Lancashire & Cheshire AFL Results & Fixtures 23.02.2019

Abacus punished in late collapse

County Cups

Manchester Challenge Cup Final

Abacus Media were delighted to represent the league in the Manchester Challenge Cup final at Hyde United where they took on Manchester Leaguers East Manchester.

It was even-steven in a goalless first half but East took the lead on the hour mark and they doubled this soon afterwards

Abacus reduced the arrears on 80 minutes with their striker going through three challenges to force the ball into the net.

Straight from the kick off East restored their two goal advantage and two late defensive errors gifted East two more goals with Brendan McLoughlin completing his hat-trick for a flattering 5-1 winning margin.

Domestic Cups

Whitehead cup

A domestic Whitehead Cup clash saw Chadderton Cott make it through to the semi-finals after a thrilling battle with Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves.

In normal time the match ended locked at 2-2 but Cott kept their nerve and preserved their unbeaten record taking the penalty shoot out by 5-4 to set up a semi-final clash with Dukinfield Athletic Reserves who had also made it through in a penalty shoot out.

Premier Division

The Premier Division title race is heating up into a three-horse battle as Rochdalians could only draw 2-2 with South Manchester who earned their point via two headers from club legend Tufial Baluch.

The draw dropped Rochdalians into third spot behind leaders High Lane who accounted for Old Stretfordians 4-2 and second-placed Whalley Range who had few problems in a 4-0 win over Waterloo.

The title is still in Rochdalians hands as they have games in hand on the top two but it is now all to play for.

Plenty of goals at Trafford United as they lost 6-4 to Mellor and the other game was also a tight affair with Milton emerging with a 4-3 win over a battling Old Ashtonians.

Division One

There was plenty of drama in Division One as long-time leaders Dom Doyle suffered their first defeat of the season as visiting Swinton defied the odds to pull off a remarkable 7-2 win.

Swinton came to the game with no fear, took the game by the scruff of the neck and gave Dom Doyle no time to play.

Swinton played some great football rewarded by goals from Samuel Redshaw (three), Jordon Smith, James Leggett, Manni Tingwa and Ola Oshdi with Dom Doyle’s consolations coming from Murray and Bottrell.

The result left Swinton reflecting what might have been if they had begun the season with this sort of stunning display.

Manchester Amateur Cup finalists Parrs Wood Celtic are still on course for three trophies as they worked hard for a 2-1 win at AFC Oldham to stay in real contention for the division one title as they are four points behind Dom Doyle with two games in hand.

Chorltonians are also firmly in the mix as they kept up their hot scoring streak with a big 8-1 win at Oldham Victoria.

Shane Bates was the Chorltonians shooting star with four beauties backed by a hat-trick from Aaron Rodger and a single from Dan Slack.

Irlam Tigers are on the heels of the top three after a 4-2 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic and Moston Brook were emphatic 3-0 victors at Stoconians.

Division Two

Newton looked to be on track to clinching the Division Two title as goals from Andy Marsden and Ben Pollard had them in easy street after 50 minutes at Chorltonians Reserves. Then Chorltonians stepped up a gear to dominate the rest of the game and got their reward with strikes from Oumar Allen, Jake Manning and Dublin Malone to keep the race for the title open.

Non-playing Manchester Polonia kept up their hopes with this result as they take on Newton in the coming week and Hollingworth are also in with a shout as they beat South Manchester Reserves 3-0.

The other game in the division was an amazing affair as Urmston Town cruised into a 4-0 lead over Bedians and then Bedians were reduced to nine men but came back to secure a remarkable point in a 4-4 draw.

Division Three

Division Three leaders Dukinfield Athletic and Village Manchester showed their support for the ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign as the teams posed with a rainbow ball before play. Athletic maintained their big 13-point lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 win. Athletic took the lead on 32 minutes when their captain Carl Farrell blasted home from 20 yards and two minutes later Bobby Dixon made it 2-0 with another thunderous shot from 25 yards. Village put the home team under pressure during the second half but Athletic defended well to preserve their lead.

Radclyffe are Athletic’s only challengers with six games in hand and they showed their intent with an efficient 4-0 win over Stoconians Reserves,

Chadderton Park won 4-2 at Heaton Mersey and it was honours even as Aldermere and Salford Victoria Reserves shared two goals.

