The Manchester Football League saw many fixtures fall foul of the horrendous weather we’re having lately and meant only games scheduled to play on artificial surfaces went ahead for the second successive weekend.
Avro bounced back from their Gilgryst Cup exit last week with a narrow 2-1 victory over Manchester Gregorians to extend their lead to 8 points at the top of the table.
After a goalless first half, Daryl Weston and Chris Howell put the visitors into a 2-0 lead but a late goal from Gregs meant a nervy ending for the league leaders but they saw it out to collect a valuable three points.
East Manchester used up one of their games in hand over Wythenshawe Amateurs and picked up maximum points following a 6-0 thumping of AFC Monton. Two goals apiece from Will Shawcross and Brad Byrne were added to by Sam Jones and Alex Beeley to move them within a point of second place.
In the day’s other top-flight fixture, Walshaw Sports moved up to ninth after they picked up an impressive 2-1 win at home to fifth-place Hindsford. Matthew Carr scored twice to put his side in the driving seat before half time but the Tonics failed to recover and could only pull one back in the second half.
Avro Res moved to the top of the table with a clinical 3-0 win at home to Manchester Gregorians Res on Saturday. Mike Barnes-Gott scored twice in addition to Paul Downing’s effort to put their side 2 points clear of second place.
Chadderton EDS made it eleven consecutive wins in all competitions and go top of the pile with the latest victims being Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res in a 7-0 drubbing. Leon Iluobe scored a hat-trick with Joseph Richards, Bradley Kay, Jack Ward and Matthew Wilkinson getting the others at St Matthews School.
You wait for a bus then two come along in quick succession and that’s exactly what’s happened with Govan Athletic Res. After picking up their first win of the season, waiting twelve games to get it, they’ve gone and got another one and in emphatic fashion against Breightmet United Res.
David Roddy scored just before half time and Peter Stuart netted twice in two minutes just after the break to give them a comfortable lead but injury time goals from Mohammed Al-Selini and Joseph Gillibrand sealed a perfect day for the Latics and leave United still yet to register a point this season.
Tintwistle Athletic sealed qualification from Group A after defeating Atherton Town 2-0. Tom Burns and Anthony Rodrigues’s goals inflicted Town’s first defeat of the campaign although they have already sealed their place in the last eight.
Manchester Central needed a late equaliser then penalties to put their name in the hat for the semi finals as they squeezed past Chadderton Reserves at Ten Acres Lane.
Chaddy held a two-goal lead at half time after scoring twice in five minutes but Lamin Baldeh’s 50th minute penalty halved the deficit for Central before an injury time equaliser from Liam Ellis took the tie to penalties. With Central having the momentum, they progressed through to the last four after winning 4-3 on spot kicks.
It was a similar story at Blessed Thomas Halford School where the tie was taken to penalties after the Altrincham Hale and Bolton Lads & Girls Club couldn’t be separated in 90 minutes.
Chris Sissling and Steven Reid were on target for Hale before they went on to clinch a 7-6 penalty shoot-out victory.
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res shared eight goals with Atherton Town Res in what proved to be a cracker in the Group B tie at Heywood Sports Centre. The result means Sacred Heart are still within a chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages but will need to win their final match to do so.
Bolton County Res completed the knock-out stages quota as their 4-2 win over AFC Monton Res meant they snuck into second place despite finishing the game with 10 men.
Two goals each from Tom Helsby and Danny Hill put their side into the last eight, Matty Campbell and Kalvin Morris with Ammies’ replies.