After last weekend's washout, the fixtures got back to normal this weekend as we head into December's games.
Premier Division leaders Avro made short work of the visit of Dukinfield Town, racing away to a 6-2 victory to ensure they stay on top of the pile, Duncan Knott hitting a hat-trick, the visitors gamely battling back with efforts from Andy Newton and Jake Fenton.
Wythenshawe Amateurs continue in their pursuit, and secured an impressive 3-1 win at Hindsford, strikes from Pat O’Brien, David Wright and Joel Aitkenhead nailing down the victory for the Ammies, the Tonics netting through an own goal.
East Manchester won a seven-goal shoot-out with Bolton County by the odd goal to open up a four-point gap on Springhead in fourth. Liam Turner and Darren Green grabbing a brace apiece for East with County replying via Alex Todd, Liam Stewart and Liam Short.
After a run of heavy defeats, AFC Monton dug deep to claim a point from a 3-3 draw at high-flying Heyside, the visitors recovering in the second half after trailing, Barry Massey, Tyler Cooke and Theo Barr finding the net.
Royton Town will be delighted to return to Oldham with all three points after wrapping up a 1-0 win at Manchester Gregorians, a Joe Heap penalty being all that separated the teams.
Two teams locked in midfield spots met at Cromley Road, visiting Prestwich Heys Reserves took the lead late on through Adam Edwards, but an even later penalty from Joe Bevan ensured that the spoils were shared.
Old Altrinchamians finally chalked up a league win, and in some style, as they put Walshaw Sports to the sword, winning 3-0 Matt Jamieson, Dave Drinkwater and Mark Duggan scoring the goals that lift Alts above Bolton County at the bottom of the table.
With leaders Beechfield United not in league action, Chapel Town had a chance to close the gap, albeit with a tricky looking trip to Manchester Central, but their hopes came to nought as the home side rattled in a convincing 6-1 win, Kaine Martin firing his side to victory with four goals, with Liam Ellis and Cory Knight completing the scoring.
Elton Vale’s impressive climb up the table continued with a 5-2 derby win at Westbury Sports Club, Jack Lawder, Nathan Emery, Charlie Frentz adding to a brace from Kelvin Trippier, and Vale are now in third, four points behind Chapel but with four games in hand.
Leigh Athletic sit in third place thanks to a 2-1 home win over Holinwood at LSV, Keeran Parker and Tom Sims getting the vital goals for the home side in a close match.
Pennington were also in scintillating form as they vanquished home side Wilmslow Albion 6-0 to move six points clear of their hosts at Oakwood Farm, Ross Farrington scoring twice, with Daryl Unsworth, Daryl Cope, Alex Seddon and Matt Chadwick adding the rest.
Altrincham Hale cranked up the pressure on second-placed Bolton Lads and Girls Club with a hard-earned 3-2 win at an improved Govan Athletic side, goals from Andrew Nugent, Arron Martindale and Liam Paterson edging them to victory, Adil Ajmal netting both the home side’s goals.
Radcliffe Juniors claimed an impressive scalp as they defeated Heywood St James 5-2 at Cams Lane, and close the gap on their visitors to a single point with games in hand.
Avro Res closed the gap on the leaders to just two points following an impressive 6-0 win away to Dukinfield Town Res. Kyle Wallwork scored twice with his brother Kane Wallwork also on the scoresheet. Josh Berrisford and Elliot Hogan got the others as they avenge their Open Trophy defeat last time out.
Atherton Town Res also kept their hopes of promotion alive with an emphatic 6-1 drubbing of relegation-threatened Wilmslow Albion. Joe Crossley and Leighton Mills both scored twice with Danny Kerr and Matt Jackson getting the others to move their side to within a point of second place and have a game-in-hand over Avro Res.
It was first versus fourth in the only game of the day as Elton Vale Res hosted Leigh Athletic Res in a six-goal thriller. Jamie Treanor and Kyle Cox got Vale’s goals but James Dooley’s brace and Gregg Travers and Andy O’Neill’s goals earned the Tics the three points to move them up to second place, two points off Vale.
The Division Five title race got even more interesting as leaders Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res lost 2-0 to Heywood St James Res. This now means that there are just 6 points separating the top 8 places making it an 8-horse race to be champions.
Uppermill Res capitalised on the leader’s slip-up in the form of a thumping 13-0 win at home to bottom side Breightmet United Res. A hat-trick from Callum Faulkner, braces from Matt Barlow and Adam Howarth in addition to goals from Jake Caldwell, Adam Fitzgerald, Dylan Fitzgerald, Chris Barlow, Joe Ireland and Adam Hayes put their side to within two points of top spot with three games-in-hand.
Govan Athletic Res’s search for a first win continues following their 5-2 defeat at Atherton Town A. The win moves Town up to fourth spot while leaving Govan a place of the bottom.
In Group A, Breightmet United held Division One Boothstown to a 2-2 draw at Moss Park, a result that means the Bolton side cannot now progress and doesn’t help the visitors’ hopes of qualifying.
Beechfield United go top of Group C with a 4-1 win at Chadderton Reserves, leaving Beechy on seven points alongside with Atherton LR and Manchester Central with Chaddy still not out of the race.
Bolton Lads and Girls Club secured a spot in the knock-out stages with a 5-0 home victory over Irlam Steel, who could still qualify from Group D with wins in their remaining games.
There was just the one game in the Open Trophy and it was between Rochdale Sacred Heart Res and Manchester Gregorians Res in Group B. The hosts ran out 5-2 to move up to second place in the group to give them a strong chance of progressing to the knock-out stages.
There was a thrilling 11-goal encounter at Chapel Road as Hollinwood Res edged a tight affair with Rochdale Sacred Heart A in Group B. The win means Hollinwood now need just a point from their final game to secure progression through to the next round.
In Group D, Bolton County Res got off the mark at the third attempt as they registered a very healthy 5-1 win away to Boothstown Res to give them a slight chance of qualification. County need to win their final and hope other results go their way.
WEST RIDING CHALLENGE CUP
Springhead bowed out of the competition 3-1 on penalties after drawing 2-2 with Leeds Medics and Dentists, Ryan Fagan and Leighton Stephenson adding their names to the scoresheet for ‘Head.
Uppermill ensured the League keep a presence in the cup with a fine 3-2 win at Thornton United, goals from Nathan Driscoll, Sam Cunliffe and Phil Armstrong earning a home tie with Ilkley Town in Round Four.
MANCHESTER AMATEUR CUP
There was success for both remaining teams, Wythenshawe Amateurs Reserves thumping Beechfield United Reserves 6-0, whilst Chadderton EDS also progressed in style, defeating Salford Victoria Reserves 5-2, with both teams moving into the last-eight.
Matthew Wilkinson was on the double for Chadderton EDS, along with Alireza Farhadi, Liam Wood and Stephane Mawawa all netting once.
ALTRINCHAM DISTRICT CUP
Altrincham Hale Res progress through to Round Four following their 4-3 at home to AFC Quarry.
DERBYSHIRE JUNIOR CUP NORTH
It’s the end of the road for Tintwistle Athletic Res as they crashed out of the competition after they lost 3-1 at home to Dove Holes Res. Josh Westmerland had originally gave Tinny the lead but wasn’t to be enough on the day.