Here is a review of Saturday's games in which a minutes' silence was observed before each and every one of the games as we remember those who have lost their lives in battle and those who continue to serve.
League leaders Avro came through their toughest test yet as they travelled to second-placed Wythenshawe Amateurs and returned home with the spoils after a 2-1 victory at Hollyhedge Park. Goals from Duncan Knott and a last-minute strike from Charlie Fuller bettering a David Wright strike for the Ammies in front of a 264-strong crowd.
Avro now sit two points clear at the top of the Premier Division and with three games in-hand.
East Manchester missed out on an opportunity to close the gap on the two teams above them as they went down 3-1 at home to an unpredictable Walshaw Sports side who claimed a rare away win at Wright Robinson. Matt Roberts with the goal for East making it 1-1 inside the first 10 minutes after Bradley Haworth opened the scoring. Connor Gately’s free kick superbly put Walshaw in the lead before Sam Harvey made it 3-1 before the break.
Heyside maintained their place in the top four with a convincing 5-2 victory over Bolton County, whilst the visitors remain rooted one place off the bottom after the loss. Adam Dale scored twice along with Danny Toft, Gary Molyneux and an OG for the hosts, Kieran Hennessey and Liam Stewart were on target for County.
Hindsford were victorious on the road, winning 5-3 at Manchester Gregorians to move into fifth spot with rivals Royton and Springhead both on county cup duty. Liam Jones struck twice with Jack and Tom Valentine both getting one as did Ryan Briody for The Tonics.
Stockport Georgians were in scintillating form as they smashed eight unanswered goals against AFC Monton, Joe Bevan grabbing the headlines with a five-goal tally, Leon Murphy adding two and Sam Partridge one.
Old Altrinchamians remain winless and rooted to the bottom of the table following a 2-5 home loss to Rochdale Sacred Heart, the Champions edging away from the relegation zone with the victory thanks to goals from Tim Astley, Antony Curran, Danny Southwell, Jack Holt and Dan Wolstenholme.
Division leaders Beechfield United were made to graft for their point at Atherton Town, which leaves them three points clear of second and with a game in hand, Town pegging Beechy back with two goals from Henoc Mukendi and one from Gareth Shaw.
Chapel Town found their shooting boots as Jake Anderson hit two and efforts from Zak Ridgeway and Matt Sherlock adding to an own goal to secure a thumping 5-0 win over Manchester Central to keep them in second, three points off top spot.
A solitary goal from Mark Severs was to prove enough to separate Elton Vale and visitors Boothstown, the Bury side now sit in fifth and on the fringe of the promotion chase.
Hollinwood claimed a notable scalp as they defeated a Pennington side who have been in good form 5-2 at Chapel Road and edged two places above their visitors in the table.
The bottom two sides met at Fearns, and it was the visitors Wilmslow Albion who pocketed the points courtesy of a 4-2 win over Westbury Sports Club, and left their hosts five points adrift at the foot of the table. Louie Collinson and Joshua Smethurst were on target for Westbury but wasn’t enough on the day.
Govan Athletic propelled themselves into the promotion race with an impressive 2-1 win over rivals Bolton Lads and Girls Club, and now sit seven points behind their visitors with three games in hand, Chris Lewis and David Badrock their scorers.
Heywood St James made the short trip across to Breightmet United and were in sparkling form, netting six times to seal a 6-0 victory. Martin Love scoring twice and Lamar Harrison, Chris Taylor and Sahin Tayrell Csatios adding to an own goal for a Jimmies side that could still stake a promotion claim.
Uppermill were in also in a dominant frame of mind as they raced away with a 6-1 win at Hindley Juniors, and consolidating a mid-table spot in the process. Josh Barlow, Danny Gartside, Jawa Cawthorne, Sam Cunliffe and a Phil Armstrong brace sealed the win.
Atherton LR Development collected a useful three points as they won 2-1 when Irlam Steel were the visitors, with Heath Ainscough getting both goals. The victory moving LR above the Steelmen.
League leaders Rochdale Sacred Heart Res’s 100% start to the season continued in emphatic fashion as they swept Manchester Gregorians Res as aside. Hearts romped to a 5-0 win at Fox Park to remain five points clear at the summit thanks to goals from Kris King, Lee Kershaw, Scott Brierley, Matt Booth and Ben Fielding.
