Lively start to the new season

THE eagerly awaited start to the season began with fixtures for teams in the Premier Division and Division One.

Unfortunately Covid problems caused some games to be postponed including that of Mellor, the pre-season favourites to win the Premier Division.

Last season, Milton showed their potential by reaching the Lancashire Amateur Cup final and they kept up their momentum with an emphatic 4-0 win over AFC Oldham.

They fielded some new young players and looked to be a title contender playing some attractive football.

Abacus Media were also impressive as they won their local derby with Rochdalians by 4-1, who are building a new side for the coming season.

De La Salle were also in the goals with a 5-2 derby win at North Walkden to show their title intent.

Moston Brook and Stretford Paddock were both promoted to the Premier Division and a great contest ended in a 3-3 thriller.

The other game between Dom Doyle and Manchester Polonia was unfortunately abandoned at half-time due to misconduct

In Division One there were three tight games led by last season’s Wray Cup finalists Chadderton Cott and Signol Athletic.

In the final it went to a record shoot out decided by the 36th penalty.

Again there was little between the two teams with Signol taking the lead as Chris Carroll slid George Bell through for the opening goal.

Cott showed their fighting spirit with a late equaliser for a deserved share of the spoils.

Promoted Old Stretfordians hosted a lively Irlam Tigers who swept into a 3-0 lead with strikes from Callum Patrick and Ryan McDonough backed by an unlucky own goal from a Strets defender.

But Strets stuck to their task and pulled a goal back on 80 minutes from Warren Collier.

They reduced the arrears in the last minute of the game with a scrambled effort from Steven Drabble but it was too little too late.

There was also the same 2-3 scoreline at Bury Ams as Shaw Athletic edged a close win.