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Cheshire FL Round-Up – 9/5/15


Premier Division

Linotype CHN made sure they took the title race right down to the last game of the season as they searched for their first league title in 21 years.

A single goal from Leon Grandison helped them beat Crewe 1-0 at home to keep them three points ahead of Eagle Sports in third. Eagle beat Garswood United 5-0 in a game that they knew only a win would do. They took the lead through a Ged McAllister shot which deflected past the goalkeeper via a touch from a defender.
Lee Boardman soon added a second thanks to a trademark free kick and McAllister took his side in at the break with 3-0 lead, finishing low past the keeper after being put through one on one.

The second half saw Garswood come out and try to reduce the deficit but Eagle went on to score another two goals. McAllister completed his hat-trick before substitute Danny Burthem finished well from the edge of the box.

Eagle Sports knew that they had a mountain to climb to obtain the league title as they would need to beat Linotype by five clear goals to secure the trophy on the last day of the season. However Linotype only needed a point from the game to make the title theirs. On the day, a goal in each half from Carl Sutton and Kingsley Grandison secured the win for Linotype having only lost twice all season in the league.

The win for Linotype meant that Eagle Sports finished third in the league, level on points with runners up Knutsford but with a poorer goal difference.

Whaley Bridge signed off their season with two comfortable victories, beating Poynton 4-0 through goals from George Burgess, Dan Christie, Joe Burgess and Bill Sutton, before going on to secure a 3-1 win away at Rudheath Social.

Nathan Tickle (2) and Lucasz Synowicz scored for Crewe in a 3-0 win over Billinge that sees them finish in fourth, their highest league place to date, with a club record of 59 points.

Denton Town showed that they would battle to the end and showed strong spirit beating Sandbach United 6-4 at home. Mike Bennett (2) Phil Cooper, Chica Uche, Alan Hamlett and Martin Kilgour all scored for Denton in a great team performance, while Oliver Jepson (2) Josh Lane and Sam Wakefield scored for Sandbach.

Danny Graham and Scott Baker scored for Pilkington in a 2-1 win at Greenalls PSO but the St Helens side had already been relegated due to results elsewhere.

Denton Town were also relegated this week despite beating Rylands 6-2 on the last day of the season as it seems their run of form came that little bit too late. They will join Pilkington in league one next season.

Gamesley will finish their season in tenth place after beating Poynton 4-2 at home.  Dewhurst added another two to his tally for the season, while Peter Baker and Darren Scowcroft also found the net.

Styal suffered a difficult week as they lost 15-0 away at Gamesley. Mike Dewhurst was unstoppable as he scored an impressive eight goals, while Josh Stevenson managed to bag five. Tom Burns also made the score sheet twice in an obliteration of the side from Altrincham Road.

Styal struggled again midweek as they lost 8-0 at home to Billinge. Rob Ablewhite scored four times, along with goals from Declan Gregson (2) Ryan Platt and Ste Wolhuter

League One

Malpas finished their season off with a 3-2 win away at Middlewich Town. Joe Sumner opened the scoring after 9 minutes which was doubled soon after by Alex Hughes but a good comeback from Middlewich saw Adam Morris make it 2-1 just before the break. Substitute Mike Evans scored after the restart to put Middlewich back on level terms but Malpas stole the winner with a quick break by Chris Ingall with seven minutes left on the clock.

Presidents Cup

Midweek saw Warrington Town Reserves beat Witton Albion Reserves 3-2 in a close game to make it through to the semi-final on Saturday. First half goals from Lim Turner (2) and Gavin Horner gave Warrington a good cushion at the break as they went in 3-1 up with Dan King scoring for Witton. Spencer Cunliffe scored in the second half for the away side but they were unable to find the goal to take the game to extra time.

Malpas made their second Cheshire League final in as many years after beating Warrington Town Reserves 5-1 in the semi-final. Andy Morris bagged a brace, while Alex Hughes, Danny Lloyd and Lee Smith also hit home.

Malpas will face Tarporley Victoria who beat Irlam Reserves 1-0. Sam Lloyd scored the only goal in the second half to take Tarporley to the final which will be played at Barnton FC on Saturday 16th May. 3pm kick off.

JA Walton Cup Final


Lostock Gralam made it to the JA Walton Cup Final for the second year running, whilst Wythenshawe Town made it there on their first season in the league. The game started at a high tempo with both teams ready to battle for the silverware on offer. 


