News and results for Saturday 16th March.

Lions beat springhead reds.
It was by far the worst conditions the lions have played in. If it was up to me it would of been off. We started well keeping the ball and passing it around with ease. We created a good few chances but wasted them but in the conditions this was understandable. They then broke and scored against the run of play. Defenders caught napping and Sam in net asleep bad goal to concede unfortunately. The boys then got going again and we hit back straight away. Big throw from fin to dj who flicked it on with his head to Daniel who smashed it home from the edge of the box into the corner. Great goal and more than  deserved equaliser. We had a few more chances but couldn’t find the net so all square at half time. No team talk as the weather was getting worse. Just sent the boys out with more of the same please. Straight from the off we were pressing them high up. Their keeper making save after save and also bad finishing again. Then we got in front with a great team goal, pass after pass one touch football with Daniel on hand edge of the box to place it in the far corner. Their heads went and the boys went for the kill. Smashing in another 3 dj with 2 and Matthew with the other. Sam made two great saves in the last 5 minutes. Motm Owen. Strong at the back and splitting their team constantly with his great passing through to the boys up top.
Great second half display from all the boys today in shocking conditions and looking like drowned rats walking off at the end.
Kestrels beat Woodley Blues
The conditions were as bad as it gets.
The boys battled through torrential freezing rain to give a brilliant performance against a very good Woodley team.
A well worked short corner between Joe B and Dan led to the opener from Ali, a header at the far post. Dan then extended the lead, a rebound from a long range effort.
Woodley got a fortunate goal back, but the the boys continued to play hard with some outstanding link up play in midfield – we had back heels, flicked one-twos, Maradonas, all sorts, some lovely stuff.
Joe B made it 3-1 with a long free kick which snuck in through a crowded penalty area.
A free kick and penalty then gave Woodley parity.
Dominik and Callum each did some great work in goal with the ball sliding around unpredictably.
Kestrels’ two final goals were ridiculous: Raquami nailed one of his standard long range lobs for the fourth and Haris produced a moment of genius 360ing around two players before smashing it top bins – even Woodley’s coaches were applauding, and he gets man of the match for that.
Brilliant performance today – particularity impressive was the tackling, shooting on sight and communication.

News and results for Saturday 9th March.

Lions beat spring head.
The boys were at it from the off today in wet and windy conditions. Pressing from the front forcing springhead into mistakes high up the pitch. Quick passing from the front 3 led to Matthew scoring after 5 minutes. Good team goal and well deserved lead. We created a few good chances after that but their keeper made a few good saves. Including one from a great overhead kick from Jamie on the edge of the box. They didn’t offer much up front and Sam was a spectator for most of the first half. We then got a free-kick 20 yards out that Owen put in top bins after seeing their keeper off his line to put us 2 up at half time. Second half and we told the boys to keep the pressure on and not let them back in. Ten minutes passed and it was just how we wanted it. Keeping them out of our box and trying to hit them on the break. Then a mix up at the back led to them tapping home from the edge of the box.  Straight from the kick-off we kept the ball and made them chase it all over the pitch. This opened them up nicely as we moved the ball from front to back in a blink of an eye Cayden lifting the ball over the last defender from the left for Daniel with his lightening pace to beat their keeper to the ball first and tap it home to put the game to bed. Motm was Jamie for his all round game today on the right and in the middle of the park. Also really unlucky not to get on the score sheet with a great over head kick
Spartans 3-0 Winton Wanderers.
3-0 Win for the Spartans against Winton Wanderers now jumped them in the league for 2nd spot .. MOTM Josh Abbott’s but quality performance by all .
Cheetham Hill Reds lost to Raiders 
This is the second time Harrison has played against his old team. The first time he scored the only goal in a pre-season tournament win, and today he topped off a splendid motm performance with an excellent hat trick. A fairly even start against a side with some good players who play some neat and tidy football, and it was good passing and a tidy finish that saw CH take the lead after 10 minutes. All 11 boys there today so a quick change,
4 off and 4 on, and it wasn’t long before some neat work in the final third from William and Kian put Harrison through for the equaliser. On the front foot, but Raiders never really getting into top gear today, another neat finish from Harrison and a 1-2 half time lead. Much of the same second half, Raiders  playing well within themselves, Ollie and Kian exchanging well in the middle to almost double the lead, and Izu dazzling with his feet but unable to unlock a very robust CH back line. Asa showing his versatility as well in a number of positions, showcasing a great array of passes. But it was Harrison’s day and it wasn’t long before he was slid through again down the right and his power and pace were topped off with a neat finish and a worthy hat trick. The home side got a late consolation, but Raiders were good value for the win. Plenty more in the tank. Well done Raiders.

