Weekend Review Rochdale and District Sunday Football League
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 @ 14:54 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

The Newbold Tyres Premier Division saw just two games played this weekend due to the harsh weather conditions but still saw an astounding 15 goals scored.

Middleton Town’s 6-0 win over Old Loom sees them move into the top three as they rise above Rochdalians only on goal difference.

Danny Goodier’s hat-trick supported by Dan ‘Dido’ Dearden’s brace ensured Town went home with all three points.

Aaron Spencer captained the side for his final game in a Middleton shirt and lead by example, with a dominant display in the centre of Midfield.

Middleton’s manager Chris Petcu commented on his side’s excellent form: “We have changed the formation a little bit, opting for a 3-5-2 style, in addition our scoring is excellent and defence has massively improved with the new formation. I’m really enjoying watching the team play and improve this year.

When asked about his season hopes Petcu said:“I’d like a cup success, being newly promoted I think we’ve challenged excellently in the division and I’m hoping that we can only use this season as a building block going forward.”

Elsewhere in the division Elton and Walshaw were rampant against Highfield as they cruised to an 8-1 victory, which sees them move out of the bottom three.


In the Sun Chemical Division One Avenue secured their second win of the season, beating Free Trade Tavern 5-2.

Avenue opened the scoring after ten minutes through Ben Harrison, before Spencer Gwilliam put them 2-0 up.

Brain Farrell helped to maintain Avenue’s lead with some fantastic goalkeeping but in spite of this Free Trade did manage to pull back into the game.

At 2-1 Ben Harrison added his second before Elliot Whalley scored to put the game beyond doubt.

Avenue then added a fifth, before Free Trade scored a consolation goal which set the scoreline at 5-2.

Farrell, also managing the side commented: “It was a great way for us to start our 2018 campaign off, Ben Harrison in particular was excellent from in his central-midfield role.

“We worked hard on team shape in training, both in attack and defence, every player worked hard to try and put this into practise and inevitably we were too strong for the opposition.

“I cannot be prouder for the commitment the 16 lads have shown today in adverse weather conditions, whilst still implementing our game plan to great effect – we really deserved the victory.”

By Ben Simmonds