provided a great stage for an excellent game in the top L and C knock out final
for the Rhodes Cup.
enthusiastic audience saw two in-form teams, Salford Victoria and Radclyffe,
put on a great display of organised and exciting football that went right to
the wire before Vics put their name on the historic trophy that was first
played for in 1913 with a 3-2 win.
had already won two trophies- the Wray Cup and the division three championship,
and had beaten four Premier division teams on their way to the final, including
Premier division champions Rochdalians in a season that had seen them lose just
one game in the league.
finished their season in hot form scoring goals for fun with their young and
exciting attacking team to finish fourth in the Premier division so it was all
set up for a great contest.
It proved to
be just that as the game flowed well thanks to the fine officiating by referee
Mike Crump and his team and there was little to separate them until the
half-hour mark when the outstanding Ruben Rose for Vics and Nathan Gray for
Radclyffe netted in quick succession.
Vics then took
a 2-1 lead with a powerful strike from Dale McAndrew before the teams and
spectators enjoyed a well-earned interval break.
It was again
nip and tuck in the second half until the 65th minute when Zac
Faulkner made it 3-1 for Vics with a stunning strike that looked to have
secured them victory.
Radclyffe came back well and reduced the arrears with Ryan Leeming on target
with 18 minutes left to play and they then tested the Vics defence to the full
but they stood firm to lift the trophy presented by League President Mike
night and a superb game bringing great credit to both teams and the league to
finish another excellent season in its 110th year.
Pics- Both teams (Vics in green and white), officials, action and Vics celebrations
Didsbury and Chorlton were again great hosts for a match attended by a bumper
crowd as Chadderton Cott and Stoconians 3rds played the Whitehead Cup final, a knock
out competition for teams in Divisions A and B.
It is Cott’s
first season in the league and they showed their class by winning the Division
A title by five points from Elton Lib Hargreaves and being the only team in the
entire league to have a proud unbeaten record.
taking on Stoconians 3rds from the division below them where they finished in
mid-table but had enjoyed a great cup run with the highlight being a 2-0 local
derby win over Division B champions AFC Stockport.
obviously the favourites to take the trophy but Stocs showed their intent with
some determined play in the opening minutes as they took the game to their
young and impressive Cott team upped their momentum and took the lead through
the outstanding Ashley Curran on ten minutes and he added a second with a
clinical finish five minutes later.
dominated the game and were denied by some fine goalkeeping from Callum Crone before
Stoconians almost reduced the arrears as they struck the bar on a breakaway.
later 0came a killer blow as Cott extended their lead to 3-0 through skipper
Ryan Higginson after 29 minutes, a lead they maintained to the interval.
within inches of opening their account early in the second half but Cott then put
the game out of sight with Bradley Delves making it 4-0 on 52 minutes.
Curran confirmed a great night for himself and his club as he completed his
hat-trick and all credit to Stoconians who continued to search for a
well-deserved consolation goal in vain and they could not be faulted for their
100 per cent effort.
Credit must also
go to referee Joe Perselli and his team, for keeping the game flowing and being
played in an excellent spirit by both teams, backed by enthusiastic support
from their fans.
remaining game now left in the league is the Rhodes Cup Final between Salford
Victoria and Radclyffe FC, neither of whom have won the League’s top KO trophy previously.
This match takes place at Hyde United on Thursday May 9, kick off 7.30pm.
league programme now completed the winners of the seven divisions are:
Premier – Rochdalians FC
Division One – Dom Doyle FC
– Newton FC
– Radclyffe FC
Division A –
Chadderton Cott FC
Division B –
Division C –
Pics -Chadderton Cott (blue) and Stoconians thirds (blue and amber), teams, match officials, game action, Cott celebrate their victory, the sun sets at West Didsbury.
It was the
final day of action in most divisions with players and officials having to put
up with the demands of Storm Hannah.
Premier Division the main focus was on the runners-up behind newly crowned
High Lane lost out in a tight game at Waterloo by 3-2 but as third-placed
Whalley Range also went down 6-2 at an in-form Salford Vics High Lane were the
Vis were too
hot to handle and on target were Mike Gandy (two), Ruben Rose, Pat Gregory,
Dale McAndrew and Joe Axon set up a comfortable 6-1 lead with Range grabbing a
late second consolation.
Ashtonians were celebrating after posting their first win of the season when
they were 3-0 up hosting Mellor. Mellor came back with two goals but Ashtonians
held on to win 3-2.
