Hyde United v Accrington Stanley
Nelson v Curzon Ashton
Runcorn Linnets v Ashton United
Hyde United v Accrington Stanley
Nelson v Curzon Ashton
Runcorn Linnets v Ashton United
Mottram Cricket Club second team have booked their place in the Hawke Trophy Final after beating Dinting by eight wickets in the penultimate round on Sunday.
Captained by Stephen Scott, the squad will now face Birch Vale and Thornsett in the grand finale on Sunday, August 12, at Woodley CC.
Having overcome three rounds against Woodley, New Mills and Dinting, Stephen is confident his side have what it takes to go one step further and bring the silverware back to Broadbottom Road.
The 23-year-old has, however, warned his players against complacency and expects them to ignore the one division gulf that currently seperates the sides. Speaking to Reporter Sport, Stephen, who works at Russell Scott Primary School in Denton, said: “I think it will be a great game of cricket, although we can’t discount Birch Vale because of their division status as they have reached the final on merit.
“They have beaten at least two Division Four teams on the way, so they are not to be taken lightly. As a team we have to be ready to go from ball one and be really up for it.
“We also have to take the occasion out of it and just see it as another game of cricket. Although I’m sure the Mottram Barmy Army will be there cheering us on all the way.”
Stephen is accustomed to big occasions, having previously represented Mottram in the Under 17s cup final six years ago.
Although his side lost on that occasion, Stephen is hoping to use the experience and lead his side to glory in three weeks’ time. He said: “’I’m absolutely ecstatic, not just for myself but more for the team, who’ve become a really close knit bunch over the last four or five weeks, and we have got a bit of momentum behind us. Obviously I’m hugely proud to be able to captain the team into a final, so for myself it’s a great personal achievement.
“We beat Woodley in the first round by 16 Runs, then New Mills by 60 runs and Dinting by eight wickets. The first two games were really good wins as we didn’t have our best side out, but my personal favourite was the New Mills match, where we were bowled out for 145, which was really below par on that wicket. We then came out to bowl knowing that we couldn’t make any mistakes, and the whole team responded and did themselves and the club proud. We were really ruthless, not taking our foot off the gas and eventually bowled them out for 85.”
Stephen, who has also played for Denton Cricket Club during his time in the sport, said Sunday’s victory over Dinting was the best performance and hailed his players’ resilience. “We bowled tight early on and scoreboard pressure began to set in for Dinting who needed to kick on” he said.
“When they did, wickets fell at regular intervals and we also held on to some exceptionally good catches. We then proceeded to knock off the required runs for only two wickets down. It was a really well controlled chase and a pleasure to captain.”
As well as reaching the Hawke Trophy Final, Mottram are also challenging for the Division Four title, having enjoyed a memorable campaign with six victories and five defeats, which leaves them in second place and 13 points behind leaders Broadbottom.
According to Stephen, success has taken the club by surprise. He said: “I’ll be brutally honest, yes we have exceeded our expectations. I thought we were going to be in a relegation battle, especially given the start to the season we had where we had a few players injured, and some at University. We struggled to get into winning ways and it was starting to look bleak. Now we are finding our feet together as a team and are starting to build winning momentum. As with all second team cricket there are always going to be weekends where we are short, especially with the summer holidays coming up. However, we do have a lot of squad depth so hopefully we can still name strong teams on these weekends.”
One of the club’s shining stars is Lancashire Thunder’s Alice Dyson. She played in the victory against Dinting on Sunday, but has this week started training with Thunder ahead of the Kia Super League, which starts on Thursday, August 10.
Stephen said it’s a pleasure to compete alongside such talented players, but does have eyes on progressing into the first team in the near future. “Every player’s aim is to get into the first team and it is still mine to do that. At the moment I am enjoying the challenge of being second team captain and blooding these young players. It’s always been my aim to open the bowling consistently with my Brother (Mike Scott, 1st Team opening bowler). I had a few goes at it last year due to player availability and it was a great moment for Mike and me. I’m hoping for his sake that the next time we open the bowling again is in the 1st team and not in the seconds owing to him being dropped!”
267 runners took to the streets of Mossley on Sunday for the annual 10k.
In its fifth consecutive year, the event was blessed with beautiful sunny weather and attracted a good mix of club-class competitors, social runners and charity fundraisers, while an army of volunteers also carried out numerous roles before, during and after the event.