Division A

The clash between the top two in Division A was a typically hard-fought close affair with Elton Lib Hargreaves beating Moston Brook Reserves 2-1 to extend their lead to five points.

Their main danger now comes from unbeaten Chadderton Cott who are ten points behind but with five games in hand.

In a feisty local derby at Flixton, Unicorn Athletic managed to pick up the points and move up into fourth in the table with a professional display.

Prolific top scorer Tom Aldred added to his tally after the Flixton keeper spilled a long distance drive from Callum Blades.

James Steadman smashed in a second from the edge of box to double Unicorn’s lead before half time. Substitute Tom Fahey used his pace to round the keeper and tuck away the third before Flixton’s striker smashed in a cracker to raise the home team’s hope’s. 

Unicorn stepped up the pace as Flixton pressed forward with Tom Fahey nodding in his second and securing the points,

The other two games both produced 3-0 scorelines, with basement team Chorltonians Villa pulling off their second win of the season against AFC Oldham Reserves with goals from Shola Kolawole, Jermain Bryan and Obi Aolzie,

Repeating this were Spurley Hey Reserves with their pleasing third win of the season against Dukinfield Athletic Reserves.

Division B

Plenty of action in division B with the top game seeing the top two teams in action and AFC Stockport extended their lead to five points with a comfortable 5-1 win over Old Stretfordians Reserves.

Third-placed Chadderton Cott Reserves lost ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Didsbury Reserves and Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves stay in the mix with a 4-1 win over Chorltonians Athletic with Luke Vaughan providing the Athletic consolation.

AFC Oldham 3rds were on fire with a 6-1 win over Moston Brook 3rds with the other two games ending at 2-0 in favour of Bury Amateurs Reserves at Staly Lions and Stoconians 3rds in their local derby with Hillgate.

Division C

The recent wobble by runaway division C leaders Deans continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chadderton Park Reserves.

Old Stretfordians 3rds took full advantage of the Deans slip as they won 3-1 at Whalley Range 3rds to move within two points of Deans who have a vital game in hand on Stretfordians.

Chorltonians Albion enjoyed a 6-3 win at Moston Brook 4ths thanks to hat-tricks from Kurtis Wallace and Conor Carlin.

Bury Amateurs 3rds went nap in a 5-3 win over Stoconians 4ths and Irlam Tigers were roaring in a 4-1 win over Govan Athletic.

Pics- 1 Dukinfield Athletic and Village with the rainbow ball, Action from 1) Dukinfield v Village (Village in red), 2) Chorltonians Reserves v Newton (Newton in yellow and black, 3) Chorltonians v AFC Oldham Reserves (Oldham in orange shirts)

Weekly update for all L&C AFL Club Secretaries

For all Club Secretaries and the League Committee, the following advice has been issued for upcoming pitch bookings, as well as information about forthcoming fixtures.

  1. Contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, with any issues or for assistance with 3G/4G bookings. Postponed matches are being rescheduled as soon as practical, so check February fixtures which are altered.
  2. We appreciate club’s efforts to move matches to 3G/4G. If you do, please inform Malcolm and Brian to ensure Full Time is updated with the pitch details. To assist clubs in finding 3G/4G pitches, a list was issued on the 7th Feb.
  3. The first semi-final in the Wray Cup has been scheduled for 2nd March, between Village Manchester and Chadderton Park 1st, at Astley Sports Village, Dukinfield.
  4. Abacus Media are in the Manchester FA Saturday Challenge Trophy final on Friday 22nd February, kick off 7.30pm, venue Hyde United FC, and now Parrswood Celtic are to be congratulated for reaching the final of the Manchester Amateur cup.
  5. The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L&C AFL. A special presentation evening is being planned for the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! More details will follow as plans develop.