Manchester have enjoyed a solid season and they finished in style with a 5-2
win at Abacus Media and providing the nap-hand for South were Kiefer Greig,
Marc Critchley, Azuka Otutu (two) and Milo Edwards.
rounded off a good season with a 3-1 win at Old Stretfordians for a comfortable
The match of
the day was in Division One as the top two teams battled for the title with
Parrs Wood Celtic hosting Dom Doyle at Curzon Ashton. Dom Doyle have topped the
table for most of the season but victory for Celtic would have seen them firmly
Dom Doyle opened the scoring through Will Anderson but Celtic were level on 22
minutes through Craig Lawler. Within a minute Dom Doyle regained the lead
through Jake Betts to go into the interval with a slender lead. The outstanding
Pat Davin struck on 47 minutes to bring Celtic back on terms but Dom Doyle had
Jordan McCann on 62 minutes and Leyton Devlin on 70 to seal victory to give Dom
Doyle the title in a very competitive division.
enjoyed a good week with a big 8-2 win at Didsbury in mid-week followed by a
close 2-1 win over Bury Amateurs.
runners-up slot in division two was decided on goal difference in favour of
Hollingworth who drew 2-2 at Santos to see them home from Urmston Town who
cruised to a 6-1 win at Spurley Hey.
game in the division saw champions Newton lose out by the odd goal in five
hosting Mellor Reserves.
Three, Radclyffe were catching up on their big backlog of games, with a 3-0 win
in midweek over Mellor 3rds and a win yesterday over Salford Victoria Reserves
by 5-3, to see them overtake long-time leaders Dukinfield Athletic to secure
the title as Dukinfield were held 2-2 at Chadderton Park.
strong wind on their backs Radclyffe led 4-0 at the break but then Victoria
exploited the conditions after the break to take it to 4-3 before Radclyffe
sealed victory with a late strike.
Manchester also had two games with a 3-0 midweek win at Signol Athletic
followed by a 4-1 defeat hosting Stoconians Reserves.
The other Saturday
game in this division saw Signol Athletic beat Aldermere 3-1.
champions Chadderton Cott completed their season in style and preserved their
unbeaten record with a 4-1 win over Flixton and the other game had Trafford
United Reserves winning 3-2 at Chorltonians Villa.
Stockport wrapped up the Division B title with a 3-0 win over Chadderton Cott Reserves
keeping their two-point lead over Old Stretfordians Reserves who finished their
season strongly with a big 8-0 win at Didsbury Reserves.
fortunes for Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves who drew 1-1 with AFC Oldham 3rds in
midweek but lost out 3-1 at Bury Amateurs Reserves.
An excellent game at Hillgate saw them win by 3-2 over AFC Oldham 3rds.
Pics – 1) Action from Waterloo v High Lane (Waterloo in yellow), 2) Village Manchester v Stoconians Reserves (Village in dark blue), 3) Parrs Wood Celtic v Dom Doyle (DD in red), 4) Dom Doyle celebrate their title win, 5) AFC Stockport celebrate their Division B success.
domestic knock out final was another closely contested affair between Irlam
Tigers Reserves and Chadderton Park Reserves at the excellent venue of West
Didsbury and Chorlton FC.
were well supported and gave their all in another nerve jangler that went right
to the wire before the young Tigers team emerged with a 1-0 win.
dominated the first half with some lively pace but were unable to convert their
chances to leave Park in the game and during the second half their experienced
players gained more midfield control to make it a very even game with chances
at both ends.
breakthrough came on 78 minutes when Thomas Nelson headed home from close-range
following a corner to give the Tigers the lead.
back well and pressed hard for a late equaliser but the Tigers hung on to claim
the trophy presented by L and C President Mike Jones.
to both teams for their excellent efforts which were a credit to the seventh
tier of the league and also to referee Alan Sivori and his team for helping to
make this a special occasion for both clubs.
Pics- Hellawell Shield Teams, match officials, Tigers celebration and match action
Lancashire and Cheshire AFL
Fixtures & Results 21.04.2019
plenty of decisive league action with Rochdalians securing the Premier Division
title after a busy week.
themselves in touching distance of the title with a comfortable 5-0 midweek win
over Old Ashtonians with the goals flowing from Davey Luker, David Cullin
(two), Nicky Hands and Lewis Helm to set up their local derby at Milton as a
dominated the first half but only had a strike from full back Reece Gregory to
show for their efforts.
it a nervy second half for Rochdalians as they created some close chances but
Rochdalians gained relief when club legend Davey Luker coolly hammered home the
decisive second goal on 80 minutes to secure the title.
were unaware that their main challengers High Lane had slipped up losing 3-2 in
their vital game hosting Rhodes Cup finalists Salford Victoria.
