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.

Team of the month: Radclyffe AFC 1st

Radclyffe AFC 1st are the team of the month for March after an undefeated run that has the team fighting on three fronts.

There was really only one candidate in the running after a month which saw Radcylffe’s dreams of an historic treble kept alive by pulling off giant-killing acts in the Wray Cup and Rhodes Cup semi-finals.

In the Wray Cup semi-final, Radclyffe came from behind to beat Division 2 Urmston Town First 2-1.

But it was the Rhodes Cup that sent shockwaves through the L&C AFL, as Radclyffe – on course for promotion from Division 3 – put four past premier division championship chasers, Rochdalians AFC First, on their way to a 4-2 win.

It capped off a hugely successful month for the side; in five outings in league and cup, Radclyffe won four times, racking up 12 goals in that time, before ending the month with a hard-fought goalless draw in a top-of-the-table clash with division 3 league leaders Dukinfield Athletic AFC.

It means Radclyffe are 16 points behind the league leaders. However, it’s not a surprise that their cup exploits mean they have games in hand.

Rob Holden’s side are just one point behind second-place Stoconians AFC 2nds, but with five games in hand, will fancy their chances of a second successive promotion.

But a league championship for the second year on the bounce is what is driving Radcylffe. They have seven games in hand over Dukinfield Athletic, so the treble is very much on.

March’s performances have made it possible and is just part of a meteoric rise of a club that has existed for less than two years.

Rob Holden, said his players have had a remarkable season, which is very much the product of a team effort.

He said: “Whatever happens until the end of the season, to achieve what we have is remarkable. The players have been unbelievable this year.

“The players, board and people who have supported and believed in us have helped us get this far in a short space of time.”

Radclyffe will play Salford Vic or Parrswood Celtic in the Rhodes Cup final on 9th May, while the first part of the club’s treble chase will be decided on 16th April, with Village Manchester the opposition in the Wray Cup final.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 30.03.2019

Chadderton Cott. and Stoconians make their final move

Domestic Cups

Whitehead Cup

The final of the Whitehead Cup for teams in Divisions A and B will take place at West Didsbury and Chorlton AFC between Chadderton Cott and Stoconians 3rds after the completion of their semi-finals.

Chadderton Cott, in their first season in the league, had a relatively easy passage as they accounted for Dukinfield Athletic Reserves by 5-1.

Two first-half strikes from Ryan Higginson put Chadderton Cott. in charge and an early second-half goal from Ashley Curren made it 3-0 and they were able complete their victory with few problems.

But it was much tighter in the other semi between Stoconians 3rds and Chadderton Cott. Reserves.

Cott hit the woodwork three times before Stoconians scored the only goal of the game from Sam Wharton on 30 minutes and this proved to be enough for victory as Stoconians defended well to keep a clean sheet.

Hellawell Shield

The other domestic cup semi-final was the second leg of the Hellawell Shield between Hollingworth Reserves and Irlam Tiger Reserves with the Tigers having a healthy lead from the first leg.

Hollingworth showed their intent as they took the lead with a neat finish from Jake Boon and also went near with three efforts bouncing back off the woodwork.

The Tigers bit back as they levelled on 50 minutes through the predatory Lewis Cartwright and then the game was dominated by Dylan Lee who netted four times to give the Tigers a 10-3 aggregate win and a final date with Chadderton Park Reserves.

League Action

Premier Division

There was a big twist in the tight battle for the Premier Division title with the match between the top two seeing High Lane win a thriller by 4-3 over Whalley Range to move five points clear of their nearest rivals.

Old Stretfordians belied their lowly status as they held Rochdalians to a 1-1 draw which leaves Rochdalians level on points with Whalley Range and five points adrift of High Lane but with two games in hand and everything to play for.

The other games saw Waterloo beat Trafford United 4-2. Waterloo led 3-0 but United came back with great spirit with goals from Michael O’Regan, who took a cross on his chest then volleyed into the top corner and Rick Hulme added a second from a counter attack. However, Waterloo had the final word with a late goal sealing their victory.

Salford Victoria beat Old Ashtonians 3-0 and a local derby at Milton saw them win by the odd goal in five over Abacus Media.

Division One

In Division One the two promotion spots are sealed as Dom Doyle crushed Chorltonians 11-0 and Parrs Wood Celtic were also too hot to handle in a 4-0 win at Swinton to stay seven points behind Dom Doyle with two games in hand.

