L & C AFL weekly update

Another entertaining season has come to an end; all awards were handed out at the presentation evening on 17 May. In the latest update, Club Secretaries are given an update on the evening, as well as pitch information for next season and information for teams that plan on continuing into the 2019/20 season.

  1. The L & C AGM will be held at 8 PM at Curzon Ashton on the 13th June. If there are any more proposed rule changes or agenda items please send them to me by the end of this month. I will issue the agenda on the 1st of June.
  2. Bedians will have pitches available for 2019-20, please contact Rob O’Connor on 07738195124.
  3. The presentation evening for the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL, was enjoyed by 300 attendees, and we are hoping to book the same venue for the 2019-2020 season end.
  4. All member clubs are continuing in the league in 2019-2020. If there are any changes in the number of teams you will run, or requests for divisional changes, you can let me know, however you will have until  the end of June to decide.
  5. Brian Davies will be away 20th – 30th of May, please contact Graham Ellis asstsecretary@landc.org.uk if you need assistance during that time.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures and Results we 12.05.2019

Rhodes Cup Final

Vics put their name on top trophy

Hyde United provided a great stage for an excellent game in the top L and C knock out final for the Rhodes Cup.

An enthusiastic audience saw two in-form teams, Salford Victoria and Radclyffe, put on a great display of organised and exciting football that went right to the wire before Vics put their name on the historic trophy that was first played for in 1913 with a 3-2 win.

Radclyffe had already won two trophies- the Wray Cup and the division three championship, and had beaten four Premier division teams on their way to the final, including Premier division champions Rochdalians in a season that had seen them lose just one game in the league.

Vics have finished their season in hot form scoring goals for fun with their young and exciting attacking team to finish fourth in the Premier division so it was all set up for a great contest.

It proved to be just that as the game flowed well thanks to the fine officiating by referee Mike Crump and his team and there was little to separate them until the half-hour mark when the outstanding Ruben Rose for Vics and Nathan Gray for Radclyffe netted in quick succession.

Vics then took a 2-1 lead with a powerful strike from Dale McAndrew before the teams and spectators enjoyed a well-earned interval break.

It was again nip and tuck in the second half until the 65th minute when Zac Faulkner made it 3-1 for Vics with a stunning strike that looked to have secured them victory.

But Radclyffe came back well and reduced the arrears with Ryan Leeming on target with 18 minutes left to play and they then tested the Vics defence to the full but they stood firm to lift the trophy presented by League President Mike Jones.

A great night and a superb game bringing great credit to both teams and the league to finish another excellent season in its 110th year.

Pics- Both teams (Vics in green and white), officials, action and Vics celebrations

Rochdalians crowned Premier Division champions

Rochdalians AFC First are celebrating after securing the Premier Division title.

It is fitting that manager Tony Luker has delivered the title in the season the club celebrate their 25th anniversary as part of the Lancashire & Cheshire AFL.

In the end, Rochdalians have been richly rewarded for a dominant league season that has seen them drop points in just five games, registering a league-high 17 wins in the process.

At the back end of any season when honours are being handed out, there’s always a worry that pressure will tell. Rochdalians emphatically bucked this trend. In the last month of the season, they racked up a perfect record of four wins in four, scoring 13 goals and conceding three in the process.

It has re-established them as the dominant force in the Premier Division; in their 25 years, this is the sixth league title they have captured.

And in recent history, their place at the top of the L&C AFL tree is secure – this league triumph is their third in just five seasons and now the team will have their sights firmly fixed on emulating the class of 2015/16, who retained their crown as the league’s best.

During the season, Rochdalians racked up 81 goals in 22 games – bettered by just one side, but no team could get near their impressive defence, which conceded just 31 goals – a goal difference of +50, double the tally of second-place High Lane Open.

It meant a title triumph by seven points, which is a fitting way for captain Davey Luker and his brother John to bow out, both of whom have announced their retirements.

The next generation of Luker will continue to influence the fortunes of the team next season, as Tony’s son Jamie has already broken into the first team.

