Exciting return to action

IT proved to be a great return to action in the eight divisions of the L & C as great work by the management committee and clubs saw a full day of action in a rescheduled league programme.

With the season seeing an end to divisional competitions the revised programme saw most of the league’s team enjoying getting back into action with no points at stake but just a good friendly preparation for the planned exciting end to the season with the four revised cup competitions scheduled to start next weekend with plenty of frantic action on the pitch.

It also gave clubs the chance to hone their administrative skills in preparation for the games to come.

The day was blessed with sunny weather, and pitches in excellent condition and the players responded with a real goal fest throughout the divisions.

L & C chairman Mike Yates, who along with other committee members, was able to visit several grounds during a busy day said: “It was great to see the joy come back with so many people delighted to be back in action with big smiles on their faces.

“It certainly augers well for terrific cup action over the next few weeks and my congratulations go the clubs and their players for putting on a superb show in their approach to the game we all love.”

In the Premier Division South Manchester were the hotshots with a big 8-4 win at High Lane and Rhodes Cup holders Salford Vics enjoyed an efficient 3-1 win over Irlam Tigers, a score matched by Milton at Radclyffe.

The other games saw Abacus Media and Dom Doyle both win 4-3 against Manchester Polonia and AFC Oldham.

There were some close contests in Division One with the top game seeing Didsbury and Stretford Paddock battle out a great contest with a late strike from Paddock easing them home 2-1.

Dukinfield Athletic scored the only goal of their game at Urmston Town and Hadfield Athletic kept an immaculate clean sheet in a 2-0 win at Bury Ams.

Signol OB and Newton shared four goals and it was also close as Trafford United beat table-topping Moston Brook 3-2 with North Walkden winning by the same margin in their local derby at De La Salle Reds.

In Division Two Stoconians cruised to a 5-1 win over Salford Vics reserves and Chadderton Cott won 3-1 at Chadderton Park. League leaders Old Stretfordians lost a close contest by 2-2 to Signol JFC and a super team goal sealed a 3-2 win for Parrs Wood Celtic at Bedians and South Manchester reserves made it a good day for the club beating Shaw Athletic 2-1.

There was fine game at Village Manchester as they entertained Hattersley in Division Three

Dionyoion Klaoudatos and Matthew Hodgson (two) netted for Village before the break with Declann Ince replying for Hattersley who made it 3-2 early in the second half.

Then Village upped their game with a penalty and a clinical finish but were indebted to their keeper for a string of good saves to preserve their lead.

Aldermere were on fire at Didsbury reserves with James Greyson, Jono Greyson, Joe Murphy and Callum Blades on target in a 6-0 cruise.

Abacus Media reserves were too hot to handle as they won 7-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic.

Plenty of drama at Wythenshawe Wanderers as they beat Woodhouses JFC 6-5, Sale Amateurs shared six goals with Stoconians reserves and Stretford Paddock reserves and Elton Lib Hargreaves were deadlocked at 1-1.

In Division A Irlam Tigers Rangers led the way with a comfortable 6-0  win over AFC Oldham reserves.

Salford Albion beat Moston Brook reserves 3-2, Dukinfield Ams reserves triumphed 3-1 over Bury Ams reserves, Hillgate won 2-0 at Chadderton Cott reserves and Flixton Juniors enjoyed a close 3-2 win over Spurley Hey. The only goalless game of the day was between Aldermere reserves and Heaton Mersey.

Goals galore in Division C led by Radclyffe reserves with a double-figure haul against Stoconians thirds and Altrincham Hale with a nap-hand against Bury Ams thirds.

Salford Storm had a comfortable 4-1 win over Staly Lions , a score matched by AFC Stockport Warriors at Govan Athletic and Village Manchester reserves were 3-1 victors at Oldham Vics reserves.

Closer in Division D with Irlam Tigers winning 3-1 against Whalley Range while Urmston Town had to work hard for a 1-0 win at Spurley Hey reserves and Rochdale Galaxy shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Shaw Athletic reserves.