Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures and Results 04.05.2019

Whitehead Cup Final

West Didsbury and Chorlton were again great hosts for a match attended by a bumper crowd as Chadderton Cott and Stoconians 3rds played the Whitehead Cup final, a knock out competition for teams in Divisions A and B.

It is Cott’s first season in the league and they showed their class by winning the Division A title by five points from Elton Lib Hargreaves and being the only team in the entire league to have a proud unbeaten record.

They were taking on Stoconians 3rds from the division below them where they finished in mid-table but had enjoyed a great cup run with the highlight being a 2-0 local derby win over Division B champions AFC Stockport.

Cott were obviously the favourites to take the trophy but Stocs showed their intent with some determined play in the opening minutes as they took the game to their opponents.

Then the young and impressive Cott team upped their momentum and took the lead through the outstanding Ashley Curran on ten minutes and he added a second with a clinical finish five minutes later.

Cott then dominated the game and were denied by some fine goalkeeping from Callum Crone before Stoconians almost reduced the arrears as they struck the bar on a breakaway.

Seconds later 0came a killer blow as Cott extended their lead to 3-0 through skipper Ryan Higginson after 29 minutes, a lead they maintained to the interval.

Stocs came within inches of opening their account early in the second half but Cott then put the game out of sight with Bradley Delves making it 4-0 on 52 minutes.

Ashley Curran confirmed a great night for himself and his club as he completed his hat-trick and all credit to Stoconians who continued to search for a well-deserved consolation goal in vain and they could not be faulted for their 100 per cent effort.

Credit must also go to referee Joe Perselli and his team, for keeping the game flowing and being played in an excellent spirit by both teams, backed by enthusiastic support from their fans.

The only remaining game now left in the league is the Rhodes Cup Final between Salford Victoria and Radclyffe FC, neither of whom have won the League’s top KO trophy previously. This match takes place at Hyde United on Thursday May 9, kick off 7.30pm.

With the league programme now completed the winners of the seven divisions are:

Premier – Rochdalians FC

Division One – Dom Doyle FC

Division Two – Newton FC

Division Three – Radclyffe FC

Division A – Chadderton Cott FC

Division B – AFC Stockport

Division C – Deans

Pics -Chadderton Cott  (blue) and Stoconians thirds (blue and amber), teams, match officials, game action, Cott celebrate their victory, the sun sets at West Didsbury.