Mossley Running club, which won Club of the Year at the 2017 Pride of Tameside Sports Awards, had 76 members take part on Sunday, while the Hyde Village Striders were also out in force with 11 runners, and the Greenfield Greyhounds had six representatives.
However, it was American-born Evan Holland who crossed the finish line first in 34.12, while Michael Mannings, who represents Oldham and Royton Harriers, came second in 35.13, and Royton Road Runner Rob James placed third after finishing in 36.05.
Meanwhile, Hyde Village Striders’ Vicky Wright retained her crown as the female winner after crossing the line in 39.03. She was trailed by Salford Harriers’ Kate Knox and East Cheshire Harriers’ Hayley Simpson, who finished second and third respectively in the female division.
Following the race, social media was inundated with messages of thanks and support. Dominic Edwards said: “Mossley 10k is always a great morning out, and with a few tweaks this year it was made even better.
“Well organised as always, with fantastic support from tons of marshals all around the course.
“The staggered start and moving of the water station to the main road improved what was an already fantastic race.”
Pictures: Matthew Lofthouse (@MLofthousePJ)
Chadderton and Avro have discovered their fixtures for the forthcoming season in the North West Counties First Division North.
Following promotion from the Manchester Premier League last season, Avro will begin their campaign with a home clash against Ashton Town at the Vestacare Stadium on Saturday, August 4, before making the trip to Steeton on Wednesday, August 8.
James Hampson and Lee O’Brien’s side, who also won the Manchester Challenge Trophy last season, will enter the FA Vase at the second qualifying round stage on Saturday, September 15, with a home clash against Barnton.
Avro can also look forward to a tasty home clash against neighbours Chadderton on Boxing Day.
As for Chaddy, David Fish’s side open their account with a home tie against Nelson on Saturday, August 4, before travelling to AFC Liverpool the following Tuesday.
Chadderton will travel to Parkgate for the FA Vase first qualifying round on Saturday, September 1.
Curzon Ashton 0-2 Oldham Athletic
Oldham Athletic secured back-to-back victories during the pre-season campaign with a 2-0 win at Curzon Ashton.
Dan Gardner fired home a free-kick ten minutes into the second-half, before a trialist wrapped things up with five minutes remaining from close range.
The victory gave new manager Frankie Bunn his second win as Latics boss.
In a game of few chances at the Tameside Stadium, Oldham started the better side and came close on a number of occasions. Gevaro Nepomuceno headed wide before Tom Hamer fired just over the cross bar.
Latics began the second-half as they ended the first and took the lead in the 56th minute. After a free-kick was awarded on the edge of the box, the midfielder smashed home into the top right corner.
Minutes later and Oldham had the ball in the back of the net again, though the trialist’s effort was ruled offside.
However, Bunn’s side put the game beyond doubt in the dying embers when substitute Johan Branger-Engone found a trialist in the penalty area, and he slotted into the bottom corner from close range.
England Blind footballer Brandon Coleman has praised Grow the Game and Stalybridge Celtic Foundation following the award of a £3,000 grant from The FA.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots disability football in Stalybridge, has paved the way for Stalybridge Celtic Foundation to create a third adult PAN-disability team to compete in the 2018/19 Cheshire East Ability Counts monthly league.
Brandon said: “I am delighted that Stalybridge Celtic Foundation has been awarded a Grow the Game grant. The club has worked extremely hard with Cheshire FA and the Football Foundation to give more local players living with a disability the opportunity to get involved in the game.”
“Playing disability football from a young age not only provides a number of physical, mental and social benefits, but gives players the best chance to develop skills and achieve their potential. It is fantastic to see this money flowing down to the grassroots of the game and I wish Stalybridge Celtic Foundation the very best of luck for next season!”
Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
This year, £1,500 was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.
Mike Smith, Community Development Officer, Stalybridge Celtic Foundation said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a Grow the Game from the Football Foundation to enhance our Disability Football provision. The funding will go towards creating a new disability football team, to play alongside the Stalybridge Celtic Blues and Whites in the Ability Counts League. We now have thirty five players in the squad, and the introduction of a third team will give everyone more game time and raise participation levels.
“Our thanks go to the Football Foundation and Paul Kelsall and Adam Doyle from the Cheshire FA”.
