New competition off to a thrilling start

THE L & C AFL resumed competitive action in the revised cup competitions on a day marked by tribute to Prince Philip and enduring four seasons of weather on a memorable day.

The snow showers caused the postponement of some games, while others enjoyed wall-to-wall sunshine and superb playing surfaces.

Rhodes Cup holders Salford Vics began their defence of the trophy with a tough group game at South Manchester and the pre-match tribute to Prince Philip saw the Rhodes Cup paraded by league chairman Mike Yates.

The game was a real thriller between two excellent teams and South went ahead through Nathan O’Hara and it was a terrific end-to-end game after that with South edging it 3-2 with strikes from Cassius Clay and club legend Tufail Baloch to put them in the driving seat in their group.

The other game played in the group saw Urmston Town JFC beat Dukinfield Athletic 3-1.

In Group B there were three decisive victories for Rochdalians by 5-2 over Newton, Dom Doyle by 4-2 over Irlam Tigers and Bury Ams by 3-0 over Trafford United to set up some vital games in the week to come.

In Group A Abacus Media took the lead with a thundering 20-yarder from Jack Aubrey but recent cup winners High Lane came back strongly to win 3-1.

The other two games ended at 2-2 between Stretford Paddock and Manchester Polonia and North Walkden and Signol OB.

In the final group Moston Brook showed why they are top of Division One with a clinical 3-0 win over Premier side AFC Oldham, De la Salle repeated this by toppling Lancashire Cup finalists Milton 2-1 and Didsbury won a thriller with Hadfield by the same score.

The Wray Cup features teams from Divisions Two and Three.

In Group C Aldermere from division three pulled off a 2-1 local derby win over Division Two high-flyers Old Stretfordians. Shaw Athletic had few problems in a 7-0 win over Hooley Bridge Celtic and Woodhouses had early strikes from Michael Shepherd (two) and Dom Abrahams to thank for sending them on the way to a comfortable 3-1 win over Santos.

Bedians and South Manchester reserves battled out a 3-3 thriller with Reece Horan and Chris Lynch supplying the South strikes backed by some fine goalkeeping from Jerome Tait.

Joe Mensah and a penalty from Kayy Jayy kept Bedians in touch and they grabbed a deserved point with a last-minute rocket from Chris Heywood.

Wythenshawe Wanderers were always in control against Stoconians with a first-half brace from Michael Sherrington setting them off to a 4-2 victory.

Action in Group B saw Signol Athletic JFC score the only goal of their game with Elton Lib Hargreaves and Salford Vics reserves and Village Manchester shared four goals.

Sale Ams showed their intent with a dominant 4-1 win over Didsbury reserves

Just one result in Group D with Mellor reserves and Stretford Paddock reserves locked at 3-3.

The Whitehead Cup sees teams from Divisions A and B in action and there were plenty of goals led by Flixton JFC in Group A with a 7-0 cruise over Chadderton Park.

Deans eased to a 5-1 win over Bury Ams reserves and AFC Stockport also went nap beating Trafford United reserves 5-2.

Just two games in Group B with Mellor thirds losing 2-1 to Chadderton Cott, a scoreline matched by Parrs Wood Celtic at Spurley Hey. 

In Group C Heaton Mersey also had their shooting boots on as they won 5-3 at Old Strets reserves and Irlam Tiger Rangers won 3-1 hosting Moston Brook thirds. The group was completed by Salford Albion winning 2-1 at Aldermere reserves.

In Group D Hillgate led the way with a 4-1 victory over Milton reserves and Kartel were also hot in a 5-3 win at Salford Storm and AFC Oldham reserves kept an immaculate clean sheet beating Moston Brook thirds 2-0.

Finally in Divisions C and D, the battle commenced for the Hellawell Shield and the top score of 7-0 was posted by Greater Manchester FC against Stoconians fourths in Group D, with the other new boys FC Bury Aces also winning 3-1 over Staly Lions.

In Group A Shaw Athletic reserves beat Stoconians thirds 4-2 and Irlam Tigers thirds beat Deans reserves 3-1

There were close encounters in group B with Bury Ams third winning 2-1 over Govan Athletic and Salford Storm reserves emerged with a breathless 4-3 victory at Moston Brook fourths. There was a rare goalless draw in Group C between Altrincham Hale and Urmston Town Vale, Whalley Range enjoyed a 2-1 win over Spurley Hey reserves and Radclyffe reserves completed a busy day with a 4-1 victory at Village Manchester reserves.

Exciting return to action

IT proved to be a great return to action in the eight divisions of the L & C as great work by the management committee and clubs saw a full day of action in a rescheduled league programme.

With the season seeing an end to divisional competitions the revised programme saw most of the league’s team enjoying getting back into action with no points at stake but just a good friendly preparation for the planned exciting end to the season with the four revised cup competitions scheduled to start next weekend with plenty of frantic action on the pitch.

It also gave clubs the chance to hone their administrative skills in preparation for the games to come.

The day was blessed with sunny weather, and pitches in excellent condition and the players responded with a real goal fest throughout the divisions.

L & C chairman Mike Yates, who along with other committee members, was able to visit several grounds during a busy day said: “It was great to see the joy come back with so many people delighted to be back in action with big smiles on their faces.

“It certainly augers well for terrific cup action over the next few weeks and my congratulations go the clubs and their players for putting on a superb show in their approach to the game we all love.”

In the Premier Division South Manchester were the hotshots with a big 8-4 win at High Lane and Rhodes Cup holders Salford Vics enjoyed an efficient 3-1 win over Irlam Tigers, a score matched by Milton at Radclyffe.

The other games saw Abacus Media and Dom Doyle both win 4-3 against Manchester Polonia and AFC Oldham.

