Radclyffe still on course for treble

Results from 16.03.19: Radcylffe through to Wray Cup final, as treble remains firmly in their sights. R

After a week of poor weather things got a lot worse on Saturday as strong winds and torrential rain caused most games to be postponed.

It was thanks to the use of artificial surfaces that some games were able to go ahead with some teams making astute moves to avoid postponement due to their grounds being waterlogged.

Rhodes Cup

The top game of the day – the Rhodes Cup semi-final between Parrs Wood Celtic and Salford Victoria was postponed until a later date due to the weather.

Wray Cup

Due to the cancellations in the Rhodes Cup the main focus switched to Wright Robinson School and the Wray Cup Semi- final between Radclyffe from Division Three and Urmston Town from Division Two.

Urmston Town got off to a flier as Darryl Garwood gave them the lead in the first minute with a clinical strike., but Radclyffe showed why they are going for a trophy treble in the Rhodes Cup and Division Three championship as they drew level through Darryl Hardman.

It was nip and tuck after that with Urmston creating more chances for victory but their inability to convert them was punished as Radclyffe scored a late winner to book their final against Village Manchester next month.

Premier Division

Premier Division action was confined to two mid-table matches with both ended with honours even.

South Manchester shared four goals with Waterloo after Paul Sunderland had given them the lead but the hosts came back in a well contested game to earn their point

Trafford United hosted Abacus Media and the match ended deadlocked at 1-1.

Just one game in division one and Irlam Tigers reduced the big gap on the top three teams with a well constructed 4-2 win at Moston Brook.

Division Two

Division Two was much busier with three games played, the outstanding result coming from South Manchester Reserves who beat second-placed Manchester Polonia 5-2.

Hollingworth increased their chances of overtaking Polonia to the runners-up slot as they beat Spurley Hey 5-1 and now lie six points adrift of Polonia with four games in hand.

Santos were delighted with their best win of the season as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Bedians but they stay in the basement position, seven points adrift of Spurley Hey.

Division Three

There were two games played in Division Three and Stoconians Reserves moved into joint second place after a convincing local derby win by 5-2 against Heaton Mersey.

It was much closer in the other game with Salford Victoria winning by the odd goal in five against Village Manchester.

Division A

Two mid-table games were completed in Division A and Trafford United Reserves won their local derby with Flixton by 5-1 and in a tight contest AFC Oldham Reserves edged out Signol Athletic Reserves by 3-2.

Division B

Division B saw a complete blank with all the fixtures postponed

Division C

Division C had one game with Chorltonians Albion visiting Irlam Tigers Reserves.

Albion have enjoyed a resurgence in form since Tony McNicholls took over the managerial reins and they kept up the momentum as they stormed into a 4-0 lead with strikes from Aaron Rodger (two), Conor Carlin and Kurtis Wallace.

The manager made several late changes on 85 minutes and the Tigers bit back as they scored two late consolation goals.

Pics- action from 1) Radclyffe v Urmston Town (Radclyffe in blue), 2) Waterloo v South Manchester (Waterloo in yellow shirts), 3) Heaton Mersey v Stoconians Reserves (Stocs in blue and amber)

Lancashire & Cheshire AFL Results and Fixtures 02.03.19

Village defy the odds to reach the Wray final

Whitehead Cup

The first L and C semi-final of a domestic cup competition produced a game of real drama in the Whitehead Cup at the excellent venue of Astley Sports Village in Dukinfield.

It featured Village Manchester, looking to reach a cup final for the second successive year, and Chadderton Park.

Due to a shortage of players Village had to play the entire game with ten men and it looked ominous for them as they fell a goal down netted by Wilson for Park.

But then Village showed their intent and determination as they levelled through Munetsi Mbano.

Then they lifted their game and took the lead with a powerful header from Mbano and after that they had to defend for the last 20 minutes as Park threw everything at them.

Some terrific and courageous defending denied Park with the Village keeper pulling off some outstanding saves to keep Park at bay and book their final slot where they await the winners of the other semi which will be between Radclyffe and the winners of the Dukinfield Athletic and Urmston Town quarter final.

Premier Division

Premier Division action saw the top three teams all post wins with current leaders High Lane staying two points clear of Whalley Range with a 4-2 home win over Trafford United as Range won a thriller by the odd goal in nine at Old Ashtonians.

But Rochdalians still have the title in their own hands with two games in hand on the top two and they kept firmly in the hunt with a 3-0 win at Milton.

There were also comfortable wins for Salford Victoria by 5-1 at Abacus Media and South Manchester who had Milo Edwards, Zain Shabir, Paul Sunderland and Badou Drameh netting in a 4-1 win at Old Stretfordians.

Division One

In Division One leaders Dom Doyle bounced back after last week’s shock first league defeat of the season to post a comfortable 6-1 win over Bury Amateurs with Will Hustler, Mike Murray and Jordan O’Neill on target for Dom Doyle.

Manchester Amateur Cup finalists Parrs Wood Celtic stay four points behind Dom Doyle with two games in hand after an emphatic 7-0 derby win over Didsbury.

