Fixtures & Results w/e 28.04.2019
High Lane take Runners-up spot in Prem
It was the final day of action in most divisions with players and officials having to put up with the demands of Storm Hannah.
In the Premier Division the main focus was on the runners-up behind newly crowned champions Rochdalians.
Second-placed High Lane lost out in a tight game at Waterloo by 3-2 but as third-placed Whalley Range also went down 6-2 at an in-form Salford Vics High Lane were the runners-up.
Vis were too hot to handle and on target were Mike Gandy (two), Ruben Rose, Pat Gregory, Dale McAndrew and Joe Axon set up a comfortable 6-1 lead with Range grabbing a late second consolation.
Old Ashtonians were celebrating after posting their first win of the season when they were 3-0 up hosting Mellor. Mellor came back with two goals but Ashtonians held on to win 3-2.
South Manchester have enjoyed a solid season and they finished in style with a 5-2 win at Abacus Media and providing the nap-hand for South were Kiefer Greig, Marc Critchley, Azuka Otutu (two) and Milo Edwards.
Milton also rounded off a good season with a 3-1 win at Old Stretfordians for a comfortable mid-table finish.
The match of
the day was in Division One as the top two teams battled for the title with
Parrs Wood Celtic hosting Dom Doyle at Curzon Ashton. Dom Doyle have topped the
table for most of the season but victory for Celtic would have seen them firmly
Dom Doyle opened the scoring through Will Anderson but Celtic were level on 22 minutes through Craig Lawler. Within a minute Dom Doyle regained the lead through Jake Betts to go into the interval with a slender lead. The outstanding Pat Davin struck on 47 minutes to bring Celtic back on terms but Dom Doyle had Jordan McCann on 62 minutes and Leyton Devlin on 70 to seal victory to give Dom Doyle the title in a very competitive division.
Swinton also enjoyed a good week with a big 8-2 win at Didsbury in mid-week followed by a close 2-1 win over Bury Amateurs.
The runners-up slot in division two was decided on goal difference in favour of Hollingworth who drew 2-2 at Santos to see them home from Urmston Town who cruised to a 6-1 win at Spurley Hey.
The other game in the division saw champions Newton lose out by the odd goal in five hosting Mellor Reserves.
In Division Three, Radclyffe were catching up on their big backlog of games, with a 3-0 win in midweek over Mellor 3rds and a win yesterday over Salford Victoria Reserves by 5-3, to see them overtake long-time leaders Dukinfield Athletic to secure the title as Dukinfield were held 2-2 at Chadderton Park.
With a strong wind on their backs Radclyffe led 4-0 at the break but then Victoria exploited the conditions after the break to take it to 4-3 before Radclyffe sealed victory with a late strike.
Village Manchester also had two games with a 3-0 midweek win at Signol Athletic followed by a 4-1 defeat hosting Stoconians Reserves.
The other Saturday game in this division saw Signol Athletic beat Aldermere 3-1.
Division A champions Chadderton Cott completed their season in style and preserved their unbeaten record with a 4-1 win over Flixton and the other game had Trafford United Reserves winning 3-2 at Chorltonians Villa.
AFC Stockport wrapped up the Division B title with a 3-0 win over Chadderton Cott Reserves keeping their two-point lead over Old Stretfordians Reserves who finished their season strongly with a big 8-0 win at Didsbury Reserves.
Mixed fortunes for Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves who drew 1-1 with AFC Oldham 3rds in midweek but lost out 3-1 at Bury Amateurs Reserves.
An excellent game at Hillgate saw them win by 3-2 over AFC Oldham 3rds.
Pics – 1) Action from Waterloo v High Lane (Waterloo in yellow), 2) Village Manchester v Stoconians Reserves (Village in dark blue), 3) Parrs Wood Celtic v Dom Doyle (DD in red), 4) Dom Doyle celebrate their title win, 5) AFC Stockport celebrate their Division B success.