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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 04.01.2020

League Cup Action

Hellawell Shield

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

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

League Action

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

Range show their intent in top game

Premier Division

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Division One

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

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

Division Two

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

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

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

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

Division Three

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

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

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

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

Division A

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

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

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

Division B

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

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

Division C

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

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

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


Inter-League Football – 21.12.2019 John Howard Shield

L and C win thriller against old rivals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 14.12.2019

Milton keep their cool and march on in Lancashire Amateur Cup

Milton keep their cool and march on in Lancashire Amateur Cup

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

County Cups

Lancashire Amateur Cup

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

Lancashire & Cheshire Cup Competitions

Rhodes Cup

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

Wray Cup

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

Hellawell Shield

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

Division Two

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

Division Three

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

Division A

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

Inter League – John Howard Trophy

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