L and C AFL weekly instructions for Club secretaries

This week’s important information for all Club secretaries and the league committee                      

  1. Contact fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, with any issues or for assistance with 3/4G bookings. Postponed matches are being rescheduled as soon as practical, so check February fixtures which are altered.
  2. We appreciate club’s efforts to move matches to 3/4G. If you do, please inform Malcolm and Brian to ensure Full Time is updated with the pitch details. To assist clubs in finding 3g/4G pitches a list was issued on the 7th Feb.
  3. Also for postponed fixtures please ensure an email is sent asap to Brian Davies, Malcolm and Joe Perselli as well as informing the referee and opposition.
  4. Abacus Media are in the Manchester FA Saturday Challenge Trophy final on Friday 22nd February, kick off 7.30pm. The venue is at Hyde United FC. Best of luck to both!
  5. The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL. A special presentation evening is being planned for the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! More details will follow as plans develop.
  6. Mike Jones, secretary of Stoconians is away from 4th – 18th Feb, the contact is Chris Millward 07487646355.
  7. Brian Davies is away between 8th -17th Feb. During this time, please contact the relevant committee member. If in doubt Graham Ellis on 07790 567259 can help.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL weekly update

Instructions for all club secretaries and league committee

Following the weekend’s action, we have outlined procedures for issues regarding pitch bookings, contact information, and warnings if ref marks are not sent by all football clubs.

  • Contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, with any issues or for assistance with 3/4G bookings. Postponed matches are being rescheduled as soon as practical, so check February fixtures which are altered.
  • We appreciate club’s efforts to move matches to 3/4G. If you do, please inform Malcolm and Brian Davies to ensure Full Time is updated with the pitch details.
  • Also for postponed fixtures please ensure an email is sent asap to Brian (, Malcolm and Joe Perselli as well as informing the referee and opposition.
  • Whalley Range have requested their Reserves are removed from the league due to disciplinary problems, and have been expunged from division 2.
  • Refs marks and stats are still missing. Clubs are being contacted individually now. Fines will continue until ALL results from the beginning of the season are updated.
  • A reminder for home club secretaries – you are required to confirm matches with both the referee and the opposition in a phone call by Wednesday. If you wish, back it up in writing, but the phone call discussion is in the rules, and must take place.
  • Abacus Media are in the final Manchester FA Challenge Cup on Friday 22nd February at 7.30pm. Venue and further details TBC.
  • The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL. A special presentation evening is being planned for the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! More details will follow as plans develop.
  • Mike Jones, secretary of Stoconians is away from 4th – 18th Feb, the contact is Chris Millward 07487646355.
  • Brian Davies is away 8th -17th Feb. In his absence, please contact the relevant committee member or, if in doubt, Graham Ellis on 07790 567259 can help.

Celtic continue treble hunt

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Celtic continue on treble hunt

FOR the first time this season the league, along with many others, suffered a major interruption to their programme due to effects of snow and frost.

Even some artificial surfaces were affected leaving just a handful of game played but they all had an important effect on the exciting build-up to what looks like a fascinating finish to the season in the race for league titles and cup glory. Fortunately the league is generally up to date with most of its fixtures and hopefully there will be no more days like this in the rest of the season.

Rhodes Cup  sponsored by GP Property Management

It was intended to be a catch-up day in the Rhodes and Wray Cup competitions but the only game played saw Parrs Wood Celtic build up to their hopes of a league and cup treble. Celtic are already through to the latter stages of the Manchester Amateur Cup and hot on the heels of division one leaders Dom Doyle. They took on division three leaders Dukinfield Athletic in the Rhodes Cup and kept up their free-scoring with an emphatic 4-0 victory. Starring for Celtic was striker Pat Davin with a hat-trick backed by a single from Aaron Minshull. This takes them into the last eight where they will look to book a semi-final spot in a local quarter-final derby against the winners of the Chorltonians v Whalley Range tie.

Premier division

There was also a top game in the Premier division at Salford Vics as their in-form team took on High Lane who are also on a charge chasing down the top two Rochdalians and Whalley Range. It was a very even contest with excellent football from both sides with early pressure from High Lane seeing them take the lead with a goal from predatory striker Aaron Dyer. Vics responded well and levelled before the break with a neat finish from Ruben Rose. The second half was again very close and either side could have claimed victory but two goals from High Lane gave them victory and very close contact with the top two while Vics remain firmly in the hunt.

Division Two

The next league action came in division two where an emphatic 4-1 win for Manchester Polonia, in sunny Salford, over Chorltonians seconds took them two points clear of previous leaders Newton but Newton have three vital games in hand over Polonia.

