League leaders Avro continued their flawless start to the season with an impressive 2-0 win at East Manchester at Wright Robinson. Two goals from James Hampson inside the last ten minutes of the first half earned his side the points and their ninth straight win to inflict defeat on third-placed East Manchester for the first time this season.
Wythenshawe Amateurs, who went into their game with Hindsford in second place, hosted the first ever game in their new fantastic home at Hollyhedge Park. However, the spoils had to be shared as both sides played out a 1-1 draw. Jack Valentine upset the 277-strong home crowd after putting the Tonics in the lead on 67 minutes but David Wright levelled things up five minutes later.
Stockport Georgians picked up their second win of the season and did so in emphatic fashion as they thrashed Dukinfield Town at Cromley Road. The hosts went into the break 3-0 up thanks to goals from Jamie Pickering, Tyrone Turner and Joe Bevan and added to that in the second half with the latter netting another to seal a 4-0 victory.
There was more goals at St Johns Street where Springhead were comfortable 6-0 winners over Bolton County. Leighton Stephenson led the attack by securing a hat-trick and was supported by goals from Ryan Fagan, Ryan Hanson and Owen Minnock which takes them up to sixth leaving County in the relegation zone.
The remaining game in the Premier Division saw Old Alts host Heyside at Crossford Bridge, two sides who have struggled with form recently. Old Alts are yet to taste victory this season and will have to wait until next week to try again as Heyside got back to winning ways after three successive league defeats. Kerrim Calliste netted twice for Alts but wasn’t enough as goals from Richard Ollerton, Jordan Schofield, Adam Dale and Gary Molyneaux gave Heyside the three points to remain in fourth place.
There were two games in Division One on Saturday including league leaders Chapel Town who had a day to forget. They were well beaten 6-2 at home by Westbury Sports who picked up their first win of the season which included a James Clifton hat-trick. Louie Collinson, Francis Lee (Not THE Francis Lee) and Sam Howe were also on target at the Rowton Ground.
Hollinwood and Chadderton Reserves played out a nine-goal thriller at Chapel Road which saw the visitors pick up the three points. Niall Barnes netted a hat-trick with Graeme Preston and Alan Beckett also getting on the scoresheet. The win moves Chaddy up to third place, just two points off the top.
Tintwistle Athletic got back to winning ways with a good 4-1 win at Atherton LR Development and remain in top spot. Josh Stevenson hit a hat-trick and Tom Burns ensured Tinny bounced back from their defeat last time out. Habtamu Ayele got LR’s consolation at Crilly Park.
Altrincham Hale impressively kept the pressure on with a 5-1 win away to Heywood St James to keep the gap to two points. Hale had a slender 1-0 lead in a tight first half with Liam Paterson getting the opener but an open second half saw Chris Sisslilng, Arron Martindale, Will Pidgeon and Andrew Nugent add goals for the visitors while Lamar Harrison claimed Jimmies’ consolation.
Breightmet United edged out Irlam Steel in a tight affair at Moss Park to move them up to fourth. Reece Cropper and Ben Ravenscroft were on the scoresheet for Steelies but wasn’t enough as they went down 3-2 thanks to Curtis Harbord, Aiden McNamara and Gary McShane goals for United.
With the league leaders not in action, Avro Res took full advantage to crank up the pressure with a resounding 6-2 win at home to Wythenshawe Amateurs Res. Paul Downing secured a brace plus John Mulcahy, Oliver Froggat, Karl Brown and Josh Cathcart goals for the hosts, the victory puts them on level points with Rochdale Sacred Heart having played a game more.
Springhead Res came away from Squires Lane with all three points following their 4-2 win against Hindsford Res. Jamie Ashworth, Martyn Gurr, Darren Pownall and Adam Nuttall were the scorers for ‘Head to help move them up to sixth.
Dukinfield Town Res and Walshaw Sports Res played out a 4-4 draw at Woodhams Park as both sides were made to settle for a point each. Adam Bray, Victor Fernandes, Thomas Miles and Jack Saw got the goals for Town to keep them above their opponents.
There were plenty of goals scored in just two games in the division with eleven coming at Radcliffe Road where Bolton County Res hosted Leigh Athletic Res. The Latics hit five goals, coming courtesy of Chris Wilcox and a brace each from Greg Travers and David Dooley but proved not to be enough on the day as the hosts hit six. Levi Moncado scored twice while Phil Wallace, Dennis Strickland, Godwin May and Danny Hill.
In the other game, Rochdale Sacred Heart A made it two wins from two in clinical fashion as they brushed aside Old Alts Res by eight goals to nil.
After last week’s huge goal tally of fifteen, Tintwistle Athletic Res followed it up with a more conservative score line in the form of a 3-0 home win against Govan Athletic Res. Jake Knowles, James Wilson and Jack Booth all scored to give Tinny all three points and extend their unbeaten start.
Atherton Town A heaped more misery on Breightmet United Res with a 3-2 win at Howe Bridge. The three points moves Town up to third place, leaving United rock bottom without a point from their four games, Derrell George registering both goals for them.
Lancashire Amateur Shield
Six MFL clubs were in Lancashire Amateur Shield action on Saturday in the second round of the competition. Atherton Town bowed out after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Burscough Richmond at Butler Park but all the other MFL teams managed to progress.
Rochdale Sacred Heart were 3-2 winners over Longridge Town at Fox Park as were AFC Monton in their game at Poulton. Prestwich Heys Reserves went through to the next round a bit more comfortably after their game against Leyland United thanks to a 4-1 win.
Penalties were needed to decide the other two ties after they ended level at 90 minutes. Leigh Athletic drew 1-1 against Askam United but were 4-1 winners in the shoot-out while Royton Town and Winstanley Warriors shared six goals but Town were victorious from spot kicks, winning 3-2.
Radcliffe Juniors top Group A thanks to a neat 2-0 win at Boothstown and sit top of the table.
Pennington were the day’s biggest scorers in the Murray Trophy when they beat Elton Vale at Elton Vale Sports Club with Daryl Cope, Ross Farrington and Zach Sutton giving their side their first win in Group B.
Wilmslow Albion hosted Govan Athletic in the group’s other game with Albion narrowly edging it 2-1 as both teams tasted Murray Trophy football for the first time this season.
There was nothing to separate Beechfield United and Uppermill as they played out a 1-1 draw at Salford Sports Village. Ben Ford got Uppermill’s goal to give them their first point in the competition.
Ten goals were shared at the Oldham Academy as Royton Town Res hosted Wilmslow Albion Res in Group A. It was the first game for both teams in this season’s competition and start off with a point as a result.
It just took one goal to separate Manchester Gregorians Res and Atherton Town Res as the hosts ran out 1-0 winners. The victory puts Gregs in second place in Group B and leaves Town bottom without a point from their two games.
There was one game in Group A which saw Altrincham Hale Res pick up their first points of the competition. They were 3-2 winners at Pennington Res, leaving the home side pointless from their first two games. Callum McMahon and Kaiden Stanistreet registered for the hosts but Hale got the win thanks to Sam Manion, Christian Slawinksi and Leigh Sprostron goals.
Group D saw an emphatic score line as Chadderton EDS racked up a fantastic 13-0 win at home to Boothstown Res to go top of the table. Four goals from Alireza Farhadi, a hat-trick from Jack Ward, a Matthew Wilkinson brace and further goals from Jack Snape, Joel Stott, Adam Sweeney and Danny Miller send an early message to their rivals in the group.