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Liverpool Challenge Cup Final
Garswood opened the scoring within 30 seconds when Graham Darlington fed Chris Francis , who after a couple of one twos with Mike Furlong found himself 35 yards out. Francis ran at the back four for 10 yards before unleashing an unstoppable shot with his weaker left foot into the top corner. This rocked South Liverpool who were struggling to find a foothold in the game , Lloyd Dean was causing havoc at every opportunity & it was no surprise when he doubled Garswoods lead after 20 minutes, latching on to a pass into the channel, he ran at the defence before turning the centre half and firing low past the keeper.
Garswood were looking like they could score every time they attacked which caused South Liverpool to change their formation going three at the back and putting an extra man in midfield. They gradually got into the game and looked dangerous through the pace of Gargin and the aerial presence of Cameron Dalton. Gargin outpaced Luke Faulkner but found Charlie Dorsey equal to his shot in the Garswood goal.
Garswood had been first to everything but the big pitch was taking its toll & with 5 minutes to go they started to tire as South Liverpool became more dominant. This continued in the 2nd half,South were on top & their pressure told when ten minutes into the half, a soaring unstoppable 18 yard header from Dalton flew into the net. Garswood looked firm on their feet as South asked plenty of questions, but Garswood's outstanding defence stood firm, led by Ross Shepherd and the outstanding Tyler Jeffries.
Fresh legs in the shape of Mike Winer and Rob Smith were introduced. South Liverpool's threat diminished and Garswood took control of the game again. Dean hit the bar, Faulkner fired over and the keeper made good saves from Danny Clarke and Rob Smith. South ' s impressive centre half was sent off in the last minute for a second bookable offence and Garswood won the Cup for the second time in their history, a cup that has been won by Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere. They are the only Cheshire League team to win the trophy, the cup having been dominated by a few clubs in the last 30 years,beating a superb South Liverpool team. The final was a credit to both the Cheshire & West Cheshire leagues.
Knutsford could have been behind inside a minute when Craig Hoyland sent Lee Vaughan through, Mark Higgs got a hand to his effort and Steve Jenyons cleared the ball off the line. Knutsford then came close themselves in a frantic opening; Lee Mannion?s well-struck 25 yard volley was turned around the post by Craig Clare, and from the resulting corner Chris Hilton?s header found the back of the net, only to be ruled out for a foul.
Hoyland and Vaughan again linked up to give the latter a superb opportunity for Greenalls moments later, but he could only head wide from six yards out.
The game settled in to a midfield battle for the next 20 minutes, only to be sparked in to life once again when Kingsley Grandison collected Vinnie Braine?s pass and curled a strike towards the far corner that was palmed away by Clare.
Knutsford had the chance to take the lead after Grandison won the ball from the Greenalls defence, he tried to take it around Craig Clare but the Greenalls ?keeper clattered in to him. Liam Myers made no mistake from the spot, sending Clare the wrong way to put the hosts ahead.
It Knutsford who came closest to scoring early on in the half, Joe Lucas? volley from Grandison?s corner was blocked on the line before Mannion tested Clare when he bent one from long range that had to be tipped over. Greenalls substitute Tom Lees was making a difference, first he had a 20 yard strike that was parried wide by Higgs, before he sent Hoyland away, only for Higgs to bravely block the striker?s effort.
Greenalls? last real chance came with ten minutes to go when Alex Hardman found space at the far post from Gareth Johns? corner, but he headed the ball over the bar. Three minutes later Knutsford had doubled their advantage, substitute Tom Rutter got to the by-line and chipped a ball up to Joe Woolley at the far post, his header just about crossed the line after Clare got a strong hand to it.
That dented Greenalls? spirits and it was game over soon after when Grandison sent Rutter clear with a perfectly weighted pass and he delicately lifted the ball over the keeper to secure the win.
Rudheath Social continued their run of form with two successive victories this week. Matthew Clarke scored the only goal as they beat local rivals Middlewich Town 1-0 which was followed up with a 2-1 win over Greenalls PSO where Stu Tulloch and Shaun Allcock both hit home.
Ged McAllister earned Eagle Sports a 1-0 win over Linotype CHN mid week before going on to beat Denton Town 3-1 at the weekend.
Whaley Bridge put a dent in Barnton's title hopes as the home side scored four unanswered goals to move level on points with the Northwich side, behind only on goal difference.
Chad Whyte scored twice with further goals from Nathan Ogden and Liam Bowden as Billinge finished 4-0 winners over Styal, while Gamesley held league leaders Garswood United to a 1-1 draw.
Tarporley Victoria were in fine form as they strolled to a 7-0 victory at home against Barnton Wanderers. Danny Ball bagged a hat trick while Dave Sims (2) Ben Parry and Peter Aidley also scored. Vics followed this up with a 2-1 win at Grappenhall Sports where Aidley and Sims were on the score sheet again and the victory moves Tarporley up to tenth spot.
A 43rd minute strike for Alex Rowe put Penlake ahead at home to Golborne Sports only for David Collard to bring them back level from the lead from the penalty spot, while Warrington Town Reserves finished 4-1 winners at home against Lostock Gralam.
Moore United adged further away from the bottom two with a convincing 5-0 win at home against Barnton Wanderers. John Darbyshire, Nathan Clements, Adam Johnson, Dave Willets, Sean Willot and Rob Williams were all on the score sheet.
A goal from Gary Wood was enough for Sale Town as they lost 6-1 at home to league leaders Poynton who now sit five points clear of second place Sandbach with two games in hand.
Sandbach United leap-frogged Malpas into second place as they celebrated a 4-0 victory over their promotion rivals for the second time this season. Malpas started brightly and took the game to the home side but Sandbach looked sharp up front and used the two wide players well when going forward. Sandbach opened the scoring after 19 minutes when captain Tom Watkin hit home from the penalty spot. Malpas looked to settle down but were reduced to ten men after 25 minutes following a dangerous challenge.
The second half again saw Malpas look to get a goal back knowing only a win would do and on 56 minutes a good move saw Andy Morris cut in only to see his shot hit the post and roll away to safety. Sandbach piled on the pressure as the game drew on and were rewarded as Tom Watkin, Jordan Erdman and Charlie Livesy all scored in the last ten minutes to secure a vital win for the home team.
Barnton continued their run of form collecting six points from their games this week to keep the title race wide open. Wednesday saw them beat Egerton 3-1 at home when Jack Burbidge gave them the lead after 15 minutes. Second half goals from Kevin Hammond and Karl Jenkins secured maximum points for Barnton despite Jason Wright pulling one back for Egerton.
The Northwich side followed this up with a 3-2 win over Grappenhall Sports where Jack Burbidge and Greg Dudley (2) both scored to keep Barnton hot on the tails of Whaley Bridge who sit in second, four points ahead, having played a game more.
Styal started the week with a 5-4 win over local rivals Linotype CHN in an eventful first half that saw the teams go in level at 4-4. Connor Glass scored a hat trick for Styal with Sam Cooper and Lee Taylor also getting on the score sheet, while Linotype?s goals came from Jordan Thompson (2) Matthew Torbit and Reece Davies.
Billinge finished 3-2 winners over local rivals Pilkington mid week which was followed up with a 4-1 win at home against Styal, while Poynton beat Gamesley 3-1 with goals from Mike Carroll, Josh Stafford and Rick Warburton and Egerton earned a 2-2 draw at Rylands thanks to goals from Jason Wright and Bradley Berry.
Middlewich Town had an up and down week which started with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Grappenhall Sports through goals from Dan Kimber, Simon Giddings and Paul McGrath but followed this up with a convincing 4-0 win over Pilkington.
Whaley Bridge moved three points closer to Greenalls PSO at the top of the table as they beat Linotype CHN 3-2 despite going into the break 2-0 down. Leon Grandison and Tom Cleary gave Linotype the lead in the first half but a great comeback from Whaley saw Tom Scorer (2) and Ciaran Hegarty secure full points for the Derbyshire team and put them six points behind Greenalls with four games in hand.
Daten moved up to twelfth spot with a 4-2 win over Garswood United, while Eagle Sports beat Denton Town 5-1 away from home with goals from Neil Muttock, Neil Waring, Ryan Bishop and John Barrett (2)
Maine Road Reserves won the Manchester FA Amateur Cup 3-1 against Deans Youth, at the home of Curzon Ashton, last Thursday evening.
Having gone 1-0 down after a blunder by keeper Ryan Livesey from a corner, Maine Road did not panic and kept on passing the ball about, and were rewarded. From a Connor Hughes free kick, JOSH HARPER headed the ball into the corner of the net, for a well deserved equaliser. In the 2nd half Maine Road's youngsters exerted complete dominance , but were missing far too many chances.
Eventually a Connor Hughes pass inside the fullback, found DANIEL MORGAN who slotted the ball into the far corner. Sub MATTHEW MORGAN drove the ball home from the edge of the box to give the score line a more realistic look.
CONNOR HUGHES was rightly voted Man of the Match, but also a special mention must go to young TOM KEYWORTH who was outstanding
Lostock Gralam 0 Malpas 2
Malpas got their hands on the Cheshire League Cup after an almost complete preformance as theybeat a strong Lostock side two nil. Malpas went into the game with an almost fully fit squad to pick from. Inform Lee Parry passed a fitness test to slot back into the midfield and the other place was who would get the starting slot on the left hand side with Matty Dutton getting the shirt, on form the rest of the team almost picked its self. Malpas started at a good pace and it was clear early on that Alex Hughes and Lee Parry were going to cause problems with the ball at their feet. two good sves by the Lostock stopped Alex Hughes opening the scoring and Lee Parry cut in from the right and put a cross in only for the ball to go straight across the box and out of danger. The first goal came on twenty minutes when Danny Lloyd and Owen Ward linked up to play Alex Hughes into space who cut in and fire a shoot in only for the keeper to save low down. The keeper could not hold onto the ball and Lee Parry was on hand to slot in for a well deserved lead. Lostock looked to get at the Malpas back line but the Beavon,Gibbs,Sadler and Watkins, looked in no mood to be broken down as they kept shape and got the tackles in when required. Conner Tinsley looked very assured and as always his kicking off the floor and from his hands was of an high order.
The standard of football played by the Malpas outfit was of good quality as they moved the ball around the park looking for openings causing Lostock and it was clear they could not handle the way Malpas had set up for the game. The only disappointment at the break was that Malpas did not go in with more goal's to show for a great forty five minutes, leaving the Manager happy at the break.
The second half was onlyfifty four minutes old when go work down the right saw Lee Parry move into the box and make no mistake as he made it two nil for the prefect start that Malpas were looking for. Lostock made a number of changes as they looked to get back into the game. Joe Sumner came on to replace Matt Dutton who had given everything down the left. Lostock put some pressure on as the game moved on but created no chances with Malpas strong all over the pitch.
At the final whistle it was the Malpas outfit lifting the silverware and fully deserved it was as they looked the best side on the night against a strong Lostock team which lacked any idea's on how to break Malpas down.
We have beaten three of the best sides to get to this final and on the night I could have asked no more of my team the whole squad produced a preformance that as good as we have produced all season from start to finish and it would be impossible to pick anyone out as they all delivered on the night. The team shape and passing was of a good level, being a pleasure to watch. The game was of a high quality which takes two good teams to produce.
As expected the support on the night was top draw with so many people travelling to cheer the lads on and to see so many people supporting the team makes it all worth while.
Saturday we travel to inform Sandbach knowing it is win at all costs as we look to stay in with a chance of going up. Joe Sumner will miss out and I will be surprised if Richard Sadler is fit with a thigh injury. Freddy Rust will return to the squad and I will be looking at the balance of my bench.
The Powell Cup final is confirmed for the 4th May 18:00 kick off at Wem against Ellesmere Rangers from the West Midlands League.
Position Available: Golborne 1st Team Manager
Golborne Sports are looking to appoint a new 1st team manager for the 2014/15 season. The ideal candidate would have managerial / coaching experience at this level or above, preferably with an FA Level 1 coaching badge. The manager would be supported by the new Chairman who will take responsibility for the financial aspects of attracting new talent to the club. If you are interested in the position and would like further information please call Craig Shakespeare on 07860 238646.
JB Parker Cup Final
Garswood United were crowned league cup winners on Wednesday night as they beat Rylands 4-1 at Trafford FC. Garswood got a grip on the game early on, however their first clear chance didn?t come until the 21st minute when they hit Rylands on the counter attack but the low shot was collected easily by Rylands keeper Andy Moor. Rylands took the lead in the 33rd minute when James Daniels rose like a salmon and smashed a bullet header into the top corner from a Ryan Duffy cross.
Three minutes later and Garswood were back on level terms when a free kick awarded on the edge of the box was allowed to bounce for the Garswood striker to fire home from six yards.
Rylands started the second half brightly and were unlucky not to take the lead again when Liam Hayes? free kick just skimmed the head of Scott Tebb and drifted wide. On the hour mark Steve Boothman made it 2-1 for Garswood when his strike flew smoothly into the top corner giving Andy Moor in goal no chance. Just one minute later and Rylands had the chance to draw level when they were awarded a penalty but Liam Hayes blasted over the bar from the spot.
Rylands reacted well and applied pressure on the Garswood defence with Kris Bell coming close and Daniels also moving well up and down the pitch. Garswood added a third in the 75th minute and despite Rylands trying their best the game was put to bed when Garswood scored a fourth in the 89th minute to celebrate a successful night of football with a 4-1 win.
Crewe?s title challenge took a blow today as they lost 3-1 at home to Linotype CHN and dropped down to fourth place.
Garswood United went from strength to strength as they came from a goal down at Billinge to win 5-1. Lloyd Dean managed to find the net four times with Danny Clarke also hitting home for Garswood. This keeps the St Helens side six points clear at the top over second place Barnton, having played two games more.
Barnton kept up the pressure in the title race as they beat Styal 1-0 with a last minute goal from Colin Quirk, while Whaley Bridge scraped a 3-2 win away at Denton Town.
Knutsford moved up to third with a convincing 5-1 win over Middlewich Town. Knutsford dominated possession in the opening stages but failed to create anything clear cut, it was in-fact Middlewich?s Sam Didsbury who had the best early chance as his shot from a narrow angle was deflected wide. Middlewich went ahead on 16 minutes, Joe O?Sullivan stood over a free-kick on the left-hand corner of the area and elected not to cross, instead he drilled in a stunning strike off the far post. That lifted relegation-threatened Middlewich?s spirits, and it could have been two as both O?Sullivan and Louis Bentley failed to find the target with a couple of good chances in quick succession.
Knutsford?s first real chance came from Gary Prescott?s right-wing delivery, the ball reached substitute Vinnie Braine and bounced up to Kingsley Grandison who dragged a volley wide. Braine was sent clear by Richard Smart?s long ball over the top moments later, but he completely misjudged his lob and the ball sailed over the bar. Sam Didsbury was looking constantly dangerous for Middlewich, he beat goalkeeper Mark Higgs to a long through ball and laid off O?Sullivan to strike, only for Higgs to recover well and block the shot. Higgs was again forced in to action just before the break, Didsbury sent a low shot across goal that the Knutsford stopper had to palm away as the Witches finished the half strongly.
The second half was completely different, Knutsford turned the game around with two goals in two minutes and as soon as they went behind, Middlewich?s heads dropped and the home side took advantage. Steve Jenyons began the run of goals on the hour mark, losing his man to head home a Mike Cartner corner at the far post. The second came straight away when Simon Williamson got away down the left, his cross was mishit by Jack Bryning straight in to his own net, goalkeeper Luke Hebblewhite had no chance. Ten minutes later it was 3-1, a corner was cleared to Smart on the halfway line, he sent a long diagonal ball in to Kingsley Grandison whose controlled side-footed volley went in via the post.
Strikers Prescott and Braine looked desperate to get in on the action, first Prescott fired over after Cartner sent him clear, then Braine turned and struck off target from 20 yards. They got their rewards late on though, Grandison?s clever flick sent Braine away and he was calm when faced with Hebblewhite, rounding him and slotting home. Gary Prescott?s fourth goal in three games made it 5-1, he collected Scott Beattie?s ball over the top and coolly lobbed the ?keeper to complete a fantastic second half.
Rylands responded to Wednesday's cup final defeat with an emphatic rout of Pilkington at Gorsey Lane on Saturday. Three goals within the first ten minutes effectively ensured the three points and although the visitors pulled a goal back in a second half rally, a late strike from Daniels gave the scoreline a realistic reflection.
The games started with Rylands showing no hangover from the midweek disappointment in the JB Parker cup final and they took the lead after three minutes when Kris Bell coolly slotted home after a mistake from the Pilkington keeper. After Rylands had almost scored a second moments later when Bell gave Smith an opportunity which was smothered by the Pilkington defence, they did increase their lead after seven minutes when Bell found space on the edge of the penalty area and easily beat the keeper with a well placed shot. Incredibly, with the visitors in disarray, Rylands went three goals ahead after ten minutes when Ben Slater raced clear of the defence and coolly slotted past the advancing goalkeeper to virtually end the contest.
Pilkington gradually recovered and at last had an attempt on the Rylands goal after half an hour when McKenna hit a speculative effort wide of the goal. At the other end Bell almost completed a first half hat trick but saw his close range shot scrambled clear and Parr struck an effort against the Pilkington goalpost before Moor made his first save of the afternoon in the Rylands goal on the stroke of half time comfortably holding an effort from Birchall.
The second period saw a much improved performance from Pilkington who almost pulled a goal back immediately when Hughes effort from a free kick was well saved by Moor. Bell perhaps should have scored another for Rylands at the other end but delayed his shot and then Slater fired wide when well placed. After seventy minutes Thomson gave the visitors a lifeline when he netted from close range after good approach play with McKenna.
Rylands responded to the goal and after Daniels had missed a golden opportunity when clear inside the penalty area, the same player superbly headed home a corner kick with three minutes remaining to ensure the points.
Maine Road Reserves got the week off to a good start with a 4-0 home win over Egerton. Joshua Harper scored twice with further goals coming from Matthew and Daniel Morgan.
A goal in each half from Chris Bandell helped Warrington Town Reserves to a 2-0 win over Tarporley Victoria, while Liam Leicester, Adam Whitty and Ryan Jones all scored for Daten in their 3-1 win away at Golborne Sports.
Grappenhall Sports finished 4-0 winners in their local derby over Moore United to move up to eighth place in the league table. The first 20 minutes were scrappy with neither team taking charge, Grappenhall came closest when Ranny Dhwhali spun his defender to shoot wide. However on 32 minutes Daniel Sisson scored a stunning half volley after a rare bit of quality and sharp passing led to Tom Swann slotting over a superb cross for the inform frontman.
Soon after this Swann was in the thick of the action again and was nearly rewarded with a goal when Sisson crossing well and Swann missed the chance with only the keeper to beat. At the other end Moore missed an excellent opportunity after a good break just before the half time whistle.
The second half saw Grappenhall take control and build up their possession on the ball, Adam Green had a couple of good heading opportunities before Moore missed their best chance shooting straight at Gareth Powell after a poor back pass. Billy Anderson made it 2-0 to Grappenhall when his attempted cross turned in to a shot that the keeper didn't deal with as he spilled the ball in to his own net.
The football continued to flow well and Grappenhall?s Jordan Rigby was twice unlucky after a superb volley was saved alongside a low drive after a good individual run. Tom Swann and Ranny Dhwhali were also linking up well and both had low shots saved well.
With ten minutes to go David France had to stand in between the sticks when Grappenhall keeper Gareth Powell picked up a muscle injury. France was not tested and the final chance came to an excellent Swann who struck the crossbar from a free kick.
Lostock Gralam were in fine form as they finished 6-1 winners at home against Egerton. Chris Glaze and Liam Keller both hit home twice, with Matt Hole and Sam Wakefield also getting on the score sheet to ensure Lostock remained in sixth spot.
Third place Sandbach United returned to winning form as they finished 3-2 winners away at Penlake. Mark Adamczyk opened the scoring for Sandbach after 25 minutes only for Dave Povey to equalise soon after. Sandbach captain Tommy Watson made it 2-1 on the hour mark before Mike Blundell added a third ten minutes later. Kevin Hill pulled one back for Penlake with eight minutes remaining but Sandbach held on to secure all three points.
Reserve Division Cup Semi Final
Whaley Bridge have progressed to the Reserve Division cup final where they will play Denton Town. Whaley finished 2-1 winners over Styal following a very close of two good footballing sides. The first half was a mixed affair where both sides threatened the opposition goal. Tom Wildgoose opened the scoring for Whaley after 25 minutes which was the only real attack of note in the first half as the battle continued in midfield.
Whaley Bridge had the better chances in the second half but Styal were causing them problems all over the pitch desperate for an equaliser. Tom Scorer eased the pressure for Whaley making it 2-0 with five minutes remaining but Styal came right back at them when Joe Knight scored to make it 2-1 in the 89th minute to create a tense finish to the game.
Ellis Houghton and Paul Benns score for Greenalls PSO to send them nine points clear at the top of the table following a 2-1 win away at Poynton.
Rylands continued their run of form as they beat Egerton 2-1 away from home, while Linotype CHN sit comfortably in third following a 4-0 home win over Grappenhall Sports. Jordan Thompson was in fine form scoring a hat trick for the Cheadle side with Jason Jones also adding his name to the score sheet.
Garswood United finished 5-3 winners at home against Middlewich Town, while Gamesley shared the points in a 2-2 draw with Denton Town.
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Rudheath Social ended their three game losing streak with a 3-1 win at home against Styal through goals from Ryan Jackson (2) and Craig Millington, while Pilkington finished their season with a 4-2 defeat away at Greenalls PSO. This means that Pilkington could effectively be relegated should Middlewich Town pick up six points from their three remaining games.
Denton Town secured their place in division one next season with a 3-2 win over Middlewich Town. The win pulls them out of the bottom two and means they will not suffer relegation as only one club is set to go down this season.
Barnton got off to a flying start as they were awarded a penalty in the 4th minute of their fixture with Billinge. The away keeper made a good save from the spot kick but Andrew Morgan made it 1-0 from the resulting corner. Barnton increased the pressure and soon made it 2-0 when Ryan Malone took advantage of a poor Billinge back pass. The away side settled into the game and pushed forward but Barnton caught them on the counter attack and Josh Smith made it 3-0 with 37 minutes played. Chad Whyte pulled one back for Billinge before the break to make it 3-1 at half time. The second half saw an improved performance from Billinge and further goals from Whyte and Graeme Green saw the St Helens side steal a point to finish the game 3-3.
Dropping two points could have been costly to Barnton's title hopes but leaders Garswood United were also held to a draw by in-form Rylands. Craig Smith volleyed an early effort wide of the home goal before Lee Deakin?s cross just evaded the incoming Kris Bell as Rylands started to settle into the game.
Garswood created their first opportunity after 16 minutes when Lloyd Dean headed wide when well placed inside the penalty area and Matt Lathan easily held a long range effort from Clarke. For Rylands, a Liam Hayes free kick was comfortably held by Chris Brinksman in the Garswood goal.
