Avro’s match winning machine rolled on with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Bolton County, Danny Hudson scored in the first half before a Duncan Knott penalty doubled the lead for the visitors, County getting back in it through an own goal.
The two teams who have diligently chased Avro all season met at Hollyhedge Park, where Wythenshawe Amateurs entertained East Manchester, and it was the visitors who claimed the points with a 3-1 win. East’s scorers were Sam Jones, who netted twice, and Dan Walker rounded off the win to seal third place while Danny Egan had given the hosts the lead.
Rochdale Sacred Heart had to settle for a point at home to Old Altrinchamians, Hearts bagged through Jonny Thompson and Matthew Dell, Jake Hodgson scoring twice to secure a good away draw for Alts.
Lee Lydiat scored both goals as AFC Monton picked up a home victory over Dukinfield Town to claim back-to-back victories for the New Alder Park side.
Stockport Georgians cruised to a 4-0 win and the three points when Walshaw Sports visited Cromley Road. Joe Bevan netted a brace with Matt Moran and Oliver Hemlin adding the rest.
With Beechfield United and Chadderton Reserves uncatchable in the top two places, the race is on for third-place and Elton Vale moved to within a win of Manchester Central with a 3-1 home win over Atherton Town. Jordan Burton, James Bridge and Jack Lawder getting Vale’s goals with Leighton Mills replying for Town.
Westbury Sports Club and Leigh Athletic shared six goals at The Barracks, the Bury side got on the scoresheet through a Ben Smith brace and a Joshua Smethurst effort. Keeran Parker netted twice for the Latics and Alan Rigby got the third.
Wilmslow Albion rediscovered their shooting boots for the visit of Boothstown, running away with a 5-1 victory and now have Hollinwood in their sights.
Altrincham Hale clinched the Division Two title with an impressive 4-2 victory at Radcliffe Juniors, who can now only move into second spot should they convert their games in hand. Hale’s hero was the dependable Arron Martindale who fired home a hat-trick, Liam Paterson adding the fourth, Juniors replied through Jamie Berry and Rick Young.
Bolton Lads and Girls Club finished their campaign with a 4-2 home win over Uppermill, leaving them in second spot, but both Radcliffe and Tintwistle Athletic could yet overtake them should they get maximum points from their remaining games.
Heywood St James were merciless in putting Breightmet United to the sword, firing in a 6-1 home victory.
Sam Owens scored his sixteenth and seventeenth league goals of the season as Dukinfield Town Res drew 2-2 at home to Wythenshawe Amateurs Res. Joe McDonald and Seun Owoseni were on target for the visitors who have still have the chance to finish second with their four games in hand.
It was a stalemate in the other game of the day as Walshaw Sports Res and Atherton Town Res shared six goals. Luke Pitchford, Adam Griffiths and Sean Clegg got Town’s goals to earn themselves a point that leaves them mid-table with three games remaining.
A win for East Manchester Academy would have put one hand on the trophy but Old Alts Res had other ideas and caused quick the upset. Tom Kelly scored twice at Crossford Bridge to lift Alts off the bottom of the table; Danny Williams with East's goal.
The title can now go any of three ways.
One of the teams are Rochdale Sacred Heart A who won their penultimate game of the season 4-2 at home to Bolton County Res. Danny Hill’s brace for the bottom side wasn’t enough whose survival hopes took a blow.
Chadderton EDS formed a three-point gap at the gap after they showed no mercy in their victory over Breightmet United Res.
Matthew Wilkinson scored seven times, Liam Eadsforth five times, James Dwyer twice, Tom Kingham twice and Scott Foster, Dixon Charlton and Nathan Braithwaite-Booth all once in their 19-1 win at Moss Park.
Altrincham Hale Res ended their season with a 5-3 win away to Tintwistle Athletic Res. Matt Daniels scored twice and Sam Swann once for Tinny who remain two places off the bottom.
On Friday night under the lights at Hyde United, Manchester Central went head-to-head with Tintwistle Athletic in the Murray Trophy final.
Central had gained experience in the Murray Trophy final after they lost out in last season's competition while Tintwistle were in the final in their debut season.
It remained goalless after 90 minutes with only a handful of chances from either side, sending the tie was decided on penalties.
Manchester Central's goalkeeper Jordan Hadlow played a heroic part, saving the final penalty to seal a 2-1 win, after missing his own spot kick earlier in the order.
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Congratulations to all at Manchester Central in what has been a fantastic second season in the Manchester Football League.