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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Signol Old Boys take the leap into dream quarter-final

FOR the third week running, atrocious weather during the week saw grass pitches virtually ruled out of play but thanks to plenty of imagination and initiative by league officials and club management, over half the scheduled games took place on a very rare date for L&C soccer of February 29.

Rhodes Cup sponsored by GP Property Management

The main emphasis was on catch-up in domestic cup competitions and the top game of the day in the Rhodes Cup was played on the excellent pitch at Dean Trust between Division One rivals Manchester Polonia and Signol Old Boys.

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An even first half ended goalless but then Signol upped the ante with goals from Charlie McDonald and a Scott Norris penalty putting them in control.

Norris added a neat second to make it 3-0 and although Polonia came back with a consolation it was not enough to stop the Old Boys progressing through to the last eight.

There they will take on runaway Premier Division leaders Whalley Range.

Wray Cup

There were three Wray Cup ties and North Walkden kept up their hopes of a league and cup treble as they maintained their recent hot scoring streak with a 9-3 cruise at Oldham Vics to become the first team through to the semi-finals of the Wray Cup.

North are also in the quarter-finals of the Rhodes Cup as well looking in a good place to lift the Division Two title in what promises to be a hectic last lap to their first season in the league.

There was a much closer game between Abacus Media reserves and Denton Town reserves which ended locked at 1-1 with Abacus winning a tense and lengthy penalty shoot-out by 7-6.

The other Wray Cup ties saw Hadfield have an emphatic 3-0 win at Chadderton Park

Whitehead Cup

There were also three games in the Whitehead Cup with the biggest win being posted by Division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic who had few problems in accounting for Mellor thirds by 6-1.

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They will take on Salford Storm in the semi-finals who enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 win over Bury Ams reserves.

The other game saw Moston Brook reserves win a close encounter with AFC Stockport by the odd goal in five to book their semi-final slot against Chadderton Cott reserves.

Hellawell Shield

Just one game in the Hellawell Shield  and Moston Brook thirds made it through to the semi-final in a dramatic game with Irlam Tiger Rangers where they await the winners of the Altrincham Hale v Hillgate match.

It went to the wire of a penalty shoot-out after a 3-3 normal time draw with Brook winning the shoot-out by 4-3.

Premier Division

Premier Division action had just two games and Milton, who play their postponed Lancashire Amateur Cup semi-final this week lost out 5-3 in an entertaining game with Dom Doyle by 5-3 to keep Dom Doyle in third spot ahead of Waterloo who beat South Manchester 5-2.

Division One

The key game in division One saw AFC Oldham go to the top of the table as they kept up their unbeaten record with a big 8-2 win over lowly Old Stretfordians and move a point ahead of local non-playing rivals Radclyffe.

Irlam Tigers were also in hot form with a 6-0 win at Moston Brook.

Division Three

There were no games played in Division Two and in Division Three Chadderton Cott extended their lead at the top to six points after a close 6-4 win at Salford Vics reserves.

The other game in the division also produced ten goals shared by second-placed Signol Athletic and Elton Lib Hargreaves.

Division A

Just one game in Division A but it produced a big shock as Trafford United reserves upset the title hopes of Old Strets Reserves with a 3-1 victory.

Division B

The top two teams in Division B were in cup action and AFC Oldham thirds closed the gap on them with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Old Strets thirds.

It was another close affair in the local derby between Heaton Mersey and Spurley Hey reserves with Hey edging a 4-3 win.

Division C

In Division C Salford Storm reserves moved to four points behind second-placed Chadderton Park reserves with a 3-1 win over Whalley Range reserves.

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Just one goal at Govan Athletic A as they hosted AFC Stockport Warriors with the Warriors grabbing the honours.

Match Reports from 22/2/20

Salford ride the storm to first cup final in Hellawell Shield

MORE awful weather took another big toll on a busy fixture schedule despite several teams making sensible late switches to artificial pitches to get their games in.

The first domestic cup semi-final of the season saw new boys Salford Storm reserves take on Old Stretfordians thirds at the excellent Astley Sports Village in Dukinfield in the Hellawell Shield.

It proved to be a fantastic game that went to the wire of a penalty shoot-out.

