Cup double for Denton
Poor weather prior to a sunny Saturday saw the cup and league programme again decimated with only a few grass pitches fit for action.
County Cup Action
Manchester Challenge Cup
Dom Doyle switched their Manchester Challenge Cup tie to Hyde United for their local derby with Denton Town.
Denton were quick out of the blocks to race into a 2-0 lead on five minutes with Jake Massey opening their account.
After that it was a close match but clinical finishing from Denton saw them cruise into the next round with a 5-1 victory.
Manchester Amateur Cup
Denton’s second team were in action in the Manchester Amateur Cup hosting Signol Old Boys and they made it a double for the club with an emphatic 7-3 win.
Cheshire Amateur Cup
In the Cheshire Amateur Cup Stoconians found Altrincham reserves too hot to handle as they lost out 7-3.
With Premier Division leaders Whalley Range out of action their main rivals took full advantage to close the gap at the top.
Reigning champions Rochdalians moved to within three points on level games as they had few problems in beating Trafford United 6-1, whilst Waterloo kept up their unbeaten record with a big 9-1 win over Milton taking them into third spot, six points behind Range but with two vital games in hand.
The other game was a much closer contest with Abacus Media beating High Lane 2-1 to move into fourth spot.
Just two games played in Division One and AFC Oldham kept their season on fire with a 3-1 win over Manchester Polonia maintaining their 100 per cent record and moving them level on points with local rivals Radcyffe.
The local derby at Urmston Town was a real thriller against Old Stretfordians. Stretfordians led 2-1 going into the mid stages of the second half with an own goal from Alex Ritchie but a neat finish from Arrey Tansidio levelled up the score and inspired Town to go on to win 4-3 at the final whistle.
There were goals galore in Division Two with leaders South Manchester taken all the way by North Walkden before merging breathless with a 6-5 win to keep up their 100 per cent record and move five points clear of Dukinfield Athletic.
Also hitting sixes were Barr Hill by 6-1 over Oldham Victoria, Hadfield Athletic 6-0 over Santos and Mellor reserves 6-0 against Rochdalians Reserves.
Bedians were not far behind as they had Sean Chappell (three) and Julian Patterson (two) providing the goals in a 5-1 win over Chorltonians Reserves.
The three games played in Division Three were much closer with Chadderton Cott having to work hard for a 2-1 win over Elton Lib Hargreaves which takes them to top spot by two points from Signol Old Boys.
Milton reserves won by the same score in their local derby with Abacus Media Reserves.
Stoconians Reserves showed great power of recovery as they came back from 2-1 down at Aldermere to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Matt Mills, Mick Jones and a last-minute winner from Gordon Beattie.
AFC Stockport and Old Stretfordians Reserves are still locked level on points at the top of Division A after comfortable wins.
AFC Stockport won 5-1 at Rochdale Galaxy and Stretfordians were 5-2 winners at Waterloo reserves and have a game in hand on AFC Stockport.
Trafford United Reserves kept pace with the top two with a neat 3-0 win at Salford Storm.
Just two games beat the weather in Division B and AFC Oldham 3rds closed the gap on leaders Parrs Wood Celtic with a hard-earned 2-1 win at Flixton Juniors and the other game had Old Stretfordians 3rds winning by the odd goal in five hosting Bury Amateurs Reserves.
The Tigers and Lions were roaring in Division C as leaders Chadderton Park Reserves dropped two points in their 2-2 local derby deadlock with Oldham Victoria Reserves.
Irlam Tigers Rangers bared their teeth and showed their bite with a big win over Whalley Range Reserves to move within a point of the leaders with two games in hand.
Staly Lions moved up into fourth spot with a gritty 3-2 win over Altrincham Hale and Chorltonians Albion picked up their second win of the season by 4-2 at Bury Amateurs 3rds.
Action from: 1) Aldermere v Old Stoconians Reserves (Stoconians in claret and blue); 2) Dom Doyle v Denton Town (Dom Doyle in blue); 3) Urmston Town v Old Stretfordians (Town in gold),