Stockport Express

Freak injury forces Mellor to replay


MOST teams have now completed two games in their respective cup groups and on a day of great weather and good playing surfaces there were goals galore and many exciting and close games.

All teams are aiming to reach the next stage of their competitio­n by finishing in the top two in their group and it promises to be a thrilling and dramatic finale to the group games in a couple of weeks time.

The Rhodes Cup, competed for by teams in the Premier and division one, has seen some great determinat­ion by some division one teams against the top flight.

In group C Rhodes Cup holders Salford Vics were leading 2-0 against high-flying Mellor with strikes from Matty Bailey and Mickey Lawler when a freak injury to a Mellor player caused the game to be abandoned and will now be replayed.

It’s tight at the top of Group D with North Walkden, again from division one, sharing top spot with High Lane after a great 3-0 win at

Stretford Paddock. Abacus Media hit top form in a 5-2 win at Signol OB and High Lane shared four goals with Manchester Polonia.

In the Wray Cup for teams in divisions two,

Bedians kept in touch with a thrilling 6-4 win at Stoconians and in another close encounter Hattersley won 2-1 at South Manchester reserves.

Group B sees Sale Ams and Signol JFC locked on six points with Sale enjoying their first half at Village Manchester with strikes from Luke May, Dean Bellamy, Stjohn

Clement (two in two minutes)- taking them to an unassailab­le lead-and a 6-1 win.

Signol JFC also had an easy passage with a 5-1 win at Didsbury reserves with George Bell (two), Leon Cheslett and Chris Carroll and Jayvon Morgan netting the Didsbhury consolatio­n. Elton Lib Hargreaves and Salford Vics reserves shared four goals as Hargreaves bagged a late equaliser.

Limited action in Group D with just one game played it was a 2-1 win for Chadderton Cott at Stoconians reserves.

Teams in divisions A and B are in a very competitiv­e battle for the Whitehead Cup quarter finals in all groups and in Group A Flixton JFC and AFC Stockport share the lead after successive wins with Flixton looking good in a 5-1 win at Bury Ams reserves while AFC Stockport ground out a 1-0 win over Deans.

Tied on three points are Spurley Hey after a resounding 6-1 win at AFC Oldham thirds and Mellor thirds with a 4-2 win at Parrs Wood Celtic who are also on three points.

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