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Results Round-Up | 06.04.19

By Simon Harrison

The 2018/19 Manchester Football League entered the penultimate month as we begin April with drama at the top and bottom of the divisions as well as the latter stages of our cup competitions.

Premier Division
Manchester Central took a step closer to the Premier Division title after a single Josh Frith goal separated them and Old Alts at Crossford Bridge to take them to within 6 points from becoming champions. The second half goal sealed the victory for the visitors to extend their unbeaten run to 16 games and confirm a top-two finish in their debut top-flight campaign.

Chadderton Res secured their Premier Division status following a superb 7-1 win at home to 2016/17 champions, Rochdale Sacred Heart. Alireza Farhadi led the line with a brace while Connor Berry, Leon Iluobe and James Horan got the rest at the Ark Fleetech Stadium.

Walshaw Sports finished off their campaign with a 3-0 defeat at home to Heyside and leaves them in a position where they can be caught by all the teams below them. Adam Dale, Jordan Schofield and Kain Dean all found the net in the win which secures at least fourth place with one game to go.

East Manchester kept their survival hopes alive after they overcame Royton Town and are now in bottom spot by goal difference. Danny Williams (2), Matt Ollerenshaw and Charlie McGrath all scored in the 4-1 win and puts them in a position where a win in their last game will see them safe.

Springhead saw off Stockport Georgians as both Leighton Stephenson and Matthew Barlow scored twice in a 5-1 win to guarantee finishing in the top six. Paul Stevenson got the other goal for the hosts as they make it back-to-back wins.

Defences came out on top at Belle Vue as Manchester Gregorians and Bolton County played out a 0-0 draw.

Division One
Heywood St James collected maximum points from their home encounter with Wilmslow Albion, taking their winning run to 5 games. The 3-2 win now puts them 5 points clear at the top and strengthens their title bid.

The gap is 5 points due to Pennington’s failure to beat four-placed Boothstown at Bridgewater Park. The game finished 2-2 with Heath Ainscough and Daryl Cope netting for Pennington of which the point gained sees them all-but secure promotion to the Premier Division.

It was also a 2-2 draw at West Drive where Tintwistle Athletic hosted Leigh Athletic. The point sees Leigh end their season on 21 points and out of reach from the relegation threat.

Lewis Benson, Liam Mulhall and Ryan Wilkes all scored for Elton Vale in their 3-2 win at home to Govan Athletic. The win keeps Vale’s hopes of a top 3 finish while Govan require one point from their remaining two games to avoid the drop.

Division Two
After clinching the Division Two title last week, Middleton Colts followed it up with another win and received the trophy after game. Jamie Diamond notched another hat-trick while Jonny Munson (2) and Liam Smith both the rest in a 6-4 win over Manchester Gregorians Res.

Irlam Steel were held to a 2-2 draw at the Recreation Ground as Wythenshawe Amateurs Res left with a point. Robert Cooke and Nick Petrou both scored for Steel who have a great chance of finishing in second place.

Breightmet United remain rooted to the foot of the table after a 2-0 defeat on their trip to Astley & Tyldesley. Jamie Hanlon and Scott Rowe both scored in the 2-0 win and host the champions in their final game of the season.

Division Three
With league leaders Elton Vale Res on cup duty, Uppermill took advantage from one of their games in hand and cut the gap at the top to two points. Darren Scanlon, Kieran Hilton and Connor Green all netted in the 3-0 win over Old Alts Res and remain on track to become champions if they win their remaining games.

Stockport Georgians Res clinched all the points from their penultimate game of the season, seeing off Chadderton EDS at Cromley Road. The hosts won 2-1 and are safe from relegation fears while Chaddy stay in fifth.

Springhead Res left Jubilee Park with all three points thanks to Luke Butler and Callum Grant goals, giving them a 2-1 win. Luke Davies got Pennington Res’ reply who stay third bottom.

Bolton County Res and Wilmslow Albion Res both played their part in a six-goal thriller with both being made to settle for a point each. Danny Hill’s brace was added to by Toby Short for the host’s goals while Albion remain in bottom spot.

Division Four
Heyside Res showed why they’re champions elect when they saw off Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res in emphatic fashion, winning 10-0. The win extends their lead to six points with level games with the two teams below.

Heywood St James Res move up to second spot with an equally impressive win on the road as they beat Manchester Central Res 8-0. There is just a point between them and third place with both teams having four games to play in the race for promotion.

Murray Trophy
There was drama at the Vestacare as a penalty shoot-out was needed after Avro Res and Atherton Town couldn’t be separated after 90 mins. The game ended 1-1 at full time but the hosts progressed, winning 7-6 on spot kicks. Mason Dunkley was on target for Avro while Nathan Randell got Town’s reply.

Open Trophy
Dukinfield Town Res and Rochdale Sacred Heart A locked horns at Woodhams Park to contest for a place in the final showdown. The game went the distance with it ending 1-1 after 90 minutes and Sacred Heart eventually progressed, winning 4-2 on penalties.

Elton Vale Res complete the line up for the final after they narrowly saw off Royton Town Res in a close-fought contest. Peter Hickford, Jack Roberts and Stuart Telfer all scored in a 3-2 win and keeps their dreams of a league and cup double alive.

Where next?

Results Round-Up | 13.04.19 We take a look at the results from across the league and cup fixtures as we the season goes through it's penultimate month.
Results Round-Up | 30.03.19 The clocks may have gone forward but we look back at the action over the weekend which served up some interesting talking points from across the Manchester Football League.

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