Cup Competitions - Round Up

By Simon Harrison

We’re now a full month into the restart as we see the end of April fixtures.

Plenty of football has been played with plenty more to come with the finals scheduled in the middle of June.

Gilgryst Cup
Chadderton Reserves currently lead the way Group A with a three-point cushion to their advantage. Their game against Dukinfield Town at the weekend was abandoned just after half time but remain top of the pile.

Third place Royton Town hosted Hindsford at Oldham Academy where the two sides played to a 2-2 draw. Ethan Sutcliffe and Jack Worrall scored for Town and Brad Brown and Jack Toone both netted for Hindsford. As well as the four goals, there was further drama as both teams finished a man light.

Stockport Georgians top Group B with a 100% record from their three games so far. Saturday saw them win 2-0 against Bolton County at Cromley Road to inflict their opponents’ second defeat from their first two outings.

Walshaw Sports move up to second place with a much-needed 3-1 win away to Manchester Gregorians. Kris Balesi, Dylan McMahon and Josef Taylor all scored for Sports at Belle Vue with Sam Boylan scoring Gregs’ consolation.

Just a point separates the two top teams in Group C after they met on Saturday afternoon. Heyside are the current leaders but couldn’t extend their lead after they were held to an entertaining 4-4 draw by Rochdale Sacred Heart. Matthew Dixon’s brace was added to by James Horan and Gareth Hill but wasn’t to be enough as Sacred Heart fought for a point to remain in second spot.

Hot on their tales are Heywood St James who picked up their first win of the campaign to move up to third. They sit just two points off top spot thanks to their 4-3 win on the road against Pennington. Elliot Collinson scored twice with David McNally and Charles Ogunsola also scoring at Jubilee Park but Nathan Randall must be feeling unlucky being on the losing side despite his hat-trick for the hosts.

Murray Trophy
Uppermill have a three-point lead at the top of Group A thanks to their narrow 1-0 win at home to Altrincham Hale on Saturday. Dylan Fitzgerald scored the only goal of the game to give his side the win at Churchill Playing Fields.

Astley & Tyldesley got off the mark at the third attempt when they travelled to Breightmet United who were also in search of their first points. James Arthur, Luke Davies, Myles Vaga and Jamie Hanlon all scored in the 4-3 win which moves them level with third place.

Bolton Lads & Girls picked up an impressive 3-1 win over Avro Reserves which keeps them top of Group B, keeping their unbeaten start intact.

Also without a defeat this campaign are AFC Monton who won 4-2 at Atherton Town on Saturday and sit in second place as a result. Two goals apiece from Chris Baguley and Connor Martin secured the win for the visitors while Adam Griffths and Ben Rodgers’ goals for Town proved to be consolations.

Tintwistle Athletic got their first win of the campaign on Saturday when they saw off Hindley Juniors with ease. Joe Elliott’s hat-trick was the catalyst for his side’s 6-0 win with Adam Cooper, Jonny Higgins and Harry Newton getting the other goals.
In Group D, East Manchester remain the only team to be unbeaten but also boast a 100% start to the campaign following their 1-0 win at Govan Athletic. A first half penalty proved to be the difference and puts East three points clear with a game in hand.

Open Trophy
Dukinfield Town Reserves made it three wins from three after they saw off Old Alts Reserves on Saturday afternoon in Group A.

Springhead Reserves move up to third place with a 4-1 win over Atherton Town A and are just three points off the leaders. Jack Beasley, Martin Collins, Sam Garratt and Carlos Camala all scored at St Johns Street while Luke West netted for Town.

In Group B, Wilmslow Albion Reserves enjoyed their afternoon when they welcomed Leigh Genesis A to Oakwood Farm. Matthew Gardner (2) and Lewis Bostock both scored for Albion in their 3-1 win with Neil Sumner getting Leigh’s reply.

Beechfield United A moved up to second place but remain six points off top spot following their 6-1 against Bolton County Reserves. Daniel Grundy scored County’s only goal in the defeat which leaves them in third.

Altrincham Hale Reserves moved to within a point of Group C leaders following their 4-1 win at home to Atherton Town Reserves. Michael Hoskinson (2), Sam Acton and Chris Booth all scored for the hosts as Danny Kerr claimed Town’s consolation.

The biggest win in the group goes to Bolton Lads & Girls Reserves who were 7-1 winners at home to Heyside Reserves. Ellis Richardson’s hat-trick was added to by Chris Tyldesley, Alex Buchannan, Jake Beeton and James Moscrop in the big victory. Niall Webb scored a mere consolation for Heyside who remain bottom of the group.

Uppermill Reserves notched their third win of the campaign and sit top of Group D as they saw off Dukinfield Town Development. Kieran Hilton was the hero as his hat-trick earned his side a 3-1 win to keep their perfect start intact.

Free-scoring Elton Vale Reserves continued their form in front of goal as they dispatched Astley & Tyldesley Reserves 6-1 to claim all three points. Wes Brown led the line well with a hat-trick and was joined on the score sheet by Martyn Howley, Mark Severs and Jamie Treanor. Jason Sherwin scored the only goal for the hosts.

In Group E, despite the big scoreline of 13-1, Stockport Georgians Reserves’ victory over Uppermill A could only put them into second place. They are three points off the top whilst Uppermill remain without a point in fifth.

Dukinfield Town A are in third but level points with Georgians after their 7-3 win at Pennington A. Mason Heywood led by example with a hat-trick and Cameron Pell scored twice along with Robin Cain and Daniel Miller goals. Adacir Menezes, Jamie Spencer and Caylon Wade all scored for the hosts but in vain.

In the only game of Group F, AFC Monton Reserves got back to winning ways as they welcomed Pennington Reserves to New Alder Park. Ruben Rose and Jack Regan both scored in the 2-0 win for the hosts that puts them three points off the leaders.

Where next?

Cup Competitions - Round Up Here is a brief round up of the results from the bank holiday weekend.

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