The fixture schedule took a huge hit on Saturday with a total of only four games going ahead after 25 games were postponed due to the Baltic temperatures in addition to the snow which has fallen in the previous 7 days.
Manchester Central’s home tie with Old Alts was the only top-flight fixture to go ahead on Saturday after the pitch at Manchester College passed a mid-morning inspection. Central went into the game in great form, having won 7 of their last 8 and drawing the other while Old Alts have just won once in the league since early November.
The result went according to the form table as Central eased to a 3-0 victory, one which takes them up into fourth place and to within 9 points of the summit while having 3 games in hand. Elvis Amoakwa and Josh Frith both scored first half goals before Dan Burns added a third on the hour mark to seal the 3 points and leaves the Altrincham side just 5 points from the relegation place.
Moorside Rangers and Irlam Steel managed to survive the weather as they clashed at Salford Sports Village with both sides having serious aspirations of promotion. The hosts started the day in sixth spot and remain there despite their 4-0 win but are now just point behind Steel and just 3 away from the promotion places.
St Matthews School was the venue for the only Division Three fixture of the day as Chadderton EDS hosted the league leaders Dukinfield Town Res. Fourth-placed Chaddy had the opportunity to move them up a place with all 3 points but it was Town who stretched their lead at the top to 4 points as they won 3-0.
Thomas Collins, Jack Saw and Peter Susca all scored for Town to stretch their unbeaten away record to 8 games.
Manchester Amateur Cup
East Manchester Academy bow out of the competition in Round 4 after they were convincingly beaten 5-1 by the holders, AFC Middleton at Ten Acres Lane.