Division A

In Division A Chadderton Cott kept up their unbeaten record with an outstanding 7-1 win over Unicorn Athletic. The win sees Cott close the gap on long-time leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves to seven points with Cott having two games in hand. A second game in in the division was at Curzon Ashton’s fine new 4G pitch saw  a close and enjoyable game end deadlocked at 2-2 between AFC Oldham seconds and Trafford United seconds. After several near misses AFC took the lead with a clinical strike from Crawford Nuttall to lead 1-0 at the break. AFC added another in the second half but Tom Swinscoe and Leon Kenny, with his first goal in 15 years at the club, earned United a point.

Division C

The other game played in division C produced a shock for leaders Deans as they lost their 100 per cent record being held to a 1-1 draw by Govan Athletic. Deans still have a healthy four point lead at the top of the table and a vital two games in hand over Old Stretfordians seconds.

League News

There was good news for two of our clubs with Dom Doyle’s achievements being recognised in the Manchester Evening News with an article by the Greater Manchester Moving Charity featuring their award as the Greater Manchester Club of the Year Award at the Greater Manchester Sports awards in 2018. The article gives a moving account of the club being formed in 2015 with no money, a second-hand kit and three footballs in memory of Dominic Doyle. He was a popular, talented and hard-working footballer who was only 21 when he was murdered in Denton while trying to protect his friend from a knife-wielding gang in 2015. Dom Doyle FC was formed with a view that their club wasn’t just going to be about football. It was going to bring people together and create a community. It would create a family of people from a variety of backgrounds and professions who share the same vision, play good football in the spirit of the game, keep Dominic’s memory alive and raise awareness of knife crime.

Three years later and they now have four teams playing in different leagues and won three cups last year and were very successful with the team who play in the L and C and are short odds to rise to the Premier division next season. Off the pitch they have been just as successful by creating a community at the club, allowing community groups to use their venue by renovating a derelict clubhouse and they have also supported a number of fundraisers with kit or transport – they have been true to the vision when setting up the club.

Good news also for Bedians who share their facility with Parrs Wood Celtic. Bedians FC are proud members of the league where they have won many trophies over the years.

The club are based at the excellent Bedians Sports Fields in East Didsbury along with Bedians RUFC and Oisins Gaelic Football.

The Bedians soccer team are rebuilding in Division Two and enjoying a good season with results improving week on week. They are managed by Rob O’Connor, who successfully managed the L and C inter League team for several years and he is delighted by the new kit tops the team have been provided with by an anonymous contributor which are very smart and attractive.

Rob said: “We are getting excellent numbers turning up for training each week at a fine indoor facility.”

Pics  –  1 Bedians players in their new tops, 2 Action from Salford Vics v High Lane (Vics in green and white) 3 AFC Oldham seconds v Trafford United seconds (United in red)

Match Reports 27-1-19

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Parrs Wood keep up their momentum

Some horrible weather preceding the weekend saw a number of games postponed in a busy league and cup programme.

Manchester Amateur Cup
In the Manchester Amateur Cup Parrs Wood Celtic maintained their impressive form in Division One as they moved into the latter stages of the Manchester Amateur Cup with a hard-earned 2-1 win at Moorside Rangers Reserves, but, it was the end of Irlam Tigers’ hopes in the same competition as they lost out 4-1 at Failsworth Dynamoes.

GP Property Management Rhodes Cup
Domestic cup action featured quarter-finals in two competitions and Salford Victoria brought Village Manchester’s giant killing run to an end., Victoria settled the tie in the first 25 minutes with some stunning football from their exciting young team putting them 5-0 ahead and they added another before the break.
Victoria scored two more without reply in the second half with their goals provided by Ruben Rose (four), Joe Axon (three) and Ben Green.
All credit to Village who kept trying right to the end and contributed to an entertaining game, but found Victoria too hot to handle as they became the first team through to the semi-finals of the league’s top cup competition.

Wray Cup
In a Wray Cup quarter-final at Signol Athletic, Radclyffe went into the break with a 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from Nathan Gray and Daniel Dearden.
They extended this early in the second half through Liam Murray and went on to win 4-1 to book their last four slot.

Premier Division
The top four in the Premier Division were out of action and High Lane moved on to their heels with a 4-1 win over South Manchester.
Aaron Dwyer and James Williamson had Lane 2-0 to the good at the break and they doubled their tally in the second half with Azuka Otutu providing the South consolation.
A mid-table contest at Milton saw the home team beat Mellor 3-2 and the other game in the division was deadlocked at 1-1 between Manchester Challenge Trophy finalists Abacus Media and Trafford United.

