News and Results for 22nd September.

Tigers lost to Radcliffe Town in the 1st round of the cup.

Lions beat box academy
First round of the cup for the lions this morning and won with ease. Moving the ball around from front to back and making our opponents chase shadows at times.
Plenty of good goals today but the stand out one for me was a great break from a corner with dj running down the left and crossing with his weaker foot (left). Daniel arriving right on cue to head across the keeper into the far post from the edge of the box. It was a joy to watch and straight off the training ground. Motm was Owen as he has played so well for the  last 4 games.
Spartans beat Bury Pheonix
in the cup wasn’t our best today but some great football at times . MOTM Liam De Mascia
Kestrels lost to Droylesden Panthers
An uncharacteristically heavy defeat for the Kestrels today against a team from the Championship section of the league (one division higher). We just couldn’t get going in any part of the pitch today and I think we can put it down as ‘one of those days’! Even our consolation goal was an OG
Man of the match for Haris as, despite the score line, by far the best area of the pitch was the defence, marshalled well by Haris.
Walshaw Blackcaps beat Pumas
Not one for the purist. Long wet grass and a thin pitch made for a messy encounter. Strong start from Pumas creating numerous chances but failing to convert. Goalless at half time, a sloppy start to the second half saw the boys 3 down. The surface never allowing any real football to be played, Pumas kept on going and motm Joseph found the net after a neat give and go on the edge of the area with  5 to go. Cue a comeback? A minute later Alex found himself in a little space well outside the area, and fired in an unstoppable and well deserved second. Pumas on fire, clock ticking, and the final whistle came too soon. Price paid for missed chances and switching off at half time. Pumas never predictable, always entertaining.
Raiders beat Walshaw Warriors
Another strong test of progress and development for Raiders, up against the team that ended our cup run 5-2 at the end of last season. At it from the off, first attack on the break, one nil Raiders. Walshaw very strong in every position, it was clear this was going to be a real test of character. Excellent football on display from both teams before Walshaw found a well deserved equaliser. More Raiders pressure, and a delicate cross from Ethan found Kian arriving right on cue to volley Raiders back into the lead. With Tyler and motm Asa continuing to grow as a real backbone to this side, and all the boys working hard as a team, it wasn’t long before they were countering again, this time in-form Harrison finding himself clear through on goal, making it three with a very cool finish through the keepers legs. A late goal from Walshaw meant a lively last couple of minutes but Raiders held firm for what is a very good result.