Cheshire FL Round-Up – 14/3/15

Premier League

A 2-1 win at home against Denton Town meant Knutsford returned to the top of the table and go two points clear of Linotype CHN. Liam Myers and Sean Lynch scored for Knutsford, while David Macdonald scored for Denton.

Linotype CHN were held to a 3-3 draw by Poynton, despite taking a 2-1 lead into the break. Nehru McKenzie, Carl Sutton and Phil Yuille hit home for Linotype who remain unbeaten in league and cup and have four games in hand over Knutsford.

Billinge and Whaley Bridge shared the points in a 2-2 draw which leaves Billinge a point from safety, having played three games more than Rudheath Social who remain in the relegation battle. Whaley took the lead when a mid-timed clearance from the Billinge keeper hit Joe Burgess and trickled across the goal line for 1-0. Billinge responded immediately but the crossbar prevented Darryl McArtneys  header from making it 1-1.

Billinge got their just desserts in the 65thminute when Tom Ashall put in a great cross to Rob Ablewhite, he hit the ball on the volley giving the Whaley keeper no chance and pulling the scores level.

Burgess was in form again and put Whaley Bridge back in front five minutes later with a well taken goal.

With sixteen minutes remaining Ashall put Billinge back on level terms again when he hit home with a great strike from just outside the box.

Callum Whelan and Ben Mellor kept Styal in seventh place as they scored in a 2-1 home win over Garswood United, while Rylands finished 2-0 winners over nine men Pilkington.

Two second half goals from Simon Everall saw Crewe finish 2-0 winners over local rivals Sandbach United. Crewe sit in fourth, a point behind Poynton with three games in hand. 

League One

Middlewich claimed a vital three points after overcoming a stubborn Grappenhall Sports at Stockton Lane. 

Middlewich started brightly with good possession and pressure on the Grappenhall back four but had to be careful out of possession from the threat of the long ball over the top. Matty Jamieson had two early chances after being slipped in behind the full back but spurned both, one looking like a pull back was possibly the better option. He then played a beautiful long range cross from right to left to the oncoming Sam oSullivan, whose header was well saved by Matt Hankey. 

Jamieson gave Middlewich a deserved lead after 24 minutes when Michael Evans played a first time volleyed pass into his path , and he made no mistake blasting the ball across the keeper into the far corner. 

Their lead was short lived as Grappenhall equalised four minutes later when a needless free kick was conceded near the half way. The ball was floated in to the box, a melee ensued and Odi Kouemba was on hand to flick the ball into an empty net for 1-1. 

Middlewich started the second half as they did the first with the Grappenhall keeper having to make a save from a dipping Joe oSullivan effort. The resulting corner was whipped in by Adam Morris to the back post where Carl Wade powered an unstoppable header past Hankey from close range to give Middlewich the lead. 

Middlewich added to their lead on 63 minutes when Smith played a clever one two with Goryl and as he bore down on the keeper, managed to slide and get a sufficient enough touch on the ball to prod it past the on rushing Hankey to make it 3-1

With 20 minutes left on the clock, Grappenhall pulled a goal back to make it 3-2 when the Middlewich defence didnt get close enough to Crawford who was allowed to spin and hit a shot across Evans. 

As Grappenhall chased the equaliser the direct ball forward was a threat but the Middlewich defence held strong to secure all three points.

The other league game saw Tarporley Victoria take another step away from the bottom two as they finished 3-2 winners at home against Golborne Sports. Sam Lloyd scored twice for Tarporley with Mike Parker also finding the net, while Josh Taffe and Kenny Cooper scored for Golborne. The win puts Tarporley four points clear of second bottom Penlake who have a game in hand. 

JA Walton Cup

Congleton Vale finished their group stage with a 2-2 draw at home against Moore United. The home side started brightly and kept the Moore defence on their toes in the opening stages. In the 20th minute Warburton read the danger well and headed the ball out for a Congleton corner. This was played short and fed to Richie Booth who curled a shot from 25 yards out and forced Moore keeper Balmer into a top save to push it around the post.

Congleton took the lead in the 37th minute when Jordan Erdmann took a shot that was blocked by Warburton but it bounced into the ground and spun up and over Balmer for 1-0.

Congleton could have doubled their lead from a Moore kick off at the start of the second half when Gallagher played a short back pass to Balmer that was picked up by the Congleton striker, fortunately for Moore his shot went high and wide to save their blushes.  

With 21 minutes remaining Willetts had chance to bring Moore back into the game after winning the ball deep in the Congleton half but his shot swerved wide of the post.

Six minutes later Richie Booth capitalised on a cross that Balmer was unable to get a hand to and tapped the ball in for 2-0 Congleton.

In the 86th minute the ball was played to Holt on the left of the box, he cushioned it well and headed it over to Norris who lobbed the keeper from 25 yards to make it 2-1.

Moore never gave up and were rewarded for their pressure in the dying stages of the game when Norris played in Joe Holt who took a touch and curled the ball around the keeper for 2-2.

Mid week saw Cheadle Town Reserves play host to Egerton as the sides played out a 1-1 draw. Dean Nolan scored for Cheadle and Mike Evans scored for Egerton with both goals coming in the second half.

In group two Malpas and Lostock remain level on points after drawing 2-2. This puts them five points behind group winners FC Woodford but as Malpas have played all their group games, Lostock will qualify if they can get a point from their fixture against Woodford at the end of the month.

The only game in group four saw Daten share the points with Mersey Valley in a 0-0 draw. Mersey Valley have already qualified for the knock out stages as have second place Middlewich Town.

League Two

Altrincham Reserves took one step closer to promotion as they beat third place FC Woodford 3-2 at home. Altrincham sit firmly in second place, five points ahead of Woodford with two games in hand.


Irlam Reserves moved up to fourth after beating bottom side Cheadle Town Reserves 4-2 away. They sit five points behind Woodford with four games in hand.

Reserve League One

Linotype CHN continue to fly high at the top of the table after beating local rivals Poynton 2-0 thanks to a brace from Jordan Thomson, moving them five points clear of Whaley Bridge, while Greenalls PSO moved up to fourth place after a 4-1 win away in their local derby at Eagle Sports. 

Styal returned to winning form as they beat Garswood United 4-2 away through goals from Troy Hayder, Sean Nolan and Jack Roberts (2).

Billinge sit in tenth after they finished 4-0 winners away at Middlewich Town with Daniel Hauge, Sam Nicholson and Jack Leyland all making the score sheet.

Rylands and Grappenhall Sports shared the points in a 1-1 draw that saw Aaron Williams score for Grappenhall. 

Reserve Division Cup

Group one saw both of the top sides secure a win with Knutsford A beating Gamesley 3-1 away through goals from Mark Evans and Henry Scutt (2). This sees Knutsford retain their two point advantage with one group games left to play.

Whaley Bridge continued their run of form with a 6-0 win at home to Sandbach United. Kieran Shuker (2) Lee Jones, Ben Jackson and Jay Mellor all scored first half goals to give Whaley a vital win. They remain two points behind Knutsford but have a game in hand.

Reserve Division Two

Moore United moved up to seventh place after a 2-1 win at Cuddington that saw Gabor Farnadi and Tom Smith hit home for Moore. 

The only other league game saw Golborne Sports and Malpas share the points in an end to end 0-0 draw.

Report: Kat Davey

Photos: Neil Southern


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