Joint Statement from North West County FAs on Local North West Grassroots Football Restrictions

Updated Statement (Issued 31st Dec 2020 at 12 noon)  

 Yesterday the government reviewed the tiering restrictions in place across the country which resulted in changes to all the North West County FA’s.
The following information applies to Grassroots Football at NLS Feeder Leagues (Step 7) and below and applies to all member clubs and leagues affiliated or sanctioned by County FA’s in Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Westmorland, Cumberland and Liverpool. We continue to recognise the challenges that the Covid pandemic presents and fully appreciate and thank all our volunteers involved in the grassroots game across the North West for all your hard work throughout 2020.  

The following defines which local authorities are aligned to which regions and which Tier they are now in: 
Adult Football From the updated guidance provided adult clubs, teams and individuals (Players, Coaches and Spectators) cannot continue to play or train in Tier 4 and the game is therefore suspended. Those in Liverpool City Region (Merseyside) may continue, but those involved are not to move in or out of their Tier 3 region to participate.   For absolute clarity the above means that travel is NOT permitted from Liverpool City Region (Merseyside) to any of the other North West Regions.

Youth Football (Under 18’s), Including Disability Football With regards to youth football (Under 18’s) and all disability football. There have been changes for all those regions now in Tier 4 and these are detailed below, specifically in relation to movement/travel of youth teams, players, coaches and or volunteers (including parents). The government’s Tier 4 guidance states organised outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people will be allowed, while there are exemptions for FA Girls’ Regional Talent Clubs. The government’s guidelines on travel between tiers should be adhered to.
These players now cannot move in or out of their Tier 4 region to train or play.

For absolute clarity the above means that travel is NOT permitted between all regions in the North West. Under 18’s must play only within the region that they reside. For example; Those players and volunteers who live in Greater Manchester, must play only in Greater Manchester and cannot travel to another region such as Cheshire or Liverpool and vice versa. This also means that regions such as Derbyshire, Staffordshire for example cannot travel into a North West region to play.   It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government’s latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA. Failure to adhere to the guidance will result in sanctions for non-compliance.

Match Officials Match Officials are exempt and are free to travel within the tiers.   It is imperative that everyone involved in the grassroots game continues to be vigilant and follows the governments restrictions and the guidance set in place by the Football Association. For the avoidance of any doubt, any teams where it is found that Players, Coaches, Volunteers or Spectators are not adhering to the government restrictions and FA guidance will face sanctions for non-compliance, including removal of fixtures.   Under 18’s, including disability football and other sporting activities are permitted despite wider restrictions because of the benefits of sport and physical activity for people’s physical and mental wellbeing. If people act irresponsibly when participating in grassroots football (including off the pitch, and when socialising before and after activity) they jeopardize public health and undermine the case for safe sport to take place.

If there are serious or consistent concerns with non-compliance of COVID guidelines at grassroots football which fail to be addressed, then the government may revoke the ability for grassroots football to take place. We cannot stress enough the critical importance of all involved in the game complying with the guidance to allow the grassroots game to continue.   Our key guidance in the North West is as follows: Social distancing wherever possible for players, and always in the case of spectators Robust hygiene standards as per risk assessments but including the wearing of masks in toilet blocks etc. Effective registering of attendees primarily via the NHS Test and Trace QR code system Strongly recommend at all youth games a maximum of one accompanying adult per child, wherever possible   National League System & Women’s Football Pyramid

Football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 regions is not permitted, including all training and fixtures. This immediate advice in place from 31 December applies to the following aspects of ‘non-elite’ football in England in Tier 4 areas: Steps three to six of the National League System (NLS) Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid Regional NLS feeder leagues Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite guidance) Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)

This joint statement is based on the current position and we will continue to review in line with any government tier reviews.

We appreciate the complexities that the continuous changes have made and wish again to thank you all for the tremendous work that you continue to do and have undertaken throughout the most unprecedented year of 2020. We wish to take the opportunity to wish everyone the very best for what we hope will be a much more prosperous 2021.

Please take care and stay safe.    

Lancashire FA
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Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 11.01.2020

Milton do the league proud

The awful weather we have endured for many weeks at last relented and allowed a full and busy programme of league and cup games to be completed.

County Cups

Lancashire Amateur Cup

The undoubted stars of the day were Milton who once more denied their miserable form in the Premier division to storm into the semi-finals of the Lancashire Amateur Cup with a great win over Wigan and District League high-fliers Pemberton.
Milton were delighted to have a full squad available and they showed their class as they cruised into a 3-1 interval lead capped by a stunning strike from Dale Roberts, who added another for a pleasing brace.
Milton kept up their form in the second half adding two more goals with Ross Esti, Matt Bradley and Conor Leech on target for a 5-1 win to put them into the last four of the county cup for their first time in their history where they will fly the flag for the L and C.
They will now be looking to replicate their cup form in the league where they have still to chalk up their first win.

