The Cheshire Football League Chairman was also on the NonLeague Show this weekend. You can hear Rob Goodwin-Davey Here from 40 minutes onwards.
The beginning of April brings with it the reintroduction of night fixtures as the teams compete in the busiest part of the season. Linotype CHN returned to the top of the table as they won both of their games. Firstly beating local rivals Denton Town 4-1 at home as Kayle Power scored a brace and Nehru McKenzie and Kingsley Grandison also hit home.
Saturday saw them finish 1-0 winners away at Styal as a Phil Yuille goal saw them extend their unbeaten run to twenty three games. Linotype now sit two points clear of Knutsford with four games in hand over their closest rivals.
At the other end of the table, Denton Town bounced back from their midweek disappointment to beat Eagle Sports 1-0. The win leaves them five points from safety but with two games in hand over Pilkington who sit just above the drop zone.
Billinge started their week with a 2-2 draw at home against Rudheath Social. The game started with both sides quite evenly matched but Rudheath took the lead when Paul Allcock headed home from a flicked on corner. Declan Gregson pulled Billinge back on level terms five minutes later when he finished from a tight angle.
Terry Keenan turned things around for the home team when he put Billinge ahead in the 72nd minute but Rudheath battled hard and rescued a point late in the game when Ryan Jackson hit a low drive into the bottom corner of the net for 2-2.
Saturday saw Gamesley beat Billinge 3-2 away to move up to tenth in the table. Gamesley adapted well to the windy conditions and a poor clearance from Billinge fell to Jordan McGrath who finished well in the 15th minute. Gamesley continued to press and were rewarded on the hour when Mike Dewhurst headed home their second of the game. Two minutes later Billinge were back in the game when Adam Clare hit home from outside the box. Gamesley made it 3-1 in the 80th minute when Thomas Burns hit a free kick from 30 yards that flew into the net giving the Billinge keeper no chance. Rob Ablewhite pulled one back for the home side in the 90th minute after being fouled in the box, he made no mistake from the penalty spot. The result leaves Billinge a point from safety having played a game more than Pilkington who suffered a 3-1 defeat away at Poynton.
A Joe Burgess goal earned Whaley Bridge a point in their 1-1 draw at home against Garswood United, while Greenalls PSO took a big step away from the drop zone after beating title challengers Knutsford 2-0 at home through goals from Paul Molloy and Ben McWilliams.
Rylands returned to winning form and retained 8th spot as they beat Crewe 2-0 at home. Crewe had the better of the early exchanges and Southern shot wide of the Rylands goal with their first effort after five minutes.
Rylands first strike on goal came three minutes later when Greg Freemans drive was easily saved by the Crewe goalkeeper. After Tickle had headed over the Rylands goal, Freeman scored for the home side at the other end, after sixteen minutes when his speculative effort evaded the Crewe keeper.
Moments later the Crewe keeper made amends with a good save from Joel Brownhill then James Daniels headed wide as Rylands enjoyed their best spell of the game.
The second half saw Crewe enjoy good spells of possession but Rylands were always looking dangerous on the counter attack.
Everall shot wide when well placed inside the penalty area on the hour and Andy Moor in the Rylands goal saved smartly at the near post from the same player moments later. At the other end Berry just failed to connect with Ben Brownhills cross before adding the second goal after 67 minutes when he finished well from Joel Brownhills pass.
A speculative shot from Everall produced a save from Moor whilst Joel Brownhill forced a good save at the other end from the Crewe keeper as the game continued in this pattern but Rylands held on for the win.
JA Walton Challenge Cup
Altrincham Reserves qualified as winners of group one after beating Moore United 2-1 at home in a closely contested game. Joel Swift gave Altrincham the lead from the penalty spot in the 39th minute but within a minute of the restart Moore were back on level terms when Johnny Rudge slid in a perfectly weighted cross to Joe Holt who hit it first tight from a tight angle, sending the ball into the roof of the net and giving the Altrincham keeper no time to react.
With twenty minutes left on the clock Altrincham took the lead again when Ryan Barry sent a free kick sailing over the head of Moore keeper Joe Howard to secure the win for the home side. Altrincham finished top of their group and go through to the knock out stages of the competition with Congleton Vale.
Grappenhall Sports also qualified for the knock out stages of the cup after beating West Didsbury & Chorlton 6-1 in their last group stage game. Ben Howard, Koubemba and Jordan Rigby added to Dan Sissons hat trick to ensure that Grappenhall progress to the next round on goal difference.
Following last nights draw the quarter final will see Altrincham Reserves play Middlewich Town, FC Woodford v Grappenhall Sports, Wythenshawe Town v Congleton Vale and Mersey Valley v Lostock Gralam.
Cuddington and Egerton were evenly matched in the game as they finished at 2-2 after extra time with Cuddington qualifying for the quarter finals as they won 5-4 on penalties.
