Ten-man Mel­lor hold on to point

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IN the Manch­ester Am­a­teur Cup, Parrs Wood Celtic were beaten 4-1 by Black­ley Town and AFC Old­ham were routed 9-4 in their lo­cal derby with Hollinwood sec­onds.

There were more ex­its for Deans los­ing 6-0 at Beech­field, Manch­ester Rovers by 6-3 at Med­lock Ju­niors, Old Strets sec­onds by 7-0 to East Manch­ester Academy, Parrs Wood Celtic sec­onds by 6-2 to Hey­wood St James sec­onds and Rad­clyffe FC by 5-2 in their lo­cal derby with AFC Mid­dle­ton.

Dids­bury sec­onds are through with a big 8-1 win at AFC Old­ham thirds but it was the end of the road for Old Strets thirds, who en­joyed a great run in the com­pe­ti­tion last sea­son but were beaten 7-0 by Chad­der­ton u21s.

Lim­ited league ac­tion saw some sig­nif­i­cant results in the Premier di­vi­sion give New­ton the chance to close the gap on the top two who both dropped points.

New­ton posted a fine 5-0 win at Sig­nol Ath­letic with an im­mac­u­late clean sheet backed by strikes from Nial Whyte and Otu Etuck fol­lowed by goals from Nathan Lewis and Nathan Con­way (two).

Sig­nol could count them­selves to be un­lucky as they hit the wood­work four times with­out re­ward.

South Manch­ester had Gregg and Azuka Otutu net­ting in a 2-1 win at High Lane to en­able New­ton to draw level on points with Lane.

The game of the day at Mel­lor saw the reign­ing cham­pi­ons take on cur­rent lead­ers Moor­side Rangers in an en­thralling clash.

Mel­lor be­gan brightly as a de­fen­sive er­ror al­lowed Ran­dle to give them the lead but 16-year-old Ja­cob Han­cock lev­elled five min­utes later.

With Mel­lor re­duced to ten men for most of the sec­ond half their defence, su­perbly led by skip­per Paul Swann and backed by some fine goal­keep­ing from Jack Kuehl, kept Moor­side at bay while cre­at­ing a few chances of their own.

The other game in the di­vi­sion saw New­ton Heath haul them­selves off the foot of the ta­ble with a com­fort­able 5-2 win over Old Ash­to­ni­ans

Just two games played in di­vi­sion two and they pro­duced a flood of goals with lead­ers Water­loo mov­ing into top spot as they posted a big win over Mos­ton Brook and Bury Ams were also ram­pant in a dom­i­nant 8-2 win at Sto­co­ni­ans.

Also only two games in di­vi­sion two with lead­ers Mos­ton United mov­ing five points clear with a 7-2 cruise against Chorl­to­ni­ans sec­onds who were re­placed in sec­ond spot by Spur­ley Hey who ac­counted for Be­di­ans by 4-0.

Di­vi­sion three lead­ers Dom Doyle were with­out a game al­low­ing Rochdalians sec­onds to move within two points as they won 4-2 over AFC Old­ham sec­onds.

Heaton Mersey eased up to third place with a close 3-2 win over San­tos who had Cal­lum Stan­dring and Dean Walker pro­vid­ing their con­so­la­tion goals.

Mid-ta­ble ac­tion in di­vi­sion A saw Aba­cus Me­dia sec­onds beat Mel­lor thirds 2-0 and Har­g­reaves Bury were in hot form with an 8-3 win over Mos­ton Brook thirds.

With di­vi­sion B lead­ers Sal­ford Vics sec­onds in heroic cup ac­tion High Lane sec­onds re­duced their lead to a point with a 6-3 win at Bury Ams sec­onds.

Duk­in­field Ath­letic sec­onds won a seven-goal thriller by the odd goal at Hill­gate and Rochdale Galaxy had their best re­sult of the sea­son with a 7-2 win at Sig­nol Ath­letic thirds and Spur­ley Hey sec­onds climbed off the foot of the ta­ble with a 4-2 win over Traf­ford United sec­onds.

Just one league game in di­vi­sion C and Aba­cus Me­dia thirds were in sev­enth heaven after a 7-3 win at Chorl­to­ni­ans Ath­letic.

It’s tight at the top of di­vi­sion D as three teams are level on points after post­ing im­pres­sive vic­to­ries.

Sto­co­ni­ans fourths lead the way on goal dif­fer­ence helped by a 6-2 win at Dids­bury thirds.

Bury Ams thirds stay in sec­ond spot with a 6-3 vic­tory over AFC Stock­port and the hot trio are com­pleted by Staly Lions who won 6-4 in a ex­cit­ing game at Whalley Range sec­onds.

●●Ac­tion from Mel­lor’s game against Moor­side Rangers

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