Match Reports 27-1-19

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Parrs Wood keep up their momentum

Some horrible weather preceding the weekend saw a number of games postponed in a busy league and cup programme.

Manchester Amateur Cup
In the Manchester Amateur Cup Parrs Wood Celtic maintained their impressive form in Division One as they moved into the latter stages of the Manchester Amateur Cup with a hard-earned 2-1 win at Moorside Rangers Reserves, but, it was the end of Irlam Tigers’ hopes in the same competition as they lost out 4-1 at Failsworth Dynamoes.

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Domestic cup action featured quarter-finals in two competitions and Salford Victoria brought Village Manchester’s giant killing run to an end., Victoria settled the tie in the first 25 minutes with some stunning football from their exciting young team putting them 5-0 ahead and they added another before the break.
Victoria scored two more without reply in the second half with their goals provided by Ruben Rose (four), Joe Axon (three) and Ben Green.
All credit to Village who kept trying right to the end and contributed to an entertaining game, but found Victoria too hot to handle as they became the first team through to the semi-finals of the league’s top cup competition.

Wray Cup
In a Wray Cup quarter-final at Signol Athletic, Radclyffe went into the break with a 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from Nathan Gray and Daniel Dearden.
They extended this early in the second half through Liam Murray and went on to win 4-1 to book their last four slot.

Premier Division
The top four in the Premier Division were out of action and High Lane moved on to their heels with a 4-1 win over South Manchester.
Aaron Dwyer and James Williamson had Lane 2-0 to the good at the break and they doubled their tally in the second half with Azuka Otutu providing the South consolation.
A mid-table contest at Milton saw the home team beat Mellor 3-2 and the other game in the division was deadlocked at 1-1 between Manchester Challenge Trophy finalists Abacus Media and Trafford United.

Division One
Chorltonians were the only title contenders in action in Division One and they moved into third place with an efficient 2-0 win over Moston Brook.

Division Two
Newton are flying high in Division Two and they kept on top with a 5-0 win over Chorltonians Reserves which keeps them one point clear of Manchester Polonia with two games in hand.
Polonia were also in impressive form as they walloped Spurley Hey 8-0 and are now four points clear of Whalley Range Reserves who lost out 4-1 hosting basement team Santos.
Hollingworth stay in the mix with a 4-2 victory hosting Bedians.

Division Three
Dukinfield Athletic are now a massive 13 points clear at the top of Division Three after a 5-1 win over Abacus Media Reserves, after taking advantage of their main rivals Signol Athletic and Radclyffe being in Wray Cup action, but, with Radclyffe still having six games in hand the race for top spot is far from over.

Division A
There were three games played in Division A with two of them ending with hours even as Signol Athletic Reserves and Trafford United Reserves shared two goals and Spurley Hey Reserves drew 2-2 with Rochdale Galaxy.
AFC Oldham Reserves enjoyed a 7-0 win over lowly Chorltonians Villa to move ten points clear of their opponents in the bottom two places.

Division B
It’s much tighter in Division B where five games were played.
Top of the shop are AFC Stockport after a 2-0 win over AFC Oldham 3rds but Old Stretfordians Reserves are just two points behind them after an exciting 3-2 win over promotion rivals Chadderton Cott Reserves.
A nine-goal thriller at Moston Brook 3rds saw the home team emerge one goal ahead of battling visitors Staly Lions.
Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves are also in the mix after a 3-1 win over Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves and there were few problems for Bury Amateurs Reserves in a 4-0 win at Didsbury Reserves.

Division C
Just three games played in Division C and Old Stretfordians 3rds consolidated second place behind non-playing runaway leaders Deans with a 5-2 win at Chadderton Park Reserves.
Bury Amateurs 3rds were on fire with a 9-2 win at Govan Athletic and Whalley Range 3rds climbed into the top half of the table with a comfortable 6-0 win at Moston Brook 4ths.

Pics – action from – 1) Salford Victoria v Village Manchester (Victoria in green and white), 2) High Lane v South Manchester (South in blue), 3) Signol Athletic v Radclyffe (Radclyffe in blue), 4) Govan Athletic v Bury Amateurs 3rds (Govan in red), 5) Trafford United Reserves v Signol Athletic Reserves (Signol in yellow)

 

Whalley Range win to go top

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Whalley Range usurped long-time leaders Rochdalians in a hard-fought close encounter to move top of the Premier Division, as action resumed in the second half of the L and C season with virtually a full programme of league games and just one delayed cup tie.