There were some close contests in Division One with the top game seeing Didsbury and Stretford Paddock battle out a great contest with a late strike from Paddock easing them home 2-1.

Dukinfield Athletic scored the only goal of their game at Urmston Town and Hadfield Athletic kept an immaculate clean sheet in a 2-0 win at Bury Ams.

Signol OB and Newton shared four goals and it was also close as Trafford United beat table-topping Moston Brook 3-2 with North Walkden winning by the same margin in their local derby at De La Salle Reds.

In Division Two Stoconians cruised to a 5-1 win over Salford Vics reserves and Chadderton Cott won 3-1 at Chadderton Park. League leaders Old Stretfordians lost a close contest by 2-2 to Signol JFC and a super team goal sealed a 3-2 win for Parrs Wood Celtic at Bedians and South Manchester reserves made it a good day for the club beating Shaw Athletic 2-1.

There was fine game at Village Manchester as they entertained Hattersley in Division Three

Dionyoion Klaoudatos and Matthew Hodgson (two) netted for Village before the break with Declann Ince replying for Hattersley who made it 3-2 early in the second half.

Then Village upped their game with a penalty and a clinical finish but were indebted to their keeper for a string of good saves to preserve their lead.

Aldermere were on fire at Didsbury reserves with James Greyson, Jono Greyson, Joe Murphy and Callum Blades on target in a 6-0 cruise.

Abacus Media reserves were too hot to handle as they won 7-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic.

Plenty of drama at Wythenshawe Wanderers as they beat Woodhouses JFC 6-5, Sale Amateurs shared six goals with Stoconians reserves and Stretford Paddock reserves and Elton Lib Hargreaves were deadlocked at 1-1.

In Division A Irlam Tigers Rangers led the way with a comfortable 6-0  win over AFC Oldham reserves.

Salford Albion beat Moston Brook reserves 3-2, Dukinfield Ams reserves triumphed 3-1 over Bury Ams reserves, Hillgate won 2-0 at Chadderton Cott reserves and Flixton Juniors enjoyed a close 3-2 win over Spurley Hey. The only goalless game of the day was between Aldermere reserves and Heaton Mersey.

Goals galore in Division C led by Radclyffe reserves with a double-figure haul against Stoconians thirds and Altrincham Hale with a nap-hand against Bury Ams thirds.

Salford Storm had a comfortable 4-1 win over Staly Lions , a score matched by AFC Stockport Warriors at Govan Athletic and Village Manchester reserves were 3-1 victors at Oldham Vics reserves.

Closer in Division D with Irlam Tigers winning 3-1 against Whalley Range while Urmston Town had to work hard for a 1-0 win at Spurley Hey reserves and Rochdale Galaxy shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Shaw Athletic reserves.

Top four in Division One separated by a point

The final round of fixtures before Christmas produced exciting games across all eight divisions.

The competition at the top of Division One is highlighted by the fact that the top four are separated by one point.

Stretford Paddock had a comfortable midweek win over Trafford United to join Moston Brook at the top but they were overtaken by Brook who had to work hard for a point in a 3-3 deadlock at Didsbury.

Just a point behind Brook are De La Salle Reds who had a close 3-2 win over Newton and Hadfield Athletic who won by the same score at Signol OB.

Urmston Town trailed by 3-1 hosting North Walkden but showed their fighting spirit as they came back to draw 4-4.

Wild celebrations for Dukinfield Athletic who picked up their first win of the season with a fine 4-2 victory at Bury Ams.

Premier Division runaway leaders Mellor were denied a fixture as they look to continue their 100 per cent record allowing the chasing pack to close Mellor’s lead to a single point.

Salford Vics moved into second spot on goal difference ending a recent losing sequence with a thrilling 3-2 win over Dom Doyle.

It was a great game which was end-to-end for virtually the full 90 minutes.

Goals from Luke Norris, Joe Axon and a penalty from Josh Lawman gave Salford Vics a 3-2 win over an excellent Dom Doyle team, and provided one of the best games of amateur football ever seen by Vics legend Chris Carney, ably refereed by Chris Denis.

Another thriller at Irlam Tigers saw them share six goals with AFC Oldham who kept in touch at the top, level on points with Salford Vics. However, league leaders Mellor still have plenty of vital games in hand over their nearest rivals.

Reigning champions Rochdalians ended their recent lean spell with a comfortable 4-1 win at Radclyffe and Abacus Media also enjoyed a convincing 5-2 derby win at Milton to stay in fourth spot.

There were more close encounters in Division Two with top team Old Stretfordians staying a point clear after a nerve-jangling 2-1 win over close rivals Shaw Athletic.

Signol Athletic JFC stay in second place after a clinical 2-0 win at Oldham Vics.

Bedians scored the only goal of their derby game against South Manchester reserves and the tight nature of the division was reflected in a 3-2 win for Stoconians against Santos.

Just three points separate the top four teams in an action packed Division Three and Hattersley lead on goal difference from Sale Ams after a 4-2 win over Village Manchester

Sale edged a 4-3 win over Stretford Paddock reserves and Wythenshawe Wanderers are firmly in the mix with a 2-0 win over Didsbury reserves.

This took them above Aldermere who went down 3-1 at Woodhouses JFC.

There was also a thriller at Elton Lib Hargreaves as they shared six goals with Hooley Bridge Celtic.

The other game saw Stoconians seconds beat Abacus Media seconds by 5-2.

Non-playing Division A leaders Kartel dropped back into third spot in division A being overtaken by AFC Stockport who enjoyed an emphatic 4-1 win over Milton reserves, while AFC Oldham reserves recorded an even more emphatic win by thrashing Old Strets reserves 5-1.

The other games in the division saw Moston Brook reserves win 3-0 at Trafford United reserves and Deans Youth shared eight goals with Chadderton Park.

