Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League, Division One
Swinton 1 Dom Doyle 3 (att 12)
I needed to stay close to home today, and once my first choice game was off I thought I'd be watching football on an artificial surface, until a lunchtime phone call confirmed that Swinton's grass pitch was playable.
It was a heavy and muddy pitch though, but Swinton and Dom Doyle made light of it and produced a very enjoyable 90 minutes. Some of the football was very high quality, and certainly above what you'd expect in the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League's second level.
Dom Doyle FC have an interesting history, having been formed in memory of a Denton youngster who was murdered in 2015. They're doing him proud on the pitch, the first team are unbeaten in the league and on course for promotion to the premier division.
They had to be on good form to see off a decent Swinton though. The home side matched the visitors in the first half, and both sides had efforts which came back off the post. The deadlock was broken seconds from half time, when an unstoppable free kick put Dom Doyle in front.
They doubled their lead with another quality goal two minutes after the break. Swinton had hope when they pulled a goal back, but eventually a third goal for the away side settled things.
Like a lot of clubs at this level, Swinton FC's main focus is their many youth teams. They have their own ground, in Barton Road, and it's an impressive facility. There's a large pavilion building and car park, and the playing field has space for junior pitches as well as a single senior pitch. I assume from the layout of the ground that it used to host cricket.