Chadderton Cott. and Stoconians make their final move
The final of the Whitehead Cup for teams in Divisions A and B will take place at West Didsbury and Chorlton AFC between Chadderton Cott and Stoconians 3rds after the completion of their semi-finals.
Chadderton Cott, in their first season in the league, had a relatively easy passage as they accounted for Dukinfield Athletic Reserves by 5-1.
Two first-half strikes from Ryan Higginson put Chadderton Cott. in charge and an early second-half goal from Ashley Curren made it 3-0 and they were able complete their victory with few problems.
But it was much tighter in the other semi between Stoconians 3rds and Chadderton Cott. Reserves.
Cott hit the woodwork three times before Stoconians scored the only goal of the game from Sam Wharton on 30 minutes and this proved to be enough for victory as Stoconians defended well to keep a clean sheet.
The other domestic cup semi-final was the second leg of the Hellawell Shield between Hollingworth Reserves and Irlam Tiger Reserves with the Tigers having a healthy lead from the first leg.
Hollingworth showed their intent as they took the lead with a neat finish from Jake Boon and also went near with three efforts bouncing back off the woodwork.
The Tigers bit back as they levelled on 50 minutes through the predatory Lewis Cartwright and then the game was dominated by Dylan Lee who netted four times to give the Tigers a 10-3 aggregate win and a final date with Chadderton Park Reserves.
There was a big twist in the tight battle for the Premier Division title with the match between the top two seeing High Lane win a thriller by 4-3 over Whalley Range to move five points clear of their nearest rivals.
Old Stretfordians belied their lowly status as they held Rochdalians to a 1-1 draw which leaves Rochdalians level on points with Whalley Range and five points adrift of High Lane but with two games in hand and everything to play for.
The other games saw Waterloo beat Trafford United 4-2. Waterloo led 3-0 but United came back with great spirit with goals from Michael O’Regan, who took a cross on his chest then volleyed into the top corner and Rick Hulme added a second from a counter attack. However, Waterloo had the final word with a late goal sealing their victory.
Salford Victoria beat Old Ashtonians 3-0 and a local derby at Milton saw them win by the odd goal in five over Abacus Media.
In Division One the two promotion spots are sealed as Dom Doyle crushed Chorltonians 11-0 and Parrs Wood Celtic were also too hot to handle in a 4-0 win at Swinton to stay seven points behind Dom Doyle with two games in hand.
Plenty of goals in the other two games with Moston Brook beating Didsbury 4-0 and Irlam Tigers emphatic 7-1 winners against Oldham Victoria.
Division Two champions Newton went down 3-0 at Urmston Town and Hollingworth stay in third spot after a 2-0 win at Bedians.
In the other game South Manchester Reserves enjoyed a bullet header strike from Chris Waugh but it was not enough to prevent Santos netting twice to secure their fourth win of the season.
The big game in Division Three ended in a surprise goalless deadlock between leaders Dukinfield Athletic and their main title rivals Radclyffe.
The result sees Athletic 16 points clear of Radclyffe who have seven games in hand.
Stoconians Reserves stay in second spot after an exciting 6-4 win over Aldermere but cannot catch Dukinfield.
There was also a goalless draw at Chadderton Park as they hosted Village Manchester but no problems for Signol Athletic with a 3-0 win at Abacus Media Reserves and Salford Victoria who cruised to a 7-4 win over Heaton Mersey.
In Division A, Elton Lib Hargreaves maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table with a hard-earned 3-2 victory over Flixton.
Moston Brook Reserves kept in the hunt with a comfortable 5-1 win over Chorltonians Villa but unbeaten Chadderton Cott are the main danger to the leaders with three games in hand.
The other game saw Spurley Hey Reserves win a close affair with AFC Oldham Reserves by 2-1.
AFC Stockport are the champions of Division B thanks to a 5-3 win at a gutsy Chorltonians Athletic and in the other game Bury Amateurs Reserves won by the odd goal in five hosting Hillgate.
The game between the top two in Division C, saw Deans confirm their champion status as they won an excellent game by 4-3 and it was also close at Chorltonians Albion as they shared four goals with Bury Amateurs A.
Pics – action from 1) High Lane v Whalley Range (Range in blue), 2) Waterloo v Trafford United (United in red), 3) Chadderton Cott v Dukinfield Athletic Reserves (Cott in blue)