Strets took an early lead as Mark Clewes took advantage of a defensive error to fire his team into the lead and after a ding dong game with thrills at either end it ended 3-3 at the end of normal time.SONY DSC

The penalty shoot out went the same way at 3-3 before Storm kept their nerve to win 4-3 to book their place in their first-ever L and C final.

Whitehead Cup

The other cup game to beat the weather saw Chadderton Cott pull off a great giant killing victory as the division B side beat division A leaders Wythenshawe Wanderers with an emphatic 3-0 scoreline.

Premier division

Midweek had seen Milton’s Lancashire Amateur Cup semi-final postponed but they enjoyed their second Premier division win of the season scoring the only goal of their game with high-flying Waterloo.

The win lifts them off the foot of the table ahead of Trafford United who went down 6-2 at Dom Doyle.

South Manchester also stay in the danger zone as they lost out 3-1 to Mellor.

With runaway leaders Whalley Range having their game postponed reigning champions Rochdalians closed the gap at the top to 11 points with a game in hand as they scored the only goal of their game at Salford Vics.

Division one

Division one saw the top two playing each other in a tense local derby which ended with honours even at 2-2 between AFC Oldham and Radclyffe.

The point keeps Radclyffe one point clear of Oldham who have a vital game in hand.

It was also close at Chorltonians who stay in third spot after a nerve-jangling 5-4 win over Urmston Town.SONY DSC

Division two

It’s looking good for North Walkden in division two as they closed the gap on leaders Dukinfield Athletic with a hard-earned 3-2 win over Stoconians.

North trail Athletic by four points but have a massive five games in hand.

SONY DSCHadfield Athletic moved above Stoconians on goal difference after a clinical 4-0 win at Chorltonians reserves and Oldham Vics kept up their recent resurgence with a big 8-1 win at Santos.

Division three

Just two games played in division three with Signol Athletic moving to within four points of leaders Chadderton Cott with a game in hand.

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No problems either for Abacus Media reserves in a comfortable 5-1 win hosting Aldermere.

Division A

League action in division A saw Trafford United reserves have one of their best displays of the season rewarded with a welcome 6-3 win over Salford Storm.

The other game had Waterloo reserves cruising to a 4-1 win at Rochdale Galaxy.

Division B

The two league games in division B featured the top two teams who both posted victories. Parrs Wood Celtic had a gritty 2-1 win over AFC Oldham thirds to stay  two points clear of Moston Brook thirds with two games in hand as Brook eased to a 5-2 win over Stoconians thirds.

Division C

Remarkably three games were played in Division C and the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ had leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers tearing Staly Lions apart 7-1.

Oldham Vics seconds made it a double for the club as they won 5-2 at Moston Brook fourths and mid-table action had Stoconians fourths winning 4-2 over Govan Athletic.

Pics- action from 1 Chorltonians v Urmston (Urmston in yellow), 2 Chorltonians reserves v Hadfield (Hadfield in blue), 3 Signol Athletic v Salford Vics reserves (Vics in green and white), 4 Salford Storm reserves v Old Strets thirds (Strets in red and black)

Tigers just miss out as Dennis bites deep

LAST week the league escaped the wrath of Storm Ciara to complete a full programme of games but Storm Dennis came early enough to devastate this week’s mix of league and cup fixtures with artificial pitches once proving to be a saviour for some games.

Manchester Amateur Cup

The top fixture saw Division One Irlam Tigers playing Chadderton EDS in the semi-final of the Manchester Amareur Cup.

There was a strong end-to-end wind and this paid dividends for the Tigers as they took the lead with a 90-yard strike from their powerful keeper Tom Richardson whose long, high clearance bounced over the Chadderton keeper to give them the lead.

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Chadderton are a classy young team and their excellent football saw them level before the break as they dominated for long spells.

A superb second half saw both teams create chances and the Tigers were to regret their misses as Chadderton broke away to net the winner in injury time.

But it was a great advert for amateur soccer and the Tigers can be very proud of their display in this game and in reaching this stage to bring great credit to themselves and the league.

