets reserves kept their nerve to score the only goal of their game with Manchester Celtic.

Salford Storm were 4-1 winners over Urmston Town Vale and Eccles United reserves were given a walkover by Glodwick Dynamoes to complete the cup games.

It was full-on action in the Premier Division with De La Salle maintaining their unbeaten record and staying three points clear at the top with a resounding 8-1 win at Mellor.

Stretford Paddock stay in touch after a hard-earned 4-3 win over Milton and another close contest saw Moston Brook inflict the first defeat of the season on Salford Vics as they scored the only goal of the game and they have a vital game in hand on the top two.

Abacus Media were in seventh heaven after a 7-0 cruise over Dom Doyle but it was much tighter in the other two games with AFC Oldham delighted to pick up their first win of the season by 3-2 at North Walkden while Rochdalians and Manchester Polonia shared the spoils in a 2-2 deadlock.

Just one league game played in Division One and Signol Athletic moved to within two points of leaders Chadderton Cott with a 3-1 success over Hadfield Athletic.

Goals galore in the two games played in Division Two with leaders Hattersley moving three points clear of previous leaders Baguley Athletic with a 6-2 derby win at Newton as they put on the power scoring five in the second half after being locked 1-1 at the break.

Mellor seconds moved up the table as they beat Bedians 6-1.

The big game in Division Three featured the top two teams and Chadderton Park showed their title intent as they won 6-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic with a red-hot first half putting them in control with a 4-0 interval lead.

Elton Lib Hargreaves were able to celebrate as they picked up their first win of the season by 3-0 over Abacus Media reserves to lift themselves off the foot of the table.

The derby between Stoconians reserves and AFC Stockport was a real topsy turvy contest with a breathless Stocs winning by the odd goal in nine.

North Walkden reserves held on to their slender one-point lead at the top of Division A with a comfortable 5-0 win at Milton reserves.

Second-placed Woodsend were taken all the way by Santos before scoring a last minute winner for a 5-4 victory with Callum Walker (three) and Liam Churchill netting for a spirited Santos.

The other game saw Kartel on heat as they won 9-0 against Milnrow Firgrovia.

Aldermere reserves continue to fly high at the top of Division B with a big 9-0 win at Hillgate seeing them a massive nine points clear of AFC Oldham who beat Flixton JFC 4-2 and non-playing Great Manchester reserves.

Oldham Saints moved from the foot of the table as they chalked up their first victory of the season by 3-1 at Spurley Hey.

There was virtually a full league programme in Division C and the title race is now wide open as Dukinfield Athletic lost out 3-1 to main rivals Govan Athletic Development who are now level on points with them.

Altrincham Hale are in the mix despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Mellor thirds as are Deans Youth who enjoyed an entertaining 5-3 win at Chadderton Park reserves.

Staly Lions were roaring after a 4-2 win at Stoconians thirds and AFC Stockport Warriors enjoyed a convincing 8-4 victory at Bury Ams reserves.

The other game had Salford Storm reserves coming out on top by 3-1 at Village Manchester reserves to keep in touch with the leading pack.

Division D leaders Moston Brook fourths looked to have an easy fixture as they faced basement team Salford Vics Development but the youngsters did their club proud as they restricted Brook to a narrow 2-1 win

Bury Ams thirds kept on track with Brook to stay two points behind them with an emphatic 6-1 win over Altrincham Hale reserves.

The other game was a mid-table affair with AFC Oldham fourths winning 3-1 at Mellor Development.

Referee training opportunities

The League committee and specifically Stephen Howard is doing his utmost to find referees to cover our games. Unfortunately many of you will have experienced having to supply a stand in referee as there are around 15 short every week.

This, unfortunately, is the national trend that is prevalent in many areas of grassroots football.

To help with allocating the remaining referees where they are needed most, if any clubs have someone they can turn to, please let Stephen know, and also who they are. Then he knows which matches are priority to cover.

