High Lane close the gap on Rochdalians

Stockport Express - - Sport - LAN­CASHIRE AND CHESHIRE LEAGUE

AMIXTURE of county cup and league fix­tures saw Rochdalians pro­duce the re­sult of the day as they marched into the next round of the Lan­cashire Am­a­teur Cup with a fine 5-3 win at An­der­ton FC.

Mil­ton bowed out but gave a good ac­count of them­selves be­fore los­ing out 2-1 at Prest­wich.

Also ex­it­ing from the com­pe­ti­tion were Hoo­ley Bridge Celtic who lost out 3-1 in their lo­cal derby with Rochdale St Cle­ments.

Plenty of ac­tion in the Manch­ester Am­a­teur Cup with a win for Ir­lam Tigers who won a tense penalty shoot out by 6-5 af­ter a goal­less draw with a valiant Sal­ford Vics sec­onds and they are joined in the next round by their sec­ond team who beat Brown­ley Al­bion 2-1.

Go­ing out were Old­ham Vics by 6-1 to Manch­ester North End, Vil­lage Manch­ester by 4-1 at Moor­side Rangers sec­onds, Chad­der­ton Park in a tight 4-3 de­feat by Manch­ester Medics, Uni­corn Ath­letic wal­loped 7-0 by Bag­u­ley Ath­letic, Traf­ford United sec­onds by 4-0 at North Walk­den and Old Stret­for­dians sec­onds by 4-1 in a penalty shoot out af­ter draw­ing 2-2 with New­ton Heath Lo­cos.

With Premier di­vi­sion lead­ers Rochdalians in cup ac­tion it gave the chas­ing pack a chance to close the gap and a thriller at High Lane saw the home team emerge with a breath­less 4-3 win over Aba­cus Me­dia to move to within five points of the run­away lead­ers.

Water­loo are also in the hunt and they kept Old Ash­to­ni­ans point­less with an em­phatic 8-1 vic­tory.

Mellor took a step to­wards mid-ta­ble with a 3-1 win over Sal­ford Vics.

Whal­ley Range and South Manch­ester ended with hon­ours even in their lo­cal derby.

Range had the bulk of pos­ses­sion but were un­able to con­vert it into goals as Marc Critch­ley put South ahead.

Lenny Kin­sella brought Range level from close range af­ter a South de­fen­sive er­ror but South hit back on the break to re­store their lead through Rob An­der­son.

Range had the last word as they res­cued a point with a late penalty from Dal­ton McKen­zie.

The other game in the di­vi­sion also saw the points shared as the lo­cal derby at Traf­ford United saw them level at 3-3 in an ex­cel­lent game with Old Stret­for­dians.

The top team in di­vi­sion one were also held in check as Dom Doyle drew 2-2 host­ing AFC Old­ham.

Mos­ton Brook moved into sec­ond place with a 5-3 win over Sto­co­ni­ans and they are two points clear of Chorl­to­ni­ans who were com­fort­able 5-2 win­ners over Bury Ams and non-play­ing Parrs Wood Celtic.

It is neck and neck in di­vi­sion two with Manch­ester Polo­nia, en­joy­ing life for the first time in this di­vi­sion, cruis­ing to a 3-0 win at San­tos to go ahead of un­beaten New­ton who de­stroyed Urm­ston Town 8-1 but New­ton have a vi­tal game in hand over the lead­ers.

Whal­ley Range sec­onds kept in the frame with a 2-0 win over Be­di­ans and were in­debted to a stun­ning save from their keeper to keep the game goal­less at the break be­fore scor­ing twice in the sec­ond half.

South Manch­ester sec­onds worked hard for a 3-1 win at Rochdalians sec­onds and an­other close af­fair saw Holling­worth share six goals with Mellor sec­onds.

Sig­nol Ath­letic stay two points clear in di­vi­sion three with a 4-2 derby win at Heaton Mersey and Duk­in­field Ath­letic moved level on points with Chad­der­ton Park, who were in cup ac­tion, with an em­phatic 6-0 win over Mellor thirds.

Rad­clyffe showed their ti­tle po­ten­tial with a 10-0 romp at Mil­ton sec­onds but there was lit­tle be­tween Aba­cus Me­dia sec­onds and Al­der­mere who drew 2-2.

The top two teams in di­vi­sion A kept up their mo­men­tum as El­ton Lib Har­g­reaves beat Duk­in­field Ath­letic sec­onds 3-1 and Rochdale Gal­axy were too hot to han­dle in a 6-1 win over AFC Old­ham sec­onds.

Mos­ton Brook sec­onds stayed in touch with the top teams with a 2-0 win over Spur­ley Hey sec­onds and Sig­nol Ath­letic sec­onds ac­counted for Flix­ton 4-2.

Two teams are dom­i­nat­ing di­vi­sion B and lead­ers Parrs Wood Celtic sec­onds stay on top on goal dif­fer­ence af­ter a 7-1 trounc­ing of Hill­gate with Chad­der­ton Cott keep­ing pace with a com­fort­able 3-0 win at Bury Ams sec­onds.

It was close for Sto­co­ni­ans thirds as they scored the only goal of their game against thirds.

No prob­lems for AFC Stock­port in a 5-1 win over Mos­ton Brook thirds or Hoo­ley Bridge Celtic’s bright young sec­ond team who were set on their way with a neat strike from Matt Brooks in a 6-1 tri­umph at Chorl­to­ni­ans Ath­letic.

Staly Li­ons were also in the goals with a 5-2 win at Dids­bury sec­onds.

Di­vi­sion C lead­ers Deans had to work hard for a 1-0 win at Bury Ams thirds to stay three points clear of Go­van Ath­letic who ac­counted for Holling­worth sec­onds 4-1.

Old Strets thirds dropped off the pace as they went down 2-0 to Mos­ton Brook fourths.

They stay a point clear of Chad­der­ton Park sec­onds who won 5-2 at Wha­ley Range sec­onds who had Ryan Lyle scor­ing one of their con­so­la­tion goals.

Chorl­to­ni­ans Al­bion are still look­ing for their first point as they lost by the odd goal in five at Sto­co­ni­ans fourths. AFC Old­ham

●●Ac­tion from the Lan­cashire and Cheshire League clash be­tween Whal­ley Range sec­onds and Be­di­ans at the week­end

●●Ac­tion from South Manch­ester against Whal­ley Range (in blue shirts)

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