Midweek Review - 30.08.18

By Simon Harrison

We take a look at the results across the Manchester Football League in the final round of midweek fixtures for August.

Premier Division
Early pace-setters Hindsford stretched their perfect start to the campaign to six wins from six with the latest coming in a 3-1 win against Bolton County. Alex Honeyball added another couple of goals to his tally with Jack Valentine getting the other for the hosts while Jordan McLoughlin claimed County’s consolation at Squires Lane.

Springhead threw away a two-goal lead at Rochdale Sacred Heart as they were made to settle with a point. Ryan Fagan and Richard Walker had put the visitors in front but the 2016/17 champions fought back to clinch a 2-2 draw at Fox Park.

Chadderton Reserves doubled their points tally with a super 7-0 win against Manchester Gregorians to move them up into 8th. Four goals from Niall Barnes plus further strikes from Leon Iluobe, Jordan Matthews and Hasan Ali sealed the win at Belle Vue.

Walshaw Sports climbed up to fifth spot following a good 6-2 win at AFC Monton despite finishing the game with ten men. Robin Greenwood’s brace was added to by Josh Alexander, Lee Chapman, Adam Nuttall and Richard Woodward for the visitors with the latter seeing red.

Dukinfield Town were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Stockport Georgians while it remained goalless between Old Alts and East Manchester when they met at Crossford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Royton Town fell to their first defeat of the season as they faced Heyside at The Oldham Academy. Gary Chan scored twice for Heyside as they come from behind to take all three points, moving them up into third spot.

Manchester Central produced a match-winning performance as they eased to a 4-0 victory against Beechfield United. Cory Knight scored twice plus Josh Frith and Bevan Burley goals earns Central their first win of the season.

Division One
A goal in each half saw Heywood St James register their sixth straight win of the season and keeping their 100% start with Lamar Harrison and Josh Smethurst giving their side a 2-0 victory over Uppermill.

Second-placed Pennington made sure the gap remained at six points between them and the league leaders after they picked up a tough 4-3 win at home to Bolton Lads & Girls Club. A Dominic Shepherd double plus goals from Jordan Walshe and Pierre Bowen earned their side all three points at Jubilee Park.

One point back in third are Radcliffe Juniors who have started their second season in the MFL much better than their first. Lee Simmons got a mere consolation for Atherton Town as Radcliffe ran out 3-1 winners at Butler Park.

It was a stalemate at Bridgewater Park as fifth hosted fourth with six goals scored. Boothstown and Elton Vale played out a 3-3 draw with Dan Hugo scoring twice in addition to Ben Oldroyd for the hosts while Dylan McMahon, Mark Severs and Tyler Roscoe scoring for Vale.

Govan Athletic registered their first win of the season as they narrowly squeezed past Tintwistle Athletic at Platt Lane. Adil Ajmal, Daniel Browne and Nathan McDonald were the scorers for Govan, leaving Tinny still yet to pick up a win from their start to the campaign.

Ten men Atherton LR Reserves were beaten 2-0 at home by Altrincham Hale thanks to two goals in as many minutes. Andrew Newton and Arron Martindale striking mid-way through the first half to secure the win.

Division Two
Middleton Colts couldn’t extend their 100% start to 4 games as they played out an eight-goal thriller with Avro Res at the Vestacare Stadium. Jamie Diamond hit a double, Nathan Daly and Jonathon Munson getting the other two for Colts while Max Davidson and Mike Barnes-Gott both scored twice for the hosts.

Irlam Steel took advantage and go top of the table with a 3-1 win at home to Walshaw Sports Res.

Wythenshawe Amateurs Res pick up a victory at the fifth attempt as they beat Astley & Tyldesley 2-1 at Gin Pit Village with Peter Aspinall getting the hosts’ goal.

Irlam Steel have a three-point lead at the top of Division Two following their 3-1 win at home to Walshaw Sports.

Hindsford Res were pushed close as Hindley Juniors search for their first win of the season. The hosts edged a nine-goal thriller by the odd goal as they ran out 5-4 winners. Rivan Fisher (2), Benajmin Chambers, Andrew Chapman and Chad Wright all getting on the scoresheet for The Tonics.

Division Three
Rochdale Sacred Heart A made it two wins from two as they overcome Springhead Res at Firgrove Playing Fields. Robert Berry and Chris Crothers scored for Springhead but they fall to a 5-2 defeat.

Uppermill kicked off their campaign with a 3-1 win at home to Chadderton EDS as did East Manchester Academy who scooped a 2-1 win against Old Alts Res. Ryan White getting Alts’ goal and Michael O’Connor and Eduardo Lamb for East.

Leigh Athletic Res picked up all three points from their trip to Oakwood Farm, beating Wilmslow Albion 2-1. James Dooley netted a brace for The Tics to bounce back from an opening day defeat.

After losing on the opening weekend, Bolton County Res also picked up their first win after they defeated Pennington 3-1 at Radcliffe Road.

Stockport Georgians Res are still without a point after losing their opening two games, the latest coming against Dukinfield Town.

Division Four
It was goals galore in Division Four this midweek as 30 were scored in just give games.

Altrincham Hale Res were 5-3 winners at Govan Athletic with Jason McDermott, Liam Paterson, Jordan Drinkwater and a James Clarke-Quirk double for Hale while David Roddy, Sam Shaw and Ben Norbury netted for Govan.

Also winning by the same scoreline were Tintwistle Athletic Res as they defeated Dukinfield Town Res thanks to goals from Matt Daniels, Joe Crabtree and a hat-trick from Josh Stevenson.

Atherton Town A secured a healthy 5-2 win away to Astley & Tyldesley Res thanks to goals from Leon Berrisford, Benjamin Hyde, a Sasha Nyathi brace and an own goal.

Stephen Edwards, Liam Dunn and Jake Dawber all scored once to give Boothstown Res a 3-2 win at home to Manchester Central Res, Joel Edwards and Nathan Jackson netting for Central.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res get their campaign off to a winning start following their 3-2 victory at home to Moorside Rangers Res. Jason Wood claimed both goals for Rangers to add to the one he scored at the weekend.

Where next?

Results Round-Up - 01.09.18 We take a look at the results across the MFL as the 2018/19 season enters September.
Weekend Review - 25.08.18 We take a look at the action across the Manchester Football League on the bank holiday weekend.

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