Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Hellawell Shield Final

Tigers Roar in Shield Final

The second domestic knock out final was another closely contested affair between Irlam Tigers Reserves and Chadderton Park Reserves at the excellent venue of West Didsbury and Chorlton FC.

Bothe teams were well supported and gave their all in another nerve jangler that went right to the wire before the young Tigers team emerged with a 1-0 win.

The Tigers dominated the first half with some lively pace but were unable to convert their chances to leave Park in the game and during the second half their experienced players gained more midfield control to make it a very even game with chances at both ends.

The breakthrough came on 78 minutes when Thomas Nelson headed home from close-range following a corner to give the Tigers the lead.

Park came back well and pressed hard for a late equaliser but the Tigers hung on to claim the trophy presented by L and C President Mike Jones.

Congratulations to both teams for their excellent efforts which were a credit to the seventh tier of the league and also to referee Alan Sivori and his team for helping to make this a special occasion for both clubs.

Pics- Hellawell Shield Teams, match officials, Tigers celebration and match action

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures & Results 21.04.2019

Premier Division

There was plenty of decisive league action with Rochdalians securing the Premier Division title after a busy week.

They put themselves in touching distance of the title with a comfortable 5-0 midweek win over Old Ashtonians with the goals flowing from Davey Luker, David Cullin (two), Nicky Hands and Lewis Helm to set up their local derby at Milton as a title decider.

Rochdalians dominated the first half but only had a strike from full back Reece Gregory to show for their efforts.

Milton made it a nervy second half for Rochdalians as they created some close chances but Rochdalians gained relief when club legend Davey Luker coolly hammered home the decisive second goal on 80 minutes to secure the title.

Rochdalians were unaware that their main challengers High Lane had slipped up losing 3-2 in their vital game hosting Rhodes Cup finalists Salford Victoria.

Jordan Spears opened the Victoria account on 20 minutes with his first competitive goal but Lane were level five minutes later through Arron Dwyer.

Both teams came out with all guns blazing in the second half and Dwyer added his second on 65 minutes but a stunning late finish by Victoria saw Dale McAndrew equalise on 85 minutes and hotshot Ruben Rose scored a brilliant curling winner from the left hand edge of the box two minutes later to conclude a game that was a great advert for the L and C.

The other Premier Division game saw Abacus Media win 3-1 at South Manchester with Marc Critchley supplying the South consolation.

Division One

Just two games in Division One but Parrs Wood Celtic took a big step to winning the title as they cruised to a 5-0 win over Swinton who had beaten basement team Stoconians 4-0 in midweek.

Parrs Wood have the title in their own hands if they win their last three games that will see them overtake long time leaders Dom Doyle.

Division Two

There were no games in Division Two this week.

Division Three

There were some close encounters in the Division Three fixtures this weekend where Radclyffe continued their busy schedule and a hard-earned 2-1 win at Signol Athletic moved them to within four points of leaders Dukinfield Athletic with three games in hand.

Village Manchester shared six goals with Mellor 3rds and Abacus Media Reserves and Chadderton Park were also locked at 1-1 in midweek but Park went down 4-1 at Aldermere.

Division A

It was all to play for in Division A as the top two teams were in action at Elton Lib Hargreaves hosting unbeaten Chadderton Cott.

Cott came into the game high on confidence after a 10-2 midweek stroll against Rochdale Galaxy and after an even start they took control after a stunning volley from Brad Delves on 21 minutes gave them the lead.

They went on to add six more and take the title in impressive style as deserving champions.

The other game in the Division saw Chorltonians Villa climb out of the bottom two with a 5-3 win at Spurley Hey Reserves.

Division B

The Division B title is still to be decided as leaders AFC Stockport went down 2-1 at Chadderton Cott Reserves.

Old Stretfordians Reserves took full advantage of their slip as a 4-2 win over Chorltonians Athletic moved them to within two points of Stockport making their final games the title decider.

