To keep chal­lengers at arm’s length

Middleton Guardian - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

Range sec­onds a point clear of Manch­ester Polo­nia and New­ton who have games in hand on the top two.

Deans FC will take some catch­ing as they are six points clear at the top of di­vi­sion C with a game or two in hand on their near­est ri­vals and they are the other club in the league with an un­beaten record.

The Rhodes Cup for teams in the Pre­mier di­vi­sion and di­vi­sion one plus the first teams of clubs in lower di­vi­sion sees Rochdalians look­ing for a league and cup dou­ble as they have reached the last eight where they play the win­ners of South Manch­ester and AFC Oldham.

Through to the quar­ter fi­nals are Sig­nol Ath­letic, Rad­clyffe and Rochdalians sec­onds and other teams in round one ac­tion look­ing to join them are Vil­lage Manch­ester, Sto­co­ni­ans sec­onds, Chorl­to­ni­ans sec­onds, Urm­ston Town, Mel­lor sec­onds and Duk­in­field Ath­letic.

There are still plenty of games to play for teams in di­vi­sions A and B in the White­head Cup.

Sto­co­ni­ans thirds, Chorl­to­ni­ans Villa, Duk­in­field Ath­letic sec­onds are the only teams to reach the last eight and look­ing to join them are Parrs Wood Celtic sec­onds, El­ton Lib Har­g­reaves, Rochdale Galaxy, Chad­der­ton Cott, AFC Stock­port, AFC Oldham sec­onds, Hooley Bridge Celtic sec­onds, Uni­corn Ath­letic and Dids­bury sec­onds.

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