Wythenshawe struck first blood as they took the lead in the 10th minute when Ben Brookes found himself in space at the edge of the box to make it 1-0. Striker Remmy Williams doubled their lead after 23 minutes to give Wythenshawe a foot hold in the game. Lostock were shocked into action and started playing the passing game, this allowed them to let Callum Priestly loose up front and he hit home on the half hour mark to make it 2-1. However a mix up at the back saw Wythenshawe retake their two goal lead as an own goal hit the net in the 44thminute to make it 3-1 at the break.



The second half was a midfield battle as Lostock looked for a way back into the game while Wythenshawe were trying to control the play and pass the ball around. Brookes got his second of the game in the 51st minute to put Wythenshawe 4-1 up but Lostock came back again as Priestly got his second of the game with 66 minutes on the clock. Substitute Philip Clorey secured the win for Wythenshawe with 8 minutes remaining as he hit home from just inside the box to make it 5-2.


League Two

Mersey Valley finished their season on a high as they beat West Didsbury & Chorlton 4-0 on Monday. Gary Wood gave Valley the lead after only 8 minutes, before Kyle Denton made it 2-0 on the half hour mark. Wood scored again a minute later to give Valley a convincing lead at the break. Oliver Woodley scored in the 84th minute to put the game to bed and secure Valley a 4-0 victory.

West Didsbury went on to beat Witton Albion Reserves 4-3 in a close game on Saturday that saw West Didsbury come back from 3-2 down at half time to win the game 4-3. Montell Clarke, Dan King and Spencer Cunliffe were the scorers for Witton.

Reserve League One

Whaley Bridge continued their battle for second place after two successive wins this week. Dan Turner, Alex Airey and Ben Jackson scored in a 3-0 win away at Middlewich Town, which they followed up with a 2-0 win away at Poynton. They now sit two points behind Greenalls PSO who are in second place, with two games in hand.

Greenalls PSO started the week with a convincing 6-3 win away at Billinge as Paul Benns, Phil Harrison, Ellis Houghton, Ben Slater and Ben McWilliams (2) hit home. Jonathon Redmond, Anthony Ashcroft and Sean Homer scored for Billinge.

Garswood United started the week with a 4-1 win at home against Eagle Sports as Joe Jennings (2) Brian Hatton and Johnny Keddie hit home, before sharing the points with Middlewich in a 1-1 draw where Chris Holbrooks scored for Middlewich.

Billinge bounced back to beat Rylands 4-0 as Jack Leyland claimed all the goals, while Andrew Dawson scored a hat trick for Eagle Sports as they beat Poynton 3-0.

Two Joe Knight goals for Styal ended Linotype CHNs unbeaten league run as Styal finished 2-1 winners. Styal followed this up with a 2-1 win away at Greenalls PSO after going a goal down early on.

Sean Bennett bagged a brace for Daten as they beat Gamesley 2-1 away. The win means that Daten are safe from relegation but condemned Rylands to the second division for next season. Daten and Gamesley faced each other again in the reverse fixture on Saturday and on this occasion shared the points in a 3-3 draw that saw Steven Bates, Jordan McGrath and Dan Swift score for Gamesley.

Reserve League Cup

Billinge progressed to the final of the Reserve Division cup after beating last years winners Whaley Bridge 4-3 on penalties. Neither side were able to break the dead lock in the 90 minutes and the game went to extra time but the scores remained level and the game had to be decided on penalties.

Linotype CHN also made it through to the final after beating local rivals Wythenshawe Town. Linotype took a 3-1 lead through goals from Wayne Bromley, Jason Jones and Jack Taylor but Wythenshawe fought back and scored twice to take the game into extra time. Striker Ben Reeves came off the bench to score with four minutes of extra time remaining to book Linotypes place in the final.

The final will be played on Saturday 23rdMay at Barnton FC in Northwich with a 3pm kick off.

Reserve Division Two

Knutsford A signed off their season with two victories in two days; firstly beating Wythenshawe Town 2-1 away in a tight game that saw Mark Evans and Brad Williams score for Knutsford. The result meant that Sandbach United would go up in second place as Wythenshawe remained four points behind with a game in hand. The second win of the week came at home against Moore United where Evans scored the only goal in a 1-0. 

Golborne Sports also recorded two victories this week as they climbed to seventh in the table after beating West Didsbury & Chorlton A 6-0 with Josh Taffe bagging another hat trick and George Naughton, Gary Shannon and Dave Rigby also hitting home.

