Three league teams make requests for friendlies

The season is beginning to wind down, and several teams are coming to the end of their league fixtures. But three – South Manchester Reserves, Whalley Range and Govan Athletic A – are on the hunt for friendly action. All three have issued the following requests:

South Manchester Reserves have a free weekend and are looking for a friendly this Saturday 9th March. They are happy to play either at their ground or away. If any clubs are interested please contact Mark Chadwick mtchadwick@hotmail.co.uk  on 07980 005492.

Whalley Range – their Division C team has now fulfilled its league fixtures and are looking for extra games, and can use their home pitch. For more information, contact Colin Glendon clinglendon@yahoo.co.uk 07746 216087.

Govan Athletic A are looking for a friendly game on the 16th March.  Govan are happy to provide and pay for the pitch if the opposition can pay for the referee. James Stokes Club Secretary stokiejoe22@gmail.com 07411733406

Lancashire & Cheshire AFL Results and Fixtures 02.03.19

Village defy the odds to reach the Wray final

Whitehead Cup

The first L and C semi-final of a domestic cup competition produced a game of real drama in the Whitehead Cup at the excellent venue of Astley Sports Village in Dukinfield.

It featured Village Manchester, looking to reach a cup final for the second successive year, and Chadderton Park.

Due to a shortage of players Village had to play the entire game with ten men and it looked ominous for them as they fell a goal down netted by Wilson for Park.

But then Village showed their intent and determination as they levelled through Munetsi Mbano.

Then they lifted their game and took the lead with a powerful header from Mbano and after that they had to defend for the last 20 minutes as Park threw everything at them.

Some terrific and courageous defending denied Park with the Village keeper pulling off some outstanding saves to keep Park at bay and book their final slot where they await the winners of the other semi which will be between Radclyffe and the winners of the Dukinfield Athletic and Urmston Town quarter final.

Premier Division

Premier Division action saw the top three teams all post wins with current leaders High Lane staying two points clear of Whalley Range with a 4-2 home win over Trafford United as Range won a thriller by the odd goal in nine at Old Ashtonians.

But Rochdalians still have the title in their own hands with two games in hand on the top two and they kept firmly in the hunt with a 3-0 win at Milton.

There were also comfortable wins for Salford Victoria by 5-1 at Abacus Media and South Manchester who had Milo Edwards, Zain Shabir, Paul Sunderland and Badou Drameh netting in a 4-1 win at Old Stretfordians.

Division One

In Division One leaders Dom Doyle bounced back after last week’s shock first league defeat of the season to post a comfortable 6-1 win over Bury Amateurs with Will Hustler, Mike Murray and Jordan O’Neill on target for Dom Doyle.

Manchester Amateur Cup finalists Parrs Wood Celtic stay four points behind Dom Doyle with two games in hand after an emphatic 7-0 derby win over Didsbury.

Chorltonians are on the heels of the top two with a fine 3-1 win at Swinton, last week’s victors over Dom Doyle.

AFC Oldham also kept an immaculate clean sheet as they won 4-0 at Stoconians.

Division Two

Newton were celebrating hard and long as they clinched the Division Two title in the game of the day at Manchester Polonia. In a really good game Newton had Kake Hatton (two) and Ben Pollard netting in a 3-1 win and with Hollingworth losing out 5-0 at Urmston Town Newton pick up the season’s first silverware.

There was another good game at South Manchester Reserves with visiting Mellor Reserves winning by the odd goal in seven as they topped the South strikes from M Chadwick (two) and Chris McMahon.

No problems for Bedians as they cruised to a 4-0 win at Chorltonians Reserves.

Division Three

With Division Three leaders Dukinfield Athletic without a game their main title challengers Radclyffe took the chance to close the gap to ten points with a hard-working 2-0 win over Milton Reserves and they still have five games in hand over Athletic.

Stoconians Reserves are in third spot with a close 2-1 win at Salford Victoria Reserves and the other game saw Aldermere win 4-2 at Heaton Mersey, the outstanding strike of the match for Aldermere was their third goal, as a long cross from Bradley Ball was bullet-headed into the top corner by Robin Stapley.

Division A

In Division A there were wins for all of the top three teams with leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves enjoying a 4-0 win at AFC Oldham Reserves.

Moston Brook Reserves stay in second spot after an entertaining 4-3 win over Rochdale Galaxy but Chadderton Cott are their main threat for the title as they won 3-1 at Chorltonians Villa after taking an early lead with an own goal. Cott remain the only unbeaten team in the league and they have plenty of games in hand over their rivals.

Spurley Hey Reserves had their best win of the season beating Flixton 6-0.

Division B

AFC Stockport will take some stopping as they breeze towards the Division B title with an efficient 3-1 win at AFC Oldham 3rds moving them eight points clear of Old Stretfordians Reserves who lost 3-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves.

The other challengers Chadderton Cott Reserves could only draw 1-1 with Hillgate and Parrs Wood Celtic also dropped back as they lost to the only goal of their game at Staly Lions.

This score-line was matched by Stoconians 3rds at Didsbury Reserves but there were goals galore at Chorltonians Athletic who went down 7-3 to Bury Amateurs Reserves.

Division C

Division C leaders Deans put some recent indifferent results firmly behind them as they hit top form at Hollingworth Reserves with a 9-0 romp while second-placed Old Strets 3rds had a bad day as they went down 7-2 hosting Bury Amateurs 3rds.

Whalley Range A moved into mid-table with an efficient 2-0 win at Chadderton Park Reserves and Stoconians 4ths and Govan Athletic shared four goals.

Pics – action from 1) Dom Doyle v Bury Ams (Dom Doyle in red and white, 2) Village Manchester v Chadderton Park (Park in yellow), 3) Chorltonians Reserves v Bedians (Chorltonians in green and black), 4) Chorltonians Villa v Chadderton Cott (Cott in blue)

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, fixtures@landc.org.uk 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, fixtures@landc.org.uk 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, fixtures@landc.org.uk 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 (secretary@landc.org.uk), 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)