Rhodes Cup sponsored by GP Property Management

The other cup game saw Division Two high-flyers North Walkden pull off a giant-killing act in the Rhodes Cup as they took on Dom Doyle.

North came out with all guns blazing and struck twice in the first five minutes to give them confidence and they kept up their momentum to add three more unanswered goals.

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They will now play Chadderton Cott in the next round who are flying high at the top of Division Three.

Premier Division

League action was very limited but there was a big win for South Manchester at Abacus Media by 3-1 in the only Premier division game.

The win lifts South out of the bottom two for the first time this season by three points above Trafford United and Milton.

Division One

There was plenty of action in Division One and Radclyffe went back on top as they pulled off a fine 3-2 win at Manchester Polonia.

Their main title rivals AFC Oldham remain unbeaten but were held in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Signol Old Boys.

AFC are now two points adrift of Radclyffe but have a vital game in hand in what promises to be a gripping race to the wire for the rest of the season.

Third-placed Chorltonians shared four goals with Bury Ams and Moston Brook climbed out of the bottom two after winning their relegation battle with Old Stretfordians by 5-3.

Division Two

The top teams were out of action but there was a fantastic and breathless6-6 draw between Santos and South Manchester Reserves.

Not far behind with thrills and spills were Bedians and in-form Oldham Vics who shared eight goals.

A more sober affair saw Mellor reserves beat Chorltonians reserves 3-1.

Division Three

Division Three leaders Chadderton Cott extended their lead to seven points with a comfortable 8-0 win over Milton reserves but non-playing Signol Athletic have two games in hand which could yet open up the title race.

The other mid-table game saw Salford Vics reserves ease to a 3-1 win over Elton Lib Hargreaves.

Division A

No change at the top of Division A as all of the three top teams saw their games postponed.

The basement battle saw Salford Storm match Dennis with decisive 6-2 win over Dukinfield Athletic reserves and climb one point above them.

It was closer in the other two games with Moston Brook reserves scoring the only goal of their game against Deans and Waterloo reserves and Trafford United reserves shared six goals.

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Division B

There were also only two games played in Division B and neither affected the top two with AFC Oldham beating Heaton Mersey 3-2 and Bury Ams reserves drew 3-3 with Hillgate.

Division C

There was a total wash-out of the Division C fixtures.

Inter-league date confirmed

Following their pulsating win over the Lancashire Amateur FL for the John Howard Cup in the annual Inter-league fixture, the league President Tim Roebuck is delighted to have set up another top exciting encounter.

It is against the Liverpool County League at the superb Liverpool County ground on Tuesday March 10. Tim is hoping that he will have the same squad available but if any other club has players they think my be interested in playing they can contact him to join a squad training session.

South Manchester and Signol Old Boys secure Rhodes Cup progression

A full programme of domestic cup and vital league games saw few postponements on another busy and eventful day with plenty of goals and drama.

Rhodes Cup sponsored by GP Property Management

In the Rhodes Cup there were two catch-up games with the top one featuring Manchester Amateur Cup semi-finalists Irlam Tigers, who are flying high in division one, hosting premier divisions strugglers South Manchester.

The game ended with a 1-1 deadlock and South won a tense penalty shoot-out by 4-3 to move into the quarter-finals where they will meet the winners of the tie between Abacus Media and Waterloo.

The Tigers now look forward to their Manchester Amateur Cup semi-final on February 15 when they take on Chadderton EDS.

The other tie saw division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic take on division one Signol Old Boys and again it was a close contest with Signol easing through by the odd goal in five to visit Manchester Polonia in the next round.

Wray Cup

There was one game in the Wray Cup between Rochdalians reserves and Village Manchester and once more it went to a penalty shoot out after a 1-1 draw in normal time and Village kept their nerve to win the shootout by 5-4.

Whitehead Cup

There were three game in the Whitehead Cup with plenty of thrills and spills.

Division A leaders Wythenshawe Wanderers kept up their double hopes with a gritty 4-3 win at AFC Oldham thirds

Bury Ams reserves edged a 2-1 win over Deans and the local derby at Heaton Mersey had AFC Stockport winning a thriller by 5-3.