Malpas also progressed to the quarter finals as they finished 2-0 winners away at Golborne Sports. Golborne started well and took the game to Malpas but the conditions were tough as both players fought against a strong wind. Malpas made a few half chances as they defended the conditions, at the other end Connor Tinsley changed direction to push a low drive wide and prevent Golborne taking the lead.
The breakthrough came on 52 minutes when good work saw the ball come across the box with Andy Morris getting control and firing home for Malpas. Golborne continued to work hard and looked for a way back into the game but the Malpas defence stood strong.
Malpas secured the points in the 80thminute when a pin point ball from keeper Tinsley found Steve Watkins who headed across for Andy Morris to get his second of the game with a quality finish.
Penlake came from behind to beat Cheadle Town 2-1 through goals from Alex Griesdale and Will Wilson, while Tarporley Victoria finished 3-0 winners at home against Moore United. Sam Lloyd, Jamie Ball and Al Moore all made the team sheet.
Wythenshawe Town secured promotion to league one for next season after beating Mersey Valley 5-0 on Monday. A Ben Brookes hat trick was added to by goals from Remmi Williams and Alex Elliott to ensure Wythenshawe maintained their 100% record.
Altrincham Reserves took one step closer to promotion as goals from Dino Jones, Louis Potter and Joel Swift helped them to a 3-1 win at home against Witton Albion Reserves. Spencer Cunliffe scored for Witton.
Cheadle Town Reserves got their second league win of the season by beating Witton Albion Reserves 4-3 in an end to end game on Saturday, while FC Woodford continued their run of form with a 1-0 win over Cuddington.
Reserve League One
Eagle Sports started the week brightly with a 2-0 win over title contenders Whaley Bridge with Ben Stratulis scoring both but Thursday saw Eagle suffer a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Billinge. Atkins broke the deadlock on the half hour mark when he set up Owen Ellis to put Eagle ahead. Chris Sheenan put Billinge on level terms in the 68thminute and Jack Leyland turned the tables from the restart when he lobbed the Eagle keeper to make it 2-1.
There were goals galore as Styal played host to Grappenhall Sports and the sides played out a 4-4 draw. Lee Allen, Troy Hayder, Dave Swindells and Jordan Ecclestone scored for Styal while Matt Ball (2) Jay Norman and Adam Ashcroft hit home for Grappenhall.
Saturday saw Styal beat Daten 2-0 with Ecclestone and Hayder getting on the score sheet again leaving Styal in fifth place, while Gamesley shared the points with Poynton in a 2-2 draw that saw Steven Bates and Cannan Thomas score for Gamesley.
Paul Benns, Neil Sutch and Lee Vaughan scored in Greenalls PSOs 3-1 win at Garswood United, while league leaders Linotype CHN sit two points clear of Whaley Bridge with three games in hand after beating Daten 5-1. Ben Reeves and Mike Wild both scored twice with Jordan Thompson also making the score sheet.
Reserve Division Cup
Group One was decided this week and Whaley Bridge progress to the knock out stages as group winners after beating Poynton 6-1 and following it up with a 4-2 win at Middlewich Town. The six points meant that Whaley finished a point clear of Knutsford A who will also progress to the next round.
In group two, West Didsbury and Chorlton A beat Grappenhall Sports 4-0 through goals from Landan Clarke, Neil Cusick, James Tootle and Steve Madden.
Saturday saw Denton Town finish 4-1 winners over West Didsbury & Chorlton A which moved them to the top of the group and guarantees qualification to the knock out stages. Pilkington need a point in their game against Styal to go through, a win would see them qualify as group winners. If Styal win then Eagle will go through.
Joshua Burridge scored for Cuddington in their 1-1 draw at home against Garswood United in group three as we wait to see who goes through with Wythenshawe Town.
Linotype CHN will go through as group winners after drawing 1-1 with Greenalls PSO in their last group four game. Daniel Hugo beat the offside trap in the 27th minute to give Linotype the lead but a headed goal from Paul Dobson in the 63rd earned Greenalls a point as both sides progress to the knock out stages.
Reserve League Two
Sandbach United closed the gap at the top to four points after three consecutive wins this week. They finished 5-3 winners over Pilkington on Monday where James Bettley, Jordan Edwards, Will Saxon, Jack Smith and Ryan Simmons all hit home for Sandbach while Peter Wilson, Matt Taylor and Andy Mines scored for Pilkington.
On Thursday they recorded an 8-2 win away at Cuddington that saw Jack Smith, Will Saxon and Jordan Edwards all score twice with Anthony Broadhurst and Ryan Simmons also hitting home.
This was followed up with a 3-2 win away at Wythenshawe Town where Saxon hit home again, along with Jack Townsend and Nathan Cliffe.
Knutsford A kept their title hopes alive as they record two successive victories this week. Thursday saw Jonny Scott and Mark Evans score in a 2-1 win over Wythenshawe Town, before going on to beat Denton Town 5-0 on Saturday.