After weeks where bowlers had suffered, with huge scores being posted throughout the GMCL, maybe the rain on Friday evening affected pitches and redressed the balance to a degree. In the top two divisions, there were nine teams who failed to reach the 100 mark. Most notable were Premier Division leaders Flixton who fell for 61 allowing Woodbank, who beat Denton West, to get within five points and open up the race for the title. Elsewhere locally, there were wins for Denton St Lawrence; Glossop; Flowery Field; Stayley; Micklehurst and Ashton Ladysmith. Droylsden also won in a top-of-the-table game at Westleigh and now lead Division 2A.
Denton West travelled to Woodbank, facing a tough challenge with the second placed team, and also knowing that with 10 games left a win was vital to their hopes of beating the drop. Sadly they failed to rise to the occasion and collapsed to 103ao. This proved no problem for the hosts who romped to an eight wicket win inside 17 overs. The bare facts for West show them 24 points adrift of safety in a Division which has four relegation places, and it is looking increasingly likely that they will be competing in Division 1 next year. It was better for news for town neighbours Denton St Lawrence, who rolled out Greenmount for 90. Scott Kirwin and Gareth Burns, with four wickets apiece, were the key for DSL. They got home inside 19 overs for the loss of three wickets, and now stand fourth in the table, 11 points behind leaders Flixton.
Joining Denton West in the relegation spots are Greenmount; Edgworth and Heywood after Woodhouses picked up a comprehensive win, their third in a row.
Full results: Greenmount 90ao Denton St Lawrence 94-3; Edgworth 49ao Woodhouses 239-7; Heywood 116ao Egerton 57ao; Prestwich 169-9 Flixton 61ao; Roe Green 201-6 Clifton 197-8; Woodbank 104-2 Denton West 103ao
Stayley have picked up form in the last month and made it three wins in their last four games, routing Astley & Tyldesley in a game which only lasted 35 overs in total. The visitors to Oxford Street simply had no answer to the Stayley opening attack of Hamza Nadeem and Ben Downend. Pro Nadeem picked up 5-29, (making it 45 wickets for the season), and Downend weighed in with 3-35. It took Stayley less than 13 overs to reach the target and the winning points lifted them off the bottom of the table. With two teams going down, Stayley will be hopeful of pulling back the small gap of four points which currently separates them from safety. Flowery Field bounced back from a below par display against Royton the previous week with a victory at Stretford. They posted 249-8, the highest total in the Division on Saturday, mainly due to Alex Dolly, (79), and Sean Gibson, (64*). Stretford put a decent fight up but fell for 218, and in doing so found themselves at the bottom of the table. Dolly made it a good all-round day, finishing with 4-58. Denton are in fifth place, and hopes of moving up the table were dashed as they went down to a six wicket defeat at Walshaw. The positives for the Egerton Street outfit in their 208ao were from pro Cloete Buitendag, (83), and Jack Sedgwick, (45). The hosts eased to victory by six wickets.
In the top-of-the-table clash leaders Royton were humbled by Greenfield, who dismissed them for 70, and a nine wicket win saw the Lad Hill Lane team move to the top.
Full results. Heyside 221-6 Bury 220-9; Whalley Range 158-3 Brooksbottom 157ao; Stayley 77-3 Astley & Tyldesley 76ao; Royton 70ao Greenfield 77-1; Streford 218ao Flowery Field 249-8; Walshaw 210-4 Denton 208ao
It was a really low scoring game at Dukinfield who ended up on the wrong end as visitors Glossop defended 110. Charlie Dowling, (5-12), was outstanding with the ball for Dukinfield, and it was only pro Lahiru Udara, (34), who managed to get the Glossop total over the 100 mark. In reply Dukinfield got to 78-1, (Michael Jones, with 52, leading the way), and a Dukinfield victory looked assured, with only another 33 required and nine wickets remaining. Rob Adderley made the breakthrough getting rid of Jones, pro Yohan de Silva and Dowling as only six runs were added. Will Hargreaves then took over and it was an inspired spell of 4-20 which saw Dukinfield fall for 97 – a real turn round with the last nine wickets falling for 19. Dukinfield lie fifth with Glossop a place below them, but with only eight games left a gap of 18 points to the promotion places will require an outstanding run if either are to feature in the end of season honours.
