Lancashire and Cheshire AFL
Fixtures & Results 21.04.2019
There was plenty of decisive league action with Rochdalians securing the Premier Division title after a busy week.
They put themselves in touching distance of the title with a comfortable 5-0 midweek win over Old Ashtonians with the goals flowing from Davey Luker, David Cullin (two), Nicky Hands and Lewis Helm to set up their local derby at Milton as a title decider.
Rochdalians dominated the first half but only had a strike from full back Reece Gregory to show for their efforts.
Milton made it a nervy second half for Rochdalians as they created some close chances but Rochdalians gained relief when club legend Davey Luker coolly hammered home the decisive second goal on 80 minutes to secure the title.
Rochdalians were unaware that their main challengers High Lane had slipped up losing 3-2 in their vital game hosting Rhodes Cup finalists Salford Victoria.
Jordan Spears opened the Victoria account on 20 minutes with his first competitive goal but Lane were level five minutes later through Arron Dwyer.
Both teams came out with all guns blazing in the second half and Dwyer added his second on 65 minutes but a stunning late finish by Victoria saw Dale McAndrew equalise on 85 minutes and hotshot Ruben Rose scored a brilliant curling winner from the left hand edge of the box two minutes later to conclude a game that was a great advert for the L and C.
The other Premier Division game saw Abacus Media win 3-1 at South Manchester with Marc Critchley supplying the South consolation.
Just two games in Division One but Parrs Wood Celtic took a big step to winning the title as they cruised to a 5-0 win over Swinton who had beaten basement team Stoconians 4-0 in midweek.
Parrs Wood have the title in their own hands if they win their last three games that will see them overtake long time leaders Dom Doyle.
There were no games in Division Two this week.
There were some close encounters in the Division Three fixtures this weekend where Radclyffe continued their busy schedule and a hard-earned 2-1 win at Signol Athletic moved them to within four points of leaders Dukinfield Athletic with three games in hand.
Village Manchester shared six goals with Mellor 3rds and Abacus Media Reserves and Chadderton Park were also locked at 1-1 in midweek but Park went down 4-1 at Aldermere.
It was all to play for in Division A as the top two teams were in action at Elton Lib Hargreaves hosting unbeaten Chadderton Cott.
Cott came into the game high on confidence after a 10-2 midweek stroll against Rochdale Galaxy and after an even start they took control after a stunning volley from Brad Delves on 21 minutes gave them the lead.
They went on to add six more and take the title in impressive style as deserving champions.
The other game in the Division saw Chorltonians Villa climb out of the bottom two with a 5-3 win at Spurley Hey Reserves.
The Division B title is still to be decided as leaders AFC Stockport went down 2-1 at Chadderton Cott Reserves.
Old Stretfordians Reserves took full advantage of their slip as a 4-2 win over Chorltonians Athletic moved them to within two points of Stockport making their final games the title decider.
The other games in the Division saw Hillgate win 2-1 at AFC Oldham 3rds and AFC Oldham 3rds won their midweek game at Chorltonians Athletic by 5-1.
Action -1) Elton Lib Hargreaves v Chadderton Cott (Cott in white), 2) Milton v Rochdalians (Rochdalians in yellow, 3) Rochdalians team, 4) Rochdalians celebrate their title win
Lancashire and Cheshire AFL
Wray Cup Final – 16.04.2019
Radclyffe still have treble in their sights
Radclyffe FC have enjoyed a superb season reaching two cup finals and in with a great chance of winning the Division three title.
They won the first trophy after a terrific game in the Wray Cup scoring the only goal of an excellent game against fellow Division Three team Village Manchester.
The venue of Wythenshawe Amateurs’ new ground proved to be an excellent venue with a fine pitch and superb clubhouse facilities providing a warm and friendly welcome for players, officials and spectators.
The game was refereed in impressive style by Scott Healey and his team of Allan Black, Steve Jones and Pete Carden and both clubs showed the depth of quality there is in the L and C with teams from the fourth tier of the league producing a competitive and sporting game, with plenty of good football, that went right to the wire.
It was an even first half with both teams defending well to go into the interval level at 0-0.
After the break Radclyffe upped their game and dominated most of the second period with the outstanding Ryan Leeming setting up several chances before the deadlock was finally broken on 50 minutes with a clinical finish from Kyle Hardman.
But Village kept their nerve and repelled more attacks and in the last five minutes launched a last-ditch effort to try and force a penalty shoot-out but were denied with a great save from Radclyffe keeper Bryan Robson to set up well deserved Radclyffe celebrations after the presentation to the officials and both teams by L and C president Mike Jones who thanked Wythenshawe Amateurs, match officials and both teams for providing a great final.