League dominate Manchester Amateur Cup

ABACUS Media have set the benchmark for the L & C in Manchester FA Cup competitions by reaching the final of the Manchester Challenge Cup with a thrilling semi-final win over Denton Town.

The teams have followed suit in the Manchester Amateur Cup, with five L & C sides making it through to the quarter finals.

Irlam Tiger are the star turns with two of their teams going through led by their first team with a superb 2-0 win at Failsworth Dynamoes.

Progressing with them are their A team who belied their Division D status with an impressive 3-1 win over Division One team Shaw Athletic.

Division One leaders Chadderton Cott kept up their hopes of treble trophy success as they eased past Old Stretfordians reserves 3-1.

Eccles United had few problems as they beat Manchester Rovers 4-0 and Baguley Athletic completed the quintet winning 2-0 at Old Strets firsts.

Salford Storm will be looking to make it six teams through as they will play their postponed game with AFC Droylsden this weekend.

There was plenty of top action in the Premier Division and Stretford Paddock were back in the groove to move ahead of De La Salle at the top with a 3-1 win over a plucky AFC Oldham.

De La Salle were held 1-1 by Abacus Media who showed how they have reached the Manchester Challenge Cup final with a well organised defence.

After struggling for goals in recent games Moston Brook were in seventh heaven with rousing 7-0 win at Milton to keep on the heels of the top two.

Salford Vics enjoyed a 4-2 derby win over North Walkden and Rochdalians kept up their recent revival with 5-2 win at Manchester Polonia to boost their confidence for their big upcoming Lancashire Amateur Cup tie at Burnley Belvedere.

League action in Division One was limited by the outside cup competition and was confined to the bottom half of the division with Trafford United enjoying a 6-2 win at Didsbury with Nathan Bradley, Brendan Wordsworth and Danny Smith among the United scorers.

The other game saw Bury Ams beat visitors Hadfield United 4-2.

Plenty of action in the very competitive Division Two and runaway leaders Hattersley extended their lead to 11 points but had to work hard for a 3-2 win at Sale Ams.

Irlam Tiger Rangers completed a memorable day for their club with a 5-3 win over Wythenshawe Wanderers and Newton were celebrating long and loud after their best display of the season gave them a 7-0 win over Milltown to lift them off the foot of the table.

An excellent mid-table encounter at South Manchester saw Mellor win 4-2 with doubles for Sam Dobbins and Jordan Conway.

Another enthralling game saw Stretford Paddock reserves win by the odd goal in seven hosting Bedians.

Chadderton Park stay in control of Division Three with a 5-2 win at Aldermere moving them six points clear of non-playing AFC Stockport.

Village Manchester were on fire with a 6-1 win at Salford Albion to stay in third spot ahead of Radclyffe FC who grafted a 2-1 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic.

It was also close in the other two games with wins for Stoconians by 3-2 over Abacus Media reserves and Elton Lib Hargreaves by 2-1 at Woodhouses.

There were plenty of exciting games in Division A with North Walkden reserves remaining four points clear of the pack thanks to a 3-1 victory over AFC Oldham thirds.

Second-placed Woodsend Athletic were taken all the way at Santos after goals from Ben Marshall and David Clegg had looked like securing a draw for the home team before Athletic snatched a dramatic late winner.

Kartel Sports are firmly in the frame with a 4-0 win over Greater Manchester which puts them nine points behind North Walkden but with a massive five games in hand.

Milnrow Firgrovia shared six goals with Stretford Paddock Development and the other games produced wins for Salford Vics reserves by 2-0 at Trafford United reserves and Moston Brook reserves by 4-2 over Milton reserves.

Division B leaders, free scoring Aldermere reserves, were held to a rare goalless draw at a hard-working AFC Oldham thirds and Greater Manchester reserves reduced the gap at the top to 12 points with a gritty 3-2 victory over Spurley Hey.

Dukinfield Athletic moved 12 points clear of Division C with a huge win over Bury Ams reserves as second-placed Mellor reserves had no game and now have four games in hand over the leaders.

Altrincham Hale beat Eccles United reserves 4-1 and are level on points with Govan Athletic Development who beat basement team Stoconians reserves 2-0.

Urmston Town Vale beat Salford Storm 3-1 and AFC Stockport Warriors won 2-1 at Village Manchester in mid-table matches.

Heaton Mersey had their best win of the season by 6-2 hosting Oldham Saints with their six-hit set off by a stunning header from Simon Caughey on 15 minutes.

The other games in the division were tight contests with Flixton JFC scoring the only goal of their game at Moston Brook thirds and Hillgate drew 1-1 with Parrs Wood Celtic.

Bury Ams thirds took over the top of Division D from non-playing Whalley Range with a 5-1 win at Didsbury reserves who again showed great spirit and ageless skills on a difficult surface.

Moston Brook fourths kept in touch with the top two with a comfortable 6-3 win at Mellor Development and in the other game AFC Oldham fourths edged a close 3-2 win over Salford Vics Development.