The retirements will undoubtedly hit the side, but it is built upon a strong defensive unit. Although Davey will no longer be part of that, the contributions of Scott Hopley and Reece Gregory will give Rochdalians the platform to move forward.

And with the scoring feats of the likes of David Devlin and Nick Hands, whose goals have helped to fire Rochdalians to the title, they’ll be primed to defend their crown in 2019/20.


Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures and Results 04.05.2019

Whitehead Cup Final

West Didsbury and Chorlton were again great hosts for a match attended by a bumper crowd as Chadderton Cott and Stoconians 3rds played the Whitehead Cup final, a knock out competition for teams in Divisions A and B.

It is Cott’s first season in the league and they showed their class by winning the Division A title by five points from Elton Lib Hargreaves and being the only team in the entire league to have a proud unbeaten record.

They were taking on Stoconians 3rds from the division below them where they finished in mid-table but had enjoyed a great cup run with the highlight being a 2-0 local derby win over Division B champions AFC Stockport.

Cott were obviously the favourites to take the trophy but Stocs showed their intent with some determined play in the opening minutes as they took the game to their opponents.

Then the young and impressive Cott team upped their momentum and took the lead through the outstanding Ashley Curran on ten minutes and he added a second with a clinical finish five minutes later.

Cott then dominated the game and were denied by some fine goalkeeping from Callum Crone before Stoconians almost reduced the arrears as they struck the bar on a breakaway.

Seconds later 0came a killer blow as Cott extended their lead to 3-0 through skipper Ryan Higginson after 29 minutes, a lead they maintained to the interval.

Stocs came within inches of opening their account early in the second half but Cott then put the game out of sight with Bradley Delves making it 4-0 on 52 minutes.

Ashley Curran confirmed a great night for himself and his club as he completed his hat-trick and all credit to Stoconians who continued to search for a well-deserved consolation goal in vain and they could not be faulted for their 100 per cent effort.

Credit must also go to referee Joe Perselli and his team, for keeping the game flowing and being played in an excellent spirit by both teams, backed by enthusiastic support from their fans.

The only remaining game now left in the league is the Rhodes Cup Final between Salford Victoria and Radclyffe FC, neither of whom have won the League’s top KO trophy previously. This match takes place at Hyde United on Thursday May 9, kick off 7.30pm.

With the league programme now completed the winners of the seven divisions are:

Premier – Rochdalians FC

Division One – Dom Doyle FC

Division Two – Newton FC

Division Three – Radclyffe FC

Division A – Chadderton Cott FC

Division B – AFC Stockport

Division C – Deans

Pics -Chadderton Cott  (blue) and Stoconians thirds (blue and amber), teams, match officials, game action, Cott celebrate their victory, the sun sets at West Didsbury.

L & C AFL update for club secretaries

The latest round of updates for club secretaries provides information on the remaining cup finals, the league’s alcohol policy, and news on the 125th anniversary end of season presentation evening.

  1. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs, and £2 for spectators.
  • Thursday 2nd May at West Didsbury & Chorlton – Whitehead Cup Final Chadderton Cott v Stoconians 3rds.
  • Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final Radclyffe v Salford Vic.
  1. At this time of the season it is timely for me to remind all clubs who have cause for celebration of the need to comply with L & C Alcohol Policy. Here’s a link to the new website. The drugs and alcohol policy is included, https://landc.org.uk/rules-and-articles/ Save the celebration for the pub ie not at the pitchside and certainly not while the match is in progresss.
  2. For the remainder of the season please contact Chris Millward 07487646355 for Stoconians.
  3. The special presentation evening for the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL, is on the 17th May at the Renaissance Hotel on Blackfriars St, corner of Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets at £20 will be subsidised. Please send me your requirements for additional places as soon as possible. A more detailed letter is also being issued to clubs today. Any nominations for long service (25 years in the L & C) can be sent to me.