League Cups

Rhodes Cup

There was also catch-up domestic cup action with three games in the top competition for the Rhodes Cup.
Premier division high-fliers Waterloo had to work hard to earn a 3-2 win at Salford Storm from the lower reaches of division A who did themselves proud but division one leaders Radclyffe had few problems in accounting for Bury Amateurs by 5-0.
Waterloo now play Abacus Media in the next round and Radclyffe await the winners of the tie between Stoconians and Urmston Town
The other tie featured two teams from the lower divisions and Division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic kept an immaculate clean sheet as they beat Denton Town Reserves from division three.
Netting for Celtic were Frankie Tufalo (two) and Adam Barry, and they now host Signol Old Boys in the next round.

Wray Cup

There was also one game in the Wray Cup featuring division two title rivals Bedians and North Walkden.
It was level pegging for most of the first half with Steve Binns twice on target for North Walkden and a Sean Chappell penalty and an own goal from Ross McCarthy keeping Bedians on level terms, but, some clinical finishing in the second half saw North Walkden on easy street as they added five more goals without reply as Binns completed his hat-trick and Travis Vaughan added two more.
In the Hellawell Shield there was a great game at Altrincham Hale who shared eight goals with Stoconians 4ths and then won the penalty shoot-out by 5-3 to set up their next round with a tie against Stoconians 3rds.

Premier Division

Premier division leaders Whalley Range increased their lead to nine points with a comfortable 5-0 derby win over South Manchester.
Dom Doyle closed the gap on second-placed Rochdalians, who were without a game, as they won 3-0 hosting Abacus Media and Trafford United enjoyed their second win of the season with a thrilling 4-3 victory at Salford Victoria who had Theo Barr, Joe Axon and Jono Hayes scoring their goals.
In the local derby at High Lane, the home team won comfortably 5-0 against Mellor in a mid-table clash.

Division One

The top game in Division One saw second-placed AFC Oldham and third-placed Irlam Tigers in a close encounter as they both looked to close the gap on the leaders Radclyffe.
It ended in a 1-1 deadlock with Oldham now three points behind the leaders with a game in hand and the Tigers stay in touch with a game in hand.
Basement team Old Stretfordians kept up the form which saw them upset Radclyffe last week as they beat Moston Brook 2-0 to move level with on points with them and Bury Ams, who were in cup action.
Manchester Polonia, have games in hand on the leading teams and they kept up their determined chase with an efficient 4-1 win at Urmston Town.
The other game in the division was an excellent encounter at Newton who shared six goals with Chorltonians.

Division Two

Dukinfield Athletic moved five points clear at the top of Division Two after a big 8-1 win at Chorltonians Reserves.
Hayden Greenwood struck for Athletic in the first two minutes and they kept up their scoring momentum for the rest of the game.
Second-placed South Manchester Reserves lost ground as they went down by the odd goal in five hosting Oldham Victoria but the big danger to the top two comes from Stoconians, who have plenty of games in hand, and were very impressive in a big 7-1 win at Rochdalians Reserves and stay hot on the heels of the leaders.
Hadfield Athletic are also in the mix after a close derby game at Mellor Reserves ended level at 1-1.

Division Three

The big game in Division Three between the top two was a real thriller with Signol Athletic beating leaders Chadderton Cott 5-4 to overtake them but Cott still have a vital game in hand.
Salford Victoria Reserves kept up their winning streak as James Grantham bagged a brace in a 2-0 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic.
It was close in the other three games with Chadderton Park winning 3-2 over Village Manchester and Abacus Media Reserves won by the odd goal in seven hosting Stoconians Reserves and another entertaining encounter had Elton Lib Hargreaves beating Aldermere 5-4.

Division A

It’s tight at the top of Division A with just two points separating the top four teams as leaders AFC Stockport suffered a shock 3-2 defeat by lowly Rochdale Galaxy.
Wythenshawe Wanderers have been in consistent form and a 2-0 win over Mellor 3rds saw them draw level with AFC Stockport and overtake Mellor.
Old Sretfordians Reserves enjoyed a 6-1 win at Dukinfield Athletic Reserves to stay handily placed two points off the top two with two vital games in hand of their rivals.
Moston Brook Reserves lifted themselves out of the bottom two with a 3-1 win at Deans and the other game produced a 3-0 win for AFC Oldham Reserves at Trafford United Reserves.

Division B

With Division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic in cup action it gave their title rivals a chance to close down their big lead and Moston Brook 3rds took advantage with a 6-4 win over Heaton Mersey moving them to within five points of Celtic.
AFC Oldham 3rds also kept up their chase of the top two with a clinical 3-0 win at Stoconians 3rds.
Spurley Hey Reserves were celebrating after posting their first win of the season with a 5-3 win over Flixton JFC.
The other games in the division were close affairs with Bury Amateurs and Chorltonians Athletic drawing 2-2 and Old Sretfordians 3rds and Chadderton Cott Reserves were unable to find the back of the net in a rare goalless game.

Division C

There plenty of goals in Division C and leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers were growling as they kept up their 100 per cent record with a big 8-1 win over Oldham Victoria Reserves.
Chadderton Park Reserves had to work hard to stay in second place with a gritty 2-1 win over Salford Storm Reserves but there were few problems for AFC Stockport Warriors in a 7-2 romp over Whalley Range Reserves or Staly Lions who roared to a 6-1 victory hosting Moston Brook 4ths and Bury Amateurs 3rds who eased to a 3-0 win over Govan Athletic.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 04.01.2020

League Cup Action

Hellawell Shield

The delayed Hellawell Shield match between Chorltonians Athletic and Hillgate went to the wire of a penalty shoot-out after the tie ended at 3-3.