West Cheshire League Round-Up – 9/5/15


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Andy Metcalf emerged as the hero for Chester Nomads as they overcame Upton AA in Thursday nights’ Chester FA Senior Cup Finalat Chester FC’s Swansway Stadium. The Nomads keeper pulled off 3 consecutive saves in a 3-2 penalty shootout victory that earned him the Man of the Match award as his side lifted the trophy for the first time since 2011. Early Nomads pressure was rewarded in the 15thminute when ex Upton striker Simon Andrews flicked the ball onto Matty Pierce who lifted the ball over Adam Bedford and into the net.Dan Delgado attempted to add to the lead but headed over and Ed Moss embarked on a mazy run before firing wide of the Upton goal. Shortly before the break Chris Melia went close with an attempted equalizer but the half ended with Nomads holding on to their slim advantage. Immediately after the resumption, Pierce almost doubled his tally only for his effort to shave the far post but the introduction of two substitutes on the restart brought a fresher look to the Upton play and within three minutes it paid dividends. One of the replacements, Dale Higham, moved sharply onto the ball and was brought down by Metcalf who was subsequently beaten by Lewis Dennan’s resultant spot kick. The goal spurred Upton onto greater efforts and they pressurized the Nomads rearguard without achieving the desired result with shots going wide of the goal. As the half wore on Nomads came back into the attacking picture and in a concerted attack, twice had shots cleared away from the line, Bedford ran out of his area to head the ball away and Chris Coughlin blocked another goal bound effort. Upton continued to probe at the other end but normal time ended with Andrews heading wide of the Upton goal from close range. As the teams tired during extra time goalmouth incidents were rare although Metcalf pulled off a smart save from a header while another Upton effort was blocked and Bedford was also called into action to deny Nomads. It was left to the dreaded penalty shoot out to separate the teams with Metcalf literally saving the day for his side while opposite number Bedford could count himself unlucky in thwarting two ofNomads attempts.    


South Liverpool Reserves capped a memorable season for their club by clinching promotion to Division 2 by the narrowest of margins on Tuesday evening. Entering their final fixture of the campaign against visiting Upton AA Reserves, South needed to win by a 3 goal margin and their eventual 4-0 victory edged out Neston Nomads on goal difference. South had achieved their 3 goal target by half time, adding a 4th after the break, with doubles from Neal Hodson and Ryan McMahon [1 pen.] counting on the night. This success by the 2nd string arrives after their senior side had lifted the Division 1 title and the Youth team had completed the treble of championship and two cup final victories. More recognition for the South Liverpool club came with 1st team boss Martin Ryman being named as the Carlsberg Manager of the Month for April/May, this being the 2nd time Martin has collected the award during the campaign.


Congratulations go to West Kirby Youth on winning the WirralDistrict FA Under 18’s Youth Cup. In Monday mornings’ final at Ellesmere Port, they proved to be too strong for opponents BebAthletic building on a 4-0 interval lead to run out 7-1 against BebAthletic Youth. Ben Glover stole the show for the cup winners with a superb 5 goal haul which was added to by Tommy Johnstone and a penalty from Jack Ireland. 


Sadly heavy rain caused the postponement of two cup finals, scheduled to be held at Cammell Laird 1907 FC, with the Haworth & Gallagher Bowl final featuring Division 2 champions Rainhill Town and runners-up Heswall being called off on Friday. The game will now take place at Bootle FC next Friday, 15th May, kick off 7.00 p.m.

The Wirral & District FA Senior Cup Final, between Mallaby & Vauxhall Motors, postponed from Wednesday, has been rescheduled for Monday 11th May Kick Off 7.00 @ Cammell Laird 1907 FC


Glossop North End 1-2 North Shields – FA Vase Final Match Report


North Shields’ late resurgence inflicts more heartache for Glossop North End in the FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium


After a morning and lunchtime of grey skies partnered with frustrating gale force winds, the usual London sunshine shone as soon as fans filtered into the home of English football.
The Wembley Stadium surface could not be described as anything other than perfect, you could not have asked for a better day for a once in a lifetime occasion, well I say once, six of the Glossop North End squad were making their second appearance at Wembley Stadium when the North West Counties side lost 2-0 in the Vase Final back in 2009.
With the national anthem sung it was then time to get underway as the hordes of blue on one side and red on the other encouraged and got behind their beloved teams.
North Shields got the final underway and after a few minutes were kicking into the shade with Glossop attacking into the blazing sunshine.
It was the North West Counties Champions, who coincidentally started the brighter attacking the sunny end, pushing high up the pitch and driving North Shields deeper and deeper. Tom Bailey for GNE was the player catching the eye in the early stages looking extremely lively coming in from the left wing position. The first sniff in the penalty area fell to Bailey as he anticipated a loose ball in behind the Robins’ defence but the striker can’t quite make contact and the ball was cleared.
Glossop continued on top in the first 15 minutes playing with great intensity, Samuel Hare in central midfield was linking everything together with cute and simple passing and moving. The first shot on target came just under the quarter of an hour mark and went to the team in the ascendency, brilliant cross from the right hand side by Bowler picked out an unmarked Kieran Lugsden however his header fell straight into the arms of North Shields’ goalkeeper Christopher Bannon.
The side from the North East were struggling to get into any sort of rhythm in the first half, the Glossop backline were comfortable to be honest.
GNE came close to taking the lead once again just a couple of minutes later as another deep and looping cross is met by Tom Bailey who rose highest but flicked his header just over the crossbar.
I wouldn’t say that North Shields got into second gear as such but they did as the half went on hold more of the ball and have more attacks however with no real opportunities. If they did put a teasing ball in behind the Glossop defence for the Robins’ strikers to pounce upon, GNE goalkeeper Greg Hall was doing his best Manuel Neuer impression, coming out way off his line and out of the penalty area and clearing any possible danger.
Glossop captain Dave Young who has had an unbelievable season nearly unlocked the door as he pounced upon a loose ball from a corner but scooped just too much underneath the ball which spun way over the target to keep the final goalless.
The blue army never stopped urging their side on and as the half grew older and older their chances became better and better, another deep cross again is headed back across goal by Bailey to the onrushing Hare but he couldn’t quite get the desired contact to trouble North Shields.
Straight up the other end North Shields went and produced their only chance of the half. 47 goals this season for Gareth Bainbridge received the ball on the edge of the box and struck low with venom but Hall comfortably got down and pushed wide.
With 45 minutes on the Wembley clock arguable the best chance of the half arose and fell to Kieran Lugsden of GNE who already has 26 goals for the season found himself inside the penalty area on the right hand side with the ball at his feet and fires goal wards but Bannon awkwardly saves.
Into the second half and it had to be an improvement from North Shields and it certainly was, the break certainly helped the North Easters and allowed manager Graham Fenton to get them going again, or to just get them going full stop.
The Robins came out and started on top from the off driving forward, moving the ball quicker and taking more risks and just four minutes into the half they came the closest anyone had come in the match so far. Ben Richardson who had been lively in patches, picked up the ball from at least 25 yards out, turned and realised the space he held and let fly, absolute rocket of a strike which cannoned off the crossbar.
Shields came incredibly close once again and but for a top keeper in the Hillmen’s goal in Greg Hall. Not sure who was the man who took the shot but it was a fierce one at that and Hall terrifically tipped over the bar to keep them at bay.
This save proved to be monumentally bigger as just two minutes later Glossop North End took the lead in the FA Vase Final. A ball was whipped in from the blue army side and in the first stage it looked like there was a decent penalty shout on Eddie Moran I believe but it wasn’t given, the ball popped out to the back post and was squared to which Tom Bailey was holding his position and from two yards out he simply couldn’t miss and he smashed the ball into the back of the net to send the Glossop bench and fans into absolute pandemonium.
The Hillmen nearly doubled their lead soon after as a cross from the right hand side was just headed wide of the goal by a Shields defender I believe.
With 15 minutes to go and the early second half positivity from North Shields had been diluted again by the goal, they needed something, anything to swing the momentum once again. They started to commit more bodies forward in which they had to, it was getting to the do or die time.
Approaching the 80 minute mark and North Shields got themselves right back into the FA Vase Final, a corner from the far side to the near post was met by who other Gareth Bainbridge, who had been fairly quiet all day however when a striker has scored 47 goals in 42 appearances (48 goals in 43 now) in one season, then they can simply pop up at any moment and find the back of the net. It was a perfect glancing header from a well worked corner kick and the North Shields ultras finally had their chance to go wild.
Into the first-half of extra-time and it was tricky to sense who had the upper hand at this point but I think you’d have had to go with North Shields, still on the up from the late equaliser and now really sensing they could win this and just six minutes into extra-time they were massively sensing they could win it as they scored their second goal of the afternoon.
BT Sport’s Man of the Match Denver Morris picked the ball up on the right wing and showed tremendous pace to beat his man and curler in a dangerous cross to which Bainbridge narrowly missed however substitute Adam Forster did not, he brilliantly caressed the ball back across goal and past Greg Hall to send the red side of Wembley into dreamland, never ever write off Northern League sides.
Glossop had to throw absolutely everything they had left at North Shields now, every sinew remaining in their bodies and they did come close through substitute Samuel Grimshaw, another cross from the near side was met by Grimshaw but his header went just wide of the goal.
Next came a moment in the match which sparked huge controversy, GNE skipper Dave Young went up for a header and I think he was elbowed mid-air as when he hit the ground he was unconscious, and you know it is serious when every single player urges the medical team onto the pitch immediately. Young thankfully came round and regained consciousness and also jogged back onto the pitch after being assessed however, the defender was informed to leave the pitch and I presume for blood being displayed therefore down the tunnel he went to get sorted and when re-emerged he wasn’t being allowed back onto the pitch. If my information stands correct one of the Wembley club medical doctors addressed Young and the officials and for precautionary reasons could not possibly be allowed to continue. This decision let’s just say wasn’t taken well, Young was absolutely apoplectic.
From the kick-off for the start of the second half of extra-time, North Shields headed straight for the corner somewhat early maybe.
Apart from North Shields substitute Kieran Wrightson having a ‘why not I’m at Wembley moment’ not a lot else happened, going for a slightly speculative volley from all of 40 yards, can’t blame him and to be fair it hit the extension behind the goal so not a bad effort really.
Commiserations to Glossop North End on a valiant effort, a league and cup double isn’t bad really is it?
Massive Congratulations to North Shields though who stuck in there throughout the entire final and struck twice in real opportune moments in the match and great credit has to go to them. 

