Mixed fortunes in the County Cup

THE Manchester Amateur Cup saw a big involvement for L & C teams with several close games and big scores providing plenty of excitement.

There were no Premier Division teams involved but Shaw Athletic were among teams making solid progress as they cruised to a 6-1 win over Gregorians reserves.

Not far behind were  Old Stretfordians with a 5-0 derby win at Trafford United reserves and Irlam Tigers also went nap in 5-3 win over Greater Manchester FC.

Chadderton Cott were taken to penalties by Beechfield United but won the shoot-out by 4-2.

Wythenshawe Wanderers had to defend well against a lively Trafford United but finished strongly after the break to win 4-1 with Trafford’s deserved consolation coming from Ben Wordsworth before the break.

Didsbury moved into the next round with a walkover against New Moston Rangers.

Plenty of lively cup action from teams in Division Two led by Eccles United with a 5-1 win over Didsbury reserves.

Baguley Athletic eased to a 2-0 win at Oldham Community FC and there was a real thriller at Stretford Paddock reserves as they shared four goals with Salford Albion before going on to win a marathon shoot-out by 11-10.

Irlam Tiger Rangers were given a walkover by St Michaels Trinity, but Milltown found Manchester Medics too hot to handle in a 5-1 defeat.

Another close game at Parrs Wood Celtic had the home team level with Village Manchester at the break at 1-1 with Jesse Deveaney on target for Celtic but Village hit the front with a fine header and went on to win 3-1.

There was a walkover for Radclyffe against Beechfield United A team.

There were two exits via penalty shoot-outs as AFC Oldham reserves drew 1-1 with AFC Monton reserves but lost 4-1 in the shoot out and Salford Vics drew 3-3 with Manchester Bulls but lost out 4-3 in the shoot-out.

Greater Manchester FC reserves were no match for Brownley Albion in a big defeat but Old Strets reserves kept their nerve to score the only goal of their game with Manchester Celtic.

Salford Storm were 4-1 winners over Urmston Town Vale and Eccles United reserves were given a walkover by Glodwick Dynamoes to complete the cup games.

It was full-on action in the Premier Division with De La Salle maintaining their unbeaten record and staying three points clear at the top with a resounding 8-1 win at Mellor.

Stretford Paddock stay in touch after a hard-earned 4-3 win over Milton and another close contest saw Moston Brook inflict the first defeat of the season on Salford Vics as they scored the only goal of the game and they have a vital game in hand on the top two.

Abacus Media were in seventh heaven after a 7-0 cruise over Dom Doyle but it was much tighter in the other two games with AFC Oldham delighted to pick up their first win of the season by 3-2 at North Walkden while Rochdalians and Manchester Polonia shared the spoils in a 2-2 deadlock.

Just one league game played in Division One and Signol Athletic moved to within two points of leaders Chadderton Cott with a 3-1 success over Hadfield Athletic.

Goals galore in the two games played in Division Two with leaders Hattersley moving three points clear of previous leaders Baguley Athletic with a 6-2 derby win at Newton as they put on the power scoring five in the second half after being locked 1-1 at the break.

Mellor seconds moved up the table as they beat Bedians 6-1.

The big game in Division Three featured the top two teams and Chadderton Park showed their title intent as they won 6-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic with a red-hot first half putting them in control with a 4-0 interval lead.

Elton Lib Hargreaves were able to celebrate as they picked up their first win of the season by 3-0 over Abacus Media reserves to lift themselves off the foot of the table.

The derby between Stoconians reserves and AFC Stockport was a real topsy turvy contest with a breathless Stocs winning by the odd goal in nine.

North Walkden reserves held on to their slender one-point lead at the top of Division A with a comfortable 5-0 win at Milton reserves.

Second-placed Woodsend were taken all the way by Santos before scoring a last minute winner for a 5-4 victory with Callum Walker (three) and Liam Churchill netting for a spirited Santos.

The other game saw Kartel on heat as they won 9-0 against Milnrow Firgrovia.

Aldermere reserves continue to fly high at the top of Division B with a big 9-0 win at Hillgate seeing them a massive nine points clear of AFC Oldham who beat Flixton JFC 4-2 and non-playing Great Manchester reserves.

Oldham Saints moved from the foot of the table as they chalked up their first victory of the season by 3-1 at Spurley Hey.

There was virtually a full league programme in Division C and the title race is now wide open as Dukinfield Athletic lost out 3-1 to main rivals Govan Athletic Development who are now level on points with them.

Altrincham Hale are in the mix despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Mellor thirds as are Deans Youth who enjoyed an entertaining 5-3 win at Chadderton Park reserves.

Staly Lions were roaring after a 4-2 win at Stoconians thirds and AFC Stockport Warriors enjoyed a convincing 8-4 victory at Bury Ams reserves.

The other game had Salford Storm reserves coming out on top by 3-1 at Village Manchester reserves to keep in touch with the leading pack.

Division D leaders Moston Brook fourths looked to have an easy fixture as they faced basement team Salford Vics Development but the youngsters did their club proud as they restricted Brook to a narrow 2-1 win

Bury Ams thirds kept on track with Brook to stay two points behind them with an emphatic 6-1 win over Altrincham Hale reserves.

The other game was a mid-table affair with AFC Oldham fourths winning 3-1 at Mellor Development.