Whitehead Cup

The cup match in question was in the Whitehead Cup, where Elton Lib Hargreaves showed why they are flying high at the top of Division A as they enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win at Division B high-flyers Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves.

The win takes them through to the last eight where they await the winners of the tie between Rochdale Galaxy and Chadderton Cott Reserves.

Premier Division

The top game of the day was at Whalley Range where the home team took on long-time Premier Division leaders Rochdalians.

In a game of excellent quality the first half ended locked at 0-0 as both sides missed chances.

Then Range struck twice in five minutes with Danny Heffernan bagging a brace to put his team in charge. But, Rochdalians showed their battling qualities as a close-range header from Scott Hopley reduced the arrears. Range restored their two-goal advantage with a clinical finish from Tim Kinsella and although Rochdalians again hit the target with another header from Adam Sweeney Range held on to go ahead of Rochdalians by two points.

Rochdalians still have the title in their own hands as they have three games in hand of their rivals.

The recent good run of Salford Victoria was ended when they lost out to Manchester Challenge Cup finalists Abacus Media by the odd goal in five.

Waterloo took advantage of the Victoria defeat to overtake them with a 3-1 win at Trafford United and a 3-1 win by Mellor saw them move into the chasing pack.

South Manchester are also in the mix after a comfortable 8-3 win at Old Ashtonians.

Division One

The top teams in Division One kept their status as they all enjoyed big wins.

Leaders Dom Doyle disposed of Oldham Victoria 7-2 but Parrs Wood Celtic kept in touch as they too kept up their hot run with a 6-1 derby win at Didsbury.

Celtic made an early show of their intent with strikes from Charlie McDonald, Aaron Minshull and Pat Davin in the first 25 minutes to have them firmly in control.

Irlam Tigers were also hot in a 5-1 win over Moston Brook and Chorltonians were emphatic 8-1 victors’ at Stoconians.

The other game in the Division was a much more even affair as Swinton and AFC Oldham shared six goals.

Division Two

It’s tight at the top of Division Two with just two points separating the top three teams.

Manchester Polonia still rule the roost after a hard-earned 2-1 win at Urmston Town but only on goal difference from Newton who enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 win at Spurley Hey.

It was also close in the other games with Bedians winning 2-1 at Santos and Rochdalians Reserves beat Mellor Reserves 4-2.

The local derby at South Manchester Reserves saw them share six goals with Chorltonians Reserves with Josh Harper, Nathan Cox and Callum Clowes on target for South.

Division Three

Dukinfield Athletic maintained their five-point lead at the top of Division three as they went nap with a 5-0 victory over Aldermere, whilst Stoconians Reserves stay in touch with a 2-0 win at Mellor Reserves. However, Signol Athletic lost ground as they went down 5-2 hosting Salford Victoria Reserves.

Radclyffe have plenty of games in hand on the leading teams and a 2-0 win at Abacus Media Reserves sees them firmly in the title hunt.

Mellor 3rds beat Chadderton Park 3-1 and the basement battle at Heaton Mersey ended with honours even in a 2-2 deadlock with Village Manchester.

Division A

With Division A’s runaway leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves in cup action it gave their title rivals a chance to close them down and Moston Brook Reserves reduced the points deficit to eight with an efficient 3-1 win at Flixton.

AFC Oldham Reserves dented the hopes of Rochdale Galaxy with an exciting 5-3 win.

Signol Athletic’s young second team were in good form with a 5-0 win at Chorltonians Villa.

In freezing conditions on a tricky pitch Unicorn got 2019 off to a flyer with their biggest win of the season. The centre halves Ashley Jones and Sam Storey both notched with identikit headers from corners and then both keepers pulled off great saves to keep the half time score at 2-0.

With temperatures on the pitch warming up Ramone Williams coolly tapped in the third after another good save from the Dukinfield stopper.

The Dukinfield striker was on hand to reduce the arrears after a few ricochets’ in the box before James Steadman rammed the ball into the roof of the net to steady Unicorn’s nerves.

Sam Storey smashed in a goal of the season contender from 35 yards after winning the ball on the half way line and Ben McKie capped off a great team move with another cracker from the edge of the box to end a good day for Unicorn.