The other games in the Division saw Hillgate win 2-1 at AFC Oldham 3rds and AFC Oldham 3rds won their midweek game at Chorltonians Athletic by 5-1.

Division C

Action -1) Elton Lib Hargreaves v Chadderton Cott (Cott in white), 2) Milton v Rochdalians (Rochdalians in yellow, 3) Rochdalians team, 4) Rochdalians celebrate their title win

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Wray Cup Final – 16.04.2019

Radclyffe still have treble in their sights

Radclyffe FC have enjoyed a superb season reaching two cup finals and in with a great chance of winning the Division three title.

They won the first trophy after a terrific game in the Wray Cup scoring the only goal of an excellent game against fellow Division Three team Village Manchester.

The venue of Wythenshawe Amateurs’ new ground proved to be an excellent venue with a fine pitch and superb clubhouse facilities providing a warm and friendly welcome for players, officials and spectators.

The game was refereed in impressive style by Scott Healey and his team of Allan Black, Steve Jones and Pete Carden and both clubs  showed the depth of quality there is in the L and C with teams from the fourth tier of the league producing a competitive and sporting game, with plenty of good football, that went right to the wire.

It was an even first half with both teams defending well to go into the interval level at 0-0.

After the break Radclyffe upped their game and dominated most of the second period with the outstanding Ryan Leeming setting up several chances before the deadlock was finally broken on 50 minutes with a clinical finish from Kyle Hardman.

But Village kept their nerve and repelled more attacks and in the last five minutes launched a last-ditch effort to try and force a penalty shoot-out but were denied with a great save from Radclyffe keeper Bryan Robson to set up well deserved Radclyffe celebrations after the presentation to the officials and both teams by L and C president Mike Jones who thanked Wythenshawe Amateurs, match officials and both teams for providing a great final.

L & C AFL weekly update – alcohol policy

As we’re entering the business end of the season, a number of our football clubs will have cause for celebration, whether winning leagues, promotions, cup success or surviving relegation.

However, it is important to adhere with the alcohol policy when enjoying celebrations, and these are highlighted in the weekly update.

  1. All fixtures, can still be subject to alteration, including  night matches, please review and contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk if you plan to avoid Premier League by switching nights.
  2. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs, and £2 for spectators.
  • Thursday 25th April at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Hellawell Shield Final Chadderton Park Seconds v Irlam Tiger seconds.
  • Thursday 2nd May at Chorlton & West Didsbury – 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 progress.
  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. Notification and invoices for the club mandatory place numbers were issued in last week. Please send me your requirements for additional places as soon as possible. A letter was issued to all clubs as well. Also any nominations for long service (25 years in the L & C) can be sent to me.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures & Results 13.04.2019

Parrs Wood rue missed chances

Manchester Amateur Cup

Parrs Wood Celtic have enjoyed a great season, which included a run of 25 consecutive victories up to their Rhodes Cup semi-final defeat by Salford Victoria last week.

They had a terrific run in the Manchester Amateur Cup that included a 6-1 victory over cup holders AFC Middleton in the semi-final that booked their final slot at the fine venue of Trafford FC to take on 2017 winners Failsworth Dynamos from the Lancashire Amateur FL.

Putting last week’s disappointment behind them Celtic stormed into action and  enjoyed a superb first half as they dominated midfield and created numerous chances but were denied by the woodwork, some great saves by the Failsworth keeper, dogged defending and many near misses to leave the game surprisingly goalless at the break

Celtic were soon to pay the penalty for their profligacy as Failsworth used a long throw-in to good effect to produce a fantastic save from the Celtic keeper and in the follow-up netted a scruffy own goal on 52 minutes.

Celtic bounced back within a minute to level as the outstanding Pat Davin raced through and lashed home the equaliser.

But their joy was soon curtailed as Failsworth converted a penalty on the hour and added another spot kick three minutes later for a 3-1 lead.