Plenty of goals in the other two games with Moston Brook beating Didsbury 4-0 and Irlam Tigers emphatic 7-1 winners against Oldham Victoria.

Division Two

Division Two champions Newton went down 3-0 at Urmston Town and Hollingworth stay in third spot after a 2-0 win at Bedians.

In the other game South Manchester Reserves enjoyed a bullet header strike from Chris Waugh but it was not enough to prevent Santos netting twice to secure their fourth win of the season.

Division Three

The big game in Division Three ended in a surprise goalless deadlock between leaders Dukinfield Athletic and their main title rivals Radclyffe.

The result sees Athletic 16 points clear of Radclyffe who have seven games in hand.

Stoconians Reserves stay in second spot after an exciting 6-4 win over Aldermere but cannot catch Dukinfield.

There was also a goalless draw at Chadderton Park as they hosted Village Manchester but no problems for Signol Athletic with a 3-0 win at Abacus Media Reserves and Salford Victoria who cruised to a 7-4 win over Heaton Mersey.

Division A

In Division A, Elton Lib Hargreaves maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table with a hard-earned 3-2 victory over Flixton.

Moston Brook Reserves kept in the hunt with a comfortable 5-1 win over Chorltonians Villa but unbeaten Chadderton Cott are the main danger to the leaders with three games in hand.

The other game saw Spurley Hey Reserves win a close affair with AFC Oldham Reserves by 2-1.

Division B

AFC Stockport are the champions of Division B thanks to a 5-3 win at a gutsy Chorltonians Athletic and in the other game Bury Amateurs Reserves won by the odd goal in five hosting Hillgate.

Division C

The game between the top two in Division C, saw Deans confirm their champion status as they won an excellent game by 4-3 and it was also close at Chorltonians Albion as they shared four goals with Bury Amateurs A.

Pics – action from 1) High Lane v Whalley Range (Range in blue), 2) Waterloo v Trafford United (United in red), 3) Chadderton Cott v Dukinfield Athletic Reserves (Cott in blue)

Cup final dates confirmed in latest L&C AFL update

The season is nearing an exciting conclusion, and in our latest update, further details are announced regarding cup dates and venues.

  1. All fixtures, visible to the end of the season will be subject to alteration with cup and rescheduled matches. At the EGM Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk reported about night matches, and his plans to avoid Champions League and Premier League if necessary.
  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 or Hollingworth seconds.
  • Thursday 2nd May at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Whitehead Cup Final.
  • Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final Radclyffe v Salford Vic or Parrswood Celtic.
  1. League cup semi-finals.
    1. Hellawell Shield second leg – Hollingworth Res v Irlam Tiger Res, 30th March.
    2. Rhodes Cup 6th April at Astley Sports Village, kick off 2:30 pm Salford Victoria v Parrswood Celtic.
    3. Whitehead Cup 30th March. Dukinfield Athletic reserves v Chadderton Cott at Wright Robinson 3G kick off 2pm. Stoconians 3rd v Chadderton Cott reserves at Astley Sports Village 4G ko 2.30pm.
  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. The last day for emergency registrations is 30th March, and all registrations 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 in the first week of April.

Remarkable treble still in Radcylffe’s sights after Rhodes Cup semi-final victory

GP Property Management Rhodes Cup

RADCLYFFE FC are on track for a remarkable trophy treble after pulling off another giant-killing act in the first Rhodes Cup semi-final. After last week’s Wray Cup semi-final win over Urmston Town Radclyffe, who have a string of top scalps in the competition, played Premier division leaders Rochdalians at Wright Robinson. They had to soak up lots of Rochdalians pressure before breaking out to take the lead with a neat finish from  Laurence Howell. Some great mid-field pressing and solid defending kept Rochdalians at bay and Sean Ogden doubled the Radclyffe lead before the break.

Rochdalians showed their intent as they came back to reduce the arrears but it was Radclyffe’s day as they went on to win 4-2 and will face either Salford Vics or Parrs Wood Celtic in the final at Hyde United. Radclyffe have a massive backlog of games in division three as they will be looking to overhaul leaders Dukinfield Athletic in their chase for a third trophy.

Hellawell Shield

There was more domestic cup action in the Hellawell Shield as Chadderton Park seconds booked their final slot with a 2-2 draw against Bury Ams thirds in the two-legged semi-final to add to their 3-1 first-leg win.

In the other semi-final first leg Irlam Tiger seconds gave themselves the advantage with a 5-2 win over Hollingworth seconds.