News and results for Saturday 2nd March.

Lions beat Reddish 
It wasn’t our best performance by far but the boys did enough. Good start as we pressed from the front closing down winning the ball high. Daniel down the left with a good cross into dj edge of the box great first touch allowed him to pass it past their keeper into the corner. Then a mix up with subs found them getting back into the game. Sam making a few good saves to keep them out. Then just before half-time they got their goal. Corner crossed deep and we could not clear so their number 5 tapped home from 5 yards. Second half and we created a good few chances but couldn’t hit the target. Then we won the ball high up the pitch again and Daniel found time and space to find the net to make it 2-1. The last ten minutes they pressed us a lot but the boys did well keeping them out. Motm was Daniel. Never gave up and great assist and finish.
Raiders lost to  Walshaw Sports Club
Smashing Cup tie and tough on Raiders not to be heading through to the quarters. Raiders good value for a first half lead, Ollie with a cool finish after some neat passing on the edge of the box. Walshaw pressed hard after the break, and fortunate to get the equaliser, knocked out of the keepers hands but the ref unsighted. A good finish gave Walshaw the lead and then the Raiders onslaught commenced – post, bar, goal line clearances and everything other than an equaliser before time ran out. A valiant effort from Raiders, couldn’t be more proud of them and no disgrace being knocked out to this top side. Well done boys.
Pumas lost to Roach Whites
Zero expectation going into this cup fixture, having been well beaten by Roach twice in last few weeks. ‘Enjoy yourselves and play with freedom’ were the instructions from the bench, and that’s exactly what the Pumas did. Committed from the off, the boys were strong and organised playing a new formation for the first time. Dayne (motm) and James looked like old hands in wing back positions, and with Arian directing traffic from the centre of defence, the Pumas were able to soak up a lot of early pressure from Roach, Bobby sensational between the sticks as usual. As expected Roach had the better share of the first half, eventually finding the net with a well delivered corner that was met with an unstoppable header. Pumas cracked on, defending well, and breaking with power and pace, causing more and more problems, Alex at the heart of most attacks. With just a few minutes till the break, a great through ball, Alex latching neatly onto it down the right side, in on goal, a fierce drive well saved by the keeper with Joseph and Alex both on hand to put the rebound away, I’ll leave it to them to work out who got the final touch. One each at the break, game on. A more equal second period, Roach rocked by a Pumas side growing in confidence, and for a little more composure in front of goal it would’ve been Pumas taking the lead. In the end it took a first class ‘top bins’ strike from Roach to make it 1-2, but Pumas didn’t stop, Joseph and Rasan both testing the Roach keeper and only the crossbar stopped an equaliser after Isaac let fly with a signature strike after one of his neat turns just inside the box. Pumas kept on, but it just wasn’t to be. A cracking cup fixture, played in the very best spirit of the game, Roach just about edged it and we wish them well in the next round. Great effort from the Pumas, growing and learning with every game. Top effort Pumas.

Updates from the FA

We recently received the following updates and clarifications from the FA.

Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins). For the start of the 2019/20 season, the FA has sanctioned the mandatory use of Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins) for Dissent offences only. Further details can be found here.

