On the penultimate weekend of November we had plenty of action to review.
League leaders Hindsford ensure they stay in top spot following a 2-1 win at home to Manchester Gregorians thanks to Rico Stewart’s brace. Joshua Ripley scored Gregs’ reply at Squires Lane where the Tonics held on to secure all three points and stay three points clear.
Bolton County stay close on the leaders’ heels as they picked up three points to stay within touching distance. Tom Axon-Smith scored twice in County’s 6-1 win with Mahal Shereen and Carl Airey also getting on the score sheet at Crossford Bridge. Will Morton scored the hosts’ consolation who drop into bottom place.
Stockport Georgians moved up to third place following their sixth-straight league win, conquering Pennington at Jubilee Park. Kyle Wych and Thomas Russell both scored for Georgians in their 2-1 win, Danny Warburton netted for the hosts who sit three points and three places off the bottom.
Royton Town picked up their second win of the season and did so with a hugely impressive performance against title challengers Rochdale Sacred Heart. Liam Wood and Jack Cooper scored the goals for Town who ran out 2-0 winners at the Vestacare Stadium and move off the foot of the table as a result.
There were goals galore at Sycamore Road where Walshaw Sports came from behind to beat Beechfield United following a spirited second half display. Beechy held a 3-1 lead at the break before the hosts turned it around to win 6-4 and take all three points. Callum Davies and Deren Saunders both scored twice for United whilst Lee Gaskell’s hat-trick helped Walshaw to the win with Sam Oluwabiyi and Jamie Hart also scoring.
Boothstown keep hold of top spot for another week after an impressive 5-1 win over Altrincham Hale. Tom Perkins helped the visitors to the three points by scoring twice and was joined on the score sheet by Ryan Cain, Mason Sutherland and Simon Parrott.
Uppermill stay within three points of the leaders thanks to their win over Tintwistle Athletic at Churchill PF. Leighton Stephenson scored twice in the 7-3 win for the home side with Jack Shaw, Jake Richardson, Lee Rainford, Callum Faulkner and Ashley Ainsworth also scoring. Joe Friday (2) and Adam Cooper scored for Tinny who remain a place and six points off the bottom.
Elton Vale ended their five-game losing run emphatically by putting bottom team Wilmslow Albion to the sword. The home side romped to a 10-0 win with Lee Bruce leading the way with a hat-trick, supported by braces from George Pierce, Jack Alderson and Declan Guy and Jamie Sinnott rounding off the scoring late on.
George Bowers scored the only goal of the game as Atherton Town inflicted a third defeat on Bolton Lads and Girls and move to within two points of their opponents. Bowers’ goal secured a fifth-straight win for Town and are now just two points away from the promotion positions.
Govan Athletic got back to winning ways with a 3-2 victory at Wright Robinson where they faced East Manchester. Soman Muhammad scored twice for the visitors with David Badrock getting the other to move to within two points of the top two spots.
Bolton United maintain their place at the top of the table with a 5-1 win over Oldham Community, a win which saw leading goal scorer Nadir Patel add another four goals to his total. Sakeel Abdulah scored the other goal for United who are now fifteen points clear of sixth place. Carmel Toulomba scored Oldham’s consolation who stay a place off the bottom.
Bolton Borough continue to enjoy their debut season in the MFL as they inflicted Leigh Genesis’s first defeat on the road since August. A hat-trick from Mohammed Nageeb helped Bolton to a 6-1 win by scoring a hat-trick as well as a brace from Craig Farnworth and a further goal from Amadin Omonor. Josh Clarke scored Leigh’s consolation who remain in fifth place.
Bottom team Cavaliers were narrowly defeated when they travelled to take on Hollinwood, eventually losing 2-1 at Oasis Academy. Kevell Blake scored for the visitors as they were level at the break before the home side edged it in the second half. Nathan Bourne scored his sixteenth of the season for Hollinwood who stay in sixth place.
AFC Monton saw off Astley and Tyldesley to stay within nine points of the leaders. Max White, Aaron Swift and Adam Leach all scored in the 3-0 win for the hosts which is the first home league clean sheet since August.
Avenue and Avro Reserves couldn’t be separated and were made to share the spoils after their 2-2 draw. Oumar Camara and Kevin Zokou scored for Avro while Mitchell Clarke and John Hassall scored for the hosts at Heywood Sports Village.
Hindley Juniors are up to seventh following their 5-2 win over Breightmet United. Gary McShane took his tally up to ten for the season as he scored both goals for the visitors who remain four points and two places off the bottom.
Royton Town 2-0 Rochdale Sacred Heart
Dukinfield Town P-P Heywood St James
Hindsford 2-1 Manchester Gregorians
Old Alts 1-6 Bolton County
Pennington 1-2 Stockport Georgians
Walshaw Sports 6-4 Beechfield United
Bolton Lads and Girls 0-1 Atherton Town
East Manchester 2-3 Govan Athletic
Altrincham Hale 1-5 Boothstown
Elton Vale 10-0 Wilmslow Albion
Uppermill 7-3 Tintwistle Athletic
Oldham Community 1-5 Bolton United
AFC Burnley 0-2 Manchester Central
Hollinwood 2-1 Cavaliers
AFC Monton 3-0 Astley and Tyldesley
Avenue 2-2 Avro Reserves
Bolton Borough 6-1 Leigh Genesis
Hindley Juniors 5-2 Breightmet United
Bolton County Res 1-6 Elton Vale Res
Manchester Gregorians Res 4-4 Hindsford Res
Atherton Town Res 6-3 AFC Monton Res
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res 3-1 Uppermill Res
Springhead Res 1-3 Dukinfield Town Res
Stockport Georgians Res 2-3 Altrincham Hale Res
Leigh Genesis Res 2-1 Pennington Res
Astley and Tyldesley Res 0-3 Bolton Lads and Girls Res
Govan Athletic Res 1-1 Chadderton EDS
Atherton Town A 7-3 Dukinfield Town A
Wilmslow Albion Res 5-0 Hollinwood Res
Tintwistle Athletic Res 2-3 Moorside Rangers Res
Altrincham Senior Cup
Styal 0-1 Old Alts Res
Manchester Challenge Trophy
Abacus Media 4-1 Heyside
De La Salle Reds 2-2 (Pens 3-4) Chadderton Reserves