Only three points separate the top five teams in the top flight after the results this weekend with plenty of goals scored in each tie.
Hindsford remain at the top of the table but their unbeaten start to the season is no more. The Tonics fell to their first defeat of the season after they went down 3-1 at Stockport Georgians. Alex Honeyball found the net again for them but proved to be only a consolation at Cromley Road as goals from Will Parry (2) and Thomas Russell gave Georgians the three points.
Rochdale Sacred Heart returned to league action after a few weeks out and are back up to second place following their 3-0 win over Manchester Gregorians. The visitors claimed all three points thanks to goals from Harry Royds, James Hebb and Lewis Greaves and are now just two points off the leaders
Royton Town must be relieved after they picked up their first win of the season at Walshaw Sports on Saturday. Abiola Obasoto netted for the hosts but Will Morgan, Jack Cooper and Rogerio Varela all scored for Town who are still rooted to the bottom despite the win but are now only a point from safety.
Building on a positive result last weekend, a young Heyside followed it up with an impressive win against Chadderton Reserves. Alireza Farhadi, Chris Smith and Baillie McNeil all scored one each for the visitors in the 3-2 win with Tyler Berry and Nathan Braithwaite-Booth scoring Chaddy’s replies.
Dukinfield Town now remain the only team who are yet to taste defeat and the run extends to ten games after their win over Old Alts on Saturday. A Jack Saw brace helped the hosts to a 4-3 win with Mark Pearson and Ben Bardsley getting the others for Town. Alex Rimmer scored twice for Old Alts and Richard Symonds got the other who are just a point off the relegation place.
The game between Beechfield United and Bolton County was abandoned inside 20 minutes due to a nasty injury to Bolton player Ben Tomlinson. Everyone from the Manchester League wishes Ben all the very best and a speedy recovery.
League leaders Bolton Lads and Girls suffered their first defeat of the season as they were well beaten by Govan Athletic at Platt Lane. Soman Muhammad (2), Siyam Muhammad and Osman Omar all scored for the Latics to move them to within two points of the summit.
Uppermill also strengthened their challenge for a promotion place as they scored three without reply at Altrincham Hale. Jack Shaw, Jake Richardson and Leighton Stephenson all scored for the visitors and now sit in fourth and three points off top spot with games in hand over the two teams above them.
Atherton Town made it three league wins on the bounce after they welcomed Wilmslow Albion to Butler Park. Ben Kindley and Gareth Shaw both scored for Town in the 2-1 win with Sam Edwards getting Albion’s reply. The defeat was the visitors’ seventh of the season and remain at the foot of the table.
It ended all square at West Drive where Tintwistle Athletic welcomed the visit of East Manchester. Both teams are situated in the bottom three and there was nothing to separate the sides as Aiden Woolleson’s goal for the hosts was cancelled out by East’s Tom Beswick.
Bolton Borough closed the gap at the top to five points following their 11-0 win over Oldham Community on Saturday. The top two have now played the same number of games and are yet to face each other this season, setting up an exciting race for the title.
Third place Leigh Genesis will also count themselves as title contenders as they secured another three points in their home tie with AFC Burnley. Jack Clare (2), Josh Clarke, Tom Simms and Finlay Turner all scored for Leigh in the 5-2 win as Max McNulty and Jake Whitaker both scored for the visitors. The result leaves Leigh six points off the top while Burnley are down in twelfth.
Daisy Hill Development made it two wins on the bounce as they toppled promotion-chasing Hollinwood at Oasis Academy. Lewis Shore and Patrick Mokobe both grabbed a brace with Alfa Umaro getting the other in the 5-2 win with Georgi Terry and James Curley scoring for the hosts.
Manchester Central comfortably picked up three points from their game against Breightmet United and their first clean sheet at home this season. Sam Stich, Fuhud Kasali and Gabriel Wiwoloku all bagged a brace and Junior Silva and Ruben Lawal both scored once in the 8-0 win at Wright Robinson.
Beechfield United A-A Bolton County
Manchester Gregorians 0-3 Rochdale Sacred Heart
Chadderton Reserves 2-3 Heyside
Dukinfield Town 4-3 Old Alts
Pennington P-P Heywood St James
Stockport Georgians 3-1 Hindsford
Walshaw Sports 1-3 Royton Town
Altrincham Hale 0-3 Uppermill
Atherton Town 2-1 Wilmslow Albion
Boothstown P-P Moorside Rangers
Govan Athletic 4-0 Bolton Lads and Girls
Tintwistle Athletic 1-1 East Manchester
Cavaliers P-P Astley and Tyldesley
Hollinwood 2-5 Daisy Hill Development
Leigh Genesis 5-2 AFC Burnley
Manchester Central 8-0 Breightmet United
AFC Monton P-P Bolton United
Bolton Borough 11-0 Oldham Community
Hindley Juniors P-P Avenue
Beechfield United A A-W AFC Monton Res
Bolton County Res A-W Atherton Town Res
Elton Vale Res P-P Boothstown Res
Hindsford Res 1-4 Stockport Georgians Res
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res P-P Royton Town Res
Springhead Res P-P Manchester Gregorians Res
Uppermill Res P-P Altrincham Hale Res
Bolton Lads and Girls Res 2-1 Hollinwood Res
Chadderton EDS 5-2 Tintwistle Athletic Res
Moorside Rangers Res P-P Dukinfield Town A
Old Alts Res P-P Leigh Genesis Res
Wilmslow Albion Res P-P Pennington Res