L & C teams make cup progress

ON another busy and goals-filled day there was plenty of success for teams in the Manchester Amateur Cup with Irlam Tigers Rangers enjoying a thumping 6-0 win over Salford Storm reserves.

Stretford Paddock reserves were in seventh heaven after a 7-4 win over Elton Lib Hargreaves after extra time.

AFC Oldham reserves joined in the goalfest with a 5-2 win at Beechfield United and Trafford United won 3-0 at Village Manchester reserves.

Going through to the draw for round two with walkovers were Greater Manchester FC, Shaw Athletic, Didsbury and North Walkden seconds.

The race for the Premier Division title is warming up nicely as previous leaders Milton were without a game and De La Salle took advantage with a point in a 1-1 deadlock against Moston Brook easing them a point clear.

Stretford Paddock are firmly in the mix with a comfortable 5-2 win at AFC Oldham moving them into joint third with Abacus Media.

Early season title favourites Mellor hit top gear with a big 8-4 win over Manchester Polonia and Salford Vics, with games in hand, are well into the race after an excellent 4-1 win at Dom Doyle.

It’s also tight at the top of Division One as an important 5-3 win for Chadderton Cott in an exciting game at Old Stretfordians took them two points clear of Irlam Tigers who were held to a 1-1 draw by a gritty Hadfield Athletic.

The other game in the division saw Bury Ams pick up their first points of the season with a 3-0 win at Signol Old Boys.

One of the league’s top games of the day came in Division Two saw new boys Baguley Athletic go top by three points from three other teams after a breathless 6-5 win at South Manchester.

Wythenshawe Wanderers have had a solid start to the season but found Hattersley too hot to handle as they went down 6-2.

Plenty of goals at Mellor reserves in an entertaining 4-4 draw with Milltown.

Radclyffe showed their title intent in Division Three as they kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a resounding 9-2 win over Hooley Bridge Celtic to stay three points clear of four other teams.

Chadderton Park were without a game but stay second and level on points are Village Manchester after a hard-earned 1-0 win at Abacus Media reserves and Salford Albion who also had to work hard for a 2-1 win at Stoconians reserves.

AFC Stockport have a game in hand and stay on the heels of the top five after a clinical 5-0 win over Elton Lib Hargreaves.

No change at the top of Division A which is led by Moston Brook reserves who were taken all the way scoring the only goal of their game with Stretford Paddock Development.

Second-placed Salford Vics reserves also had to work hard for a 3-2 win over Milnrow Firgrovia.

New team Woodsend Athletic have settled in well and stay in the top group with a 4-1 win over Salford Storm, handing them their first defeat of the season.

The other game in the division saw Milton reserves win by the off goal in five over Trafford United reserves.

In Division B Aldermere reserves stay three points clear of the pack and retained their 100 per cent record with a win over Spurley Hey.

The game looked set for a 1-1 draw after some solid defence by Hey as Aldermere dominated the second half.

But the pressure paid off as Aldermere bagged three goals in the dying minutes for a vital 4-1 win.

AFC Oldham reserves lead three clubs level on six points after 5-3 derby win at Oldham Saints and wins for Greater Manchester reserves also by 5-3 at Moston Brook thirds and Parrs Wood Celtic by 6-2 over Old Strets reserves keep them level with AFC Oldham.

There was a dramatic local derby at Heaton Mersey where they shared ten goals with Hillgate.

Plenty of action in Division C with Dukinfield Athletic on top of the table after a close 3-2 derby win at Staly Lions.

Govan Athletic Development were on fire with a 7-0 trouncing of Chadderton Park thirds.
Urmston Town Vale are well in the title mix after a 3-0 win over Eccles United reserves as are Altrincham Hale after a 2-1 win at AFC Stockport Warriors.

The other game in the division had Deans reserves winning 2-0 at Stoconians thirds.

Division D leader Bury Ams thirds were held to a 3-3 draw at AFC Oldham fourths but stay a point clear of Moston Brook fourths, who were without a game and Whalley Range who were delighted with a 5-2 win at Salford Vics Development.

The other two games went to the wire with Didsbury reserves beating Altrincham Hale reserves 1-1 and Milltown reserves drew 2-2 with Mellor Development.