Cheshire FL – Round-Up 2/5/15



Premier League


Rudheath Social sit comfortably in eighth after three successive league wins this week as they play catch up with their fixtures. Firstly beating Billinge 2-1 as Ryan Jackson and Andy Whitney hit home for Rudheath and Rob Ablewhite scored for Billinge.  This was followed up with a 2-0 home win over Eagle Sports as goals from Whitney and Matt Clarke put a dent in Eagles title hopes. Their third win saw them run out 5-1 winners at home against Pilkington as Clarke added another two to his tally for the season. Jackson, James Feltham and Shaun Alcock also hit home for the Northwich side.


Denton Town shared the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw at home against Poynton where Phil Cooper, Jordan McCann and Mike Bennett scored for the home side, while Ste Kirby, Andy Hurst and Matt Toole hit home for Poynton. Denton now need to take maximum points from their remaining two games to stand any chance of surviving the drop.


Mike Blundell scored an impressive four goals for Crewe as they defeated Greenalls PSO 4-1, before going on to win 4-0 away at Denton Town where Ian Carr, Jamie Hart and Lukasz Synowicz (2) scored to keep Crewe in fourth place.


The top two sides battled it out on Wednesday night and shared the points in a 2-2 draw. Leon Grandison scored both goals for Linotype CHN, while Liam Myers and Dave Owens scored for Knutsford in their final game of the season. Knutsford remain top of the table on goal difference but Linotype have two games left to play, including their final game of the season against third place Eagle Sports who sit three points behind with two games remaining.


Eagle seem to be struggling with the number of fixtures that are coming thick and fast due to two impressive external cup runs. Saturday saw them held to a 1-1 draw at home against Sandbach United. Owen Ellis scored a second half penalty for Eagle after Sandbach had taken an early lead in the game.


Greenalls PSO bounced back from their mid-week defeat to beat Styal 3-0 at home to guarantee themselves premier division football next season. Ben Slater bagged a brace while Gareth Johns also hit home for Greenalls.


Billinge took a step away from the bottom two as they beat Gamesley 4-1 away from home. Ablewhite was on the score sheet again, along with Ryan Platt and Ryan Taylor (2). Billinge now need two points from their remaining two games to avoid relegation as they have a much better goal difference than Pilkington who sit four points behind them with the same number of games played.


League One


Maine Road Reserves started the week on a high as they beat Lostock Gralam 3-2 at home to put themselves two points clear of the drop zone and safe from relegation. The defeat meant confirmed relegation for Lostock as it was their final game of the season. 


The home team took the lead in the 7thminute when Jack Shiels found Nick Osbourne in space inside the Maine Road, with the Lostock back four holding a high line, Osbourne put the ball over the top as Josh Harper beat the offside trap to get one on one with the keeper before calmly slotting the ball into the back of the net. Maine Road doubled their lead ten minutes later as Mike Burke sprinted down the right wing and held the ball up just long enough for his inch perfect cross to meet the run of Sam Barnett who headed in from 6 yards. 


Lostock came back into the game in the 24th minute when Maine Road failed to clear a corner and Ryan Millington did a 360 degree spin and put the ball in the back of the net for 2-1. Lostock should have drawn back level on the half hour mark as Callum Priestly ran down the wing and put a good low ball into the box but there was no one there to meet it. 


