Three league teams make requests for friendlies

The season is beginning to wind down, and several teams are coming to the end of their league fixtures. But three – South Manchester Reserves, Whalley Range and Govan Athletic A – are on the hunt for friendly action. All three have issued the following requests:

South Manchester Reserves have a free weekend and are looking for a friendly this Saturday 9th March. They are happy to play either at their ground or away. If any clubs are interested please contact Mark Chadwick mtchadwick@hotmail.co.uk  on 07980 005492.

Whalley Range – their Division C team has now fulfilled its league fixtures and are looking for extra games, and can use their home pitch. For more information, contact Colin Glendon clinglendon@yahoo.co.uk 07746 216087.

Govan Athletic A are looking for a friendly game on the 16th March.  Govan are happy to provide and pay for the pitch if the opposition can pay for the referee. James Stokes Club Secretary stokiejoe22@gmail.com 07411733406

Weekly update for all L&C AFL Club Secretaries

For all Club Secretaries and the League Committee, the following advice has been issued for upcoming pitch bookings, as well as information about forthcoming fixtures.

  1. Contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk with any issues or for assistance with 3G/4G bookings. Postponed matches are being rescheduled as soon as practical, so check February fixtures which are altered.
  2. We appreciate club’s efforts to move matches to 3G/4G. If you do, please inform Malcolm and Brian to ensure Full Time is updated with the pitch details. To assist clubs in finding 3G/4G pitches, a list was issued on the 7th Feb.
  3. The first semi-final in the Wray Cup has been scheduled for 2nd March, between Village Manchester and Chadderton Park 1st, at Astley Sports Village, Dukinfield.
  4. Abacus Media are in the Manchester FA Saturday Challenge Trophy final on Friday 22nd February, kick off 7.30pm, venue Hyde United FC, and now Parrswood Celtic are to be congratulated for reaching the final of the Manchester Amateur cup.
  5. The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L&C AFL. A special presentation evening is being planned for the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! More details will follow as plans develop.

L and C AFL weekly instructions for Club secretaries

This week’s important information for all Club secretaries and the league committee                      

  1. Contact fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk with any issues or for assistance with 3/4G bookings. Postponed matches are being rescheduled as soon as practical, so check February fixtures which are altered.
  2. We appreciate club’s efforts to move matches to 3/4G. If you do, please inform Malcolm and Brian to ensure Full Time is updated with the pitch details. To assist clubs in finding 3g/4G pitches a list was issued on the 7th Feb.
  3. Also for postponed fixtures please ensure an email is sent asap to Brian Davies, Malcolm and Joe Perselli as well as informing the referee and opposition.
  4. Abacus Media are in the Manchester FA Saturday Challenge Trophy final on Friday 22nd February, kick off 7.30pm. The venue is at Hyde United FC. Best of luck to both!
  5. The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL. A special presentation evening is being planned for the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! More details will follow as plans develop.
  6. Mike Jones, secretary of Stoconians is away from 4th – 18th Feb, the contact is Chris Millward 07487646355.
  7. Brian Davies is away between 8th -17th Feb. During this time, please contact the relevant committee member. If in doubt Graham Ellis on 07790 567259 can help.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL weekly update

Instructions for all club secretaries and league committee

Following the weekend’s action, we have outlined procedures for issues regarding pitch bookings, contact information, and warnings if ref marks are not sent by all football clubs.

  • Contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk with any issues or for assistance with 3/4G bookings. Postponed matches are being rescheduled as soon as practical, so check February fixtures which are altered.
  • We appreciate club’s efforts to move matches to 3/4G. If you do, please inform Malcolm and Brian Davies to ensure Full Time is updated with the pitch details.
  • Also for postponed fixtures please ensure an email is sent asap to Brian (secretary@landc.org.uk), Malcolm and Joe Perselli as well as informing the referee and opposition.
  • Whalley Range have requested their Reserves are removed from the league due to disciplinary problems, and have been expunged from division 2.
  • Refs marks and stats are still missing. Clubs are being contacted individually now. Fines will continue until ALL results from the beginning of the season are updated.
  • A reminder for home club secretaries – you are required to confirm matches with both the referee and the opposition in a phone call by Wednesday. If you wish, back it up in writing, but the phone call discussion is in the rules, and must take place.
  • Abacus Media are in the final Manchester FA Challenge Cup on Friday 22nd February at 7.30pm. Venue and further details TBC.
  • The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL. A special presentation evening is being planned for the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! More details will follow as plans develop.
  • Mike Jones, secretary of Stoconians is away from 4th – 18th Feb, the contact is Chris Millward 07487646355.
  • Brian Davies is away 8th -17th Feb. In his absence, please contact the relevant committee member or, if in doubt, Graham Ellis on 07790 567259 can help.

Village Manchester edge penalty shootout to reach League cup quarter final

VILLAGE Manchester again put aside their indifferent league form in Division Three to make their second League Cup quarter final.

They pulled off one of the giant-killing wins of the year recently in the Rhodes Cup beating Premier Division high-flyers Waterloo to reach the quarter finals where they will visit another top Premier team in Salford Vics.

They made it two quarter-finals to enjoy after another thriller with fellow Division Three side Stoconians seconds which went to a penalty shoot out.

The teams shared six goals in an end-to-end nerve jangler but Village ultimately kept their cool with a 4-1 shoot-out win to earn a home tie against Rochdalians’ seconds in the last eight.

