MELLOR secured a third Rhodes Cup success in six years after a 6-2 victory over Division One high-flyers Newton Heath at Bury FC's Gigg Lane.

The Rhodes Cup is the premier knockout trophy for the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur Football League having first been played for in 1913 and Premier Division Mellor had already won it four times.

Heath were made to pay for early nerves as Mellor struck twice in the first 10 minutes though David Dunn and Craig Fairfield to give them a big advantage.

Heath showed their powers of recovery and deservedly reduced the arrears on 20 minutes through Kris Fox.

But they were again rocked as they conceded a penalty five minutes later which was coolly converted by the predatory Liam Mullen, who then rubbed it in with his second shortly afterwards.

Heath created some chances before the break but were unable to take advantage of them and an own goal on 55 minutes gave Mellor an unstoppable 5-1 lead.

James Treyers added a well-deserved second for Heath on 65 minutes but Mellor had the last word as sub Liam McAuley made it 6-2.

In the Premier Division, South Manchester completed a satisfying season with a 4-2 derby win against Old Trafford and Gorse Hill that featured a hat-trick from the lethal Kane Berkeley, backed by a single from Azuka Otutu.

Division D champions Bedians thirds kept an immaculate clean sheet as they finished their season with a 2-0 win at Chadderton Park seconds.

The runners-up spot is still undecided with a 3-0 win for Old Stretfordians thirds at Bury Ams fourths moving them a point clear of Trafford United seconds with both teams having one game to play.