The second half began with Cotton missing a golden opportunity for Garswood in the opening seconds after a mistake from James Sinker had allowed the Garswood player through on goal but he delayed his effort and eventually the ball drifted harmlessly wide. Minutes later, Rylands were awarded a penalty kick when Deakin beat two defenders and was bearing in on goal before Garswood skipper, Nicky Prescott upended him inside the penalty area. Deakin himself took the resultant spot kick and coolly slotted home to give Rylands the lead.
The goal spurred the league leaders into life and Latham saved well from Dean at his near post before Bell headed wide from a corner kick. A series of corner kicks eventually brought the equaliser for Garswood after 65 minutes when Rylands failed to clear effectively and the ball was scrambled home from close range to level the scores. Incredibly, moments later Rylands regained their advantage when Hayes skipped past two challenges before playing a superb cross for Ben Slater to evade his marker and convert from close range.
Garswood were rocked and Deakin almost made it 3-1 with a fierce goal bound drive which was blocked six yards from goal. At the other end Latham produced a superb save to deny Cotton tipping the close range volley onto the crossbar. Garswood levelled matters after 76 minutes in somewhat fortunate circumstances when Clarke?s intended cross drifted over Latham and into the far corner of the net. Although Rylands had to withstand fierce pressure in the last ten minutes, Bell and substitute Ewan Rodger both had chances to win the game on the counter attack as Garswood desperately pushed forward.
Greenalls PSO took the lead early on when Chris Rogers hit home against Gamesley. The Derbyshire side pulled one back before the break and saw out the second half to earn a point, while Eagle Sports beat Crewe 2-1 away from home.
Goals from Reece Davies and Nehru McKenzie earned Linotype CHN three points as they beat Whaley Bridge 2-0 at home.
Sale Town bounced back from last week's heavy defeat with a 7-2 win away at Barnton Wanderers. Kieron Williams (2) Craig Wood, Jon Chrimes, Stuart Wood, Daniel Arch and Tom Bragg all hit home in a successful day out for the Manchester side.
Congleton Vale sneaked a 1-0 win over Maine Road Reserves when Tom Jackson headed home at close range from a Richie Booth cross in the 20th minute, while Tarporley Victoria beat Penlake 3-1 at home, despite David Povey giving Penlake the lead in the 4th minute. Danny Ball scored twice for Tarporley, with a third goal coming from Scott Armstrong.
Sandbach United creeped closer to second place Malpas with a 4-1 win away at Egerton. Mike Blundell bagged a hat trick with Connor Sutton also scoring for Sandbach which puts them two points behind second place with two games in hand.
Grappenhall Sports travelled to Maine Road with the aim of making it six wins from seven. The away side started well and quickly established control of the game, a few half chances came and went before an Adam Rosterne free kick was headed in well from Dave France around the 10 minute mark.
Grappenhall soon doubled their lead when Danny Macintyre headed a corner against the bar before a goal mouth scramble led to Mark Keddie slotting home from 6 yards. Grappenhall were playing some superb football and the recent confidence was evident, this led to a third goal after 26 minutes when Tom Swann knocked home a rebound after the keeper had saved well from Mark Keddie.
Maine Road continued to press and play some of their own football and started to come into the game in the final 15 minutes of the half and were unlucky not to get a goal before the break. They started the second half strongly but Grappenhall stood firm to ensure they kept a clean sheet.
Poynton took one step closer to the division two title as they beat Moore United 3-0 away from home. Tom Bridge put in a superb cross for Andrew Hurst to slot home the opening goal which was followed up with goals from Ste Kirby and Iain Bailey. The win sees Poynton move back into top spot, level on points with Malpas but with a better goal difference and five more games left to play.
There were goals galore mid week as Denton Town stormed to a 6-3 win away at Styal, while Grappenhall Sports finish 2-0 winners over Rylands through goals from Matthew Ball and Philip Gilbanks.
Rob Ablewhite, Elliott Bradshaw and Jamie Anderson helped Billinge to a 3-0 win at Daten.
Jack Burbidge scored in the 70th minute to give Barnton a 1-0 win at Linotype CHN on Thursday which was followed with a 2-0 win at Daten as Reece Dywer and Gareth Hewitt both scored in the first half to keep Barnton's title hopes alive. They sit in third spot but have seven games in hand over top spot Greenalls PSO who are sixteen points ahead.
Greenalls recorded two important victories this week, firstly beating Garswood United 3-2 through goals from Ben McWilliams (2) and Tom Lees before going on to win 2-0 over Pilkington with a goal in each half from Ben McWilliams.
Whaley Bridge finished 2-1 winners at home against Denton Town which keeps them in second, nine points behind Greenalls with five games in hand, while Styal beat Middlewich Town 3-2 at home.
In an entertaining game at Gorsey Lane, Rylands bounced back from recent defeats to record a crucial win over Gamesley as they aim for a top ten finish.
With the returning Jon Shakeshaft, in central midfield the opening exchanges were dominated by Rylands and Haydn Fraser should have opened the scoring when put through but his shot lacked power and Telford saved comfortably in the visitors goal. Dave Morley playing as the central striker, twice struck efforts well wide, while at the other end Stowcroft saw his well struck shot go just wide of the post. Rylands got the breakthrough on the half hour, Kenny Rushton's long clearance landed beyond the Gamesley back four and as Worthington and Telford hesitated, Fraser nipped in to smash a shot into the roof of the net.
From the restart Fraser almost made it two but his shot was brilliantly tipped over. Craig Mather then had a great chance when put through but pulled his shot wide and Morley had the ball in the net only to be ruled offside. As Rylands' style of play become more direct, Gamesley edged themselves in to the game. Scowcroft saw his header well saved and only a great tackle by Ryan Shepherd prevented Swift from getting a shot on goal.
On the hour mark, Rylands should have made the game safe. A neat combination between Mather and Nick Jordan saw Fraser go clear but with the goal at his mercy he somehow failed to hit the target. With veteran Bryan Capper occupying a striking role for the visitors Gamesley continually got behind the Rylands defence and only some sterling work from the Rylands back five prevented an equaliser. Danny Watson ran almost the length of the pitch before firing straight at the keeper and Shepherd thundered a header against the crossbar as Rylands looked for the all important second goal.
After 72 minutes, Watson, Jordan, Morley and Mather were all involved as the final ball found the unmarked Matt Jordan who made no mistake for 2-0.
Eagle Sports shared the spoils with Egerton as they drew 2-2, while Poynton bounced back from 2-1 down to beat Billinge 3-2 away from home.
Kat Davey CFL Press Officer
CHESHIRE LEAGUE 2-0 LIVERPOOL LEAGUE
Craig Hoyland (p)
Cheshire will travel to Liverpool next week with a two goal advantage after a fine win at the Cumberland Arena the game was played at a frantic pace throughtout with both sides a credit to their respective leagues Cheshire almost went in front after two minutes when Sam Houghton's strike from twenty yards clipped the post both teams were passing the superbly on twenty minutes a great run from James Daniels saw him felled in box and from the resulting penalty was thumped home by Craig Hoyland (1-0) Liverpool were a constant threat and the Cheshire defence was kept on constant alert but Cheshire always looked liked increasing their lead and only some heroics from the visitors keeper kept the score the same till half time a superb double save from James Daniles and Ryan Jackson being the highlight
The second half again started at break neck pace and five minutes in a superb pass from skipper Rob Hope sent James Daniels away who finished with a superb strike from fifteen yards (2-0) Cheshire were now counter attacking superbly and only some last ditch defending and lady luck kept the score at two nil but Liverpool made a couple of substitutions and in the last twenty minutes through everything at the Cheshire rearguard but to their immense credit they kept Liverpool at arms length to keep their two goal advantage.
A great result but as the old saying goes its only half time and Cheshire know next week's second leg will be a real tough tie against an excellent Liverpool side
TEAM; MARK HIGGS (Knutsford) ADAM COLEMAN (Eagle) NATHAN WILLIAMS(Eagle) PAUL ALCOCK (Rudheath Social) STEVE JENYONS (Knutsford) SAM HOUGHTON (Warrington Town Res) CHRIS JACKSON (Crewe) ROB HOPE (C) (Eagle) CRAIG HOYLAND (Greenalls) JAMES DANIELS (Rylands) RYAN JACKSON (Rudheath Social)
SUBS: JOE WOOLLEY (Knutsford) CHRIS QUIRK (Eagle) CRAIG MILLINGTON (Rudheath Social) JACK MCKAY (Rudheath Social)
NOT USED: CHRIS JONES (Rudheath Social)
Jeff Walton Memorial Trophy 2nd Leg
Liverpool League 1-0 Cheshire League
(Cheshire League win 2-1 on Aggregate)
Cheshire progressed to the final with a backs to the wall display at the Liverpool County FA Ground, a much improved Liverpool side put Cheshire on the back front from the first minute and only some excellent keeping from Mark Higgs kept the score level but Cheshire were giving away free kicks in dangerous areas and on twenty minutes Liverpool went in front when from a free kick the ball deflected and Peter Donneely forced the ball home from six yards Liverpool continued to pour forward but again Higgs and some last ditch defending saved the day Cheshire had few moments of note in the first half the best came from a superb run from PJ Hudson saw him fire wide but was clearly fouled but the referee turned down Cheshire's penalty claim
After a few choice words at half time and a change of system which had an immediate effect Cheshire grew into the game Liverpool still had alot of the ball but without the same penetration and Cheshire looked more potent going forward Craig Hoyland free kick just cleared the bar and Cheshire were now forcing corner after corner but were unable to break through in the last ten minutes Liverpool through everyone forward but superb defending from Cheshire kept them at bay and Cheshire looked very dangerous on the break Ryan Jackson bringing a brilliant save from the home keeper in the last minute. A different performance from Cheshire where they had to dig in for a large chunk of the game which was mainly due to Liverpool playing superbly and moving the ball quickly especially in the first half but to be fair Cheshire listened to the half time instructions and the second half was a far better performance
TEAM: (GK)-MARK HIGGS(Knutsford), ADAM COLEMAN(Eagle), NATHAN WILLIAMS(Eagle), PAUL ALCOCK(Rudheath Social), STEVE JENYONS(Knutsford), MARK HUGHES(Greenalls), CHRIS QUIRK(Eagle), ROB HOPE (C)(Eagle), CRAIG HOYLAND(Greenalls), PJ HUDSON(Crewe), JOE WOOLLEY(Knutsford).
SUBS: RYAN JACKSON (Rudheath Social), SAM HOUGHTON (Warrington Town res),
Not Used: CRAIG MILLINGTON (Rudhaeth Social), (GK)-CHRIS JONES (Rudheath Social), NICK ABSON (Rudheath Social).
Cheshire will play the Lancs & Cheshire League or the Manchester League in the final the second leg being played at West Chorlton & Didsbury next Wednesday 26/03/14 Lancs & Cheshire lead 3-2 from the first leg
Written by Mike Alcock
We were well aware that the challenge that lay ahead when playing any representative side from Liverpool, would prove to be a challenging one. The important element in our approach was to focus on our organisation & ensure our shape could switch from expansive to compact over the two legs. This was certainly the case with two contrasting games & two equally contrasting styles of play. In the 1st Leg our offensive play was terrific, we ran the game from back to front & to a man, were better than Liverpool on the night, but for their Goalkeeper the tie would have been dead & buried, so admittedly, there was a tinge of disappointment about only taking a two goal advantage with us to Walton Road. The 2nd Leg proved the opposite, it was Liverpool who dictated the tempo & pattern of play from very early on in the game, the intensity in their play was impressive, but what was really pleasing from our perspective was the way in which we played defensively, this time we had to execute from front to back. In both games we showed differing qualities but high levels of that all important organisation throughout & that is a credit to the lads who delivered upon instruction & executed the game plans with such conviction, they are a credit to themselves & to the Cheshire League.
We are delighted to get through this Semi Final, in football there is only one way to truly defend your trophy & that is to get to that Final & demonstrate that if somebody wants to take that Cup from you, then they will have to fight tooth & nail to get near it, that attitude & commitment was optimized in the performances over the two legs & for that, I am very proud of this group of players.
Cheshire Inter League Manager
Openreach engineer and CFL Billinge FC footballer Adam Clare is about to fulfil every player?s dream.
He has won through trials involving 1,200 other hopefuls throughout England to be selected to play in a showpiece match at Wembley Stadium.
Adam, who is based in Merseyside and supports Manchester United, read on BT Today that lead FA Cup sponsor Budweiser was holding trials in association with BT Sport and was inviting England?s most talented amateur players aged over 25 to bid for selection.
He applied and, from thousands of entries, was invited to take part in regional trials in Lancashire before being selected as one of the 126 players for the national trials at St George?s Park, home of the England Football team.
Under the gaze of former Tottenham and Newcastle player David Ginola, now with BT Sport, ex-Arsenal player Ray Parlour, and former managers Alex McLeish and Steve Clarke, Adam was selected as one of the final 32 players.
They will be split into two squads, one managed by David Ginola and the other by Ray Parlour, and for a full 90-minute match at Wembley on 14 April after the FA Cup semi-final weekend. Highlights will be shown on BT Sport.
Adam, 25, said: ?I play for a Saturday team in the Mid-Cheshire League so playing at Wembley is a dream come true, but I?m going to be nervous.
?I applied simply to get the chance to play at Wembley, but there are going to be football scouts watching to spot talent, so if an opportunity comes my way afterwards I?d be delighted to grab it.?
Adam?s manager, Gordon McCrae, said ?I?m really proud of Adam and I?m sure the whole of Openreach will be too. I?m booking my trip to London to watch his big debut.?
The Cheshire League will again run Emergency Aid & Child Protection courses this summer. The Emergency Aid course will take place on 26 June & the CP course will be on 03 July. Both courses will start at 1830hrs-2130hrs and be held at Winnington Park Recreation Club, Northwich.
Places may be secured by contacting Rob Goodwin-Davey. They are free to all Member Clubs of the League
Club Website poll reveals over half of grassroots football community want a summer season for kids? football, while one in three want a change across the amateur game.
CLUB WEBSTES Poll: Should the grassroots football season be changed to March ? October to avoid the winter weather?
- for ALL grassroots football 33.2%
- for KIDS football only 18.3%
- but we should have a scheduled winter break 25.6%
- keep the season as it is 22.9%
Total votes cast: 1,670
Nick Levett, the FA?s National Development Manager for Youth Football, told Club Website: ?What we?ve said to leagues is if they want to go to summer football ? to March to November and have a break in July and August for school holidays ? that?s no problem at all.?
?It?s there as an option, so if member clubs want to do it and they can find the facilities and the appropriate support locally, then great. Go for it!?
Whilst the English FA has made no official move towards a summer season, there is also nothing to stop leagues in England moving to a similar arrangement if circumstances allow. Indeed, in some parts of the country, such as Durham, some leagues have already made the switch to a summer season.
In an attempt to work around the problem of summer holidays, the development season has been broken down for many into three parts. From March to June and August to November matches are mandatory, while during July, when most families take their holidays, games are played subject to availability of coaches and players.
In Scotland the switch to a summer season was made in 2011 with the introduction of the new Scottish National Player Pathway, with all children up to the under-12s age group now playing development football from March to November.
David Little, Chief Executive of the Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA), told Club Website the reasons behind the change.
?It was to try and get the youngest players away from the periods when we shouldn?t be playing ? the real cold weather, leading up to Christmas and in January,? he said.
?I think the argument should be about when not to play, as opposed to when to play. I think we should eradicate the bad months.?
?It?s a no brainer? lush grass, warm conditions. These are the conditions where kids will learn the basics, enhance their skills and enjoy themselves.
?The alternative, kids out all wrapped up, cold, dark, wet and matches called off because the pitches are flooded.?
Another winter, another debate about the amateur football season?s position in the calendar.
With heavy rain and snow causing widespread fixture disruption across the country this winter, many in the grassroots football community have suffered the frustration that has become an all-too-familiar feeling at this time of the season.
A poll of over 1,600 Club Website members found that over half (51%) would like to see all kids? and grassroots football played in a season that begins in March and ends in October or November, thus avoiding the worst winter weather from December to February.
A single goal was all it took for Eagle Sports to beat Rudheath Social 1-0 and leap frog their opponents into 7th place in the table. Eagle now sit fourteen points behind top place Garswood United, with five games in hand over the league leaders.
Barnton took a step closer to the top of the table as they finished 5-2 winners away at Billinge. Billy Webb and Joe Jennings both scored a brace with another goal coming from Joshua Smith. All five goals were scored in the second half and the win puts Barnton three points behind top spot Garswood with a game more to play.
Rylands remain in sixth spot following a 2-0 win away at Linotype CHN. The home side started well and Andy Moor had to be alert to save from Forbes in the opening minutes. Rylands gradually settled into the game and James Daniels created an opportunity for Liam Hayes, whose shot drifted wide of the goal. Moments later a similar long range effort from the returning Alex Lowe was comfortably held by the home keeper.
Linotype enjoyed a spell of good possession and forced several corners which were well defended by Rylands although a header from Hines was almost forced into the net. Slightly against the run of play Rylands took the lead after 16 minutes when Hayes played a superb through ball for Daniels to race clear and finish clinically past the advancing keeper. The goal rocked the home side and moments later Rylands should have increased their lead when the impressive Hayes latched onto a pass from Ben Slater and rounded the keeper only for Hare to clear off the line.
Moor saved well from Davies at the other end before on the stroke of half time, James Parr slotted home the second goal from close range for Rylands after the keeper had failed to hold a free kick strike from Hayes.
The second half started with a determined home side pushing forward to attempt to get back into the game and they should perhaps have pulled a goal back two minutes into the half when Davies failed to finish from an angle after being played through by Grandison. Moor then pushed aside a drive from Davies before Slater carved out a chance for Lowe at the other end but his effort was smothered by the home keeper.
Moor saved well from Taylor as the home side attacks grew ever more desperate whilst Rylands always looked capable of scoring on the counter attack. With 12 minutes remaining Linotype looked to have pulled a goal back when Davies headed home from close range but the assistant referee ruled offside. Ewan Rodger's speculative effort went wide of the home goal as Rylands saw out the remaining minutes to record a well-earned victory.
Styal moved up to twelfth spot as two goals from Nathan Towey helped them to a 2-0 home win over Gamesley, while third place Whaley Bridge beat Greenalls PSO 4-1 at home through goals from George Burgess, Colin Moss and Bill Sutton.
It was all to play for as top side Malpas entertained second place Poynton. The big game lived up to what was expected as both sides put on a game with good quality football. Playing downhill Malpas started well and had Poynton on the back foot, getting the ball moving but Poynton held solid and started to get back into the game with neither side creating any clear cut chances. A move on 25 minutes saw Freddy Rust pick out Alex Hughes who made the Poynton keeper save well low down for the first clear opening. Malpas opened the scoring on 41 minutes when a good move down the left saw Richard Sadler play in Alex Hughes who cut inside the box before slotting home to give the home side the lead. Although Poynton controlled parts of the half they did not create any clear cut chances which was a credit to the Malpas back line and resulted in a half time lead for the home side.
Poynton came out second half and pushed the home side back getting the ball moving across the pitch, chances never came as Malpas looked solid all over the park. Poynton got back on level terms when a corner was played in low which wiped up for Andy Hurst to head home on 68 minutes. The first twenty minutes saw Poynton in control but fought back and made a two good chances only to see the keeper save well and Alex Hughes saw a shoot just go over the bar as the sides played out a 1-1 draw. Poynton now sit three points behind Malpas with six games in hand.
Congleton Vale stormed to a 5-0 win over Barnton Wanderers. Dan Buehler opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 25th minute which was followed up five minutes later with a goal from Richie Booth. Billy Buckley made it 3-0 on the hour, before Tom Jackson added a fourth in the 86th minute. Booth finished the scoring in the dying seconds of the game to make it 5-0 to Congleton and complete a successful day for the side.
Daten finished 2-0 winners away at Tarporley Victoria with Jack Hodgkiss opening the scoring after 6 minutes and the lead was doubled by Liam Leicester at the start of the second half.
Goals from James Dean and Sam Wakefield helped Lostock Gralam to a 2-1 win away at Moore United, while Golborne Sports beat Warrington Town Reserves 2-1 after Chris Bandell had given Warrington a 1-0 lead at half time. Dave Collard scored from close range from a set piece and minutes later Kenny Cooper scored directly from a free kick to make it 2-1.
Sandbach United were in fine form as they finished 9-0 winners at home against Sale Town. Charlie Livesy opened the scoring early on with Mike Blundell adding a second soon after. Lyndon Campbell made it 3-0 before Blundell added his second and Aiden Haughton put Sandbach 5-0 up just before half time. The second half started in the same manner with Mark Adamczyk scoring number six soon after the restart. Mike Blundell added three more to complete the rout but a special mention must go to the Sale Town team who started the fixture with nine players and battled hard for the full 90 minutes. They were a credit to their club, never giving up and showing an air of good sportsmanship throughout despite being on the end of such a heavy defeat.
The top two sides battled it out as Whaley Bridge travelled to league leaders Greenalls PSO in a game that was very much a six pointer. Whaley started the brighter of the two sides and created a few chances. Greenalls battled back and threatened with a variety of long crosses and throws. Whaley took the lead after 25 minutes when Kieran Shukker's speculative effort was fumbled by the goal keeper and crossed the line for 1-0. Greenalls started the second half much stronger and applied pressure to the Whaley back four but against the run of play Whaley scored a great team goal involving six players to make it 2-0. Ben McWilliams brought Greenalls back into the game when he made it 2-1 from the penalty spot and despite Greenalls being on top for the closing stages, Whaley held on for an important three points. Greenalls remain in top spot, six points ahead of Whaley but having played four games more.
Rylands lost 3-1 at home to Styal, Chris Trowbridge smashed in a free kick to equalise for Rylands but Styal took advantage of a depleted home side to score two second half goals without response. Sam Cawthra, Connor Glass and Jack Roberts were Styal's goal scorers.
Barnton were also in fine form as they finished 8-0 winners at home against Pilkington. Jack Burbidge scored a hat trick, while Steve Woodward bagged himself a brace. Reece Dwyer, Kevin Hammond and Karl Jenkins also made the score sheet.
Garswood United beat Linotype CHN 5-3 at home, while Poynton lost 2-1 at home to Denton Town and goals from Joe Sandbach (2) and Jordan Rigby helped Grappenhall Sports to a 3-2 win at home against Middlewich Town.
Billinge started strongly in their visit to Egerton and were 2-0 up after 14 minutes as captain Rob Ablewhite impressed up front and scored both goals in the space of two minutes. Joe Ratcliffe added a third just after the half in a game that Egerton were struggling to get to grips with.
After a quick half time Egerton came out fighting and looked much the stronger team as their captain Jay Wright scored twice in five minutes to bring the home side back into the game. Billinge had their chances but the majority of the possession was with Egerton and they were rewarded for their persistence when veteran left back Pete Booth made it 3-3 with two minutes left on the clock.
Kat Davey CFL Press Officer
The title race got a bit more interesting this weekend as both of the top sides lost their league games leaving the race for top spot wide open.
Aaron Morris, Nathan Ogden and Chad Whyte all hit home for an impressive Billinge side as they finished 3-1 winners away at Crewe, while a goal in each half for Rob Hanley helped Greenalls PSO to a 2-1 win over Garswood United.
