Results Round-Up - 03.11.18

By Simon Harrison

The clocks may have gone back last weekend but the Manchester Football League continues to move forward as we look at the first round of results from November.

Premier Division
Hindsford re-captured top spot after they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Manchester Central despite being reduced to 10 men inside 20 minutes. Cory Knight scored both goals for Central but the hosts bounce back from three consecutive defeats.

Rochdale Sacred Heart move up to second place following their 4-1 win at home to Manchester Gregorians. The defeat ends Gregs’ 7-game unbeaten streak as Heart bounce get back to winning ways thanks to goals from Michael Kearney, Ryan Booth, Josh Wooler and an own goal.

Old Alts recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time this season to move up into seventh place. They ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in their game against Dukinfield Town. Dave Drinkwater, Patrick Ettore and Joe Halfpenny scored the games at Crossford Bridge, condemning Town to their 9th defeat of the season.

Steering themselves clear of the bottom two places are East Manchester after they needed a last-minute goal to take all three points from their tie with Bolton County. Chris Hough netted for the hosts but a Danny Williams double ensured East leave Radcliffe Road with the points.

Division One
With the league leaders not in action, Heywood St James had the chance to regain top spot but they were emphatically humbled by an in-form Tintwistle Athletic. Josh Stevenson scored a hat-trick, Joe Elliott, George Clarey and Jack Juby got the others in a 6-2 rout, George Powell and Lamar Harrison got Jimmies’ consolations.

Uppermill moved up a place to fourth following a close encounter at Platt Lane, winning 2-1 against Govan Athletic. Tom Simpson and Aiden Stevenson got the visitors’ goals to clinch back-to-back victories, leaving Govan inside the bottom two.

Boothstown lifted themselves into sixth with a very good 2-1 win at Altrincham Hale, reducing the gap to one point between the two teams.

Division Two
Irlam Steel maintained top spot after they saw off Atherton Town Res at the Recreation Ground, extending their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 3-2 win.

Avro Res moved up two places to third with a resounding 7-2 win at Hollinwood at Wright Robinson. Despite being 2-1 down with less than half an hour remaining, the Vestacare men recovered to register a 7-2 rout. Mason Dunkley (3), Max Davidson (2), Oliver Froggat and Joe Fallon all getting on the score sheet for Avro.

Rochdale Sacred Heart Res move up to fifth following a 3-1 win at Manchester Gregorians Res. Lewis Wild, Zack Madden and Harry Royds all scoring for the visitors to stay within six points of the leaders.

Hindley Juniors picked up only their second win of the season after they saw off Walshaw Sports Res in a game which saw 8 goals scored. The hosts won 5-3 where they are now level on points with Hollinwood and seperated by goal difference.

Division Three
Dukinfield Town Res extended their lead to five points at the summit after they cruised to a 3-0 win at home to Elton Vale Res. Jack Saw (2) and Adam Davies getting the goals for Town in their seventh straight win.

Old Alts Res came out on top in a crucial basement battle against Wilmslow Albion Res as they cruised to a 3-0 win at Oakwood Farm. Joe Lewis, Alex Hunt and Elliot Vernon all scored to stretch the gap to four points between the two sides.

Rochdale Sacred Heart A moved up 3 places to sixth with a very goo 5-3 win at home to Bolton County Res. Daniel Parker, Brandon Byers-Wilkes, Shaun Whelan, Sam Toft and Levi Simic all scored for the hosts to bounce back from defeat on their last league outing.

Division Four
Altrincham Hale Res missed the opportunity to cut the gap at the top as they went down 6-1 away to Dukinfield Town A. Mark Pearson (2), Ben Mason, Ashley Mayors, Ryan Nock and Jordan Walne all scored for the hosts to leave the gap at 5 points between the top two sides.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res moved off the bottom and into 11th place with their second win of the season. Astley & Tyldesley drop down to bottom spot after the 2-1 defeat but it remains very tight as 3 points separate 9th down to 13th.

Gilgryst Cup
It was a cracker of a cup tie at Crompton House where Heyside hosted Stockport Georgians, both of which contributed to a five-goal thriller. Mark Hopwood netted twice and Chris Ollerton got the other, all of which came in the second half to see their side through to the next round.

Joining them in the hat are Beechfield United who secured an excellent 3-1 win away at Walshaw Sports. United, who are currently propping up the Premier Division, must be hoping this result may kickstart their league campaign.

Manchester Amateur Cup
Manchester Central Res fell at home to Moorside Rangers with a single goal being the difference. The visitors scored the only goal of the game in the first half to see them into Round Three.

It was a cracker in the all-MFL tie between Middleton Cols and Chadderton EDS produced five goals, with Chaddy coming from 2-1 down to win 3-2.

Boothstown Res were 3-0 winners against fellow MFL side Heywood St James Res whilst Moorside Rangers Res registered a 4-1 win at home to Village Manchester.

Lancashire Amateur Cup
Atherton Town needed a penalty shoot out to separate them and Thornleigh after it ended 3-3 in 90 minutes. The MFL side progressed to Round Four with a 6-5 success on spot kicks.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club edged the five-goal thriller in the all-MFL tie against Astley & Tyldesley. The Bolton outfit ran out 3-2 winners in the end to see them through to the next round.

Leigh Athletic were victorious on the road in their trip to Croft and put their name in the hat courtesy of a 4-3 victory.

Elton Vale scored five in their home tie against Croftlands Park as they registered a 5-3 win and Pennington made it a clean sweep for the MFL Div 1 sides as they won 2-1 at home to Crooklands Casuals.

It is the end of the road for Wythenshawe Amateurs Res as they bow out following a 1-0 defeat at home to Lostock St Gerards.

West Riding Challenge Cup
Springhead put their name in the hat for Round Three thanks to goals from Leighton Stephenson and Matthew Barlow to clinch a 2-1 win at home to Ventus Yeadon Celtic.

West Riding Challenge Trophy
Springhead Res booked their place in Round Three after they saw off Sherburn White Rose Res at St Johns Street. Adam Harewood’s hat-trick was added to by Jack Beasley to seal the victory.

Derbyshire Junior Cup North
Tintwistle Athletic Res narrowly squeezed past Dronfield Woodhouse via a 3-2 win to see them through to the next round.

Where next?

Remembrance Weekend The League will pay their respects this weekend.
Results Round-Up - 20.10.18 We take a look at the results from across the Manchester Football League and our teams who were in cup action in their respective County competitions.

Manchester Football League newsletter

Keep up-to-date with our exclusive email newsletters.