Hellawell Shield

Just one game in the Hellawell Shield and it produced a decisive 7-1 win for Altrincham Hale against Stoconians thirds who had taken the lead on three minutes through Luke Henshaw.

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Premier division

In the Premier division runaway leaders Whalley Range had to pull out all the stops before beating a determined Abacus Media 2-0.

Reigning champions Rochdalians stay in second spot after an efficient 4-2 win at Dom Doyle but there was a shock for Waterloo who lost out 2-1 to Mellor.

High Lane had few problems in a 3-0 win at Trafford United but the game of the days was at Salford Vics.

Vics were entertaining Lancashire Amateur Cup semi-finalists Milton and won an end-to-end thriller by 6-5.

Division One

The top game of the day in division one saw the top two teams Radclyffe and AFC Oldham, who had dropped just two league points between them in a great game.

Kyle Hardman gave Radclyffe the lead but AFC hit back with strikes from Don Jackson and Sam Stafford to lead 2-1 at the break.

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With a strong wind on their backs AFC added two more unanswered goals in the second half to move level on points with Radclyffe and a vital game in hand.

Chorltonians stay in third spot after a comfortable 4-2 win hosting Newton.

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In the other two games Manchester Polonia kept up their good run of form with a 4-1 win over Old Stretfordians and Moston Brook beat Urmston Town 3-2.

Division Two

Division two leaders Dukinfield Athletic suffered a big setback to their title hopes as they lost 2-1 at resurgent Oldham Vics and Hadfield Athletic closed the gap to nine points with six games in hand with a hard-earned 3-2 win at Santos.

A mid-table clash at Mellor reserves saw the home team emerge with a 5-3 win over Bedians.

Division Three

Chadderton Cott stay four points clear at the top of division three after a 3-1 win at Stoconians reserves and there was delight for Hooley Bridge Celtic who moved out of the bottom two with a 3-1 win over Denton Town reserves.

Salford Vics reserves made it a good day for the club with a 3-1 win at Abacus Media reserves and in a goal fest Aldermere beat Milton reserves 5-4.

Division A

With division A leaders Wythenshawe Wanderers in cup action the chasing pack took advantage in a tight title race.

Old Strets seconds took over at the top with a 3-1 win at AFC Oldham reserves and they are level on points with Mellor thirds who won a close game with Salford Storm by 3-2.

Strets now lead Wythenshawe by a point with a vital game in hand.

Rochdale Galaxy were too hot for Trafford United reserves in a 10-0 win but it was much closer for Moston Brook seconds who came through with a 2-1 win over Waterloo reserves after conceding an early goal to a stunning 30-yard volley.

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Division B

There was limited action in division B with the top two in cup action but Chadderton Cott missed the chance to close the gap on the leaders as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Flixton JFC.

Old Strets thirds stay in the top half of the table with a comfortable 6-1 win over Chorltonians Athletic.

Division C

Division C leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers, saw their lead cut to four points as they went down 3-2 at Oldham Vics seconds with second-placed Chadderton Park reserves having few problems in a 7-1 win over Moston Brook fourths.

Staly Lions have hit a run of hot form as they roared to a 6-0 win hosting Govan Athletic but it was much closer for Stoconians fourths in an exciting 4-3 derby win over AFC Stockport Warriors.

Irlam Tigers up for the cup

Irlam Tigers secured Manchester Amateur Cup progression in dramatic fashion during a weekend in which the weather relented to allow for a full programme of league county and domestic cup action.

The County Cup action was focused on the Manchester Amateur Cup with three teams in action and taking the glory were division one high-fliers Irlam Tigers who won a thriller at FC Unsworth.

The game ended at 1-1 but Tigers roared to victory winning the penalty shoot-out by 4-2.

It was the end of the cup trail for Manchester Polonia who lost out 4-2 at Heyside reserves and Village Manchester who went down 2-0 at Eastlands.

Rhodes Cup sponsored by GP Property Management

There were also three games in the league’s top knockout competition for the Rhodes Cup.

The main game featured two Premier League high fliers and it was a close contest all the way at High Lane with the tie being decided with the only goal of the game just before the break with a powerful finish from Dom Doyle.