Division B

The battle for the top spot in Division B continues at a hot pace with two teams, level on points, setting the pace. Chadderton Cott Reserves are top dogs and improved their goal difference with a big 10-2 win over Moston Brook 3rds but AFC Stockport were also in good form winning 4-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves and have two vital games in hand over their title rivals.

Old Stretfordians Reserves slipped off top spot after a shock 2-1 defeat at Hillgate and are now two points adrift of the top two.

Bury Amateurs Reserves were in seventh heaven after a clinical 7-0 defeat of Staly Lions and the other game saw AFC Oldham 3rds despatch Chorltonians Athletic 4-2.

Division C

In Division C it was 10/10 for unstoppable leaders Deans who had to work hard for a 2-0 win at a determined Chadderton Park Reserves.

The victory keeps Deans six points clear of Old Stretfordians 3rds who were 5-2 winners at Govan Athletic.

Hollingworth Reserves moved above Govan into third spot after a 7-0 win over Stoconians 4ths.

Pics – action from 1) Whalley Range v Rochdalians (Rochdalians in blue), 2) Didsbury v Parrs Wood Celtic (Parrs Wood in black and white), 3 Heaton Mersey v Village Manchester (Mersey in red), 4) Chorltonians Villa v Signol Athletic Reserves (Signol in yellow)

League ready for an exciting second half to the season

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL is enjoying its 110th season which will conclude with a special celebration dinner in May.

Before then there is plenty to play for with keen competition in each of the eight Divisions and four domestic cup competitions.

Also some of the league’s teams have reached the latter stages of County Cup competition with Abacus Media looking forward to playing in the final of the Manchester Challenge Cup.

Irlam Tigers and Parrs Wood Celtic have reached the last eight of the Manchester Amateur Cup and AFC Stockport. Mellor and High Lane are through to the semi-finals of the Stockport Senior Cup.

The excellent weather enjoyed in the first half of the season has brought a big smile to the face of fixture secretary Mal Kershaw with his programme well on schedule in league and cup competitions.

To avoid postponements in the second half of the season the league has secured bookings at the 3G pitches at Wright Robinson and Cardinal Langley for clubs took take advantage of if their pitches become unfit for use.

The league is also pleased that they have been able to cover all but a handful of games with referees.

Plans are also afoot to book prestigious venues for the four domestic cup competition finals and pick a representative league team to take on the LAL in the annual match for the John Howard Trophy.

Premier Division

In the Premier Division Rochdalians have dominated the season so far and enjoyed a good run in the Lancashire Amateur Cup.

Their main title rivals at the start of the New Year are Whalley Range who have recovered well from a slow start to the season and are now within a point of the leaders who have three games in hand.

The two face each other in a real six-pointer this Saturday at Range which is undoubtedly the ‘Match of the Day’

Salford Victoria have also been in hot form with several good wins and have moved into third spot ahead of Waterloo who made a blistering start to their first season in the top flight.

But all teams recognise that there are no easy games at this level and complacency will not be rewarded.

 

Division One

It is neck and neck at the top of Division One with Dom Doyle, promoted through two divisions after a great first season in the league, one of the few unbeaten teams in the league in the lead.

But a revived Parrs Wood Celtic have been scoring goals for fun in recent weeks to have a great goal difference of 47 and are just a point behind Dom Doyle on an even number of games.

Irlam Tigers and Chorltonians stay in the mix should the top two slip up and Moston Brook, enjoying one of their best seasons for some years also in the chase.

 

DivisionTwo

It’s also tight in Division Two with the new Whalley Range Reserves a point clear of Manchester Polonia and Newton who have games in hand on the top two.

Urmston Town, in their first season in the league have made a mixed start but when they hit form they have looked very promising.

 

Division Three

Dukinfield Athletic have a healthy four-point lead at the top of Division Three from Signol Athletic and five from Stoconians Reserves but Chadderton Park and Radclyffe also present a big threat to the top three with plenty of games in hand and just one defeat apiece so far as their league fixtures have been reduced by cup exploits.

 

Division A

Elton Lib Hargreaves have almost a perfect record as they top Division A by ten points with just one drawn game and no defeats to date.

Chadderton Cott are also unbeaten this season and have two games in hand to close the gap on the leaders to four points.

New boys Unicorn Athletic and Flixton have had mixed fortunes as they adjust to life at this level but have been noted for the attractive football played by their young teams.

 

Division B

The battle for the Division B title looks set to go to the final matches with just four points separating the top four teams.

