Premier Division still in De La Salle hands

THERE was a full mix of cup and league games with teams again able to enjoy fine weather and dry pitches with plenty to play for across the eight divisions.

In the Premier Division there was just one game affecting the title race with Stretford Paddock completing their league programme with a big 8-0 win at Manchester Polonia to move into second place behind Moston Brook, who have also finished their league programme.

The race now depends on the final two games of De La Salle Reds who if they win them can overhaul Moston Brook and take the title.

The other two games in the division saw Abacus Media win 5-1 hosting Salford Vics and North Walkden eased to a 4-2 win at Rochdalians.

There was the first game in the new Harry Jack Cup for teams in the Division One with group games followed by semi-finals and final.

Signol Athletic showed their intent with a 4-1 win over Trafford United.

League action produced the same score for Shaw Athletic at Didsbury with Jordan Bates bagging the Didsbury consolation.

In the Wray Cup, there were two close encounters which both ended in 2-0 wins for Division Two leaders Hattersley against Sale Ams and Eccles United against Stoconians.

Plenty of goals in the Division Two league fixtures with Newton enjoying their biggest win of the season by 8-2 over South Manchester and Baguley Athletic who were in seventh heaven after accounting for Stretford Paddock reserves by 7-0.

Just one game in Division Three and a crushing 10-0 win for AFC Stockport at Aldermere saw them move into second place on goal difference over non-playing Village Manchester.

The top two in Division A were not in action and Salford Vics reserves missed a chance to overtake second placed Salford Storm as they were beaten 4-2 at Milton reserves.

The other games had Stretford Paddock Development enjoying a 6-0 romp over Trafford United reserves while Moston Brook reserves had to graft hard for a 2-1 at Milnrow Firgrovia.

No games for the leading teams in Division B but there were three tight and entertaining tussles with a thrilling local derby seeing Old Stretfordians reserves sharing four goals with Flixton JFC.

Greater Manchester reserves edged a 3-2 win over AFC Oldham thirds and the same scoreline was repeated by Parrs Wood Celtic hosting Spurley Hey.

The Hellawell Shield match between Bury Ams thirds and Salford Storm produced an excellent game with Bury providing a sharp cutting edge in a 5-1 win.

In Division C, Dukinfield Athletic still have a big lead but Mellor reserves, with four games in hand, closed the gap to 11 points after an efficient 3-0 win over Staly Lions.

A foot-of-the table game saw Stoconians reserves move out of the basement slot with a close 3-2 win at Chadderton Park reserves.

It was close at Village Manchester reserves with visiting Eccles United reserves winning 2-0 in an excellent game with plenty of free-flowing football.

The other game was a great advert for the league with Govan Athletic Development and Altrincham Hale playing their game with great sporting attitude, total respect and some neat football with doubles from Sam Drinkwater and Sam Caine giving Altrincham Hale a 4-0 win.

Finally in Division D, Moston Brook fourths kept their hopes of a league and cup double burning with a 6-0 win over Bury Ams reserves in the Hellawell Shield and plenty of goals also from Milltown as they won their league game against Didsbury reserves by 7-2.