Barnton's game at Gamesley was abandoned mid way through the second half due to bad weather conditions, leaving the Northwich side six points off top spot with two games in hand over current leaders Garswood.
Rylands returned to winning form with a 2-1 win over Derbyshire side Whaley Bridge. The first half began in surprisingly open fashion with both teams pushing forward at every opportunity in difficult windy conditions.
Rylands had the first opportunity after ten minutes when Jonathon Priest played Kris Bell through on goal but his effort was smothered by the advancing Whaley keeper. At the other end, Andy Moor turned a close range effort from Hughes wide and then the same player missed a glorious opportunity by firing wide when well placed inside the penalty area. Rylands responded with Bell again being foiled and then Lee Deakin fired wide from distance.
After 26 minutes the deadlock was broken when Bell's played exchanged passes with Chris Brown before firing past the keeper from twelve yards.
Shortly after half time, it was 2-0 as Liam Hayes converted Bell's cross on the hour. However, the visitors were back in the game five minutes later when Moor?s misplaced clearance allowed Collins to break through on goal and although the Rylands keeper saved well from the initial shot, Hughes followed up to convert from close range.
Whaley pressed hard for an equaliser but despite enjoying good possession, they were unable to really test Moor any further and Rylands held firm for a welcome three points.
A Reece Davies hat trick set Linotype CHN well on their way to victory and coupled with a goal from Nehru McKenzie it gave them a 4-0 half time at Middlewich Town. Louis Bentley pulled one back for the home side in the second half but the points went to Linotype.
Knutsford finished 3-2 winners over Pilkington while Rudheath Social and Eagle Sports shared a seven goal thriller with Eagle finished narrow 4-3 winners.
Midweek saw Grappenhall Sports travel to Congleton Vale with the home side finishing 2-0 winners. Grappenhall got off to the worst start possible when a long kick out down the slope was not dealt with and Dan Beuhler striker had the easiest opportunity to latch on to the long ball to round the keeper and slot home with 4 minutes on the clock.
That long ball continued to cause problems for Grappenhall but as the game developed they played themselves back in to the game by playing some good football in small patches. A good move led to a corner that Adam Green climbed brilliantly to only to hit the woodwork and Tom Swann couldn't make the most of the rebound.
Still the long ball caused problems and another defensive error allowed Congleton to get behind the Grappenhall back line and Buehler made it 2-0 on the half hour.
Grappenhall tried to get back in to the game second half but a well drilled Congleton were proving a tough nut to crack. Grappenhall did create more chances with substitute Josh Dagley coming close with a neat header and Ryan Crawford was unlucky not to get the bounce of the ball a couple of times in the Congleton box but a breakthrough couldn't be found and Congleton saw the game out to win 2-0.
As Poynton v Daten was called off minutes before kick off due to a heavy downpour making the pitch unplayable it gave Malpas the chance to go three points clear at the top as they beat Sale Town 4-0 at home. Playing down hill Malpas got off to the best possible start when a corner from Danny Lloyd found the head of captain Steve Watkins whose header was stopped on the line only for Lee Parry to follow up and score from close in on 7 minutes. This settled Malpas and they looked to move the ball around on the floor, keeping the pressure on the Sale outfit. Sale did work hard and started to get into the game as Malpas pushed forward, against the run of play a good move down the left by Richard Sadler saw the ball played through for Lee Parry who made no mistake beating one defender and slotting the ball home as the keeper closed him down for a good finish after 33 minutes.
Malpas looked to get the second half off to a good start when Lloyd found Alex Hughes down the right who held the ball before cutting in and hitting a low drive which the keeper saved well low down only for the in form Lee Parry on hand to tap home for another hat -trick after 46 minutes.
Mike Gibbs and Richards Sadler continued to cause problems getting forward from the full back positions which created space in forward areas and it was a good move down the right when Gibbs put in a cross picking out Lee Parry at the near post to power home a header, giving the keeper no chance for the pick of his four goal's on 80 minutes to finish the scoring for the day.
Lostock Gralam finished 2-1 winners away at Tarporley Victoria, while goals from Josh Perry and Nathan Lang earned Barnton Wanderers a 2-2 draw at home against Golborne Sports.
Congleton Vale built on their mid week victory with a 3-1 win at home against Warrington Town Reserves. Karl McCurrie opened the scoring in the 16th minute which was followed up ten minutes later with a goal from Dan Buehler. Buckley added a third in the 29th minute. Warrington's goal was scored by captain Sam Houghton.
Sandbach started brightly as they travelled to Grappenhall Sports and appeared sharper in the early stages without creating any clear cut chances. Grappenhall's shape remained tight and their ball retention was rewarded when some good possession led to Josh Dagley clipping the ball to Ryan Crawford who flicked it on to the in form Dan Sisson to turn quickly and shoot low past the keeper for 1-0.
The goal gave Grappenhall confidence and within minutes it was 2-0 when a tremendous counter attack was completed when Tom Swann slipped James Derbyshire in behind the Sandbach back line for him to chip the on rushing keeper with a touch of class.
Grappenhall had control and Sandbach were struggling to make opportunities but on 35 mins a defensive error allowed Mike Blundell to knock the ball past Gareth Powell from 10 yards for 2-1. Soon after Blundell latched on to a long ball to hit the post before a sensational move from a quick free kick led to the Sandbach keeper making a brilliant low stop from Adam Green.
The home side came out strongly after the break and their players were controlling the tempo of the game. On 60 minutes another good bit of possession led to Josh Dagley putting in a peach of a cross for the oncoming Ryan Crawford to volley home magnificently from the edge of the box. Great chances came and went to finish the game off particularly for Sisson and Derbyshire who both worked the keeper when one on one. Those missed chances led to a nervy close to the game as a Sandbach corner was headed home by Mark Adamczyk with 5 mins to go.
Middlewich Town built on last weeks result with a 2-1 win away at Egerton while Denton Town finished 3-1 winners over Eagle Sports.
Billinge's run of form continued as they beat Barnton 1-0 through a goal from Rob Ablewhite, while Garswood United stormed to a 5-0 win at home against Rylands.
Kayle Power gave Linotype CHN a 1-0 lead at half time as they played Daten at home but Marc Cash equalised to rescue Daten a point.
Grappenhall Sports stormed to a 4-0 win at Pilkington, while Whaley Bridge shared the points in a 1-1 draw at home against Poynton.
Greenalls PSO returned to winning form with a 2-1 win away at Styal. Jon Leatherbarrow and Liam Edwards both scored in the first half to secure maximum points for the Warrington side. to go six points clear at the top.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Shaun Alcock, Craig Millington and Ryan Jackson all scored for Rudheath Social as they beat Billinge 3-0 away from home to move the home side up to fourth with three games in hand over Garswood who sit in top spot.
Stephen Latham gave Barnton a 1st minute lead as they played Garswood United in a first v second class. Garswood turned the tables and went 3-1 up to retain their place at the top of the table but a determined Barnton fought to the final whistle with Joe Jennings making it 3-2 in the 90th minute.
Rylands? seven game unbeaten run came to an end with a shock defeat at the home of bottom of the league Middlewich Town. A superb goal from Sam O?Sullivan five minutes from the break was enough to earn the points after an abject performance from Rylands, who failed to trouble the home keeper until the final minute when Kris Bell missed a glorious chance to rescue a point but saw the keeper save his close range effort when clean through on goal.
The game started with Rylands enjoying the early possession but on a very poor surface they were unable to create a chance until the eighth minute when James Daniels headed straight at the keeper when well placed inside the penalty area. Gradually Middlewich gained a foothold in the game and O?Sullivan gave notice of his shooting abilities with a good strike which Andy Moor turned aside.
A deep cross by Adam Morris gave Bryning the chance to test Moor again with a header and then the same player wasted a glorious opportunity when he drove a shot wide from an angle of the six yard area. Little had been seen of a distinctly below par Rylands, as an attacking force but Ben Slater broke clear and crossed for former Middlewich man, Alex Lowe to drive a shot just wide of the goal.
As the half drew to a close, Middlewich took the lead when O?Sullivan cleared a superb shot beyond Moor from Twenty-five yards after the visitors had failed to clear a routine cross. The second half continued in the same manner, Middlewich remained well organised and looked dangerous on the counter attack and almost secured the points ten minutes from time when Goryll hit the crossbar with a fierce drive. As Rylands at last stirred themselves Kris Bell had a glorious chance to rescue a point when a Daniels pass saw him race clear on goal but the keeper saved well as he looked certain to score.
Crewe remain in third spot despite losing 3-2 at home to Whaley Bridge, while Gamesley stormed to a 4-0 thrashing of Styal.
A Rob Hanley hat trick secured all three points for Greenalls PSO as they beat Denton Town 3-0, while Eagle Sports beat Pilkington 3-1 away from home.
Linotype CHN inflicted a fourth home defeat of the season to an under par Knutsford side, leaving the Reds eleven points off the top of the table. Knutsford have not won any of the last five games at Manchester Road in all competitions, goals from Leon Grandison and Raul Corriea extended that run on Saturday.
Linotype were on top straight away as Knutsford struggled to keep hold of possession in the early stages. Leon Grandison could have put the visitor?s ahead inside 60 seconds when he collected Jack Taylor?s cross but blazed his strike over. Former Knutsford front man Reece Davies had his first chance when a loose ball fell to him 25 yards from goal, but he drive was too high to trouble Mark Higgs.
Knutsford almost took the lead against the run of play when Mike Cartner?s long ball set Gary Prescott clear, but his first-time effort was parried away by Danny Rothel. Reece Davies found himself unmarked at the far post moments later when Taylor?s free kick was flicked on by Steve Jenyons, but his volley was wide of the near post.
Linotype?s high pressing game was proving successful; Adam Stuart won the ball from Kingsley Grandison in midfield and fired a low effort that was well held by Higgs. Knutsford grew in to the game as the half went on and had some much-needed lengthy spells of possession. Their best chance fell to Joe Woolley when Richard Smart?s cross reached him on the edge of the area, but he chested down and volleyed high and wide.
The visitor?s should have taken the lead soon after, Stuart again won the ball high up the pitch and crossed for Davies who couldn?t find the target from six yards with a stooping header. Prescott forced Rothel in to another save before the break when he collected Kingsley Grandison?s flick and managed to get his shot in from an angle, but the Linotype keeper smothered the ball. Linotype took the lead seven minutes in to the second half. Leon Grandison?s strike was impressive as he bent in a beauty of an effort from 25 yards. After going ahead, the visitors protected their lead well and frustrated Knutsford who couldn?t get going throughout the half.
Linotype looked the more likely to score next, with Phil Yuille volleying wide from 20 yards, before Leon Grandison took down a long ball in the area and also failed to hit the target when he had more time than he realised. Knutsford?s first real chance of the half came when Prescott sent Rod Thornley away but his left-footed strike was straight at Rothel. Their best opportunity came with five minutes to go, when another substitute Liam Myers cut inside and laid off Joe Woolley whose low drive across went inches wide.
Linotype secured the win in the 90th minute when Jenyons tripped Leon Grandison in the area. Raul Corriea sent Higgs the wrong way from the spot to earn his side three points. Knutsford had one last chance in injury time when Jenyons fired over from Thornley?s cross, but it was a deserved win for Linotype against a lacklustre Knutsford side.
An impressive mid week performance saw Warrington Town Reserves finish 4-0 winners over Congleton Vale. Anthony Dawson bagged a hat trick with a further goal coming from Chris Gehgan.
Malpas played host to Sandbach United with it being first v third at kick off and the game lived up to expections as both sides put on a show which was credit to the league. Sandbach played up hill first half and had the better of the opening ten minutes as Malpas looked to settle into the game. Sandbach kept the ball well but found the Malpas back line solid. Malpas began to press and saw Alex Hughes shoot, only for the keeper to push away the ball. Andy Morris and Lee Parry also saw chances slip away as Malpas looked for the key opening goal. Sandbach had pace out wide, always looking to move the ball quickly to try and get round the back of the Malpas defence but full backs Mike Gibbs and Richard Sadler were up to the task. The first goal came on 31 minutes when a break down the right saw a shot come cross fired in at the near post, leaving Mike Blundell to react and tap in for 1-0 to Sandbach. Malpas bounced back and started to look for a leveller only to come up against a central partnership on top of their game, clearing up anything in the air and solid on the ground.
The second half saw Malpas came out the blocks taking the game to Sandbach, moving the ball well around the pitch and playing the passing game which is now the hall mark of this team. Again chances came and went and against the run of play, Blundell cut in from the right shooting low only for the ball to take a massive deflection and ending up in the back of the net in the 55th minute.
This gave the home side a mountain to climb and had a major chance to get back in the game when good work on the right saw Alex Hughes brought down in the box by Dean Burgess, only for Charles Masters in the Sandbach net to make a good save to keep the score at 2-0.
Malpas lifted again missing a number of chances only for Sandbach to break looking for their third, only for Steve Watkins and Conner Tinsley to throw their bodies on the line and clear the ball. Malpas finally got the break through after 78 minutes when good passing found Mike Gibbs burst through into the box and scoring to make it 2-1. Malpas pushed hard for an equaliser but the Sandbach defence stood firm and left victorious.
Poynton bounced back from last weeks defeat to beat Warrington Town Reserves 3-1 away. Rhys Coogan gave Warrington an early lead as he finished well from a great through ball. Poynton equalised ten minutes later when Danny Johnson was left unmarked to head home from a corner. The second came when Andrew Simpson latched on to a mistake by the Warrington left back and finished well into the bottom corner to give Poynton a 2-1 lead at the break.
Midway through the second half, Rick Tindall broke well and crossed to the back post for Ste Kirby to knock home and secure all points for the away side. The win puts Poynton back at the top of the table, a point ahead of Malpas with five games in hand.
Barnton Wanderers slipped into the bottom two of the league following a 2-2 draw at Sale Town. Ashley Wells scored twice for the Northwich side in the first half to give Barnton a comfortable lead at the break. However two goals in as many minutes from Jon Crimes saw Sale come back into the game and hold on for a point.
Grappenhall Sports travelled across town for their derby at Daten with a big desire for three points to help stem a run of 3 games without a win. The away side started brightly and looked to have a good hold on the game but a corner awarded after Daten's first real attack lead to the home side taking an early lead. The Grappenhall defence was not able to win the initial header, leaving the Adam Whitty free to slot home unopposed from 3 yards.
This rattled Grappenhall and lead to a shaky fifteen minutes where they looked to regain control on the game. Adam Green had a goal disallowed before Ben Howard shot just wide from 18 yards after a superb move involving 5 players. Confidence was growing and the pressure paid off on the stroke of half time when a keeper blunder from a corner allowed for Adam Green to slot home from close range.
Grappenhall came out of the blocks quickly in the second half and scored two goals in the space of five minutes both coming from Adam Rosterne set pieces. Firstly Ben Howard challenged and forced the Daten defender to head in to his own net before Daniel Sisson nodded home for 3-1.
Daten showed spirit and made it 3-2 when Liam Leicester headed home from a set piece but Grappenhall responded quickly with Ben Howard scoring after initially having his penalty saved when Jordan Rigby was fouled in the box. In the final ten minutes Grappenhall scored the goal of the game as they caught Daten on the break and Rigby slotted home well from the edge of the box after a successful build up.
Moore United finally ended their dismal run of results with a fine performance away at Golborne Sports. Literally fighting for survival with just seven games remaining, Moore dominated the game from start to finish and were rewarded for their relentless pressing game with an early goal on 7 minutes when Johnny Rudge latched on to a Dave Willetts pass from midfield to beat the full back and calmly loft over the on-coming keeper.
Striker John Darbyshire was a constant thorn in the side of the Golborne defence when on 30 minutes he was brought down in the box for an obvious penalty which he finished himself to make it 2-0. Two minutes later Moore were reduced to ten men when their striker was dismissed for serious foul play.
The second half continued in the same vain as Moore maintained control and after 52 minutes a Matty Arnold cross from the left found Dave Willetts who drove the ball home to make it 3-0. Golborne were then also reduced to ten when they lost a player for receiving a second caution. However, managed to score a consolation goal on 63 minutes following good work from the midfield. Moore had one more good chance from a Babbington cross and Darbyshire volley which flew just wide of the left post in the 82nd minute. The game ended badly for Golborne as they had another man sent off for a dangerous challenge on full-back Danny Dunne.
A goal in each from Alex Moore earned Tarporley Victoria a 2-2 draw away at Egerton, while Penlake suffered a 5-1 defeat at home against Lostock Gralam. Chris Bailey, Chris Glaze (2) Sam Wakefield and James Dean all scored for the Northwich side, while Penlake's goal came from Stephen Melville.
Whaley Bridge closed the gap at the top to three points with a 2-0 win at home against top of the league Greenalls PSO. Tom Scorer made it 1-0 after 32 minutes, with the second coming from Ciaran Hegarty mid way through the second half. Greenalls threw everything at the game in the second half but the Whaley defence stood strong to secure maximum points.
Pete Molloy and Jack Burbidge scored twice in two minutes to give Barnton a 2-1 half time lead as they entertained Gamesley at home. Greg Dudley scored in the 75th minute and the win sees Barnton sit in fifth spot, twelve points off the top with six games in hand.
Linotype CHN moved up to third spot with a 6-0 win at home against Pilkington. Jordan Thompson bagged himself a hat trick with further goals coming from Kayle Power and Matthew Torbitt.
Grappenhall Sports shared the points in a 1-1 draw at home against Garswood United, while Poynton beat Egerton 3-1.
Two second half goals in as many minutes saw Rylands grab an all important three points in a scrappy affair at Gorsey Lane.
The first half had few chances, with both sides defences restricting opposition attempts on goal from distance, however one golden opportunity for Rylands saw new signing, Dan Lichman after losing control of a neat through ball from Nick Jordan. Middlewich Town's best chance of the half came from a Jamie Smithers header, which flew narrowly wide of Matt Latham's goal.
After the half time break, the game came to life, Lichman hit the bar when well placed, and after 70 minutes, the deadlock was broken. A scramble in the Middlewich box saw Jordan tripped by a Middlewich defender, and the referee awarded the penalty. Kenny Rushton's spot kick was acrobatically pushed on to the post by the Middlewich keeper, but Aaron Williams was the fastest to react, and drove home off the post. Minutes later Rylands doubled the lead, a neat interchange between Trowbridge and Williams put Craig Mather through on goal and the striker calmly slotted home underneath the advancing 'keeper.
As the latter stages of the game approched, Middlewich threw players forward in a desperate attempt to save the result, and Dan Garner saw his effort kicked away by Latham in the Rylands goal. Just into stoppage time Middlewich grabbed a consolation goal when substitute Tom Brain broke away from his marker from a corner, and shot into the roof of the net, despite the efforts of Latham, and Rushton on the post to keep it out. Seeing the game finish 2-1 Rylands.
Reserve Division Cup
Styal booked their place in the semi final of the league cup as a Joe Knight hat trick saw them beat Billinge 3-1 at home, while Denton Town finished 3-2 winners at home against Eagle Sports.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
The competing Leagues in the North West Inter League Cup unanimously decided to rename the tournament as the Jeff Walton Memorial Cup, to mark Jeff's contribution to Inter League Football over the last 10 years.
The draw has been made for this and the fixtures are on Full Time:
Liverpool FA Premier League v Cheshire Football League
First leg - 26 February @ LCFA
Second leg - 12 March @ Cumberland Sports Arena, Crewe - 1930hrs ko
Lancs & Cheshire League v Manchester League
First leg - 05 March @Cheadle Town FC - 1945hrs ko
Second leg - 19 March @West Didsbury & Chorlton FC - 1945hrs ko
Semi finals will be decided on penalties if the scores are tied after 180 minutes. No extra time.
Cheshire FL are looking to retain the trophy they won in April 2013 and are looking forward to the games ahead.
A 78th minute goal from Jack Webb saw Barnton finish victorious in their local derby with Rudheath Social. The 1-0 win sees Barnton move up to third spot, a point behind their rivals who have played a game less.
Crewe shared the points with Greenalls PSO as the teams played out an entertaining 0-0 draw. The point puts Crewe five points clear of Rudheath in second, having played three games more.
Last seasons top two sides were again evenly matched as they drew 1-1. The first half was a tight affair with both sides cancelling each other out. Eagle had goalkeeper Neil McDermott to thank for keeping the game scoreless when he made a superb double save, first from Matt Woolley?s 20-yard drive and then from Jack Woolley?s powerful follow-up. Eagle came close moments later when Jay Waldron?s right-wing cross was headed just over the bar by Owen Ellis.
Eagle took the lead six minutes before half time in fortuitous fashion. Right-back Adam Coleman whipped in a deep, swirling cross that caught the strong wind, it deceived Mark Higgs in the Knutsford goal and went straight in. Eagle could have doubled their lead a minute later when Craig Hall headed towards goal from Liam Walker?s corner, only to see his effort superbly stopped by Higgs. Knutsford almost equalised on the stroke of half time when Reece Davies found Sean Lynch unmarked in the area, but his low drive went wide of the near post.
The second half was controlled in the most part by Knutsford. Jack Woolley came close early on in the half when his 20-yard effort curled narrowly over the bar. McDermott again came to the rescue for Eagle when Reece Davies won the ball from Richard Chinn at the back, he tried an outside of the foot effort that McDermott palmed around the post at full stretch. Knutsford's Lynch found himself free in the area for a second time soon after, but he was denied again when his strike was blocked superbly by Craig Hall.
Scott Beattie then came close when Jack Woolley got to the byline and pulled the ball back to Beattie whose first time effort was saved again by the impressive McDermott.
Knutsford?s equaliser came seven minutes from time, Steve Jenyons drove a free kick in to the area from the half-way line and Sean Lynch rose highest to nod home his tenth goal of the season. The final few minutes of the game were played at a frantic pace with both sides looking for a winner that ultimately never came.
Rubin Kennerley and Connor helped Styal to a 2-1 win away at Middlewich Town. The home side found the net through Mike Evans but it was Styal who left with all three points.
Denton Town looked strong as they finished 3-0 winners at home against Pilkington. The win keeps Denton in 15th place in the table but they only trail their opponents now by goal difference.
Ewan Rodger scored twice for Rylands, with Lee Deakin also scoring on his debut appearance from the club. Billinge's goal came from Graeme Green but it was Rylands who took maximum points as they finished 3-1 winners at home.
Malpas moved to within four points of leaders Poynton following a 2-1 win at home against Moore United. The strong wind blowing across the pitch caused problems for both sides and Malpas found it difficult in the final third to get the final ball right. Moore pressed all over the park making Malpas work for space to play which is key to their passing game. Malpas got the first goal after 26 minutes when a pass from Danny Lloyd found top scorer Alex Hughes. Hughes cut inside beating two players and driving low into the bottom corner for 1-0. Although Malpas looked to build on their lead it was Moore who started to take control and the home side had a blow when skipper Steve Watkins had to leave the pitch with a bad cut. Moore got back on level terms when a free kick went through to Dave Willett who made no mistake to give Moore a well deserved leveller just before half time.
Despite the wind continuing to cause issues, Malpas looked good going forward and Hughes got his second in the 56th minute went he made no mistakes just inside the box for 2-1. Moore pressed but Malpas held strong at the back and finished the game victorious.