The only game without goals on the day was at Division B leaders Aldermere reserves who were held 0-0 by AFC Oldham thirds allowing Flixton JFC to close the gap at the top to a point after a thumping 6-1 win over Dukinfield Athletic reserves.

Heaton Mersey are on a superb run of form and kept up the pace with a comfortable 4-1 win over Bury Ams reserves to stay in touch with the top two.

A mid-table tussle saw Chadderton Cott defeat Moston Brook thirds and the other two games were deadlocked as Hillgate drew 2-2 with Irlam Tiger Rangers and Salford Albion shared eight goals with Spurley Hey.

AFC Stockport Warriors stay in firm control of Division C after easing to a 5-2 win over Salford Storm reserves to stay six points clear of the next four teams in the division.

Radclyffe reserves lead the quartet on goal difference which was enhanced by a 4-0 win over Bury Ams thirds and next up are Altrincham Hale who had Rick Veight and Leigh Thomas to thank for cancelling out an own goal in a 2-1 win at Village Manchester reserves.

Govan Athletic showed plenty of grit as they held Staly Lions to a 3-3 draw but basement team Didsbury thirds found Stoconians thirds too hot to handle in a 4-1 defeat.

Irlam Tigers moved four points clear at the top of a goals-filled Division D with main rivals Urmston Town Vale without a game as they beat FC Bury Aces 5-3.

Shaw Athletic reserves recorded the highest score of the day with a 9-2 derby humbling of Chadderton Park Reserves.

Whalley Range found their shooting boots to record their first win of the season by beating Stoconians fourths 6-3.

AFC Oldham close the gap at the top

ONCE more, heavy rain reduced a full fixture programme of league fixtures but the use of artificial pitches saw the bulk of games completed.

Runaway Premier Division leaders Mellor were without a game giving the chasing pack a chance to reduce their big lead at the top of the table.

Newly-promoted AFC Oldham closed the gap to two points with an efficient 3-1 win at Abacus Media but Mellor still have a game in hand over their nearest rivals.

Salford Vics suffered a second successive defeat by 3-1 at Manchester Polonia but stay in third spot.

Dom Doyle’s new-look team are beginning to get into their stride and were deserving 4-1 winners over Radclyffe with Ryan Waterhouse and Danny Hugo (two) finding the back of the net to move their team into fifth place.

It was close in the other two games with Rochdalians sharing six goals in their local derby with Milton.

The game between South Manchester and Irlam Tigers was typical of the tight and competitive nature of the division in an exciting end-to-end contest.

South led at the break with a penalty converted by Jay Rushton but a spot kick for the Tigers after the break drew them level.

The match was decided in the dying moments as a superb team move by South was rounded off in terrific style by Shabir Ali to secure victory.

Division One is even more competitive and the top two met for the second week in succession in another very tight contest at Moston Brook.

The previous game had seen De La Salle score the only goal of a very keen encounter and again it was another cliff-hanger with just one goal scored.

This time it was Moston Brook who enjoyed victory thanks to a clinical strike from Marshall Roberts to take them three points clear of their rivals who have two games in hand on the leaders.

Hadfield Athletic were delighted to resume action and enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 win over Bury Ams to move into third spot, with plenty of games in hand.

The other game was another thriller with Dukinfield Athletic still looking for their first win of the season after losing out by the odd goal in seven to Signol OB.

There were plenty of goals in an action-packed Division Two with leaders Old Stretfordians maintaining a slender one-point lead with a comfortable 3-0 win over South Manchester Reserves.

Hot on their heels are Signol Athletic JFC who outclassed local rivals Mellor Reserves in a 4-1 victory.

Shaw Athletic kept in the hunt with a 3-1 win over Santos as did Chadderton Cott with a resounding 6-2 win over Rochdalians reserves.

A pulsating game at Salford Vics Reserves saw them share eight goals with Oldham Vics.

Just three points separate the top five teams in Division Three with three of them locked at the top on 18 points after a goal-fest in the division.

Hattersley lead on goal difference after delivering a ruthless 8-1 demolition job at Hooley Bridge Celtic.

Sale Amateurs also had their shooting boots on in a 6-3 victory at Didsbury Reserves to stay second place over local Trafford rivals Aldermere who had to work hard for a 2-1 win over Elton Lib Hargreaves.

Village Manchester are also firmly in the race for the title after an excellent game with Abacus Media reserves saw them triumph 5-1, inspired by Steve Curtis who netted his second goal in his 11 years at the club.

Plenty of goals too at Wythenshawe Wanderers who stay in a very handy fifth place after winning a breathless encounter with Stoconians reserves 5-4.

The race for top spot in Division A is intensifying, as leaders Kartel were held to a 2-2 draw at Trafford United reserves and second-placed AFC Stockport were beaten 5-2 by Salford Storm.

AFC Oldham reserves moved on the heels of the top two after a hard-earned 3-2 win over Deans.

The other games in the division saw Milton reserves defeat Old Strets reserves 3-1 and Chadderton Park were 4-2 victors at Mellor thirds.

There was an upset too in Division B as leaders Aldermere reserves were beaten 3-1 at an in-form Heaton Mersey.

There were 2-0 wins for Hillgate hosting Moston Brook thirds and Chadderton Cott against Spurley Hey and the other game ended deadlocked at 1-1 between Irlam Tiger Rangers and Dukinfield Atletic reserves.

Division C saw goals galore with AFC Stockport Warriors keeping on top of the table with a comfortable 6-0 win over Didsbury thirds.

Salford Storm reserves stay in second place despite a shock 8-1 thrashing by Radclyffe reserves – and Staly Lions defeated Oldham Vics reserves by the same scoreline.

Altrincham Hale hit eight of their own in an 8-3 destruction of Stoconions.