Wearing Glasses whilst playing Football. Following the recent incident, the FA have clarified their position on wearing glasses whilst playing football.


News and results for Saturday 23rd February.

Lions drew with Denton 
Bad day at the office all round. One to forget and we go again next week.
Kestrels beat Chadderton Park Cobras
Kestrels showed all their quality, completely overwhelming Chadderton Park with five goals in each half.
It took a while for them to get going, spurning half a dozen chances before Wilson’s cooly taken opener gave the boys the confidence to attack at will.
Raquami showed some neat feet for the second, which was soon followed by two goals from corners, first from Ali and then man of the match Nathan, proving the most determined at a goal mouth scramble.
Callum’s diving tip on to the bar was the first of a number of excellent saves to ensure an impressive clean sheet.
A wonderful, composed run from Haris set Dan up to finish low for the final play of the first half.
The second half was more of the same as Kestrels’ defence pushed to add more to the tally.
Joe R finished a neat attacking move for the sixth; Haris’s low long range effort made it seven; Alex, who was persistent up front throughout, got goals eight and nine.
Duke then had a number of chances coming in from the left, but was thwarted by a combination of woodwork and defenders throwing themselves in the way.
Kestrels saved the best for last: Raquami, out of midfield, scooped a delightful ball over the Cobras back three which Wilson pounced on and finished on the spin around the keeper, who, in fairness, had been Cobras’ best player

News and results Saturday 16th February

Deans 0 Spartans 2
In semi final of the cup .. now advanced though to the Finals … MOTM Declan Martin and Ryan Phillips .. Goals from Jack Mathews and Ellis Stewart
Lions beat middleton
Same fixture as last week for some reason. As we beat them with ease last week you could see they were sitting back a lot from the start and letting us have the ball from the off.  To many touches and not moving the ball fast enough ment we couldn’t get in on goal. Long range shooting was all we could do. Dj found the net with a daisy cutter that their keeper couldn’t hold and it rolled over the line just. We then fell asleep from our own throw in deep in our own half. They had a good shot that Sam made a fine full length save to tip round the post. From the resulting corner, we were fast asleep and a player ran right through to head across Sam into the far corner. Great finish but to easy. 1-1 at half time. We then had a good chat about letting the ball do the work and playing pass and move and it worked a treat. From the off we were at them and you could see the lions wanted it a lot more this half. Great 1 touch football led to Matthew smashing home and then Daniel also late on. Should of been a few more and on another day would of been. Nice to have a full squad again and I’m sure Jamie and cayden will be back up to speed in no time.
Motm was finlay as the last four weeks he has been getting better and better with every game and his use of the ball is great to see. I’m sure the goal he’s trying to score won’t be to far away.
Raiders beat Walshaw Allstars
No drama, no fuss, just a great bunch of lads getting on and playing super football against a top side without a care in the world. Fantastic team performance from Raiders this morning, all the boys contributing to a comfortable win over a strong Walshaw side. No score for the first fifteen minutes with Raiders having the better of the play. Kian buzzing around as usual, Ollie great touch and vision, and Tu’San and Harrison’s pace in wide positions causing plenty of problems. It was steady pressure that resulted in the foul halfway through the first half – penalty Raiders. Plenty of volunteers, Harrison taking charge with a cool head to drive low and hard for the opener. Three quick substitutions saw Izu, William and Ethan join the fun. It was ‘Izu Time’ then down the left, astonishing pace, a joy to watch, and two quick strikes from him giving Raiders a worthy 3 goal advantage. Motm Tyler and Asa continue to form a wall of steel at the back, breaking down the regular attacks from the strong and pacey Walshaw front line with relative ease, or at least they make it look easy. And to top what was a very strong performance today from Tyler, he added a fourth just before the break, picking the ball up from a Walshaw clearance, driving forward and unleashing an unstoppable drive low into the corner.  On the couple of occasions Walshaw did threaten, Luca was there with some sharp stops between the sticks, one in particular from a free kick through a crowded box saw him down quick and low to push round the post. Top goalkeeping. Second half was the turn of the Walshaw keeper to turn in a fine display, keeping the score respectable with a number of excellent stops.  William continuing to improve and add strength to the side, unlucky not to add to the tally. A tap in at the far post gave Walshaw a glimmer of hope halfway through the second period, but a quick and well deserved response from Ollie restored the advantage and the Raiders closed out the game in style for an impressive victory. Big contributions from every Raider today, and a joy to watch. Well done boys
Pumas beat Chadderton Dragons
Back to back wins for Pumas and settling well into the new division. Took ten minutes or so for the boys to remember a faster tempo is needed at this level, but when they did, there was some super football that followed, and great to see the boys playing with such confidence. Dragons no push overs though, and motm Bobby was needed on more than one occasion in this encounter, some sharp stops ensuring a well deserved clean sheet. A goalless first half but Pumas on top. Took ten minutes into the second period before the ball broke loose to Dayne on the edge of the box, his well struck effort taking a deflection past the Dragons keeper for the lead. A similar position a few minutes later, this time the ball dropping to Alex, calmly side footing into the corner to double the lead. I could go on and mention each of the boys in turn, but this one was all about the team performance, playing as one, with drive, determination, and commitment. Great to keep a clean sheet, and better still each of the boys listening well and carrying out instructions to a tee. I couldn’t single out one for the man of the match award, all of them worthy in my eyes, so they chose themselves this week, awarding their trusty keeper for leading from the back, a good choice I have to agree. Well done Pumas, a very mature performance today and a well deserved victory
Tigers lost to Littleborough yellows.