There have been few respondents to the request for anyone to train as a referee, so we will not be able to run a specific league course, but we are obtaining County FA dates, and the offer of 50% refund still stands on completion of six L & C matches.

Finally, please refrain and ask all your players to refrain from criticism of referees, we need to retain what we have, otherwise the situation is going to get worse.

L & C sides taste Lancashire Amateur Cup success

THE Lancashire Amateur Cup dominated the programme for the Premier division clubs and it proved to be a great day of success for many of our teams.

Last season Milton did the league proud by reaching the final of the competition, losing out in a closely fought final.

Their opening game in this season’s competition saw them take on Morecambe Royals and a tight game ended at 2-2 but Milton then kept their nerve to win the penalty shoot-out by 4-3 to go into the hat for the next round.

There was also a thriller for Premier Division leaders De La Salle who won a terrific tie with Avro reserves by the odd goal in nine.

Moston Brook are also enjoying a great season and they kept up their momentum with a fine 6-3 win over Old Boltonians.

It went to the wire in two other games with Abacus Media beating Moorside Rangers 2-1 and Stretford Paddock scored the only goal of their game hosting East Manchester.

Rochdalians are through as they were given a walkover by Moss Bank JFC.

Division three Elton Lib Hargreaves were also celebrating after a great 5-3 win at Mostonians.

But it was the end of the line for South Manchester who were beaten 5-2 at Whiiney Hill and AFC Oldham who conceded their game to Heyside.

In the Manchester Challenge Trophy, North Walkden went out, losing 4-1 at Denton Town.

There was plenty of league action in Division One with leaders Chadderton Cott retaining their five-point advantage with a 4-2 win at Hadfield Athletic.

Irlam Tigers kept in touch as won 3-1 at Trafford United and Signol Athletic stay level with the Tigers with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Old Stretfordians.

Shaw Athletic moved level on points with Strets with a comfortable 5-1 win over Didsbury.

The other game saw Bury Ams go nap as they eased to a 5-2 win over Signol OB.

Division Two looks set to be one of the most competitive in the league and this was reflected in a terrific game between new teams Baguley Athletic and Eccles United

Baguley had stormed to the top of the division winning their four opening fixtures but Eccles United ended this run with a close 2-1 win.

Shaun Mcatee and Jamie Holland topped a strike from Athletic’s Tommy Henley and missed several more good chances in an enthralling second half with both teams bringing great credit to their teams in a game coolly refereed by John Melia.

Hattersley took full advantage of this result as a 2-0 win at Mellor seconds saw them draw level on points at the top.

Wythenshawe Wanderers kept up their topsy turvy season with a 2-1 win at Stretford Paddock reserves keeping them in touch with the top two.

Lurking in close proximity with games in had are Milltown and Sale Ams.

Milltown were too hot for Bedians to handle as they stormed into a 5-0 interval lead thanks to a hat-trick from Levi Morris backed by a brace from Mani Kalosaye.

Bedians came back well after the break to see the final result at 6-1 for Milltown who have two games in hand on the top two.

Sale Ams are also well in contention with three games in hand and they had few problems in accounting for Newton by 5-0.

There were some close games in Division Three with the top two staying three points clear of the chasing pack.

Chadderton Park lead the way after a comfortable 3-0 win over third-placed Salford Albion and Hooley Bridge Celtic are level on points with a game in hand after an enthralling 3-2 derby win over Abacus Media reserves.

Three teams are level on points behind them as Radclyffe slipped to a 3-1 defeat by Aldermere, with their first win of the season, and AFC Stockport cruised to a 5-1 win over Woodhouses.

Goals galore in the other game as Stoconians reserves beat Village Manchester 5-4.

Just three points separate the top seven teams in Division A and Salford Vics reserves are a point clear at the top after a tight 3-2 win over Milton reserves to take over from Moston Brook reserves who were without a game.

This allowed North Walkden reserves to draw level on points with Brook after an emphatic 8-0 win over Trafford United reserves.