Steve Bramhall gave Hollingworth an early lead that was cancelled by Lewis Cartwright as the Tigers bit back. Mike Burke and Cartwright, with his second took the Tigers to a 3-1 lead with Danny Birkhead on target to get Hollingworth back in touch.

But the Tigers were not to be denied as they stepped up a gear with Dylan Lee and Cartwright completing his hat-trick for a 5-2 lead going into the second leg at Hollingworth.

Premier division

Action saw High Lane and Whalley Range both take advantage of Rochdalians’ cup involvement as they both posted wins to keep the title race wide open. Lane went three points clear at the top as they cruised to a 4-0 win at South Manchester thanks to strikes from Leon Murphy, Carl Sutton, Jim Leeson and Jim Williamson.

Whalley Range had to work much harder for three points as they won a nine-goal thriller at Kings Road by 5-4 over old rivals Mellor which takes them into second spot over Rochdalians who still have the title in their own hands with crucial games in hand.

Plenty of goals also for Abacus Media who beat Old Stretfordians 9-2 and Milton kept an immaculate clean sheet in a 4-0 win at Old Ashtonians.

Division one

The top two teams in drew further away from the pack with two comfortable victories. Leaders Dom Doyle won 5-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic and Parrs Wood Celtic stay seven points behind them with three games in hand with a 6-0 win over Bury Ams.

Swinton and Stoconians were deadlocked at 1-1 and non-playing Irlam Tiger remain in fourth place.

Goals galore in the local derby at Oldham Vics as they won 9-7 against AFC Oldham.

Division two

Just two games in and they were both close affairs with Urmston Town and Rochdalians seconds sharing six goals and Mellor seconds won 3-2 at Spurley Hey.

Division three

Dukinfield Athletic moved 13 points clear at the top with a comfortable 7-2 win at Salford Vics seconds but they still have Radclyffe in with a shout of catching them with their huge backlog of games. Village Manchester enjoyed their second league win of the season beating Abacus Media seconds 3-1

Chadderton Park matched this score-line against Stoconians seconds and a charity game at Signol Athletic saw the hosts beat the Ryan Brett 11 8-3.

Division A

There are no easy games in a very competitive division and the game between the top two teams saw Moston Brook seconds reduce the lead of Elton Lib Hargreaves to five points as they beat them 4-2.

AFC Oldham beat Unicorn 5-3 and Dukinfield Athletic seconds were 3-1 victors over Signol Athletic seconds.

Chorltonians Villa won the basement game with Spurley Hey seconds by 4-0 and Flixton shared the spoils with Rochdale Galaxy in a 1-1 draw.

Division B

AFC Stockport took a big step to winning the championship with an emphatic 7-1 win at Didsbury seconds but Old Strets seconds kept in the hunt as they cruised to a big 5-0 win over Parrs Wood Celtic seconds.

Chorltonians Athletic moved off the bottom spot with a 3-0 win at basement rivals Bury Am seconds with goals from Anthony Hardy (two) and Paul Stansfield.

Hillgate beat Moston Brook thirds 3-1 and there was a very rare goalless draw in the local derby between Chadderton Cott seconds and AFC Oldham thirds.

Division C

Deans clinched the division C title with a comfortable 4-2 win over Stoconians fourths while second-placed Old Strets thirds won 4-2 at Chorltonians Albion. Andy Delaney (two) Niall Garner and Dan Vaughan netted for Strets with Aaron Rodger replying for Albion.

Inter League

The annual match between the Land C and the Lancashire Amateur League saw the LAL win the John Howard Shield with a comfortable 3-0 win at Daisy Hill FC. The L and C team was comprised mainly of players from Abacus Media and Milton FC.

Pics – Land C team v LAL  action from 1 Rochdalians v Radclyffe (Rochdalians in blue), 2 South Manchester v High Lane (South in maroon), 3 Chorltonians Albion v Old Strets thirds (Strets in red and black).

LAL take the John Howard Shield back

In the 99th meeting of the Lancashire Amateur League and the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL at Daisy Hill FC, the LAL ‘equalised’ 4-4 in the series.

The LA took the lead on 10 minutes after early pressure, and extended it after 35 minutes.

The newly formed L & C team, organised by Tim Roebuck, Anthony Horrox (Abacus Media) and Phil Noon of Milton, fought back in the second half, going close on a few occasions.

The well established LAL side took the match beyond doubt with a third goal after an hour, to deserve the win.

We are looking forward already to our next meeting which will be the centenary of our matches against our old friends.