Spears opened the Victoria account on 20 minutes with his first competitive
goal but Lane were level five minutes later through Arron Dwyer.
came out with all guns blazing in the second half and Dwyer added his second on
65 minutes but a stunning late finish by Victoria saw Dale McAndrew equalise on
85 minutes and hotshot Ruben Rose scored a brilliant curling winner from the
left hand edge of the box two minutes later to conclude a game that was a great
advert for the L and C.
Premier Division game saw Abacus Media win 3-1 at South Manchester with Marc
Critchley supplying the South consolation.
games in Division One but Parrs Wood Celtic took a big step to winning the
title as they cruised to a 5-0 win over Swinton who had beaten basement team
Stoconians 4-0 in midweek.
have the title in their own hands if they win their last three games that will
see them overtake long time leaders Dom Doyle.
no games in Division Two this week.
There were some
close encounters in the Division Three fixtures this weekend where Radclyffe
continued their busy schedule and a hard-earned 2-1 win at Signol Athletic
moved them to within four points of leaders Dukinfield Athletic with three
games in hand.
Manchester shared six goals with Mellor 3rds and Abacus Media Reserves and
Chadderton Park were also locked at 1-1 in midweek but Park went down 4-1 at
It was all
to play for in Division A as the top two teams were in action at Elton Lib
Hargreaves hosting unbeaten Chadderton Cott.
into the game high on confidence after a 10-2 midweek stroll against Rochdale
Galaxy and after an even start they took control after a stunning volley from
Brad Delves on 21 minutes gave them the lead.
They went on
to add six more and take the title in impressive style as deserving champions.
game in the Division saw Chorltonians Villa climb out of the bottom two with a
5-3 win at Spurley Hey Reserves.
B title is still to be decided as leaders AFC Stockport went down 2-1 at
Chadderton Cott Reserves.
Stretfordians Reserves took full advantage of their slip as a 4-2 win over Chorltonians
Athletic moved them to within two points of Stockport making their final games
the title decider.
games in the Division saw Hillgate win 2-1 at AFC Oldham 3rds and AFC Oldham 3rds
won their midweek game at Chorltonians Athletic by 5-1.
Action -1) Elton Lib Hargreaves v Chadderton Cott (Cott in white), 2) Milton v Rochdalians (Rochdalians in yellow, 3) Rochdalians team, 4) Rochdalians celebrate their title win
Lancashire and Cheshire AFL
Wray Cup Final – 16.04.2019
Radclyffe still have treble in their sights
have enjoyed a superb season reaching two cup finals and in with a great chance
of winning the Division three title.
They won the
first trophy after a terrific game in the Wray Cup scoring the only goal of an
excellent game against fellow Division Three team Village Manchester.
The venue of
Wythenshawe Amateurs’ new ground proved to be an excellent venue with a fine
pitch and superb clubhouse facilities providing a warm and friendly welcome for
players, officials and spectators.
The game was
refereed in impressive style by Scott Healey and his team of Allan Black, Steve
Jones and Pete Carden and both clubs showed the depth of quality there is in the L
and C with teams from the fourth tier of the league producing a competitive and
sporting game, with plenty of good football, that went right to the wire.
It was an
even first half with both teams defending well to go into the interval level at
break Radclyffe upped their game and dominated most of the second period with
the outstanding Ryan Leeming setting up several chances before the deadlock was
finally broken on 50 minutes with a clinical finish from Kyle Hardman.
But Village kept their nerve and repelled more attacks and in the last five minutes launched a last-ditch effort to try and force a penalty shoot-out but were denied with a great save from Radclyffe keeper Bryan Robson to set up well deserved Radclyffe celebrations after the presentation to the officials and both teams by L and C president Mike Jones who thanked Wythenshawe Amateurs, match officials and both teams for providing a great final.
Celtic have enjoyed a great season, which included a run of 25 consecutive
victories up to their Rhodes Cup semi-final defeat by Salford Victoria last
They had a
terrific run in the Manchester Amateur Cup that included a 6-1 victory over cup
holders AFC Middleton in the semi-final that booked their final slot at the
fine venue of Trafford FC to take on 2017 winners Failsworth Dynamos from the
Lancashire Amateur FL.
week’s disappointment behind them Celtic stormed into action and enjoyed a superb first half as they dominated
midfield and created numerous chances but were denied by the woodwork, some
great saves by the Failsworth keeper, dogged defending and many near misses to
leave the game surprisingly goalless at the break
soon to pay the penalty for their profligacy as Failsworth used a long throw-in
to good effect to produce a fantastic save from the Celtic keeper and in the
follow-up netted a scruffy own goal on 52 minutes.
bounced back within a minute to level as the outstanding Pat Davin raced
through and lashed home the equaliser.
joy was soon curtailed as Failsworth converted a penalty on the hour and added
another spot kick three minutes later for a 3-1 lead.
lifted their game and were the stronger team for most of the remaining 30
minutes but were given a scare when Pat Davin got a deserving consolation in
the dying minutes.
