Kartel go ‘Wild’ for the double and Moston Brook add the Hellawell Shield

THE L & C playing season ended with the last two cup finals both hosted superbly by former L & C club West Didsbury and Chorlton, who are now flying high in the North West Counties League..

The first final was for the Whitehead Cup for clubs in Divisions A and B and featured the top two in Division A.

Kartel, who are based at the Jim Evison playing fields in Wilmslow, clinched the league title in their final game overtaking North Walkden reserves and went into the game looking for a league and cup double.

They came flying out of the blocks with a Sam Beckett tap-in opening the scoring on nine minutes.

They kept up the momentum as their outstanding striker Ben Wild doubled the lead on 13 minutes and added another clinical finish on 18 minutes to put Kartel in cruise control.

He completed his hat-trick after being fouled for a spot-kick which he coolly converted to take his total to 44 for the season, and Kartel were 4-0 up at the break.

But all credit to North Walkden as they showed great spirit in the second half with a superb volley from Steven Binns upping their ante.

North kept up the pressure as Binns converted a spot-kick on 78 minutes but Kartel regained control in the last ten minutes to ease their nerves for a 4-2 in an excellent game which was a great advert for the league at this level.

Kartel team is featured image.

Two days later West Didsbury and Chorlton were again superb hosts for the Hellawell Shield final, for teams in Divisions C and D.

It featured Moston Brook fourths and Govan Athletic Development to complete the season’s fixtures.

Moston Brook fielded a mix of very experienced and young players and it proved to be a winning combination as they controlled the game for long periods.

They opened their account with the opening goal on 27 minutes with captain Mark Terris converting a spot kick awarded for handball.

Brook went into the break with a 1-0 lead and got what proved to a decisive second goal on 55 minutes with a powerful strike from Lee Scanlon.

They continued to dominate the play for the rest of the game creating several more chances, which they failed to convert and restricted Govan to a few half-chances to run out as comfortable winners and take the trophy for the third time in the club’s long history.

The game was again a great advert for football at this level played in great spirit and excellently controlled by the match officials.

Brook end their long wait in dramatic Rhodes Cup Final

THE climax of the busy L & C season is ending with the completion of vital league fixtures and five cup finals.

The top cup competition is the Rhodes Cup for teams in the Premier and Division one and Hyde United were excellent hosts for the final featuring De La Salle Reds and Moston Brook, the top two teams in the Premier division.

Moston Brook joined the L & C in 1969 and after finishing the season as runners-up by a point to De La Salle Reds they made it through to their first-ever Rhodes Cup final.

A fine audience of nearly 400 enjoyed a close game between the top two teams in the League which showed the talent and great organisation enjoyed by both of them.

The first half saw De La Salle have a slight edge but there were few chances created with the best one seeing Brook hit the woodwork.

Moston Brook came out with greater purpose after the break and they created several good chances before breaking the deadlock on 65 minutes when the outstanding Jack Ward saw a powerful shot deflected in to open their account.

De La Salle responded well and pressed hard for the rest of the game but were denied by some determined defending to see Brook across the line and set up suitable celebrations as they ended their 53-year wait to win the league’s premier Knock Out Trophy which has been played for over 110 years.

The first final was for the Wray Cup for teams in Divisions two and three and Wythenshawe Amateurs were great hosts for a gripping contest between Baguley Athletic and Hattersley.

An even first half saw defences dominate and few chances were created.

There was much more goalmouth action after the break and both keepers Dan Green (Baguley) and the outstanding Tyler Devlin (Hattersley) produced some fine saves to take the tie goalless into extra time.

The decisive moment came just before the break in extra time when a handball on the line prevented a Hattersley goal to result in a red card and a penalty.

Rob Swallow is a regular scorer for Hattersley and the speedy winger made no mistake from the spot.

Baguley showed great spirit in the dying minutes as they launched plenty of attacks, despite being a man short, but Hattersley held on to win the trophy and celebrate in typical style and they gave due thanks to the match officials and their opponents for making this a dramatic final which was a credit to the league.