Woodsend Athletic missed their chance to go on top as they suffered a tight 2-1 defeat at AFC Oldham reserves.

Plenty of goals at Santos as they took on Milnrow Firgrovia in a hard-fought local derby encounter.

The hot striking power of Santos proved to be decisive in a 7-2 win.

Matt Barr bagged a hat-trick followed by strikes from Liam Churchill, Ciaran Finegan, Josh Sutherland and MoM junior star Lewis Topping.

Kartel Sports hit form with a 5-0 win over Stretford Paddock Development and Salford Storm and Greater Manchester shared the spoils in a 2-2 deadlock.

In Division B, Aldermere reserves retained their 100% record to stay on top but they were taken all the way before beating Flixton JFC 2-1 in a superb local derby.

Greater Manchester reserves are their closest challengers and stay five points adrift after a 3-2 win over Old Strets reserves.

Heaton Mersey are the league’s treble chance experts and they shared six goals with AFC Oldham thirds.

Parrs Wood Celtic moved into third place with a 5-2 win at Oldham Saints and the other game was another derby thriller as Spurley Hey emerged breathless from a 4-3 win over Hillgate.

Dukinfield Athletic kept up their unblemished start in Division C as they eased to a 4-1 win over Salford Storm reserves, two points clear of Urmston Town Vale who had to pull out all of the stops to beat Govan Athletic Development by the odd goal in five.

Altrincham Hale stay in touch with the top two but had to work hard for a 4-3 win at Eccles United reserves.

Goals galore at AFC Stockport Warriors who lost out 9-4 to local rivals Mellor thirds.

Village Manchester reserves had their shooting boots on as hat-tricks from Dylan Mosenye and Matt Elliott took them on the way to a 10-0 win over Chadderton Park reserves.

In the other games Deans beat Staly Lions 4-2 and Stoconians thirds drew 2-2 with Bury Ams reserves.

Just a point between the top four teams in Division D and new leaders Bury Ams thirds showed their intent with a 7-4 win over Milltown reserves

Previous top guns Whalley Range were held to a 1-1 draw at Irlam Tigers.

Lying in wait for a slip by the top two are Moston Brook fourths who won 3-2 at AFC Oldham fourths and Altrincham Hale reserves who won 3-1 over Salford Vics Development.

The other game saw plenty of goals as Mellor Development won 4-3 at Didsbury reserves.

Chadderton Cott move five points clear in Division One

WITHOUT the distraction of county cups and just a few postponements there was some topsy turvy action throughout the eight divisions with a few big upsets along the way.

In the Premier Division De La Salle Reds stay three points clear after an emphatic 5-1 win at Manchester Polonia.

Stretford Paddock kept in touch with the leaders but had to work hard for a 2-1 win over a gritty Rochdalians.

Goals from Luke Norris and Josh Rowlands maintained Salford Vics’ 100% start to the season in a top of the table clash with Mellor and there was not a cross word or bad tackle in the game.

Both teams produced enough chances to have scored four or five goals, but Vics took two of theirs and Mellor failed to take any.

The game was a great advertisement for the L & C and was brilliantly refereed by Mike Crump.

Moston Brook kept up their consistent start with a 4-2 win over North Walkden to keep themselves in the mix.

In Division One, the top game between the leading pair saw Chadderton Cott move five points clear after a 3-1 victory over Irlam Tigers.

Signol Athletic lost their first game of the season at Didsbury who had the predatory Aaron Rodger on top form with a killer brace.

There were two naphands in the division as Old Stretfordians won 5-2 at Signol OB and Shaw Athletic cruised to a 5-1 win at Trafford United.

The other game saw Bury Ams enjoy their second win of the season by 3-1 at Hadfield Athletic.

Division Two looks to be one of the league’s most competitive and this was reflected in the latest results.

New boys Baguley Athletic are flying high as they kept up their 100% with a close win at Milltown.

They stay three points clear of Hattersley who kept up their recent hot form with an exciting 5-3 win at South Manchester.