All the top teams in Division D were out of action and the only two games played saw Greater Manchester keep an immaculate clean sheet in a 3-0 win at Chadderton Park reserves and Moston Brook fourths drew 2-2 wih Spurley Hey reserves.

Mellor maintain perfect record as league action resumes

THE league were delighted to return to competitive action in bright sunshine following snow and heavy rain on the previous day which threatened to cause mass postponements.

The top game of the day saw Premier Division leaders Mellor host reigning champions Rochdalians in an excellent encounter well refereed by Craig Woodhead.

Mellor had a perfect record going into the match and soon settled their nerves with a 20-yard volley from Jack Stringer, quickly followed by a cool penalty from the ageless Dave Whelan taking them to an early 2-0 lead.

It was even-steven for the rest of the first half but the young, pacy Mellor attack always looked dangerous with the Rochdalians keeper making some outstanding saves.

Mellor took control after the break as they doubled their lead with a free-kick from Cameron Coup and a penalty converted by Joe Dalby.

Jack Stringer added his second and Louis Isaacs made it 6-0 before Rochdalians bagged a late consolation.

The victory took Mellor four points clear at the top with a game in hand as second-placed Salford Vics lost out 4-2 at Irlam Tigers and AFC Oldham moved into third spot with a 3-1 derby win at Radclyffe..

The other games in the division saw Dom Doyle beat South Manchester 3-1 to move level with them in mid-table and there was a welcome second win of the season for Manchester Polonia at Milton.

It’s much closer at the top of Division One with three teams locked on 13 points and De La Salle Reds are the new leaders after winning a tight game with Moston Brook as they scored to only goal of an occasionally feisty game well controlled by referee John Melia to draw level with non-playing Stretford Paddock.

Bury Ams missed a chance to join the top three as they were held by Didsbury in an entertaining 4-4 deadlock.

The closeness in the division was reflected in the other two games with Urmston Town winning 3-2 at Dukinfield Athletic while Trafford United and Signol Athletic shared four goals.

Old Stretfordians and Signol JFC are flying high at the top of Division Two with Signol posting a big 8-2 demolition of South Manchester seconds to stay a point behind Strets who were also impressive in a 5-2 victory over Chadderton Cott.

Bedians looked good in a 4-2 win over Shaw Athletic and the other games saw Oldham Vics beat Mellor reserves 1-0 while Santos recorded their first win of the season by defeating Salford Vics reserves 3-1.

Division Three is providing a thrilling spectacle, with three teams locked on 15 points led by Sale Amateurs who were out of league action winning their Altrincham FA cup match against their own second team by 4-1 to gain club bragging rights.

Hattersley joined them and non-playing Aldemere at the top after edging Elton Lib Hargreaves 3-2.

Viilage Manchester are poised behind the top three after a good team performance saw them beat Woodhouses by 3-0.

A great team goal was finished superbly by George Mourdoukoutas put Village ahead at the break and Matt Hodgson doubled the lead on 55 minutes before a late strike added gloss to the scoreline.

Wythenshawe Wanderers are also well placed after a 3-1 win over Abacus Media reserves.

Hooley Bridge Celtic were able to celebrate their second win of the season by 2-1 at Didsbury reserves and Stretford Paddock reserves were in seventh heaven with a resounding 7-2 win at Stoconians reserves.

There was nothing to separate the top two in Division A as AFC Stockport and Kartel drew 1-1 to stay level on 14 points and move four points clear as Moston Brook reserves were beaten 3-1 by Mellor thirds.

AFC Oldham reserves drew level with Brook after winning 2-1 in a close encounter with Parrs Wood Celtic and the tight nature of the division was reflected in a 2-2 draw between Chadderton Park and Trafford United reserves.

Aldermere reserves saw their big lead at the top of Division B reduced to four points  as they were beaten 3-2 by Irlam Tiger Rangers, which gave local rivals Flixton JFC to close the gap and they duly did with a routine 2-0 victory over Chadderton Cott reserves.  

Also in the chasing pack are Salford Albion, who recorded a 6-0 win over Bury Ams reserves, and Moston Brook thirds who beat Spurley by the odd goal in three.

Heaton Mersey won their local derby by 4-2 over Hillgate and the other game in the division saw AFC Oldham thirds and Dukinfield Athletic reserves share four goals.

Just a point separates the top three in Division C with AFC Stockport Warriors moving into top spot on goal difference from non-playing Salford Storm reserves after a convincing 6-1 win at Oldham Vics reserves and a confident 4-0 victory by Bury Ams thirds at Govan Athletic keeps them a point behind the top two.

There was also a six-hit for Stoconians thirds over Staly Lions and Altrincham Hale shared two goals with Didsbury thirds.

Irlam Tigers A team made it a great day for the club as a 4-2 win over Deans reserves keeps them a point clear at the top of Division D from Urmston Town Vale who had to work hard for a 3-2 win over Whalley Range reserves.

Spurley Hey’s new reserve team were the top scorers in the league on the day with a 9-1 thumping of Chadderton Park reserves and also in the goals were Moston Brook fourths who hammered Stoconians fourths 5-2.

Greater Manchester Football Club suffered their first defeat of the season – a 4-1 loss at the hands of Shaw Athletic reserves who were boosted by an early strike from Owen Shaughnessy.

Tight at the top of Division One and Two

League and club officials put in a great stint of hard work and sensible initiatives to keep most of the league programme in operation despite some awful weather in the week before and growing Covid restrictions.

Results this weekend have made it extremely tight at the top of the second and third divisions.

Mellor maintained their perfect record as they posted their fifth league win of the season by 4-2 at Lancashire Amateur Cup finalists Milton to keep clear at the top of the Premier Division.