Two days later at Wright Robinson Sports College was the final of the Harry Jack Cup – brought in during the season to fill a fixture gap in a depleted Division one.

In action were Division one champions Chadderton Cott and Signol Athletic who last season had played a marathon Wray Cup final that went to over 30 penalties to decide the winners.

Another close encounter saw Cott lead 1-0 at the break before a penalty saw Signol level and taking the tie into extra time.

Signol went into the lead but Cott were not to be denied as they drew level to force the penalty shoot-out but Signol had the last word as they won the shoot-out 5-3.

The final league fixtures were completed to end a stressful season for fixture secretary Malc Kershaw with the main focus on division A where the title was still up for grabs.

Kartel FC went into their final two games with a slight advantage over North Walkden reserves and a mid-week 3-3 deadlock with Salford Storm seeing them needed to win their final game after North had won their midweek game by 7-3 at Stretford Paddock Development. Kartel kept their nerve to beat Salford Vics reserves 2-0 and claim the title by two points.

The other game in the division saw Moston Brook reserves win 3-1 at Salford Storm.

There were three games in Division two and champions Irlam Tiger Rangers lost 3-0 in their local derby with Eccles United and two close games saw Mellor beat Baguley Athletic 4-3 and Bedians were 3-2 winners at Newton.

Just one game in Division B with Flixton JFC beating Greater Manchester reserves 2-1 to move into fourth spot.

Mellor reserves are Division C champions after finishing their programme in the previous week and produced comfortable wins for Salford Storm reserves by 7-2 over Stoconians reserves and Altrincham Hale by 4-0 over Govan Development.

The other game ended in a 2-2 deadlock between Eccles United reserves and Bury Ams reserves.

Just two cup finals remain to compete the season with West Didsbury and Chorlton FC hosting the Whitehead Cup for teams in Divisions A and B between Kartel and North Walkden reserves and the Hellawell Shield for teams in Divisions C and D between Moston Brook fourths and Govan Athetic development.Pics – Celebration for Moston Brook

Brook end their long wait

(with pics)

THE climax of the busy L & C season is ending with the completion of vital league fixtures and five cup finals.

The top cup competition is the Rhodes Cup for teams in the Premier and Division one and Hyde United were excellent hosts for the final featuring De La Salle Reds and Moston Brook, the top two teams in the Premier division.

Moston Brook joined the L & C in 1969 and after finishing the season as runners-up by a point to De La Salle Reds they made it through to their first-ever Rhodes Cup final.

A fine audience of nearly 400 enjoyed a close game between the top two teams in the League which showed the talent and great organisation enjoyed by both of them.

The first half saw De La Salle have a slight edge but there were few chances created with the best one seeing Brook hit the woodwork.

Moston Brook came out with greater purpose after the break and they created several good chances before breaking the deadlock on 65 minutes when the outstanding Jack Ward saw a powerful shot deflected in to open their account.

De La Salle responded well and pressed hard for the rest of the game but were denied by some determined defending to see Brook across the line and set up suitable celebrations as they ended their 53-year wait to win the league’s premier Knock Out Trophy which has been played for over 110 years.

The first final was for the Wray Cup for teams in Divisions two and three and Wythenshawe Amateurs were great hosts for a gripping contest between Baguley Athletic and Hattersley.

An even first half saw defences dominate and few chances were created.

There was much more goalmouth action after the break and both keepers Dan Green (Baguley) and the outstanding Tyler Devlin (Hattersley) produced some fine saves to take the tie goalless into extra time.

The decisive moment came just before the break in extra time when a handball on the line prevented a Hattersley goal to result in a red card and a penalty.

Rob Swallow is a regular scorer for Hattersley and the speedy winger made no mistake from the spot.

Baguley showed great spirit in the dying minutes as they launched plenty of attacks, despite being a man short, but Hattersley held on to win the trophy and celebrate in typical style and they gave due thanks to the match officials and their opponents for making this a dramatic final which was a credit to the league.