Full results. Dukinfield 97ao Glossop 110ao; Swinton Moorside 242-8 Moorside 259-9; Stand 195ao Thornham 150ao; Winton 63ao Saddleworth 67-2; Unsworth 158-5 Monton 157ao
Droylsden went top with a great win at Westleigh. It was Mehmood ul-Hassan who once again led the way. After his outstanding seven wicket performance the previous week he followed it with 5-36 as Westleigh were contained to 135. With 40 wickets at an average of 13 so far this year he has been integral to the Oakfield team’s march to the top. Droylsden strolled to victory with an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 109 between Matt Halliday, (76*) and Mike Schofield, (41*). Micklehurst took the field for the first time in 3 weeks, and enjoyed a good win at Clifton 2nd XI. On a day when runs generally were not as plentiful as in previous weeks they impressed with the bat, totalling 269, thanks to half centuries from Lewis Daniel and Daniel Clayton. In the Clifton reply four wickets each for Michael Blomeley and Tom White proved the key, as Micklehurst won by 82 runs, lifting themselves out of the relegation places. With 2 games in hand on the teams around them, they will be looking to make further advances in the next few weeks.
Full results: Littleborough Lakeside 77ao Shaw 79-2; Glossop 2nd XI 295-5 Werneth 243ao; Westleigh 135ao Droylsden 138-2; Elton 202ao East Lancs PM 166ao; Clifton 2nd XI 177ao Micklehurst 269ao; Elton Vale 35ao Prestwich 2nd XI 37-2
Things are looking gloomy at Reyner Lane. Visiting Wythenshawe got 190-8, and Ashton, having totalled over 200 in each of the last two games, would have been hopeful of reaching this and putting a first win on the board since May. Sadly, the writing was on the wall in the first four overs as they fell to 13-3, and thereafter it was a procession as they managed a paltry 66. With wins for those just above them in the table the gap has widened and relegation is now more than a possibility. Leaders Uppermill, and second placed Austerlands both won leaving them favourites for promotion, as defeats for both Hollinwood and Oldham widened the gap.
Full results. Uppermill 107-3 Edenfield 106ao; Austerlands 99-2 Whalley Range 2nd XI 95ao; Oldham 184-9 Friarmere 189ao; Bolton Deane & Derby 192ao Radcliffe 145ao; Ashton 66ao Wythenshawe 190-8; Hollinwood 164ao SW Manchester 212ao
Division 4 East
Paul Reynolds had been the hero for Ashton Ladysmith the previous week and he proved his value to the Rose Hill Road team again. His 5-53 enabled Ladysmith to dismiss visitors Heyside 2nd XI for 115, and he then followed it with 61* in an unbeaten opening partnership of 117 with Mark Collings, (45*), as Ladysmith romped home with a 10 wicket win and in doing so moved up to 4th place.
Full results: Moorside 2nd XI 127ao Heywood 2nd XI 149ao; Woodhouses 2nd XI 252-7 Newton Heath 177so; Ashton Ladysmith 117-0 Heyside 2nd XI 115ao; Denton 2nd XI 118ao Hollinwood 2nd XI 121-3; Saddleworth 2nd XI 181ao Ashton 2nd XI 295-3; Failsworth Macedonia 141-1 Royton 2nd XI 139ao
Full results: United Stars (conceded) Friends Sporting (win); Worsley (conceded) Staley 2nd XI (win); Thornham 264-9 Tottington St Johns 202ao
Full results; springhead 42ao Austerlands 2nd XI 252-9; Brooksbottom 2nd XI 120-3 Bolton Indians 116ao; Droylsden 2nd XI 137ao Hindley St Peters 2nd XI 142-6
Full results: East Lancs PM 2nd XI 131ao Uppermill 2nd XI 122ao; Milnrow 3rd XI 203-7 Edenfield 2nd XI 62ao
By Martin Frost
Ashton United 1-5 Macclesfield Town
Ashton’s second friendly of the season saw them take on last season’s National league champions in the shape of Macclesfield Town.
The visitors were first to show as a cross picked out the giant figure of Harry Smith who headed wide but shortly afterwards Tyrone Marsh’s pass split the defence putting Smith clear and he squeezed his effort home despite the efforts of an Ashton defender on the line.
With 20 minutes gone Sam Sheridan gave Josh Ollerenshaw a difficult back pass to deal with and Danny Whittaker charged down the keeper’s attempted clearance to register the second.
Jamie Grimes then just failed to connect with Michael Rose’s free kick but ten minutes later Scott Sephton fouled Whittaker just outside the D and Rose curled a low effort into the corner.
