OLD Stretfordians won 3-1 at Chorltonians last weekend to extend their lead at the top of Division One in the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur Football League.

In the only match in the division to beat the wintry weather, Strets' stretched the gap to second-placed Waterloo to seven points, though they have played four more games.

Elsewhere, three Premier Division games survived including the fixture between the second and third-placed teams with Mellor hosting High Lane.

Lane got off to a flier as two excellent team goals were finished in clinical style by Jimmy Leeson and Liam Ludlain.

Dave Whelan pulled a goal back to Mellor but it was not enough to prevent High Lane going on to a 4-2 win that moves them to within seven points of runaway leaders Moorside Rangers.

Newton Heath took a big step towards mid-table security with a fine 5-2 win against Newton and Whalley Range enjoyed a close 2-1 victory over Abacus Media to move level on points with Rochdalians.

Division Two saw just one game survive but it proved to be a real thriller as lowly Bedians and AFC Oldham battled for points to lift them up the table.

Both sides led and AFC looked to have claimed a point as Olly Carey completed his hat-trick to draw the teams level at 3-3.

But a storming finish by Bedians took them to a 6-3 win with their scoring hero being Sean Chappell with three pre-Christmas crackers, backed by strikes from Mike Sherington (two) and Mike Cosgrave.

There was only one other game to survive the elements and it came in Division C with a local derby between Parrs Wood Celtic seconds and Manchester Rovers.

Rovers had Kyle Indesh-Walker (two) and Manu Dest providing the goals in an enjoyable contest.

The League is are looking at changing their constitution in 2018 to allow lower teams from clubs higher in the football pyramid to join for the 2018/19 season.

Any club from higher leagues wishing to get more details on the proposed changes can contact League secretary, Brian Davies, by email to secretary@landc.org.uk to see what opportunities may be available.