Hillgate kept their nerve to win the shoot-out 3-2 to make it through to the quarter-finals.

League Action

The league resumed action after the festive break with a full programme and plenty of action on the field with some vital games being played throughout the divisions.

Range show their intent in top game

Premier Division

Undoubtedly the game of the day was at Whalley Range where the runaway Premier Division leaders took on the fine challenge offered by Waterloo.

It was an excellent game with some fine football from both teams and well controlled by referee Mike Crump and his team. An even first half ended deadlocked at 1-1 with Reece Jones on target for Whalley Range and with Ewan Malcolm providing the strike for Waterloo.

The game took off in the second half as Rob Swallow flew through the air to give Waterloo the lead with a great header, but Whalley Range were not to be denied and in a deadly spell turned the game around as Jason Fowl and Tim Kinsella netted to take the lead and Reece Jones provided the festive icing on the cake with a stunning 30-yard free kick to see Range home by 4-2.

The win keeps Whalley Range eight points clear at the top of the table from reigning champions Rochdalians who won a tight derby against Abacus Media by the odd goal in five.

There was also a thriller at High Lane as they took on Dom Doyle with Lane enjoying the first half as they led 3-1 at the break. Dylan Higginbottom, Mayo and Bembo struck for High Lane with Dom Doyle replying through Suarez. Matt German then added another for Dom Doyle before the break and they gained momentum to run out breathless 4-3 winners.

Plenty more thrills in the other two games with Trafford United celebrating the New Year with their first league win of the season as they beat Milton 5-3 to move above them out of bottom spot.

There were also eight goals at Mellor which were shared evenly with South Manchester in another entertaining encounter.

Division One

There were just three games in Division One but Duncan Edwards-inspired Old Stretfordians provided one of the shock results of the season by earning themselves a 1-1 draw at leaders Radclyffe FC to end their 100 per cent record. The goal difference between Radclyffe and Stretfordians is a total of 78 but they showed that their recent improvement in form could stand them in good stead in 2020.

Irlam Tigers have three games in hand over Radclyffe and they were impressive as they took out third-placed Urmston Town by 5-1. The other game in the division was an excellent and enjoyable match between Signol Old Boys and Newton with Signol edging home 3-2.

Division Two

The top two teams clashed in Division Two in a spectacular game at South Manchester Reserves where they entertained leaders Dukinfield Athletic. Dukinfield showed their intent as they raced into a 3-0 lead with Keelan Burton (two) and Kane Kershaw netting, but South drew on their fighting spirit to have it all square at the break thanks to a double strike from Alex Robbins and another from Doyle.

The ding-dong battle continued in the second half with South Manchester eventually emerging with an amazing 6-5 victory to move to within two points of Dukinfield Athletic but with a game in hand.

The other top two teams also staged a dramatic encounter with Hadfield Athletic and North Walkden sharing eight goals to stay in the promotion mix. Oldham Victoria and Stoconians also drew 4-4 and the game between Santos and Mellor Reserves was not short of goalmouth excitement either with Mellor running out 5-2 winners.

In the other match in this division Bedians were too hot for Rochdalians Reserves to handle in a big 13-2 win to complete a 49-goal fest in the division.

Division Three

Plenty of goals also in Division Three with leaders Chadderton Cott staying a point clear with a big 6-2 win at Elton Lib Hargreaves. Signol Athletic stay a point behind after a 3-1 win at third-placed Village Manchester.

Salford Vics Reserves are on a hot streak as they posted their second successive double-figure haul hosting Milton Reserves. In a ruthless first half Vics raced into a huge 8-0 lead but to their credit Milton enjoyed a much better second half to restrict the final score to 10-1. Scoring for Vics were debutant Craig West (three), Jay Carney (two), Steve Stephenson (two), Andy Kidby, Keir Jones and James Grantham.

Chadderton Park stay in touch with the leading group with a comfortable 3-0 win at Denton Town Reserves and Hooley Bridge Celtic were celebrating their first win of the season as they took victory in their local derby with Abacus Media Reserves by 3-2.

It was also close in the other game in the division as Aldermere picked up a much needed 2-1 win at Stoconians Reserves.

Division A

There were shocks for the top two in Division A as they both suffered defeats, with leaders AFC Stockport going down 3-2 at Deans and Mellor 3rds being beaten by the same score at AFC Oldham Reserves.

Old Strefordians Reserves were held to a 3-3 deadlock against Salford Storm and Wythenshawe Wanderers moved above them into third spot with a neat 2-0 win at Dukinfield Athletic Reserves.

The other games in the division saw lowly Moston Brook Reserves score the only goal of their game at Rochdale Galaxy and Waterloo Reserves were 3-1 winners at Trafford United reserves.

