Dalians hit six to move top of table
THE first round of the Cheshire Amateur Cup saw a big exit for L and C teams but Premier division high-fliers High Lane bucked the trend as a comfortable 7-2 victory over Altrincham Hale saw cruise into round two.
Elsewhere there were defeats for Mellor by 1-4 hosting Ellesmere Town, Stoconians by 2-7 against Newton Chester and Dukinfield Athletic by 5-0 to Lostock Gralam.
Premier division action saw Rochdalians again looking impressive as they gave Waterloo an insight into their debut season in the division with a comfortable 6-3 win moving them to the top of the table.
South Manchester stay level with Rochdalians with a 5-2 win at Salford Vics courtesy of strikes from Azuka Otutu (two), Rob Anderson, Keifer Greig (penalty) and Paul Sunderland with a super strike.
Milton stay on the heels of the top two after picking up a point in a well contested 1-1 draw with Old Stretfordians.
Dom Doyle opened up a three-point gap at the top of division one with a close 3-2 win over Parrs Wood Celtic to retain their 100 per cent record.
Chorltonians joined five other teams on six points as they inflicted the first defeat of the season by over Irlam Tigers by 3-2.
After Bury Ams began the season with two wins their fortunes have changed as they suffered their second successive defeat losing by the odd goal in three to Moston Brook.
Hooley Bridge Celtic stay in the mix keeping an immaculate clean sheet in a 2-0 win at AFC Oldham and Didsbury join them after a 3-1 win over Oldham Vics.
Newton top division two after their second win by 3-2 at Mellor seconds.
It was also close at Bedians as they won their local derby by 2-1 against Chorltonians seconds.
Steve Hanley netted first for Bedians with the returning Rob Ratcliffe netting the winner.
There was also a special cameo appearance by Rob’s 68-year-old fathercould be the oldestever player to make an appearance in the L and C.
Manchester Polonia defended solidly to beat Hollingworth 2-0 and South Manchester seconds scored the only goal of their game with Rochdalians seconds.
The closeness of the division was reflected in a 2-2 draw between Whalley Range seconds and Spurley Hey with Danny Moran and Kane Berkeley on target for Range.
In division three Abacus Media seconds and Signol Athletic are leading the way on six points as Abacus accounted for Salford Vics seconds 3-2 and Signol Athletic won by the same score hosting Milton seconds.
Chadderton Park scored the only goal of the game at Village Manchester while Mellor thirds were too hot to handle in a 9-0 win over Heaton Mersey.
It is a similar story in division A with Elton Lib Hargreaves in top spot after a 4-2-2 win over Dukinfield Athletic seconds.
AFC Oldham seconds join them on six points with a 3-1 win at new boys Unicorn Athletic.
Chadderton Cotts began their new life in the league in impressive style with a 6-2 victory over Dukinfield Athletic seconds who had MoM Chris Meredith netting both of their consolations.
The division’s game of the day saw Rochdale Galaxy share ten goals with Moston Brook seconds.
Flixton Juniors also shared the spoils in a 1-1 deadlock with Signol Athletic.
It was their first day of the season in division B and making an impressive start were AFC Stockport with a 7-1 win over Didsbury seconds.