Avro Res kept the pressure on RSH with a convincing win of their own. They were 3-0 winners at home to Dukinfield Town Res to remain in second place, Mason Dunkley, Gary Chadderton and Brad Coe with the goals.
Hindsford Res hosted Atherton Town Res which was a tight affair with only one goal separating the two teams. Aaron Booth’s late winner proved to be the difference at Squires Lane to move The Tonics up to fourth, three points behind their rivals.
All three games had a part to play in the promotion race with the top three all in action.
Rochdale Sacred Heart A started the day in top spot as they travelled to Leigh Athletic Res but could only pick up a point from their visit to Leigh Sports Village.
Elton Vale Res took full advantage of RSH’s slip-up as they cruised to a 6-0 win over Pennington Res to move to the top. James Bridge and Dominic Howell both hit braces to add to Jamie Treanor and Ryan Wilkes’s goals to put Vale in pole position for promotion to Division Three.
Bolton County, however, couldn’t follow in Vale’s example as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Old Alts Res. County’s Danny Hill and Abdou Njie goals were cancelled out by an Alex Hunt brace for Alts. The draw moves County up to third while Alts remain bottom.
With leaders Tintwistle Athletic Res on cup duty, Bolton Lads and Girls Club Res and Atherton Town A had the chance to overtake them when they met to Hacken Bridge. It was the hosts who ran out 4-2 winners to take a two-point lead at the top.
Govan Athletic Res picked up their first point of the season at the eighth attempt as they drew 2-2 at Heywood St James, Anthony Pedley getting both goals for Jimmies. The point moves Govan a place off the bottom while HSJ move up to seventh.
Chadderton EDS picked up a great 5-1 win away to fellow-newbie team Altrincham Hale Res to move them up to sixth. Liam Wood’s brace, helped by Jack Snape, Matthew Wilkinson and Scott Foster puts their side on 10 points with two others, just five off the leaders.
It was a six-goal thriller at Oakwood Farm as Wilmslow Albion Res drew with Stockport Georgians Res in Group A. Georgians had a 3-0 lead at the break but threw it away as Albion fought back to a point, the first points dropped in the competition.
East Manchester Academy missed out on the chance to move to the top of Group A after drawing 2-2 with Uppermill Res. East were 2-0 up through a George Etchells brace but the hosts levelled it up to maintain the three-point gap ahead of East.
Group B’s fixture saw AFC Monton Res move up to second spot following their 5-1 win at home to Tintwistle Athletic Res. Lawrence Brown’s brace, John Carnell, Callum Birchall and Joseph Platt goals earned their side the three points with Jake Knowles getting Tinny’s reply.
LANCASHIRE AMATEUR SHIELD
Garstang sit in second place in the West Lancashire League Premier Division, and their calibre showed as they put three goals past Prestwich Heys Reserves without reply.
Another side facing a tricky away tie were Leigh Athletic, who travelled to third placed Euxton Villa, and like Heys, they bowed out with a 3-0 loss.
Despite a late rally, in which Matt O’Keefe and Joe Jacombes goals reduced the Slyne with Hest lead to a single goal, Royton Town also slipped out of the competition with a 3-2 defeat.
CHESHIRE AMATEUR CUP
The League’s interest in the Cheshire Amateur Cup was kept alive when Dukinfield Town notched an impressive 3-1 win at Cheshire League Premier Division side Poynton, who sit in sixth spot, Danny Parkinson netting a brace and Mitch Andrews one goal for the visitors.
DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP NORTH
There was a similar story at Tintwistle Athletic hammered home six unanswered goals against Hope Valley League side Buxworth, Josh Stevenson led the way with a fine hat-trick, with Sam Swann, Ant Rodrigues and Joe Elliott also getting on the scoresheet.
WEST RIDING CHALLENGE CUP
Springhead marched into the next round as they put West Yorkshire League Premier Division outfit Field to the sword with a 6-0 home triumph, Kion Pryce and Ryan Hanson bagging two goals each, and Paul Stevenson and Ryan Fagan one each to seal a comprehensive win.