Lancashire and Cheshire AFL: Old Trafford and Gorse Hill, and Mellor stay unbeaten

Old Strets seconds v Village Manchester (Strets in white shirts)
Old Strets seconds v Village Manchester (Strets in white shirts)

Old Trafford and Gorse Hill, and Mellor are the only two teams with 100 per cent records in the premier league of the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL but have played one game less than their title-chasing rivals.

OT accounted for Newton 4-1 while Mellor were made to work harder for a 5-3 victory over a lively Newton team.

Previous leaders Tintwistle Athletic were given a reminder of life in the top flight as Whalley Range, restored to full strength, scored five times without reply.

Tim Kinsella was the Range shooting star with a hat-trick with the nap-hand being completed by John Murphy, with a tap-in, and Callum Scarry.

Reigning champions Rochdalians are also back on track as they were comfortable 7-2 winners at Moston Brook.

A strike for Clay Murray was not enough to prevent a 2-1 derby defeat for South Manchester at Parrs Wood Celtic, a score-line matched by Abacus Media at Old Ashtonians.

Division One

Two teams top division one with 100 per cent records and Moorside Rangers stay on top on goal difference after a hard-earned 2-1 win at Trafford United and joint leaders Newton Heath were taken all the way before winning by the odd goal in seven hosting Stoconians.

Milton stay in third spot with an unbeaten record after an efficient 3-0 win over Bury Ams.

Signol Athletic were the big hitters with an 11-1 win over Oldham Vics and Didsbury posted their first win of the season with an impressive 5-2 win at Salford Vics.

Swinton Town raced into a 2-0 lead at Old Stretfordians with neat finishes from Johnny Royale and Derren Saunders but Strets fought back to win 5-4 in a thrilling encounter.

Division Two

Waterloo are enjoying their early days in the league as an emphatic 8-0 win against Staly Lions saw them level at the top of the division two table with Hooley Bridge Celtic and AFC Oldham.

They were also in good form as Celtic accounted for Mellor seconds 8-1 and AFC Oldham were too hot for South Manchester seconds in a 4-1 cruise.

Whalley Range seconds bounced back from last week’s shock defeat as strikes from Owen Trainer (two), Owen J Trainer, Paul Taker (two), Obi Beeves, Paul Smethurst and Luke Evans saw them beat Moston Brook seconds 8-2.

It was closer at Spurley Hey as Hey won 3-2 against Chorltonians who had Kyle Wilkie and Jordan Cretney on target.

Another tight game saw Newton seconds win by the odd goal in seven hosting Parrs Wood Celtic seconds.

South Manchester seconds v AFC Oldham (South in yellow and blue)
South Manchester seconds v AFC Oldham (South in yellow and blue)

Division Three

Chorltonians seconds rule the roost in division three as strikes from Charlie Hesketh (two), Max Steele and Tom Gannon gave them a 4-2 win over Cheadle Hulme Athletic.

Two points adrift of the leaders are Rochdalians seconds who beat Salford Vics seconds 3-2 and new boys Chadderon Park who scored the only goal of their game against Heaton Mersey.

High Lane seconds accounted for Didsbury seconds 5-2 while Santos began their season with a 4-2 derby win over Hooley Bridge Celtic seconds.

New boys Manchester Polonia are still looking for their first point as they lost 3-2 hosting Newton heath seconds.

Division A

Division A opened the season with plenty of goals led by Tintwistle Athletic seconds who swamped Moston Brook thirds 10-3.

Hollingworth marked their return to the league with a 7-4 win over new boys Hargreaves and Stoconians thirds were good value for a 6-3 win over Mellor thirds.

Whalley Range thirds were impressive as they beat Signol seconds 5-3 with Abdul Hashan and Sam Remeh notching doubles backed by a strike from Abdul Juhan.

Bury Ams thirds drew 1-1 with AFC Oldham seconds and another close encounter saw a hat-trick from the ageless Pat Davin and a single from Mike Marshall give Chorltonians Rovers the edge in a 4-3 win at Aldermere.

Division B

There were three five-goal starts for Bedians seconds by 5-0 over Bury Ams thirds, Hillgate by 5-2 over Milton seconds and Old Trafford and Gorse Hill seconds by 5-3 at Staly Lions to start the division B season off on a lively note.

Tintwistle Athletic thirds won 4-3 at Chorltonians Villa who had Martin Ingham (two) and Adrian Barnett netting  and Old Stretfordians seconds beat new boys Village Manchester, keeping an immaculate clean sheet in a 3-0 win.

Rochdale Galaxy lost their first game in the league but battled well before losing by the odd goal in three to Abacus Media seconds.

Division C

AFC Oldham thirds kept up the club’s good day with a 9-3 win over Parrs Wood Celtic thirds in division C and Moorside Rangers seconds were also good value for a 5-0 win over Moston Brook fourths.

Abacus Media thirds eased to a 4-2 win over AFC Stockport and Didsbury thirds defended well in a 2-0 win over Stoconians thirds.

Spurley Hey seconds enjoyed a 5-3 win over Salford Vics thirds as they began with the opening goal on 23 minutes before a Lee Wallace free kick drew Vics level.

Kieron Murray and Tom Fleet gave Hey a two-goal advantage before Vics reduced the lead through Jordan goals and a late goal for each side completed the scoring.

Division D

The new-look division D had Trafford United seconds setting the pace with a 6-2 win at Bury Ams fourths and Droylsden JFC won 4-2 at AFC Oldham fourths.

It was much closer in the other games with Bedians thirds scoring the only goal of their game with Didsbury fourths and Staly Lions thirds beat Swinton seconds 4-3.

Whalley Range fourths also won 4-3 with goals from Sam Millar (two), Brandon Kilmartin and Bill Kilmartin netting.