Division B

In Division B Parrs Wood Celtic kept their unbeaten record and stay eight points clear with a routine 3-1 win at Chadderton Cott Reserves and Moston Brook 3rds stay in second spot after winning 2-0 at Old Stretfordians 3rds.

It was close in the other games with Heaton Mersey winning their local derby at Spurley Hey Reserves by 1-0, Stoconians 3rds won 3-1 at Flixton Juniors and Bury Ams Reserves shared two goals with AFC Oldham 3rds.

Division C

With Division C leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers out of action Chadderton Park Reserves closed their lead down to four points with a 5-1 cruise over Stoconians 4ths.

Salford Storm Reserves and Oldham Victoria Reserves missed their chance to close the gap as Storm were blown away 6-3 by AFC Stockport Warriors and Vics went down 2-1 at Govan Athletic.

Bury Amateurs 3rds eased to a big 8-1 win over Moston Brook 4ths and Altrincham Hale and Whalley Range Reserves shared four goals.


Inter-League Football – 21.12.2019 John Howard Shield

L and C win thriller against old rivals

Hyde United were great hosts for the 91st annual match between old friends and rivals the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL and the Lancashire Amateur FL.

The fixture has been played for since 1920, and in the last nine years for the John Howard Shield, and once more it was a great advert for the quality of football and commitment provided by both of these historic and prestigious true grass roots football leagues.

The excellent 3G surface at Ewen Fields was ideal for some fine team and individual skills to be displayed and in the first two minutes the LAL set the sparks flying as they took the lead with a stunning 20-yard strike from Terry Qualters (Failsworth Dynamos).

The L and C kept their nerve and played some great possession football which gained its reward on 21 minutes with a clinical equaliser despatched by Claudio Campos (Manchester Polonia).

Just eight minutes later Campos tapped in his second to give the L and C the lead.

The thrills and spills continued as a brace, one from the penalty spot, from David Warburton (Old Boltonians) swung the game back in favour of the LAL.

What was probably the defining moment came on 55 minutes when a professional foul on the edge of the box by the LAL saw the player dismissed and a superb free kick from Paul Arrowsmith (Radclyffe) arrowed into the top corner to level the scores.

The drama continued apace as a touchline incident saw both teams lose a player to red cards.

The one-man advantage eventually paid off for the L and C as MOM Sam Wrigley (Waterloo) capped a great display in midfield with a cool lob for the eventual winner on 80 minutes and his team defended their advantage with few problems in the remaining minutes.

Over the game both teams produced plenty of chances and a combination of good goalkeeping, great defending and many near misses provided an exciting spectacle in a game well controlled by referee Joe Morrell and his team.

In the after-match presentation Land C officials Tim Roebuck and Mike Yates paid due tributes to the players from both sides and gave out league medals to the L and C players and also thanked Hyde United for the use of their excellent facilities.

John Howard provided a fitting finish to a great day for amateur football by outlining his inspirational time and nostalgic experiences in the league since 1947 before handing over his trophy to L and C Captain Jordan Ware (Waterloo).

Old Stretfordians Proud Defeat

No football team likes to get hammered 12-1 but a defeat of this size is one of the proudest in the 91-year history of Lancashire and Cheshire League stalwarts Old Stretfordians.

The defeat for Old Stretfordians came in 1966 as part of the World Cup preparations for a very useful Bulgaria team.

David Williams set up the game at Manchester University Playing Fields as a practice match for the Bulgarian team against his Old Stretfordians team prior to their opening World Cup fixture against Brazil, who had a certain player called Pele in their ranks.

The undoubted highlight for Old Stretfordians was a stunning goal on three minutes from Frank Hough with a screaming 25-yarder leaving the Bulgarian keeper totally helpless.

But that was the end of the Old Stretfordians glory as Bulgaria went on to score six goals in each half but it is a game that lived for ever in the memory of the fourteen Old Stretfordians players involved in the game and a great feature of the club’s long history in amateur soccer.

Photo – Newspaper cuttings about the match

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 14.12.2019

Milton keep their cool and march on in Lancashire Amateur Cup

Milton keep their cool and march on in Lancashire Amateur Cup

Once more the busy league and cup programme was decimated by awful weather prior to match day and just a handful of games were played on artificial surfaces.

County Cups

Lancashire Amateur Cup

Cup competition dominated the day and top of the shop were Milton playing in the Lancashire Amateur Cup against Wythenshawe Amateurs from the Manchester League.
Last week the game at Wythenshawe was postponed and even their switch to a local 4G pitch failed as it was flooded but the game went on as it was finally switched to Milton’s home at Heywood Sports Centre.
It proved to be an excellent contest with Milton, who have yet to win a game in the L and C Premier division this season, played with great spirit led by MoM Mike Hampson.
With ten men for the last few minutes due to a red card for a professional foul they held on the keep the tie goalless and on to penalties.
Both teams missed spot kicks and Milton keeper Jack Hudson made a crucial save from his Wythenshawe counterpart allowing the cool Ollie Bonyage the chance to clinch victory and he did not let his side down and booked a quarter-final home tie in 2020.