Chorltonians are on the heels of the top two with a fine 3-1 win at Swinton, last week’s victors over Dom Doyle.

AFC Oldham also kept an immaculate clean sheet as they won 4-0 at Stoconians.

Division Two

Newton were celebrating hard and long as they clinched the Division Two title in the game of the day at Manchester Polonia. In a really good game Newton had Kake Hatton (two) and Ben Pollard netting in a 3-1 win and with Hollingworth losing out 5-0 at Urmston Town Newton pick up the season’s first silverware.

There was another good game at South Manchester Reserves with visiting Mellor Reserves winning by the odd goal in seven as they topped the South strikes from M Chadwick (two) and Chris McMahon.

No problems for Bedians as they cruised to a 4-0 win at Chorltonians Reserves.

Division Three

With Division Three leaders Dukinfield Athletic without a game their main title challengers Radclyffe took the chance to close the gap to ten points with a hard-working 2-0 win over Milton Reserves and they still have five games in hand over Athletic.

Stoconians Reserves are in third spot with a close 2-1 win at Salford Victoria Reserves and the other game saw Aldermere win 4-2 at Heaton Mersey, the outstanding strike of the match for Aldermere was their third goal, as a long cross from Bradley Ball was bullet-headed into the top corner by Robin Stapley.

Division A

In Division A there were wins for all of the top three teams with leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves enjoying a 4-0 win at AFC Oldham Reserves.

Moston Brook Reserves stay in second spot after an entertaining 4-3 win over Rochdale Galaxy but Chadderton Cott are their main threat for the title as they won 3-1 at Chorltonians Villa after taking an early lead with an own goal. Cott remain the only unbeaten team in the league and they have plenty of games in hand over their rivals.

Spurley Hey Reserves had their best win of the season beating Flixton 6-0.

Division B

AFC Stockport will take some stopping as they breeze towards the Division B title with an efficient 3-1 win at AFC Oldham 3rds moving them eight points clear of Old Stretfordians Reserves who lost 3-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves.

The other challengers Chadderton Cott Reserves could only draw 1-1 with Hillgate and Parrs Wood Celtic also dropped back as they lost to the only goal of their game at Staly Lions.

This score-line was matched by Stoconians 3rds at Didsbury Reserves but there were goals galore at Chorltonians Athletic who went down 7-3 to Bury Amateurs Reserves.

Division C

Division C leaders Deans put some recent indifferent results firmly behind them as they hit top form at Hollingworth Reserves with a 9-0 romp while second-placed Old Strets 3rds had a bad day as they went down 7-2 hosting Bury Amateurs 3rds.

Whalley Range A moved into mid-table with an efficient 2-0 win at Chadderton Park Reserves and Stoconians 4ths and Govan Athletic shared four goals.

Pics – action from 1) Dom Doyle v Bury Ams (Dom Doyle in red and white, 2) Village Manchester v Chadderton Park (Park in yellow), 3) Chorltonians Reserves v Bedians (Chorltonians in green and black), 4) Chorltonians Villa v Chadderton Cott (Cott in blue)

Lancashire & Cheshire AFL Results & Fixtures 23.02.2019

Abacus punished in late collapse

County Cups

Manchester Challenge Cup Final

Abacus Media were delighted to represent the league in the Manchester Challenge Cup final at Hyde United where they took on Manchester Leaguers East Manchester.

It was even-steven in a goalless first half but East took the lead on the hour mark and they doubled this soon afterwards

Abacus reduced the arrears on 80 minutes with their striker going through three challenges to force the ball into the net.

Straight from the kick off East restored their two goal advantage and two late defensive errors gifted East two more goals with Brendan McLoughlin completing his hat-trick for a flattering 5-1 winning margin.

Domestic Cups

Whitehead cup

A domestic Whitehead Cup clash saw Chadderton Cott make it through to the semi-finals after a thrilling battle with Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves.

In normal time the match ended locked at 2-2 but Cott kept their nerve and preserved their unbeaten record taking the penalty shoot out by 5-4 to set up a semi-final clash with Dukinfield Athletic Reserves who had also made it through in a penalty shoot out.

Premier Division

The Premier Division title race is heating up into a three-horse battle as Rochdalians could only draw 2-2 with South Manchester who earned their point via two headers from club legend Tufial Baluch.

The draw dropped Rochdalians into third spot behind leaders High Lane who accounted for Old Stretfordians 4-2 and second-placed Whalley Range who had few problems in a 4-0 win over Waterloo.

The title is still in Rochdalians hands as they have games in hand on the top two but it is now all to play for.

Plenty of goals at Trafford United as they lost 6-4 to Mellor and the other game was also a tight affair with Milton emerging with a 4-3 win over a battling Old Ashtonians.

Division One

There was plenty of drama in Division One as long-time leaders Dom Doyle suffered their first defeat of the season as visiting Swinton defied the odds to pull off a remarkable 7-2 win.

Swinton came to the game with no fear, took the game by the scruff of the neck and gave Dom Doyle no time to play.