High Lane confirmed as Premier Division runners-up

Fixtures & Results w/e 28.04.2019

High Lane take Runners-up spot in Prem

It was the final day of action in most divisions with players and officials having to put up with the demands of Storm Hannah.

Premier Division

In the Premier Division the main focus was on the runners-up behind newly crowned champions Rochdalians.

Second-placed High Lane lost out in a tight game at Waterloo by 3-2 but as third-placed Whalley Range also went down 6-2 at an in-form Salford Vics High Lane were the runners-up.

Vis were too hot to handle and on target were Mike Gandy (two), Ruben Rose, Pat Gregory, Dale McAndrew and Joe Axon set up a comfortable 6-1 lead with Range grabbing a late second consolation.

Old Ashtonians were celebrating after posting their first win of the season when they were 3-0 up hosting Mellor. Mellor came back with two goals but Ashtonians held on to win 3-2.

South Manchester have enjoyed a solid season and they finished in style with a 5-2 win at Abacus Media and providing the nap-hand for South were Kiefer Greig, Marc Critchley, Azuka Otutu (two) and Milo Edwards.

Milton also rounded off a good season with a 3-1 win at Old Stretfordians for a comfortable mid-table finish.

Division One

The match of the day was in Division One as the top two teams battled for the title with Parrs Wood Celtic hosting Dom Doyle at Curzon Ashton. Dom Doyle have topped the table for most of the season but victory for Celtic would have seen them firmly in contention.
Dom Doyle opened the scoring through Will Anderson but Celtic were level on 22 minutes through Craig Lawler. Within a minute Dom Doyle regained the lead through Jake Betts to go into the interval with a slender lead. The outstanding Pat Davin struck on 47 minutes to bring Celtic back on terms but Dom Doyle had Jordan McCann on 62 minutes and Leyton Devlin on 70 to seal victory to give Dom Doyle the title in a very competitive division.

Swinton also enjoyed a good week with a big 8-2 win at Didsbury in mid-week followed by a close 2-1 win over Bury Amateurs.

Division Two

The runners-up slot in division two was decided on goal difference in favour of Hollingworth who drew 2-2 at Santos to see them home from Urmston Town who cruised to a 6-1 win at Spurley Hey.

The other game in the division saw champions Newton lose out by the odd goal in five hosting Mellor Reserves.

Division Three

In Division Three, Radclyffe were catching up on their big backlog of games, with a 3-0 win in midweek over Mellor 3rds and a win yesterday over Salford Victoria Reserves by 5-3, to see them overtake long-time leaders Dukinfield Athletic to secure the title as Dukinfield were held 2-2 at Chadderton Park.

With a strong wind on their backs Radclyffe led 4-0 at the break but then Victoria exploited the conditions after the break to take it to 4-3 before Radclyffe sealed victory with a late strike.

Village Manchester also had two games with a 3-0 midweek win at Signol Athletic followed by a 4-1 defeat hosting Stoconians Reserves.

The other Saturday game in this division saw Signol Athletic beat Aldermere 3-1.

Division A

Division A champions Chadderton Cott completed their season in style and preserved their unbeaten record with a 4-1 win over Flixton and the other game had Trafford United Reserves winning 3-2 at Chorltonians Villa.

Division B

AFC Stockport wrapped up the Division B title with a 3-0 win over Chadderton Cott Reserves keeping their two-point lead over Old Stretfordians Reserves who finished their season strongly with a big 8-0 win at Didsbury Reserves.

Mixed fortunes for Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves who drew 1-1 with AFC Oldham 3rds in midweek but lost out 3-1 at Bury Amateurs Reserves.

An excellent game at Hillgate saw them win by 3-2 over AFC Oldham 3rds.

Pics – 1) Action from Waterloo v High Lane (Waterloo in yellow), 2) Village Manchester v Stoconians Reserves (Village in dark blue), 3) Parrs Wood Celtic v Dom Doyle (DD in red), 4) Dom Doyle celebrate their title win, 5) AFC Stockport celebrate their Division B success.