Abacus make Manchester Challenge Cup progress

WITH the next round of fixtures set to take place, here is a round-up of all league and cup action from last week.

There was terrific County Cup action for three of the league’s top teams in the Manchester Challenge Cup.

Abacus Media made it to the next round with an emphatic 4-1 win over Heyside FC.

The other two games brought defeat but honour for the L & C sides as Premier division leaders De La Salle shared four goals in a close contest with Chadderton reserves only to lose out 4-3 in the penalty shoot out.

Stretford Paddock also battled hard throughout an excellent game with Denton Town and just lost out by the odd goal in three in a game that could have gone either way.

The other cup action was in the Altrincham FA Cup and Old Stretfordians kept up their recent run of good form with an emphatic 3-0 victory at Broadheath Central reserves.

But it was the end of the line for Wythenshawe Wanderers who were beaten 7-3 at Altrincham reserves.

With Premier Division leaders De La Salle and Stretford Paddock in cup action it gave the chasing pack a chance to close the gap and Moston Brook took full advantage with a clinical 4-1 win over Milton moving them into second place, a point behind De La Salle, who still have a game in hand over Brook.

Rochdalians were in celebratory mood after pulling off their first win of the season beating Salford Vics 4-1 to move off the foot of the table. The other game was a rare goalless draw between North Walkden and Manchester Polonia.

In Division One, Chadderton Cott extended their lead at the top to seven points but they had to work hard for a 3-2 win in an excellent game at Bury Ams who belied their lowly position with a battling display.

The top game was between second and third placed Irlam Tigers and Signol Athletic JFC which saw the teams share six goals but lose ground on Cott.

Hadfield Athletic had their best win of the season by 8-3 at Didsbury to move into the top half of the table, a point behind Shaw Athletic who edged a 2-1 win over Trafford United.

Hattersley are in the comfort zone at the top of Division Two, with an exciting 5-3 derby win over Newton maintaining their six-point lead over Eccles United who enjoyed a big 8-1 win at Milltown.

Mellor reserves were very impressive in a resounding 6-3 win at Baguley Athletic and Irlam Tiger Rangers had a comfortable 4-1 win at South Manchester.

Bedians moved out of the bottom two above South after holding Stretford Paddock reserves to a 1-1 deadlock.

No change at the top of Division Three, as the top two AFC Stockport and Radclyffe shared the spoils in a 1-1 deadlock.

It enabled Chadderton Park to close in on the top two with a comfortable 4-0 cruise against Abacus Media reserves.

Salford Albion also kept in touch with a gritty 3-2 win over Hooley Bridge Celtic.

Village Manchester found their shooting boots in a 5-1 win over Aldermere and the other game had Elton Lib Hargreaves winning 2-1 over Stoconians.

It’s tight and exciting at the top of Division A with just two points separating the top four teams.

New boys Woodsend Athletic showed their intent with decisive 6-3 win over North Walkden reserves taking them above North Walkden who dropped to third as Salford Storm secured a vital point in a 2-2 derby at Salford Vics reserves.

Wilmslow-based Kartel Sports are handily placed with games in hand on the top three with an efficient 6-0 win at Trafford United reserves.

The nippy man of the match, Ben Wild, was outstanding for Kartel with a four-goal haul and the six hit was completed by Stewart Kearsley and Colin Davis.

AFC Oldham reserves were also clinical in their derby with Milnrow Firgrovia with a 4-0 victory.

It was close in the other two games with Milton reserves and Moston Brook reserves sharing eight goals in an end-to end thriller.

Stretford Paddock Development went 2-0 up within 15 minutes hosting Santos but Santos pulled a goal back midway through the half with a David Clegg penalty

They equalised with a fine solo strike by Tom Barnes just after the hour mark but in a frantic finish neither side could get the winner.

Division B leaders Aldermere reserves remain unstoppable and are still the only team in the whole league with a 100% record as they made it a perfect 10, but were given a good game by Heaton Mersey in a 2-0 win.

They are now 14 points clear of Greater Manchester reserves who were well beaten 4-0 hosting Parrs Wood Celtic

Flixton JFC have three games in hand over the leaders and a decisive 5-0 win over Oldham Saints gives them a good opportunity to move into second place.

It was much closer in the other two games with AFC Oldham thirds beating Old Strets seconds 2-1 and Moston Brook thirds won by the odd goal in seven at Spurley Hey.

Dukinfield Athletic extended their lead at the top of Division C, to six points after a close 2-0 win over second-placed Altrincham Hale.

Govan Athletic Development missed their chance of going above Altrincham Hale as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Deans.

Mellor thirds moved into contention on the leading pack with games in hand as they kept an immaculate clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Village Manchester reserves.

Chadderton Park reserves were 3-2 winners at Stoconians reserves and the other two games ended in draws -2-2  between AFC Stockport Warriors and Bury Ams reserves and 3-3 between Eccles United reserves and Staly Lions.

It’s all to play for at the top of Division D as they top two were in hot striking mode.

Moston Brook fourths stay a point clear after a big 9-2 win over Didsbury reserves and Whalley Range enjoyed a 5-0 win over Altrincham Hale reserves.

Plenty of goals in the other games led by Bury Ams thirds by 4-2 at Milltown reserves, Irlam Tigers A by 3-0 over AFC Oldham fourths and finally Salford Vics Development by 3-2 over Mellor Development.