Hattersley stormed into a 3-0 lead with a hat-trick from Rob Swallow then South reduced the arrears with goals from Chris Waugh and Matt Walsh.

Gus Yarwood took Hattersley into a 4-2 lead only for Walsh to add his second to set up a frantic finish and Hattersley sealed their win with a final late strike from Steffan Steadman.

The other game in the division saw Stretford Paddock reserves record a comfortable 5-1 win over Newton.

It’s all to play for in Division Three with four teams locked at the top on 10 points.

Leaders Radclyffe were hit hard as they went down 9- 3 at Salford Albion.

Albion raced into a 4-0 lead with strikes from Jack Lloyd, Kieran Long, Stephen Booth and Danny Hudson and Lee Kenny went off after making a gaol-saving tackle to see Albion 4-1 up at the break.

They quickly added to their tally and cruised to a memorable win and join Radclyffe  on points at the top.

Also there are Chadderton Park who had a comfortable 5-0 win over Aldermere.

The other top game saw Hooley Bridge leading 4-1 at Stoconianss reserves before the game was abandoned due to a nasty injury.

Village Manchester and AFC Stockport shared four goals and Abacus Media reserves won 4-0 at Woodhouses.

Division A leaders Moston Brook reserves were without a game and Woodsend Athletic reduced their lead to a point with a 4-2 win over title rivals Salford Vics reserves.

North Walkden reserves also kept in touch with an impressive 7-4 win over Stretford Paddock Development.

Milton reserves won their local derby at Milnrow Firgrovia by 3-0 and the basement battle saw Kartel win 2-1 at Greater Manchester FC.

Aldermere reserves stay clear at the top of Division B as an efficient 3-0 win over AFC Oldham thirds keeps them five points clear of the chasing Pack.

These are led by Flixton JFC who worked hard for a 3-2 win over Parrs Wood Celtic and Greater Manchester reserves who drew 2-2 at Hillgate.

Old Strets reserves enjoyed their first win of the season by 6-2 over Moston Brook thirds.

An exciting local derby at Spurley Hey ended in a 3-2 win for Heaton Mersey.

In Division C Dukinfield Athletic stay top with a 100% record with a 6-2 cruise over AFC Stockport Warriors.

Urmston Town Vale are two points off the pace after a 4-0 win over Village Manchester Reserves and Altrincham Hale showed their intent with a 5-2 win at Chadderton Park thirds.

Govan Athletic Development also have a perfect record retained by scoring the only goal of their game with Staly Lions.

Deans reserves beat Bury Ams reserves 3-2 in a close contest and Mellor thirds were in seventh heaven after a 7-2 derby win over Stoconians thirds.

Whalley Range are the new leaders in Division D with a 5-1 win over Milltown reserves moving them two points clear of non-playing Bury Ams thirds.

The other games saw AFC Oldham fourths share eight goals with Irlam Tigers A and Altrincham Hale reserves won 2-1 at Mellor Development.

L & C teams make cup progress

ON another busy and goals-filled day there was plenty of success for teams in the Manchester Amateur Cup with Irlam Tigers Rangers enjoying a thumping 6-0 win over Salford Storm reserves.

Stretford Paddock reserves were in seventh heaven after a 7-4 win over Elton Lib Hargreaves after extra time.

AFC Oldham reserves joined in the goalfest with a 5-2 win at Beechfield United and Trafford United won 3-0 at Village Manchester reserves.

Going through to the draw for round two with walkovers were Greater Manchester FC, Shaw Athletic, Didsbury and North Walkden seconds.

The race for the Premier Division title is warming up nicely as previous leaders Milton were without a game and De La Salle took advantage with a point in a 1-1 deadlock against Moston Brook easing them a point clear.

Stretford Paddock are firmly in the mix with a comfortable 5-2 win at AFC Oldham moving them into joint third with Abacus Media.

Early season title favourites Mellor hit top gear with a big 8-4 win over Manchester Polonia and Salford Vics, with games in hand, are well into the race after an excellent 4-1 win at Dom Doyle.

