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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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.

Chris Carroll was the shooting star for Athletic with a hat-trick and James Grantham netted the Salford Vics consolation.SONY DSC

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)

High Lane pull off impressive win in packed cup programme

IT was again a pretty full programme of games with a variety of outside and domestic cup and
league competitions with the Stockport Senior Cup taking the top highlight.
It was provided by High Lane who accounted for Manchester FL Premier League’s Old Alts 4-2 to march into the later stages.
But there was no joy for Stockport Sats who put on a good display in losing 4-2 to another top Manchester League side Stockport Georgians.
It was catch-up time in the Rhodes Cup with Manchester Polonia putting on a great display as they
cruised to a 5-1 win hosting division one high-fliers AFC Oldham.
Norbert Niegowksi pounced on to an Oldham defensive error to open their account in two minutes but Oldham responded quickly to level through Dan Jackson.
Niegowski made his a double on 22 minutes and Polonia kept up their momentum to add three more without reply and they now await the winners of the Parrs Wood Celtic v Signol Athletic tie in round two.
There was a much closer contest at Stoconians they shared six goals with Urmston Town and in the penalty shoot out Town ran out easy winners by 4-1.
It also went to a penalty shoot-out in the Whitehead Cup match at Flixton JFC after a goalless deadlock with Parrs Wood Celtic and Celtic kept their nerve to prevail by 5-4 in a gripping finale.
Joining them in the next round are Salford Storm who edged a close game at Rochdale Galaxy by the odd goal in five
Salford Storm reserves made it a double for their club as they won their Hellawell Shield match by 3-
1 over Whalley Range and joining them in the next round are Old Stretfordians thirds who won a thriller with Oldham Vics reserves by 5-3.
Whalley Range extended their lead at the top of the Premier division to a massive 14 points but they were taken to the wire by a spirited Dom Doyle before winning 4-3.
It was also close in the other games as Waterloo won 2-1 at Abacus Media to leapfrog them on goal difference into third place.
South Manchester moved out of the bottom two, also on goal difference with a 2-0 win at Trafford United.
Salford Vics and Lancashire Amateur Cup semi-finalists Milton both found goals had to come by as they drew 1-1 with Josh Lawman netting the point-saver for Vics.

In the Lancashire Amateur Cup final Milton will play Darwen reserves at Padiham FC on Wednesday Feb 19, 7.30ko.
With division title rivals AFC Oldham in cup action leaders Radclyffe extended their lead to six points with a clinical 3-0 win at Signol Old Boys to move into third place behind the pace-setters.
Chorltonians had Luke Grey (two) and Aaron Rodger netting in a 3-1 win at Bury Ams. Newton were good value for a 5-2 win at Moston Brook to keep in mid-table security.
Division two leaders Dukinfield Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw against Santos and North Walkden moved to within seven points of Athletic with five games in hand as they were emphatic 5-0 winners at Rochdalians reserves.
There was a real cliff-hanger at Chorltonians reserves as visiting Mellor reserves were on easy street as goals from Louis Isaacs, Sam Parker and Ryan Prescott saw them lead 3-0 well into the second half.
Then Chorlts came alive and stormed back with goals from Shola Kawala(two) and Abi Eccles to look to have saved a point until a breathless last minute goal from Louis Isaacs gave Mellor victory.
Just one game in division three with Chadderton Park beating Milton reserves 4-2 to close the gap on leaders Chadderton Cott to four points.
Plenty of action in division A with new boys Wythenshawe Wanderers sitting proudly on top of the table for the first time after a 6-3 victory at Waterloo reserves.
Hot on their heels are Old Strets reserves who beat Deans 2-1 and are two points behind with two games in hand and Mellor thirds who beat Dukinfield Athletic reserves 3-0.
In the other game AFC Oldham reserves won a close contest with Moston Brook reserves by 2-1.
With division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic in cup action, Moston Brook thirds took full advantage to move within two points with a comfortable 5-0 win at Chorltonians Athletic.
On target for Brook were John Mulcahy, Mark Terris, Dale Reid, Des Rosser and Martin O’Malley after a sublime assist from club legend Joe Ryan.
Plenty of goals in the local derby at Heaton Mersey as visiting Stoconians thirds won 6-4.
The other two games both ended at 2-1 in favour of Chadderton Cott reserves against Spurley Hey reserves and Hillgate over AFC Oldham thirds.
Division C leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers extended their lead to ten points but were made to work hard for a 3-2 win by Bury Ams thirds.
Second-placed Chadderton Park reserves lost ground as they went down 3-0 at Govan Athletic.
Staly Lions had one of their best wins of the season cruising to a 5-0 win at Altrincham Hale and a local derby at AFC Stockport Warriors saw the Warriors emerge with a 3-2 win over Stoconions Fourth.

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Milton do the league proud

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

County Cups

Lancashire Amateur Cup

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

League Cups

Rhodes Cup

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

Wray Cup

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

Premier Division

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

Division One

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

Division Two

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

Division Three

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

Division A

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

Division B

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

Division C

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