Lancashire & Cheshire Cup Competitions

Rhodes Cup

There was also domestic cup action with some very close encounters in the Rhodes Cup.
Division C Altrincham Hale defied their lowly status as they gave Premier Division high-fliers Abacus Media as good as they got until Jack Aubrey broke the deadlock before the break with the opener for Abacus and they went on to add two unanswered strikes in the second half.
The all Division One tie between Signol Athletic and Irlam Tigers ended at 2-2 with Tigers going through as they won a thrilling shoot-out by 5-4.

Wray Cup

In the Wray Cup there was a giant-killing by Chadderton Cott as their game at Dukinfield Athletic was locked a 3-2 and in a nerve-jangling shoot-out Cott triumphed by 6-5.

Hellawell Shield

There was just one game played in the Hellawell Shield with Irlam Tiger Rangers showing why they lead the way in Division C as they were comfortable 9-1 winners over Moston Brook 4ths.

Division Two

In Division Two, third place Hadfield Athletic kept up their recent hot form cruising to a 4-1 win over South Manchester Reserves and in the other match in this division mid-table Santos won 3-2 at home to Chorltonians Reserves.

Division Three

Limited league action saw Salford Victoria Reserves in hot form in Division Three as they enjoyed a goal-fest against Stoconians Reserves.
Jay Carney and Jake Blair-Steenson both bagged hat-tricks backed by James Grantham (two), Isiah Parke, Ashley Emare and Chris Birkhead in an 11-2 romp with Stoconians having possibly the goal of the season as one of their two consolation strikes.

Division A

There were two games in division A which produced a 5-3 win for Rochdale Galaxy at Moston Brook 3rds and the spoils were shared in a 3-3 deadlock between AFC Oldham Reserves and Waterloo Reserves.

Inter League – John Howard Trophy

With no league or cup action for a couple of weeks all eyes will be turned to Hyde United this Saturday as they host the annual fixture between the Land C and their old friends and rivals from the Lancashire Amateur FL.
It is the 99th fixture between the two leagues and entry to the match is free with a nominal charge of £1 for a programme.The kick off will be at 2pm and the current Lancs and Cheshire squad is:
Davey Luker (Captain), Jamie Luker, Liam Murray, Jordan Simmonds and Reece Gregory from Rochdalians
Norbert Neigowski, Dawid Majewski, Claudio Campos, Kordian Nowak and Krystian Babicz from Manchester Polonia.
Rob Swallow, Ewan Malcolm, Jack Wray, Jack Davies and Sam Wrigley – (from Waterloo)
Phil Noon from Milton
Anthony Horrox from Abacus Media
Paul Arrowsmith and Daniel Deardon from Radclyffe
+ two players from Dom Doyle
Team Managers are Dave Haughton and Mike Treanor from Abacus Media. 
Team Coach is Jordan Ware from Waterloo

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 07.12.2019

Following the tragic death of Gary Wyatt last week during the Chorltonians Athletic match against Heaton Mersey all of the teams playing in this week’s matches paid tribute to the sad event with a minute’s silence, superbly observed, before their own games began.

Tigers purr into next round

Manchester Amateur Cup
There was plenty of action on the pitch with Irlam Tigers enjoying a smooth passage into the next round of the Manchester Amateur Cup with an emphatic 3-0 win at Boothstown Reserves.

Premier Division

In the Premier Division Whalley Range are beginning to look unstoppable as they won 4-1 at title rivals Waterloo.

Second-placed Rochdalians, the reigning champions, dropped eight points behind Range as they lost by the same score at High Lane.

Mellor had their best win of the season to date by 4-2 at Salford Victoria and in the other game Abacus Media scored the only goal of the game at a hard-working Trafford United.

Division One

It’s looking like a two-horse race in Division One as the top two preserved their impressive 100% record as top team Radclyffe won 4-0 at Moston Brook to take their goal difference to a huge 56.

AFC Oldham won a potentially tricky match against Chorltonians by 4-1 to stay six points behind with two games in hand over local rivals Radclyffe.

Urmston Town are enjoying a good run and they took on local derby rivals Old Stretfordians and stormed into a 4-0 lead with goals from Danny Charlesworth (two), Akine Pinder and Caleb Adale.

Mark Bradshaw reduced the arrears for Old Stretfordians before Arrey Tabetho restored the Town four-goal advantage, but Old Stretfordians showed great spirit as the finished strongly with goals from club legend Alex Ritchie and Greg Hodson to have Town grateful for the final whistle with the win keeping them in third spot.

Bury Amateurs lifted themselves out of the bottom two with a gritty 3-2 win at Newton.

Division Two

It’s much closer at the top of Division Two and leaders Dukinfield Athletic moved four points clear of non-playing North Walkden with a useful and hard-earned 5-2 win at Bedians.

The teams below Athletic all have games in hand on the leaders and Stoconians are firmly in the promotion mix after a close 2-1 win over South Manchester Reserves.

Hadfield are on hot form and they kept it up with a 5-1 cruise at Rochdalians Reserves and they have four games in hand over the leaders.

Santos moved into the comfort of mid-table with a 2-1 win at Chorltonians Reserves.