Eleven minutes into the second half and Lostock were back on level terms as James Dean turned Tommy Johnson and smashed the ball into the back of the net.


Maine Road scored the winner in the 82nd minute when a good pass from Josh Harper released Chris Hirst who took the ball to the edge of the box and sent in a perfect low ball across the six yard box to the feet of Mike Burke who finished to make it 3-2.


At the other end of the table, champions Congleton Vale finished their season with a 4-3 win at home against Egerton. Richie Booth scored twice with James Spencer and Paul Spruce also hitting home. Tarporley Victoria also signed off with a win as they beat Daten 5-2 at home through goals from Danny Ball (2) Joe Marley, Mike Parker and Adam Williams.


Penlake climbed off the bottom of the table after beating already promoted Malpas 5-1 at home. Alex Griesdale and Craig Todhunter both scored twice after Josh Downes had opened the scoring for Penlake, Malpas only goal came from Alex Hughes early on. Penlake now need two points from their remaining two games to escape relegation, which would leave Warrington Town Reserves in the bottom two with Lostock Gralam.


Middlewich brought to an end a run of three straight defeats to take the three points required to guarantee third place in league one, by beating Maine Road Reserves 3-2 away. They were made to work hard for the points after a spirited fightback from a young Maine Road side after Middlewich had taken a three goal lead.

Middlewich took an early lead on 8 minutes with a well taken finish by Evans. The move started out on the left with a clever pass from Blackhurst to Joe oSullivan, who chipped the ball over the defence to the well timed run of Evans. With one touch he managed to spin his marker and chip the ball over the keeper into the top of the net for 1-0.

Maine Road were unlucky not to draw level in the 20th minute when Sam Barnett released Josh Harper, allowing him to get a shot away which was tipped on to the post by stand in keeper Jack Bryning. The rebound fell to Mike Burke but his shot went just over the bar.  

Middlewich doubled their lead on 29 minutes when a long kick from Bryning was headed back towards his own keeper by Zach Gatward but he didn’t connect properly and Mike Evans nipped into take the ball and lobbed the stranded keeper from just outside the box with a sublime finish.

Middlewich were playing good possession football and should have furthered their lead on 37 with their best move of the game. The move started off on the right hand side before being switched over to the left. Blackhurst found Smith who turned quickly and delivered the ball in to the box, which was chested down by Moore for Goryl to hit first time. Unfortunately the ball went the wrong side of the bar with the keeper already looking well beaten. 

It only took three minutes of the second half for Middlewich to grab their third. Another route one kick from Bryning was flicked on by Goryl and James Smith ran through and took one touch before smashing the ball past the keeper from the edge of the area.

Maine Road were handed a lifeline in the 56th minute when a quick free kick from Matthew Morgan was drifted over the top of the Middlewich defence to Rick Williams who slotted the ball home for 3-1.

This seemed to unsettle Middlewich as Maine Road grabbed a second on 62 minutes when a good ball to the right from Burke was played to the well timed run of Williams and he lobbed a stranded Bryning from 20 yards to get his second of the game.

JA Walton Challenge Cup


Wednesday night saw Altrincham Reserves come back from 1-0 down to finish 5-3 winners over Middlewich Town to progress to the semi-final of the JA Walton Challenge Cup. Middlewich led 1-0 at half time after James Smith had given them the lead in the 34th minute. An Altrincham midfielder overran the ball in his own half and was dispossessed by Steve Rowlands who then slid a great pass inside the full back for Smith to finish coolly past the keeper. 

The game changed early in the second half when Altrincham scored two goals in three minutes to take the lead. On 50 minutes, a good move down the left saw a cross into the box which Middlewich failed to cut out and the striker was on hand to side foot past Hebblewhite in goal to make it 1-1. Then two minutes later an Altrincham winger turned well and was allowed to advance towards goal without any pressure, before hitting a screamer from 25 yards. 

Middlewich brought the scores level on the hour mark after good link up play from Liam Blackhurst and Sam oSullivan resulted in a perfectly timed run again from Smith inside the full back for a mirror image finish of his first goal.

On 65 minutes Altrincham regained the lead again when Middlewich failed to defend a long free kick from the half way line with an Altrincham winger collecting a knock down on the edge of the box before being allowed to turn too easily and fire a shot in to the far corner.

Middlewich got the equaliser on 82 minutes after breaking quickly from an Altrincham corner. The ball came out to Smith in his own half who laid it off to Steve Rowlands who found Lunn with a good through ball. Lunn shaped to hit with his left before switching the ball on to his right foot and curl the ball past the despairing keeper into the corner from the edge of the area. 

