Lancashire and Cheshire flag still flying in the County Cups
Monday 6th November 2017 @ 15:27 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

L & C clubs had mixed fortunes in their Manchester County Cup matches.

A strong Waterloo won 5-0 over Oldham Vics, and Village Manchester had a well deserved 3-0 victory at Didsbury Res.

It was also a good day for Irlam Tiger winning 4-1 at Medlock Rangers, Moorside Rangers Res overcoming Hollinwood Res by 4-3 in a close contest and Salford Vics Res having a great day beating Heywood St James’ first team 3-2. Trafford United also go through with a 3-1 victory at Salford United Juniors.

Unfortunately, Old Strets went out 0-3 at Baguley Athletic, on a good day for Wythenshawe teams, as Wythenshawe Amateur Res beat AFC Oldham Res by a cruel 15-0 margin and Wythenshawe Town U21 outclassed Trafford United Res 6-1.

After a second postponement the Lancashire Amateur Cup tie between Burnley United v Rochdalians tie is now scheduled as a home tie for Rochdalians.

In the Premier Division, leaders Moorside Rangers beat third placed Abacus Media 4-1, while second place High Lane kept up the pace with a 5-0 win at bottom place Signol.

An understrength Newton side, forced to play with a stand in keeper were beaten 7-2 by Mellor, who fielded their best team since last season. Following a close first half where they conceded an early goal, Mellor displayed some clinical finishing to dispose of Newton and run out comfortable winners. Mellor move up to fourth with games in hand.

The closest match was a thriller, ending 4-4 between South Manchester and Whalley Range. After a first half ending 2-2, South took a 4-2 lead, but Range’s powers of recovery resulted in an equaliser five minutes before full time. South’s goals coming from Paul Sunderland, Jay Rushton and Abu Drameh (2), Whalley scorers were Anthony O’Brien with a hat trick, and Syrone Allen.

In an amazing match between two clubs at the bottom of the division astonishingly Old Ashtonians ran out 11-5 winners against Newton Heath!!

There were just three games in Division One due to County Cup action. Stoconians set about chasing the leading pack with a 6-2 win at home to Parrswood Celtic, whilst the mid-table clash between Chorltonians and Salford Vics ended 3-3 with Pat Davin, Scott Verigotta and Dom McLaughlin netting for Chorlts, leaving both clubs level on 10 points.

In the other match in the division, Moston Brook took a 4-1 win at Bury Ams.

In Division Two leaders Moston Utd kept up the pace with a 4-1 win against Swinton whilst second placed Mellor Res won 2-1 against Hooley Bridge Celtic.

In mid table, South Manchester Res won 3-2 at Bedians, during an even first half, it was the visitors who were more clinical in front of goal and went into the break two goals up with Mark Brown and Mark Chadwick on target. Bedians won the second half 2-1 but it wasn’t enough to deny South all 3 points.
The other game in the division finished with a 2-1 win for Newton Res at AFC Oldham.

In Division Three runaway leaders Dom Doyle continued their domination with a 7-2 win away at Heaton Mersey. Dom Doyle striker Pete Carty (aged 44!!) scored a hat trick in the first 6 minutes but what followed was a good all-round team performance.

Second placed Dukinfield Athletic won 4-3 in a close game at Rochdalians Res whilst mid table Newton Heath Res won 4-2 against Santos.

In the other games in the division Hooley Bridge Celtic Res were beaten at home by Manchester Polonia, 6-2 and Hollingworth won 5-3 against bottom placed Moston Brook Res.

With a several Division A teams in County Cup action there were just two matches in the division this week. Hargreaves won 3-1 at home to Chadderton Park and basement team Moston Brook 3rds lost 6-2 at home to Aldermere.

With the top two teams in Division B not in action this week third place Milton Res took the opportunity to close the gap with a 4-0 win at home to Signol Ath 3rds.

In the other two matches Dukinfield Athletic Res lost 1-4 to Bury Ams and in yet another high scoring match, Hillgate were soundly beaten by Spurley Hey Res 9-3.

In Division C, with top of the table Radclyffe not playing this week second place Deans took the initiative to close the gap with a 5-4 win at Chorltonians Athletic whilst third place AFC Oldham 3rds ran out 9-5 winners in a high scoring match at against Abacus Media 3rds.
Fourth placed Moston Utd Res had a goal fest at home to Stoconians 3rds winning 8-0.

In Division D, leaders Staly Lions slipped to a 6-3 defeat at Old Stretfordians 3rds and Stocs 4ths took the advantage to go top with 4-1 win away at Chadderton Park Res.

In the other matches, Moston Brook 4ths lost 1-5 at home to AFC Stockport and Trafford Utd 3rds beat Didsbury 3rds 4-2, whilst bottom of the table Whalley Range Res lost 1-10 to Chorltonians Albion. The Chorltonians goal scorers were Ahmed Al Ridai (5), Pete Bjorkstrand (3), Ethan Gorman, Ricky Ndlovu.

By Graham Ellis