Division Three

Division Three leaders Chadderton Cott were without a game and Signol Athletic missed a chance to reduce their lead at the top as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Chadderton Park.

Village Manchester are in third spot as they kept up their consistent run with a 4-2 win at Abacus Media Reserves and they have a game in hand over the top two.

The other game saw Aldermere pull off a much-needed 4-3 win in a thriller with Elton Lib Hargreaves.

Division A

It’s as you were in Division A as the top four teams all posted victories led by table-topping AFC Stockport with a 6-1 win at Dukinfield Athletic Reserves. Second-placed Old Stretfordians Reserves matched the 6-1 score at Deans and Mellor 3rds were not far behind with a 4-1 win, hosting AFC Oldham Reserves.

Wythenshawe Wanderers kept up their impressive start in the league with their seventh win of the season by 4-1 over Trafford United Reserves after being given a flying start with early strikes from Craig Stone and Henry Freeman.

The other two games in the division ended with 3-0 score-lines in favour of Salford Storm over Moston Brook Reserves and Waterloo Reserves against Rochdale Galaxy.

Division B

Parrs Wood Celtic remain eight points clear in Division B despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Old Stretfordians 3rds with Moston Brook 3rds in second spot after a comfortable 4-1 win over Bury Amateurs Reserves.

Chadderton Cott Reserves stay in the mix after a 3-1 win at Stoconians 3rds and the other game in the division was a close derby clash with Heaton Mersey winning by the odd goals in seven against Hillgate.

Division C

Irlam Tiger Rangers made it a good day for the club as they stay on top of Division C by five points after keeping an immaculate clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Altrincham Hale.

Second placed Salford Storm Reserves lost ground as they were held 2-2 by Oldham Victoria Reserves.

Whalley Range Reserves recent good run was ended in emphatic style by Govan Athletic who cruised to a 5-1 win and Bury Amateurs 3rds were also victors by 4-2 over Staly Lions.

Inter-League Action

The league will be enjoying a mid-season break over the festive period but on Saturday December 21 they will be playing their annual Inter League fixture with old friends and rivals from the Lancashire Amateur League.

It is at Hyde United – kick off 2pm and league players, officials and friends are welcome to come along and support the L and C.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 30.11.2019

Polonia on hot form in County Cup

The coldest night of the season to date saw a few games postponed but the majority of the county cup and league games played produced a real goal fest.

Manchester Amateur Cup

In the Manchester Amateur Cup Manchester Polonia proved to be too hot to handle at Denton Town Reserves as they cruised to a comfortable 6-0 win and joining them in the draw for the next round are Village Manchester who are also enjoying cup success this season and they won 2-1 in a close contest at Irlam Tiger Rangers.

But it was the end of the cup trail for Oldham Victoria who went down 4-1 at Eastlands.

Stockport Senior Cup

In the Stockport Senior Cup there were few problems for High Lane who took away an emphatic 9-2 win in their cup derby at Mellor.

Premier Division

In the Premier Division Waterloo had a chance to close the gap on the non-playing top two but were beaten 3-2 in an excellent game by Dom Doyle to miss their opportunity.

In the onlyother game in the division, Abacus Media won their local derby with Milton by 3-1 and move into fourth place in the table.

Division One

The top two teams in Division One preserved their 100 per cent record to stay well clear of the chasing pack.

Leaders Radclyffe FC had few problems in accounting for Newton by 8-0 to take their goal difference to an impressive 52 and second-placed AFC Oldham stay six points adrift of Radclyffe but have two games in hand. They were taken all the way by a determined Old Stretfordians before emerging with a vital win by the odd goal in five.

Chorltonians were in hot form as they won 9-2 at Signol Old Boys to move into third place and Urmston Town are also in the mix after a 4-2 win over Bury Ams as strikes from Danny Charlesworth. Arrey Tabetheo (two) and Akine Pinder took them 4-0 clear but Bury Amateurs showed their fighting spirit as a brace from Nathan Lightfoot kept them in the game.

Division Two

It’s tight at the top of Division Two with just four points separating the top five teams Dukinfield Athletic retained top spot after a nerve jangling 6-5 win over Stoconians. The victory keeps them a point clear of North Walkden who also had to work hard for a 6-4 win over Rochdalians Reserves.

Bedians and South Manchester Reserves played the top game in the division where Mike Spark and Recce Douglas gave Bedians an early two-goal advantage and gave them enough momentum to go on to a 4-2 win which moves them into fourth spot, two points behind South with two games in hand.

The other game in the division saw Hadfield Athletic keep up their recent hot streak of form as they cruised to a big win over Chorltonians Reserves.

Division Three

Chadderton Cott extended their lead at the top of Division Three to four points with a hardworking 2-0 win over Spurley Hey as second-placed Signol Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw by Chadderton Park.

Elton Lib Hargreaves had their biggest win of the season by 8-2 at Milton Reserves and Hooley Bridge Celtic are still looking for their first win as they drew 2-2 with Stoconians Reserves.

The other game saw Salford Victoria Reserves climb nearer to the safety of mid-table as they were impressive 6-3 winners hosting Aldermere.