Salford Vics stay a point behind Mellor, who have played a game less, with a hard-earned 3-2 win at Dom Doyle.

Abacus Media keep on the heels of the top two after a resounding 7-0 win at Manchester Polonia and the mid-table game at Radclyffe had the home team winning 5-3 against Irlam Tigers.

The unpredictable nature of Division One was underlined after leaders Moston Brook were defeated 2-1 at home to Bury Ams, which means the top five are separated by three points.

Stretford Paddock took full advantage of that slip-up by edging a seven-goal thriller at Urmston Town to go level on points with Moston Brook at the summit.

North Walkden showed their title intent with a convincing 5-0 win over Signol OB and they are four points adrift of the top two with three games in hand.

The local derby at Dukinfield Athletic saw the home team secure their second point of the season in a 2-2 draw with Newton.

Division Two looks even more competitive, with just a point between the top four teams.

Long-time leaders Old Stretfordians were held 1-1 at Salford Vics reserves and with Shaw Athletic and Chadderton Cott not in action, Signol Athletic JFC drew level with them after an emphatic 6-1 over Rochdalians reserves.

The game of the day was at Oldham Vics in their local derby with Santos that saw an amazing 15 goals in the back of the net with Vics managing one more than Santos.

There was also an entertaining encounter at Bedians where the home team and Mellor reserves enjoyed an immaculate playing surface.

There as a strong end-to-end wind and Bedians took advantage to lead 1-0 at the break with a clinical strike from Abdi Rashid.

Then it was Mellor’s turn to use the wind to good effect as they quickly drew level with goals from George Mitchell and Graham Stringer that spurred them onto a 4-2 victory.

Trafford rivals Sale Amateurs and Aldermere are locked on 15 points at the top of Division Three and they both had comfortable victories with Sale winning 4-2 at Abacus Media reserves and Aldermere inflicted the first defeat of the season on Hattersley by 5-2.

Wythenshawe Wanderers are also on a good run of form as they kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 win over Stretford Paddock reserves.

The other game in the division saw Woodhouses enjoy their second victory of the season by 3-1 at Elton Lib Hargreaves.

AFC Stockport’s game was postponed, and in their absence, Kartel Sports took three points by edging high-flying Moston Brook reserves 2-1 to move top of Division A with a game in hand too.

Chadderton Park reserves eased to a 4-1 win over Milton reserves and Trafford United reserves were celebrating after their first win of the season by 5-3 in an entertaining game at AFC Oldham reserves.

It was also tight in the other game in the division with Old Stretfordians reserves winning 2-1 against Parrs Wood Celtic.

The game of the day in Division B saw the top two clash in a Trafford derby and Aldermere reserves moved seven points clear at the top with a 3-1 win at Flixton JFC.

There were six hits for Irlam Tigers Rangers by 6-0 at AFC Oldham thirds and Heaton Mersey who enjoyed their first win of the season by 6-3 over Moston Brook thirds.

Chadderton Cott reserves were also able to celebrate their first victory – a comfortable 3-0 over Dukinfield Athletic reserves.

Just two games were played in Division C, but there was a terrific result for Govan Athletic as they played their first game at their new home at Parrs Wood High School.

Govan were pointless as they hosted leaders Salford Storm but in an amazing game they emerged with a breathless 5-4 victory.

The other game saw Village Manchester reserves hosting Oldham Vics reserves with Village leading 1-0 at the break with a neat finish from Chris Collins.

Both sides had their chances after the break but Village took advantage of theirs with goals from Brian Heywood and Alex Dickinson taking them home by 3-0.

Division D leaders Deans were without a game and IrlamTigers A made the most of it in a 5-3 win over Shaw Athletic reserves to overtake Deans on goal difference.

Urmston Town Vale stay a point behind the top two as they won 3-1 at FC Bury Aces with the same score-line going in favour of Moston Brook fourths at Chadderton Park reserves.

Late entries in to the division Spurley Hey reserves look to become a threat to the leading group as they won 3-2 hosting Rochdale Galaxy.

Matchday results: Mellor hit five to stay top of the tree

Mellor maintained their perfect start to the season with an emphatic 5-1 win over South Manchester that keeps them top of the Premier Division, as the league managed to play the bulk of the fixtures despite the challenge week which brought further covid restrictions.

The game of the day was a real thriller between high-flyers Salford Vics and Abacus Media.

It was thrills and spills in an entertaining encounter and strikes from Joe Axon, Josh Lawman, Luke Steedman and Pete Potts had Vics 4-2 up after 80 minutes.

Abacus showed their character as they pulled a goal back and then threw everything at Vics, who held on despite the intense late pressure to stay a point behind Mellor.

A cracking derby between AFC Oldham and Radclyffe had Oldham edging a 2-1 win to move into third spot a point behind Vics.

With games in hand, Rochdalians showed that they will be in the mix and a sound defensive display saw them secure a 2-0 win over Irlam Tigers to keep on the heels of the leading pack.

The other game was a mid-table contest with Milton winning 3-1 at Manchester Polonia.

With Division One leaders De la Salle Reds and Hadfield Athletic not in action, Moston Brook moved three points clear from them with an important and close 3-2 win over fellow promotion-hunters Stretford Paddock.

North Walkden hit the heights with a surprise 10-1 demolition of Newton and with games in hand will be a real threat to the leading group.

Didsbury shared the spoils in an exciting 2-2 draw with Dukinfield Athletic and Signol Athletic OB were delighted to secure their first win of the season, beating Urmston Town 3-1.

It’s tight at the top of Division Two with three teams locked on ten points.

Long-time leaders Old Stretfordians went down 3-1 at Chadderton Cott who moved level on points with games in hand.

Shaw Athletic took full advantage to hit the top on goal difference with a comfortable 7-1 win at Mellor seconds.