It’s also tight at the top of Division One as an important 5-3 win for Chadderton Cott in an exciting game at Old Stretfordians took them two points clear of Irlam Tigers who were held to a 1-1 draw by a gritty Hadfield Athletic.

The other game in the division saw Bury Ams pick up their first points of the season with a 3-0 win at Signol Old Boys.

One of the league’s top games of the day came in Division Two saw new boys Baguley Athletic go top by three points from three other teams after a breathless 6-5 win at South Manchester.

Wythenshawe Wanderers have had a solid start to the season but found Hattersley too hot to handle as they went down 6-2.

Plenty of goals at Mellor reserves in an entertaining 4-4 draw with Milltown.

Radclyffe showed their title intent in Division Three as they kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a resounding 9-2 win over Hooley Bridge Celtic to stay three points clear of four other teams.

Chadderton Park were without a game but stay second and level on points are Village Manchester after a hard-earned 1-0 win at Abacus Media reserves and Salford Albion who also had to work hard for a 2-1 win at Stoconians reserves.

AFC Stockport have a game in hand and stay on the heels of the top five after a clinical 5-0 win over Elton Lib Hargreaves.

No change at the top of Division A which is led by Moston Brook reserves who were taken all the way scoring the only goal of their game with Stretford Paddock Development.

Second-placed Salford Vics reserves also had to work hard for a 3-2 win over Milnrow Firgrovia.

New team Woodsend Athletic have settled in well and stay in the top group with a 4-1 win over Salford Storm, handing them their first defeat of the season.

The other game in the division saw Milton reserves win by the off goal in five over Trafford United reserves.

In Division B Aldermere reserves stay three points clear of the pack and retained their 100 per cent record with a win over Spurley Hey.

The game looked set for a 1-1 draw after some solid defence by Hey as Aldermere dominated the second half.

But the pressure paid off as Aldermere bagged three goals in the dying minutes for a vital 4-1 win.

AFC Oldham reserves lead three clubs level on six points after 5-3 derby win at Oldham Saints and wins for Greater Manchester reserves also by 5-3 at Moston Brook thirds and Parrs Wood Celtic by 6-2 over Old Strets reserves keep them level with AFC Oldham.

There was a dramatic local derby at Heaton Mersey where they shared ten goals with Hillgate.

Plenty of action in Division C with Dukinfield Athletic on top of the table after a close 3-2 derby win at Staly Lions.

Govan Athletic Development were on fire with a 7-0 trouncing of Chadderton Park thirds.
Urmston Town Vale are well in the title mix after a 3-0 win over Eccles United reserves as are Altrincham Hale after a 2-1 win at AFC Stockport Warriors.

The other game in the division had Deans reserves winning 2-0 at Stoconians thirds.

Division D leader Bury Ams thirds were held to a 3-3 draw at AFC Oldham fourths but stay a point clear of Moston Brook fourths, who were without a game and Whalley Range who were delighted with a 5-2 win at Salford Vics Development.

The other two games went to the wire with Didsbury reserves beating Altrincham Hale reserves 1-1 and Milltown reserves drew 2-2 with Mellor Development.

Rochdalians and Moston Brook progress in Lancashire Amateur Cup

THERE were mixed results for L & C teams in the opening round of the Lancashire Amateur Cup but Rochdalians were delighted to put a poor start in the league behind them as they marched into the next round with a fine 2-0 win at Gidlow Athletic.

Joining them are Moston Brook who have made a great start to their return to the Premier Division and they cruised through with a comfortable 5-2 win over Old Mancunians

South Manchester are also through as Tottington United conceded their tie.

Bowing out were Salford Vics who lost out 3-1 to Denton Town but gave a good account of themselves.

Bedians lost out 4-1 at Whitworth Valley and Aldermere by 3-1 hosting Darwen Reserves.

Premier Division action was limited due to cup action but leaders Milton suffered their first defeat of the season going down 4-3 in an action-packed derby thriller with Abacus Media.

