After last week’s near-wipe out of the fixture list due to the weather, we returned to an almost-full schedule of games with only a handful being postponed.
League leaders Hindsford stretched the gap at the top to 3 points after they used their game in hand to full advantage. With 5 games remaining, The Tonics have it all in their own hands following a 4-2 win against Manchester Gregorians thanks to goals from Jack Valentine (2), Alex Honeyball and Paul Dixon whilst Danny Hulme and Douglas Miller got Gregs’ replies.
Manchester Central made it 9 unbeaten in the league and are now in third following their 2-0 win at Stockport Georgians but it could have easily been a different outcome had the hosts converted a 2nd half penalty at 0-0. However, Central went on to claim all three points as Daniel Burns and Josh Frith went on to score at Cromley Road.
Heyside also move up a place as they sit fourth with an away victory of their own. Will Kinder, James Curly and Adam Dale all scored in a 3-1 win at Old Alts in a game which saw both teams finish with 10 men. Dave Drinkwater got the hosts’ consolation but the result leaves them 4 points from bottom place.
Moving off the bottom were Beechfield United after they clinched a point from the home game with Walshaw Sports at Salford Sports Village. Greg Wills and Richard Woodward got Shaw’s goals in a result which benefits United as only goal difference separates them and East Manchester who drop to the foot of the table.
Dukinfield Town were loitering down the bottom but are now tenth after a good run of form, form that continued with a 4-2 win against Chadderton Res. Soman Muhammed and Matthew Booth were on target for the hosts but Town register their fourth win of the calendar year.
It was a crucial fixture at the top as second hosted first with both teams level on points going into the game. Altrincham Hale humbled the league leaders in a 6-2 victory which saw Joe Morley (2), Chris Sissling, Steven Reid and Sam Acton all find the net for Hale who have just 3 games remaining this season.
Pennington strengthen their place in third as they move 6 points clear and just 1 point behind HSJ in second place. This comes after a 6-0 crushing of their local rivals Leigh Athletic at Jubilee Park with Dominic Shepherd (2), Daniel Lamara, Jordan Walshe, Habtamu Ayele and Obua Hashim Mugalula all netting for the hosts.
Boothstown returned to winning ways with a 4-2 victory at home to Bolton Lads & Girls Club which sees them move up a place to fifth. They’ve moved to within 3 points of Atherton Town who were held to a 1-1 draw at Tintwistle.
Elton Vale enjoyed their trip to Wilmslow Albion as they picked up all the points following a 4-0 victory. Harvey Booth, Tyler Roscoe, Mark Severs and Martyn Howley all got on the score sheet at Oakwood Farm.
Six goals and the spoils were shared at Platt Lane as Govan Athletic and Radcliffe Juniors played out a 3-3 draw. The point earned for the hosts moves them to within a point from safety and five clear of the drop zone for Radcliffe.
Avro Res got back to winning ways with a 4-0 victory at Astley & Tyldesley to move them to within 7 points of the leaders and two clear of third-placed Hindsford Res who dropped points in their home game with Moorside Rangers.
In the other game of the day, Hollinwood leapfrog above Walshaw Sports Res in emphatic style as they romped to an 8-2 win at Wright Robinson.
Dukinfield Town Res failed to add to their point total as they suffered their first league defeat since November, losing 2-1 at home to Springhead Res. Jack Beasley and Robert Berry both netted for the visitors at Woodhams Park.
Elton Vale Res took full advantage and close the gap to a single point following their high-scoring game with Stockport Georgians Res. The hosts won 7-5 with Peter Hickford scoring a hat-trick, Andy Holt, Jack Roberts, Luca Ellis and Declan Guy getting the others.
Uppermill remain on the heels of the top two sides as they won 3-1 at home to East Manchester Academy to stay within four points while having three games in hand. Darren Scanlon, Matt Barlow and Nathan Jones all scored for the hosts.
Rochdale Sacred Heart A seemed to have no problems in their home tie with Pennington Res after they won 5-0. The win moves the hosts up to fifth and leaves Pennington in ninth and one of three clubs on 19 points.
Another team on 19 points are Bolton County Res after they won 4-1 against Old Alts Res at Radcliffe Road. Tom Jackson, Romain Maubaret and a Jonathan Smalley double sealed the win.
Chadderton EDS got back to winning ways with a very impressive 3-1 win away to Leigh Athletic Res thanks to a Joe Ray double plus Tyler Berry’s goal to seal all 3 points.
Royton Town Res moved to the summit on Saturday with a 4-1 win at home to Dukinfield Town A and are now 3 points clear of Heywood St James Res who didn’t play.
Heyside Res were the highest scorers of the day across all the divisions as they won 13-0 at home to bottom team, Astley & Tyldesley Res. The win sees the Oldham outfit move to within 2 points of second place.
Govan Athletic Res made it four wins on the bounce with the latest coming in a 5-1 victory against Manchester Central Res. Hamid Jemei, Neil Bradford, Jack Parratt, Andrew Cruickshank and Erwan Hoarau all getting on the score sheet for Govan while Sean Landlin got Central’s reply.
Moorside Rangers Res got their 2nd win of 2019 in a 3-1 victory at home to Boothstown Res as Jack Small and Brandon Fry both scored for the hosts. Spencer Shaw scored Boothstown’s consolation who remain in fourth place.
Tintwistle Athletic Res move up 2 places to fifth with a 2-0 win courtesy of Sean Howden and Sam Swann goals, seeing off Atherton Town A at West Drive.
Rochdale Sacred Heart cruised into the semi-finals of the Gilgryst Cup after they brushed aside East Manchester in a 9-0 thumping. Nick Hepple (3), Matt Beadle (2), Michael Kearney (2) and Thomas Bradburn (2) all found the net at Wright Robinson to seal a place in the last four.