After what seemed like a lifetime without it, football finally returned over the weekend with the start of our cup competitions.
The Gilgryst Cup, Murray Trophy and Open Trophy all got underway on Saturday with teams competing at the group stages.
Dukinfield Town currently top Group A after beginning the competition with a 2-0 win at home against Old Alts thanks to goals from Mitchell Andrew and Carl Riley. Chadderton Reserves began their campaign with a 2-1 win against Royton Town at the Ark Fleetech Stadium with goals from Dion Battes and Jonathan Thomas giving the hosts a winning start.
The only game in Group B saw Stockport Georgians travel to Walshaw Sports where they picked up three points in a 3-1 win. Joe Bevan (2) and Kyle Wych both scored at Sycamore Road for the visitors to give them a great start.
In Group C, Rochdale Sacred Heart made an explosive start after they saw off Springhead at St Johns Street. Matthew Rowson (2), Jack Holt, Matt Landregan and Jack Morrow all scored in the 5-1 win for the visitors while Jordan Hall netted the consolation for Springhead.
The other two teams in action played out a fantastic six-goal thriller as Heyside and Heywood St James drew 3-3 at Crompton House where the visitors had held a two-goal lead but Heyside fought back to secure a point. Elliot Collinson, Martin Cosgrove and Aaron Nuttall got the goals for Jimmies but James Horan’s brace was added to by Ryan Lyons in reply for Heyside.
Full Gilgryst Cup group tables here.
Uppermill and Bolton United both got off to a super start in Group A on Saturday with both teams scoring seven. Bolton United saw off Astley & Tyldesley at St Johns Park with a 7-1 victory while a hat-trick from Jake Massey helped Uppermill secure all three points in his side’s 7-0 win at Breightmet United. Ashley Ainsworth (2), Kion Pryce and Dylan Fitzgerald were also on the score sheet at Moss Park.
Uppermill then made it two wins from two over the Easter weekend when they hosted Bolton United on Monday afternoon. Ashley Ainsworth, Dylan Fitzgerald, Jake Massey and Jake Dunford all scored for the home side who went on to win 4-0 at Churchill Playing Fields.
After the opening round of games, Avro Reserves sit top of Group B following a 5-3 win at home to Atherton Town. The hosts secured the three points thanks to goals from Abdul Abdalla (2), Oliver Froggatt, Callum Jackson and Lewis Bowden while a Ben Rodgers brace and Jordan Lloyd goal proved to be not enough for Town on the day.
It ended all-square in the other Group B game where Middleton Colts were held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Monton. James Woodward netted for the Ammies whilst Jordan Lazenbury got Middleton’s reply.
In Group C, Wilmslow Albion sit top of the pile after the opening weekend following their 3-0 win at home to Tintwistle Athletic. Kieran Casey’s brace was added to by Solomon Richards to secure the win for Albion.
Hindley Juniors also began their campaign with three points with Liam Davies and Brad Aspey’s goals giving them a 2-1 win at Rochdale Sacred Heart Reserves.
Govan Athletic and Boothstown enjoyed big wins from the opening weekend in Group D.
Boothstown started their Murray Trophy campaign with a 4-0 win at home to Leigh Genesis with goals coming from Tom Perkins (2), Ryan Cain, and Michael Jukes but the win only puts them second as Govan Athletic put six past Hindsford Reserves at Platt Lane. Nathan Hind bagged four goals in Govan’s 6-0 win over the Tonics which sees them sit top of the group.
Full Open Trophy group tables here.
Old Alts Reserves are top of Group A on goal difference after the first game following goals from Alex Rimmer and Joe Kelly that gave them a 2-1 win at home to Atherton Town A. Josh Whyte scored for Town but wasn’t enough on the day at Crossford Bridge.
At the Oldham Academy North, Springhead Reserves came away with all three points with a 2-1 win after Adam Nuttall and Leighton Stephenson both scored for the visitors with Lewis Oldham netting for Town.
Wilmslow Albion Reserves began their Group B campaign with an emphatic 5-1 win against Leigh Genesis A. Muhammad Abdullah’s hat-trick was added to by Lewis Bostock’s brace at Lowton High School to give the visitors a winning start.
Bolton Lads & Girls Reserves lead Group C after the opening round of games after they narrowly saw off Altrincham Hale Reserves at Hacken Lane. Alex Buchanan scored twice with Chris Tyldesley and Ashley Womack also scoring in the 4-3 win.
Adam Barnes scored for Atherton Town Reserves’ 1-1 draw at home to Boothstown Reserves with Daniel Fitch scoring from the spot for the visitors.
There were fourteen goals scored in the two Group D games and nine of them came at Gin Pit Village where Astley & Tyldesley Reserves hosted Dukinfield Town Development. Derrell George and Nathan Haigh scored one each for the hosts but fell to a 7-2 defeat.
Uppermill Reserves scored all the goals in their game as they saw off Govan Athletic Reserves at Churchill Playing Fields. The hosts won 5-0 with Lewis Barlow, Sam Hatherill, Thomas Simpson, Lucas Clarke and Ethan Hardman all getting on the score sheet.
Group E’s opening games both ended 2-0 with Dukinfield Town A and Tintwistle Athletic Reserves picking up three points each.
Ryan Nock and Connor Owen both scored for Dukinfield against Uppermill A whilst Chez Davis and Connor Simpson scored one each for Tinny against Stockport Georgians Reserves at West Drive.
Brandon Dawson scored twice at New Alder Park in AFC Monton Reserves’ opening Group F match against Walshaw Sports Reserves to give them a 2-0 win.
James Griffiths also netted a brace for Pennington Reserves as they ran out 3-0 winners against Heywood St James Reserves, Dane Grimes getting the third for the visitors.
Full Open Trophy group tables here.