But it was
not enough to leave Celtic wondering what might have been if they had been able
to convert their superb first half into a substantial lead but all credit to
them for putting on a great show that was a credit to themselves and the
league action Rochdalians took a big step towards winning the Premier Division
title as they won 4-2 at Abacus Media to leapfrog High Lane into top spot by a
point and if they win their two remaining games the title is theirs.
pulled off one of their biggest ever wins in the league as they followed up
their Rhodes Cup semi-final victory with a 13-2 hammering of Mellor to move
into fourth place in the table.
was in seventh heaven for Victoria netting seven times and also finding the
target were MoM Zac Faulkner (two), Pat Gregory, Ben Green, Joe Axon and Dale
takes Victoria ahead of Waterloo who lost out 3-2 in a tight and entertaining
game at South Manchester.
the edge were the strikes from Keifer Greig, Kai Blake and Marc Critchley.
At the other
end of the table Old Ashtonians and Old Stretfordians shared four goals.
In Division One
the top three teams were not in action and top of the goal charts were Moston
Brook and AFC Oldham who shared ten goals in an end-to-end thriller.
Bridge Celtic found their shooting boots as they won 6-2 at Oldham Victoria and
Bury Ams enjoyed a 4-2 win hosting Irlam Tigers and the other game ended in a
2-2 deadlock between Swinton and Didsbury.
In Division Two
Hollingworth moved closer to winning the runners-up slot from Manchester
Polonia as a 2-1 win at Rochdalians Reserves moved them level on points with Polonia
with one game to play.
It was also
close at Mellor Reserves as they beat South Manchester Reserves by the odd goal
It’s a busy
time for Radclyffe in division three as they make up their big backlog of games
chasing down leaders Dukinfield Athletic.
A Wray Cup
final rehearsal at Villlage Manchester in midweek saw Radclyffe score the only
goal of a close game but they had few problems in beating Salford Victoria Reserves
6-1 to move to within seven points of Dukinfield Athletic with four games in
out 4-2 hosting Heaton Mersey and Aldermere kept a rare clean sheet in a 3-0
win at Chadderton Park.
beat Milton Reserves 3-2 and Abacus Media Reserves shared eight goals with
Mellor 3rds in a midweek thriller.
all to play for in the battle for the Division A title with leaders Elton Lib
Hargreaves edging a tense 1-0 win at Unicorn Athletic to stay four points clear
of Chadderton Cott.
preserved their unbeaten record with a comfortable 6-0 win at Trafford United to
follow a 5-1 midweek win at Unicorn Athletic and are four points adrift of
Hargreaves and have two vital games in hand on the leaders.
Athletic Reserves also had two wins with a 4-3 midweek win at Chorltonians
Villa followed by a more comfortable 5-1 home win over Rochdale Galaxy.
Villa eased to a 2-0 win over Flixton thanks to a brace from Andy Craig but are
still at the foot of the table.
leaders AFC Stockport are one win away from securing the Division B title as
they followed a 5-3 midweek derby win over Hillgate with a hard-earned 2-1 win
at Bury Amateurs Reserves.
bounced back to beat Chorltonians Athletic 3-1 with Tony Hardy supplying the
Stretfordians Reserves kept up their slim title hopes with an emphatic 5-0 win
at Staly Lions with Lions also going down 7-3 in their midweek game at AFC
Oldham 3rds and AFC kept up their winning ways with a 2-0 win at Didsbury Reserves.
game in the division saw Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves enjoy a 3-0 win at
games in Division C and champions Deans took their foot off the pedal losing
their final game of the season by 2-1 at Irlam Tigers Reserves.
for Chorltonians Albion who were in sharp form disposing of Moston Brook 4ths
On fire for
the Albion were hotshots Kurtis Wallace (three), Aaron Rodger (two), Oscar
Lynch, Courtney Wallace, and Conor Carlin.
provided the Brook consolation with a stunning strike.
