Results Review - Saturday 28 August

By Simon Harrison

We take a look at the results from across the Manchester Football League on Saturday 28 August as we saw action in all five divisions.

PREMIER DIVISION

Rochdale Sacred Heart maintain their 100% start to the 2021/22 season with another victory on Saturday afternoon. Matt Landregan’s purple patch in front of goal continued as his two goals helped the visitors to a 3-1 win over Pennington, taking his tally to eight. Lewis Wild scored the other goal for Sacred Heart with Bradley Aspinall scoring the hosts’ consolation at Jubilee Park.

Hindsford are also on maximum points but have played a game less than the league leaders. They secured a big win at home to Springhead. Jordan Jones-Waite had initially put the visitors ahead from the spot but The Tonics fought back to level before the break and then went on to seal a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Ben Meredith, Alex Honeyball and Adam McKillop at Squires Lane.

Dukinfield Town move up to third place with a thumping home win over Stockport Georgians. Jack Saw scored twice in the 5-1 win at Woodhams Park with Ben Fox, Mitchell Andrew and Luke Nock getting the others to maintain Duki’s unbeaten start to the campaign. Paul Connor scored his second of the season but was a mere consolation on this occasion.

Seven goals were scored at Phoenix Ground and Heywood St James were the ones who would collect all three points in their 4-3 victory courtesy of a last-minute winner. A brace from Kenny Rickelsford and one from Joe Lewis wasn’t enough for Old Alts, who are still searching for their first win, but goals from Lamar Harrison, Adam Howe, Callum Lee and Josh Brown secured their side’s second win of the season.

DIVISION ONE

Bolton Lads and Girls romped to a 7-1 win on Saturday afternoon which sees them top the table after the opening two games. Two goals apiece from Curtis Harboard and Alex Buchannan did most of the damage but further goals from Chris Beatty, Ellis Richardson and Robbie Gibson sealed it. Josh Connolly scored the consolation for Albion on an afternoon to forget.

Govan Athletic got their season underway but it began with a defeat at the hands of Altrincham Hale. Gage Eme had originally given the visitors the lead but Daniel Acton-Smith and Jack Yates scored Hale’s goals to turn it around and win 2-1 at Blessed Thomas Holford School.

After tasting defeat on the opening day, East Manchester got their first point of the season in their 1-1 draw at home to Elton Vale. Fin Malcolm scored East’s goal at Wright Robinson but was cancelled out by Lewis Chortiw’s fourth goal of the season.

Winning well last week on the road were Boothstown and they were looking for a similar outcome when they travelled to Tintwistle Athletic. It ended honours even at West Drive as Tinny’s Callum Scott’s goal was cancelled out by Ben Oldroyd.

DIVISION TWO

It remains unchanged at the top of Division Two with the top three teams, who have a 100% record, all winning on Saturday afternoon.

AFC Monton experience a somewhat comfortable afternoon after they welcomed MFL newcomers Cavaliers to New Alder Park. The visitors finished the game with nine men through injuries and suffered a 16-0 defeat against the league leaders. Adam Campbell (5), Aaron Nolan (4), Aaron Dyce (3), Daniel McLoughlin (2), Jacob Ngoy and Aaron Wilson are finding the net for the Ammies.

Bolton United kept up their perfect start with a 4-2 win at home to Hindley Juniors. Shakeel Butt (2), Nadir Patel and Mohammed Ali all scored at St Johns Park to keep them second with Liam Davies and Ben Shiel both scoring for the visitors.

Hollinwood came out on top in their local derby with Oldham Community, winning 5-2 at Ten Acres Lane. Georgi Terry spectacularly opened the scoring for the visitors then Nathan Bourne took over as he helped his side to take all three points by scoring four times. Carlos Correia and Justino Nogueira both scored for the hosts, who are one of three teams who are still searching for their first point of the season.

At the third attempt, Avro Res picked up their first win of the season after beating AFC Burnley 3-0 at Stanley Sports Hub. Mason Beard, Lewis Unwin and Sam Kellett are scoring for the visitors and move above their opponents as a result of the win.

Avenue seem to be enjoying their start to season after they secured their third straight win, moving up to fourth place. Carlton Norford is a man in form as he scored five in the 6-1 win, taking his tally to eleven from four games. Maison Dinsdale scored the other for the visitors while Karl Farrell claimed the consolation for Daisy Hill Development.

Astley and Tyldesley collected their second win from their first three games after they played host to Breightmet United on Saturday afternoon. Scott Rowe, Alec Crowder and Jamie Hanlon all scored for Astley which sees them move up to sixth.

It was a second win of the season for Bolton Borough on Saturday against a Manchester Central side who were looking for successive wins themselves. Gabriel Wiwoloku scored for the second week running for Central but Michael McGinlay and Kallum Russell’s goals earned Bolton the 2-1 win.

Full Results

Premier Division
Dukinfield Town 5-1 Stockport Georgians
Heywood St James 4-3 Old Alts
Hindsford 3-1 Springhead
Pennington 1-3 Rochdale Sacred Heart

Division One
Bolton Lads and Girls 7-1 Wilmslow Albion
East Manchester 1-1 Elton Vale
Altrincham Hale 2-1 Govan Athletic
Tintwistle Athletic 1-1 Boothstown

Division Two
AFC Burnley 0-3 Avro
Oldham Community 2-5 Hollinwood
AFC Monton 16-0 Cavaliers
Astley and Tyldesley 3-0 Breightmet United
Bolton Borough 2-1 Manchester Central
Bolton United 4-2 Hindley Juniors
Daisy Hill Development 1-6 Avenue

Division Three
Atherton Town Res 1-1 Manchester Gregorians Res
Elton Vale Res 6-2 Uppermill Res
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res 2-1 Altrincham Hale Res
Royton Town Res 3-1 Boothstown Res
Springhead Res 3-1 AFC Monton Res
Stockport Georgians Res 2-4 Dukinfield Town Res

Division Four
Atherton Town A 6-1 Hollinwood Res
Chadderton EDS 1-1 Dukinfield Town A
Dukinfield B 3-2 Pennington Res
Moorside Rangers Res 5-4 Astley and Tyldesley Res

Where next?

Results Review - Saturday 4 September We look at the results from the weekend in the Manchester Football League as the season enters September.
Results Review - Saturday 21 August We take a look at the results from the weekend.

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