Bradley Parker (2) and Andrew Williams gave Warrington Town Reserves a 3-0 half time lead as they played host to Sandbach United. A Valliant second half performance saw Sandbach bring the game back to the 3-2 when Mike Blundell and Tom Watkin scored
Maine Road Reserves finished 4-2 winners away at Sale Town to move up to twelfth, while Golborne Sports won 3-1 away at Lostock Gralam.
A 90th minute equaliser from Oliver Hardman saw Daten earn a valuable point after falling behind at home to Congleton Vale. The 1-1 draw sees Daten move up to tenth.
Styal climbed into second place as they breezed to a 5-1 win at home against Rylands. Joe Swindells was in fine form as he bagged a hat trick, with further goals coming from Alex Whelan and Matt West. All eyes were on groundsman David Oates as he came out of retirement to play for the side and missed a sitter from close range.
Barnton bounced back from last weeks cup disappointment to beat Egerton 3-1 away from home. Rob McGee scored all three goals for the Northwich side with Egerton's goal coming from Mike Simmons.
League leaders Greenalls PSO lost 3-0 at home against Linotype CHN where Jordon Thompson continued his scoring prowess with two goals with Mike Wild getting the third.
Chris Francis (2) Adam Prince and James Lawless were all on the score sheet for Garswood United as they beat Poynton 4-3 at home in a closely fought game. Poynton's goals were scored by Ed Bailey, Tom Bridge and James Robertson.
Gamesley secured an important 3-2 win away at Grappenhall Sports, while Middlewich Town also returned to form with a 4-3 win away at Pilkington.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Cheshire League press report from Mon 9th December... Courtesy of Calum Anderson of Rylands FC.
Runcorn Town 4 v 0 Cheshire FL Inter League
A freezing cold Monday night, saw an experimental Cheshire Inter League side travel to North West Counties outfit, Runcorn Town under the floodlights at Pavillions, Runcorn. Despite a strong start by the Cheshire side, Runcorn eventually ran away with a rather flattering 4-0 victory.
The early exchanges were very scrappy, with neither side wanting to give much away, possession was kept to the middle third of the pitch, with Rob Hope doing his best for Cheshire to try and find some pockets of space to play in to.
The first shot on target came in the 12th minute from Runcorn, which tested the hands of Chris Jones in his bottom right corner, but he was equal to the test.
In the 21st minute, Cheshire had their first chance of the game, where a neat interchange of play on the left hand side between Nathan Williams and PJ Hudson, set away Williams in the box, but he was closed down quickly by Runcorn ?keeper Karl Wills before he could get a clean strike away.
Cheshire created themselves a bit more space on the left hand side in the 36th minute, this time through Jimmy Daniels, who?s neat footwork took him past one man, but once in the area, he couldn?t find the space to dig out a cross.
The 41st minute seen a Runcorn cross cleared off the Cheshire line by left-back Jake Linaker, which led to a counter attack that saw Joe Jennings pick out Williams with a cross that saw a smart save from Wills keep the score at 0-0.
Half Time ? Runcorn Town 0 v 0 Cheshire
Making three changes at half time, Runcorn came out and dominated the early proceedings in the second half, but the first real chance of the half came in the 48th minute to Rylands man, Jimmy Daniels, who found his 25 yard volley well saved by Wills to his left hand side.
From that chance, Runcorn broke away. Burton?s strike from the edge of the Cheshire area was deflected over, and Grant then found half a yard for the home side in the box but headed over from the resulting corner.
Cheshire?s best chance came in the 53rd minute, when they got themselves a man over on the right hand side, but when unchallenged, Jackson fired well over the bar.
The scoring was opened in the 56th minute, Cheshire failed to clear a bouncing ball in their own area, Carey?s shot which appeared to be going wide, took a massive deflection off McKay and rolled past the onlooking Chris Jones, who had already dove the other way.
Runcorn doubled their lead in the 62nd minute, when substitute Derbyshire pounced on another bouncing ball in the Cheshire area, which somehow found a way through Jones in goal.
The game was sealed in the 70th minute. Cheshire substitute Alex Lowe dove in to challenge Andy Potter, who went down under the tackle. Carey fired the resulting penalty to Jones? right hand side, giving him no chance of saving.
The best goal of the game was Runcorn?s fourth, which came in the 78th minute. A sharp interchange of play by Runcorn found a way around Everall and Lowe, and the accurate cross found Derbyshire arriving late in the area to make it 4-0, finishing the scoring for the day.
Cheshire had one final chance to get on the score sheet in the 86th minute, when Lowe was fouled 20 yards out, but Daniels could only fire the free kick well over the bar.
Full Time ? Runcorn Town 4 v 0 Cheshire
Runcorn Town ? Wills, Lester, Toone, Duckworth, Jones, Spearritt, Shanley, McShane, Grant, Potter, Haughton
Subs ? Keddie, Kinsey, Burton, Derbyshire, Carey, Glover
Cheshire ? Jones, McKay, Linaker, Alcock, Coleman, Daniels, Jackson, Hope, Jennings, Hudson, Williams
Subs ? Everall, Lowe, Quirk, McAllister, Higgs
A Chris Francis goal was the only thing to separate Garswood United and Styal as the St Helens side extended their lead at the top to five points.
JB Parker Cup Semi Final
Rylands reached the JB Parker Cup final for the second successive season after a hard fought victory over Whaley Bridge in difficult conditions at Gorsey Lane. The game started brightly in a fierce wind on a heavy pitch and it was Whaley Bridge who created the first opportunity when Andy Moor parried an angled drive from Bill Sutton around the post for the game?s first corner kick. This was comfortably dealt with by the Rylands' defence.
Moments later Alex Lowe and Liam Hayes combined to give Lee Dermody a shooting chance but his effort went wide of the visitors goal. With their first real attack of note after eight minutes, Rylands opened the scoring when Hayes brilliantly released Kris Bell with a defence splitting pass which the striker coolly converted with a great finish over the advancing keeper.
The goal gave the blues the impetus and Bell almost scored again when his close range effort was well saved by Burgess. At the other end Dan Christie turned well inside the penalty area but Moor saved comfortably to preserve Rylands advantage.
The second half saw the visitors press for the equaliser and Rylands counter attacking dangerously in an entertaining cup encounter. James Daniels tricked his way past two defenders before driving his shot wide of the Whaley Bridge goal, whilst at the other end Moor again saved well from a Christie free kick.
As the game drew to a close, Whaley committed more players forward and the home side almost put the contest to bed on the counter with Daniels and substitute Craig Smith going close with chances. In the final moments Whaley desperately put the ball into the Rylands penalty area but the home side defended superbly to hold on to the clean sheet, and reach the showpiece cup final.
There were goals galore as Eagle Sports beat Egerton 4-3 in an end to end encounter. Gareth Williams, Owen Ellis (2) and John Barrett all made the score sheet for Eagle Sports, while Egerton's scorers were Rory Pownall (2) and Jason Wright. The win see Eagle move up to 12th spot and out of the bottom three.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Garswood United took a step closer to the title as they beat Denton Town 3-0 at home, while a second half goal from Nathan Tickle saw Crewe beat Whaley Bridge 1-0 and move into third.
Greenalls PSO took a 2-0 lead at Pilkington, only for the home side to draw level shortly after the break. Joe Woods then put Greenalls back in front, only for Pilkington to make it 3-3 in the dying stages of the game.
Saturday?s game between Rylands and Knutsford had a similar script to the first time they met this season. Both games finished 1-1 and both times Rylands snatched an equaliser in the dying minutes.
Kingsley Grandison was a constant threat on the right wing as Knutsford started strongly, he created their first chance with a cross that was headed wide at the near post by Gary Prescott. James Pickford then came close as Knutsford went route one, a long clearance from the back was flicked on by Vinnie Braine to Joe Woolley, he laid off Pickford but his 20-yard effort curled over the bar.
Rylands? first chance came when Richie Sinker?s shot was blocked by Richard Smart, the ball fell kindly to James Daniels but he drove wide from a tight angle. With 22 minutes gone Knutsford took the lead, Mike Cartner?s corner was flicked on by a Rylands head and reached Grandison unmarked, he composed himself before volleying home his second goal in two games. Two minutes later Knutsford came close again from a Cartner corner, this one was met by a Scott Beattie header but Andy Moor saved well and held on to the ball.
Rylands grew in to the game as the half went on but Knutsford restricted them to efforts from distance, Ewan Rodger and Lee Dermody both failed to hit the target from 25 yards.
The home side pushed hard for an equaliser in the second half. They came close when Alex Lowe?s corner reached Kris Bell via the head of Ryan Duffy, but he couldn?t find the target from three yards out. James Daniels was always dangerous for Rylands, he ran half the length of the pitch down the left but fired inches wide from the corner of the box.
Kris Bell should have levelled the scores on 70 minutes, he beat the offside trap and was clean through from Andy Moor?s long ball, but with plenty of time he dragged his shot off target. Knutsford rarely tested Moor in the Rylands goal in the second half, Cartner?s solo run from the back ended in a left-footed strike that was comfortably saved in Knutsford?s best chance of the half. In the final 15 minutes the Reds began to lose composure and were giving away possession cheaply as Rylands piled on the pressure. First Daniels headed wide from a Richie Sinker free kick, before Mark Higgs? punch found substitute Craig Smith on the edge of the area, but his effort was cleared off the line by Simon Williamson.
Gamesley finished 3-0 winners away at Linotype CHN, while Barnton came out on top of their local derby, beating Middlewich Town 4-1 away. Colin Quirk scored twice and a goal from Rob Gory saw Barnton go into the break 3-0 up. A second half goal from Josh Maddock gave Middlewich some hope but a 93rd minute shot from Billy Webb secured the points for Barnton.
Golborne Sports ended Poynton's unbeaten league run with a 2-0 victory. A goal from Mike Koppel was added to by a 20 yard screamer from Scott Walker to give Golborne all three points and inflict on Poynton their first defeat of the season.
Malpas started well in their home fixture against Barnton Wanderers and made two half chances in the first ten minutes although Barnton did break and could have scored themselves. As the game settled it was clear Barnton were struggling to handle the Malpas passing and movement with Lee Parry and Alex Hughes looking very sharp. On 15 minutes Malpas opened the scoring when a move down the right saw Lee Parry pick out Danny Lloyd just outside the box. Lloyd crossed to the far post for top scorer Alex Hughes to head home. This settled the Malpas team and they looked in control all over the pitch with Simon Bradley and Matty Dutton pulling the strings in the centre of the midfield. 24 minutes saw Lee Parry get his first of the day, when a good move saw the ball crossed from the left for him to smash home for 2-0.
Malpas put the game out of Barnton's reach in the 55th minute when Lee Parry slotted home a penalty for 3-0. Lee Parry received the ball just inside the box and made no mistake beating two players and rounding the keeper to complete a quality hat trick and see Malpas finish 4-0 winners and move two points clear at the top, having played five games more than second place Poynton.
Grappenhall Sports started brightly and created some glorious early chances with Ryan Crawford twice missing one on one changes and Dan Sisson was thwarted from 6 yards. Penlake looked bright on the break and Alex Grisedale scored with a low 25 yard drive after a patient build up. Grappenhall came again and Crawford missed a one on one when the keeper was sharp off his line before a chance from a corner was cleared off the line after a goal mouth scramble.
The 83rd minute saw a poor back pass from Grappenhall which allowed Andrew Silsby to intercept and go round the keeper to make it 2-0. Grappenhall responded straight away when a Danny Macintyre ball found Dan Sisson in behind the back 4 to knock home a lovely half volley lob over the keeper. The home side pushed hard for an equaliser but the points went to Penlake.
A young Warrington Town Reserve side finished 5-2 winners as they travelled to Moore United in a local derby. Callum Wallace opened the scoring after 18 minutes which was soon followed up with a second from Chris Bandell. Dylan Glass made it 3-0 after 33 minutes to give Warrington a comfortable lead at the break, while Moore struggled to get into the game against a young opposition.
Glass added his second in the 57th minute but a mix up at the back lead to Warrington's Andy Williams putting the ball into his own net and making the score 4-1. Two minutes later Chris Bandell was fouled in the box and Theo Chrisokhou stepped up to take the penalty, before standing down and allowing Dylan Glass to complete his hat trick and extend Warrington's lead. Moore United continued to press hard to get something from the game and were rewarded when John Ellis scored in the closing stages to make the score a more respectable 5-2.
Styal took a step towards the top of the table after beating title rivals Barnton away from home. First half goals from Joe Knight, Connor Glass and Matt West gave Styal a 3-1 lead at the break, despite a good effort from Jack Burbidge who scored for Barnton in the 30th minute. The second half saw Barnton increase the pressure and a second from Burbidge in the 80th minute made the closing stages of the game frantic for both sides but Styal held on for the win. Styal now sit in third place, twelve points behind leaders Greenalls but with four games in hand.
Eagle Sports started to climb up the table with a 2-0 win away at Gamesley, while Grappenhall Sports finished 4-3 winners away at Daten and a first half goal from Rob Ablewhite saw Billinge beat Whaley Bridge 1-0 at home.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Rest In Peace Jeff Walton
The Cheshire League is mourning the loss of Chairmen Jeff Walton who sadly passed away on the 7th of December. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pam, Kevin and Katie at this very sad time, there will be a one minute silence for all Cheshire League matches on December the 14th.
An interesting weekend of results sees things tighten up for the top sides in division one.
Current champions Knutsford dropped down to fifth as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Rylands.
It was a cagey opening 20 minutes, but Knutsford did test Andy Moor in the Rylands goal early on; firstly with Reece Davies? 25-yard free kick, and then Simon Williamson cut inside from the left and fired a shot that Moor saved at the near post. Rylands were threatening from corners. Liam Hayes? delivery caused a goalmouth scramble that almost fell to Craig Smith, and soon after Jimmy Daniels volleyed over after Knutsford failed to clear Alex Lowe?s cross.
Knutsford?s best chance of the first half-an-hour fell to Reece Davies; Joel Wilbraham collected the ball on the right and whipped in a superb cross but Davies could only head wide.
Knutsford's Mark Higgs produced an impressive save when he stretched to divert Daniels? strike around the post when it looked destined for the top corner. Andy Moor responded with a fantastic stop of his own when the ball fell to Davies in the area from Michael Cartner?s deflected strike, Davies hit the ball on the volley but Moor parried it away at point blank range.
The second half saw Knutsford dominate the early stages and Ryalnds keeper Moor was forced to make two excellent saves from Davies and Pickford to keep the scores level. At the other end, good work From Deakin and Sinker created a chance for Alex Lowe who hit a driven shot just wide of the goal.
Another smart save from Moor to deny Cartner looked to have ensured a point for Rylands but with just five minutes remaining, Lynch headed the home side into the lead when he beat Moor to a deep free kick. To their credit, Rylands responded and in the final minute a fine cross from substitute James Parr was met superbly on the half volley by Daniels to level the scores.
Incredibly the visitors could have won the match as Rylands poured forward deep into injury time, Daniels and Deakin combined brilliantly only for Higgs to deny Deakin?s chip with an outstretched hand as he raced through on goal.
Barnton moved into second place as a goal in each half from Billy Webb saw them beat current league leaders Crewe 2-0. Barnton now sit three points behind their opponents with two games in hand.
Garswood United also moved up a place and now sit in fourth spot as they inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Rudheath Social who slip down to third spot. Garswood are now right on their tails as they sit a point behind Rudheath with two games in hand. This leaves the title race wide open with the top six all in with a chance of league success.
At the other end of the table Middlewich entertained Denton Town and finished 4-0 winners thanks to a Sam Didsbury hat trick and a goal from Mike Evans.
Pilkington suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Linotype CHN. Wes Wilkinson bagged himself a hat trick, with further goals from Pete Bradshaw and Javin McKenzie.
Eagle Sports lost 2-1 at home to Gamesley. Eagle's goal was scored by Owen Ellis.
Grappenhall Sports went in to their local derby with Warrington Town Reserves on the back of two wins and started the game full of confidence. Despite the first half starting very evenly, it was Grappenhall who took the lead when Dan Sisson won a header from a free kick and as the ball dropped out of the air, Ryan Crawford hit it on the volley and slammed it home from eight yards.
After the break, Warrington started well and were rewarded when a deflected 25 yard drive beat the Grappenhall keeper. The game then stretched and more chances began to be created for both sides. Grappenhall had the best chance when Dan Sisson headed over from 10 yards. Grappenhall went 2-1 up in the 81st minute when substitute Ranny Dhwahli hit a low drive from the edge of the box.
Grappenhall were unfortunate not to increase their lead when the Warrington keeper was forced into a double save from Adam Rosterne's penalty when Ryan Crawford was fouled in the box.
A single goal from Danny Morgan was all that separated Maine Road Reserves and Tarporley Victoria as the Manchester side sneaked a 1-0 win, while Congleton Vale finished 5-1 winners away at Moore United.
Mike Blundell and Leon Robinson helped Sandbach United to a 2-0 win at home against Barnton Wanderers which sees them sit comfortably in fourth with games in hand over the two sides just above them.
Malpas started at a good pace and looked quality going forward as they stretched the Daten back line. It took the home side only 8 minutes to open the scoring when Lee Parry burst through, beating two players and laying the ball to Joe Lunt who made no mistake, driving the ball into the corner of the net for 1-0. Lee Parry was unlucky not to double the lead soon after a great save stopped him getting on the score sheet. Daten pressed but another great move saw Malpas' Lee Parry picking out Owen Ward to give the home side a 2-0 advantage. Daten struggled to hold the Malpas forward runs and it was 3-0 after 26 minutes when a free kick was driven into the bottom right of the net by top scorer Alex Hughes.
Daten started the second half brightly but Malpas caught them on the break to go 4-0 up when a superb move starting from the left found Joe Lunt in the box. He was fouled, leaving Parry to slot home from the spot in the 55th minute. Daten were awarded a penalty in the 70th minute which Tom Gibson slotted home to see the game finish 4-1 to Malpas.
Despite being on the back foot from the first whistle, Rylands put in a solid performance at home against Garswood United and finished 2-0 winners to secure a mid table spot over Christmas. Garswood snapped into action early on when Mike Scott chipped Matt Latham in the Rylands goal but Ryan Shepherd was on hand to clear. This was followed up when Jonathon Lowe had a snap shot deflected and Scott again saw an effort tipped over as Rylands failed to maintain possession. It wasn't until the half hour mark when the home side had their first effort but Pye's speculative shot failed to trouble Lawless in the Garswood goal. The ever dangerous Leyland combined with Scott to force a smart save from Latham and just on half time another effort from Lowe was turned round the post as Garswood increased the pressure on the Rylands goal.
Within minutes of the restart Garswood wasted a great opportunity when Scott scooped an effort over the bar while at the other end M. Jordan put Mather through but his shot lacked power and direction. On the hour mark, Rylands took the lead against the run of play. Lawless in the Garswood goal firstly miscontrolled a backpass and as Jordan put him under pressure, his clearance was blocked by the forwards lunge and the ball cannoned off his back and rolled into the empty net.
Garswood for the next twenty minutes laid siege and only the efforts of the Rylands rear guard and the tireless Daniel Williams and Nick Jordan kept them in front. There were more chances for Garswood as Leyland put Scott through but he shot wide, before Leyland himself had a goalbound effort blocked and Latham clawed another Scott effort away to safety. Rylands sealed the points when Matt Jordan beat the offside trap, and drew the keeper in before unselfishly laying the ball into the path of Craig Mather for a simple tap in for 2-0.
Goals from Kev Hammond and Stephen Jackson earned Barnton a 2-1 win at home against Eagle Sports, while Whaley Bridge reduced the gap at the top to six points with a 2-1 win away at Daten. They still have three games in hand over leaders Greenalls PSO.
Jason Jones and Jordan Thompson earned Linotype a points as they drew 2-2 in their local derby at home against Poynton.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Rudheath returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory in their local derby at Middlewich Town. Rudheath started brightly and piled the pressure on the home defence. Craig Millington came close but his header was cleared off the line by Jack Bryning. Mid way through the first half Rudheath's pressure paid off. Liam Newman put Millington through and he made no mistake from 12 yards. Middlewich responded instantly and Shaun Alcock reacted well to block Sam O'Sullivan's shot.
Rudheath started the second half strongly and were rewarded in the 65th minute when Chris Latham's corner was headed towards goal by Alcock which Millington then flicked home for 2-0. Middlewich pushed hard to get back into the game but Rudheath stood strong to secure the victory. The win moves Rudheath back into fourth spot with three games in hand over third place Crewe.
Golborne Sports moved up to sixth place with a 3-0 win away at Maine Road Reserves. Mike Koppel opened the scoring with a fantastic move which was followed up shortly after with a screamer from Scott Walker. Walker added his second later in the game when he was well placed in the box to knock home from a corner and secure a comfortable win for Golborne.
Two second half goals from Jordan Thompson saw Linotype CHN beat Rylands 2-0 and move up to third place, while Grappenhall Sports and Egerton shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Gamesley stormed into a 7-0 lead in the first half of their game at Daten. Matt Tetlow opened the scoring early on for Gamesley which was soon followed up with a hat trick from Mike Dewhurst and further goals from Josh Stevenson (2) and Luke McGlone. Second half saw a come back from Daten who pulled the score back to 7-3 with Dave Edwards and Mustafha Bouamra (2) both hitting home. Sam Mulryan took the wind out of Daten's sails when he added Gamesley's 8th but this didn't stop Daten battling hard and adding a fourth from club veteran Mike Leigh.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Wednesday the 26th February 2014
The Jeff Walton Memorial Trophy ? Semi Final
Liverpool County FA Liverpool Soccer Centre Walton Hall Park Liverpool L4 9XP
?Liverpool League? versus ?Cheshire League?
Kick Off 7pm
1. Mark Higgs (Knutsford)
2. Andy Moor (Rylands)
3. Steve Jenyons (Knutsford)
4. Ross Shepard (Garswood Utd)
5. Adam Coleman (Eagle Sports)
6. Matty Gregory (Garswood Utd)
7. Chris Latham (Rudheath)
8. Mark Hughes (GPSO)
9. Rob Hope (Eagle Sports)
10. James Daniels (Rylands)
11. PJ Hudson (Crewe)
12. Nathan Williams (Eagle Sports)
13. Matty Pearson (Crewe)
14. Ryan Jackson (Rudheath)
15. Craig Hoyland (GPSO)
16. Ged McAllister (Eagle Sports)
1. Jake Linaker (Rudheath)
2. Jack McKay (Rudheath)
3. Richard Chinn (Eagle Sports)
4. Luke Faulkner (Garswood Utd)
5. Nick Abson (Rudheath)
6. Alex Lowe (Rylands)
7. Alex Moore (Tarporley Vics)
8. Pete Aidley (Tarporley Vics)
9. Chris Jackson (Crewe)
10. Joe Woolley (Knutsford)
11. Alex Hughes (Malpas)
12. Craig Millington (Rudheath)
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Garswood United moved up into pole position in the table as they won 3-0 at home against Gamesley to go two points clear at the top, while second place Barnton leap frogged Crewe into second beating them 4-1 at home. Colin Quirk gave Barnton the lead after three minutes, which was doubled twelve minutes later by Leon Williams to give the home side a 2-0 advantage at the break. Williams added his second shortly after the restart with Jeff King adding the fourth goal in the 90th minute.