Players Wanted

The Lions (U10) are currently looking for new players. Year 5 primarily, but would consider year 4 if they are confident enough. We are lucky that we have 11 great lads, so not to fussed on any positions. If interested, text Stewart on 07944 418 509. All outfield players receive the same amount of game time

The Vipers (U12) are also looking players (Year 7) as they prepare to move to 11 a side next year. If interested, text Danny on 07779 218 637

Can get in touch with the club in regard to vacancies for any team, via or the Contacts page

News and results for Saturday 19th January.

Kestrels beat Stockport Vikings Barbarians
Three second half goals saw Kestrels win a much closer game than the score suggested.
During an even first half, Kestrels played some lovely flowing football and covered excellently across the back to keep Vikings out – Ali’s thunderous close finish separating the teams.
Ali got his second after the restart, neatly diverting the ball in from a low corner.
Then, following a frank exchange of views with the ref, the Vikings coach was dismissed, which changed the complexion of the game but not the boys’ gameplan as they continued to attack freely.
For Kestrels’ third, Dan finished a typical Kestrels attack, cooly finishing a one-on-one inside the near post.
Man of the match Raquami got the fourth, wriggling through a group of defenders and tucking in low around the keeper.
An impressive and determined performance.
Lions beat hazel grove
Great win today for the lions. Quick passing and movment opened hazel grove up with ease. First ten minutes was cagey with both teams not creating to much in front of goal. Quick feet from Owen won a free kick on the halfway line. Who then got to his feet to cross a ball to dj who headed it back across the keeper into the far corner. Great goal to put us one up. Sam made one or two good saves to keep it at 1-0 till half time. We told the boys to start moving the ball quicker and that led to Rocco firing home the second from the edge of the box. There heads went instantly and the boys ran riot. Smashing in another 4 with out reply. Dj and Daniel grabbing 2 each. One of Daniels was a belting strike from the right wing across their keeper into the far top corner. They pulled one back but this made the lions go again scoring 3 more. Cayden and dj another 2. They scored with the last kick of the game to make it 9-2. Motm was between 3 players Daniel finlay and dj. Dj took the trophy home for his none stop running and his perfect hat-trick with his first three goals coming with his head, left foot then right foot. He also has listened more and his movement off the ball was a pleasure to see.
Well done boys again. Improving week after week.
Raiders beat Radcliffe Jaguars 
Comfortable for Raiders this morning, a good team performance. Good use of the width in the first half, Izu,Tu’San and Harrison all a handful in wide positions, and it wasn’t long before a neat sequence worked across from the right found Izu in space to cooly slot home the opener. Further first half goals followed from the lively Kian and Ollie, before a Radcliffe wonder strike from distance looped in to keep things interesting at half time. Jaguars picked up a little second half, more physical, but with Tyler, Asa and Will almost impassable, Raiders never really under pressure, and always a threat on the break, eventually Tu’San adding a fourth and sealing the win. Motm to newcomer to the team, Sam, who produced a tidy performance both down the left side and a spell at the back. Well done Sam and well done Raiders
Pumas lost to Roach White 
The fun starts here for Pumas. Three seasons of progression, the boys are now playing top division football, a result of their hard work and commitment. But as they found out today against last seasons cup winners, it’s tough at the top and the development and hard work must continue. Pumas certainly didn’t look out of place in this company, and Roach were worthy winners, but Pumas maintained discipline and work rate throughout, and two second half goals from Alex and James confirmed to the boys they can compete. This is the level the boys want to play at, and the learnings today invaluable. Pumas go again against Roach Whites in the Cup in a fortnigh – the boys are looking forward to that one already. Well done Pumas
Tigers 2 – 3 Littleborough Juniors Blue