In the Premier Division long-time leaders Rochdalians took advantage of Whalley Range being without a game to go back on top with a narrow 2-1 win at in-form Mellor.

Rochdalians are now a point clear of Range with two games in hand to keep the title contest in their own hands.

Salford Vics are in third place after beating Trafford United 3-2 in an extremely entertaining encounter.

In the first half Vics twice took the lead and twice Trafford came back to equalise.

Vics made it 3-2 half way through the second half and despite chances at both ends, there were no further goals.

Dale McAndrew was the star for Vics, netting a brace, while Ben Green took advantage of the wind to score directly from a corner to complete the scoring for the victors.

South Manchester stay in the top flight after another entertaining game at Milton where they won 4-3 courtesy of goals from Cassius Murray, Paul Sunderland and Keifer Greig.

Elsewhere, High Lane had to work hard for a narrow 2-1 win over Old Ashtonians and Abacus Media kept Old Stretfordians in the relegation scrap with a 3-1 victory which took them above Strets.

Division One

The game of the day in Division One saw Parrs Wood Celtic keep up their chase of leaders Dom Doyle with an efficient 2-0 win over fellow promotion hunters Irlam Tigers.

The leaders kept up their unbeaten record with a 4-2 win over a hard-working Moston Brook and Chorltonians moved into third spot as Aaron Rodger, Dan Slack and Jonathan Marshall struck for a 3-2 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic.

At the other end of the table Oldham Vics emerged as the breathless winners by 6-5 over Stoconians and there were wins for Bury Ams by 3-0 at Didsbury and Swinton by 3-2 at AFC Oldham.

Division Two is the tightest in the league with all to play for in the battle for top spot

Manchester Polonia stay on top after a 2-1 win at Bedians.

Lukasz Ziabkao gave Polonia the lead before Bedians drew level through Dom Breed, but Polonia had the last word with the winner.

Newton were held to a 1-1 draw at South Manchester seconds and were made to rue several missed chances as a thunderbolt from Anthony Glover gave South the lead.

Newton hit back two minutes later with a fine header from Matty Harrop with neither side then able to add to their tally.

Whalley Range seconds are hot on the heels of the top two win a clinical 3-0 derby win over Chorltonians seconds coming via strikes from Dylan Malone (two) and Ash Green.

Urmston Town are in fourth place after being held to a 1-1 draw at Mellor seconds and Hollingworth are also in touch after a 4-2 win over Santos.

Jack Tilgan gave Hollingworth the lead on 23 minutes but Santos drew level on 48 minutes with a spot kick from Jonny Harrison.

Hollingworth then took control as George Woods, Jonny Pariguax and Phil Whiteman netted with Harrison adding a late and deserving consolation for Santos.

The other game in the division ended in honours even with Rochdalians seconds and Spurley Hey sharing two goals.

Division Three

Dukinfield Athletic stay firmly in control of Division Three as a 5-2 win over Chadderton Park extended their lead to eight points over Stoconians seconds who were in cup action.

But Radclyffe continue to haunt Dukinfield as a 6-0 win over Heaton Mersey has them ten points behind but with five games in hand over the leaders.

Mid-table action saw Abacus Media seconds win their local derby with Milton seconds and Mellor thirds won 2-1 at Aldermere.

There was an upset in Division A as Unicorn Athletic’s good start to 2019 carried on with a battling win at top of the table Elton Lib Hargreaves.

Two early goals from James Newton and Ben McKie gave the young Unicorn team some confidence and they played some great football on a sticky pitch.

Elton grabbed a penalty lifeline just before the break and started the second half on the front foot before a great team goal was tucked away for Ben McKie’s second.

A great header reduced the arrears and Unicorn had to defend valiantly but managed to hang on for the three points and inflict the first league defeat of the season on their opponents.

Trafford United seconds enjoyed a 4-2 win over Dukinfield Athletic seconds in a sporting contest, Moston Brook seconds were 3-0 winners at Spurley Hey seconds and Flixton scored the only goal of their game against Chorltonians Villa.

The other game in the division was a 1-1 deadlock between Signol Athletic seconds and AFC Oldham seconds.

In Division B, AFC Stockport took advantage of title rivals Chadderton Cott seconds being in cup action as they cruised to a 7-1 win over Hooley Bridge Celtic as their title rival Old Stretfordians seconds and Parrs Wood Celtic seconds both lost to go three points clear at the top of the table.

Celtic were beaten 2-1 by AFC Oldham seconds and Strets lost to the only goal of their game at Bury Ams seconds.

Hillgate kept up their recent good run with a 5-2 win over Staly Lions and Chorltonians Athletic had Anthony Hardy and Nathan Henry netting in a tight 2-1 win over Didsbury and another close contest ended in a 3-2 win for Moston Brook thirds over Stoconians thirds.

Deans continued their remorseless progress to the Division C title with a big 8-0 win at Whalley Range thirds.

All credit to Range for a battling second half after being 6-0 down at the break to restrict Deans to two second half goals.

Deans are now nine points clear of Old Strets thirds who lost 2-1 at Irlam Tigers seconds and Chadderton Park seconds closed on Strets with a 4-2 win over Hollingworth seconds.

A thriller at Chorltonians Albion was decided by a last-minute strike from Oscar Lynch to give them a 3-2 win over Govan Athletic and also on target for Albion were Conor Carlin and Saad Abdullah.

Stoconians fourths were celebrating hard and long with a 4-2 win at Moston Brook fourths keeping them level on points with Albion at the foot of the table.