Division One
Chorltonians were the only title contenders in action in Division One and they moved into third place with an efficient 2-0 win over Moston Brook.

Division Two
Newton are flying high in Division Two and they kept on top with a 5-0 win over Chorltonians Reserves which keeps them one point clear of Manchester Polonia with two games in hand.
Polonia were also in impressive form as they walloped Spurley Hey 8-0 and are now four points clear of Whalley Range Reserves who lost out 4-1 hosting basement team Santos.
Hollingworth stay in the mix with a 4-2 victory hosting Bedians.

Division Three
Dukinfield Athletic are now a massive 13 points clear at the top of Division Three after a 5-1 win over Abacus Media Reserves, after taking advantage of their main rivals Signol Athletic and Radclyffe being in Wray Cup action, but, with Radclyffe still having six games in hand the race for top spot is far from over.

Division A
There were three games played in Division A with two of them ending with hours even as Signol Athletic Reserves and Trafford United Reserves shared two goals and Spurley Hey Reserves drew 2-2 with Rochdale Galaxy.
AFC Oldham Reserves enjoyed a 7-0 win over lowly Chorltonians Villa to move ten points clear of their opponents in the bottom two places.

Division B
It’s much tighter in Division B where five games were played.
Top of the shop are AFC Stockport after a 2-0 win over AFC Oldham 3rds but Old Stretfordians Reserves are just two points behind them after an exciting 3-2 win over promotion rivals Chadderton Cott Reserves.
A nine-goal thriller at Moston Brook 3rds saw the home team emerge one goal ahead of battling visitors Staly Lions.
Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves are also in the mix after a 3-1 win over Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves and there were few problems for Bury Amateurs Reserves in a 4-0 win at Didsbury Reserves.

Division C
Just three games played in Division C and Old Stretfordians 3rds consolidated second place behind non-playing runaway leaders Deans with a 5-2 win at Chadderton Park Reserves.
Bury Amateurs 3rds were on fire with a 9-2 win at Govan Athletic and Whalley Range 3rds climbed into the top half of the table with a comfortable 6-0 win at Moston Brook 4ths.

Pics – action from – 1) Salford Victoria v Village Manchester (Victoria in green and white), 2) High Lane v South Manchester (South in blue), 3) Signol Athletic v Radclyffe (Radclyffe in blue), 4) Govan Athletic v Bury Amateurs 3rds (Govan in red), 5) Trafford United Reserves v Signol Athletic Reserves (Signol in yellow)


Village Manchester edge penalty shootout to reach League cup quarter final

VILLAGE Manchester again put aside their indifferent league form in Division Three to make their second League Cup quarter final.

They pulled off one of the giant-killing wins of the year recently in the Rhodes Cup beating Premier Division high-flyers Waterloo to reach the quarter finals where they will visit another top Premier team in Salford Vics.

They made it two quarter-finals to enjoy after another thriller with fellow Division Three side Stoconians seconds which went to a penalty shoot out.

The teams shared six goals in an end-to-end nerve jangler but Village ultimately kept their cool with a 4-1 shoot-out win to earn a home tie against Rochdalians’ seconds in the last eight.

In the Premier Division long-time leaders Rochdalians took advantage of Whalley Range being without a game to go back on top with a narrow 2-1 win at in-form Mellor.

Rochdalians are now a point clear of Range with two games in hand to keep the title contest in their own hands.

Salford Vics are in third place after beating Trafford United 3-2 in an extremely entertaining encounter.

In the first half Vics twice took the lead and twice Trafford came back to equalise.

Vics made it 3-2 half way through the second half and despite chances at both ends, there were no further goals.

Dale McAndrew was the star for Vics, netting a brace, while Ben Green took advantage of the wind to score directly from a corner to complete the scoring for the victors.

South Manchester stay in the top flight after another entertaining game at Milton where they won 4-3 courtesy of goals from Cassius Murray, Paul Sunderland and Keifer Greig.

Elsewhere, High Lane had to work hard for a narrow 2-1 win over Old Ashtonians and Abacus Media kept Old Stretfordians in the relegation scrap with a 3-1 victory which took them above Strets.

Division One

The game of the day in Division One saw Parrs Wood Celtic keep up their chase of leaders Dom Doyle with an efficient 2-0 win over fellow promotion hunters Irlam Tigers.

