Torrential rain plus a sprinkling of snow in some areas of the North West in the build-up to the weekend saw more than 75% of the day’s fixtures postponed, in other words - just nine games were played. That including some which were scheduled to be played on artificial surfaces so nobody was safe.
Four top-flight games survived the weather conditions and they all served up goals galore.
Matt Landregan’s hat trick helped Avro reclaim top spot as they cruised to a thumping 9-0 win over bottom team Old Alts. Chris Howell and Jamie Woldon added to braces from Joe Rathbone and Lee O’Brien to complete the rout at the Vestacare Stadium to put Avro two points clear with three games in hand.
It was the same scoreline at Oldham Academy North as Royton Town added more pressure on AFC Monton’s Premier Division status. Town remain in 7th place following their 9-0 win, Sam Higginbotham, Danny Gilmartin and James Done all hit braces with Grant Riley, Cameron Horner and Milan Tinant each netting once.
Ryan Fagan’s form in front of goal continued for another week as he scored twice in Springhead’s 4-1 win over Manchester Gregorians. Ryan Hanson and Kion Pryce also scored for the visitors at Belle Vue Sports Village to move their side up to fourth place.
Prestwich Heys Reserves picked up three more points after their impressive 4-1 win at third-placed East Manchester. Liam Turner initially gave East the lead before Jordan Burton levelled things up and Ashley Oparah have Heys the lead just before the break. Second half goals from Greg Wills and Richard Woodward sealed the win for Heys to avenge their Terry Wood Cup defeat.
Atherton Town’s hopes of promotion took a blow on Saturday after they were beaten 3-2 in their thrilling game at Boothstown. The hosts took the lead before Atherton’s Tom Armstrong and Henoc Mukendi turned the game around with superb goals to put them ahead but Boothstown flipped the game around again to take the three points to put them fourth, level with Atherton with a game in hand.
The only other fixture in the Division which survived the weather saw Leigh Athletic host Wilmslow Albion but this game didn’t get to finish due to an injury sustained by a Wilmslow player. The referee subsequently abandoned the game after 63 minutes which will frustrate the hosts as they were leading 4-1 at the time.
Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res made sure they were top of the tree as the season goes into December after their impressive 6-0 win at winless Govan Athletic Res. The hosts remain a place off the bottom while Bolton hold a two-point lead.
Boothstown Res took a step closer to promotion thanks to their 3-1 win away to Tintwistle Atheltic Res. The win move Boothstown Res up into second place, over taking Tintwistle, thanks to goals from Daniel Fitch, Drew Hamblett and Kieran Kelsey. The win puts Boothstown just two points behind league leaders with two games in hand.
Altrincham Hale Res move up to sixth after their 6-1 win at home to Atherton Town A to bounce back from back-to-back defeats. A Leigh Sprostron hat-trick, Steve Reid brace and a solitary Sam Acton did the damage for Hale, Bobby Graham scored for Atherton but Hale leapfrog Town following the win.