After a goal-less first half Billinge took control of their fixture against Middlewich Town to finish 4-2 winners. Chad Whyte, Steve Edwards, Tim Lees and Joe Unsworth all hit home in the second half to secure victory for the home side.
Rylands recovered from a two goal deficit to beat Pilkington 3-2 away from home. A long range drive from Thompson forced the first save from the Rylands keeper and Hughes headed wide after a corner kick had failed to be cleared. Little had been seen of the visitors but after 12 minutes James Daniels raced clear of the home defence only to pull his angled effort wide of the goal.
The opening goal came in the 18th minute when Moor completely misjudged a long ball into his penalty area and allowed Sephton an easy conversion from close range. At the other end, Rylands had struggled for any kind of threat until Craig Smith and Bell combined to set up Alex Lowe for a drive which went narrowly wide of the goal. After 30 minutes things got worse for Rylands when Sephton crossed into the penalty area and Moor could not prevent Thompson increasing the home side?s lead from close range. Rylands gave themselves a lifeline on 37 minutes however, when Lee Deakin's deep corner kick was superbly headed home by Daniels at the far post to make it 2-1.
Rylands began to dominate the second half, but Moor had to be alert to save from Sephton on the hour after the home striker found himself free inside the box. After 70 minutes the game was level when Kris Bell brilliantly controlled Ewan Rodger's pass and evaded his marker to slide the ball beyond the home keeper to make it 2-2. Moments later Rylands were in front when Daniels beat two defenders and crossed the ball for Rodger to convert from close range.
Rylands might have increased their lead through Daniels and Rodger as the full time whistle approached, while the home side threw caution aside seeking an equaliser. At the other end two late corner kicks deep into stoppage time were well defended by Rylands to ensure the points were secured.
Knutsford started their game at Linotype CHN brightly and got in to good positions early on, James Pickford drove a cross-come-shot narrowly wide from a tight angle, before Rezayan curled over from 20 yards. Linotype should have taken the lead on 15 minutes though when Ben Reeves won the ball from Steve Jenyons at the back, but his? effort when clean through was weak and comfortably saved by Mark Higgs.
Danny Rothel in the Linotype goal was forced into a superb save when Joel Swift?s blocked shot fell to Scott Beattie who drove high towards goal, only for Rothel to acrobatically tip the ball over. Another mix-up at the heart of the Knutsford defence gave Kingsley Grandison the chance to put Linotype ahead, but he hit the post when he should have scored. Linotype grew in to the game after Knutsford?s fast start, they had another chance when Sam Hood laid the ball off for Phil Yuille from Reeves? cross, but Yuille blasted over from 12 yards.
It was a bit of luck that gave Knutsford the lead right on half-time when new signing Gary Prescott chased a long ball over the top, Rothel got to the ball first but his clearance was blocked by Prescott and the ball rolled in to an empty net. Linotype equalised within a minute of the restart, Yuille?s flick sent Hood through whose his effort was superbly saved by Higgs, but the rebound fell to Grandison who composed himself before firing home, despite the best efforts of Mike Cartner on the line.
Linotype looked the more likely to take the lead after that; Ben Blease volleyed wide after latching on to Grandison?s flick and Michael Wild curled a free-kick over from 20 yards. Scott Beattie saved what looked like a certain goal when Hood sent Grandison through, but Beattie?s fantastic last-ditch challenge denied him and forced a corner. From that corner the ball fell to the impressive Grandison once again, he worked himself some space and fired towards goal but his effort struck the bar and went over.
Knutsford had weathered the Linotype storm and began to threaten themselves in the final 15 minutes, substitute Alex Brees forced Rothel in to a superb point-blank save with his header from Cartner?s driven cross. Richard Smart?s first goal of the season gave Knutsford the lead in the 87th minute. Cartner?s corner reached James Russell who couldn?t control it but the ball fell to Smart whose deflected strike curled in from 18 yards. Knutsford secured the win in emphatic style, three minutes in to injury time Ebbie Rezayan let fly from 25 yards, his drive thundered in to the top corner to leave Rothel no chance. The three points move Knutsford up two places in the table to fourth, now six points behind leaders Garswood United ahead of a big game away at Whaley Bridge next week.
Oliver Hardman gave Daten a 1-0 half time lead which was doubled by Pete Mather in the 73rd minute to give Daten a 2-0 win at home against Maine Road Reserves.
Malpas opened the scoring in their fixture at Moore United, when a good move down the right saw Mike Gibb link up well with Danny Lloyd who picked out Joe Lunt just inside the box. Lunt turned left before making space and placing the ball in the bottom right corner of the net on 16 minutes. Two minutes later a move started from Conner Tinsley in goal out to Mike Gibb who played in Danny Lloyd down the right was moved across the pitch including four more players and a great flick from Lee Parry found top scorer Alex Hughes out on the left who cut and finished bottom right for 2-0. Moore had not made a chance in the first thirty minutes until a good move down the left saw a ball come into the box only for Conner Tinsley to pull off a good reaction save to keep the score two nil.
The second half was only 48 minutes old when a cross come shot from John Derbyshire left Conner Tinsley no chance as the ball hit the top of the right corner of the net. Moore changed their formation at the break to look to close Malpas down all over the pitch and it meant that the second half was very even with Moore just shading it, although Malpas created a number of gilt edged chances which were not taken. This saw Moore stay in the game to the very end and pushed to get level but the points went to Malpas.
Division Two Cup Semi-Final
Lostock Gralam booked their place in the final of the division two cup final by beating Golborne Sports 2-1. Liam Keller scored a last minute goal to deny Golborne of extra time and secure Lostock's place against Malpas in the final, which will be played on the 16th April.
Whaley Bridge finished 2-0 winners away at Egerton to close the gap at the top to six points, with four games in hand over leaders Greenalls PSO.
Rylands beat Denton Town 4-3 in an end to end fixture, while Barnton proved they are still contenders for the league title with a 5-3 win at local rivals Middlewich Town. First half goals from Ben Warder and Paul Molloy set Barnton off to a good start. Jonathon McDonald added a third shortly after the break with James Edwards adding two more soon after. Barnton now sit in fourth place, level on points with Styal but with seven games in hand over top side Greenalls.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Eagle Sports held leaders Garswood United to a 1-1 draw, while third place Barnton beat Rylands 1-0 with a dramatic winner late into injury time from Colin Quirk. The game started with Rylands kicking downhill of Barnton?s infamous sloping pitch and they quickly settled into their stride with some good possession allowing the home side little opportunity to threaten.
The first real chance of the game came after sixteen minutes when a superb passing move involving Alex Lowe and Lee Deakin resulted in Kris Bell volleying a close range effort which was well saved by Judge in the Barnton goal. Moments later, Deakin headed straight at the keeper when well-placed, eight yards from goal and then a Jonathon Priest free kick drifted inches wide of the goal.
Little had been seen of the home side in an attacking sense but Andy Moor saved well after twenty five minutes from Williams. A Barnton corner kick caused problems for Rylands and Rothwell should have done better with an unchallenged header which flew over the crossbar.
The second period saw the home side enjoy their best spell of the game early on as Rylands struggled to adjust to playing upward on the sloping pitch. Billy Webb tested Moor with a drive and Quirk fired well wide from inside the penalty area. Deakin then volleyed a great effort wide and Page forced Moor into a great save as the game drew seemingly to a goal-less conclusion.
In the final minute of injury time, Rylands were cruelly denied when Bell lost possession twenty five yards from goal and Quirk fired a crashing drive beyond Moor to give Barnton the spoils.
Crewe finished 5-0 winners at home against Gamesley with Nathan Tickle (2) Nathan Southern, Josh Rowley and Chris Jackson making the score sheet. The win sees Crewe retain second place, four points behind Garswood, having played a game more.
Goals from Bill Sutton and Colin Moss saw Whaley Bridge finish 4-0 winners at Rudheath Social and move up into fourth place, while Pilkington drew 2-2 at home with Denton Town.
Philip Yuille and Reece Davies both scored twice for Linotype CHN, with Leon Grandison adding a fifth as they finished 5-1 winners at home against Billinge, while Hanley, Hoyland and Gareth Johns all scored for Greenalls PSO in their 3-1 win at Middlewich Town.
Grappenhall's recent form continued with a 2-0 home win against Sale Town. The game was influenced by a very strong wind and Grappenhall won the toss so decided to play in to the conditions in the first half which seemed to work in their favour. Ranny Dhwahli was fouled allowing Adam Rosterne to put in a super free kick that was spilled by an under pressure keeper allowing Jordan Rigby to smartly drive home from close range after only 2 minutes.
Sale did use the conditions to turn the Grappenhall back four a few times but failed to test the keeper throughout the first period. At the other end, the home side were working hard to keep the ball on the deck and be patient in their build up play. Chances came and went for Rigby and Dan Sisson, while Dhwahli also did well in creating a couple of half chances for each other.
Grappenhall came out as quickly in the second half as they did in the first and on 50 minutes, Sisson turned well in the box and slid the ball under the keeper to make it 2-0. Sale continued to press and work hard forcing Danny Macintyte to clear off the line on 82 mins after Sale's best move and effort. Grappenhall nearly made it 3-0 in the dying stages of the game when sub Chris Sweeney struck the post from a free kick.
Poynton avenged their defeat from two weeks ago as they finished 5-1 winners away at Golborne. They are now top of the league on goal difference only but have five games in hand over second place Malpas.
Warrington Town Reserves got off to a flying start as they took a 5-0 lead into the break of their fixture against Maine Road Reserves. Chris Bandell opened the scoring in the 22nd minute which was followed up by two goals in ten minutes from Dylan Glass. Captain Sam Haughton made it 4-0 from the spot after Glass had been fouled in the area with Glass completing his hat trick in the 45th minute. The second half was much more even with Maine Road catching Warrington napping at the back a few times but the Manchester side were unable to convert their chances despite a much improved second half performance.
Egerton moved up to twelfth with a 3-0 home win over Moore United, while goals from Sam Wakefield, Matt Hole and James Dean saw Lostock Gralam finish 3-0 winners over Congleton Vale.
Lee Parry returned to form in style as he bagged a hat trick in Malpas' 5-3 win over Tarporley Victoria. Si Bradley and Alex Hughes also made the score sheet.
Sandbach United suffered a dip in form as they lost 4-1 away at Daten after going in 1-0 down at the break to a Liam Leicester goal scored late in injury time of the first half. Jack Hodgkiss added a second mid way through the half which was followed up soon after by a goal from Greg Freeman. Adam Whitty added a fourth with twelve minutes left on the clock. Sandbach now sit seven points off the top but with four games in hand over second spot.
Billinge were in fine form as they stormed to a 6-0 home win over title hopefuls Barnton. Rob Ablewhite scored twice with Jamie Anderson, Phil Burrows, Chris Parr and Joe Ratcliffe all hitting home for their side.
Lee Allen gave Styal an early lead following a lot of pressure on the Whaley Bridge defence. The goal gave Whaley the wake up call they needed and after a reshuffle they were back on level terms when Loz Reynolds hit home in the 30th minute. Both sides had their chances before the end of the half as the game went end to end with both teams looking to take the lead. Tom Scorer put Whaley in front with only three minutes of the second half played and although Whaley looked the most likely to score again, the second half was a cagey affair as they held on for all three points. The defeat leaves Styal 16 points off leaders Greenalls, while Whaley are four points behind and both have several games in hand over the top side.
Andrew Fletcher's second half goal for Daten earned them a point as they drew 1-1 at home with Linotype CHN. Sam Hood was the scorer for the away team.
Denton Town climbed off the bottom of the table with a 5-3 win over Egerton while top side Greenalls PSO were held to a 0-0 draw at home against Middlewich Town.
Garswood United beat Eagle Sports 1-0, while Poynton drew 2-2 at home with Rylands.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Despite playing the entire second period with ten men, Rylands comfortably secured three points with a 3-1 victory over Denton Town at Gorsey lane on Saturday.
Rylands dominated the early stages and could have gone ahead in the first minute when Kris Bell saw his header cleared from the line. Alex Lowe then drove a fierce effort wide of the goal as the home team continued to dominate. Ironically it was Denton who perhaps should have opened the scoring when, in their first attack of note, Wood raced clear of the defence but dragged his effort wide of the goal with Andy Moor beaten.
After Daniels had seen his looping header strike the crossbar, Rylands took the lead after 16 minutes when Bell finished sharply after being played through on goal by Daniels. They almost increased their advantage minutes later when Deakin headed against the post after a corner kick had not been cleared.
It was a brief respite for the beleaguered Denton defenders as Lee Deakin went on a mazy run which took him past three defenders before being upended on the edge of the penalty area. Deakin struck a superb shot into the net from the resultant free kick to put Rylands 2-0 up.
On the stroke of half time Denton were given a lifeline when Rylands were reduced to ten men as they had a player dismissed for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity. The resultant penalty kick was placed beyond Andy Moor to give Denton a chance to salvage something from the game.
Rylands had to reshuffle at the break and went close to restoring the two goal advantage, when James Daniels sent a superb dipping strike crashing against the crossbar with 15 minutes remaining.
Liam Hayes settled the game in the final minutes with a superb right-footed strike after linking up well with Rodgers and Duffy.
From the off the game had a frantic pace and Greenalls PSO and Barnton teams set up similarly in terms of shape, matching up well. Both teams were looking dangerous in attack but it was Greenalls who created the best of the chances in the first half with Barnton unable to cope with the home teams pressing. Gareth Johns was sent clear on 20 minutes by Danny Topping but his shot drifted wide and Lee Vaughan, following a jinking run, saw his cross/shot fall the wrong side of the post.
Barnton were forced to play a counter attacking game in the first half and they looked dangerous when on the attack but the impressive duo of Hardman and Hynes at the heart of the Greenalls defence, on the whole, forced Barnton into shots from range. On 33 minutes, Craig Hoyland sent Danny Topping racing clear, but as he shaped to shoot, the recovering Barnton defender did brilliantly to get a touch on his shot which took the power out of it and fell safely into Adam Judges hands.
Greenalls thought they had taken the lead shortly after, more great work down the left hand side between Hoyland and Johns saw a cross find Hanley who fired home, only to be adjudged narrowly offside. 5 minutes from the break Judge was called into action again as Hoylands cross was met by the head of Topping, his header looked goal bound but Judge produced a wonder save low down to his right.
As a fantastic half of football drew to a close, Barnton again went on the counter and the impressive Quirk crossed to Burbridge at the back post, who had got the wrong side of Johns, but his shot lacked direction, and went wide, which was a real let off for Greenalls.
The second half started in much the same vein, Craig Hoyland got the better of Hunter and the full back brought him down, from the resulting free kick Danny Topping brilliantly found Hoyland, who headed home low past Judge from point blank range to give Greenalls the lead.
Barnton quickly responded and grew into the game well and for the last 30 minutes had Greenalls on the back foot. The away side scored their equaliser on 67 minutes when, a cross from the right was dealt with poorly and Colin Quirk lashed home past the helpless Craig Clare.
It was roles reversed for the rest of the game, as Greenalls were being asked questions. Clare was called into action again with ten minutes left as Quirk again struck, but Clare made a great save to keep it level.
As Barnton pushed for the winner, Greenalls were thretening on the counter now and Lee Vaughan and Lee Hughes looked most likely to get in behind, Barnton looked likely to win it in the dying minutes as Billy Webb looked to rise high and head home a deep cross, but he climbed on Hardman and headed wide, resulting in a free kick.
Garswood United stormed to the top of the table as they beat Middlewich Town 5-1 at home, while local rivals Pilkington drew 1-1 at Billinge.
JB Parker Division One Cup
Whaley Bridge progress to the semi final of the cup as they beat Eagle Sports 3-1 at home. Whaley will play Rylands in the semi final next week.
Warrington Town started the year with a 4-1 home win over Malpas. The first goal came after 34 minutes when a kick from Jordan Roberts found the head of Owen Ward, this went into the path of Alex Hughes who made no mistake after moving into the box to give Malpas a 1-0 lead. However the lead was short lived when on 36 minutes Warrington were awarded a free kick. Malpas expected a ball into the box and were caught flat footed as the kick was played short finding Dylan Glass just inside the box who turned well and fired home for 1-1. Warrington turned things around and a good move down the right saw a cross come in for Chris Bandell to score at the far post in the 40th minute to give Warrington the half time lead.
The second half saw Warrington looking sharper all over the pitch causing problems out wide. Dylan Glass was on fire again as he put the home side 3-1 up. Malpas took the game to the home side and created a few half chances as they took control for the first time in the game, but they could not get the goal to get back in the match. The scoring was complete in the 86th minute when Chris Bandell tapped in at the back post for 4-1.
Grappenhall Sports dominated the majority of their first half at Sandbach United, looking dangerous with every attack and set piece. They got their reward on the half hour mark when a great break led to Dan Sisson providing a superb ball inside to the oncoming Ben Howard who knocked home for 1-0.
Sandbach missed a rare chance just before half time and that was a warning for Grappenhall as when the clock hit 65 minutes it was 4-1 to Sandbach. A penalty drew Sandbach level before three similar counters in 10 minutes saw the home side take control. A final goal late on saw Sandbach secure three points as Tom Watkin, Aiden Haughton, Lyndon Campbell, Jack Harte and Mike Blundell all made the score sheet for the home side.
A hat trick from Richard Booth helped Congleton Vale to a 4-1 win away at Golborne Sports, with Congleton's other goal coming from Ryan o'Reilly, while Oliver Hardman and Adam Whitty both scored for Daten to give them a 2-0 home win over Barnton Wanderers.
Greenalls PSO returned to winning form as they finished 6-1 winners over a young Pilkington side. Will Bennett gave Greenalls the lead after just four minutes which set Greenalls off to a comfortable start. Ben McWilliams made it 2-0 to Greenalls in the 25th minute before Lewis Hampton met a Jon Leatherbarrow cross to make it 3-0 minutes later. McWilliams added a fourth shortly before the break to give Greenalls a strong lead at half time.
Greenalls settled into the second half well and dominated possession for the majority of the second half. McWilliams completed his hat trick in the 62nd minute but Pilkington continued to battle and were rewarded when Declan Williamson hit home in the 76th minute. The game was put to bed in the 81st minute when McWilliams added his fourth goal of the game to make it 6-1 to Greenalls.
Whaley Bridge kept up the pressure as they beat Grappenhall Sports 5-2 away from home, while Barnton also showed they are still in the running as they beat Garswood United 4-0.
At the other end of the table Gamesley came out on top as they beat Middlewich Town 3-2 at Seddon Street.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Eagle Sports finished 3-1 winners away at Middlewich Town in the only division one league game to survive the bad weather. The result sees Eagle move up to eighth spot in the table, while Middlewich sit at the bottom.
JB Parker Division One Cup
Garswood United booked their place in the final of the division one cup as they beat Greenalls PSO 2-0 at home. They will play either Rylands or Whaley Bridge in the cup final.
Sandbach United moved up to second spot as they stormed to a 4-0 win away at Daten where Mike Blundell was in fine form as he scored all four of the visitors goals.
Poynton remain the team to be as they sneaked a 4-3 win away at Grappenhall Sports. Both sides struggled to come to terms with the heavy pitch in the first ten minutes but after a free kick was awarded to Poynton a decent delivery led to a simple header from Nick Challinor and the away side were 1-0 up after 12 minutes.
Grappenhall responded well and started to put some pressure on Poynton, they were rewarded when Ben Howard hit home from the penalty spot after being fouled in the box. Grappenhall had a chance to take the lead but Tom Swann was denied by the crossbar after a superb looping header. Poynton got the break they needed shortly before half time when Andy Hurst beat the offside trap to put Poynton back in the lead.
Poynton extended their lead shortly after the restart when Andy Simpson headed home another set piece to make it 3-1 and the 70th minute saw Hurst add his second of the game to put Poynton 4-1 in front.
However Grappenhall refused to be beaten and some tactical substitutions paid off in the 82nd minute when Kurt McCarthy slotted home after a swift break and ball from Daniel Sisson. With a minute remaining, Ben Howard hit a superb curling 20 yard effort to make it 4-3 and set up an exciting end to the game. Grappenhall pushed on and another Ben Howard cross shot was so nearly headed home from Daniel Sisson who saw it go agonisingly wide.
Poynton remain four points clear at the top with a strong goal difference as they hit the mid point of the season and are yet to be beaten in the league.
Lostock Gralam also returned to winning form as they finished 4-0 winners at home against Maine Road Reserves. James Dean, Chris Glaze and Liam Keller all hit home for the home side.
Division Two Cup Semi-Final
Malpas finished 1-0 winners in a close game with rivals Congleton Vale to see them qualify for the division two cup final.
Malpas played down hill first half and it was clear early on that the pitch would have an effect as the forwards found it hard to move away from their markers. Malpas' top scorer Alex Hughes was marked tightly early on and was finding it hard to break through the defence. However the 24th minute saw Hughes make space before picking out Lee Parry who made no mistake as he controlled the ball before finishing in the bottom corner to put Malpas in front. Although Malpas had the better of the play first half, Congleton looked good going down the left and made a few half chances and it took a good save low down by Conner Tinsley to keep the home side in the lead at the half time break.
The second half saw Congleton begin to take control and increase the pressure. They showered down shot on the Malpas goal but were unable to break through the strong defence lead by Chris Bevan. This was the pattern of the game with the last fifteen minutes spent in the Malpas half and it took a great one on one save from Malpas keeper Conner Tinsley to keep Congleton at bay and secure Malpas' place in the cup final.
Greenalls PSO continued their run of good form with another impressive victory. Saturday saw them finish 5-0 winners over Egerton with Ben McWilliams being the star of the show again, scoring four goals for the second week running. Neil Glendinning was the other scorer for Greenalls and the result sees them move nine points clear at the top of the table, having played five games more than second place Whaley Bridge who are yet to be beaten in the league.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
For the third time this season Greenalls PSO overcame a resilient Billinge side, this time despite Billinges early dominance.
The game got off to a fast start with both sides having chances early on. Billinge hit the side netting after just 20 seconds and Greenalls had a low free kick saved shortly after. The game burst into life when Billinge scored after 12 minutes. Adam Clare's free kick was well saved by Craig Clare but he could only parry the ball into the open and Jonathan Crane smashed the rebound home for 1-0. The home side headed over on 16 minutes before they grabbed a deserved second, Graham Greene, who was lively all afternoon, made a run down the left, turned Neil Sutch inside out and his low cross was turned in by Elliott Bradshaw. This shocked Greenalls into action and they began to click into gear and cranked up the pressure as they created 3 excellent chances to get back into it. Craig Hoyland narrowly wide, had a shot tipped onto the post and Lee Vaughan saw his shot at the near post bravely blocked.