The current leaders are Old Stretfordians Reserves who have a point and a game in hand over AFC Stockport and Chadderton Cott Reserves and Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves are also firmly in the mix with games in hand as they look to close a three-point gap.

 

Division C

Deans FC will take some catching as they are six points clear at the top of Division C with a game or two in hand on their nearest rivals and they are the other club in the league with an unbeaten record.

Their nearest rivals are Old Stretfordians 3rds, Govan Athletic, Chadderton Park Reserves and Hollingworth Reserves.

 

Rhodes Cup

The Rhodes Cup for teams in the Premier Division and Division One plus the first teams of clubs in lower divisions, sees Rochdalians looking for a league and cup double as they have reached the last eight where they play the winners of South Manchester and AFC Oldham.

Village Manchester have not enjoyed the best of seasons in Division Three but they pulled off one of the giant-killing wins of the competition taking out Waterloo and now face another top Premier team in Salford Victoria as they look to make the last four.

More giant-killing came from Chadderton Cott who beat cup holders High Lane and near neighbours Radclyffe who overcame Trafford United.

They both face Premier Division opponents as they look to extend their glorious cup runs.

The other round two ties to be decided sees Chorltonians and Whalley Range in a local derby and Dukinfield Athletic host Old Stretfordians.

 

Wray Cup

In the Wray Cup for teams in Divisions Two and three Chadderton Park are through to the semi-finals with a win over Whalley Range Reserves.

Through to the quarter finals are Signol Athletic, Radclyffe and Rochdalians Reserves and other teams in round one action looking to join them are Village Manchester, Stoconians Reserves, Chorltonians Reserves, Urmston Town, Mellor Reserves and Dukinfield Athletic.

 

Whitehead Cup

There are still plenty of games to play for teams in Divisions A and B in the Whitehead Cup.

Stoconians 3rds, Chorltonians Villa, Dukinfield Athletic Reserves are the only teams to reach the last eight and looking to join them are Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves, Elton Lib Hargreaves, Rochdale Galaxy, Chadderton Cott, AFC Stockport, AFC Oldham Reserves, Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves, Unicorn Athletic and Didsbury Reserves.

 

Hellawell Shield

The Hellawell Shield is for teams in Division C and in the mix for the final are Chadderton Park Reserves, Bury Ams 3rds, Irlam Tigers Reserves and Hollingworth Reserves.

 

Pics – action from 1 Rochdalians v High Lane (Rochdalians in blue), 2 Chorltonians v Dom Doyle (Dom Doyle in red and white), 3 Whalley Range Reserves v Spurley Hey 9Range in red and black

 

Have a Great New Year!!!

 

Kind Regards

Graham Ellis

Assistant League Secretary (amongst other roles)

Match Reports 15th Dec

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Rhodes Cup thrillers defy Deirdre

Despite the doom-laden threat of Storm Deirdre, the league managed to get away with very few postponements to a busy programme prior to the festive break.

The bulk of the fixtures featured domestic cup competitions and the Rhodes Cup provided plenty of drama and upsets in a day of frantic action.

Rhodes Cup

Two clubs from the lower Divisions provided the big giant-killing acts as they took out Premier Division teams.

Village Manchester have made a poor start in Division Three with one of their few highlights being a win over Division Two Bedians in the first round.

This gave them a tie at Premier Division high-fliers Waterloo in round two and they were delighted to be level at 2-2 at the break.

But this joy was surpassed in the second half as they scored the only goal to book a quarter-final tie at another Premier top team in Salford Victoria.

Radclyffe, also from Division Three, have followed a similar path to Village as they took out Division Two club Hollingworth in round one.

They were rewarded with a visit to Premier Division Trafford United where superb defending saw them keep an immaculate clean sheet to win 2-0 to earn a last eight tie at Old Stretfordians.

Dom Doyle have been flying high in Division One to look a good bet for Premier Division soccer next season.

They entertained Premier Division leaders Rochdalians and scored five times to breach the normally rock-solid Rochdalians defence, but is wasn’t enough, as Rochdalians struck seven times at the other end for a whirlwind win.

AFC Stockport also battled hard, the Division B side ended at 1-1 at Division one high-fliers Chorltonians, but a tense penalty shoot-out went the way of Chorltonians by 8-7.

It was also close at Irlam Tigers who lost to the only goal of their game with Mellor.

