Rochdalians head­ing into new year look­ing


THE Lan­cashire and Cheshire AFL is en­joy­ing its 110th sea­son which will con­clude with a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion din­ner in May.

Be­fore then there is plenty to play for with keen com­pe­ti­tion in each of the eight di­vi­sions and four do­mes­tic cup com­pe­ti­tions.

In the Premier divi­sion Rochdalians have dom­i­nated the sea­son so far and en­joyed a good run in the Lan­cashire Am­a­teur Cup.

Their main ti­tle ri­vals at the start of the New Year are Whal­ley Range who have re­cov­ered well from a slow start to the sea­son and are now within a point of the lead­ers who have three games in hand.

The two face each other in a real six-pointer this Satur­day at Range which is un­doubt­edly the ‘Match of the Day’

Sal­ford Vics have also been in hot form with sev­eral good wins and have moved into third spot ahead of Water­loo who made a blis­ter­ing start to their first sea­son in the top flight.

But all teams recog­nise that there are no easy games at this level and com­pla­cency will not be re­warded.

It is neck and neck at the top of divi­sion one with Dom Doyle, pro­moted through two di­vi­sions after a great first sea­son in the league, one of the few un­beaten teams in the league in the lead.

But a re­vived Parrs Wood Celtic have been scor­ing goals for fun in re­cent weeks to have a great goal dif­fer­ence of 47 and are just a point be­hind Dom Doyle on an even num­ber of games.

Ir­lam Tigers and Chorl­to­ni­ans stay in the mix should the top two slip up and Mos­ton Brook, en­joy­ing one of their best sea­sons for some years also in the chase.

It’s also close in divi­sion two with the new Whal­ley

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