Six minutes before the break and Smith glanced home Ben Stephens‘ cross to make it 4-0.
Into the second period and after Town had replaced all 10 of their outfield players two of the trialists combined to provide the fifth goal after a mistake in the home defence.
The Robins pulled one back as Nic Evangelinos’ shot took a slight deflection after good work by one of Ashton’s trialists and the same player then volleyed wide after showing good control.
Ashton Utd: Ollerenshaw, Stachini, Lees, Sheridan, Sephton, Evangelinos, Tomsett. Subs: Dale, Woodford. (all other players trialists).
By David Robinson
Young hooker Jonah Cunningham, the dual-reg player from Leigh who scored a hat-trick of tries on his Oldham debut against West Wales Raiders, is again in Scott Naylor’s 19 for tonight’s (Fri) game at Keighley Cougars. (8pm kick-off).
There are two changes in the 19 from the West Wales game, Phil Joy and Steve Nield replacing dual-reg prop Jordan Dezaria, who picked up a shoulder injury, and Matt Reid.
Reid didn’t play against West Wales because of a sore groin but he was in the original 19.
Oldham (from): Bent, Bridge, Briscoe, Crook, Cunningham, Davies, Hewitt, Holmes, Hooley, Joy, Jones, Kershaw, McComb, Nelmes, Nield, Owen, Rasool, Spencer, West.
Roughyeds currently lie third in Betfred League 1 with 22 points from 16 games.
Workington and Hunslet have the same number of points, but Naylor’s men have a hugely superior for-and-against record compared with both of their nearest play-off rivals.
Oldham, in fact, can boast the second-best defensive record in the whole division; the fourth-best attacking record; and the third-best for-and-against difference.
Interestingly, one of the three teams which has scored more points than Roughyeds is Keighley — 600 against 598.
Where Oldham’s stats score heavily on Keighley’s is on points conceded — Oldham 188, Keighley 393.
Other League 1 games this weekend: London Skolars v York City Knights; Coventry Bears v Hemel Stags; Doncaster v West Wales Raiders; Hunslet v Bradford Bulls; Newcastle Thunder v North Wales Crusaders; Workington Town v Whitehaven.
By Roger Halstead
The Evo-Stik League fixtures for the 2018/19 season have been released.
Following a league restructure, three of our local sides will now be competing in the Evo-Stik West. These are Mossley, Glossop North End and Droylsden.
Our two other sides, Stalybridge Celtic and Hyde United, will be competing in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Following promotion last season, Hyde begin life in step seven with a home clash against Basford United on Saturday, August 18, before making their first trip of the season the following Tuesday (21st) to Witton Albion.
Darren Kelly’s side, who made national headlines last season after reaching the FA Cup first round against MK Dons, which was broadcast live on BBC Two, will start their cup campaign with home tie against Sheffield FC on Saturday, August 25.
The Tigers will renew a fierce rivalry with Stalybridge Celtic on Boxing Day at Bower Fold, before competing in the reverse fixture on Monday, April 22.
Celtic, who will be managed by former Wigan Athletic striker Simon Haworth, open their campaign with two home games in quick succession. The Bower Fold outfit face Mickleover Sports on the opening day, before hosting Marine the following Tuesday.
The first trip of the season arrives the following Saturday (25th) with a short journey to Warrington Town, while longer trips to Whitby Town and Workington arrive on Tuesday, September 11, and New Year’s Day respectively.
In the Evo-Stik West, Droylsden kick off the season with a home tie against recently promoted Runcorn Linnets, before hosting near neighbours Mossley on Tuesday, August 27. The reverse fixture will take place on New Year’s Day.
The Lilywhites, who will be managed by Dave Wild and Terry Hincks, begin their campaign with a trip to Chasetown, before hosting Widnes at Seel Park the following Tuesday.
Glossop will be competing in step eight for a fourth consecutive season and begin the campaign with a home clash against Atherton Collieries. The Hillmen will host Mossley on Boxing Day and make the journey to Colne on New Year’s Day.
All three clubs begin their FA Cup campaign in the Preliminary Round, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 25.
Droylsden host the winner of West Didsbury & Chorlton and Squires Gate; Glossop make the journey to either City of Liverpool or Silsden; and Mossley travel to recently created Ossett United – an amalgamation of Ossett Albion and Ossett Town.
The winner of each tie will receive a prize fund of £2,890, while the losers also profit with £960.