Division A

Mellor 3rds missed the chance to draw level with Division A leaders non-playing AFC Stockport Sats as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Salford Storm.

Wythenshawe Wanderers were the hot shots in the division with a 10-3 win at Rochdale Galaxy to keep in the promotion chase, whilst Trafford United Reserves returned to winning ways with a 4-1 win at Moston Brook Reserves and AFC Oldham Reserves were emphatic 6-0 winners hosting Dukinfield Athletic Reserves.

Division B

Parrs Wood Celtic extended their lead at the top of Division B to nine points with an efficient 2-0 win over Bury Amateurs Reserves as their main rivals AFC Oldham Reserves drew 2-2 in a local derby at Chadderton Cott Reserves.

Moston Brook 3rds stay in third spot with a 4-0 win at Spurley Hey Reserves and Heaton Mersey and Chorltonians Athletic shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Division C

With the top two in Division C not in league action, Chadderton Park Reserves closed the gap on them with a fluent 6-1 win at Moston Brook 4ths.

Whalley Range Reserves were again in celebratory mode with a second successive win with a frantic 5-4 victory at Stoconians 4ths which moved them into mid-table.

Altrincham Hale are also settling into a winning mode as they won 2-1 over Bury Amateurs 3rds to move into the top half and the other game in the division saw Oldham Victoria Reserves cruise to a 5-2 win over Staly Lions.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 23.11.2019

Back to full action

After several weeks of dreadful weather causing massive numbers of postponements league and club officials were delighted to be able to enjoy a full programme of matches with plenty of domestic cup action.

Rhodes Cup

The Rhodes Cup was the dominant competition this weekend with 15 games played in our top league cup competition.

Premier Division leaders Whalley Range cruised into the next round with a very comfortable win over Heaton Mersey and the other Premier Division team joining them in the hat for the next round are South Manchester who enjoyed a rare clean sheet as they accounted for Moston Brook 3-0.

Mellor had to work hard for a close win by the odd goal in seven over an impressive Wythenshawe Wanderers and High Lane were given a good game before winning 4-2 over Old Stretfordians.

Division One leaders Radclyffe maintained their fine 100 per cent record with an emphatic 4-1 win over Division B leaders AFC Stockport with goals from Kyle Hardman (2), Paul Hardman and Joel Bestly, whilst Urmston Town accounted for Newton 3-1.

AFC Oldham maintained their excellent form in Division One as they beat Division Three side Spurley Hey 2-0.

Salford Storm belied their lowly status in Division B with a shock win at Chorltonians. The game ended at 1-1 but Storm won the penalty shoot-out by 5-4.

It also went to penalties at Bedians as they hosted fellow Division Two high-fliers North Walkden after the game ended in a thrilling 3-3 with North prevailing 5-4 in the shoot-out.

Division C newcomers Altrincham Hale have gained in confidence after a slow start in the league and they provided another giant-killing act as they drew 0-0 with Deans then won the shoot-out by 4-2

Hadfield Athletic kept up their recent good run as they eased to a 4-0 win over Oldham Victoria.

Chadderton Cott were too hot for Flixton Juniors to handle with a 7-0 cruise and in a local derby Signol Athletic emerged with a 3-2 win over Hillgate.

Swinton also moved through with a 3-1 win at Rochdale Galaxy.

Wray Cup

Limited action in the Wray Cup saw Hooley Bridge Celtic enjoy their first win of the season as they walloped Barr Hill 8-1 whilst Abacus Media Reserves provided a real upset as they beat Stoconians 3-1 to inflict the first defeat of the season on the division two high-fliers.

In the other Wray Cup match, Chadderton Park had few problems in a 7-0 win at Milton Reserves.

Whitehead Cup

Just one game in the Whitehead Cup and it provided an easy passage for Chadderton Cott Reserves who won their local derby with AFC Oldham Reserves by 7-1

Hellawell Shield

The Hellawell Shield saw Whalley Range Reserves celebrating hard and long after they put aside some dismal league form to beat Spurley Hey Reserves 5-3.

Old Stretfordians 3rds also went nap winning 5-3 at Stockport Warriors and there were few problems for Bury Ams A at Chadderton Park Reserves and Salford Storm Reserves at Govan Athletic as they both posted 3-0 wins.

Oldham Victoria Reserves and Staly Lions were deadlocked at 1-1 with the shoot-out seeing Victoria go through 4-2.

Premier Division

There was some top action in the Premier division as teams were looking to close the gap on Whalley Range.

The game of the day was a real thriller as Waterloo entertained reigning champions Rochdalians.

Rochdalians dominated much of the first half but were twice hit on the break with clinical finishes from Euan Malcolm and Rob Swallow giving Waterloo a 2-0 interval lead.

Rochdalians kept up their momentum in an excellent second-half of good football from both teams and after Adam Sweeney opened their account they drew level through Dave Devlin and they were denied victory in the last minute when Devlin just missed converting a fine cross with a draw being a fair result at the end of the day.

Salford Victoria were in good form as they accounted for Dom Doyle by 5-3 and the basement battle at Trafford United saw them secure their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw with Milton.