Failsworth lifted their game and were the stronger team for most of the remaining 30 minutes but were given a scare when Pat Davin got a deserving consolation in the dying minutes.

But it was not enough to leave Celtic wondering what might have been if they had been able to convert their superb first half into a substantial lead but all credit to them for putting on a great show that was a credit to themselves and the league.

League Action

Premier Division

Back in league action Rochdalians took a big step towards winning the Premier Division title as they won 4-2 at Abacus Media to leapfrog High Lane into top spot by a point and if they win their two remaining games the title is theirs.

Salford Victoria pulled off one of their biggest ever wins in the league as they followed up their Rhodes Cup semi-final victory with a 13-2 hammering of Mellor to move into fourth place in the table.

Ruben Rose was in seventh heaven for Victoria netting seven times and also finding the target were MoM Zac Faulkner (two), Pat Gregory, Ben Green, Joe Axon and Dale McAndrew.

The win takes Victoria ahead of Waterloo who lost out 3-2 in a tight and entertaining game at South Manchester.

Giving South the edge were the strikes from Keifer Greig, Kai Blake and Marc Critchley.

At the other end of the table Old Ashtonians and Old Stretfordians shared four goals.

Division One

In Division One the top three teams were not in action and top of the goal charts were Moston Brook and AFC Oldham who shared ten goals in an end-to-end thriller.

Hooley Bridge Celtic found their shooting boots as they won 6-2 at Oldham Victoria and Bury Ams enjoyed a 4-2 win hosting Irlam Tigers and the other game ended in a 2-2 deadlock between Swinton and Didsbury.

Division Two

In Division Two Hollingworth moved closer to winning the runners-up slot from Manchester Polonia as a 2-1 win at Rochdalians Reserves moved them level on points with Polonia with one game to play.

It was also close at Mellor Reserves as they beat South Manchester Reserves by the odd goal in seven.

Division Three

It’s a busy time for Radclyffe in division three as they make up their big backlog of games chasing down leaders Dukinfield Athletic.

A Wray Cup final rehearsal at Villlage Manchester in midweek saw Radclyffe score the only goal of a close game but they had few problems in beating Salford Victoria Reserves 6-1 to move to within seven points of Dukinfield Athletic with four games in hand.

Village lost out 4-2 hosting Heaton Mersey and Aldermere kept a rare clean sheet in a 3-0 win at Chadderton Park.

Stoconians Reserves beat Milton Reserves 3-2 and Abacus Media Reserves shared eight goals with Mellor 3rds in a midweek thriller.

Division A

It’s still all to play for in the battle for the Division A title with leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves edging a tense 1-0 win at Unicorn Athletic to stay four points clear of Chadderton Cott.

Cott preserved their unbeaten record with a comfortable 6-0 win at Trafford United to follow a 5-1 midweek win at Unicorn Athletic and are four points adrift of Hargreaves and have two vital games in hand on the leaders.

Dukinfield Athletic Reserves also had two wins with a 4-3 midweek win at Chorltonians Villa followed by a more comfortable 5-1 home win over Rochdale Galaxy.

Chorltonians Villa eased to a 2-0 win over Flixton thanks to a brace from Andy Craig but are still at the foot of the table.

Division B

Division B leaders AFC Stockport are one win away from securing the Division B title as they followed a 5-3 midweek derby win over Hillgate with a hard-earned 2-1 win at Bury Amateurs Reserves.

Hillgate bounced back to beat Chorltonians Athletic 3-1 with Tony Hardy supplying the Athletic consolation

Old Stretfordians Reserves kept up their slim title hopes with an emphatic 5-0 win at Staly Lions with Lions also going down 7-3 in their midweek game at AFC Oldham 3rds and AFC kept up their winning ways with a 2-0 win at Didsbury Reserves.

The other game in the division saw Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves enjoy a 3-0 win at Stoconians 3rds.

Division C

Just two games in Division C and champions Deans took their foot off the pedal losing their final game of the season by 2-1 at Irlam Tigers Reserves.

