Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 23.11.2019

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After several weeks of dreadful weather causing massive numbers of postponements league and club officials were delighted to be able to enjoy a full programme of matches with plenty of domestic cup action.

Rhodes Cup

The Rhodes Cup was the dominant competition this weekend with 15 games played in our top league cup competition.

Premier Division leaders Whalley Range cruised into the next round with a very comfortable win over Heaton Mersey and the other Premier Division team joining them in the hat for the next round are South Manchester who enjoyed a rare clean sheet as they accounted for Moston Brook 3-0.

Mellor had to work hard for a close win by the odd goal in seven over an impressive Wythenshawe Wanderers and High Lane were given a good game before winning 4-2 over Old Stretfordians.

Division One leaders Radclyffe maintained their fine 100 per cent record with an emphatic 4-1 win over Division B leaders AFC Stockport with goals from Kyle Hardman (2), Paul Hardman and Joel Bestly, whilst Urmston Town accounted for Newton 3-1.

AFC Oldham maintained their excellent form in Division One as they beat Division Three side Spurley Hey 2-0.

Salford Storm belied their lowly status in Division B with a shock win at Chorltonians. The game ended at 1-1 but Storm won the penalty shoot-out by 5-4.

It also went to penalties at Bedians as they hosted fellow Division Two high-fliers North Walkden after the game ended in a thrilling 3-3 with North prevailing 5-4 in the shoot-out.

Division C newcomers Altrincham Hale have gained in confidence after a slow start in the league and they provided another giant-killing act as they drew 0-0 with Deans then won the shoot-out by 4-2

Hadfield Athletic kept up their recent good run as they eased to a 4-0 win over Oldham Victoria.

Chadderton Cott were too hot for Flixton Juniors to handle with a 7-0 cruise and in a local derby Signol Athletic emerged with a 3-2 win over Hillgate.

Swinton also moved through with a 3-1 win at Rochdale Galaxy.

Wray Cup

Limited action in the Wray Cup saw Hooley Bridge Celtic enjoy their first win of the season as they walloped Barr Hill 8-1 whilst Abacus Media Reserves provided a real upset as they beat Stoconians 3-1 to inflict the first defeat of the season on the division two high-fliers.

In the other Wray Cup match, Chadderton Park had few problems in a 7-0 win at Milton Reserves.

Whitehead Cup

Just one game in the Whitehead Cup and it provided an easy passage for Chadderton Cott Reserves who won their local derby with AFC Oldham Reserves by 7-1

Hellawell Shield

The Hellawell Shield saw Whalley Range Reserves celebrating hard and long after they put aside some dismal league form to beat Spurley Hey Reserves 5-3.

Old Stretfordians 3rds also went nap winning 5-3 at Stockport Warriors and there were few problems for Bury Ams A at Chadderton Park Reserves and Salford Storm Reserves at Govan Athletic as they both posted 3-0 wins.

Oldham Victoria Reserves and Staly Lions were deadlocked at 1-1 with the shoot-out seeing Victoria go through 4-2.

Premier Division

There was some top action in the Premier division as teams were looking to close the gap on Whalley Range.

The game of the day was a real thriller as Waterloo entertained reigning champions Rochdalians.

Rochdalians dominated much of the first half but were twice hit on the break with clinical finishes from Euan Malcolm and Rob Swallow giving Waterloo a 2-0 interval lead.

Rochdalians kept up their momentum in an excellent second-half of good football from both teams and after Adam Sweeney opened their account they drew level through Dave Devlin and they were denied victory in the last minute when Devlin just missed converting a fine cross with a draw being a fair result at the end of the day.

Salford Victoria were in good form as they accounted for Dom Doyle by 5-3 and the basement battle at Trafford United saw them secure their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw with Milton.

Division One

In Division One Irlam Tigers closed the gap on the top two with a 5-0 win over Signol Old Boys and Manchester Polonia moved into fourth spot with a comfortable 6-3 victory over Bury Amateurs.

Division Two

Just two games in division two with South Manchester Reserves pulling off a great derby win against Chorltonians Reserves to aside some recent defeats.

South were reduced to ten men for the bulk of the game after conceding an early penalty with a deliberate handball.

But they kept their nerve and showed their quality and fighting spirit with goals from Reece Taylor and Ross Bain netting after the break to give them three precious points and put them back in the title race.

The other game was also a close affair with Mellor Reserves winning a thriller by 3-1 at Dukinfield Athletic.

Division Three

Village Manchester and Salford Victoria Reserves played the only game in Division Three and they moved closer to the top two with a decisive 4-0 win.

Division A

In Division A Old Stretfordians Reserves kept up the pressure on leaders AFC Stockport Sats with a 5-0 derby win over Trafford United Reserves moving them to within six points of the leaders with two games in hand.

In the other game Waterloo Reserves won their local derby with Dukinfield Athletic Reserves by 3-0.

Division B

In Division B the only game was a mid-table affair won 3-0 by Moston Brook 3rds hosting Chorltonians Athletic.

Division C

Just one game in Division C where Stoconians 4ths had a comfortable 5-1 win over Moston Brook 4ths.