News and results for Saturday 30th March.

Pumas drew with Chadderton Dragons
Good game, Pumas on top for the majority of the first half, Rasan and Alex a real handful on the break, supported with some good midfield work from Joseph and Fraser. Pumas worth the lead at halftime, a nicely worked worked goal and Alex on hand to slot home. A switch to 8 a side at half time threw the Pumas somewhat, not especially useful as we look to transition to 9’s format next season, and suited Dragons much better who started to gain more possession, the result two quick goals for Chadderton. Pumas never far away, kept creating plenty of chances, Isaac and Rasan both with clear chances to level, and it was the latter who jinxed into the box and drove home the equaliser with 10 to play. A good game, a little scrappy with Pumas impressing in the first half.

Tigers lost to Littleborough Juniors Yellows.

MOTM Alfie.

Lions beat 3D football
We knew this was going to be an eventful game as they played on the pitch next to us last week and we could hear how bad their attitude was. We started well keeping the ball and making them work hard just for a touch of the ball. We must of created 4 good chances in the first ten minutes but failed to find the back of the net with any. We then got caught on the break which we need to learn from because if it wasn’t for Sam rushing off his line and making them hit the post we would of found ourselves behind after all our hard work. Then came the break through. Magic feet from Jamie in midfield left three of there players stood still and he passed it home from the edge of the box with his left foot. This put us in the driving seat for the rest of the half. Another one of Finlays trade mark long throws and Jamie was on hand to head home from the same spot that he scored his first. Great glancing header into the keepers far corner. The third was a good team goal after some nice passing from DJ, Jamie and Rocco. Rocco crossed for Cayden to head home just before half time. Second half and the fun began. Their players shouting and trying to intimidate the ref and our boys. They got a goal back and this got there tails up. The Lions then started to play them at their own game giving back what they were giving out. The ref did well i thought keeping them all in check. DJ was taking stick off one boy for a good ten minutes on and off the ball. DJ then did what he does best and put the ball in the bottom corner after a neat one two with Cayden and celebrated in style with take the L Fortnite style to shut this kid up. Brought a smile to mine and Steve’s face. Then with the last kick of the game Jamie completed his perfect hat-trick after a quick corner from DJ found him unmarked in the box to pass it home with his right foot. On another day this would of been a cricket score but I was proud of the boys. I thought they did excellent against a team that wasn’t very nice.
Motm was between Jamie and Cayden. Cayden took the trophy home as it was his best performance a while.
4-3 win for Spartans .
MOTM Kyle Smith . 15  games now unbeaten and Cup final is on Friday  10th May in Preston 6pm kick off if anyone would like to attend

News and Results for Saturday 23rd March.

