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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
Inter League Friendly
Monday 9th December 2013
The Pavilions Complex, Sandy Lane, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 4EX
?Runcorn Town FC? versus ?Cheshire League?
Kick Off 7.30pm
1. Mark Higgs (Knutsford - GK).
2. Chris Jones (Rudheath - GK).
3. Paul Alcock (Rudheath).
4. Ross Shepard (Garswood United).
5. Steve Jenyons (Knutsford).
6. Richard Chinn (Eagle Sports)
7. Adam Coleman (Eagle Sports).
8. Jake Linaker (Rudheath).
9. Colin Quirk (Barnton).
10. Rob Hope (Eagle Sports - CAPTAIN).
11. Sam Houghton (Warrington Town).
12. James Daniels (Rylands).
13. PJ Hudson (Crewe).
14. Nathan Williams (Eagle Sports)
15. Ryan Jackson (Rudheath).
16. Chris Quirk (Eagle Sports).
17. Joe Jennings (Garswood United).
18. Ged McAllister (Eagle Sports).
1. Andy Moor (Rylands - GK).
2. Carl Everall (Crewe).
3. Alex Lowe (Rylands).
4. Alex Moore (Tarporley Vics).
5. Craig Hoyland (GPSO).
6. Ryan Malone (Barnton).
7. Alex Hughes (Malpas).
8. Nathan Southern (Crewe).
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
30th September 2013
Knutsford FC confirms that it has parted company with manager Chris Adams.
Jimmy Evans will take temporary charge of the 1st team with support from John Ferguson and an announcement will be made in due course regarding a permanent successor.
The club would like to place on record its thanks to Chris and wish him well for the future.
Knutsford FC are looking to recruit a 1st Team Manager
A disciplined attitude and approach with a commitment to the Club/FA respect rules of conduct is essential
An advocate of playing football the right way is essential
Experience and Coaching badges are helpful
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.
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