Cheshire FL Round Up 7/2/15

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Premier Division

Knutsford moved back into prime position after they won 5-3 away at Garswood United. Dave Owens bagged a hat trick, while Lee Morris and Tom Rutter also hit home for Knutsford. Danny Clarke scored twice for Garswood with a further goal from Chris Francis. The win puts Knutsford two points clear of second place Linotype CHN, having played three games more.

A goal from Rob Clarke earned Greenalls PSO a point as they drew 1-1 at home against Gamesley. The point moves Greenalls away from the bottom three, while Gamesley moved to within a point of ninth place Styal.

Denton Town moved level on points with second from bottom Billinge after beating Crewe 2-0 away. The two bottom sides both have ten points but Denton have three games in hand over their closest rivals and the pair sit five points clear of safety as Rudheath sit on fifteen points in fourteenth place.

League One

In the only league game, Golborne Sports moved up to fourth place as they finished 2-1 winners at home against Grappenhall Sports. The away side took an early lead and things got worse for Golborne as they were reduced to ten men after ten minutes. Jay Ridyard pulled Golborne level and the home side had two further goals disallowed before Dave Collard scored the winner.

JA Walton Challenge Cup

Congleton Vale now sit second in group one as they celebrated a 6-1 win at home to Egerton. New signing Dec Fletcher has settled into Cheshire League life well, bagging another hat trick, Carl McCurrie, Jordan Erdmann and James Spencer also scored to put Congleton a point behind group leaders Altrincham, having played the same number of games.

FC Woodford won 2-1 at home against Maine Road Reserves to go three points clear at the top of group two. Woodford had the best of the early chances with Greg Mather and Harry Wheetman going close, but Maine Road were unlucky not to score when some clever footwork from Jordan Smith forced the Woodford keeper into a smart save.

Woodford took control of the next fifteen minutes as Maine Road struggled to find their feet in a fast paced game and scored two goals in the opening half hour to give them the first half advantage.

Maine Road started the second half as the stronger side as they upped their tempo and worked together to produce some good football. They were rewarded for their efforts in the 87th minute when Daniel Morgan breezed past the left back and put in a great cross for Robbie Ford to smash it into the net with aplomb.

Mersey Valley moved back into first place with a 3-2 home win over Irlam. That sees them go three points clear of Middlewich Town, with both teams having played seven group stage games.

League Two

Wythenshawe Town returned to league action with an emphatic 8-2 win away at Cheadle Town Reserves. Ben Connolly and Dean McGregor both scored twice, with Ash Woodhead, Jonathan Rand, Remmi Williams and Ben Brookes also making the score sheet. Wythenshawe now sit eleven points clear of second place Altrincham Reserves and both teams have eight league games left to play.

West Didsbury and Chorlton beat Moore United 4-2 at home to move into sixth place in league two. West Didsbury took the lead in the 17th minute when the Moore defence gave the ball away in their own half and Rhys Bailey-Morton tapped into an empty net to make it 1-0.

Two minutes later and Moore were back level when Danny Dunne sent a free kick from the half way line forward to John Darbyshire, he nodded the ball towards Joe Holt who hit the ball from just outside the box and curled it into the top corner.

In the 23rd minute West Didsbury took the lead again when Moore keeper Sam Norris misjudged a corner, allowing Nduoma Chilaka to head the ball in from the back post unmarked.

After a number of good chances Moore drew level again in the 44th minute when Joe Holt hit the ball hard from eight yards out, his shot was blocked but fell to Darbyshire who made no mistake in firing the ball home for 2-2.

Ten minutes after the restart and Chilaka bagged his second of the game to put West Didsbury 3-2 ahead, before completing his hat trick in the 74th minute making it 4-2.

Reserve League One

Linotype CHN moved to within four points of top place Whaley Bridge after beating Garswood United 5-0 at home. Jordan Thomson scored a hat trick while Mike Thomas and Danny Grandison also hit home.

Poynton kept up the pressure in third place after winning 2-1 away at Rylands. An excellent strike from Kyle Woodward was followed up by a goal from Paul Kendall gave Poynton a 2-0 lead at the break. Rylands pulled a goal back in the second half but Poynton held on for the three points.

Billinge moved out of the bottom two after beating Grappenhall Sports 2-0 away through a brace from Thomas Ashall, while Eagle Sports sit in eighth after beating Daten 2-1 away thanks to two goals from Tom Hanson.

Reserve League Cup

Group one sees no movement at the top as first and second place Whaley Bridge and Knutsford A shared the points in a 2-2 draw. Whaley Bridge remain a point ahead of their opponents with five group games remaining.

Pilkington sit top of group two after a 4-3 win at home against West Didsbury and Chorlton A, they moved one point clear of Eagle Sports with a game in hand.

The other game in the group saw Styal finish 5-3 winners away at Denton Town as Sean Nolan (2) Troy Hayden, Lee Allen and Alex Whelan all hit home for the Altrincham Road side.

In group three, a first half goal from Tom Smith helped Moore United to a 1-0 win over group leaders Wythenshawe Town. Wythenshawe remain seven points clear with one game left to play.

Malpas and Golborne shared the points in a 1-1 draw in group four with Bret Digby and Adam Grundy scoring to keep the sides in fourth and third respectively.

Report: Kat Davey

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