Tigers 4 – 1 Roach Dynamos Black.
MOTM Felim.
Lions beat curzan Ashton.
Down to 7 players today due to illness and boys away. The 7 boys played out of there skin. Pass and movement was top notch. Matthew, DJ and Daniel played up top and their pace and power from the off had us on the front foot all half. Matthew down the left was on fire creating chance after chance. First goal went to Daniel. 20 yards out on the right, dropped the shoulder and hit a top bins to give their keeper no chance. Unbelievable finish with very little back lift. Rocco then lobbed their keeper two minutes later from the edge of box after great work from Matthew and DJ, another great finish. The boys at the back were sweeping up with ease on the odd occasion  that they could get out of their half. We then scored 3 quick goals to put the game to bed before half time. Daniel grabbing two and DJ finding the back of the net with a good free-kick just outside the box. Second half we started just like the first. Creating chance after chance with Matthew scoring two quick goals both great goals. One was a great team goal that had 7/8 passes that ripped through their team from front to back. Great one touch football and a joy to watch. Sam only touched the ball twice in the second half which is a credit to the boys playing in front of him. On the only occasion they got passed him Owen was on hand to clear off the line with a great block even though he was falling over the other way. Daniel then grabbed his fourth on the full time whistle with a neat finish into the bottom corner giving their keeper no chance yet again.
Motm was an easy one, the whole team. They were on their game from start to finish and it was an absolute joy to watch. Can’t wait for the other 3 boys coming back next week as the lions are now playing some great football again.
Penine Black Beat Raiders
An enjoyable game played out by two committed teams. Physical for the most and some good football played by both sides. Raiders not quite on their game at the moment, responded well after conceding early with the impressive Kian drawing level midway through the first half, Penine hitting back almost immediately, before some dazzling footwork and finish by Izu squared it all up going into the break. Another strong performance from Asa kept things flowing throughout, Izu enjoying himself on the 4g surface, but a couple of quick strikes from Penine stunned the away side. A quick switch of Motm Josiah into the back line to sure things up, and the come back began. A great challenge from Josiah at the back started a classic Raiders break down the left, three passes and Harrison on the spot to ease in a third. Raiders kept on and almost grabbed the equaliser in the last moments, Ollie  firing just wide. A good game, and cakes at the end for birthday boy Tyler. Happy days
Chadderton Lions drew with Pumas
This one had it all. A cracking game for all involved. Chaddy started well, a number of top saves from the impressive Bobby keeping Pumas in it whilst Pumas got to grips with the class outfit. A switch to man mark the Lions dangerous no.9 was the key to this one, first James and then Motm Eesa taking turns to do an excellent job carrying out their instructions to the letter. Pumas now gaining more possession, defending strongly, hard in every challenge and breaking at pace, Dayne finding Rasan with an array of quality passes, and then combining with Alex to create some good chances. James, Joseph and Fraser relentless in their work rate. Pumas finished the first half strongly, Alex receiving a throw down the left from Dayne, a neat turn and run into the box and a top class outside of the boot drive across the keeper into the far corner, and a first half lead. Chaddy rattled but Pumas not phased, and an excellent second half saw chances at both ends, both keepers impressive and on hand to keep their respective teams in it. An unfortunate deflection saw a Chaddy drive loop over Bobby for the equaliser, but in fairness not undeserved. Both sides committed for the win saw a fractious final few minutes, the ref doing well to keep kids (and parents) cool. A very exciting game played out by two very committed sides. Pumas impressive again, great to see the friendships and playing partnerships growing every week. Very well done Pumas.
Walshaw 0 Sapphires 5 
A bright, sunny morning in Bury saw the Sapphires taking on Washaw again, with the girls looking to make a repeat of the win last time out in blizzard conditions.
Aimee was making her debut today, taking up her position on the right wing. The girls started really well, almost grabbing a goal in the opening couple of minutes. Walshaw came back at us, but the defence of Issy, Kinyemi and Sofia, with Nyleti sweeping up behind them in goal, was like a wall. Nothing was getting past them today – tenacious and strong in the tackle and calm and collected on the ball. Keira and Libby controlled the midfield expertly, playing some nice, quick passes between them to make the space to then be able to release Scarlet, Grace and Aimee up front. I honestly don’t think the Walshaw defence knew what hit them! Aimee was going past players for fun and putting some fantastic crosses in to the box from the right, which Grace & Scarlet were close to putting a finishing touch on a number of times. Their keeper made a couple of good saves to keep the score level.
That was until another great bit of work from Libby and Keira got the ball to Aimee wide on the right, who then sprinted down the line and beat her defender with ease before putting in a peach of a cross for Grace in the middle of the area. Grace controlled the ball well and smashed a volley into the top corner, giving the keeper absolutely no chance!
The Sapphires kept the ball well, and produced some good football for the rest of the half, with Keira and Scarlet playing some nice one-twos, and Libby always looking for that defence splitting pass after winning the ball back. Sofia was strong and broke up play very well in the centre of defence, and Issy and Kinyemi were brilliant covering and breaking forward too. The half ended one nil, with the parents being more troubled by low flying pigeons than Nyeleti was by the opposition’s forwards
The second half started in much the same vein, with the Sapphires putting the pressure on. Another quick move down the left saw Scarlet and Keira putting the ball across the box for Grace to get her second of the game. Soon Scarlet added a third, firing the ball past three defenders and the keeper at the near post after some good work on the ball. Alex and Little Izzy came on and played really, really well, and soon Libby played a through ball from midfield that Michael Carrick (sorry Rob!) would’ve been proud of, putting Grace clear through on goal after cutting the whole Walshaw midfield and defence with that single pass. Grace took the ball in her stride and smashed the ball into the bottom corner for her hat-trick, making the score 4-0. Aimee and Keira were close to adding to the score line, after tormenting the opposition. I think the player marking Aimee went off with twisted blood and dizziness!
Another great move saw the ball break to Grace on the left hand side of the penalty area. She sent the defender the wrong way before curling a shot into the far top corner of the goal to make it 5-0 and leave her dad holding his head in his hands, worried about how much today was going to cost him. 4 goals in one match can be quite steep
The ref blew for full time to bring an end to a match where the girls were in complete control and played fantastically well, another contender for best performance of the season. Every single one of them played tremendously well and contributed fully to the victory, but Aimee stood out on her debut, making light of the fact that this was the 1st time with the girls, aside from one training session on Wednesday, and came in to the team and played as though she’d been with the girls for years and deservedly took the Player of the Match award for this week . Well done girls, a well deserved win and a great performance.

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.

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.

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

News and results for Saturday 12th January.

Middleton Lads and girls black 1 – 2 Tigers
MOTM Kai.
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

News and results for Saturday 1st January

Roach Green 3 – 2 Tigers

MOTM Daniel.