The five minutes leading up to the break saw Greenalls put in a devastating performance and completely turn the game on its head. Firstly Robbie Hanley did a keepie up on the penalty spot with his back to goal and stuck an overhead kick into the net on 40 minutes after Billinge failed to clear a free-kick. This was followed up with a Greenalls second when Gareth Johns hit a precise shot from 18 yards out after he picked up a loose ball found the corner. Precisely 43 seconds later Greenalls grabbed a third, Neil Sutch made a great run down the right and slid Hanley in again, who as the ball came across his path 20 yards out he ferociously struck across goal and into the top right hand corner to put Greenalls in the lead.
The second half was less of a spectacle, despite Greenalls seemingly putting the game to bed just 3 miutes into the half when a Danny Topping corner was met well by Sutch at the back post, his headed effort rebounded to him and he struck sweetly low, left footed into the bottom corner to make it 4-2. Greene looked the only likely source of a goal for Billinge but despite his best efforts Hardman and Woods dealt with him superbly. No real chances of note were created and Greenalls saw the game out well.
Whaley Bridge put in an excellent display to record their fourth consecutive win and clean sheet in the Cheshire League defeating reigning champions Knutsford on their own patch.
Having not played for three weeks Whaley showed few signs of rustiness as goals from Dan Christie and George Burgess, coupled with yet another fine defensive display, earned an impressive three points against one of the division?s top sides.
Knutsford started the game brightly and the visitors were forced to contend with the clever movement and slick passing of their hosts for the majority of the first half.
Sean Lynch was playing as a lone striker for Knutsford and he grew in to his new role as the half went on. He set-up Joe Woolley whose effort was saved by James Tattershall in the Whaley Bridge goal and then had a chance of his own with a looping header from Simon Williamson?s superb cross that again Tattershall dealt with.
Whaley got off to the perfect start in the second half when a long kick forward from goalkeeper James Tattersall was flicked on by George Burgess to his brother Joe who squared for Christie to sweep the ball home for his 10th of the season. Despite falling behind, Knutsford continued to enjoy long periods of possession and, having had a hand in his side?s opener, Tattersall was called into action to maintain Whaley?s advantage, first getting down low to turn a shot around the post before acrobatically tipping a close range header onto the bar. Tattersall was eventually beaten shortly afterwards by Steven Jenyons glancing header but Dan Whelan was on hand to clear off the line as the visitors defensive form continued.
Whaley had chances to double their lead when substitute Jace Broome headed a Bill Sutton corner just wide before Joe Burgess rounded the keeper only to see his shot cleared off the line by the recovering defender.
With Knutsford probing for an equaliser but facing a wall of blue shirts, the visitors hit them on the break to secure all three points. George Burgess chased down a clearance before cutting inside to beat his man and chip the ball delightfully over the on-rushing goalkeeper. Knutsford tried in vein to pull one back in the final ten minutes, Jack Woolley saw two of his shots whistle past the post as the home side did everything but score.
Whaley now sit in fourth on 34 points just four points off leaders Crewe with two games in hand.
Garswood United continued their run of form as a second half goal from Rob Smith saw them beat Pilkington 1-0 in their local derby to move up into third place.
Gamesley move into tenth spot as they beat Denton Town 3-0 away from home, while Styal finished 4-3 winners away at Linotype CHN. Rubin Kennerley, Damien Ohandjanian and Joe Knight (2) were the scorers for Styal.
Rylands came from behind to emerge victorious in a hard fought and entertaining local derby against Eagle Sports at Gorsey Lane on Saturday. In a hectic opening period, Rylands created the early chances and Eagle keeper McDermott saved well from a deflected effort from Craig Smith before a tremendous 25 yard volley from Alex Lowe went inches wide of the visitors goal. At the other end, Andy Moor pushed away a cross shot from Ged McAllister before a speculative effort from former Rylands? man, Jay Waldron drifted harmlessly wide of the Rylands goal.
After 23 minutes the visitors took the lead after a slick counter attack saw Quirk slide a pass through the Rylands defence for Owen Ellis to finish well from inside the penalty area, leaving the home keeper with no chance of making a save. The setback rocked the home side and Eagle almost increased their advantage when McAllister just failed to connect with Quirk?s cross.
Gradually Rylands recovered and after Lowe hit a shot straight at the Eagle keeper, Lee Deakin intercepted a poor pass from Coleman and rounded McDermott only to be upended by the man between the goal keeper. Liam Hayes calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the subsequent penalty kick to equalise for Rylands.
The second half saw Eagle enjoy the early possession but without really creating any clear opportunities, although Moor had to be alert to gather from the incoming McAllister in the fifty fifth minute. At the other end, Craig Smith just failed to convert Lowe?s fine cross and McDermott saved well from Daniels.
The decisive moment of the game came after sixty eight minutes when the impressive Deakin beat two defenders and found Daniels with a fine pass inside the penalty area. Daniels beat Craig Hall and fired a fierce strike past McDermott at the near post to give Rylands the lead. As Eagle pushed players forward for an equaliser, Rylands had chances to seal the points through Daniels and substitute Kris Bell, but McDermott kept the game alive with two very good saves. Deep into injury time, Eagle forced a number of set piece deliveries but the home defence stood firm and Rylands recorded a deserved 2-1 victory over their neighbours.
Poynton made it sixteen games unbeaten as they finished 5-2 winners at home against Sandbach United. Poynton now sit a point clear at the top of the table with four games in hand over second place Malpas.
Malpas kept up the pressure at the top as they finished 4-2 winners away at Lostock Gralam. Playing on a wet pitch it was Lostock who had the better start and opened the scoring after 9 mintes when a good run by Jack Weedall saw him score from 20 yards when not closed down. Malpas had the beating of the Lostock back line when going forward and levellled when Danny Lloyd found Alex Hughes who beat one defender and slotted the ball passed the on coming keeper in the 16th minute. Although on level terms Malpas never settled first half and Lostock had the main part of the play and scored again 5 minutes later when a long sweeping ball from right to left caught the Malpas back line short only for Chris Glaze to drive home.
The second half was only 2 minutes old when Owen Ward headed home a corner from Danny Lloyd for 2-2. Malpas looked to get the ball down and started to control the game. Shortly after the hour mark it was 3-2 when Mike Gibbs picked out Richard Sadler who cut in before finding Alex Hughes to give Malpas the lead. The scoring was complete after 71 minutes when a great move started by Matty Dutton found Andy Morris bursting through to make no mistake and put Malpas 4-2 in front..
First half goal from Mike Southern and Adam Whitty gave Daten a 2-0 half time lead as they visited Warrington Town Reserves. Matt Colley scored a third for Daten in the 68th minute to secure all three points for the away side.
After going into half time with the sides level at 1-1. Golborne Sports finished 4-1 winners as a lack of discipline saw Moore United reduced to nine men shortly before the break, while Egerton finished 6-3 winners at home against Sale Town.
Grappenhall Sports beat Eagle Sports 1-0 away from home, while a goal from Jordan Thompson earned Linotype CHN a point away at Gamesley.
Jordan Farrell scored in the second half for Billinge to bring them back on level terms at Middlewich Town, while Pilkington and Poynton also shared the points in a 2-2 draw.
Greenalls PSO endured a disappointing day to drop further points in their bid to defend their title. Despite encouraging displays from newcomers Harrison and Bennett and the veteran Whitfield, the after-effects of the Christmas turkey and too much seasonal generosity in defence allowed a lively Daten side to take advantage.
After seemingly taking control through the lively Ellis Houghton, schoolboy defending akin to Fred Karno's circus allowed Daten to take a surprising 3-1 lead. Top scorer McWilliams headed home from Harrison's throw to make it 3-2 but the expected onslaught came too late as chances went begging and ultimately Daten deserved their win.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Knutsford came from behind to beat league leaders Garswood United 2-1. Inflicting a first home defeat of the season on the St Helen's side and putting an end to their 13 game unbeaten run.
A strong cross-wind played havoc and the two teams struggled to adapt to it early on as they could only create half-chances in the game?s opening stages. Sean Lynch struck high and wide from 25 yards for Knutsford, before Garswood?s Mike Furlong fired a half-volley off target in the only pieces of goalmouth action in the first 20 minutes.
The first real chance came for Garswood after 25 minutes when Steve Boothman won the ball from the Knutsford defence and set up Danny Clarke whose shot on the turn looked destined for the top corner, only for Mark Higgs to pull off a fantastic diving save.
Vinny Braine had Knutsford?s best chance of the half when a short corner routine resulted in Lynch?s flick finding the new striker unmarked ten yards out, only for Garswood ?keeper Steve Dryden to deflect the ball over. Mike Cartner?s corners constantly caused Garswood problems, one of his pinpoint deliveries found Lynch who saw his header cleared off the line as Knutsford ended the half strongly. Joe Woolley got free on the right moments before the break, and his pull back from the byline found Kingsley Grandison but he could only volley over as the ball took an unfortunate bobble.
Garswood could have led at half time though when Higgs spilled a low cross straight to the feet of Scott Baker, but he wasted the chance, blasting over from six yards. The home side took the lead three minutes after the restart, Clarke?s long throw reached Baker who turned Richard Smart and set up Steve Boothman who hammered in to the bottom corner from 18 yards.
Heavy rain fell throughout the second half to make playing conditions even more difficult, but Garswood seemed to adapt quicker, they could have been 2-0 up when another long throw reached Baker whose acrobatic overhead kick was straight at Higgs. Knutsford brought Rod Thornley off the bench with 30 minutes to go, and he seemed to reignite the Reds? attack.
Just ten minutes after the substitution Knutsford were level, another Cartner corner found Thornley who got across his man at the near post to head in the equaliser.
Knutsford completely turned the game around six minutes later when the two new signings combined to make it 2-1. Braine?s ball over the top found Grandison in the area who slipped, but managed to regain his balance in time to slot the ball past Dryden for a huge debut goal. Garswood pressed hard in the final 15 minutes but Knutsford defended well to keep them at bay, their best chance came in injury time when Clarke cut inside from the left but dragged his shot wide from 20 yards.
The win sees Knutsford move up to fourth in the table, six points off Garswood who have played two games less, with nine games left to play.
The only game in division two was played out by Daten and Penlake in a mid table battle. Both sides were pretty consistent throughout the first half and went into the break on even terms. Penlake eventually broke the deadlock in the 64th minute when Craig Todhunter put them in front. Their lead was short lived though as a defensive error lead to a Daten equaliser and despite both sides pushing hard, the game finished 1-1.
The return of the Presidents Cup saw newcomers Egerton Reserves beat Middlewich Town Reserves 6-4 in an end to end thriller. Rob Hughes bagged twice for Egerton with further goals coming from Michael Simmons, Rob Spilsbury, Brad West. Middlewich Town's scorers were James Faint (2) Alex Russell and Daniel Garner.
Daten Reserves stormed through to the second round of the cup with a convincing 7-1 win away at Rylands Reserves. Mustafha Bouamra and Adam McLoughlin both scored twice for the Culcheth side with Mike Leigh and Joe Green also adding their names to the score sheet.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Liverpool FA have today suspended Penlake FC from all football until further notice following their fixture versus Poynton FC on Sat 30 November 2013
The Cheshire Football League have therefore suspended Penlake?s fixtures during this timeframe.
No further comment will be made on this matter until Liverpool FA have completed their disciplinary proceedings
Barnton took full control of their local derby as they gave opponents Middlewich Town a 7-0 thrashing. Hat tricks from Billy Webb and Colin Quirk were finished off by a goal in the 87th minute from Josh Smith to complete a successful day for the Northwich side.
Denton Town continued their run of form as they held high flying Rudheath Social to a 1-1 draw. A goal from Liam Newman earned Rudheath a point to keep the title race wide open.
Garswood United moved up to third place as they beat Linotype CHN 1-0 away from home. Garswood sit eight points behind Crewe in top spot with four games in hand.
Goals from Chris Jackson and Stevie McNichol helped Crewe to a 2-1 win away at Pilkington, while Whaley Bridge finished 1-0 winners in their local derby at home against Gamesley.
Eagle Sports climbed up to seventh spot following a 1-0 win away at Knutsford. The home side started well and were well on top in the opening thirty minutes. Joel Swift forced a good save from Eagle keeper Simon Perry when he flicked the ball towards goal from Rob Jones? superb cross.New signing Mohammed Jarad was showing some promise, his tenacious work on the right wing set up Swift again but his first-time strike flew over the bar.
Moments later Sean Lynch was sent clear down the left by Simon Williamson, only for Perry to smother the ball after Lynch?s loose touch in the area. Eagle began to grow in to the game as the half went on, Liam Walker wasted one of their best chances when he stooped to head over the bar at the near post from Jay Waldron?s cross. Waldron then came close himself when he ran clear down the right and drove into the area but his shot from angle clipped the post before going wide. Eagle thought they had taken the lead just before the break, Ged McAllister sent a curling strike into the top corner only to see the offside flag had been raised.
The second half was much tighter, both teams only threatened from distance in the opening fifteen minutes. Stuart Bruce and Liam Walker both had efforts from outside the area for Eagle but they didn?t trouble Higgs in the Knutsford goal. Jones? half-volley from the edge of the area went just over the bar for Knutsford before Swift forced another good save from Perry with a curling free-kick.
McAllister had a great opportunity to take the lead for Eagle Sports when Richard Chinn?s flick on found him wide open ten yards from goal, he tried an audacious overhead kick that went wide when he had more time than he realised. The goal came with 15 minutes remaining. Waldron fired at goal and his shot was caught by Higgs but the force took the ball behind the line for an Eagle corner.Knutsford failed to clear and the ball fell to the unmarked Eagle captain Craig Hall who hit home for 1-0.
Monday night saw Maine Road Reserves get off to a flying start as they beat Warrington Town Reserves 5-1 at home. A brace each from Josh Harper and Dan Morgan was added to by Nick Osbourne to secure a solid victory for the Manchester side.
Chris Glaze opened the scoring for Lostock Gralam in the 1st minute of the game as they travelled to Daten and the home side's equaliser was scored by Mike Southern in the 44th minute to take the sides into the break on level terms. Oliver Hardman scored early in the second half to give Daten the lead but Lostock were soon on level terms. It took a winner late into injury time from Hardman to secure all three points for Daten and move them up to eleventh place.
Barnton Wanderers secured another important victory as a goal in each half saw them beat Golborne Sports 2-0 away from home, while a game of very few chances saw Congleton Vale come away with all three points as they beat Maine Road 2-1 at home thanks to goals from Billy Buckley and Chris Lawton.
Josh Lane and Mike Evans both scored for Sandbach United as they won 2-0 at home against Moore United, while Tarporley Victoria finished 4-0 winners at home against Sale Town. Sam Lloyd bagged a hat trick with Mike Parker also scoring for the home side.
Warrington Town Reserves were in fine form as they finished 6-0 winners at home to Egerton. Chris Bandell and Phil Mooney both scored twice, with further goals from Sam Houghton and Bradley Parker.
Whaley Bridge returned to league action with a 3-2 win away at Garswood United. Whaley Bridge took the lead in the 20th minute through Ben Lomas and doubled this when Tom Wildgoose converted a penalty after being brought down in the area by the Garswood keeper. The home side battled hard and mid way through the second half were back on level terms, only for Kieran Shuker to nick a winner for Whaley in the dying stages of the game. This sees Whaley Bridge sit nine points behind leaders Greenalls PSO with three games in hand.
There were goals galore as Grappenhall Sports held leaders Greenalls PSO to a 3-3 draw. Scorers for Grappenhall were Chris Sweeney, Sam Shaw and Dan Kimber, while Greenalls goals came from Martin Snagg, Ben McWilliams and Lewis Hampton.
A hat-trick from leading scorer Mike Sullivan, saw Rylands overcome local rivals, Eagle Sports in a game of two halves.
Eagle started the brighter and it was former Rylands players Aaron Williams and Aaron Clark who had the first chances. Williams blasted a shot wide after 2 minutes and 5 minutes later a Gareth Williams free kick evaded the Rylands defence and Clarks stooping header went just wide. Rylands slowly took control of the game and a poor pass was intercepted by Kurt Emery but his rising drive was met by a great save from McCoy in the Eagle goal.
On the half hour Michael Sullivan curled a free kick straight into the arms of McCoy, but 2 minutes later the keepers' mistake saw Rylands open the scoring. A weak goal kick went straight to the feet of Sullivan and the striker strode forward to bury a shot into the corner. Ryan Matthews caused problems for the Eagle defence and five minutes before half time Rylands' domination produced a second goal. Emery surged through the visitors defence and his pull back was brilliantly controlled by Sullivan who scored with a shot on the turn.
With three minutes of the second half played, Eagle had pulled a goal back. A change in formation and the introduction of Danny Reid saw the substitute hold off the challenge from Ryan Shepherd to plant a shot past the despairing dive of Matt Latham in the home goal. The goal rocked Rylands and as Eagle increased the tempo both Clark and Reid again went close.
At the other end a move involving Rushton, Matthews, Sullivan and Jordan ended with Craig Mather shooting straight at the keeper and on the hour Mather was put through by Emery but chose to cross and the chance was gone. Despite the pressure from Eagle it looked like the home defence had weathered the storm but with ten to go Eagle were awarded a penalty which Gareth Williams stepped up to score, despite Latham getting a hand to it.
Both teams were now looking for the winner an with five minutes to go and it was Rylands who got it. A great ball from Emery saw Sullivan beat the offside trap and round the oncoming keeper before rolling the ball into the empty net. In the final minute a ball over the top saw Aaron Clark roll a shot just wide of the Rylands post but the referee's whistle ended a fine game that saw Rylands finish 3-2 winners.
Billinge took no prisoners as they finished 7-0 winners at home against Denton Town, while Arian Kalantari stole the show as he put four goals past Daten in Poynton's 5-1 win. The fifth goal was scored by Matt Stafford.
Styal were also on top of their game as they finished 5-0 winners at home against Gamesley. Sam Cooper, Jack Roberts, Alex Whelan, Matt West and Lee Taylor all made the score sheet in this emphatic victory.
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A brace from Nathan Towey helped Styal to a 2-2 draw as they entertained Pilkington. The away teams goals came from Luke Sephton and Lee Webber.
Rudheath Social closed the gap at the top to five points as they beat league leaders Crewe 2-1 at home. Ryan Jackson and Craig Millington both made the score sheet as the Northwich side continued their run of form. Rudheath still have four games in hand over Crewe and sit two points clear of Knutsford who have played two games more than Rudheath.
Middlewich Town earned a point as they drew 0-0 with Gamesley at home, while Denton Town climbed off the bottom of the table with a 2-0 win at home against Billinge.
JB Parker Cup
A defensive lapse cost Knutsford a place in the semi-finals of the JB Parker Cup as they lost 1-0 away at Garswood United. It was an open game full of chances for both teams, but the only goal came in the sixth minute when Garswood winger Tyler Jefferies intercepted Richard Smart?s pass and slotted the ball into the corner.
The same thing almost happened again a minute later as Jefferies won the ball from Knutsford?s back line, only this time his effort was palmed away by Mark Higgs at full stretch. Smart went some way to making amends for his earlier error when he made a goal-saving sliding challenge on Rob Smith after he found space in the area. Knutsford grew in to the game more as the half went on and began to dominate possession after a shaky first ten minutes.
James Pickford came close when his 20-yard half-volley whistled past the post, before a short corner routine set up Joe Woolley?s shot from a tight angle that forced a save from Lee Novak. Knutsford?s best first half chance fell to Sean Lynch; Reece Davies sent Joe Woolley away down the right and his low cross found Lynch at the far post but he could only hit the side netting, then Garswood almost doubled their lead right on half-time when they countered and Jefferies found himself clean through on goal but he was thwarted for a second time by Higgs.
The second half was back-and-forth throughout; Joel Swift forced Novak into a save early on with his low drive from the edge of the area, and then Garswood?s Chris Francis saw his deflected effort loop inches over the bar. Both defences stopped what looked like certain goals in the space of three minutes, first James Pickford blocked Danny Clarke?s goal bound header on the line from a left-wing corner. Then when Joe Woolley skipped past a couple of challenges on the right, his superb cross was headed away from almost underneath his own crossbar by Graham Darlington before Sean Lynch could reach it.Swift and Lynch again came close for Knutsford in the dying minutes but their efforts were in vein as Garswood just about held on to advance to the last four of the competition.
Rylands came from behind three times to progress to the semi final stage of the Cheshire league cup in a pulsating game at Townfield Lane on Saturday. The game started in furious fashion as Barnton laid siege to the Rylands goal and might have scored twice in the first few minutes when first Webb and then Malone spurned good opportunities. Rylands had rarely threatened but Bell tested Tyrer in the home goal after 17 minutes with a sharp strike on the turn. It was no real surprise when Webb opened the scoring for Barnton in the 18th minute when he easily converted Williams cross from close range. Somewhat against the run of play Rylands levelled the tie when Bell controlled Daniels cross and struck a fine shot beyond the keeper. It was short lived joy for the visitors however, as Barnton quickly restored their advantage when Williams scored unmarked from close range to lead 2-1. Rylands began to show some of their recent form and Tyrer saved well from Daniels and Bell as the first half ended.
The second half saw Rylands dominate possession and Daniels, Priest and Dermody forced the home keeper into saves before substitute Craig Smith turned home Daniels cross to level the scores with 17 minutes remaining. Rylands keeper Moor saved well from Malone and Brownhill almost forced the ball home at the other end as both teams pushed for the winner. With 6 minutes remaining Rigby struck a fine long range effort beyond Moor to give Barnton the lead for the third time in the game and seemingly a place in the last four. However to their credit, Rylands kept pushing for the equaliser and in the final minute Dermody?s fine ball was struck superbly into the net by substitute Josh Green. It was a great moment for the youngster making his return after a seven game absence through injury.
In extra time Moor saved comfortably from Hughes before Rylands took the lead for the first time in the game when Barnton keeper Tyrer failed to deal with Priest's in swinging corner kick and the ball flew into the net. Brownhill had to be withdrawn through injury five minutes from time as Rylands finished with ten men but they remained strong to secure their place in the semi finals.
Linotype CHN fought back from a 1-0 half time deficit to beat Greenalls PSO 3-2 after extra time. Greenalls were in front after just seven minutes when Craig Hoyland, stormed down the wing and eased past the defence. His cross found Hanley who turned the defender, flicked the ball up and volleyed into the top corner from 12 yards. Hoyland then had the chance to extend the lead as he raced clear, but he checked his run and tried a neat chip over the stranded keeper, which floated wide of the post. Greenalls were dominant and despite Linotype looking threatening through their lively front two of Braine and particularly Torkington, Hardman and Pennington stood firm at the heart of the Greenalls defence and limited Linotype's front line to pot shots from range.
The second half continued in much the same vein, but despite Greenalls looking comfortable, it was Linotype who scored the next goal. With only 18 minutes remaining a corner was poorly defended and the home team captain Stuart Ball headed home to make it 1-1. Three minutes later, Greenalls bad spell was compounded as Glendinning pulled down the forward following another set piece and the referee pointed to the spot, Kingsley Grandison's spot kick was superbly saved by Kiernan but Grandison tapped home the rebound to give the home team the lead. With the clock Ticking down, Lee Hughes was fouled 40 yards out on the right, Glendinning's sweeping delivery was met by the head of captain Mark Hughes who powered home a header to draw Greenalls back level with a minute remaining.
