We head into the final month of the calendar year and we have just two more game weeks left before the Christmas and New Year break.
Here we take a look at the results across the MFL from Saturday 1st December.
We have new leaders of the top flight as Rochdale Sacred Heart go to the summit following a 4-1 win at home to fourth-placed Heyside. Michael Kearney, Tom Bradburn, Andrew Foster and an own goal sealed the three points to see them into a two-point lead.
Hindsford started the day in top spot but slip to second after they were held to a 1-1 draw with Old Alts. Matt Jamieson scored for Alts who eventually ended the game with 10 men held on for a good
point on the road to keep them in 10th place.
Royton Town remain third despite winning their game against Walshaw Sports but the gap to second has been cut to three points. Town were run close but narrowly squeezed past Walshaw, winning 3-2 at The Oldham Academy North.
Manchester Gregorians ended Beechfield United’s winning streak with a 2-1 win for themselves at Belle Vue, avenging the 3-1 reverse when the two sides met 3 weeks ago.
Manchester Central continue to impress in their debut season in the Premier Division after battling to a 3-2 win over strugglers Dukinfield Town. With the score at 2-2 at 90 minutes, it looked like both teams were to pick up a point but Central’s Josh Frith notched a 93rd minute winner to steal the spoils. Frith scored earlier in the game as did Cory Knight whose goals were cancelled out by Carl Riley and Jack Saw for Town.
Stockport Georgians and East Manchester met at Cromley Road where they played out a 2-2 draw. The point gained for East does nothing for their position but it cuts the gap to safety to one point.
Heywood St James extended their advantage at the top to five points after a good 4-1 win at third-placed Elton Vale. Mark Powell, Chris Lester, Adam Howe and Josh Smethurst all scored for Jimmies while Mark Severs netted the hosts’ consolation.
After their County Cup defeat last time out, Atherton Town got back to winning ways to clinch a third straight league win. Jordan Lloyd, Gareth Shaw and Danny Kerr all scoring for Town while Nathan MacDonald got Govan’s reply.
Uppermill missed the chance to go up third as they drew 2-2 at Bolton Lads & Girls. Sam Bagshaw and Matt Jackson both netted for Uppermill who stay in sixth whilst Bolton move up and out of the relegation places and into 11th place with the point.
Middleton Colts now sit just two points off unbeaten Irlam Steel at the top of the table following their 6-1 win over Hindsford Res. Jamie Diamond (3), Ryan Hall (2) and Daniel Wolstenholme with the Colts goals to seal the win, using their game in hand to maximum impact.
Atherton Town Res move up two places to fifth after an emphatic 6-2 win against Hindley Juniors. The win was Town’s first since October and included a hat-trick from Ben Hyde and further goals from Stephen Raftry, James Chadwick and Luke Pitchford.
Astley & Tyldesley recorded a 2-1 win at home to Hollinwood moving them up a place into 9th spot. Alec Crowder and Anthony Aspinall with A&T’s goals in their third consecutive victory.
Nine goals were scored at Firgrove Playing Fields where Rochdale Sacred Heart A hosted Leigh Athletic Res. Gary Nash (2), Maison Dinsdale (2), Brandon Byers-Wilkes and Sam Toft were all on target for RSH to help move them up to 6th place.
In the division’s only other game, Bolton County Res go above Pennington Res after beating them 3-1 at Jubilee Park. Tom Helsby, Leighton Mills and Dave Hamnett scored the goals for County and Kaiden Stanistreet got Pennington’s reply.
Atherton Town A moved within 6 points of the summit with a 3-1 win at home to Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res, a win that moves them up into third place. Rhys Bustard, Paddy Jolly and George Bowers with the goals for Town.
Dukinfield Town A moved out of the bottom with a much-needed 5-2 win away to Heywood St James Res. Two goals apiece from Daniel Fox and Mark Pearson plus Jack Rawlinson’s goal earned Town all 3 points.
Heyside Res secured all the points from their game at home to Govan Athletic as they ran out 4-1 winners at Crompton House. Umar Ismail got Govan’s consolation on an afternoon to forget for the visitors.
Altrincham Senior Cup
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res continue to fly the MFL flag after they swept aside Altrincham Hale Res in a 6-1 victory.
Manchester Amateur Cup
Moorside Rangers put themselves in the hat for the Quarter Final as did East Manchester Academy with both teams seeing off their opponents (Baguley Athletic and Newton Heath Loco respectively) in 90 minutes. Moorside Rangers Res also progressed but needed a penalty shoot-out to progress after drawing 2-2 with Radclyffe AFC.
It was the end of the road for Boothstown Res however as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of AFC Middleton.
West Riding Challenge Trophy
Springhead bow out in Round Three following a 3-2 defeat at home to Hartshead.
West Riding Challenge Cup
Springhead Res ease into Round Four thanks to an 8-2 victory over Thorpe United Res.