The leaders kept up their unbeaten record with a 4-2 win over a hard-working Moston Brook and Chorltonians moved into third spot as Aaron Rodger, Dan Slack and Jonathan Marshall struck for a 3-2 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic.

At the other end of the table Oldham Vics emerged as the breathless winners by 6-5 over Stoconians and there were wins for Bury Ams by 3-0 at Didsbury and Swinton by 3-2 at AFC Oldham.

Division Two is the tightest in the league with all to play for in the battle for top spot

Manchester Polonia stay on top after a 2-1 win at Bedians.

Lukasz Ziabkao gave Polonia the lead before Bedians drew level through Dom Breed, but Polonia had the last word with the winner.

Newton were held to a 1-1 draw at South Manchester seconds and were made to rue several missed chances as a thunderbolt from Anthony Glover gave South the lead.

Newton hit back two minutes later with a fine header from Matty Harrop with neither side then able to add to their tally.

Whalley Range seconds are hot on the heels of the top two win a clinical 3-0 derby win over Chorltonians seconds coming via strikes from Dylan Malone (two) and Ash Green.

Urmston Town are in fourth place after being held to a 1-1 draw at Mellor seconds and Hollingworth are also in touch after a 4-2 win over Santos.

Jack Tilgan gave Hollingworth the lead on 23 minutes but Santos drew level on 48 minutes with a spot kick from Jonny Harrison.

Hollingworth then took control as George Woods, Jonny Pariguax and Phil Whiteman netted with Harrison adding a late and deserving consolation for Santos.

The other game in the division ended in honours even with Rochdalians seconds and Spurley Hey sharing two goals.

Division Three

Dukinfield Athletic stay firmly in control of Division Three as a 5-2 win over Chadderton Park extended their lead to eight points over Stoconians seconds who were in cup action.

But Radclyffe continue to haunt Dukinfield as a 6-0 win over Heaton Mersey has them ten points behind but with five games in hand over the leaders.

Mid-table action saw Abacus Media seconds win their local derby with Milton seconds and Mellor thirds won 2-1 at Aldermere.

There was an upset in Division A as Unicorn Athletic’s good start to 2019 carried on with a battling win at top of the table Elton Lib Hargreaves.

Two early goals from James Newton and Ben McKie gave the young Unicorn team some confidence and they played some great football on a sticky pitch.

Elton grabbed a penalty lifeline just before the break and started the second half on the front foot before a great team goal was tucked away for Ben McKie’s second.

A great header reduced the arrears and Unicorn had to defend valiantly but managed to hang on for the three points and inflict the first league defeat of the season on their opponents.

Trafford United seconds enjoyed a 4-2 win over Dukinfield Athletic seconds in a sporting contest, Moston Brook seconds were 3-0 winners at Spurley Hey seconds and Flixton scored the only goal of their game against Chorltonians Villa.

The other game in the division was a 1-1 deadlock between Signol Athletic seconds and AFC Oldham seconds.

In Division B, AFC Stockport took advantage of title rivals Chadderton Cott seconds being in cup action as they cruised to a 7-1 win over Hooley Bridge Celtic as their title rival Old Stretfordians seconds and Parrs Wood Celtic seconds both lost to go three points clear at the top of the table.

Celtic were beaten 2-1 by AFC Oldham seconds and Strets lost to the only goal of their game at Bury Ams seconds.

Hillgate kept up their recent good run with a 5-2 win over Staly Lions and Chorltonians Athletic had Anthony Hardy and Nathan Henry netting in a tight 2-1 win over Didsbury and another close contest ended in a 3-2 win for Moston Brook thirds over Stoconians thirds.

Deans continued their remorseless progress to the Division C title with a big 8-0 win at Whalley Range thirds.

All credit to Range for a battling second half after being 6-0 down at the break to restrict Deans to two second half goals.

Deans are now nine points clear of Old Strets thirds who lost 2-1 at Irlam Tigers seconds and Chadderton Park seconds closed on Strets with a 4-2 win over Hollingworth seconds.

A thriller at Chorltonians Albion was decided by a last-minute strike from Oscar Lynch to give them a 3-2 win over Govan Athletic and also on target for Albion were Conor Carlin and Saad Abdullah.

Stoconians fourths were celebrating hard and long with a 4-2 win at Moston Brook fourths keeping them level on points with Albion at the foot of the table.