Results Review - Saturday 16 October

By Simon Harrison

We’ve reached the midway point of the month and there was once again plenty of action for us to look at from Saturday 16 October.


League leaders Rochdale Sacred Heart could only add one point to their tally as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to fellow title contenders Dukinfield Town. The stalemate keeps Town three points below the Rochdale side and are still to taste defeat this season.

Hindsford took full advantage of Sacred Heart’s result and are now the new leaders after they extended their 100% start to seven games. A goal in each half from Alex Honeyball helped the Tonics to a 2-0 win over Heyside at Squires Lane.

Springhead drop to sixth place after suffering back-to-back defeats with the latest coming at the hands of Bolton County who are now up to third. Louis Duff had given the visitors an early lead but Matthew Leatham scored twice, one in each half to turn it around and secure the points for County,

Pennington secured their first win in the league campaign since the opening day when they welcomed Manchester Gregorians to Jubilee Park. Bradley Aspinall and Evrard Yao both scored for the hosts while Sam Boylan scored for Gregs who slipped to their third defeat of the season.

Stockport Georgians recorded another win on the road, their third in a row in all competitions. Following their 8-0 triumph last time out in the league, this 2-0 win at Heywood St James sees them move up to fifth. Mason Warhurst and Callum Campbell scored both goals at Phoenix Ground for the visitors.

It ended goalless at Crossford Bridge where Old Alts entertained Walshaw Sports. With both teams found in the bottom four, a clean sheet will be a welcome sight and something to build on in the coming weeks.


There is daylight at top of the table as Bolton Lads and Girls now hold a three-point lead over second place. Bolton’s Chris Beatty and Robbie Gibson both scored in their 2-1 win over Boothstown and remain the only unbeaten side in the division. Paul Jones scored for Boothstown who remain in third spot.

Elton Vale suffered successive home defeats as they went down 4-2 against Govan Athletic. Calum Rigby and Kelvin Trippier both scored for the hosts before the latter was sent off to see them finish the game a man light. The victory was Govan’s first on the road this season and are up to fourth place after the win.

Atherton Town picked up their first win of the campaign by inflicting a thumping defeat to East Manchester on Saturday as they put five past the visitors. Matt Jackson scored twice in the 5-1 victory with Jack Valentine, Gareth Shaw and George getting the other Town goals. Tom Beswick scored East’s reply in their first league defeat since the opening day of the season.

Moorside Rangers leapfrog East Manchester and move up to sixth place following their 4-1 win at Wilmslow Albion. Kaden Goodman, Mike Gill, Ruben Rose and Ryan Heard all scored for Rangers at Oakwood Farm, making it three league wins in a row.

Goals from Jack Yates and Tom Dunne secured a 2-1 win for Altrincham Hale as they defeated Uppermill. The win puts Hale up to eighth place and was their first since August while Uppermill drop to fifth despite Ashley Ainsworth’s goal.


Bolton United now hold a commanding eight-point lead at the top of the division. Bolton were awarded the victory in their game with Daisy Hill Development which was added to by the fact second placed Leigh Genesis were not in action.

Bolton Borough move up to second place following their narrow 1-0 win over Manchester Central. The single goal scored with 15 minutes to go proved to be the difference in Central’s first defeat for five weeks and was Bolton’s sixth win on the bounce.

AFC Monton returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory at home to Avro Reserves on Saturday. Adam Campbell and Josh Wilson scored the goals for the home side and are up to fourth following the win.

Astley and Tyldesley now occupy the fifth promotion place after Jordan Lovell’s brace helped them to a 4-0 win over Breightmet United. Callum McMahon and Alex Cheetham scored the other two goals for the visitors at Moss Park in what was their first win in all competitions for five weeks.

Avenue recorded a quite remarkable victory on Saturday as they travelled to face Cavaliers who were made to endure yet another miserable afternoon. The game ended 26-0 to the visitors which has to be up there with the biggest score lines in MFL history, if not the biggest. Tyler Smith (6), Liam Bennion (4), Maison Dinsdale (3), Sam Gibson (3), Aaron Hussain (3), Carlton Norford (3), Ethan Wade-Young (2), Brian Farrell and Jake Edwards scored the goals for Avenue.

Premier Division
Bolton County 2-1 Springhead
Heywood St James 0-2 Stockport Georgians
Hindsford 2-0 Heyside
Old Alts 0-0 Walshaw Sports
Pennington 2-1 Manchester Gregorians
Rochdale Sacred Heart 0-0 Dukinfield Town

Division One
Atherton Town 5-1 East Manchester
Boothstown 1-2 Bolton Lads and Girls
Elton Vale 2-4 Govan Athletic
Uppermill 1-2 Altrincham Hale
Wilmslow Albion 1-4 Moorside Rangers

Division Two
Manchester Central 0-1 Bolton Borough
AFC Monton 2-1 Avro Reserves
Bolton United H-W Daisy Hill Development
Breightmet United 0-4 Astley and Tyldesley
Cavaliers 0-26 Avenue
Hindley Juniors P-P AFC Burnley

Division Three
Dukinfield Town Res 1-2 Rochdale Sacred Heart Res
Springhead Res H-W Bolton County
Royton Town Res 5-2 Atherton Town Res
Stockport Georgians Res 2-0 Uppermill Res

Division Four
Bolton Lads and Girls Res 4-1 Old Alts Res
Leigh Genesis Res 4-1 Wilmslow Albion Res
Astley and Tyldesley Res 2-3 Dukinfield Town A
Dukinfield Town B H-W Atherton Town A
Tintwistle Athletic Res 3-4 Govan Athletic Res

Manchester Challenge Trophy
Beechfield United H-W Egerton
Chadderton Reserves 3-0 Maine Road Res

Manchester Amateur Cup
Oldham Community 0-2 Baguley Athletic
AFC Oldham Res 1-1(Pens 4-5) AFC Monton Res
Beechfield United A A-W Radclyffe AFC
Farrington FC Munde A-W Boothstown Res
Moorside Rangers Res H-W Greater Manchester

Where next?

Results Review - Saturday 23 October The penultimate weekend of October produced yet again another fantastic display of football as we look at the results from Saturday 23 October
Results Review - Saturday 9 October We take a look at the results in the Manchester Football League from Saturday 9 October.

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