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News and results for Saturday 12th January.

Middleton Lads and girls black 1 – 2 Tigers
Lions beat cwfc
First game back and what a  performance from all the boys today. Started the game with pace and power running at the other team from the off. 1 up after a few minutes as dj Jamie and Matthew pressed from the front. Matthew getting in on their keeper to tap home from 5 yards. We went again and again creating chance after chance their keeper making save after save. Then Rocco found space on the edge of the box and squeezed it through a small gap to find the bottom right hand corner for 2-0. Sam in net didn’t have much to do for the first 15 minutes as the boys were working so hard. Then the third came as Daniel played a pass back to Owen at left back who hit a shot that there keeper couldn’t hold and Jamie was on hand to tap home. They then got one back just before half-time to make it 3-1. Second half and we stared the same making chance after chance and missing one or two easy one’s. Their keeper and defenders were stopping every shot we had but we never stopped and dj got the goal he deserved as Matthew had a great shot that their keeper couldn’t hold and dj was on hand to dink it over him. They only had one or two chances second half and Sam was on to them in a flash. He made a save on the edge of his box and got up and ran at the next player and blocked the next shot with his knees as he slid at the player great double save as he didn’t have much else to do all half. Motm was an easy one. The whole team from the first whistle to the last. They didn’t stop once and everyone put a shift in.
Great performance boys well done.
Dynamos beat  Chadderton Dragons
WHAT A GAME!!!!!. Dynamos squad were 2 men down this morning due to illness but the five that were fit to play did not disappoint. The Dynamos started well with some txt book passing  exactly what we’ve practiced in training and as a result found ourselves 2-0 up with 2 great goals from Neeko. Chadderton continued to be a tough opposition and at the end of the second period it was neck and neck 2-2. Both teams playing really well and such a close Match. Chadderton making it 2-3 only for the Dynamos to equalise then again Chadderton made it 3-4 and yet again Dynamos dug deep find the equaliser now at 4-4. The third period and the Dynamos switched off and seemed to lose their concentration maybe  also tired not having any subs to give them a breather. Chadderton took advantage of this and scored twice in the third period. Going into the fourth and final period and the Dynamos were 4-6 down heads were down and all looked tired. Luca, solid at the back put in a good strong tackle moved the ball Forward with a perfect through ball to Michael who not only found the back of the net but nearly put the ball straight through it now at 5-6. The boys got their confidence back and heads were now held high. Again the attack started from Luca at the back feeding the ball through the Chadderton midfield to Elijah then a top pass finding Michael and Michael firing home the equaliser 6-6. Twenty seconds to go and it was end to end play, the ball found its way to Neeko on the left wing who cut inside the Chadderton defence to get it on his right foot and as the ref put the whistle to his lips Neeko hit the ball and it in it went for the 7-6 win. What a game, what a performance. One very proud coach. If I had 5 motm trophy’s they all would of got one. But motm went to Neeko for his outstanding finishing but more importantly if ever improving passing.
E&W Coolcats lost to Raiders
