Midweek Round-Up - 03.05.18

By Simon Harrison

We take a look at the football played this midweek in the league and cups of the Manchester Football League.

Premier Division

Wythenshawe Amateurs welcomed Manchester Gregorians to Hollyhedge Park on Tuesday night and thanks to Chris Howard and Rico Colulo goals, the Ammies picked up maximum points, winning 2-0.

Springhead ended their away quota with three points as they left Fox Park with a 3-2 win over Rochdale Sacred Heart. Ryan Fagan, Kion Pryce and Josh Haigh were on target for ‘Head to give them a result that secures a top four finish; Thomas Bradburn and Josh Shelmerdine with Sacred Heart’s goals.

East Manchester tightened their grip on third place with a 4-1 win away to local rivals Dukinfield Town. Connor Brotherton was on the double and was joined on the scoresheet by George Etchells and Hazen Gardner to give East the bragging rights; Calum Williams with Town’s reply.

Hindsford complete their 2017/18 campaign with a 2-0 win against Stockport Georgians. Brad Brown and Liam Jones both scored at Cromley Road to ensure a top six finish.

Richard Woodward scored twice for Walshaw Sports to inflict Bolton County’s second defeat on 2018. The win moves Walshaw above County with both having two games left to play.

Division One
Elton Vale claimed bragging rights in emphatic fashion as they hit local rivals Westbury Sports for six. Jordan Burton registered a hat-trick, Daniel Goodier, Jamie Treanor and Mark Severs getting the others in a 6-1 win.

Lewis Culf scored as Boothstown edged a nervy game at home to Leigh Athletic. The hosts edged out the Tics in a 2-1 success, meaning there are just two points between the two sides in the bottom half.

Division Two
Radcliffe Juniors kept their promotion and title hopes alive with a thumping 9-0 win over Atherton LR Development. Winning all four remaining games would see them crown as champions.

Irlam Steel moved out of the bottom two places thanks to a healthy 5-2 win at home to fellow-strugglers Breightmet United. Mark Jones, Connor McQuire, Ben Ravenscroft, Jamie Marks and Mike Horgan were on the scoresheet for Steelies with Rob Davis and Jared Render both scoring for United.

Govan Athletic completed their season with a very good 5-0 win at Heywood St James. Adil Ajmal scored twice in addition to David Badrock, Oliver Wright and Hamid Jemei goals and sees them in third place for now.

Division Four
AFC Monton Res moved themselves out of the bottom two with two Zac Murray goals and one from Tyler Cooke in their 3-0 win against Leigh Athletic Res.

Open Trophy Final

Wythenshawe Amateurs Res denied Rochdale Sacred Heart Res a league and cup double by defeating them in the finale at Shawe View on Wednesday evening.

Luke Hibbert put the Ammies into an early lead but Michael Kearney cancelled it out midway through the first half. Ben Wilde, who produced a man of the match performance, restored his side’s lead on the half hour mark before Hibbert got his second and Wythenshawe’s third just before the break.

In a tense and end-to-end second half, there were no more goals until three minutes from time when Levi Simic’s drilled effort gave Sacred Heart some hope and they could have levelled it a few minutes later but Ben Fielding couldn’t direct his free header on target from a matter of yards out.

Congratulations to Wythenshawe Amateurs on lifting the trophy in what has been successful season for not only the reserves but for the club in general.

Premier Division

AFC Monton reduced the gap to three points between them and Manchester Gregorians with a 3-2 win over them. Both teams will finish in the bottom three but in what order is yet to be decided.

Rochdale Sacred Heart bounced back from Tuesday’s defeat to get an edge over Wythenshawe Amateurs in the Gilgryst Cup Final dress rehearsal. Matthew Dell, Michael Kearney and Josh Shelmerdine all scored for the ex-Champions as they move into seventh, inflicting the Ammies’ first defeat since January.

Division Three
Stockport Georgians Res and Atherton Town Res shared the spoils in their 1-1 draw at Cromley Road. Georgians remain bottom of the pile with four games to go but need wins to give them the best chance of avoiding the drop; Hensley Mills registering for Town.

Dukinfield Town Res move up a place to seventh following their 4-2 win at home to Wilmslow Albion Res. The result means Albion are confined to a finish inside the bottom three places.

Atherton LR Development bounced back from their heavy defeat on Tuesday with a 2-1 win away to Hindley Juniors. The win moves LR up to sixth with one game remaining.

Division Five
There was plenty of drama at the top of the table as the top three were all in action.

Boothstown Res finished off their campaign with a close 3-2 win over Breightmet United Res at Moss Park. Goals from Jamie Butler, Matt Whittaker and Dan Finch ensure their side finish third.

Chadderton EDS have had their winning streak ended at thirteen as second-placed Uppermill Res throw a spanner in the works. In the top of the table clash between the two sides, the hosts only goal difference separates them with both having two games to play.

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