Altrincham gained the upper hand in the 95th minute when Robinson gave away a free kick on the edge of the box and the Altrincham full back stepped up to curl a first time effort around the wall and past a helpless Hebblewhite. Although Middlewich pressured to try to get the equaliser Altrincham confirmed their passage to the semi-final with a breakaway goal in the last minute of the match when their striker was played in to finish past Hebblewhite for 5-3.


Lostock Gralam booked their place in the final for the second year running after beating Grappenhall Sports 1-0 away through a Callum Priestly strike. They will face Wythenshawe Town who won 2-0 away at Altrincham Reserves as Jonathan Rand and Ash Woodhead hit home. The final is to be played at Barnton FC on Saturday 9th May 1pm.


Presidents Cup


Irlam Reserves finished 4-1 winners over Cuddington through goals from Adam Campbell (2) Dean Burgess and Gareth Meredith. The win puts them through to the semi-finals where they will face Tarporley Victoria away next Saturday.


League Two


Irlam Reserves continued their climb up the table as they finished 3-2 winners in a tight game away at West Didsbury & Chorlton Reserves. Max Camilleri and Shackeel DePeiaza scored the goals for the home side.


Josh Miller and Remmi Williams both scored for Wythenshawe Town as they beat Mersey Valley 2-1 away to continue their unbeaten run of sixteen league games.


Reserve League One


Linotype CHN were crowned Reserve League One champions after an emphatic 5-0 win away at Middlewich Town. Jordan Thomson grabbed another hat trick, while Jason Jones and player/manager Wayne Grandison also got on the score sheet. The win was their 19th of the season in the league and they remain unbeaten having drawn one game. The defeat also confirmed relegation for Middlewich Town who have only secured three points all season and have a goal difference of -61.


Garswood United sit in seventh spot after winning both of their fixtures this week. They started with a 1-0 win away at Rylands where Danny Bell scored the only goal before beating Gamesley 2-0 at home.


Styal sit in fourth as they also celebrated two wins this week, firstly beating Gamesley 4-3 in an end to end game that saw Joe Cooper (2) Lee Allen and Tom Pryce score for Styal, while Paul Higginbottom, Josh Stevenson and Liam Redmond hit home for Gamesley.


Lee Allen was in form again as Styal beat Daten 4-1 at home, with goals from Lee, Troy Hayder (2) and Harry Maylett. The other game at the weekend saw Billinge come from a goal down to beat Poynton 3-1 at home through goals from Jonathon Redmond (2) and John Cullen.


Reserve League Cup


Billinge progressed to the semi-final of the cup after beating Pilkington 3-0 away from home. Sean Homer scored twice for the away side in the first half, with Ryan Platt also getting on the score sheet. Billinge will now face last years winners Whaley Bridge who won 3-0 at home to Greenalls PSO.


Reserve League Two


Knutsford A continued their run of form as they beat West Didsbury & Chorlton A 7-1 to remain six points clear at the top of the table. A hat trick from Henry Scutt, along with goals from Mark Evans, Dom Baker, Jordan Gunter and Jacob Millett secured the points for Knutsford.


Sandbach United also impressed as they moved into second spot after beating West Didsbury & Chorlton A 4-3 in a tight game that saw a hat trick from James Bettley and a goal from Nathan Cliffe. As Sandbach have now finished their games, their promotion hopes lie in the hands of Wythenshawe Town who sit four points behind with two games left to play after beating Cuddington 3-0 away.


There were goals galore as Moore United played host to Golborne Sports and the away team finished 5-3 winners. Mike Koppel, Dave Sargeant, Josh Taffe, Scott Walker and Dean Wilkinson scored for Golborne, while Tom Smith (2) and Adam Dakin scored for Moore.