Extra time saw Phil Yuille head home a free kick to book Linotype's place in the semi finals
Mid week saw Sale Town fight back from 2-0 down to earn a point in a 2-2 draw at Warrington Town Reserves, while Egerton climbed up to tenth spot as they beat Daten 3-1 at home on Saturday.
Poynton extended their lead at the top of the table with a 3-0 win at home against Tarporley Victoria. Two goals from Andy Simpson and another from Rick Tindall saw Poynton go five points clear with three games in hand over second place Congleton Vale.
Penlake stormed to a 5-0 win away at Sale Town. Steve Melville gave Penlake a 1-0 lead at the break after scoring in the 18th minute. The second half saw goals from Kieran Curtis, Dave Povey and a brace from Patrick Coulton completed the rout.
Division Two Cup
Grappenhall hosted Congleton in the league cup quarter final and following the 1-1 draw when the sides met a few weeks earlier, it was always going to be a close tie. Congleton started the brighter of the two sides and got their reward after 10 minutes when Ryan o'Reilly made it 1-0. Grappenhall started to come into the game after half an hour but did not create any clear cut opportunities.
Grappenhall came out strongly after the break and were rewarded when skipper Ryan Crawford finished well to make it 1-1. The game was very even but Congleton went back in front when Chris Lawton was left free to head home a free kick on the hour mark. Grappenhall tried to respond but went further behind when Matt Hodgson's 25 yard shot looped over the keeper for 3-1. Ben Howard missed two great chances for Grappenhall, before Danny Sisson set up an exciting last 5 minutes when he tapped home to make it 3-2. Sisson's had one more shot at the death but shot over the bar.
Lostock Gralam also progressed to the semi finals as they beat Moore United 3-2 at home. Both teams started the game brightly as each tried to play open, attacking football. Moore had the earliest chance after 7 minutes when a bicycle kick from John Darbyshire went just wide of the post, but it was Lostock who opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Dave Griffin hit home. Moore responded well and maintained the attacking threat. This paid off in the 27th minute when Darbyshire sent a perfectly weighted ball into the path of John Ellis making his comeback from a long-term injury who neatly looped the ball over the keeper's head for 1-1. Moore continued to press Lostock and forced several errors, the ball found Dave Willetts from a corner,who floated a shot from 20 yards, beating the keeper but went just over the bar.
Lostock took the lead again after 52 minutes following some neat work down the right and Chris Bailey responded first to the initial clearance header off the line to make it 2-1. Lostock almost scored again 2 minutes later but the shot was sent over the bar from 12 yards out with only the keeper to beat. Moore created several chances throughout the half and seemed to be on top of the game and in control. However it took until the 90th minute when a short corner worked between Dave Willetts and Ste Boden, sent the ball into the box allowing Jamie Williams an easy header to bring Moore back on level terms and making extra time look likely.
With just seconds left on the clock Lostock sent a long ball into the box which was headed home by Sam Wakefield to make it 3-2 with no time left for Moore to make a come back.
Malpas returned to cup action with a 5-4 win after extra time, against a very good Sandbach side. The game started at a high tempo and it was Malpas who had the first chance when a good move saw Simon Bradley's shot pushed around the post by the Sandbach keeper. It was clear early on that Sandbach would look to play the ball on the floor and they took the lead after some great passing saw Tommy Watkins put a low drive into the right corner after 17 minutes.
Both sides moved the ball across the pich looking for openings, with both defences being pulled about with the attacking options on the pitch. Malpas got back on level terms in the 30th minute when a ball in was clipped by Simon Bradley looping it over the Sandbach players on the line. Andy Morris was unlucky on thirty five minutes when another good move saw his shot go just wide. Malpas took the lead on thirty five minutes when they were awarded a penalty which Lee Parry slotted home making it 2-1.
The second half was only four mintues old when Watkins made it 2-2 after some great work down the left, with the ball finding the far end of the right net. Sandbach pushed at the home defence and took control of the game and it was no surprise when Sandbach took the lead in the 57th minute. Malpas keeper Conner Tinsley was forced into a great save, only for Mike Blundell to make no mistake from close range making it 3-2. The next goal went to Sandbach when Tommy Watkins slotted home from the penalty spot with twenty minutes remaining.
Malpas needed to react quickly and got the break when Alex Hughes ran at the back four and was pulled down for a 73rd minute penalty which Lee Parry again slotted home making it 4-3. Sandbach had dropped deeper which allowed Malpas to attack and the home side were back on level terms when Chris Bevan charged forward and as he moved into the box, was pulled down for yet another penalty in the 86th minute which saw in-form Lee Parry completed a hat trick of penalties and make it 4-4.
The teams continued to battle it out as the match went into extra time but the turning point was when Sandbach were reduced to ten men when they had a player sent off for receiving a second caution. Malpas kept the ball well and took advantage of their extra man, wearing down the Sandbach defence. The winner came when Alex Hughes was again pulled down in the box in the 110th minute. Lee Parry stepped up and showed nerves of steel to fire home his fourth penalty of the game and secure Malpas' place in the next round of the cup.
Linotype CHN returned to winning form and moved up to fourth spot with a 4-0 win away at Pilkington. Kayle Power opened the scoring from the penalty spot which was soon followed up by a superb volley from Raul Corrica for 2-0. Jordan Thompson scored twice, on his return from injury which kept him side lined for six weeks, to secure all three points for the away side.
An impressive second half performance saw Greenalls PSO come back from 1-0 down to beat Garswood United 4-1 at home. Jon Leatherbarrow scored twice, with further goals coming from Lee Deakin and Ben McWilliams.
Middlewich Town secured a 4-2 win away at Gamesley, while goals from Jake Elwell and Craig Brighton saw Daten finish 2-1 winners at home against Poynton.
Barnton moved up to sixth spot following a 4-1 win away at Rylands. They sit two points behind fifth place Billinge with five games in hand.
Reserve Division Cup
Grappenhall Sports progressed to the semi finals of the cup with a 4-3 win away at Eagle Sports where Adam Ashcroft, Luke Jones, Daniel Kimber and Richard Baillie all hit home to secure the victory.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Denton Town secured a massive three points as they celebrated their first victory of the season, beating Billinge 1-0 away from home.
Whaley Bridge moved up to fifth as they beat Pilkington 2-0 away, while Garswood United finished 3-1 winners at home over Greenalls PSO, despite Neil Sutch giving the away side a 1-0 lead at half time.
Rylands stretched their unbeaten run to five games with a hard fought victory over Gamesley at Gorsey Lane. In a game of few clear cut chances, it seemed that Rylands would have to settle for a point against a hard working and well organised Gamesley, until substitute James Daniels fired home deep into injury time to secure all three points.
Gamesley started the game brightly, and Aldred headed over when well placed after just two minutes. In the early stages, Rylands struggled to find their rhythm and form that has been displayed over recent weeks, and the only chances created came when Alex Lowe fired wide after ten minutes, and Jonathon Priest saw an attempt flash across the face of goal. After 27 minutes, Rylands' keeper Andy Moor produced a fine save when Mike Dewhurst raced clear of the home defence. This seemed to give Rylands a much needed wake up call, Kris Bell headed straight at the keeper from a Lowe free kick, before Lowe himself saw a long range drive held comfortably by the Gamesley keeper to keep the sides level at the break.
The second half saw Rylands begin to dominate the game, Bell headed just over after good combination play from Chris Brown and Liam Hayes before Ben Slater failed to connect with a Phil Harrison cross from the left-hand side. Jimmy Daniels' introduction spurred Rylands on further, he set away fellow substitute Lee Dermody ten minutes from time, but he was unable to beat Aldred in the visitors goal. At the other end, Moor had been largely untroubled for long periods of the game, but had to be alert to smother Dewhurst's close range effort.
Play was interrupted for a long period of time when Alex Lowe picked up a nasty head injury, which later required seven stitches, and in added time caused by the delay, Daniels controlled Brown's excellent through ball, and struck a tremendous angled drive, leaving the impressive Gamesley 'keeper with no chance of making a save.
A special mention goes to Rylands Chairman, Ian Finchett, who made the fine gesture of donating all proceeds made on the day by the club through subs, prediction sheets and gate receipts to Children in Need. £120 was raised for the cause.
Grappenhall travelled to Egerton hoping to build on last weeks excellent second half display and started brightly, taking control of the game., only to be guilty of missing numerous good chances. Things turned around on the half hour mark when Egerton took the lead with their first real chance in the game through Howard Clayton. Grappenhall bounced back and were rewarded for their efforts when Ben Howard hit home after a fine Kurt McCarthy ball to make it 1-1 at the break.
Grappenhall started the second half in the same manner and were soon 2-1 up when Ryan Crawford knocked home a Ben Howard through ball. The game continued in this end to end manner and Egerton were level again with an hour played when a deflected 30 yard drive found the net. Egerton seemed to pick up pace and took the lead when Clayton headed home a free kick to make it 3-2 with twenty minutes remaining. Grappenhall struggled to respond, although pressure was put on Egerton in the final moments when Dave France had a header disallowed for offside before the final whistle.
Poynton returned to league action with an impressive 2-0 win away at title rivals Sandbach United. Rick Tindall and Andy Simpson both hit home for Poynton which extends their unbeaten league run to thirteen games and moves them two points clear of Congleton with four games in hand.
After a few weeks on the road Malpas returned to home league action against a young Maine Road Reserves side. Malpas started well with Lee Parry looking very sharp, laying the ball off for Simon Bradley to see a low shoot go just pass the left post.Malpas opened the scoring after 7 minutes when Danny Lloyd found Alex Hughes on the left who struck into the bottom corner for 1-0. Maine Road looked to play their passing game but Malpas looked solid at the back. The 28th minute saw Malpas go 2-0 up when Lee Parry picked out Alex Hughes for his second of the day. The Maine Road keeper pulled off a number of good saves, coming off his line as the Malpas forwards keept breaking through and the 36th minute saw his called into action to save an Alex Hughes penalty to deny the striker his hat trick. Rob Martin returning from a long spell on the side lines made an instant impact with a shot saved by the Maine Road keeper only for Lee Parry to follow up and make it 3-0 on 39 minutes. Five minutes later Malpas completed the scoring for the half when a corner was headed in by Owen Ward to put them 4-0 up at the break.
Malpas seemed to be off the pace at the start of the second half as Maine Road looked to get back in the game, though not making any chances. The game changed on the hour mark as Josh Harper scored a tap in to bring Maine Road back into the game. Malpas continued to make chances but at no time did they look in control and it was game on when Maine Road scored a second after 75 minutes when James Finn tapped the ball out of keeper Conner Tinsley's grasp to make it 4-2. Maine Road were now in control and shortly after they followed up with a good finish from Connor Hughes to make it 4-3 and set up a tense ending to the game. Malpas made two key substitutions to bring some strength into the midfield and ensure that the home side held out at 4-3 to secure the win for Malpas.
Tarporley Victoria travelled to Moore United with only five points and four league places separating the sides at kick off. The game was very well balanced and both teams seemed to cancel each other out in the first half. Either team could have broken the deadlock but the chance fell to Tarporley when striker Al Moore was left free at a corner allowing him to head home unchallenged for 1-0 after 23 minutes.
The second half was all about Moore United whose wide men started causing all sorts of problems and created several chances before finally getting the reward in the 72 minute when John Darbyshire was brought down in the box when he was through on goal. Darbyshire stepped up for the penalty and hit home to claim his seventh goal in five games and bring Moore back on level terms. Moore dominated possession as they pushed for the winner with Nathan Clements in great form down right wing and despite playing a part in several goal-scoring opportunities, the elusive winner was not to be and the game ended 1-1. The game was a great advert for the Cheshire League as it was played in the right spirits and enjoyed by all players and officials.
Congleton Vale once again failed to capitalize in a game where they had several first half chances and the score line at half time could easily have put them 7-1 up had they taken them. However a Ryan O'Reilly goal on the brink of half time saw them take a 1-0 lead into the break. The second half saw roles reversed with Penlake starting really strongly and equalising in the 48th minute when Craig Todhunter finished well from a great delivery by Steve Melville. Congleton's heads seem to drop from this point and Penlake took full advantage by assuming control and taking the lead in the 58th minute, with a goal from Melville. The game was effectively killed off with a fine strike by Paul Hynes after 83 minutes. Fittingly, the match came to a close with Melville, capping a man of the match performance with a great individual goal making it 4-1 to Penlake.
Lostock Gralam secured their second win in a row with a 4-1 victory away at Sale Town. Josh Bithell was instrumental in setting up Sam Wakefield to score in the 16th minute and Bithell played an important role in the creation of Chris Glaze's goal on the half hour mark to put Lostock 2-0 up. Sale pulled a goal back shortly before the break to reduce Lostock's advantage. The second half started well for Lostock when Bithell scored an unbelievable volley after 51 minutes to put Lostock 3-1 in front and Sam Wakefield added his second in the 78th minute to secure maximum points for Lostock.
Division Two Cup
Golborne Sports stormed through to the semi final of the cup with an impressive 6-1 win at home against local rivals Daten. Despite not getting off to a great start, Golborne slowly got to grips with the game and took the lead through striker Mike Koppel in the 20th minute. However the lead was to be short lived as Daten equalised from the penalty spot through Mike Southern, fifteen minutes later to put the sides level at half time.
The second half started at a much faster pace and Golborne were soon back in front as Gary Shannon hit home for 2-1, before Kieron Eaves added a third ten minutes later. Golborne increased the pressure as their confidence soared and Scott Walker extended their lead in the 70th minute following a mistake by the Daten keeper. Eaves made it 5-1 with five minutes on the clock, before John Woods completed the rout in the dying stages of the game.
Greenalls PSO went eight points clear at the top of the table as we hit the mid point of the season, with Whaley Bridge sitting in second spot with two games in hand over the leaders. A first half penalty from Lee Deakin saw Greenalls take a 1-0 lead into half time in their league fixture at Middlewich Town. The second half saw Middlewich battle hard and come back on level terms through a goal from James Faint. Both sides had their chances but the points went to Greenalls when McWilliams stole the winner with five minutes remaining.
Simon Rhodes and James Robertson both made the score sheet for Poynton as they drew 2-2 with local rivals Styal who currently sit in third place. Alex Whelan and Joe Knight scored for Styal to earn their side a point.
A bullet header from defender Chris Gordon was not enough to earn Denton Town a point as they lost 2-1 at home to Garswood United, while goals from Mike Simmons (2) and Will Booth helped Egerton to what could turn out to be a crucial 3-0 victory away at Gamesley.
Grappenhall Sports and Billinge shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw, while Eagle Sports stormed to a 6-1 win at home against Pilkington, thanks to goals from Danny Reid, Gareth Williams, Aaron Clarke (2) and Jay Waldron (2)
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Rylands consider themselves slightly unfortunate to come away from high flying Rudheath Social with only a point after another impressive performance on a pitch that was only passed fit after several inspections close to kick off.
The game started with Rudheath on the front foot and Andy Moor made a fine save to turn away a shot from Craig Millington. From the resultant corner Allcock headed against the crossbar as Rylands struggled with the heavy pitch. The early Rudheath pressure paid off when Stuart Tulloch tapped home after Millington had beaten the offside trap to give the home side the lead.
Rylands stirred and Lowe forced the home keeper into a good save after fine approach play from Daniels and Slater, before Slater headed over when well placed inside the penalty area. Rylands took control of the game and Jones made excellent saves from Lowe and Bell, before Kris Bell turned sharply and fired home the equaliser from inside the penalty area after thirty three minutes. Liam Hayes curled a fine effort inches wide right on the interval as Rylands continued to dominate.
The second half began with Rudheath forcing two fine saves from Andy Moor before Slater fired inches wide at the other end. It was testimony to both teams that the game was entertaining as the pitch deteriorated as the game progressed. With five minutes remaining Daniels broke clear and was upended by the home keeper Jones to give Rylands the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot. Substitute Dean Jennings stepped forward but saw his effort turned aside by the keeper meaning the game finished 1-1.
Goals from Gareth Fletcher, Graeme Greene and Dave Quigley saw Billinge finish 3-1 winners at home against Linotype CHN while Pilkington finished 3-2 winners at home against Gamesley.
Eagle Sports earned a valuable three points in an entertaining game at home against Barnton. Against the run of play Nathan Williams headed home an Adam Coleman cross to give Eagle the lead after ten minutes, however Colin Quirk equalised for Barnton three minutes later with a fine individual goal. A 30 yard strike from Eagle's Mike Hickman rattled the Barnton crossbar but luckily the rebound fell to Ged McAllister to tucked it away to put Eagle back in front at the break.
Barnton started the second half brightly and deservedly equalised just after the hour mark through Jordan Dwyer and then took the lead with twenty minutes remaining when Ryan Malone hit home. Liam Walker brought Eagle back on level terms in the 84th minute when his strike was deflected into the net, before curling a last minute free kick into the top corner to secure all three points for Eagle and move them up to eighth spot.
A single goal from new signing Nathan Towey in the 30th minute secured a 1-0 win for Styal at home against Greenalls PSO, while Garswood United were in fine form as they stormed to a 6-0 win away at Middlewich Town. Adam Prince hit home twice with further goals from Chris Francis, Ross Shepherd, Rob Smith and Tyler Jefferies.
With Knutsford's pitch passing a late pitch inspection, it set the scene for the current champions to entertain Crewe who sit at the top of the Cheshire League table. Knutsford started the brighter of the two sides, successfully moving the ball at a high tempo, with James Pickford impressing early on and picking the ball up in dangerous areas. However, against the run of play, Crewe took the lead with their first attack of the match. Knutsford had given the ball away in their own half allowing Crewe to counter attack and Matt Pearson to sweep in a side footed effort past Knutsford keeper Mark Higgs. Knutsford responded well to this and their sustained pressure paid off when the impressive James Pickford created himself a pocket of space on the edge of the Crewe area and curled a left footed effort into the top left hand corner of the goal. With both teams level the game settled into a routine, Knutsford controlled the game and had most of the possession, but Crewe continuously looked dangerous on the counter attack.
Shortly after the break Bobby Russell?s pass to his centre half went astray, the Crewe striker Nathan Southern seized this golden opportunity to put Crewe 2-1 up and made Knutsford pay for their careless use of position. Knutsford pressed and probed against the Crewe defence, but their opponent?s organisation limited any clear cut chances. This was until Joe Woolley cut in from the left and unleashed a 20 yard strike which hit the outside of the post. This chance lifted Knutsford and gave them some belief, moments later the newly introduced Joel Swift forced a good save from the Crewe keeper with a 25 yard strike. With Knutsford?s goalkeeper Mark Higgs a spectator for much of the second half, it appeared only a matter of time until Knutsford breached Crewe?s defence. However, as time went on Knutsford became frustrated. A Crewe set piece was unsuccessfully cleared by the Knutsford defence, the ball fell kindly to Crewe?s centre back Ian Carr who fumbled the ball into the goal to give Crewe a 3-1 victory and inflict on Knutsford their first home defeat in two years.
Congleton Vale and Tarporley Victoria shared the points in a 1-1 draw. Tarporley had most of the possession in the first half without managing to break through a resolute Congleton defence. Booth, McCurrie & O'Reilly all had decent efforts to put Congleton in front, but missed their chances and it was left to Jamie Turner, on his debut, to give Congleton the lead after 43 minutes. The second half saw Congleton in more dominant form, with several chances and two penalty appeals going begging. With worsening conditions, the heavy rain and hail made the pitch very slippy. Tarporley took their chance when the Congleton keeper, Rob Cooke, gave a clear 'keepers' shout to his defence, unfortunately, the conditions beat Rob, as he went to clear the ball he slipped, leaving the ball behind him and allowing Sam Lloyd a simple tap in for Tarporley to gain a share of the points.
Barnton Wanderers climbed off the foot of the table with a 1-1 draw at home against Warrington Town Reserves. Bradley Parker gave Warrington the lead in the first half but a late goal from Mike Whitehead earned Barnton a valuable point.
Goals from Luke Jones and Jack Mason earned Egerton a 2-2 draw as they played host to Golborne Sports, while Poynton continued their unbeaten league run with a 2-1 win at Maine Road Reserves.
Penlake sit comfortable in seventh spot as they finished 3-1 winners in an eventful game at Moore United. John Darbyshire opened the scoring for Moore in the 21st minute which saw them go into the break 1-0 up. However a goal from Josh Downes midway through the second half put Penlake back on level terms, before a brace from Greg Shelton in a six minute period put the game beyond Moore's reach.
There were goals galore when Grappenhall Sports played host to Malpas and the sides took part in a thrilling 4-4 draw. Grappenhall took the lead after 8 minutes when a low drive from Kurt McCarthy found the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Going forward Malpas looked to have the pace to get back in the game and got back on level terms in the23rd minute when Andy Morris hit home. This lifted Malpas and they started to get their passing game going. Morris was causing all kinds of problems with his direct running and a trip in the box saw Malpas awarded a penalty. Alex Hughes stepped up only to see his shot saved by Gareth Powell in the Grappenhall net, but Hughes followed up to make it 2-1 after 35 minutes. Malpas were spurred on and were 3-1 up shortly before half time when Mike Gibbs found the net.
Grappenhall started the second half brightly as they looked to get a hold on the game. In the 55th minute they were rewarded when Daniel Sisson headed home from an Adam Rosterne free kick before going level on 75 minutes when another Sisson header found the top corner. Andy Morris had a great chance to put Malpas back in the lead when an Alex Hughes free kick hit the post, only for Morris to send the ball over the bar. Morris made up for his miss in the 82nd minute with a good finish to make it 4-3. Malpas looked to hold on to all three points but it was not to be, as Danny Sisson completed his hat trick for Grappenhall with a superb over head kick to make it 4-4 in the finals moments of the game.
Rylands moved up to ninth following an impressive 5-1 at home against Pilkington. The visitors had the first chance after three minutes when Forshaw Lewis had a free header from a corner but he put it wide. Rylands' response was emphatic. A delightful ball by Ryan Matthews inside the full back saw Kurt Emery race clear and although his shot was half saved and cleared of the line, he followed up to score off his shin. Ten minutes later it was 2-0 when a quick break saw the ball exchanged between Morley, Rodgers and Emery putting Sullivan clear and he made no mistake with a shot under the 'keeper. By now the energy of the home side was causing Pilkington problems and when Emery and Sullivan combined to play in Rogers, he forced a fine save from Spencer in the visitors goal.
On the half hour however, the keeper was left red faced. Warder and Emery set up Jack McAuliffe to cross into the box and the custodian
allowed the ball to go through his hands and into the net for 3-0. By now Rylands were rampant and Rodgers and Sullivan should both have converted excellent chances. Two minutes before the break leading scorer Sullivan made amends for his earlier miss when he headed home McAuliffe' cross and on the stroke of half time Rodgers was put clear to make it 5-0 with a shot inside the far post.
To their credit, Pilkington, never gave in and took the game to Rylands in the second half. They were rewarded when Matty Bierne fired a twenty yarder just inside the post after Rushton failed to clear, making it 5-1.
