It was an eventful afternoon in the top flight with results meaning there are further twists at the top and bottom of the table.
League leaders Hindsford completed their campaign quota in style by defeating Rochdale Scared Heart at Squires Lane to leave them on 61 points for their season. Jack Valentine, Alex Honeyball, Ryan Brody and Jack Toone all scored to secure a 4-0 win and The Tonics now wait to see if they can be caught.
Royton Town are in second place but they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Old Alts, ending their hopes of title success. Sean Dorsey, Dave Drinkwater and Patrick Ettore each scored once in a 3-0 win at Crossford Bridge to deny Town and boost their own survival chances.
Manchester Central will lift the Premier Division trophy if they pick up maximum points from each of their remaining games. The steam train that are Central continue to charge forward and remain the only challenger to Hindsford at the summit. Their latest win came against relegation-threatened East Manchester as they saw them off 7-2. Cory Knight’s four goals was added to by a brace from Dan Burns and a Buba Sakiliba goal to clinch the three points and bragging rights.
Beechfield United moved off the bottom and up two places thanks to a crucial 5-1 win over Dukinfield Town, a victory which gives them hope of avoiding the drop. A hat-trick from Jamie Sinnott helped United claim the points at Salford Sports Village, his second in as many weeks and could be the key to maintaining his side’s top-flight status.
Chadderton Res drop to a place off bottom after losing out in their local derby with Heyside at the Ark Fleetech Stadium. Kyle McGovern and Sam Traynor had given the hosts a 2-1 lead but Heyside pulled it back and ran out 4-2 winners thanks to goals from Jordan Schofield, Adam Dale, James Curley and Josh Briddon.
Bolton County now sit in ninth courtesy of an impressive 4-0 victory over Springhead thanks to a goal each from Jordan Mark McLoughlin, Matthew Ormerod, Ian Smalley and Matthew Leatham. The defeat leaves Springhead in sixth and puts a dint in their quest for a top-five finish.
Stockport Georgians ensured they left Sycamore Road with all 3 points after they won 1-0 against Walshaw Sports. The victory saw Georgians keep their first clean sheet on the road this season as they move up a place to eighth.
Heywood St James drew level with league leaders Pennington and are now separated by just 3 goals, this is following their 9-3 win over Bolton Lads & Girls Club on Saturday afternoon. Jackson King and Jack Martin both netted braces while Martin Cosgrove, Josh Smethurst, Lamar Harrison and Charlie Minshull all scored once.
Wilmslow Albion move off the bottom with a decent point gained at home to Uppermill. The game ended 1-1 at Oakwood Farm with Connor Berry netting the visitors’ goal but the hosts could have really done with maximum, given that they have played more games than the teams around them.
Uppermill Res consolidate their position in third after they saw off East Manchester Academy at Kershaw Lane. Darren Scanlon scored a hat-trick, Kieran Hilton, Jake Caldwell and an own goal completed the scoring in a 6-3 victory and now sit five points off the top with 3 games in hand.
Stockport Georgians Res secured back-to-back wins and are now in ninth spot after an emphatic 5-0 win over bottom side Wilmslow Albion Res. The win puts Georgians 6 points clear of the drop zone while Albion are 12 points adrift.
The shares and goals were shared at St Johns Street where Springhead Res hosted Elton Vale Res, with both sides finishing the game with 10 men. The game ended 2-2 with Kyle Carter and Peter Hickford getting the Vale goals while Jack Donlan and Adam Nuttall both scored for the hosts.
Heyside Res extended their lead at the summit to four points after they scored four in a 4-2 win over Tintwistle Athletic Res. Aiden Woolleson scored but later got sent off for the hosts and remain in sixth.
Heywood St James Res were denied the chance to move up to second after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Dukinfield Town A. Blake Roberts and Dale Rostron both scored for Jimmies but it was only enough for a point on the day and means they stay in third.
Boothstown Res are now fourth thanks to goals from Joe Cox and Matthew Grant who earned their side a 2-1 win over Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res.
Astley & Tyldesley Res remain bottom despite pulling off the biggest win of the day. They saw off Manchester Central Res at Gin Pit Village which sees them move level on points with the team above them.
Atherton Town booked their place in the last four with a comprehensive victory over Tintwistle Athletic at Butler Park. Jordan Lloyd’s brace was added to by Danny Kerr, Nathan Randell and Bend Rodgers in the 5-1 victory.
Govan Athletic pulled off a tremendous victory to make it to the semi finals as they saw off high-flying Division Two side Moorside Rangers. Andrew Cruickshank (2) and Nathan Hind netted for the hosts as they look to end the season strong.
Boothstown also put their name in the hat after they left Elton Vale Sports Club with a resilient 2-0 victory.
Dukinfield Town Res put their name in the hat for the semi finals after they beat Pennington Res 4-2 at Woodhams Park. Town ran out 4-2 winners with James Barker and Kaiden Stanistreet getting Pennington’s goals but it wasn’t to be for their side on the day.
Rochdale Sacred Heart A join them in the hat after they saw off Atherton Town A at Howe Bridge Sports Centre as the visitors secured a last-four spot with a 5-1 win
Manchester League Cup
Bolton County Res made it to the semi-final stages after they needed a penalty shoot-out to get past Moorside Rangers Res at Agecroft Farm. The score was 1-1 after 90 minutes with Alex Bardsley netting for the hosts and Danny Hill got County’s reply but with an 8-7 victory on spot kicks, County go through.
Penalties were also required at Platt Lane as Govan Athletic Res welcomed Altrincham Hale Res. Oladeji Ojeniyi scored Govan’s response to Hale’s first half opener. The game finished 1-1 but Govan progressed with a 6-5 win on penalties.