Milton do the league proud
The awful weather we have endured for many weeks at last relented and allowed a full and busy programme of league and cup games to be completed.
Lancashire Amateur Cup
The undoubted stars of the day were Milton who once more denied their miserable form in the Premier division to storm into the semi-finals of the Lancashire Amateur Cup with a great win over Wigan and District League high-fliers Pemberton.
Milton were delighted to have a full squad available and they showed their class as they cruised into a 3-1 interval lead capped by a stunning strike from Dale Roberts, who added another for a pleasing brace.
Milton kept up their form in the second half adding two more goals with Ross Esti, Matt Bradley and Conor Leech on target for a 5-1 win to put them into the last four of the county cup for their first time in their history where they will fly the flag for the L and C.
They will now be looking to replicate their cup form in the league where they have still to chalk up their first win.
There was also catch-up domestic cup action with three games in the top competition for the Rhodes Cup.
Premier division high-fliers Waterloo had to work hard to earn a 3-2 win at Salford Storm from the lower reaches of division A who did themselves proud but division one leaders Radclyffe had few problems in accounting for Bury Amateurs by 5-0.
Waterloo now play Abacus Media in the next round and Radclyffe await the winners of the tie between Stoconians and Urmston Town
The other tie featured two teams from the lower divisions and Division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic kept an immaculate clean sheet as they beat Denton Town Reserves from division three.
Netting for Celtic were Frankie Tufalo (two) and Adam Barry, and they now host Signol Old Boys in the next round.
There was also one game in the Wray Cup featuring division two title rivals Bedians and North Walkden.
It was level pegging for most of the first half with Steve Binns twice on target for North Walkden and a Sean Chappell penalty and an own goal from Ross McCarthy keeping Bedians on level terms, but, some clinical finishing in the second half saw North Walkden on easy street as they added five more goals without reply as Binns completed his hat-trick and Travis Vaughan added two more.
In the Hellawell Shield there was a great game at Altrincham Hale who shared eight goals with Stoconians 4ths and then won the penalty shoot-out by 5-3 to set up their next round with a tie against Stoconians 3rds.
Premier division leaders Whalley Range increased their lead to nine points with a comfortable 5-0 derby win over South Manchester.
Dom Doyle closed the gap on second-placed Rochdalians, who were without a game, as they won 3-0 hosting Abacus Media and Trafford United enjoyed their second win of the season with a thrilling 4-3 victory at Salford Victoria who had Theo Barr, Joe Axon and Jono Hayes scoring their goals.
In the local derby at High Lane, the home team won comfortably 5-0 against Mellor in a mid-table clash.
The top game in Division One saw second-placed AFC Oldham and third-placed Irlam Tigers in a close encounter as they both looked to close the gap on the leaders Radclyffe.
It ended in a 1-1 deadlock with Oldham now three points behind the leaders with a game in hand and the Tigers stay in touch with a game in hand.
Basement team Old Stretfordians kept up the form which saw them upset Radclyffe last week as they beat Moston Brook 2-0 to move level with on points with them and Bury Ams, who were in cup action.
Manchester Polonia, have games in hand on the leading teams and they kept up their determined chase with an efficient 4-1 win at Urmston Town.
The other game in the division was an excellent encounter at Newton who shared six goals with Chorltonians.
Dukinfield Athletic moved five points clear at the top of Division Two after a big 8-1 win at Chorltonians Reserves.
Hayden Greenwood struck for Athletic in the first two minutes and they kept up their scoring momentum for the rest of the game.
Second-placed South Manchester Reserves lost ground as they went down by the odd goal in five hosting Oldham Victoria but the big danger to the top two comes from Stoconians, who have plenty of games in hand, and were very impressive in a big 7-1 win at Rochdalians Reserves and stay hot on the heels of the leaders.
Hadfield Athletic are also in the mix after a close derby game at Mellor Reserves ended level at 1-1.
The big game in Division Three between the top two was a real thriller with Signol Athletic beating leaders Chadderton Cott 5-4 to overtake them but Cott still have a vital game in hand.
Salford Victoria Reserves kept up their winning streak as James Grantham bagged a brace in a 2-0 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic.
It was close in the other three games with Chadderton Park winning 3-2 over Village Manchester and Abacus Media Reserves won by the odd goal in seven hosting Stoconians Reserves and another entertaining encounter had Elton Lib Hargreaves beating Aldermere 5-4.
It’s tight at the top of Division A with just two points separating the top four teams as leaders AFC Stockport suffered a shock 3-2 defeat by lowly Rochdale Galaxy.
Wythenshawe Wanderers have been in consistent form and a 2-0 win over Mellor 3rds saw them draw level with AFC Stockport and overtake Mellor.
Old Sretfordians Reserves enjoyed a 6-1 win at Dukinfield Athletic Reserves to stay handily placed two points off the top two with two vital games in hand of their rivals.
Moston Brook Reserves lifted themselves out of the bottom two with a 3-1 win at Deans and the other game produced a 3-0 win for AFC Oldham Reserves at Trafford United Reserves.
With Division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic in cup action it gave their title rivals a chance to close down their big lead and Moston Brook 3rds took advantage with a 6-4 win over Heaton Mersey moving them to within five points of Celtic.
AFC Oldham 3rds also kept up their chase of the top two with a clinical 3-0 win at Stoconians 3rds.
Spurley Hey Reserves were celebrating after posting their first win of the season with a 5-3 win over Flixton JFC.
The other games in the division were close affairs with Bury Amateurs and Chorltonians Athletic drawing 2-2 and Old Sretfordians 3rds and Chadderton Cott Reserves were unable to find the back of the net in a rare goalless game.
There plenty of goals in Division C and leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers were growling as they kept up their 100 per cent record with a big 8-1 win over Oldham Victoria Reserves.
Chadderton Park Reserves had to work hard to stay in second place with a gritty 2-1 win over Salford Storm Reserves but there were few problems for AFC Stockport Warriors in a 7-2 romp over Whalley Range Reserves or Staly Lions who roared to a 6-1 victory hosting Moston Brook 4ths and Bury Amateurs 3rds who eased to a 3-0 win over Govan Athletic.