Whaley Bridge kept up the pressure on current league champions and leaders Greenalls PSO. Whaley remain the only unbeaten team in the division and a 3-2 victory at home against Styal ensured they remain five points behind the leaders with a game in hand. Tom Scorer opened the scoring account for Whaley in the 20th minute, which was added to 15 minutes later by Tom Wildgoose. Scorer added his second in the 70th minute to secure all three points for Whaley.
Billinge came back from 2-1 down at half time to beat Garswood United 4-2 in their local derby. Rob Ablewhite bagged himself a hat trick with the Tom Ashall as the other scorer for Billinge.
Daten climbed up to eleventh spot with a convincing 4-0 win at home against Denton Town. Adam Senior scored twice while Adam McLoughlin and Sam Stanier also hit home.
Paul Kendall, James Robertson and Paul McNeil all got on the score sheet as Poynton sneaked a 4-3 win away at Middlewich Town, while Jon Leatherbarrow scored twice for Greenalls as they played host to Eagle Sports. Further goals came from Ellis Houghton, Ben McWilliams and Jacob Lovatt to secure a 5-3 win for the home side.
Reserve Division Cup
Despite poor weather conditions, Gamesley and Barnton played out their cup fixture in good spirits and both sides were a credit to the league when a wet pitch could have ruined a good game of football. Dave Tierney gave Barnton the lead after just eight minutes, with Jack Burbidge hitting home a second, ten minutes later. It was 3-0 after 24 minutes when player/manager Paul Molloy headed home a rebounded shot off the post, before Burbidge added his second on the half hour mark. Gamesley battled hard despite the constant downpour and were rewarded in the 44th minute when Luke McGlone hit home from inside the box to make it 4-1.
A heavy downpour at half time made the second half more difficult but a consultation with both sides agreed that they were happy to play on and finish the game. To their credit the game was played in a good nature and the players judged their tackles carefully, taking the slippery pitch into consideration. A mistake by the Barnton keeper, when he misjudged a pass to the defence left him stranded and allowed Bryan Capper an easy tap in for 4-2 in the 51st minute, but a late goal from Jeff King secured the victory for Barnton and brought an end to the game.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Crewe continued their fine run of form as they stormed to an 11-2 home win over Pilkington. Ben Burrows, Stevie McNichol, Nathan Southern, Nathan Ylcklr all scored twice, with further goals coming from Ian Carr, Carl Everall and Josh Brehaut. This impressive victory moves Crewe four points clear at the top of the table as we hit the mid point of the season.
Greenalls PSO and Knutsford shared the points in a feisty 1-1 draw that saw three players shown the red card. Craig Hoyland scored for Greenalls, with Knutsford's goal coming from Joe Woolley.
Rudheath Social continue to impress as they finished 6-1 winners away at Denton Town. Craig Millington scored twice, while Stu Tulloch, Nick Newman, Craig Humphries and Sam Didsbury also made the score sheet. The win keeps Rudheath in third place, six points off top spot but with four games in hand.
Billinge crept further up the table with a 4-2 win away at Middlewich Town. Chris Godwin, Graeme Greene, Chad Whyte and Joe Unsworth scored for Billinge with Middlewich's goals coming from Jack Bryning and Jamie Collina.
Rylands produced a superb team display to record a well deserved victory at the home of Derbyshire based Whaley Bridge despite difficult conditions. Whaley started really well and might have taken an early lead when Sullivan fired a shot wide from inside the penalty area after three minutes. Shortly after, Andy Moor saved well to deny Sullivan again as Whaley dominated the early stages. It was 27 minutes before Rylands produced their first effort on goal with Kris Bell firing a shot straight at the Whaley keeper. At the other end Chris Brown made a tremendous last ditch challenge to deny Whaley the opener. Rylands almost took the lead against the run of play when James Sinker headed a Liam Hayes corner over the bar from close range.
The second half saw a much improved display from Rylands with Hayes and Lowe dominating the midfield area with Daniels, Brownhill, Slater and Bell causing all manner of problems for the home defence with their movement and intelligent link up play. After Daniels had forced a good save from the home keeper, Slater linked with Hayes before beating the keeper with a well placed shot to give Rylands the lead. Kris Bell then had a goal disallowed for offside before Phil Harrison fired narrowly wide from a corner kick. It was all Rylands from this point and after 64 minutes, Alex Lowe doubled their lead with a well placed effort from outside the penalty area. Andy Moor maintained the two goal advantage with a good save from Collinson before Daniels and Brownhill saw late efforts saved by the Whaley keeper.
A brace from Sam Lloyd and a goal from Ed Pattinson helped Tarporley Victoria to a convincing 3-0 win at home against Maine Road Reserves to move their side up to eighth spot, while Sandbach United sit in second after a 3-1 win at home against Egerton.
Malpas finished 2-0 winners as they travelled to Penlake. Malpas took the lead after 8 minutes when Matty Dutton found Alex Hughes who picked out the run off the inform Andy Morris with a back heel. Morris broke into the box with defenders either side of him to slot home bottom left hand corner. The next period of play saw Penlake pressed hard for an equaliser and Malpas struggled to clear their lines. Malpas could have made it 2-0 when Alex Hughes was brought down in the box. Hughes got up to take the kick, but the keeper saved well pushing the ball on to the bar, the rebound fell to Owen Ward's who sent his shot into the side netting before the break.
The conditions had started to play a major part with constant rain and a cold wind, making it hard to play a passing game and sapping energy. Penlake looked to long range shots as they tried to get passed Conner Tinsley in the Malpas goal, but his sure handling showed he was on top of his game. Malpas went 2-0 up when a free kick from Danny Lloyd found Owen Ward just inside the box and he made no mistake firing home on 54 minutes. As expected Penlake looked to get a goal back but the Malpas side showed good shape and defended well with skipper Steve Watkins and Eddy Barlow solid at the centre of the back line. A fine save low down by Conner Tinsley was cleared by Richard Sadler late on to secure all three points for Malpas.
Eagle Sports moved up to twelfth spot with a 3-2 home win over Gamesley with Gary Moriarty, Danny Reid and James Maher all hitting home, while Grappenhall Sports finished 2-1 winners at home against Poynton.
Greenalls PSO went five points clear at the top with a narrow 2-1 victory away at Billinge. Alex Hardman scored on his return from a six week injury break with the other goal from Neil Glendinning.
Reserve Division Cup
Denton Town secured a 1-0 win away at Daten, while Whaley Bridge won 4-0 at Pilkington to secure their place in the next round of the cup.
Kat Davey - CFL Press Officer
Rylands bounced back from last week?s disappointing derby day defeat to record an emphatic victory at the home of Denton Town in Manchester on Saturday.
The game started in the best possible manner for Rylands when Liam Hayes played a superb through ball for Joel Brownhill who raced clear and placed a delicate finish over the advancing home keeper to give the visitors the lead. The home side responded well and had an immediate chance to equalise when Martins took the ball around Andy Moor in the Rylands goal, but could only find the side netting from an acute angle. Rylands then began to dominate the game and Jon Priest crossed after 18 minutes for Kris Bell who headed straight at the keeper when well placed. Bell then played a good ball for Jimmy Daniels who saw his goal-bound shot well saved.
After 26 minutes Denton suffered a major blow when their keeper was dismissed following a clash with Sinker and Bell. The incident rocked the home side and Rylands almost doubled their lead immediately when Kris Bell poked the ball past the reserve goalkeeper but Hughes cleared off the line. The 38th minute saw Rylands skipper Scott Tebb rise highest to crash home a header from Lowe?s corner kick to make it 2-0.
The second period continued in the same vein, although credit should be given to Denton for maintaining their shape and spirit despite going down to ten men. Two minutes into the second half Priest saw his well struck free kick hit the woodwork before the substitute keeper saved well from Bell and Daniels. At the other end, Martins drifted a shot wide when perhaps should have done better, but it was one way traffic and on the hour Brownhill scored his second when he finished superbly from just inside the penalty area. Two minutes later Kris Bell finished off a superb flowing Rylands move after Slater, Daniels and Hayes had combined for 4-0
Denton pulled a goal back to make it 4-1 after 70 minutes when Hughes finished with a low shot after racing clear of the Rylands defence. The goal gave Denton a lift and they almost pulled another one back when Martins tapped home from close range but the assistant referee had already ruled him offside.
Rylands stirred and finished the game in excellent style with a great strike from Jimmy Daniels on seventy eight minutes and could have added another when the hard working Ben Slater rounded the keeper but could not find the net, before Daniels scored a sixth goal for Rylands with virtually the last kick of an eventful game with a cool finish from close range.
The only other game played in division one saw Whaley Bridge play host to Billinge. The home side started strongly and scored three unanswered goals before the break to give themselves a great advantage at half time. However the second half saw Billinge mount an impressive come back and goals from Graeme Green and Elliott Bradshaw saw them bring the score back to 3-2 and were unfortunate not to sneak a point before the end.
The only mid week fixture saw Penlake finish 4-1 winners away at Maine Road Reserves. Dave Ryan put Penlake ahead after four minutes with further goals coming from Patrick Coulton and Alex Griesdale before the break. Maine Road's first half goal came from Anthony Thomas to see Penlake go in 3-1 up at the break. The second half was an even battle but Kevin Hill's 50th minute shot sealed the victory for Penlake.
Congleton Vale extended their lead at the top to five points with a 5-2 win away at Sale Town. Congleton started brightly and were 2-0 up after 11 minutes through goals from Damon Oakes and Carl McCurrie. Ryan O'Reilly added a third in the 37th minute with McCurrie scoring again in the 47th before completing his hat trick with 25 minutes remaining. Sale's goals came from Craig Wood and Mike Billingham.
Tarporley Victoria continued their climb up the table with a convincing 5-1 win away at Lostock Gralam. Sam Lloyd and Mike Gibbons both scored twice with a further goal coming from Ben Parry. Tarporley now sit comfortably in ninth spot.
Golborne Sports moved up to seventh with a 3-1 win at home against Malpas. The game started at a fast pace with both sides looking to get forward, Malpas opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Alex Hughes was brought down in the box and he made no mistake from the spot for the resulting penalty. Five minutes later and Golborne were level when a cross missed everyone only to be tapped in at the back post by Ste McLoughlin. Golborne played some good football and were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box on 35 minutes which Scott Walker dispatched into the top corner to give Golborne a 2-1 lead at the break.
The second half got going as Malpas looked to get back in the game although at no time did they look in control as the Golborne continued to move the ball well and keep close to the Malpas players all over the park. Both keepers pulled off good saves as the sides looked for more goals but it was not to be until the 89th minute when Kenny Cooper broke for Golborne to make it 3-1.
Oliver Hardman gave Daten a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute as they played host to Egerton but an equaliser from Dominic Marie ensured that both sides left with a point.
Goals from Simon Rhodes and Tom Watson cancelled out Charlie Sheldron's strike to give Poynton a 2-1 win away at Egerton, while Eagle Sports climbed out of the bottom two with a 5-1 win over Daten.
Reserve Division Cup
A single goal from Joe Knight helped Styal progress to the next round of the cup as they beat Garswood United 1-0 at home, while goals from Rob Ablewhite (2) and Joe Unsworth saw Billinge finish 3-1 winners over Linotype CHN.
There were only three fixtures in division one this weekend due to the Inter-League team taking on Wearside at the Cumberland Arena. Following an end to end game, the Cheshire League side lost 1-0 to a second half goal. Report to follow.
Crewe moved to the top of the table with a 4-1 win away at Denton Town. Josh Rowley scored twice, with further goals from Matt Pearson and Nathan Southern putting Crewe two points clear of second place Knutsford, having played a game more.
Pilkington secured their second win of the season after a tough start, with a 1-0 home win over Middlewich Town.
Rylands crashed to a heavy derby defeat to local rivals Greenalls PSO despite taking an early lead through Ben Slater when he headed home a Liam Hayes corner. Greenalls pressed hard for an equaliser and it should have arrived on the half hour when Neil Sutch headed wide when well placed in the penalty area. It was a brief respite for Rylands as Hoyland drove home from close range after Rylands failed to clear his first attempt, making it 1-1. Five minutes later Greenalls were in front when Sutch nodded home from close range. Things got worse for Rylands before the interval when Hoyland turned well inside the penalty area and crashed home a fierce drive, leaving keeper Moor with no chance and giving Greenalls a 3-1 advantage at the break.
Rylands started the second period well and Kris Bell, making his full first team debut, had a chance to reduce the arrears after fifty minutes but his shot was dragged wide. Moments later the game was effectively over when Vaughan scored from the edge of the penalty area for Greenalls with a well placed shot. Rylands responded with another good chance for Bell which was saved by Craig Clare and then Rylands substitute Richie Sinker, on his comeback from a broken elbow suffered in August, fired an unstoppable long range drive into the Greenalls net after 75 minutes to make the score 4-2. As Rylands pushed forward in search of an unlikely comeback, Moor had to be alert to keep out Hoyland at the other end as Greenalls countered. Daniels and Bell both missed presentable chances for Rylands near the end but Greenalls secured their victory when Lee Vaughan raced clear and finished well in the final moments.
Maine Road Reserves' week started with a 3-0 win over Barnton Wanderers thanks to goals from Anthony Thomas, Josh Harper and Connor Hughes. Barnton's week went from bad to worse as Saturday saw them lose 2-0 at home against Moore United with a goal in each half from John Darbyshire and Nathan Clements.
Grappenhall played host to Congleton Vale and the sides finished level at 1-1. Kurt McCarthy hit the woodwork after 10 minutes before Ranny Dhwhali and Matt Ball both missed good chances for Grappenhall. The 35th minute saw Congleton awarded a penalty for handball which was converted by Dan Beuhler to give them the lead at the break. Grappenhall pushed hard in the second half and their efforts were rewarded when substitute Rory Pownall volleyed home brilliantly from 12 yards after a Dave France flick on. Both teams pushed for a win and Congleton certainly played themselves in to the game late on but the score remained at 1-1
Poynton continued their unbeaten run with a 4-2 win away at Tarporley Victoria, while goals from Tom Watkin saw Sandbach finish 2-1 winners away at Sale Town.
Lostock Gralam finished 4-1 winners over Warrington Town Reserves to move up to sixth spot, while Daten shared the points with Golborne Sports in a 1-1 draw.
Malpas moved back up to fourth after a 3-0 win at home against Egerton. The game started at a good pace and it was clear early on that the Egerton side would look to pass and move to create chances. Malpas opened the scoring on 13 minutes when a corner was headed away, only for the ball to find Danny Lloyd on the edge on the box. Lloyd crossed the ball back in low allowing Simon Bradley to tap in at the back post. Both sides played some good football with both defences in form and Ryan Maidment pulling off some good saves in the Egerton net. The second goal came just before the break when Mike Williams picked out Andy Morris who held the ball just inside the box, holding off a defender, before cutting inside and drilling the ball into the top corner.
The second half was very even with the next goal key, both sides looked for an opening but the Malpas defences looked very solid and Egerton tried to hold the danger of Malpas players breaking free from deep positions. Alex Hughes saw two good efforts saved once more by Maidment as he looked to get on the score sheet. As the game went into the final minute Del Anson moved down the right and put a deep cross to the back post picking out Alex Hughes who brought the ball down and found the net for 3-0.
Barnton ended Greenalls PSO eight game unbeaten run with a 5-0 thrashing at Townfield Lane. Billy Webb was in fine form scoring four goals with the fifth coming from Jonathan McDonald. The win sees Barnton move up to sixth place with three games in hand over their closest opponents.
Styal moved up to third with a 5-2 home win over Daten. Connor Glass, Joe Knight, Jack Roberts, Tom Gill and Alex Whelan all made the score sheet for Styal, with Daten?s goals coming from Dave Wright and Anthony Campbell.
Denton Town moved out of the bottom two following a 2-1 win away at Middlewich Town, while Gamesley and Pilkington shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
Rylands finished 4-1 winners as they travelled to Linotype CHN. The away side started the game relatively well, retaining a strong percentage of possession in the opening exchanges. However, Linotype hit them on the counter attack in the 7th minute, where a long, cross-field ball from the right back, found left-winger Leon Grandison, who's majestic first touch took him past Calum Anderson. Grandison fired home giving Rylands? keeper Matty Latham no chance of making the save. This brought about a short spell of domination from Linotype, with the pace of the front three causing concerns for the Rylands back line. However a tactical reshuffle of the back four, and some encouraging words from the line inspired Rylands. This lead to Rylands equaliser when Michael Sullivan found himself in space just inside the area and fired home into the bottom left corner.
Kurt Emery and Nick Jordan combined to win the ball back in an advanced position for the away side in the 55th minute. This released Sullivan who was then bundled down by Killingbeck in the Linotype goal and centre-half Dave Morley made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick. Rylands made it 3-1 when Jordan set loose Sullivan with a chip over the top and the in-form centre forward made no mistake with his finish. In the 86th minute, Ewan Rodger was brought down on the edge of the box and hunting for his hat-trick, Sullivan stepped up to take. He unleashed a powerful strike that saw its way straight through the wall and into the net for 4-1.
Reserve Division Cup
Egerton and Grappenhall Sports were evenly matched on the day and took their cup game to extra time. Jason Wright scored twice for Egerton but Grappenhall won the game 3-2 in extra time. Jordan Rigby scored twice on the day with another goal coming from Adam Ashcroft, while a single goal from Aaron Clarke saw Eagle progress to the quarter finals after a 1-0 win at Poynton.
JB Parker Cup
Rylands progressed to the quarter finals of the JB Parker Cup as they beat Middlewich Town 2-0 at Gorsey Lane. A goal in each half from Liam Hayes ensured the Warrington side were rewarded for their control of the game and the score line might have been more emphatic had the Middlewich keeper not been in fine form.
The game started brightly with both sides attacking purposefully but it was Rylands who carved out the first opportunity when Joel Brownhill forced a smart save from Currie in the Middlewich goal. Minutes later the lively Daniels had a good header blocked on the line as Rylands dominated possession. The visiting keeper had to be alert again after twenty minutes when Lowe fired a shot from outside the area. At the other end Middlewich's Elliott Goryll saw his well placed effort comfortably save by Moor.
After 25 minutes, Rylands broke the deadlock when Liam Hayes fired a low left footed drive into the net after Middlewich had failed to clear a corner kick properly. The tie may have been put beyond the visitors reach had further chances for Brownhill, Daniels and the impressive Jony Priest been converted but at the interval Rylands held a slender advantage.
The second period began with Middlewich enjoying their best spell of the game but they were unable to fashion any clear cut opportunities, although Simon Robinson might have done better when well placed and Moor had to display good handling in the Rylands goal after several corners in quick succession.
Gradually Rylands exerted control of the game and Currie saved well from Brownhill once more before Hayes fired his second goal of the game home direct from a free kick after 56 minutes following a foul on Ben Slater.
Minutes later Daniels raced clear but his chipped effort drifted inches wide of the Middlewich goal before substitute Dermody hit a low shot wide close to the end.
A goal in each half from Reece Davies and James Pickford helped Knutsford to a 2-1 win at home against Garswood United which moves Knutsford up to the top of the table.
Joe Jennings scored in the first half for Barnton to see them go into half time level at 1-1 with Whaley Bridge and two late goals from Billy Webb secured a 3-2 victory for the home side to see Barnton slip into second place.
Crewe's 4-1 home win over Greenalls PSO saw them move to within a point of top spot thanks to goals from PJ Hudson, Anthony Tinsley and Stevie McNichol (2)
Goals from Sam Didsbury, Craig Humphries and Stuart Tulloch (2) helped Rudheath Social to a 4-1 win at home against Pilkington. Rudheath now sit a point behind top spot Knutsford, in fourth spot with only goal difference separating second to fourth. Rudheath have two games in hand over the top three teams and could go top if they win one of the two.
Tom Bane, Dave Owens and Philip Yuille all scored for Linotype CHN as they sneaked a 3-2 win away at Gamesley to move up to seventh, while goals from Chad Whyte and Scott Robinson turned around a 1-0 half time deficit to give Billinge a 2-1 win at home against Styal.
Congleton Vale moved four points clear at the top of Division Two following a 3-1 win away at Barnton Wanderers with goals from Damon Oakes, Ryan O'Reilly and Dan Buehler, while Sale Town finished 3-2 winners at Moore United thanks to goals from Reece Thompson (2) and Martin Vaughan
Egerton ran riot as they finished 6-2 winners over Grappenhall Sports Simcock, Scott, Riley, Hughes, Clayton and West all hit home to secure Egerton's third win of the season and moved them up the table to twelfth spot.
The game between Daten and Malpas started at a fast pace and it was no surprise when Daten took the lead after 21 minutes when Chris Bevan's shot flew into the top corner of the net. This was followed up ten minutes later when Mitchell Southern found the top corner with another good finish to make it 2-0 to Daten. Although Malpas created a few openings they lacked the sharpness in the final third.
Malpas started the second half strongly and took the game to Daten but against the run of play Daten went 3-0 up when a thunder bolt from Calum Wilson hit home leaving Malpas with a mountain to climb. Malpas came to life when a good move down the right saw Luke Woollam pick out Alex Hughes in the box to make it 2-1. In the 70th minute Woollam fired in a quality cross which was headed home for 3-2. Malpas pushed for the equaliser and made chances but it was not to be as Daten finished 3-2 winners.
Division Two Cup
After a goal-less first half between Penlake and Lostock Gralam, it was the away team who sprung into action first when Martin Bell gave Lostock a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute. Stephen Melville pulled one back for Penlake in the 67th minute, only for Sam Wakefield to restore Lostock's lead three minutes later. New signing Dan Kempson secured the win for Lostock in the 85th minute as he hit home to make it 3-1.
Mike Blundell and Andrew Whitney both scored twice as Sandbach United finished 5-1 winners over Maine Road Reserves. Jordan Erdman also scored for Sandbach, with Maine Road's goal coming from Andrew McEnerney.
Greenalls made it eight wins in eight as they finished 6-2 winners at Linotype CHN. Lee Deakin opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the eighth minute after he was brought down in the box by Linotype keeper Dan Killingbeck. This was soon followed up with goals from Ellis Houghton and Tom Lees (2) to give Greenalls a 4-0 lead at half time.
The second half saw Linotype mount a fight back with Jason Jones heading home in the 54th minute to make it 4-1. Greenalls responded three minutes later with a goal from Joe Woods to restore their four goal advantage. Leon Grandison scored again for Linotype to make it 5-2 but a mistake from Killingbeck allowed Ben McWilliams to collect the ball and score an easy tap in to secure maximum points for Greenalls.
Whaley Bridge also continued their run of form with a 3-0 win at home against Billinge. Tom Wildgoose opened the scoring in the 15th minute, which was doubled by Tom Scorer at the start of the second half. Wildgoose secured the points for Whaley with his second goal in the 65th minute.
Styal moved into third with a 5-0 win at home against Pilkington. Joe Swindells, Joe Knight (2) Connor Glass and Alex Whelan all scored to secure maximum points for Styal while Poynton and Grappenhall Sports played out a 0-0 draw.
Egerton secured their first victory of the season with a convincing 5-2 win over Daten. Jason Wright bagged a hat trick with further goals coming from Michael Simmons and Charlie Sheldron.
Reserve Division Cup
Denton Town finished 4-3 winners in an end to end game as they played host to Rylands in the first round of the cup.
Kat Davey - Press Officer
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