Two days later at Wright Robinson Sports College was the final of the Harry Jack Cup – brought in during the season to fill a fixture gap in a depleted Division one.

In action were Division one champions Chadderton Cott and Signol Athletic who last season had played a marathon Wray Cup final that went to over 30 penalties to decide the winners.

Another close encounter saw Cott lead 1-0 at the break before a penalty saw Signol level and taking the tie into extra time.

Signol went into the lead but Cott were not to be denied as they drew level to force the penalty shoot-out but Signol had the last word as they won the shoot-out 5-3.

The final league fixtures were completed to end a stressful season for fixture secretary Malc Kershaw with the main focus on division A where the title was still up for grabs.

Kartel FC went into their final two games with a slight advantage over North Walkden reserves and a mid-week 3-3 deadlock with Salford Storm seeing them needed to win their final game after North had won their midweek game by 7-3 at Stretford Paddock Development. Kartel kept their nerve to beat Salford Vics reserves 2-0 and claim the title by two points.

The other game in the division saw Moston Brook reserves win 3-1 at Salford Storm.

There were three games in Division two and champions Irlam Tiger Rangers lost 3-0 in their local derby with Eccles United and two close games saw Mellor beat Baguley Athletic 4-3 and Bedians were 3-2 winners at Newton.

Just one game in Division B with Flixton JFC beating Greater Manchester reserves 2-1 to move into fourth spot.

Mellor reserves are Division C champions after finishing their programme in the previous week and produced comfortable wins for Salford Storm reserves by 7-2 over Stoconians reserves and Altrincham Hale by 4-0 over Govan Development.

The other game ended in a 2-2 deadlock between Eccles United reserves and Bury Ams reserves.

Just two cup finals remain to compete the season with West Didsbury and Chorlton FC hosting the Whitehead Cup for teams in Divisions A and B between Kartel and North Walkden reserves and the Hellawell Shield for teams in Divisions C and D between Moston Brook fourths and Govan Athetic development.Pics – Celebration for Moston Brook

Brian Stringer RIP

The League is sad to announce the death of former President and League Treasurer Brian Stringer. Brian first appeared for Bradford Parish (now Denton Town) in 1950 and was a permanent member of their very successful first team throughout the fifties, including the winning of the Lancashire Amateur Cup in 1952-53. He became the club secretary for fourteen years from 1963-77 and continued to serve on the club committee thereafter. He was elected League President for the 1988-89 season and then accepted the invitation to manage the League’s finances for the next few years. He was a mainstay of his club for several decades and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Shaw up for the Cup

DESPITE some awful weather prior to and during the games the league were delighted to see the bulk of the first round of domestic Cup fixtures being completed.

Innovative and forward-thinking moves by clubs in changing venues helped on the day.

In the Rhodes Cup for Premier and Division one sides the big upset of the day was provided by Division one mid-table team Shaw Athletic who pulled off a great 6-3 win over Premier division side North Walkden.

Irlam Tiger, from Division one, also beat Premier division side AFC Oldham in a 6-4 thriller.

Premier division leaders Stretford Paddock were taken all the way by lowly Division one side Trafford United before getting a late winner for a 3-2 victory.

There were few problems for the other top Premier teams with De La Salle winning 6-0 at Bury Amateur and Moston Brook won another exciting encounter at Salford Vics by 5-3.

Also going through were Division one champions Chadderton Cott, who were taken all the way before emerging with a 2-1 win over Didsbury and Rochdalians and Old Stretfordians with walkovers.

There were some thrilling contests in the Wray Cup for teams in Divisions 2 and 3 led by a 5-3 win for Eccles United over Wythenshawe Wanderers, who are both flying high in Division two.

It was end-to- end throughout the game with Eccles taking an early lead but Wanderers hit back with Joe Shaw equalising then forcing an own goal to take the lead which they extended before the break.

But Eccles upped the ante in the second half to storm though to win 5-3.

Baguley Athletic also came from behind hosting Radclyffe in another fine game.

