Results Round-Up - 01.09.18

By Simon Harrison

We take a look at the results across the MFL as the 2018/19 season enters September.

Premier Division
League leaders Hindsford dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a 2-2 at Manchester Central. Jack Valentine and Alex Honeyball scored for Hindsford but a brace from Cory Knight meant the hosts pick up four points from their last two games.

Royton Town couldn’t capitalise on Hindsford’s slip-up, despite having ex-Manchester United and England player Paul Scholes in their team, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Cromley Road. Callum Campbell scored the only goal of the game for Stockport Georgians to see them move up to tenth place.

Heyside, however, did take advantage as they picked up a fantastic 3-1 win at Dukinfield Town thanks to goals from Jordan Schofield, Mark Ashworth and Chris Ollerton. The win moves the Oldham outfit up into second spot with six wins from seven.

Springhead extended their unbeaten start and now sit in third after a thumping 5-1 win at East Manchester. A hat-trick from Leighton Stephenson was added to by Ryan Fagan and Matthew Barlow to give the visitors all three points with Danny Williams getting East’s reply.

Rochdale Sacred Heart continued their run of wins on a Saturday as they left Crossford Bridge with all three points in a 3-1 win over Old Alts thanks to a Lewis Greaves hat-trick.

Manchester Gregorians also picked up a win in a tight game with Walshaw Sports as seven goals were scored at Belle Vue. The hosts ran out 4-3 winners, a result that sees them sit in eighth.

Division One
Pennington made the short trip to local rivals Leigh Athletic and left with three points and the bragging rights thanks to a 2-1 victory, with Gregg Travers getting Latics’ goal. The win keeps them in second place and puts pressure on league leaders Heywood St James who were not in action this weekend.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club move up to ninth with a 2-1 win at home to Wilmslow Albion thanks to a Jack Alderson brace while Uppermill also win by the same scoreline as Ben Ford and Tom Simpson were on target against Tintwistle Athletic.

In the Division’s other game, Altrincham Hale made it two wins on the bounce as they were victorious over Radcliffe Juniors. Arron Martindale, Leigh Sprostron and Liam Paterson all scored to give their side a 3-1 win, moving them into seventh.

Division Two
Irlam Steel started the day on top of the pile and they still do now but their lead has been cut to one point. Steelies, who finished the game with ten men, could only manage a 3-3 draw at winless Hindley Juniors. Kane Brannagan scored twice and Daniel Prescott for the visitors in jus the second game they haven not won this season.

The lead was reduced due to Middleton Colts’ thumping 11-1 win at home to Hollinwood. Jonathan Munson scored five times, Jamie Diamond hit a brace plus further goals from Ryan Alessandra, Tom Currie, Liam Smith and Kacy Samuel saw their side to a comfortable three points.

Avro Res are now unbeaten in four after they secured all three points against Walshaw Sports Res at the Vestacare Stadium. Paul Downing scored four, Max Davidson netted a brace with Mason Dunkley getting the other for the hosts.

Six goals and the spoils were shared at Fox Park as Rochdale Sacred Heart Res and Wythenshawe Amateurs Res met in a repeat of last season’s Open Trophy final.

Hindsford Reserves lifted themselves up to third with a 3-1 win at home to Manchester Gregorians Res and there was also a win for Astley & Tyldesley against Atherton Town Res.

Division Three
Rochdale Sacred Heart A sit top of the table despite falling to a 3-2 win at home to Old Alts Res. That win moves Alts up to sixth, bouncing back from defeat in midweek.

Bolton County secured consecutive wins as they put five past Wilmslow Albion at Oakwood Farm thanks to Tom Helsby’s four goals and Danny Hill. They helped secure a 5-1 victory to move them level with top of the table.

Uppermill made it two wins from two as they secured a 2-0 home victory over Stockport Georgians. Dylan Fitzgerald scored both goals in the game to maintain his side’s 100% start.

Eduardo Lamb, Michael O’Connor and Joseph Murphy all scored for East Manchester Academy in their 3-1 win at Springhead Res. Chris Crothers got ‘Head’s consolation as they fell to consecutive defeats.

The only other team with a 100% start is Elton Vale Res after they squeezed past Dukinfield Town Res. Luca Ellis, Jack Roberts and Ellis Ramlaul were all on target for Vale as they sit in fifth.

Just like in Division One, Pennington and Leigh Athletic met in a local derby but the reserve teams went head to head at Jubilee Park. Pennington sealed a club double derby delight as they ran out 4-2 winners.

Division Four
Altrincham Hale Res made it two wins from two with an impressive 6-1 win at Atherton Town A which Jordan Drinkwater scored four and Lewis Carthew and Sam Manion got the others to see them go top of the table.

Boothstown Res drop down to second after they crashed to a 2-1 home defeat to Moorside Rangers, Joe Greene getting Town’s goal.

Royton Town Res move up to third with a 1-0 win over Govan Athletic Res but Heyside Res didn’t have problems in dispatching Bolton Lads & Girls Club in a 6-1 win.

Astley & Tyldesley Res picked up their first points of the campaign with a 3-1 win at home to Dukinfield Town A thanks to a second half Bailey Holt hat-trick.

Heywood St James Res got their season off to a winning start with a flawless 5-0 win over Manchester Central Res with a hat-trick from Blake Roberts plus goals from Innocent Katembe and Aaron Boyle.

Manchester Challenge Trophy
Boothstown booked their place into the second round of the Manchester Saturday Challenge Trophy after they cruised to a 4-0 win over Salford Victoria.

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