De La Salle drew level on points with Milton with a game in hand as two late goals gave them a 3-1 win at Stretford Paddock.

Goals galore in the other two games led by Manchester Polonia with a 7-3 win over AFC Oldham and North Walkden by 5-3 hosting Dom Doyle.

Plenty of goals in Division One with the outstanding match seeing Signol Athletic JFC beating Signol Old Boys 5-1 to stay a point clear at the top.

Hot on their heels with a game in hand are Irlam Tigers who roared to a 5-2 win over Didsbury and Chadderton Cott who were equally convincing in a 6-2 win over Bury Ams.

Trafford United picked up their first points of the season as they walloped Old Stretfordians 6-0 in a local derby.

It’s hot at the top of Division Two with three teams level on points. Wythenshawe Wanderers are in top spot after an efficient 3-0 win over Eccles United to move level with non-playing Baguley Athletic and South Manchester.

Irlam Tiger Rangers showed their intent as they cruised to a 7-3 win at Hattersley and Newton were delighted to pick up their first points of the season as they won 2-1 at Mellor reserves.

It’s also tight at the top of Division Three with three teams locked at the top on seven points as they all posted wins.

Top of the pile are Radclyffe who disposed of Abacus Media reserves 6-2 to give their goal difference a boost.

Chadderton Park also found their shooting boots winning 5-2 at Elton Lib Hargreaves and Hooley Bridge Celtic kept up their impressive start to the season with a hard-earned 3-2 victory hosting AFC Stockport.

The other games saw Woodhouses beat Stoconians reserves 3-2 and Village Manchester suffered their first defeat of the season by 4-2 to Salford Albion.

Two teams are flying high at the top of Division A with victories.

Moston Brook seconds were too hot for Trafford United reserves to handle in a crushing 14-1 defeat and extend their goal difference from Salford Albion who kept an immaculate clean sheet in an important 2-0 win at Milnrow Firgrovia.

Keeping up the pressure on the top two are Santos and Salford Vics reserves.

Santos beat Kartel 4-2 and Vics had to work hard for a 2-0 win at a spirited Greater Manchester FC.

A double from Lew Lawler, either side of the break, gave Vics the edge but they relied on some cool and solid defending and some fine saves from keeper Dereje Besrat to preserve their lead as GM came back well after the break.

Newboys Woodsend kept up their unbeaten record with their first win in the league by 4-0 over Stretford Paddock Development and a thrilling game saw North Walkden reserves win by the odd goal in seven at AFC Oldham reserves.

Aldermere reserves are out on their own at the top of Division B after a comfortable 6-0 win at Parrs Wood Celtic and Flixton JFC are hot on their heels after a big 11-0 win over Deans.

Greater Manchester FC reserves had first-half goals from Bradley Fysh (two) and Josh Kirsala to set up a 3-1 win over Oldham Saints.

There were close encounters in the other two games with Spurley Hey winning 3-2 at Old Strets reserves and Hillgate and Moston Brook thirds shared six goals.

Dukinfield Athletic and Salford Storm reserves are level on points at the top of Division C with Athletic winning 3-0 at Deans reserves and Storm beat Village Manchester reserves 9-1.

Plenty of goals as Altrincham Hale won 7-0 at AFC Stockport Warriors and Eccles United reserves by 6-3 over Chadderton Park thirds.

Govan Athletic Development enjoyed their first game of the season winning 4-2 at Bury Ams seconds and an even contest at Staly Lions saw them draw 2-2 with Urmston Town Vale.

Moston Brook fourths and Bury Ams fourths showed their title intent in Division D as they both posted wins to stay joint top of the table.

Brook were in seventh heaven after a 7-3 win at Milltown reserves and Bury were not far behind as they won 6-2 at Mellor Development.

AFC Oldham fourths were also on fire with a 7-1 win at Didsbury reserves but it was closer for Altrincham Hale reserves who beat Whalley Range 4-2 and irlam Tigers thirds by 4-3 over Salford Vics Development.

