Cheshire FL Round Up – 4/4/15


Premier Division


Knutsford continued their run of form as they thrashed Pilkington 10-0 at home to go four points clear at the top of the table. Liam Myers proved to be unstoppable on the day as he scored six times to bring his league tally to 29. Tom Rutter also bagged a hat trick while Jonny Scott made the score sheet as well. Knutsford sit four points clear of Linotype CHN but their title contenders now have five games in hand.


League One


Congleton Vale remain five points clear at the top of the table as two goals in six minutes from Dec Fletcher and Dan Buehler gave them a 2-0 lead after half an hour against Maine Road Reserves.  Congleton now need two wins from their remaining three fixtures to secure the title.


Malpas however remain hot on their tails after beating Warrington Town Reserves 7-2 away. Lee Parry opened the scoring after 15 minutes for Malpas which was followed up 5 minutes later when Andy Morris finished from close range to put the away side 2-0 up at the break.


Malpas started the second half in the same manner and delivered some great play, putting pressure on the home defence. Andy Morris and Lee Parry scored another two each before Chris Robaszek got in on the act to add the seventh. Warrington refused to give up and scored two late goals to restore some pride.


Tarporley Victoria climbed up to ninth in the table as Danny Ball bagged a brace. Tom Kershaw and Alastair Taylor also hit home in a 4-3 win away at Egerton which puts them seven points ahead of the bottom two.


Lostock Gralam secured three massive points as they leap-frogged their opponents Penlake to climb off the bottom of the table on goal difference.  Goals from Martin Bell (2) Callum Priestly (2) James Dean and Graham Smalley helped Lostock to a 6-3 win away at Penlake, while the home team goals were scored by Jake Davies, Josh Wishart and Steven Scahill. Both sides now sit on 15 points, seven from safety but with Penlake having two games in hand over Lostock.


JA Walton Challenge Cup

Wythenshawe Town maintained their 100% record in league and cup this season as they stormed to a 9-0 win over Grappenhall Sports. Jason Walley scored a hat trick, while Ben Brooks and Phil Clorley both bagged a brace. Jonathan Rand and Ash Woodhead also hit home to finish Wythenshawes group stage on a high.


Midweek saw Cuddington and Middlewich Town share the points in a 3-3 draw which meant that Middlewich qualify for the knock out stages of the cup as runners up. Chris Bettley, Joe Clarke and Rob Simpson scored for Cuddington while Steve Rowlands (2) and James Smith scored for Middlewich.


League Two


Mersey Valley remain in fourth place after a convincing 7-1 win at home against Cuddington. While FC Woodford closed the gap with second place Altrincham Reserves to five points after beating Moore United 2-1 away. 


Woodford had the first chance of the game when a cross came in from the right, Greg Mather turned his defender but his shot went straight to the Moore goalkeeper Balmer to collect.


Matty Arnold could have given Moore the lead three minutes later but his header went agonisingly wide when Connor whipped a free kick into the box that found him unmarked.

Moore were on a roll and John Darbyshire hit an overhead scissor kick but watched his effort glide just over the bar. At the other end Woodford were forcing Balmer into quick fire saves as the pace of the game began to build.

In the 46th minute Woodford took the lead after being awarded a free kick just outside the box. Jack Bannister hit his shot over the wall and into the left corner to make it 1-1, but eight minutes later and Moore were back on level terms when Danny Dunne did well to beat his marker and slot the ball into the left corner after being released by Darbyshire.

Bannister put Woodford back in front with twelve minutes remaining when he was fed well by Mather and struck the ball well to secure all three points for the away side.


Reserve League One


Whaley Bridge returned to the top of the table and moved a point ahead of Linotype CHN after beating Garswood United 4-1 at home, with Linotype having three games in hand.


Reserve League Cup


Malpas through a spanner in the works for Greenalls PSO as a goal from Bret Digby saw Malpas finish 1-0 winners. Greenalls must now beat group leaders Linotype CHN next week to go through as group winners but both sides have already qualified for the knock out stages.


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