Swinton played some great football rewarded by goals from Samuel Redshaw (three), Jordon Smith, James Leggett, Manni Tingwa and Ola Oshdi with Dom Doyle’s consolations coming from Murray and Bottrell.

The result left Swinton reflecting what might have been if they had begun the season with this sort of stunning display.

Manchester Amateur Cup finalists Parrs Wood Celtic are still on course for three trophies as they worked hard for a 2-1 win at AFC Oldham to stay in real contention for the division one title as they are four points behind Dom Doyle with two games in hand.

Chorltonians are also firmly in the mix as they kept up their hot scoring streak with a big 8-1 win at Oldham Victoria.

Shane Bates was the Chorltonians shooting star with four beauties backed by a hat-trick from Aaron Rodger and a single from Dan Slack.

Irlam Tigers are on the heels of the top three after a 4-2 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic and Moston Brook were emphatic 3-0 victors at Stoconians.

Division Two

Newton looked to be on track to clinching the Division Two title as goals from Andy Marsden and Ben Pollard had them in easy street after 50 minutes at Chorltonians Reserves. Then Chorltonians stepped up a gear to dominate the rest of the game and got their reward with strikes from Oumar Allen, Jake Manning and Dublin Malone to keep the race for the title open.

Non-playing Manchester Polonia kept up their hopes with this result as they take on Newton in the coming week and Hollingworth are also in with a shout as they beat South Manchester Reserves 3-0.

The other game in the division was an amazing affair as Urmston Town cruised into a 4-0 lead over Bedians and then Bedians were reduced to nine men but came back to secure a remarkable point in a 4-4 draw.

Division Three

Division Three leaders Dukinfield Athletic and Village Manchester showed their support for the ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign as the teams posed with a rainbow ball before play. Athletic maintained their big 13-point lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 win. Athletic took the lead on 32 minutes when their captain Carl Farrell blasted home from 20 yards and two minutes later Bobby Dixon made it 2-0 with another thunderous shot from 25 yards. Village put the home team under pressure during the second half but Athletic defended well to preserve their lead.

Radclyffe are Athletic’s only challengers with six games in hand and they showed their intent with an efficient 4-0 win over Stoconians Reserves,

Chadderton Park won 4-2 at Heaton Mersey and it was honours even as Aldermere and Salford Victoria Reserves shared two goals.

Division A

The clash between the top two in Division A was a typically hard-fought close affair with Elton Lib Hargreaves beating Moston Brook Reserves 2-1 to extend their lead to five points.

Their main danger now comes from unbeaten Chadderton Cott who are ten points behind but with five games in hand.

In a feisty local derby at Flixton, Unicorn Athletic managed to pick up the points and move up into fourth in the table with a professional display.

Prolific top scorer Tom Aldred added to his tally after the Flixton keeper spilled a long distance drive from Callum Blades.

James Steadman smashed in a second from the edge of box to double Unicorn’s lead before half time. Substitute Tom Fahey used his pace to round the keeper and tuck away the third before Flixton’s striker smashed in a cracker to raise the home team’s hope’s. 

Unicorn stepped up the pace as Flixton pressed forward with Tom Fahey nodding in his second and securing the points,

The other two games both produced 3-0 scorelines, with basement team Chorltonians Villa pulling off their second win of the season against AFC Oldham Reserves with goals from Shola Kolawole, Jermain Bryan and Obi Aolzie,

Repeating this were Spurley Hey Reserves with their pleasing third win of the season against Dukinfield Athletic Reserves.

Division B

Plenty of action in division B with the top game seeing the top two teams in action and AFC Stockport extended their lead to five points with a comfortable 5-1 win over Old Stretfordians Reserves.

Third-placed Chadderton Cott Reserves lost ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Didsbury Reserves and Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves stay in the mix with a 4-1 win over Chorltonians Athletic with Luke Vaughan providing the Athletic consolation.

AFC Oldham 3rds were on fire with a 6-1 win over Moston Brook 3rds with the other two games ending at 2-0 in favour of Bury Amateurs Reserves at Staly Lions and Stoconians 3rds in their local derby with Hillgate.

Division C

The recent wobble by runaway division C leaders Deans continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chadderton Park Reserves.

Old Stretfordians 3rds took full advantage of the Deans slip as they won 3-1 at Whalley Range 3rds to move within two points of Deans who have a vital game in hand on Stretfordians.

Chorltonians Albion enjoyed a 6-3 win at Moston Brook 4ths thanks to hat-tricks from Kurtis Wallace and Conor Carlin.

Bury Amateurs 3rds went nap in a 5-3 win over Stoconians 4ths and Irlam Tigers were roaring in a 4-1 win over Govan Athletic.

Pics- 1 Dukinfield Athletic and Village with the rainbow ball, Action from 1) Dukinfield v Village (Village in red), 2) Chorltonians Reserves v Newton (Newton in yellow and black, 3) Chorltonians v AFC Oldham Reserves (Oldham in orange shirts)