Cheshire FL Round Up 7/3/15






  

Premier Division


Knutsford remain in second place but move level on points with leaders Linotype CHN after a 4-1 win at home against Gamesley. Matt Torbitt, Dave Owens, Lee Morris and Liam Myers all hit the net for the home team as they keep up the pressure on Linotype who have four games in hand.


 


Whaley Bridge strengthened their position in sixth place as they beat fifth place Garswood United 2-0 away through an own goal and a strike from Ray Dwolitka.


 


Styal moved up to eighth as they celebrated a 2-1 win at Denton Town as Callum Whelan and Joe Knight hit home, while Billinge and Pilkington shared the points in their local derby. Pilkington opened the scoring in the 25thminute when a well taken free kick was met by Bennett who rose above the Billinge defence to head home. Billinge almost replied from the re-start with a quick move down the right but Rob Ablewhites effort went just over the bar with the keeper well beaten. Five minutes later Declan Gregson came in from the left and saw his effort superbly saved by Cavanagh in the Pilkington goal.


 


In the second half Billinge applied more pressure to get back on level terms, but the well organised Pilkington defence were keeping them out. On the hour mark Billinge were unlucky again after some good work by Jamie Anderton saw his effort sneak past the Pilkington keeper but the goal was disallowed. Billinge then increased the pressure and were rewarded with 20 minutes remaining when Ablewhite beat the offside trap to level the score with a well taken goal.


Greenalls PSO and Rylands shared the points in a 2-2 draw in their derby, despite Greenalls taking the lead twice in the game. Ben Slater put Greenalls in front from the penalty spot and they were unlucky not to double their lead when Craig Hoyland crashed a free kick against the bar before forcing Andy Moor into a great save when one on one.


Rylands took the lead after half time when Joel Brownhill hit home after Craig Clare had saved his initial shot. A clever move between Chris Rogers and Hoyland saw an impressive cross find the feet of Matt Burgess who smashed the ball home on his first team debut. Late on in the game Rylands earned themselves a well-deserved point as Dave Berry picked out James Daniels who sent a low header past Clare and into the net for 2-2.


 


League One


The only league game saw Grappenhall Sports play host to Warrington Town Reserves as the sides met for the second time in three weeks. Warrington on this occasion finished 3-1 winners which moved them up to seventh spot.


 


 


JA Walton Cup


 


A single goal from Joel Swift was enough for Altrincham Reserves to beat Penlake 1-0 and return to the top of group one. They sit a point ahead of Congleton Vale and both teams have one group game remaining but both teams have already qualified for the knock out stages.


 


FC Woodford moved six points clear of the three teams below them as they beat Malpas 2-1 at home. Woodford took the lead in the 51st minute through a Lee Malkin strike and Johnny Cavanagh doubled their lead with 15 minutes remaining. Malpas pulled a goals back late on when Alex Hughes drilled the ball forward to Joe Sumner who finished in superb fashion for 2-1. The win means that Woodford also qualify for the knock out stage while Malpas and Lostock Gralam will battle it out for the second spot.


 


Maine Road Reserves finish their group in fourth place after a 1-0 win at home against Witton Albion Reserves. The goal came from Birthday boy Tommy Johnson as he met a Rick Williams curling cross on the volley, at the edge of the box and volleyed it into the net with force to give Maine Road the victory.


 


Mersey Valley secured top spot in their group as they finished 2-1 winners at home against Daten meaning the only two teams able to qualify with them are Middlewich Town and Irlam Reserves and Middlewich are in pole position with an extra game in hand over Irlam.


 


League Two


 


Moore United climbed further away from the bottom two after beating Irlam Reserves 2-1 at home. The home side took the lead after 20 minutes when they played the ball out from the back to Ellis on the left. He picked out Joe Holts run with a neat ball over the top, Holt beat his man, took a touch to get the ball on his right foot and tucked it away at the keepers near post for 1-0. Moore were unlucky not to double their lead on the half hour mark when Willetts headed wide from 6 yards with.


 


They made up for that with eight minutes remaining of the first half when a screamer from Joe Holt struck from outside the box, hit the post and went in after good build up play from Willetts. 


Irlam grabbed a late consolation in the 87th minute to see the game finish 2-1.


 


 


Reserve League One


 


Linotype CHN extended their lead at the top to two points with two games in hand after beating second place Whaley Bridge 2-0 through goals from Tom Cleary and Jack Taylor.


 


Greenalls PSO moved up to fourth spot after beating local rivals 4-1 at home. Paul Benns, Mike Forest, Jon Leatherbarrow and Paul Molloy all hit home in a successful day for the greens.


 


Eagle Sports sit in sixth place after a comfortable 4-0 win away at Styal. Adam Deakin caught the Styal defence off guard as he gave them the lead in the 2nd minute when he hit the ball on the volley for 1-0. Eagle doubled their lead mid-way through the first half as a deflected shot saw the ball trickle across the line off a Styal defender.


 


There was a long stoppage in the first half when the Eagle goalkeeper Dave Sirrett bravely went down low to stop a shot but was caught by a trailing boot and left the ground in an ambulance due to a head wound likely to require stitches.


 


Eagle started the second half in much the same way and Tommo Lees calmly struck to make it 3-0 before Deakin added the fourth with twelve minutes remaining. 


 


Gamesley leap-frogged their opponents Billinge into 10th spot after beating them 3-2 at home thanks to a Liam Redmond hat trick. The goals for Billinge came from Jonathon Redmond and Graham Simpson.


 


Daten also switched places with their opponents as they finished 2-1 winners over Grappenhall Sports thanks to goals from Derrick Okonji and Jordan Wood.


 


Reserve Division Cup


 


Poynton moved up to fourth in their group as they beat Middlewich Town 4-2 away.


 


In group two Garswood United moved up to third after beating Moore United 1-0 away as second place in the knock out stages is still up for grabs.


 


Reserve League Two


 


Sandbach United sit in fifth place after beating Cuddington 5-3. Jake Pearson and Will Saxon both hit home while Ant Broadhurst bagged a hat trick.


 


Knutsford A remain in the title race after beating league leaders Pilkington 3-0 away. That leaves them three points behind their opponents with four games in hand.


 


Denton Town sit a point behind Pilkington having played a game more after they beat Malpas 2-1 away through goals from Jordan McCann and a header from Christian Gordon.


 


A hat trick from Carlton Jones helped Wythenshawe Town to a 3-2 win away at Golborne Sports. Josh Taffe and Ryan Imison scored for Golborne.


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