Back to full strength for first time since end October, and business as usual for Raiders. Asa and Tyler looking like they’ve never been apart at the back, and the rest of the boys eager to get going in the League after the Christmas break.  Plenty of first half possession but unable to find a finish, it was Coolcats who took the advantage into half time with a very nice solo run and finish. Raiders quickly out of the blocks for the second period and not long before Izu put through one on one with the keeper and a cool finish levelled things up. More nice work followed, this time Luca down the left squaring for Harrison to take the lead. Debate continues over motm Ethans 3rd, a top bins strike from a wide right position – was it a cross, was it a shot? Either way it flew in. And with the game won, Tu’San with another cool finish to continue his great form. Strong in all positions today against a physical Coolcats, great on the break, especially in the second half, and a well deserved win. Well done boys.
Littleborough Yellows lost to Pumas
Good opposition today, a good passing side with a very capable no.7 making things tough for Pumas, especially on the break. And it was this, and a lack of final third quality from Pumas, that saw Yellows take a two goal lead before Rasan finally managed to squeeze one in at the near post for 2-1 at half time. Second period continued in the same vein, Pumas looking the more likely to score but Yellows finding the net twice in quick succession and a 4-1 advantage. Dayne then began to take control of the no.7, and James in full flow closing out the pacey attacks. Alex and Rasan asserting more pressure on the Yellows back line, Isaac a real handful. The quality improved, balls through the channels and pressure mounting, more chances and with 10 to play, Alex sneaked one back.  Well deserved. Eesa on into the middle allowing Alex to press a little higher, and he popped up again 3-4. Tails up. Pumas in full flow. More pressure. A few more chances, was there going to be enough time? Clock ticking, Dayne blasted over from distance before Alex found himself with the ball at his feet in the box again to complete a tremendous 9 minute hat trick to level at 4 each…..and a well deserved draw for most. But not these boys, seconds left, high press from the kick off forced a corner. Whipped in by Rasan and met with a thumping header by Alex for his fourth in ten minutes and jubilation – a fantastic win for Pumas. Great stuff from all the boys today, and motm shared between Bobby for his brave and sharp goalkeeping and Alex for game changing performance.
Kestrels beat Droylsden Pumas (Cup Round 1)
Kestrels produced an outstanding second half come back to beat newly promoted Pumas in a game that had everything.
Dan opened the scoring after winning and then converting a cracking free kick 15 yards out.
Pumas soon found another gear, equalising minutes later.
Both teams were made to work hard at the back: Ali, Haris, Keane and Nathan put in characteristically gritty performances, with Callum behind.
Joe B hit the post and bar late on in the second half as some good Pumas defending denied Kestrels a half time lead.
Pumas came out fighting and took the lead ten minutes after the interval.
This seemed to boost the boys and led to the some of the game’s best football: Kestrels exerted more control in the middle and were more dangerous coming in from the wings.
Dan’s second followed a precise ball from the right which he headed in at the far post.
With the score level, Pumas looked to play for penalties as all the play was outside their box. They could do nothing, though, to prevent centre back Ali who, following a lose ball, thundered in the winner from close range.
Hawks lost to Juno FC
Great effort by all on a cold and windy early start in Oldham – first match back after long Christmas break
Started off strong against an attacking team
Good team work as the boys tried to thwart the relentless pushing up field by opponents
Disappointing result which didn’t truly reflect effort and capability of the Hawks
Lessons learnt for tactics against same side next week – opportunity to turn the tables
Man of the Match – Carter