Division One

In Division One Irlam Tigers closed the gap on the top two with a 5-0 win over Signol Old Boys and Manchester Polonia moved into fourth spot with a comfortable 6-3 victory over Bury Amateurs.

Division Two

Just two games in division two with South Manchester Reserves pulling off a great derby win against Chorltonians Reserves to aside some recent defeats.

South were reduced to ten men for the bulk of the game after conceding an early penalty with a deliberate handball.

But they kept their nerve and showed their quality and fighting spirit with goals from Reece Taylor and Ross Bain netting after the break to give them three precious points and put them back in the title race.

The other game was also a close affair with Mellor Reserves winning a thriller by 3-1 at Dukinfield Athletic.

Division Three

Village Manchester and Salford Victoria Reserves played the only game in Division Three and they moved closer to the top two with a decisive 4-0 win.

Division A

In Division A Old Stretfordians Reserves kept up the pressure on leaders AFC Stockport Sats with a 5-0 derby win over Trafford United Reserves moving them to within six points of the leaders with two games in hand.

In the other game Waterloo Reserves won their local derby with Dukinfield Athletic Reserves by 3-0.

Division B

In Division B the only game was a mid-table affair won 3-0 by Moston Brook 3rds hosting Chorltonians Athletic.

Division C

Just one game in Division C where Stoconians 4ths had a comfortable 5-1 win over Moston Brook 4ths.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 16.11.2019

Waterloo Narrowly Lose Out in Semi-Final

At last some decent weather allowed a healthy fixture list in the L & C this week along with some County Cup action

County Cups

Manchester Challenge Trophy

In the second of the Manchester Challenge Trophy semi-finals, the L&C’s Waterloo took on Cheshire League side Denton Town and narrowly lost out 1-0, despite playing some excellent football throughout the whole match.

Manchester Amateur Cup

There was a high scoring all L&C clash in the Manchester Amateur Cup with Irlam Tigers winning 6-2 at home to Old Stretfordians Reserves.

League Action

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, with Waterloo on County Cup duty and Rochdalians without a match, Whalley Rang took the opportunity to open up six-point lead at the top with a 5-0 win away at Trafford United.

In the only other match in the division, South Manchester won a tight encounter with Milton 2-1.

Division One

In Division One, Radclyffe continued their high scoring run with an emphatic 7-0 victory at Swinton to maintained position in top spot. That’s sixteen goals in their last two fixtures for Radclyffe.

AFC Oldham continued the chase by beating mid table Signol Old Boys 3-1 followed closely by Chorltonians who won 4-2 at home to Moston Brook.

In the other matches in this division Manchester Polonia won 5-3 against Newton and Old Stretfordians won 4-2 at home to Moston Brook

Division Two

In matches at the top of Division Two saw leaders Dukinfield Athletic dropping points for the second week in a row by drawing 2-2 at home to fourth placed Bedians, whilst North Walkden took the opportunity to close the gap and move into second spot thanks to a 3-1 win against Santos.

The other matches in this division saw Stoconians win 5-1 at home to Chorltonians Reserves and Mellor Reserves take a 3-1 win away at Barr Hill Reserves.

Division Three

In Division Three, leaders Signol Athletic maintained their top spot with a 7-2 win at home to Stoconians Reserves, but the chasing pack are hot on their heels as Chadderton Cott convincingly won 9-4 at Denton Town Reserves and Village Manchester maintained their good form with a 5-1 win away at Milton Reserves.

There were two other matches in this division where Abacus Media Reserves won 5-1 at home against Spurley Hey and Chadderton Park won 6-1 away at Elton Lib Hargreaves.

Division A

In Division A, AFC Stockport maintained their top spot with a 4-0 win away at Moston Brook Reserves and Mellor 3rds kept up the chase with 3-1 wain at home to Trafford United Reserves.
With Old Stretfordians Reserves away on County Cup duty Wythenshawe Wanderers took the opportunity to got joint third with a 2-1 win over AFC Oldham.

In the other matches Salford Storm and Waterloo Reserves shared the points in 4-4 draw and Deans took all the points with a 3-2 win over Rochdale Galaxy.

Division B

In Division B, surprising result of the day was division leaders Parrs Wood Celtic only managing a 2-2 draw away at mid table Chorltonians Athletic. AFC Oldham 3rds maintained their pursuit of the leaders with a 4-1 win at home to lowly Stoconians 3rds whilst third placed Old Stretfordians 3rds continued to put the pressure on with a convincing 7-2 win at Spurley Hey Reserves.

In the mid table clashes, Flixton Juniors took all of the points with a 2-1 win at Bury Amateurs Reserves, Hillgate won 4-2 at home to Moston Brook 3rds and Heaton Mersey shared the pints with Chadderton Cott Reserves in a 3-3 draw.

Division C

In Division C with three of the top four not in action this weekend, Irlam Tiger Rangers seized the moment to up to joint top with an emphatic 10-1 victory at bottom club Moston Brook 4ths.

There were two other matches in this division Altrincham Hale losing 1-0 at home to Govan Athletic ‘A’ and AFC Stockport Warriors winning 5-1 away at Staly Lions.

Graham Ellis