Baguley Athletic move top of Division Two

Ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, here’s a recap of what happened last time out.

It was back into action in all eight divisions for the first time this season although Covid problems caused some games to be postponed.

Premier Division leaders Milton were not in action but stay top by three points from De La Salle who won a vital game against Mellor by 4-2 to keep up their 100% record with a game in hand on the leaders.

The only other game played in the top flight ended in a 1-1 deadlock between Abacus Media and Manchester Polonia.

There was more action in Division One with a congested title race seeing Signol Athletic stay one point clear of three other teams after a 3-1 win at Hadfield Athletic.

Irlam Tigers were without a game but stay in second spot on goal difference from Old Stretfordians and Chadderton Cott.

Strets fought hard to win a point as they shared eight goals with Shaw Athletic.

Strets took an early lead through Steve Drabble but Shaw hit back quickly to lead 2-1 with Sheldon Clarke on target and it was ebb and flow from then on.

Chadderton Cott were also without a game and Didsbury moved to within a point of them as they won their second successive game by 4-2 at Bury Ams.

There were plenty of goals in what looks set to be a very exciting Division Two and new boys Baguley Athletic hit the top with an impressive 5-0 win at another new team Eccles United.

South Manchester are in second spot on goal difference after winning an exciting home encounter with Newton by the odd goal in seven.

Netting for South were Chris Lydon, Reece Horan (two) and John Chukwu while Newton showed their fighting spirit with a hat-trick from Jake Hatton.

Wythenshawe Wanderers were the big hitters in the division with an emphatic 8-0 win at Stoconians and Hattersley also kept an immaculate clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Bedians.

Division Three is also looking to be a very competitive with plenty of close games seeing just a point separating the top six teams and four teams are level on points at the top of the table.

The early leaders are Radclyffe who shared the spoils in a 2-2 deadlock with second-placed Village Manchester.

In the mix are Hooley Bridge Celtic who impressed with a 3-0 win at Woodhouses and Chadderton Park who beat Stoconians reserves 3-1.

The other games in the division saw AFC Stockport beat Abacus Media reserves 4-2 and Aldermere and Salford Albion drew 2-2.

Plenty of action in Division A and Moston Brook reserves hit the heights with a big 10-3 win over Milltown Firgrovia.

Salford Storm are level on points with Moston Brook after winning a nerve-jangling game with Trafford United reserves by 5-4.

North Walkden reserves picked up their first points with a comfortable 4-2 win over Great Manchester FC but the other games were close affairs.

Salford Vics reserves drew 2-2 hosting Santos and there were no goals in the games between Woodsend Athletic and Milton reserves and AFC Oldham reserves and Stretford Paddock Development.

Division B had its first action of the season and there was a big opening day win for AFC Oldham reserves in their local derby with Moston Brook thirds.

Aldermere reserves were in an exciting local derby at Old Strets reserves and were delighted to emerge with a breathless 4-3 victory.

Parrs Wood Celtic had had a close encounter with Great Manchester FC reserves winning 2-1 and the other game was locked at 1-1 between Heaton Mersey and Flixton JFC.

Plenty of action in the opening day for Division C with the top scorers being Dukinfield Athletic who eased to a 9-0 win over Stoconians thirds.

There were also wins for Salford Storm reserves by 4-1 at AFC Stockport Warriors, Bury Ams thirds by 3-1 at Chadderton Park thirds, Urmston Town Vale 3-0 over Altrincham Hale, Mellor thirds by 3-1 over Eccles United reserves and Village Manchester reserves by 3-2 over Staly Lions.

The final action was in Division D and there were goals galore led by Moston Brook fourths by 7-1 at new boys Altrincham Hale.

Bury Ams fourths won by the odd goal in nine hosting Irlam Tigers thirds and it was also close at Didsbury reserves who went down by 5-3 to Milltown reserves.

The last game saw Whalley Range reserves win by 4-2 at Mellor Development to set up the usual lively celebrations back at their club.