Salford Victoria eased past gallant and rapidly improving Ashtonians 5-0 in an all-Premier Division clash. First half goals from Dale McAndrew, Josh Lawman and Joe Axon were added by second half substitutes Keenen Switzer and with the last kick of the game Connor Neil.

This was a really good game played in the right spirit and well refereed by Alan Siviori in dreadful conditions with the wind chill making it feel like -5deg and continual freezing rain.

There were few problems for Division Three leaders Dukinfield Athletic as they cruised to a 5-0 win at Division one side Unicorn Athletic.

Wray Cup

There were three games in the Wray Cup with Chadderton Park providing an upset as the Division Three side toppled Division Two leaders Whalley Range Reserves 2-1 in a tight contest. It was also close at Bedians as their tie with Mellor ended at 3-3 with Mellor winning the shoot out by 4-3.

The other tie saw Signol Athletic put on a smooth display with a 2-0 win at Milton Reserves.

Whitehead Cup

There were also three matches in the Whitehead Cup with Elton Lib Hargreaves having an easy passage with a big 8-2 win over Staly Lions and Chadderton Cott eased through 4-0 at Flixton.

Chadderton Cott Reserves are also through and join their first team in the next round with a 4-2 win over Hillgate.

Premier Division

There was just one game in the Premier Division with Whalley Range accounting for Milton 4-0.

There was little between the teams in the first half with the only goal coming from Range left back Joe Dixon with a 35-yard thunderbolt ending his seven-year scoring drought.

Then the game was lit up in the second half by the superb skills of Range’s young debutant Charlie Hilton (pictured) who showed some stunning dribbling runs one of which ended with a penalty converted by Tim Kinsella.

Tim added another with a cool finish two minutes later to put Range on easy street as they went on to win 4-0 and move within a point of leaders Rochdalians but have played three games more.

Division One

There were three games in Division One and Parrs Wood Celtic took full advantage of Dom Doyle being in cup action as a big 8-1 win at Moston Brook kept up their great scoring streak and took them to within a point of Dom Doyle on level games played.

The other games produced plenty of goals and wins for Hooley Bridge Celtic by 7-3 at Didsbury and Bury Amateurs who ended Oldham Victoria recent good run in emphatic style winning 8-3.

Division Two

In Division Two Urmston Town kept in touch with the leading pack with a big 10-1 trouncing of Chorltonians Reserves.

It was much closer in the other games with Rochdalians Reserves scoring the only goal of their game at Santos and Spurley Hey shared six goals with Manchester Polonia.

Division Three

Just one game in Division three which ended deadlocked at 1-1 between Stoconians Reserves and Abacus Media Reserves to move Stoconians within a point of the top two.

Division A

It was mainly mid-table action in Division A with some close encounters.

Signol Athletic Reserves had the biggest win by 3-1 over Rochdale Galaxy and in the other two matches Trafford United Reserves beat Spurley Hey Reserves 2-1 and Dukinfield Athletic Reserves edged a 4-3 win against Chorltonians Villa.

Division B

There were also three games in Division B with leaders Old Stretfordians Reserves walloping Didsbury Reserves 6-0, a score matched by Stoconians 3rds at Bury Amateurs Reserves.

Much tighter at Chorltonians Athletic who beat Moston Brook 3rds 2-1.

Division C

In Division C there was a rare goalless draw between Hollingworth Reserves and Govan Athletic but goals galore in the other games.

Runaway leaders Deans cruised to a big 8-0 win over Whalley Range 3rds and stay six points clear of Old Stretfordians 3rds (Pictured) who were also on fire in a 6-2 win over Irlam Tigers Reserves.

Chadderton Park Reserves had a comfortable passage by 5-0 at Stoconians 4ths and Bury Amateurs 3rds went one better beating Moston Brook 4ths 6-0.

A Very Merry Christmas to you all, See you in the New Year!!!

All the best

Graham

Graham Ellis

Assistant League Secretary (amongst other roles)

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Introduction to the L & C

Welcome to the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL new website.

Formed in 1909, the league is one of the largest open age Saturday afternoon open age men’s leagues in the country, providing competitive matches in a sporting manner.

The L & C pioneered the Respect Charter in 2002, and in 2007 the FA adopted Respect and the L & C were a Pilot League, and were awarded an FA Bronze Respect award in 2013.

The L & C were among the first Leagues in the country to achieve Charter Standard.