No problems for Chorltonians Albion who were in sharp form disposing of Moston Brook 4ths by 8-1.

On fire for the Albion were hotshots Kurtis Wallace (three), Aaron Rodger (two), Oscar Lynch, Courtney Wallace, and Conor Carlin.

Kyle Kyte provided the Brook consolation with a stunning strike.

Pics -action from 1) South Manchester v Waterloo (Waterloo in yellow shirts), 2) Chorltonians Villa v Flixton (Flixton in red), 3) Chorltonians Albion v Moston Brook 4ths (Brook in white) 4) Parrs Wood Celtic v Failsworth Dynamos (Celtic in black and white 5/6) team pics of Parrs Wood and Failsworth.

Rhodes Cup final fixture confirmed

This week’s L & C AFL update includes the confirmed fixture for the Rhodes Cup final, which will be played at Hyde United.

  1. All fixtures, visible to the end of the season will be subject to alteration with rescheduled matches, including  night matches, please review regularly and contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk if you plan to avoid Champions League and Premier League by switching nights.
  2. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs.
  • Tuesday 16th April at Wythenshawe Amateurs – Wray Cup Final Village Manchester v Radclyffe.
  • Thursday 25th April at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Hellawell Shield Final Chadderton Park Seconds v Irlam Tiger seconds.
  • Thursday 2nd May at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Whitehead Cup Final Chadderton Cott v Stoconians 3rds.
  • Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final Radclyffe v Salford Vic.
  1. Invoices for the second half of the season’s registrations will soon be issued.
  2. Congratulations to Parrswood Celtic who have reached the Manchester Amateur Cup final against Failsworth Dynamoes on Friday 12th April, kick off 7.30pm at Trafford FC.
  3. Hooley Bridge Celtic reserves have folded and their results have been removed from Division B.
  4. Information about the introduction of Sin Bins can be found by Googling “FA sin bins”.
  5. For the remainder of the season please contact Chris Millward 07487646355 for Stoconians.
  6. 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 will be subsidised. Notification and invoices for the club mandatory place numbers will be issued in the first week of April. Please send me your requirements for additional places as soon as possible.

Lancashire & Cheshire AFL – Fixtures & Match Reports 06.04.2019

High Lane into Senior Cup Final & Victorious Vics. march on into Rhodes Final

On a lovely weekend for football the Lancs & Cheshire is now reaching the business end of the season with clubs looking at a place in a final or how to make that last gasp push to finish higher up their division.

Stockport Senior Cup

There was an all L&C clash in the semi-final of the Stockport Senior Cup when High Lane were drawn at home to Mellor. High Lane came out 3-1 winners on the day and will now play Poynton in the final.

In the other semi-final, the L&C’s AFC Stockport who have an amazing run in the cup this season were drawn against Poynton from the Cheshire League, sadly their run came to an end with a 7-0 defeat by opposition from a much higher league.

Rhodes Cup

It was the last day of our domestic cup semi-finals, with Premier Division Salford Victoria taking on Parrswood Celtic from Division One, for the opportunity to meet Radclyffe AFC in the final at Hyde Utd’s Ewen Fields ground on the evening of the 9th May 2019.

Parrswood Celtic have had an amazing cup run this season, but this was brought to end in this hard-fought semi-final. Two goals each from Salford Victoria strikers Ruben Rose and Joe Axon plus one each from Jonathon Hayes and Aaron Brown gave Vics. a comfortable 6-2 victory in the end.

Premier Division

In the Premier Division fixtures, with top of the table High Lane on cup duty, Rochdalians took their chance to pull three points with a 2-1 win at home to Abacus Media and they are now just two points behind the leaders.

Third place Whalley Range also took their chance to move a further three points ahead of the chasing pack, with a 5-0 victory at home to old Stretfordians.

In the remaining Premier Division fixture South Manchester and Trafford United shared the points in a 1-1 draw where a Ryan Sanchez goal was matched by a late penalty from Trafford Utd’s Nathan Bradley.