West Cheshire League – Round-Up 2/5/15



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Cammell Laird 1907 Reserves withstood a concentrated spell of early attacking from opponents South Liverpool to emerge as this season’s Pyke Cup winners. Friday’s final at Vauxhall Motors was an excellent encounter but was sadly marred by an injury to Laird midfielder Kris Hesketh who was stretchered off with a broken leg. South were on the offensive from the off forcing a number of corners and having shots blocked by a determined defence. After being penned in their own third of the field for the opening 15 minutes, Lairds launched an attack of their own and Chay Dysart fired over but South were soon back on the attack and Alex Woodcock rounded off an excellent run with a shot that went narrowly wide. Against the run of play Lairds went in front in the 21st minute when Dysart climbed at the far post to head in Jay Clare’s corner. South responded with Nathan Trout finding the net only to be ruled offside. The rest of the half saw a more even spread of possession and South keeper Sam Mass did well to tip Clare’s long range free kick over the bar. On the resumption, Woodcock’s strike went over the top and co-striker Cameron Dalton headed wide but Lairds went two up just before the hour when a free kick found its’ way to Ben Holmes who pounced on the ball and slotted it past Mass. Soon afterwards Hesketh suffered his injury in a strong but legitimate tacklethe game was halted for some 20 minutes and when play restarted South quickly pulled a goal back when Alex Woodcock drilled the ball past Leon Bimpson in the Lairds goal. South almost levelled when Gary Dunning had his strike on goal deflected wide and Trout headed the resultant corner overAt the other end Clare had his effort cleared away from the line and Chris Cairns fired over the bar but with time running out it was the Lairds defence who were next called into action when deflecting a succession of South shots away from danger. Shortly afterwards the final whistle blew as Lairds recorded a 2-1 victory against opponents who had pipped them in the race for the League title.

The best wishes of the League go to Kris Hesketh who had a pin and a plate inserted in fractures to his tibia and fibula on Saturday.

Bootle Reserves lifted the West Cheshire Shield after defeating South Sefton rivals Belfry, 1-0, in Thursdays’ final at Prescot Cables. Belfry made the stronger start but gained no reward from 2 early corners. Generally goalmouth action was scarce until after the half hour mark when Belfry keeper Phil Hughes saved well then saw another Bootleshot go narrowly wide while Belfry went close just before the break with a headed effort. On the resumption Bootle began to apply pressure, Jackson Ellis hit the post, another long range shot crashed against the bar while at the other end Belfry found the back of the net only to be denied by a raised flag. With 15 minutes remaining Hughes was called into action when pulling off a superb double save but with time running out he was beaten when Ellis latched onto a through ball and slipped the ball into the net for a winning goal that provided some consolation for a young Bootle outfit who narrowly failed in their Division 3 promotion attempt.


Blacon YC went into their final Division 1 outing of the season against West Kirby requiring a point to ensure that they avoided the dreaded relegation trap door. As they reached half time 0-2 down, their top flight tenure hung by a thread. But a stirring 2nd period fightback, which saw them net 3 times without reply, steered them to safety at the expense of Southport Trinity. Kirby had taken a 20th minute lead when Lee Butterworth glanced in a free kick. Just before the half hour, the lead was doubled after a snap shot by Louis Morgan took a deflection on its’ way into the net. Kirby keeper Josh Hart preserved the advantage with 2 superb saves immediately prior to the break but soon after the resumption he was relieved to see Aiden Shannon’s strike hit the post. But Blacon were not to be denied for long and they reduced the arrears courtesy of Ross Broadbent’s well struck spot kick. The Chester outfit now had the bit between their teeth and Kevin Garland latched onto a through ball before firing home. Thirty minutes of the contest remained with the majority of it being spent in the Kirby half but Blacon had to wait until 3 minutes before the end before clinching victory when Shannon got the final touch in a goalmouth scramble. Neston Nomads have to wait until Tuesday evening before knowing whether their Division 3 promotion bid has been successful. Mark Bentley, Steve Chapel and Paul Ellison were on target in their 3-0 midweek win at Upton AA Reserves. This has left them 3 points clear of rivals South Liverpool Reserves, who have a home date with Upton on Tuesday when a South victory by 3 goals or more will book their place in Division 2. 



Monday night action saw League champions South Liverpool round off a Division 1 campaign, that featured just 1 defeat, by overcoming West Kirby, 4-0. Nick Walker opened the scoring for South which was added to before the break by Youth team star, Dave Mee. After the interval, Mee provided an assist for top marksman Alex Woodcock and fellow substitute Cameron Dalton rounded off the victory before the end. Runners-up Cammell Laird 1907 Reserves completed their programme when Kevin Fitzsimmons netted in a 1-1 draw at Mallabywho had John Hedges as their marksman. Mallaby’s opponents in next week’s Wirral Senior Cup final, Vauxhall Motors, signed off by going down 3-1 at Newton. Jack Cassidy, Jack McDowell and an own goal counted for Newton with Dominic Holden hitting the consolation. Upton AA continued their climb from the lower reaches with a 3-0 defeat of Capenhurst Villa. Danny Coyle, Dale Higham and Steve Rowlands were the men doing the damage. Two nights later Villa suffered their 6th consecutive reversal when going down to a single goal defeat at the hands of Newton [Liam McDowell] while on the same evening table trailing Ashville [Ricci Neil] completed their campaign when losing 4-1 to West Kirby who had Jason Bull,2, and Josh Baxter on target.