League leaders Hindsford’s unbeaten start to the season was ended on Saturday in their trip to Oldham Academy North to face third placed Royton Town. Luke Heron and Daniel Gilmartin got the hosts’ goals to give them the three points and to move up to second place.
Rochdale Sacred Heart slip to third following a 3-2 defeat at home to Bolton County who are now unbeaten in their last four league outings. Tom Aspen netted all three County goals to give his side a superb victory, with Kristofer King and Josh Wooler getting the hosts’ goals.
Heyside missed out on Hearts’ result as they too suffered defeat, at a resurgent Manchester Gregorians who have won five of their last six. Jordan Schofield had given Heyside the lead from the spot but the home side came back to win and claim all three points at Belle Vue.
Bragging rights were up for grabs in the local derby at The Manchester College as in-form Manchester Central entertained a struggling East Manchester. The promoted side took the lead through Cory Knight before Mauro Mendes doubled the lead from the spot just before the half hour and Josh Frith added a third to give Central a 3-0 lead shortly before the break. Charlie McGrath gave East a lifeline as he pulled a goal back but Dan Burns rounded off the scoring with Central’s fourth with a couple of minutes left.
Two of the bottom three met at Woodhams Park as Dukinfield Town hosted Chadderton Reserves. Town, who started the day a place off the bottom, cruised to a 7-0 victory thanks to Daniel Parkinson’s hat-trick, a brace from Jake Fenton and further goals from Dom Bevan and Jake Barnes to move them up to eleventh.
Old Alts move up to ninth with a narrow 1-0 win at home to bottom side Beechfield United thanks to a solitary Dave Drinkwater free kick.
It remained goalless at Cromley Road where Stockport Georgians and Walshaw Sports played out a 0-0 draw to leave the two sides in twelfth and tenth respectively.
Tintwistle Athletic picked up their first win of the season at the ninth attempt as they were 4-0 victors at home to fellow strugglers Govan Athletic. Joe Crabtree, Barry Lawson, Harry Newton and Josh Stevenson all scored to move their side to within a point of the place above them.
In the division’s only other game of the day, six goals and the spoils were shared at Oakwood Farm as Wilmslow Albion and Altrincham Hale played out a 3-3 draw. Oliver Ford scored twice and Connor Cooper scored once in the second half to help their side come back from a 2-0 deficit.
League leaders Hindsford Res suffered their fourth defeat of the season as they went down 4-3 at home to Atherton Town Res. The result leaves The Tonics a point clear but Benjamin Hyde scored twice and was added to by Andy Piper and Luke Pitchford to move Town to within three points off the top with three games in hand.
Avro Res move to within five points of the table toppers while having two games more to play thanks to an emphatic 9-2 win over Hindley Juniors. Rico Stewart (3), Max Davidson (2), Oliver Froggatt, Jordan Evans, Ben Rathbone and Jamie Waldon with the goals for Avro.
Also enjoying a healthy win on the road were Rochdale Sacred Heart Res who registered an 8-3 win at Walshaw Sports Res. Lewis Wild’s hat-trick was added to by Levi Simic’s and Khalid O’Sullivan’s brace and Ross Oldroyd’s goal sealed a great three points that moves them within five points of the summit.
Hollinwood move up a place to twelfth as they score twelve in their game with Breightmet United. The Oldham side win 12-2 to leave United rooted to the bottom of the table.
Dukinfield Town Res go top of the table with a 6-0 win at Bolton County Res with Aidan Horrocks and Jack Saw both scoring twice with Sean O’Mara and Peter Susca scoring once at Radcliffe Road.
Uppermill Res moved up into second place with a 4-3 win over Elton Vale Res who were league leaders at the start of the day. Darren Scanlon scored twice, Kieran Hilton and Nathan Jones scoring once for Uppermill while Declan Guy, Tyler Roscoe and Ellis Ramlaul got Vale’s goals as both sides finish the game with 10 men.
Leigh Athletic Res enjoyed a good afternoon as they registered an 8-1 win at home to Wilmslow Albion Res, moving them into sixth and joining them on ten points are Springhead Res who were 1-0 winners at home to Old Alts Res thanks to Sheldon Casey-Clarke’s goal at St Johns Street.
Altrincham Hale Res missed out on an opportunity to go top after they fell to a 6-4 defeat to Dukinfield Town A. Ben Mason’s hat-trick, Daniel Evans’ brace and Lewis Brierley ensured Town caused an upset in their second win of the campaign.
Manchester Central Res move up to third after their 3-3 draw with Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res who scooped only their fourth point of the season. Joel Edwards, Teon Jackto and Chieku Thiam were all on the scoresheet for Central while BLGC’s scorers were Chrisopher Tyldesley and Dan Brown (2).
Astley & Tyldesley Res moved off the bottom after their 2-1 win over Govan Athletic Res and are now both on six points.
Atherton Town A move up to seventh place with a 4-0 win over Tintwistle Athletic Res with Elson Fernandes hitting a hat-trick and Adam Durkin also getting on the score sheet.
Heath Ainscough and Luke Davies both scored twice for Pennington Res as they booked their place in the first round of the competition after beating Stockport Georgians Res in this qualifying round tie. Georgians now enter the Manchester League cup as a result.
Lancashire Amateur Cup
It was a successful day for the MFL sides as all teams progress. Astley & Tyldesley, Atherton LR Res, Atherton Town, Bolton Lads & Girls, Elton Vale, Leigh Athletic, Pennington and Wythenshawe Amateurs Res all won their first-round ties while Radcliffe Juniors were given a home walkover.
Manchester Amateur Cup
Heywood St James safely booked their place in Round Two with a comfortable 9-1 win at home to Trafford United Res, as did their reserves who were 2-0 winners at West Didsbury AFC. Chadderton EDS also see themselves through with a 4-1 win at Failsworth Dynamos Res and East Manchester also progress with a 4-0 win at Parrswood Celtic Res. Boothstown Res ease to a 4-1 win over Old Stretfordians 3rds to put their name in the hat for the next round.
Manchester Gregorians fall at the first hurdle after they lose 2-1 at Oldham Victoria while Moorside Rangers, Heyside Res and Middleton Colts progress by way of a walkover.
West Riding Challenge Cup
Springhead put their name in the hat for Round Two despite being 2-1 down after 90 minutes. Three goals in stoppage time meant the MFL side go through in spectacular fashion.
Uppermill bow out of the competition at the first stage as they lost 6-4 at Rimington.