Runaway Premier division leaders Whalley Range have a league and cup double firmly in their sights after a comfortable 7-2 win at division two Hadfield Athletic and division three leaders Chadderton Cott had few problems in a big win over Aldermere.

Wray Cup

In the Wray Cup, South Manchester reserves moved through with a smooth 4-0 win at Signol Athletic as they lifted their game after the break with doubles from Josh Harper and Reece Taylor.

Denton Town reserves also kept a clean sheet against Salford Vics reserves in a 3-0 victory and Mellor reserves won their local derby against Stoconians reserves by 4-2.

Premier division

In the Premier division Lancashire Amateur Cup semi-finalists Milton enjoyed a long-awaited first league victory of the season as they won a close derby with Abacus Media 2-1 to move off the basement.

Lowly South Manchester were also celebrating as they beat Salford Vics 4-1 to move out of the bottom two above Trafford United who could only fire blanks in a 2-0 defeat at Mellor.

The top game in the division ended in a 1-1 deadlock between second-placed reigning champions Rochdalians and third-placed Waterloo.

Division one

There were plenty of goals in division one with AFC Oldham closing the gap on non-playing leaders Radclyffe FC to three points with a game in hand with an emphatic 5-0 win over Urmston Town.

Bury Ams also went nap with a 5-2 win over Old Stretfordians keeping Strets at the foot of the table.

Newton continued their recent run of good form beating Signol OB 4-0 to move into the comfort of mid-table.

Division two

The title race in division two provided a good day for Dukinfield Athletic who beat Chorltonians reserves 2-0 and one of their main rivals and recent hotshots North Walkden went down 4-1 to lowly Oldham Vics.

Stoconians were held 1-1 at Bedians but the point was enough to lift them up to second place on goal difference and nine points behind Dukinfield Athletic but with six games in hand.

The other game in the division saw basement team Rochdalians reserves put some poor recent results behind them with a fine 3-1 derby win at Santos.

Division three

There were just two games in division three, neither affecting the leading places with Abacus Media reserves beating Milton reserves 3-1 and Hooley Bridge shared four goals with Elton Lib Hargreaves.

Division A

There was a full programme of games in division A with the promotion race hotting up as new leaders Wythenshawe Wanderers were held to a 1-1 draw at Mellor thirds.

AFC Stockport closed the gap at the top to a point with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Moston Brook reserves and Old Strets seconds were in a 1-1 deadlock hosting Waterloo reserves meaning that the top four are within two points of each other.

Deans were rampant in a big 8-1 win at Rochdale Galaxy and Salford Storm also had their shooting boots on beating AFC Oldham reserves 4-1 but the other match was settled by the only goal of the game scored by Dukinfield Athletic reserves at Trafford United reserves.

Division B

Division B was also full of action with a real thriller at Underbank Farm seeing leaders Parrs Wood Celtic being taken all the way before emerging with a breathless 5-4 win over a lively Hillgate.

Moston Brook thirds stay two points adrift of Celtic after a comfortable 7-2 victory over Old Strets thirds.

A 3-1 derby win for Chadderton Cott reserves over AFC Oldham thirds saw them draw level on points with AFC.

Chorltonians Athletic kept a rare clean sheet and scored the only goal of their game against Stoconians thirds.

There were also two other close games in the division with Heaton Mersey locked 3-3 with Flixton Juniors and Spurley Hey reserves beat Bury Ams reserves by the odd goal in five.

Division C

There was a big shock in division C as leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers lost their 100 per cent record going down 4-1 hosting AFC Stockport Warriors.

Chadderton Park reserves took advantage to close the big gap at the top with a nervy 2-1 win at Bury Ams thirds.

Salford Storm kept in the top three with a tight 2-1 win at Staly Lions and Altrincham Hale kept their nerve to win a thriller at Stoconians fourths by 4-3 and Govan Athletic kept Moston Brook fourths pointless with a clinical 2-0 victory.

Pics : Action from 1 High Lane v Dom Doyle, (DD in red and white), 2 Signol Athletic v South Manchester reserves (Signol in yellow shirts), 3 Bedians v Stoconians  (Stocs in black and white), 4 Parrs Wood Celtic v Hillgate (Hillgate in blue and white)