Signol Athletic JFC stay on the heels of the top three after a 4-2 derby win at Stoconians and another fine game saw South Manchester reserves share eight goals with Salford Vics reserves who had Mason Pickard, Keir Jones, Isiaih Park and Jason Carney netting.

Division Three also has three teams locked on 12 points at the top and with Hattersley and Sale Amateurs out of action they were joined at the top by Aldermere who won a lively match with Woodhouses 2-1.

Aldermere led 2-0 with goals from Chris Dickinson and James Knight and although a Nathan Chambers strike reduced the arrears, Aldermere’s defensive performance ensured the slender lead was enough for all three points.

Wythenshawe Wanderers were the division’s big-hitters as Ashton McGreedles put them ahead on two minutes against Elton Lib Hargreaves and they kept up the momentum to cruise home by 10-3.

Village Manchester are handily placed to challenge the leading group after winning another thriller by the odd goal in seven against Stretford Paddock reserves.

The other game had Abacus Media reserves enjoying a 3-1 win over Didsbury reserves.

In Division A, AFC Stockport maintained their three-point lead with an emphatic 5-1 win over Trafford United reserves.

Lurking behind them are Kartel Sports and Moston Brook reserves, who both have vital games in hand.

Brook won 3-0 hosting Salford Storm and Kartel worked hard for a 3-2 win at Parrs Wood Celtic.

Chadderton Park were in seventh heaven after a 7-2 win at Old Stretfordians reserves and Mellor thirds were also impressive beating AFC Oldham 3-0.

Aldermere’s new reserve team continued their fine start with a 5-2 win at Hillgate to remain at the summit of Division B,four points clear of Flixton JFC who won 2-0 hosting AFC Oldham thirds.

Salford Albion are five points off the top but are handily-placed with two games in hand after demolishing Dukinfield Athletic reserves 5-0, and Moston Brook thirds eased to a 5-3 win over Chadderton Cott reserves.

Bury Ams reserves also hit five at Spurley Hey but they let in six at the other end in a real helter-skelter of a game.

No change at the top of Division C as leaders Salford Storm reserves cruised to a 7-0 win over Stoconians thirds to stay three points clear of AFC Stockport Warriors who beat Radclyffe reserves 4-2.

Bury Ams thirds are also in contention with a 2-0 win over Govan Athletic and Altrincham Hale have games in hand to make an impact as they won a close encounter with Village Manchester reserves by 2-1.

Didsbury thirds picked up their first win of the season beating Oldham Vics reserves by 3-1.

Deans Youth reserves rule the roost in Division D but were taken all the way before winning by the odd goal in five against Moston Brook fourths.

Irlam Tigers A stay three points adrift of Deans after a clear-cut 3-0 win at Stoconians fourths.

Urmston Town Vale lost ground on the top two as they were held to a 3-3 draw by a gutsy Whalley Range.

Also ending with honours even were Chadderton Park reserves and Rochdale Galaxy who shared two goals.

Spurley Hey reserves picked up their first victory by 2-1 at FC Bury Aces to complete a very successful day for the league in difficult circumstances.

Matchday round-up: top teams toppled and Flixton celebrate 50th year in fitting style

Flixton Juniors AFC celebrated their 50th anniversary with a barnstorming 3-3 draw on a day when several of the teams at the top found the going tough.

In the Division B encounter with Salford Albion, both sides produced a pulsating afternoon of entertainment that served as a fitting way to mark Flixton’s special occasion. Jordan Casey, Adam Casey and Sam Dickinson found the back of the net in a competitive but sporting match, in which Salford played their part to take a share of the spoils.

Flixton stay in second, a point ahead of Salford Albion; sitting pretty at the top is Aldermere reserves, who dispatched Dukinfield Athletic reserves 5-0.

Bury Ams reserves eased to a 4-1 win over AFC Oldham thirds and Moston Brook thirds had to work hard for a 4-3 win over Hillgate to inflict the first defeat of the season on them and Heaton Mersey drew 1-1 hosting Irlam Tiger Rangers.

Premier Division

Setting the tone for the day were Salford Vics who entertained leaders South Manchester in an early kick off due to the Challenge Cup final.

Salford Vics dominated the first half but just a Joe Axon goal separated the teams the teams at half time.

South came out all guns blazing in the second half and drew level early in the second half

The end-to-end game was settled when Axon netted twice in as many minutes to complete his hat-trick.

South were then limited to long range efforts in the last 25 minutes. A very good game from two excellent teams at the top of the table, a credit to the league, as was referee Mike Crump.

Taking full advantage of South’s slip were Mellor who enjoyed a comfortable 5-1win at Radclyffe to move a point clear at the top and maintain their 100% start.

Also making a move into the top three were Abacus Media as they shared four goals with Rochdalians.

Dom Doyle picked up their first win of the season by 5-2 over Manchester Polonia and another thriller saw AFC Oldham win 4-3 hosting Irlam Tigers.

Division One

It is even tighter at the top of Division One with four teams locked on 10 points.

De La Salle Reds remain top but were grateful for a point in a 2-2 deadlock with Trafford United as previous leaders Moston Brook lost out to the only goal of their game at North Walkden.

The top game in the division was at Droylsden with title-hunters Stretford Paddock drawing 2-2 with Hadfield Athletic. Dean Fallon gave Hadfield a 5th-minute lead, only for Rivaldo Brown to quickly hit back.

Philip Whiteman restored Hadfield’s lead from the spot but Paddock struck seven minutes from time through Jay Phillips to earn a deserved point.

Didsbury were delighted to chalk up a welcome 3-2 win over in-form Newton and another close contest was decided by a late goal at Signol OB for Bury Ams after strikes on either side of the break from Bury’s Gio Tidona and Ben Gordon for Signol.

