Storms wreak havoc on busy programme

THE effects of Storms Dudley and Eunice saw games on grass totally postponed and even one on 3G for the top Rhodes Cup tie between Abacus Media v Chadderton Cott called off due to snow.

There were plenty of goals in the games played on artificial surfaces with De La Salle Reds keeping up their scintillating league form in the Rhodes Cup as they demolished Manchester Polonia 11-0.

Premier Division leaders Stretford Paddock were not far behind winning 9-1 in their local derby with Old Stretfordians.

There was little between the team in the first 30 minutes with both keepers pulling off some excellent saves.

Paddock broke the deadlock on 22 minutes with a neat finish from Steve Watkins and opened the floodgates in the second half to cruise into the next round.

In the Wray Cup, the competition for teams in divisions two and three, there was plenty of drama and goals as Baguley Athletic switched their home tie to the superb surface at Trinity High School – the home ground of opponents Village Manchester.

A close first half saw Baguley enjoy a slender 2-1 lead thanks to a double from Paulo Ortiz.

Then after the break Ortiz, an experienced Argentinian striker, was unstoppable as his clinical skill saw him add four more to set what may be a record for an L & C player, scoring six times in a row in any cup or league match since the league began over 110 years ago.

Baguley substitute Ramone Williams came off the bench to break the Ortiz hot streak as he made it 7-1 and Village completed the scoring with a well deserved second consolation in the dying minutes.

Joining Baguley in the next round are Mellor who had a comfortable 5-1 win over Salford Albion and Elton Lib Hargreaves who won by the odd goal in five against Bedians.

In the Whitehead Cup, comprising of teams in divisions A and B, Kartel showed their intent with a fine 8-0 win at Moston Brook thirds.

Also going through are Stretford Paddock Development who won 4-0 at Woodsend Athletic.

There was just one game completed in the Hellawell Shield, contested by teams in divisions C and D, and it brought a hard-earned 5-3 win for Bury Ams thirds at Mellor Development.

Fixtures secretary Malc Kershaw now has plenty of cup games to fit into the busy league programme in the coming weeks.

There were two games played in the Premier Division, including a big win for Moston Brook at AFC Oldham which saw them move to within a point of leaders Stretford Paddock with both teams on level games played.

Salford Vics moved into the comfort of mid-table with an efficient 4-1 win hosting Milton.

Just one game played in Division One and it saw Trafford United continue their improved form as they gained a vital point in a 3-3 draw at Hadfield United to lift themselves from the foot of the table.

There was no league action in divisions two, three and A but in Division B, Heaton Mersey were on fire with an 8-1 win at Oldham Saints which featured hat-tricks from Graham Phillips and Dominic Ali plus a single strike from Tshepo Reynolds and a Saints own goal.

The league action was concluded in Division C where a 5-2 win for Staly Lions hosting second-placed Mellor reserves saw them move up into third spot.

Teams and clubs in the L & C and other local leagues can support a very worthy cause by entering a Six-A-Side Tournament to be held in Manchester on June 25.

The tournament is supporting the MS Therapy Centre North West and involved in the organisation is former Chorltonians top official Tony McNicholls.

Early entry of a squad of up to ten players is advised to secure a place in the tournament and to get further detail the contacts are either 0161 872 9444 or fundraising@mstherapynw.org.