Ri­vals miss chance to nar­row gap


IN the Premier di­vi­sion Whal­ley Range missed their chance to cut down on the lead of Rochdalians as they failed to find their shoot­ing boots against High Lane.

Lane made them pay for their profli­gacy with clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing from Tom Porter (two), James Wil­liamson and Dean Jarad tak­ing them to a 4-0 vic­tory.

It was tight at Mel­lor as they scored the only goal of their game with Traf­ford United.

There were two games in di­vi­sion two with Whal­ley Range sec­onds show­ing their ti­tle in­tent with a thrilling 4-3 win at Mel­lor sec­onds and in an­other close en­counter Rochdalians sec­onds beat Be­di­ans 2-1.

Just one game in di­vi­sion three and a mid-table lo­cal derby saw Mil­ton sec­onds beat Aba­cus Me­dia sec­onds 3-2.

On a day dom­i­nated by do­mes­tic cup ac­tion there were few sur­prises as the Premier di­vi­sion teams in ac­tion in the Rhodes Cup were led by Sal­ford Vics who fol­lowed up their im­pres­sive win at Water­loo with a com­fort­able 9-1 at di­vi­sion three side Al­der­mere.

The game of the day was at South Manch­ester where di­vi­sion one Mos­ton Brook put on a ter­rific dis­play to have the scores level at 4-4 be­fore South kept their nerve to win the penalty shoot out 5-4.

Mil­ton kept up their solid league form with a 3-1 win over Water­loo.

Old Stret­for­dians had Ryan Lons­dale on tar­get to open their ac­count against Aba­cus Me­dia who drew level through Jor­dan Charnock.

Joe Mullarkey re­stored the Strets lead and they went on to win 4-2.

There were two up­sets for di­vi­sion one sides as El­ton Lib Har­g­reaves from di­vi­sion A ac­count for Dids­bury by 4-1and Vil­lage Manch­ester pulled off a great 3-2 win at Old­ham Vics

Chorl­to­ni­ans were in hot form with a 7-1 de­mo­li­tion of Spur­ley Hey and Parrs Wood Cetic kept up their hot streak with a 9-2 win over di­vi­sion D lead­ers Deans.

Heaton Mersey also found tough op­po­nents in Swin­ton who cruised to a big 11-2 win.

It was closer for Hoo­ley Bridge Celtic who won by the odd goal in five in a lo­cal derby with Rochdale Galaxy and AFC Old­ham in a 2-1 win over di­vi­sion two high-fliers Manch­ester Polo­nia, a score matched by Ir­lam Tigers against Bury Ams while Sto­co­ni­ans won by the odd goal in five at Staly Lions..

Di­vi­sion two pace set­ters New­ton were too hot for Go­van Ath­letic who were despatched 10-0.

Chad­der­ton Cott were also hot in a 7-2 win at San­tos and AFC Stock­port were 3-2 gi­ant-killers of Chad­der­ton Park.

Duk­in­field Athetic cruised to a 6-3 win at Hill­gate,

In the Wray Cup South Manch­ester sec­onds moved into the next round with a tight 2-1 win at Sal­ford Vics sec­onds.

The other game went to a penalty shoot out af­ter Sto­co­ni­ans sec­onds and Mel­lor thirds were dead­locked at 1-1 with Sto­co­ni­ans win­ning the shoot out 3-0

In the Whitehead Cup there were wins for Traf­ford United sec­onds by 3-2 at Bury Ams sec­onds, Duk­in­field Ath­letic sec­onds by 4-2 at Chorl­to­ni­ans Ath­letic, AFC Old­ham sec­onds by 3-2 at Mos­ton Brook sec­onds, Old Stret­for­dians sec­onds by 4-1 at Sig­nol Ath­let­ic­sec­onds and Parrs Wood Celtic sec­onds 6-2 host­ing Mos­ton Brook thirds.

The only game in the Hellawell Shield pro­duced an em­phatic 7-2 win for in-form Old Stret­for­dians thirds against Sto­co­ni­ans fourths.

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