There were goals galore in Division Two and Old Stretfordians lost their 100% record, going down 2-0 at Shaw Athletic who move into second spot three points behind Strets with a game in hand.

Bedians were unstoppable in a big 8-2 win over Santos and Chadderton Cott were not far behind as they walloped Rochdalians reserves 7-2.

The other games were much tighter affairs, with Signol JFC winning 4-3 in their local derby at Mellor reserves and South Manchester reserves triumphed 3-2 at Stoconians.

Two new teams are level on 12 points at the top of Division Three after comfortable wins.

Hattersley were too hot for Stretford Paddock reserves, with a big 8-2 win and Sale Ams stay level on points with another emphatic 5-1 win at Aldermere.

Village Manchester moved into the top half of the table after beating Didsbury reserves 3-1 and there were close contests at Elton Lib Hargreaves where Abacus Media reserves scored the only goal of the game and at Stoconians reserves who lost by the odd goal in seven to Woodhouses.

Division A top guns AFC Stockport were held to a 2-2 draw by Moston Brook reserves who are one of four teams level on seven points, three behind the leaders.

Kartel Sports look as if they will be firm contenders for the title as eased to a 5-2 win at Deans and Salford Storm and AFC Oldham reserves drew 1-1 to stay in the top group.

Parrs Wood Celtic have vital games in hand and showed their intent, winning a 4-3 thriller against Chadderton Park and Milton reserves are another contender as they won their second game of the season in style by 6-3 at Old Stretfordians reserves.

Salford Storm reserves remain on top of Division C winning 5-2 at Altrincham Hale but Staly Lions are showing their power as they kept up their 100% record with a convincing 4-1 victory over Bury Ams thirds to stay a point behind Storm with two games in hand.

The winners of the other games in the division all scored four times, with wins for Oldham Vics reserves by 4-2 over Stoconians thirds, a score matched by Radclyffe reserves over Govan Athletic and AFC Stockport Warriors were 4-1 victors over Village Manchester reserves.

Greater Manchester FC are top of Division D on goal difference despite being held 1-1 by Irlam Tigers thirds.

Urmston Town Vale drew level on points with a 5-0 win over Rochdale Galaxy but the other games were very close.

Deans reserves won 1-0 at FC Bury Aces and Moston Brook fourths beat Shaw Athletic reserves 5-3.

Whalley Range picked up their first point of the season with a dramatic 4-4 draw with Spurley Hey reserves as did Chadderton Park reserves as they shared six goals with Stoconians fourths.

Signol Athletic cruise through in Stockport Senior Cup

Cup and inter league fixtures round-up

A VIRTUALLY full programme of matches saw three cup ties played and in the Stockport Senior Cup Signol Athletic had few problems in disposing of Stoconians reserves to make it through to the latter stages.

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Parrs Wood Celtic are through to the final of the Whitehead Cup after an excellent 3-1 semi-final win over Salford Storm who gave a great account of themselves despite having a man sent off.

The MoM was Celtic’s dynamic striker Matt Garbett who capped an outstanding display with a superb hat-trick with Storm getting a well deserved consolation goal in the dying minutes.

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The other cup match was in the Wray Cup at Chadderton Cott the leaders in division three and they had to work hard to edge a 2-1 win over Village Manchester.

Cott now have an exciting semi-final against Division Two high-flyers North Walkden to look forward to.

The L&C league team enjoyed playing the Liverpool Premier League on an excellent pitch at Liverpool FA and despite the 5-0 scoreline, had several attempts on goal, which were unlucky not to yield what would have been a deserved consolation goal, especially in the closing exchanges after a superb move cut through the Liverpool defence. the team was made up of players from Manchester Polonia, Radclyffe, Milton and Abacus Media and none from the leading teams in the Premier Division.

The team, made up of players from Manchester Polonia, Radclyffe, Milton and Abacus Media, never gave up in a game played in great spirit, without a single booking.

Manchester Polonia’s Tomasz Koperwas was man of the match after producing a string of stunning saves against a very strong Liverpool outfit.

The team was organised by Tim Roebuck, and managed by Mike Treanor and Phil Noon.

The L&C thank our Liverpool hosts for a superb facility and their hospitality and we look forward to a return match at a ‘home’ ground next season.

Premier Division

Premier Division action saw Whalley Range clinch the title with a convincing 6-1 win at High Lane which leaves them untouchable with two games to play.

Reigning champions Rochdalians are within four points of claiming the runners-up spot as they too won comfortably by 6-2 in a local derby against Lancashire Amateur Cup finalists Milton.

Waterloo won 2-1 at basement club Trafford United who put in a great effort before going down with Waterloo staying in fourth spot.

At the other end of the table South Manchester defended well to keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Dom Doyle which virtually leaves them safe from the bottom two.

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The other mid-table fixture saw Mellor defeat Abacus Media 4-1.

Division One

It’s still all to play for in thrilling race for the Division One title as the top three all posted victories.

AFC Oldham stay in top spot by a point with a 4-2 win over Bury Ams in an excellent game and local rivals Radclyffe showed their determination in an 8-1 cruise over Moston Brook.

Irlam Tigers have five games in hand over the top two and kept in the hunt with a 4-2 win over Chorltonians which leaves them 14 points adrift of AFC Oldham.

Manchester Polonia won 3-0 at Old Stretfordians to leave Strets in bottom spot as they have now completed their fixtures.

In the other game Urmston Town and Newton shared six goals.

Division Two

Division Two leaders Dukinfield Athletic also completed their season and drew 3-3 with North Walkden who are one of four teams poised to take over at the summit.

Hadfield Athletic beat Bedians 4-1 and are a point behind Dukinfield with five games left to play.