Radclyffe led 1-0 at the break, through Adam Grogrow but Baguley levelled with a deflected goal on 50 minutes and went on to win 3-2.

Sale Amateurs had a relatively comfortable passage at Abacus Media reserves winning 6-2, a score matched by Salford Albion at Milltown.

Newton kept up their recent run of form as they despatched AFC Stockport 5-3 and Elton Lib Hargreaves won a tense match at Hooley Bridge Celtic with the only goal of the game.

Division two leaders Hattersley are through with a walkover.

The Whitehead Cup for teams in Divisions A and B produced plenty of goals led by Division B leaders Aldermere reserves who won 10-0 at Greater Manchester FC and North Walkden reserves were not far behind beating Oldham Saints 9-0.

There were plenty of goals at Flixton JFC as they shared ten with Salford Vics reserves and won the penalty shoot out by 4-1.

A penalty shoot-out was also needed at Milnrow Firgrovia as they drew 2-2 with Trafford United reserves and won a nerve-jangling shootout 7-6.

The game at Spurley Hey against Salford Storm ended goalless with Hey winning the shoot out by 5-4.

Close too at AFC Oldham reserves who lost out 2-1 to Milton reserves.

Moston Brook reserves kept an immaculate clean sheet in a 3-0 win at Santos.

The final Cup competition for the Hellawell Shield featured teams in Divisions C and D.

Eccles United reserves made it a good day for the club as they cruised to a 6-3 win at Chadderton Park reserves.

Mellor reserves provided one of the day’s big shocks as the runaway Division C leaders Dukinfield Athletic were held 1-1 in normal time and went out 3-1 on penalties.

Salford Storm reserves were the big hitters by 10-3 in their local derby with Salford Vics Development.

Whalley Range went down by 5-3 hosting AFC Stockport Warriors and Altrincham Hale reserves pulled off a great 3-2 win over Staly Lions.

Close games at Govan Athletic Development who scored the only goal of their game with Irlam Tiger A. Didsbury reserves have only won one league game this season as they lie at the bottom of Division D but have shown plenty of substance with excellent efforts in recent fixtures. A typically gutsy performance saw them pull off a much celebrated win by 3-2 against Stoconians  reserves from Division C to leap into round two with great anticipation.

There were also league games played and in the Premier division Manchester Challenge Cup finalists Abacus Media shared the points in a 1-1 deadlock at Manchester Polonia. Abacus will play their cup final at Hyde United on February 25 against Cheshire League high-fliers Egerton.

In Division two Mellor shared six goals with South Manchester and the game between Irlam Tiger Rangers and Bedians was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

No joy for Moston Brook thirds as they were well beaten 7-1 by a resurgent Heaton Mersey in division B and Hillgate went down 5-2 hosting Old Stretfordians reserves.

Pic – action from Wythenshawe Wanderers v Eccles United (Eccles in yellow and black)

Weekly Update: Covid procedure and referee abuse

In this week’s update, there is important information about the league’s Covid procedure, a new document for which is on the club website. It’s a reminder that the pandemic is not over and we must all play our part to ensure the safe and continued progression of the league.

It has been well documented regarding the referee shortage that we are suffering with. This is, it must be stressed once again, a national problem at grassroots level, caused by the abuse received. It is therefore unacceptable that club social media accounts are being used to abuse referees. Clubs are reminded of their responsibilities on this front and that any misuse will be notified to the County FA. More information can be found below.

  1. Referee shortage – If any clubs have members who would like to officiate, and do the initial training, the league will make a 50% contribution to the training course cost. The 50% will be re-imbursed to the new referee once 6 matches have been completed in this league. Please contact Stephen Howard refsec@landc.org.uk.
  2. The general meeting identified the need to update our Covid procedure. A new document was sent out, and a new condensed club contact list was requested, the first version sent a couple of days ago has been updated. Both are attached and are on the website.
  3. For all fixture matters please ensure you send them direct to Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk, and any which involve changes to match arrangements copy refsec@landc.org.uk. Fixtures to the 4th Dec are now visible.
  4. Please notify any ground changes are to Malcolm and Graham Ellis asstsecretary@landc.org.uk.
  5. Please ensure all player match stats are completed, along with ref marks and sending match sheets to matchsheets@landc.org.uk.
  6. Despite the referee shortage some clubs allow abuse of referees on their social media accounts. Fines will be issued and referees will be appointed elsewhere. Club officials please get this message across to all your members. Also any misuse of social media will be notified to County FA.

