Good day in Lancs Amateur Cup for Lancs and Cheshire
Lancashire Amateur Cup
round of the Lancashire Amateur Cup saw four teams have impressive victories to
move into the next round.
Leading the way were reigning Premier Division champions Rochdalians who were too hot to handle as they despatched LAL’s Old Ashtonians 4-0.
Hooley Bridge Celtic were also impressive as they enjoyed their trip to Ribchester Rovers to pull off a fine 4-1 victory.
Milton joined their local teams in the mix with a gritty 1-0 win over Blackrod Town.
Bedians played against Lancs and Cheshire rivals Aldermere and their new-look team stormed into a 5-1 lead with strikes from Sean Chappell, Mike Sparkes (two), Chris Skivington and Matt Brady.
Aldermere took advantage as Bedians took their foot off the pedal to make it 5-3 before Mike Kelly settled any Bedians nerves with a penalty to make it 6-3.
Moston Brook travelled to Preston to play Sir Tom Finney FC but could only fire blanks as they went out 2-0.
Manchester Amateur Cup
In Manchester Amateur Cup action were AFC Oldham Reserves who lost out 2-0 at Mersey Valley.
Whalley Range are now three points clear at the top of the Premier Division as they were in lethal form winning 7-0 at Mellor. There were hat-tricks from Danny Heffernan and Rhys Jones with Larnell Cole putting Range in seventh heaven with the other strike.
There was a thriller at Waterloo as they took on fellow title contenders Salford Victoria and emerged with a breathless 5-4 win.
It was also close at High Lane who beat South Manchester by the odd goal in five for their first win of the season.
The game of the day in Division One saw Radclyffe move to the top of the table on goal difference from AFC Oldham after a hard-earned 2-1 win over Irlam Tigers.
Chorltonians moved back into third spot after coming from 2-1 behind to beat Manchester Polonia 4-3.
The streamlined Aaron Rodger was in hot form as he bagged a hat-trick for Chorlts with James Dixon adding the vital fourth goal.
The other games in the division were also close contests with Newton beating Old Stretfordians 3-1 Urmston Town won 2-1 at Signol Old Boys, a scoreline matched by Swinton against Bury Amateurs.
South Manchester Reserves moved to the top of Division Two with an exciting 7-3 win hosting Rochdalians Reserves.
Josh Harper was the South hotshot with four goals and also netting were Nathan Cox, Alex Robbins and an own goal.
Stoconians enjoyed their first game of the new campaign winning 4-2 at Barr Hill but the other two games ended in 2-2 deadlocks between Hadfield Athletic and Mellor Reserves and Santos and Dukinfield Athletic with Santos battling hard for a point after being reduced to ten men.
Village Manchester are flying high at the top of Division Three as they preserved their 100 per cent record with a 4-2 win over Elton Lib Hargreaves.
Abacus Media Reserves are in second spot after a gritty 1-1 draw at Chadderton Park and another close contest saw Denton Town Reserves win by the odd goal in three hosting Chadderton Cott.
Salford Victoria Reserves are also in the title mix with a 2-1 win at Stoconians Reserves and Signol Athletic scored the only goal of their game at Spurley Hey.
In Division A, AFC Stockport are putting down a firm title marker as they won 3-0 at Waterloo Reserves to keep their unblemished record.
Three teams are level on six points behind them with Trafford United Reserves beating Rochdale Galaxy 1-0 via an early penalty.
Old Stretfordians Reserves join them and non-playing Wythenshawe Wanderers with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Mellor 3rds
Deans picked up their first win of the season with an emphatic 5-2 win at Dukinfield Athletic Reserves.
Flixton Juniors have begun well in Division B and they moved to the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Spurley Hey Reserves.
Moston Brook 3rds were on fire as they demolished Hillgate 9-2 and there were also plenty of goals at Bury Amateurs Reserves who beat Chadderton Cott Reserves 5-3.
The other games all ended with honours even as AFC Oldham 3rds drew 3-3 with Parrs Wood Celtic, Stoconians 3rds drew 1-1 in their local derby with Heaton Mersey and Chorltonians Athletic had Phil Woodbridge and Dan McKeever netting in a 2-2 scoreline with Old Strets 3rds.
There were goals galore in Division C with the highlight being a 6-5 win for Whalley Range Reserves hosting Stoconians 4ths. Range roared into a 5-0 interval lead with strikes from Bradley McDonagh (three), Ryan Lyall and Thomas Wood but then the wheels fell off and it needed a second from Thomas Wood to secure three points for Range.
New boys Altrincham Hale found Chadderton Park Reserves too hot to handle going down 8-1 and Salford Storm Reserves opened their Lancs and Cheshire account with a 7-1 victory at Moston Brook 4ths.
Irlam Tigers Rangers kept an immaculate clean sheet in a 4-0 win over Govan Athletic and Staly Lions won 5-2 hosting Chorltonians Albion whose consolation strikes came from Ben Mills penalty (pictured) and Ahmed al Ridai.
The other game in the Division was a relatively quiet affair with Bury Amateurs A and Oldham Victoria Reserves ending at 1-1.
Pics – action from 1) Chorltonians v Manchester Polonia (Polonia in white): 2) Bedians v Aldermere (Aldermere in orange): 3) Altrincham Hale v Chadderton Park Reserves (Park in yellow): 4) Trafford United Reserves v Rochdale Galaxy (Trafford in black and white): 5) Chorltonians Athletic v Old Strets 3rds (Strets in red): 6) Chorltonians penalty at Staly Lions