League heading for exciting conclusion

It was a comprehensive weekend of league and cup action which saw Hattersley cruise into the next round of the Wray Cup, as the Division Two leaders overwhelmed Mellor 6-2.

Elsewhere in the competition that pits Division Two and Three sides against each other, Stoconians pulled off an upset by defeating Stretford Paddock reserves 3-2.

There were three games in the Whitehead Cup for teams in Divisions A and B and they were all close affairs.

Old Strets reserves took a 1-0 lead at the break, through Adam Simms and Lewis O’Connor doubled the advantage. But Hillgate battled back to take the game to a penalty shoot-out which they won 3-0.

Joining them in the next round are in-form Heaton Mersey who were taken all the way at AFC Oldham thirds before scoring the only goal of a hard-fought encounter.

The other game saw Milton reserves win by 3-1 at Milnrow Firgrovia.

The final cup action was in Division C and D sides in the Hellawell Shield and the tie of the day saw Mellor reserves and Govan Athletic share four derby goals with Govan winning the penalty shoot out by 5-4.

Plenty of goals at Milltown who lost out 6-4 to Salford Storm reserves in an entertaining game. Moston Brook fourths beat Village Manchester reserves 3-0 and the last team through are Bury Ams thirds who won 4-2 at Altrincham Hale.

In the Premier Division, Moston Brook kept up their title challenge with a big win over AFC Oldham and with one game to play are five points clear of De La Salle who have two games in hand.

The other game was a mid-table encounter with North Walkden beating Abacus Media 4-1

Division One leaders Chadderton Cott needed a point from their game at Didsbury to clinch the title but missed their chance as they lost out 2-1 as a battling Didsbury bagged a late winner.

Irlam Tiger are hot on their tail after a 4-0 win over Trafford United and if they win their last two games they will overtake Cott with a superior goal difference.

There were goals galore for the pack hunting down Division Two leaders Hattersley led by Manchester Amateur Cup finalists Eccles United with a 7-0 cruise over Bedians.

Irlam Tiger Rangers have four games in hand on Hattersley and a 3-1 win at Wythenshawe Wanderers keeps them well in the hunt.

Baguley Athletic kept in the mix with a 5-0 win over Newton as did Sale Amateurs with a 5-2 victory at South Manchester.

Not much action in Division Three where Chadderton Park are in need of a win in their last match to be champions. Elton Lib Hargreaves enjoyed a 3-1 win at Radclyffe but lose the points because their opponents have since folded. Abacus Media won their derby with Hooley Bridge Celtic by 6-0.

It’s all to play for in Division A, With leaders North Walkden reserves without a game, the key game saw Kartel SC dent second-place Woodsend Athletic’s hope of closing the gap on the leaders with comprehensive 5-0 win.

Salford Storm had to work hard for a 2-1 win over Stretford Paddock reserves to stay in third spot.

Santos kept up their recent hot run, edging a goal-fest against Salford Vics reserves by 5-4. An early Vics goal was quickly snuffed out with three from Santos’s Ben Marshall including a penalty and Matt Barr on the scoresheet. A second Vics goal on the stroke of half time and two early second half strikes brought the score level. A late Barr strike settled the match much to the relief of Santos at the final whistle. There was also a 4-2 win for Greater Manchester at Trafford United reserves.

In Division B Aldermere Reserves lost out 1-4 to a revitalised GMFC Reserves, and still need three points to secure the title. Parrswood Celtic and Moston Brook third team earned a point each in a 1-1 draw.

Division C leaders Dukinfield Athletic kept up their strong title hopes with a 3-1 win at Bury Amateur reserves to move 19 points clear of Mellor reserves who have plenty of games in hand.

Urmston Town Vale led Staly Lions at the break but the Lions bit back in the second half to earn a point.

The 1-1 score was matched at AFC Stockport Warriors hosting Chadderton Park reserves.

In Division D Whalley Range took a big step to the title with a 9-2 win over Salford Vics Development taking them three points clear of Moston Brook fourths.

The other games brought wins for Mellor Development at AFC Oldham fourths and Altrincham Hale reserves by 2-1 over Irlam Tiger A.