Pics -action from 1) South Manchester v
Waterloo (Waterloo in yellow shirts), 2) Chorltonians Villa v Flixton (Flixton
in red), 3) Chorltonians Albion v Moston Brook 4ths (Brook in white) 4) Parrs
Wood Celtic v Failsworth Dynamos (Celtic in black and white 5/6) team pics of
Parrs Wood and Failsworth.
Chadderton Cott. and Stoconians make their final move
The final of
the Whitehead Cup for teams in Divisions A and B will take place at West
Didsbury and Chorlton AFC between Chadderton Cott and Stoconians 3rds after the
completion of their semi-finals.
Cott, in their first season in the league, had a relatively easy passage as
they accounted for Dukinfield Athletic Reserves by 5-1.
first-half strikes from Ryan Higginson put Chadderton Cott. in charge and an
early second-half goal from Ashley Curren made it 3-0 and they were able
complete their victory with few problems.
But it was
much tighter in the other semi between Stoconians 3rds and Chadderton Cott. Reserves.
Cott hit the
woodwork three times before Stoconians scored the only goal of the game from
Sam Wharton on 30 minutes and this proved to be enough for victory as Stoconians
defended well to keep a clean sheet.
domestic cup semi-final was the second leg of the Hellawell Shield between
Hollingworth Reserves and Irlam Tiger Reserves with the Tigers having a healthy
lead from the first leg.
showed their intent as they took the lead with a neat finish from Jake Boon and
also went near with three efforts bouncing back off the woodwork.
bit back as they levelled on 50 minutes through the predatory Lewis Cartwright
and then the game was dominated by Dylan Lee who netted four times to give the
Tigers a 10-3 aggregate win and a final date with Chadderton Park Reserves.
There was a
big twist in the tight battle for the Premier Division title with the match
between the top two seeing High Lane win a thriller by 4-3 over Whalley Range
to move five points clear of their nearest rivals.
Stretfordians belied their lowly status as they held Rochdalians to a 1-1 draw
which leaves Rochdalians level on points with Whalley Range and five points
adrift of High Lane but with two games in hand and everything to play for.
games saw Waterloo beat Trafford United 4-2. Waterloo led 3-0 but United came
back with great spirit with goals from Michael O’Regan, who took a cross on his
chest then volleyed into the top corner and Rick Hulme added a second from a
counter attack. However, Waterloo had the final word with a late goal sealing
beat Old Ashtonians 3-0 and a local derby at Milton saw them win by the odd
goal in five over Abacus Media.
In Division One
the two promotion spots are sealed as Dom Doyle crushed Chorltonians 11-0 and
Parrs Wood Celtic were also too hot to handle in a 4-0 win at Swinton to stay
seven points behind Dom Doyle with two games in hand.
goals in the other two games with Moston Brook beating Didsbury 4-0 and Irlam Tigers
emphatic 7-1 winners against Oldham Victoria.
champions Newton went down 3-0 at Urmston Town and Hollingworth stay in third
spot after a 2-0 win at Bedians.
In the other
game South Manchester Reserves enjoyed a bullet header strike from Chris Waugh
but it was not enough to prevent Santos netting twice to secure their fourth
win of the season.
The big game
in Division Three ended in a surprise goalless deadlock between leaders
Dukinfield Athletic and their main title rivals Radclyffe.
sees Athletic 16 points clear of Radclyffe who have seven games in hand.
stay in second spot after an exciting 6-4 win over Aldermere but cannot catch
also a goalless draw at Chadderton Park as they hosted Village Manchester but
no problems for Signol Athletic with a 3-0 win at Abacus Media Reserves and
Salford Victoria who cruised to a 7-4 win over Heaton Mersey.
A, Elton Lib Hargreaves maintained their five-point lead at the top of the
table with a hard-earned 3-2 victory over Flixton.
Reserves kept in the hunt with a comfortable 5-1 win over Chorltonians Villa
but unbeaten Chadderton Cott are the main danger to the leaders with three
games in hand.
game saw Spurley Hey Reserves win a close affair with AFC Oldham Reserves by
Stockport are the champions of Division B thanks to a 5-3 win at a gutsy
Chorltonians Athletic and in the other game Bury Amateurs Reserves won by the
odd goal in five hosting Hillgate.
between the top two in Division C, saw Deans confirm their champion status as
they won an excellent game by 4-3 and it was also close at Chorltonians Albion
as they shared four goals with Bury Amateurs A.
Pics – action from 1) High Lane v Whalley Range (Range in blue), 2) Waterloo v Trafford United (United in red), 3) Chadderton Cott v Dukinfield Athletic Reserves (Cott in blue)