L & C Key Messages

All of the following is useful information for clubs and their committees.

Fixture Scheduling

Our fixture team works diligently to provide very team a fixture each week if possible. This is based on not wishing any Saturday to pass by with teams missing games, as it is inevitable fixtures will be lost to the weather at some point during the season.

However, if there are times when there are Premier League fixtures that conflict with games and cause difficulty for clubs, we will allow either later kick offs, or for teams to find a mutually agreeable venue for a night fixture in the week preceding a game.

If this is a desirable option, please let the fixture team know of any such arrangements by emailing fixtures@landc.org.uk.

Referees/Respect

We have already made clubs aware of the challenges we are facing regarding referees. We are thankful for the clubs who have arranged stand-in officials this season. Unfortunately, it is a national trend, with abuse and a lack of respect driving referees away at all levels of the game.

Everybody understands this is a game of emotions and we all care and want to do well, but this is no excuse for abuse which we have already felt the effects of in terms of driving referees away from our league.

Teams who condone the abuse, either on the day or on social media, will risk not having a referee appointed.

We implore our clubs to set the tone, take a step back and understand the difficulty of the job, and appreciate their efforts. The referees are as important to the L & C running smoothly as the teams that participate.

Post-Match Admin

Please enter your team stats and refs marks on Full Time/Matchday, and send photos/scans of match sheets to matchsheets@landc.org.uk within seven days, but ideally as soon as possible. If you are having any issues, please make the league aware.

L & C season structure and start dates confirmed

The L & C is delighted to confirm the official start dates for the 2021/22 league season.

Hopes are high for a campaign free of disruption after the previous two truncated seasons and although we were pleased that the committee enabled an ending of sorts to last season, we hope that the following season is one that is played in its entirety.

The popularity of the competition remains fierce; despite the many challenges encountered by teams in amateur football, we have actually seen the size of our structure increase once again. All eight divisions have at least 12 teams in them, and in total, there are 104 sides competing for league and cup glory.

There will be a different start date for the different divisions, confirmed below with the rest of the latest update. Fixtures are yet to be confirmed, but will be released in due course.

Here’s to another competitive campaign for all of our teams.

  1. Club Affiliation to County FA. Please continue to complete your affiliations, I can see from WGS that progress is being made, however a handful are still to make a start.
  2. The next general meeting will be held at Curzon Ashton FC, Richmond St, Ashton Under Lyne OL7 9HG on Thursday 19th August, starting at 7:30 PM. All clubs must be represented. The agenda and other papers will be sent nearer the time.
  3. Commencement of the season: SATURDAY – 21st August 2021 – Premier and Division 1. SATURDAY 28th August 2021 – Premier and 1 (B/H weekend). SATURDAY 4th September 2021 – Premier, 1, 2, 3, A.        SATURDAY 11th September 2021 – Premier, 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, D
  1. Please continue to send in any ground information for us, and detail changes for the club details file.
  2. The league structure was issued on Sunday, and was sent to all clubs on email last week.
  3. We have still some work to do before we are able to generate the fixtures on Full Time, so the sooner you send in your information the better.

Salford Vics donate kit to Africa

Salford Victoria are getting ready to ship kits to Africa if anymore clubs would like to donate old kits (still useable) can they either ring or email me. Chris Carney chrisdcarney@hotmail.com or phone 07956 106564

Chris would like to thank Newton FC,  Irlam Tiger and Radclyffe FC for their donations of kits for Africa.

Picture – Kits from Newton & Salford last year