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Reserves Kick Off Their Season

By Simon Harrison

It’s been a long time coming for their league campaign to commence but the teams in Division Three, Four and Five finally get their season underway this weekend.

This Saturday sees the start of the 2017/18 Manchester Football League season for the reserve teams who have had to wait a further two weeks to have their first taste of league action.

The Manchester Football League would like to thank all involved at the clubs for their patience with the delayed start which was due to the increased number of teams, meaning an extra division being created.

Fixture Preview

Division Three
Champions, Stockport Georgians, get their title defence underway on Saturday when they head to Fearns Community College to face Walshaw Sports. The holders were scheduled to play last Saturday but their game at Wilmslow Albion fell foul of the weather.

Last season’s runners up, Hindsford, hope to go one better this campaign as they make the trip to Avro who play at their new home of the Vestacare Stadium.

Dukinfield Town host Manchester Gregorians at Woodhams Park whilst Wilmslow Albion have their second attempt of getting their season underway as they travel to Rochdale Sacred Heart’s Fox Park.

Wythenshawe Amateurs host Royton Town at Hollyhedge Park and Springhead play Atherton Town at St Johns Street.

Division Four
Division Four kicks off with Leigh Athletic hosting Elton Vale at Leigh sports Village with a 1pm start. Heyside host East Manchester Academy at Crompton House in the first of the two 2pm games on Saturday. Pennington are at home to Irlam Steel is the other two fixture. The 3pm game is at Chapel Road where Hollinwood welcome Old Alts.

Division Five
Six teams make their Manchester Football League debut on Saturday, some of which are new clubs joining the league; others are new teams from existing members.

Altrincham Hale player their first MFL game at home to Govan Athletic, the same being said for Tintwistle Athletic versus Uppermill.

Newbies Chadderton EDS travel to Heywood St James whilst Breightmet United welcome Bolton Lads & Girls Club for their first taste of MFL football.

The only game featuring teams who featured last season sees Boothstown at home to Atherton Town A.

Full Fixture List
Division Three
Avro Res v Hindsford Res
Dukinfield Town Res v Manchester Gregorians Res
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res v Wilmslow Albion Res
Springhead Res v Atherton Town Res
Walshaw Sports Res v Stockport Georgians Res
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res v Royton Town Res

Division Four
Leigh Athletic Res v Elton Vale Res
Heyside Res v East Manchester Academy
Pennington Res v Irlam Steel Res
Hollinwood Res v Old Alts Res

Division Five
Altrincham Hale Res v Govan Athletic Res
Boothstown Res v Atherton Town A
Breightmet United Res v Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res
Heywood St James Res v Chadderton EDS
Tintwistle Athletic Res v Uppermill Res

Where next?

Tuesday Night Round-Up Tuesday evening saw 12 Premier Division teams in action in the part one of the second instalment of midweek fixtures.
Weekend Round-Up The 2017/18 Manchester Football League saw its second weekend of games on Saturday as the teams in Premier Division, Division One and Two were in action.

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