Division One

Just two games in Division One this weekend where in a mid-table clash Swinton took all three points from Moston Brook with a 2-1 win and Hooley Bridge Celtic just eased over the line with 3-2 against bottom placed Stoconians.

Division Two

With the top of Division Two already decided, the mid table matches were still to be played Mellor Reserves took a 2-1 win at whilst Chorltonians Reserves had a goal feast at home to Spurley Hey winning 7-1 and Urmston Town won 5-2 at bottom club Santos.

Division Three

In Division Three, with the leaders Dukinfield not in action, second placed Stoconians AFC Reserves played catch up with a 1-0 against Mellor 3rds.

Chadderton Park took a 5-4 win at home to Signol Athletic and used the opportunity to move up the fourth by ‘leap-frogging’ their opponents, whilst Milton Reserves went down 4-7 at home to Salford Victoria Reserves.

In the other matches in the division Aldermere AFC lost 1-4 at home to Village Manchester whilst bottom placed club Heaton Mersey lost 2-0 at home to Radclyffe with goals from Tom Robb & Jamie Lord.

Division A

In Division A, leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves kept up their good form with a 4-0 win away at Spurley Hey Reserves, but second placed Chadderton Cott. maintained the pressure with 5-1 win at home to Chorltonians Villa.

In the mid-table clashes Unicorn Athletic took an 0-8 drubbing from Signol Athletic Reserves and Trafford United 2nds shared the points in a 2-2 draw with AFC Oldham 2nds.

Division B

In Division B, with table toppers AFC Stockport not in action, Old Stretfordians 2nds moved up to second place and within two points of the leaders, with a 2-0 win against AFC Oldham 3rds.

Lowly Chorltonians Athletic excelled with a 2 – 1 win over fourth placed Parrswood Celtic Reserves.

In the middle of the table clash Hillgate took the spoils with a 1-0 win over Stoconians 3rds whilst bottom placed Didsbury FC 2nds lost 3-4 at home to Moston Brook 3rds.

Division C

Just two matches this week in Division C, where Chadderton Park 2nds took a heavy defeat losing 2-7 against Bury Amateurs 3rds and in the other match Irlam Tiger Reserves won 5-2 against Stoconians 4ths.

Final day for emergency registrations from Saturday 30 March

As part of the weekly update from L & C AFL, all club secretaries and the league committee are reminded that Friday 5th April is the final day for emergency registrations from last weekend. More details follow, as well as other updates.

  1. ll fixtures, visible to the end of the season will be subject to alteration with cup and rescheduled matches, including  night matches, please review regularly and contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk if you plan to avoid Champions League and Premier League by switching nights.
  2. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs.
  • Tuesday 16th April at Wythenshawe Amateurs – Wray Cup Final Village Manchester v Radclyffe.
  • Thursday 25th April at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Hellawell Shield Final Chadderton Park Seconds v Irlam Tiger seconds.
  • Thursday 2nd May at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Whitehead Cup Final Chadderton Cott v Stoconians 3rds.
  • Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final Radclyffe v Salford Vic or Parrswood Celtic.
  1. League cup semi-finals.
    1. Rhodes Cup 6th April at Astley Sports Village, kick off 2:30 pm Salford Victoria v Parrswood Celtic.
  2. Congratulations to Parrswood Celtic who have reached the Manchester Amateur Cup final against Failsworth Dynamoes on Friday 12th April, kick off 7.30pm at Trafford FC.
  3. Any emergency registrations from yesterday must be on WGS and approved by Friday 5th April. Any submitted after that date will be rejected.
  4. Information about the introduction of Sin Bins can be found by Googling “FA sin bins”.
  5. For the remainder of the season please contact Chris Millward 07487646355 for Stoconians.
  6. The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL. The special presentation evening is on the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! Notification and invoices for the club mandatory place numbers will be issued this week.