Irlam Tigers up for the cup

Irlam Tigers secured Manchester Amateur Cup progression in dramatic fashion during a weekend in which the weather relented to allow for a full programme of league county and domestic cup action.

The County Cup action was focused on the Manchester Amateur Cup with three teams in action and taking the glory were division one high-fliers Irlam Tigers who won a thriller at FC Unsworth.

The game ended at 1-1 but Tigers roared to victory winning the penalty shoot-out by 4-2.

It was the end of the cup trail for Manchester Polonia who lost out 4-2 at Heyside reserves and Village Manchester who went down 2-0 at Eastlands.

Rhodes Cup sponsored by GP Property Management

There were also three games in the league’s top knockout competition for the Rhodes Cup.

The main game featured two Premier League high fliers and it was a close contest all the way at High Lane with the tie being decided with the only goal of the game just before the break with a powerful finish from Dom Doyle.

Runaway Premier division leaders Whalley Range have a league and cup double firmly in their sights after a comfortable 7-2 win at division two Hadfield Athletic and division three leaders Chadderton Cott had few problems in a big win over Aldermere.

Wray Cup

In the Wray Cup, South Manchester reserves moved through with a smooth 4-0 win at Signol Athletic as they lifted their game after the break with doubles from Josh Harper and Reece Taylor.

Denton Town reserves also kept a clean sheet against Salford Vics reserves in a 3-0 victory and Mellor reserves won their local derby against Stoconians reserves by 4-2.

Premier division

In the Premier division Lancashire Amateur Cup semi-finalists Milton enjoyed a long-awaited first league victory of the season as they won a close derby with Abacus Media 2-1 to move off the basement.

Lowly South Manchester were also celebrating as they beat Salford Vics 4-1 to move out of the bottom two above Trafford United who could only fire blanks in a 2-0 defeat at Mellor.

The top game in the division ended in a 1-1 deadlock between second-placed reigning champions Rochdalians and third-placed Waterloo.

Division one

There were plenty of goals in division one with AFC Oldham closing the gap on non-playing leaders Radclyffe FC to three points with a game in hand with an emphatic 5-0 win over Urmston Town.

Bury Ams also went nap with a 5-2 win over Old Stretfordians keeping Strets at the foot of the table.

Newton continued their recent run of good form beating Signol OB 4-0 to move into the comfort of mid-table.

Division two

The title race in division two provided a good day for Dukinfield Athletic who beat Chorltonians reserves 2-0 and one of their main rivals and recent hotshots North Walkden went down 4-1 to lowly Oldham Vics.

Stoconians were held 1-1 at Bedians but the point was enough to lift them up to second place on goal difference and nine points behind Dukinfield Athletic but with six games in hand.

The other game in the division saw basement team Rochdalians reserves put some poor recent results behind them with a fine 3-1 derby win at Santos.

Division three

There were just two games in division three, neither affecting the leading places with Abacus Media reserves beating Milton reserves 3-1 and Hooley Bridge shared four goals with Elton Lib Hargreaves.

Division A

There was a full programme of games in division A with the promotion race hotting up as new leaders Wythenshawe Wanderers were held to a 1-1 draw at Mellor thirds.

AFC Stockport closed the gap at the top to a point with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Moston Brook reserves and Old Strets seconds were in a 1-1 deadlock hosting Waterloo reserves meaning that the top four are within two points of each other.

Deans were rampant in a big 8-1 win at Rochdale Galaxy and Salford Storm also had their shooting boots on beating AFC Oldham reserves 4-1 but the other match was settled by the only goal of the game scored by Dukinfield Athletic reserves at Trafford United reserves.

Division B

Division B was also full of action with a real thriller at Underbank Farm seeing leaders Parrs Wood Celtic being taken all the way before emerging with a breathless 5-4 win over a lively Hillgate.

Moston Brook thirds stay two points adrift of Celtic after a comfortable 7-2 victory over Old Strets thirds.

A 3-1 derby win for Chadderton Cott reserves over AFC Oldham thirds saw them draw level on points with AFC.

Chorltonians Athletic kept a rare clean sheet and scored the only goal of their game against Stoconians thirds.

There were also two other close games in the division with Heaton Mersey locked 3-3 with Flixton Juniors and Spurley Hey reserves beat Bury Ams reserves by the odd goal in five.

Division C

There was a big shock in division C as leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers lost their 100 per cent record going down 4-1 hosting AFC Stockport Warriors.

Chadderton Park reserves took advantage to close the big gap at the top with a nervy 2-1 win at Bury Ams thirds.

Salford Storm kept in the top three with a tight 2-1 win at Staly Lions and Altrincham Hale kept their nerve to win a thriller at Stoconians fourths by 4-3 and Govan Athletic kept Moston Brook fourths pointless with a clinical 2-0 victory.

Pics : Action from 1 High Lane v Dom Doyle, (DD in red and white), 2 Signol Athletic v South Manchester reserves (Signol in yellow shirts), 3 Bedians v Stoconians  (Stocs in black and white), 4 Parrs Wood Celtic v Hillgate (Hillgate in blue and white)