Despite the weather slowly taking a turn for the worse in recent weeks, we have still had plenty of action to look back on, including this past weekend.
It’s a case of ‘as you were’ at the top of the Premier Division with each of the top four teams all picking up maximum points from their respective fixtures.
After dropping points for the first time last time out, league leaders Hindsford bounced back with a 1-0 win at Pennington on Saturday. The Tonics remain at the top thanks to a single Ryan Briody goal at Jubilee Park which leaves the hosts in eleventh place.
Second place Rochdale Sacred Heart cruised to a 6-1 win over Walshaw Sports to maintain the two-point gap between them and top spot. The hosts romped to the three points thanks to goals from Harry Royds (2), James Hebb (2), Reece Purcell and Matthew Rowson to leave the Bury outfit just two places and a point off the bottom. Jamie Hart netted the consolation for Walshaw.
Dukinfield Town stay within two points of top spot following their crushing win over in-form team Heyside despite finishing the game with ten men. Mitchell Andrew helped the hosts to an 8-0 win with five goals of his own and was joined on the score sheet by Jack Saw, Daniel Parkinson and Mark Pearson with the latter being given his marching orders later in the game.
Bolton County made it five league wins on the bounce as they needed just one goal to see off Royton Town on Saturday. Mahal Shereen’s goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as the visitors came away from the Vestacare Stadium with a 1-0 win and all three points.
Manchester Gregorians picked up their first league home win since the opening day as they saw off the challenge of Old Alts at Belle Vue. Sam Kirby scored twice along with further goals from Ali Jabbane and Harry Kilbride for Gregs in the 4-1 win with Alex Rimmer grabbing the visitors’ reply.
Heywood St James inflicted a fourth-straight defeat for Chadderton Reserves with the hosts coming out of the tie 4-2 winners. A brace from Aaron Nuttall for Jimmies was added to by Adam Howe and Elliot Collinson while Jonathan Thomas and Sam Traynor scored for Chaddy. The result lifts Heywood up to seventh and sees Chaddy drop to ninth.
There are new leaders at the top of the division, seeing Boothstown replace Bolton Lads and Girls at the summit.
Bolton Lads and Girls failed to secure maximum points from their game at Tintwistle Athletic as the two sides played out a 2-2 draw. Mike Price and Osman Karakan both scored for the Bolton outfit with Joe Elliott getting both goals for Tinny. This result was compounded with Boothstown being awarded the win from their fixture with East Manchester due to a non-fulfilment.
Atherton Town have raced up to fourth place and sit just five points off top spot following their fourth-straight win on Saturday. Connor Critchley scored twice in the 4-0 win over bottom team Wilmslow Albion with Gareth Shaw and Jack Valentine scoring the others at Oakwood Farm.
Altrincham Hale’s 3-1 win at home to Moorside Rangers moves them up to seventh and puts them on to the same number of points as the two teams above them (13) meaning just six points separates the top seven places. Chris Booth, Jonathan Drysdale and Josh Harper all scored for Hale with Kaden Goodman getting Rangers’ reply.
Bolton United extended their 100% start to eleven games on Saturday in a game which saw the two leading goal scorers go up against each other. Bolton’s Nadir Patel (27) led the scoring charts with Avenue’s Carlton Norford just behind him (21). Both strikers got on the score sheet again but on this occasion, it was Patel who succeeded both personally and as a collective. Patel scored a hat-trick as his Bolton side won 4-2 with Amin Munshi scoring the other while Norford and Tyler Smith got Avenue’s goals.
Bolton Borough remain five points off the leaders following their 4-1 home win over AFC Burnley and are now ten points clear of sixth place. Michael McGinlay (2), Nil Grau and Frank Zoltak all found the net for Bolton at the BWFC Academy to strengthen their promotion chances with just under half of their season gone.
Leigh Genesis sit in third place and picked up three points along with a clean sheet in their battle with Breightmet United. After a tight and goalless first half at Moss Park, goals from Finlay Turner, Jack Clare and Dan Monaghan secured a 3-0 win for the visitors.
AFC Monton follow suit with the teams above them and pick up three points from their trip to Hindley Juniors. Mitchell Nolan and Max White both found the net on two occasions to steer their side to a 4-1 win despite them finishing with ten men.
Manchester Central complete the top five and make it three-straight wins after coming away from the Vestacare stadium with three valuable points. Gabriel Wiwoloku (2), Fuhud Kasali and Mouhcine Tefahi all scored for Central in their 4-3 win over Avro Reserves with Oliver Froggatt, Sam Kellett and Mike Barnes-Gott getting their goals.
Daisy Hill Development made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they took home three points from their encounter with Oldham Community. Karl Farrell scored twice in the 4-2 win with Lewis Shore and Brandon Mann getting the others for Daisy. Oldham remain two places and three points off the bottom.
Manchester Gregorians 4-1 Old Alts
Dukinfield Town 8-0 Heyside
Heywood St James 4-2 Chadderton Reserves
Pennington 0-1 Hindsford
Rochdale Sacred Heart 6-1 Walshaw Sports
Royton Town 0-1 Bolton County
Altrincham Hale 3-1 Moorside Rangers
Boothstown H-W East Manchester
Tintwistle Athletic 2-2 Bolton Lads and Girls
Wilmslow Albion 0-4 Atherton Town
Avro Reserves 3-4 Manchester Central
Bolton Borough 4-1 AFC Burnley
Bolton United 4-2 Avenue
Breightmet United 0-3 Leigh Genesis
Hindley Juniors 1-4 AFC Monton
Oldham Community 2-4 Daisy Hill Development
Dukinfield Town Res 3-2 Royton Town Res
AFC Monton Res H-W Beechfield United A
Atherton Town Res 4-0 Boothstown Res
Bolton County Res H-W Uppermill Res
Elton Vale Res H-W Manchester Gregorians Res
Hindsford Res H-W Altrincham Hale Res
Stockport Georgians Res 1-2 Springhead Res
Old Alts Res P-P Dukinfield Town A
Bolton Lads and Girls Res 1-0 Govan Athletic Res
Hollinwood Res 4-6 Chadderton EDS
Astley and Tyldesley Res 2-4 Pennington Res
Atherton Town A 2-2 Wilmslow Albion Res
Moorside Rangers Res 1-2 Leigh Genesis Res
Cheshire Amateur Cup
Lostock Gralam 3-2 Govan Athletic
Blacon Youth Club 3-3 (Pens 3-4) Stockport Georgians