Stoconians had no game but are still in the hunt as are South Manchester reserves and Oldham Vics had the biggest win in the division with a 7-1 win at Chorltonians reserves.

Division Three

The top two on Division Three were in cup action and they remain well clear of the pack with the other games ending in 2-1 scorelines.

They went in favour of Abacus Media seconds against Hooley Bridge Celtic and Salford Vics reserves against Chadderton Park.

Division A

Mellor thirds won 2-1 in a close contest at Waterloo reserves to stay on top of Division A but their main rivals have vital games in hand.

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Wythenshawe Wanderers are a point behind Mellor with two games in hand after an efficient 2-1 win at third-placed AFC Stockport and the other game was won 4-2 by Deans hosting AFC Oldham seconds.

Division B

Division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic were in cup action and Moston Brook thirds moved to within a point of Celtic with a 3-1 win over Chadderton Cott reserves but Celtic still look favourites as they have three games in hand.

AFC Oldham thirds stay in third spot with a comfortable 4-1 win at Spurley Hey reserves but are well adrift of the top two.

Basement team Stoconians thirds were able to celebrate long and hard after posting their third win of the season by 4-2 over Bury Ams reserves and the other game was a lively 3-3 draw between Old Strets thirds and Hillgate.

Division C

Just two games played in Division C and they did not affect the teams at the top with Staly Lions winning  3-1 at Moston Brook fourths and Altrincham Hale drew 2-2 with Oldham Vics reserves.

L&C enjoys rare joy of full fixture list

WITH the arrival of March the weather at last relented and allowed a full fixture list to take place.

The league’s amazing fixture secretary Mal Kershaw was delighted with this and has now accomplished a minor miracle of planning the fixtures until the end of the season.

Rhodes Cup sponsored by GP Property Management

The premier cup competition for the Rhodes Cup saw three fixtures played and two teams reached the semi-finals.

Chadderton Cott, leaders of Division Three, pulled off the shock result of the day as they blunted free-scoring North Walkden and secured an impressive 2-0 win.

The other two ties both involved Premier Division clubs and there were routine wins for reigning champions Rochdalians who cruised to a 6-1 win against Mellor and high-flying Waterloo won 4-1 at South Manchester to make the last four.

Whitehead Cup

The Whitehead Cup semi-final between Moston Brook reserves and Chadderton Cott reserves went into a penalty shoot-out after ending locked at 1-1 at full-time.

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Both goals came in the first half with Matt Kelly drawing Brook level just before the break.

The penalty shoot was won 4-2 by Brook who now await the winners of the semi-final between Salford Storm and Parrs Wood Celtic.

Hellawell Shield

The other cup match was in the Hellawell Shield and Hillgate made it through to the last four with a 3-1 win over Altrincham Hale where they will play Moston Brook thirds in the semi-final.

Premier Division

Premier Division action was limited to just three games and runaway leaders Whalley Range are within one win of clinching the title after winning 6-3 at Abacus Media.

The other two games saw comfortable wins for High Lane by 5-1 over Lancashire Cup semi-finalists Milton and Dom Doyle who won 6-3 at Trafford United.

Division One

It’s still all to play for in Division One as the top two teams both posted victories.

AFC Oldham stay top by a point with a 3-1 win at Urmston Town but Radclyffe are on their shirt tails as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Newton.

Irlam Tigers, with a huge backlog of games in hand, remain in the mix as they won 5-1 at Signol Athletic OB and the other game had Manchester Polonia beating Chorltonians 2-0.

Division Two

The top game in Division Two saw the top two teams in action and Hadfield Athletic kept in the title hunt beating leaders Dukinfield Athletic 2-0 to move to within three points of Dukky with five games in hand.

Stoconians also have games in hand but they dropped two vital points as they shared six goals with Mellor Reserves.

South Manchester reserves won 4-1 at Santos and the game between Bedians and Oldham Vics was abandoned with Bedians leading 5-3 with the Vics goals coming from Drew Bowyer, Arron McKenna and Jacob Davies.

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Division Three

Division Three leaders Chadderton Cott were in cup action but the chasing pack were unable to make much of a dent in their lead.

Second-placed Signol Athletic JFC were held 2-2 by basement team Milton reserves and Chadderton Park went down 3-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic.

Village Manchester shared four goals with Elton Lib Hargreaves and there were 5-2 wins for Abacus Media reserves at Aldermere and Stoconians reserves hosting Denton Town reserves.

Division A

Division A saw Mellor thirds take over top spot from AFC Stockport by a point.

Mellor had a big 8-0 win at Dukinfield Athletic reserves as AFC Stockport were held to a 2-2 draw by Trafford United reserves.

Old Stretfordians reserves’ title hopes took a dip as they drew 2-2 with Rochdale Galaxy and now just two points separate the top four teams in the division.

The other game produced a comfortable 5-0 win for Salford Storm at AFC Oldham reserves.

Division B

Plenty of action in Division B and leaders Parrs Wood Celtic stay four points clear with a 4-1 win over Stoconians thirds.

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AFC Oldham thirds moved up into third spot with a 6-2 cruise at Chorltonians Athletic and Bury Ams reserves were 4-2 victors over Heaton Mersey.

It was close in the other games with Flixton JFC winning their local derby with Old Strets thirds with the only goal of the game and there was1-1 draw between Moston Brook thirds and Spurley Hey reserves.

Division C

Irlam Tiger Rangers roared ten points clear in Division C as they won their local derby at Salford Storm reserves by 5-1.

Chadderton Park reserves lost ground on the leaders with a 2-0 reverse hosting AFC Stockport Warriors.

Stoconians fourths and Staly Lions shared six goals in an entertaining encounter and Whalley Range seconds could only fire blanks as they lost out 2-0 hosting Oldhan Vics reserves.

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