Welcome back to the football season and, from all at the Manchester Football League, we wish you all a Happy New Year and hope you enjoyed the festive break.
Now let’s get back to business as we recommence the 2018/19 campaign!
Hindsford travelled to Radcliffe Road to begin the new year but could only manage a point against Bolton County after drawing 2-2. Godwin May and Jordan McLoughlin both scored to earn County a point after coming from 2-0 down against the league leaders.
Rochdale Sacred Heart didn’t take advantage of Hindsford’s result as they too dropped poins whilst on the road. Sacred Heart drop down to 3rd place following a 3-2 defeat at Springhead who now sit in 5th following their win. Ryan Fagan started 2019 with a brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Michael Cheetham to help earn their side all 3 points.
Royton Town move up into 2nd with a 2-0 win at Walshaw Sports as Ashley Ainsworth and Luke Heron both score to start 2019 in the best possible way. Town are now just a point off the summit despite having played a game more.
Dukinfield Town moved off the bottom of the table with a very important win 3-1 over fellow relegation-threatened side Beechfield United. A Daniel Parkinson double and a Mitchell Andrew goal earned their side 3 vital points to move within 2 points of United.
East Manchester replace Dukinfield Town at the foot of the table as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Belle Vue against a Manchester Gregorians side who hadn’t dropped points at home in the league since their opening day defeat. The result means Gregs drop a place to 6th but are in a good position to challenge for a top-four spot.
In the day’s other game, 11th hosted 12th as Old Alts faced Chadderton Res at Crossford Bridge. Mathew Booth and Ben Uttley were on target for Chaddy to earn them a point on the road and means just 5 points separate the bottom 7 teams.
League leaders Altrincham Hale were unable to extend the gap at the top after they were well beaten 4-1 at home by fourth-placed Uppermill. The gap between the sides is cut to 7 points thanks to goals from Tom Simpson (2), Sam Bagshaw and Tom Gallagher.
Atherton Town recorded an impressive 5-1 win in their local derby with Atherton LR at Butler Park. Connor Critch scored four times, Gareth Shaw the once in an emphatic victory moving them up a place to 5th while LR remain rooted to the bottom.
Leigh Athletic also registered a high scoreline as they defeated Boothstown 8-2 at Leigh Sports Village. Josh Brennan netted a hat-trick, Alex Luby, Toms Sims and Ben Canny all scoring once with two own goals to add to the miserable afternoon for the visitors.
Cams Lane saw Radcliffe Juniors and Wilmslow Albion play out a rare goalless draw to leave both teams in the bottom five.
Middleton Colts stretched their lead at the top tou four points with an impressive 4-1 win at Fox Park against Rochdale Sacred Heart Res. A brace from Ryan Hall was added to by Steve Cass and Ryan Burgess to give them breathing space at the summit.
The gap was widened due to Irlam Steel’s defeat at fellow promotion challengers Hindsford Res as Steelies went down 2-1 at Squires Lane. The Tonics go level on points with Irlam but have played a further four games.
Avro Res produced an outstanding result and one that certainly catches the eye as they recorded a 19-0 victory against Breightmet United at the Vestacare Stadium and moves them up to 4th spot.
Also, on the move are Moorside Rangers who are a place further back after a 2-1 home win against Atherton Town Res, Matt Jackson getting Town’s goal.
Manchester Gregorians Res made it five consecutive wins with a 1-0 victory against Astley & Tyldesley but remain in 8th place while Stephen Herdman scored twice from Wythenshawe Amateurs Res who were held to a 2-2 draw by Hollinwood at Hollyhedge Park.
It’s as you were at top as the top three all won on the return to action.
Elton Vale remain in top spot with a narrow 3-2 win at East Manchester Academy thanks to a Danny Healey goal and a Peter Hickford brace. Dukinfield Town Res were 4-0 winners at Wilmslow Albion Res and keep the pressure on the league leaders thanks to Jack Saw and Augustine Yarwood braces.
Chadderton EDS were much more emphatic in front of goal as they put Leigh Athletic Res to the sword in an 8-1 victory at St Matthews School. Sam Traynor scored five times and was added to by Callum Artus, Alexander O’Neill and Kenan Webb.
Rochdale Sacred Heart A’s 4-0 win at home to Stockport Georgians Res was enough to move them up a place to 5th and puts them in with a chance of a promotion push.
Royton Town Res remain top of the pile despite losing heavily at Manchester Central Res on an afternoon to forget for them. Daniel Burns scored a hat-trick, Chieku Thiam netted a brace while Steve Ledjon and Mauro Mendes got the others.
Atherton Town A cut the gap to 6 points with a 5-3 win at Heywood St James Res, thanks to a hat-trick from Callum Williamson and an Adam Griffiths brace at the Phoenix Ground whilst Heyside Res moved to within 7 points of the summit with a smart 2-0 win away to Boothstown Res.
Bolton Lads & Girls Res and Dukinfield Town A met at Hacken Bridge and produced an eight-goal thriller of which the hosts came out on top. Adam Spencer’s hat-trick was added to by further goals from Chris Tyldesley and Dan Brown while Ashley Mayors, Mark Pearson and Daniel Evans got Town’s replies.
Moorside Rangers Res started 2019 with an emphatic 6-0 win at home to Astley & Tyldesley Res thanks to a Jack Small hat-trick plus goals from Alex Bardsley, Todd Dalton and Jason Wood.
Tintwistle Athletic Res stay in 8th place despite a narrow 3-2 win at Platt Lane as they travelled to face Govan Athletic Res. David Roddy and Hamid Jemei got Govan’s goals but Elliott Smallwood and a Sam Swann brace ensured Tinny went home with all 3 points.
Cheshire Amateur Cup
Stockport Georgians bow out of the competition in Round Four as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Helsby.
Govan Athletic also make an exit following a 3-1 defeat at Vauxhall Motors.
Derbyshire Divisional Cup North
Tintwistle Athletic ease their way into Round Four following a 3-0 win at home to Wirksworth Ivinghoe.
Lancashire Amateur Cup
It was a clean sweep for all three sides in the competition as they all progress through to the next round, having all played away from home. Bolton Lads & Girls overcome Burnley United 2-0, Elton Vale leave Millom with a 3-2 win and Pennington round the day off with a 2-1 win at Whitworth Valley.
West Riding Challenge Trophy
Both MFL sides bow out of the competition in Round Four as Springhead Res are thumped 9-0 at Idle whilst Uppermill Res took Leeds City OB to penalties where they lost out 3-2 after finishing 1-1 in 90 minutes.