Hindsford started the day as league leaders and finished the day in the same position despite going down 2-0 at Heyside. Mark Hopwood and Jordan Schofield both scored for the hosts to secure the three points and close the gap to just two points between them and the leaders.
Rochdale Sacred Heart couldn’t take advantage of The Tonics’ slip-up as they too drop points as they were held 2-2 at home to East Manchester. Liam Woolley had equalised after the hosts took the lead before Eduardo Lamb put East ahead only for Heart to peg them back inside the last 5 minutest to claim a point at Fox Park.
Royton Town also missed out on the opportunity after losing 2-1 in their local derby with Springhead. Rob Flynn and Sheldon Casey-Clarke both scored for the hosts to go into fifth and deny their opponents the chance to go top.
Beechfield United give themselves a massive boost by adding to their cup win last time out with a 3-1 win at home to Manchester Gregorians. The win doesn’t move them off the bottom but puts them level points with Dukinfield Town and now only goals scored separates the two teams.
After two straight league defeats, Manchester Central got back to winning ways on their trip to Bolton County. Buba Sakiliba and Cory Knight gave Central a half time 2-0 lead with County finishing the half with 10 men. Marcelo Arhin and a Zak Bell put Central into a 4-0 lead and despite goals from Tom Axon-Smith and Tom Aspen that made it 4-2, Central held out for the three points.
In the other game of the day, Walshaw Sports were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Chadderton Reserves, Matthew Booth and Ben Uttley getting Chaddy’s goals. The draw means both teams stay where they are in the table being separated by goal difference.
It’s as you were at the top of Division One as both Pennington and Heywood St James registered big wins. Pennington remain top of the pile following their impressive 5-0 win against Wilmslow Albion as Dane Grimes struck twice and Ross Farrington, Daniel Gunning and Dominic Shepherd all getting one each at Oakwood Farm.
Heywood St James got back to winning ways and maintain 2 points behind after they registered a 4-0 win at home to Radcliffe Juniors. David McNally, George Powell, Martin Cosgrave and Jackson King all scored for Jimmies to strengthen their push for promotion.
Elton Vale, however, remain in third place and are now 8 points off the top after they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Altrincham Hale, their second league loss in successive outings.
Boothstown move up a place to fifth thanks to a 6-3 win at home to Atherton LR Res, a result which keeps LR rooted to the bottom. LR’s goals came courtesy of a Brian Potter hat-trick but proved to be a mere consolation as the hosts romped to the three points.
Atherton Town left Churchill Playing Fields with all three points after Gareth Shaw and Matt Meskell both scored to give their side a 2-0 win against Uppermill.
Bolton Lads & Girls Club picked up a vital three points from their home game with Leigh Athletic, a result which puts them on level points with their opponents.
There is now daylight between the top two as Irlam Steel sit 3 points clear of Hindsford Res. Irlam collected their 10th win of the season as they beat Atherton Town Res 5-1 at Butler Park. Lee Simmons claimed Town’s consolation but remain in sixth place.
Hindsford Res were on the wrong end of an 8-2 scoreline on a what was a tough afternoon against Rochdale Sacred Heart Res who now sit in fourth spot.
Middleton Colts remain five points off the top but move up to third after they beat Avro Res 3-1 at Hopwood Hall. Jamie Diamond, Ashford Blake and Kacy Samuel all scored to earn their side the win and keep their promotion chances strong.
Manchester Gregorians Res returned to winning ways in a close game against Astley & Tyldesley at Belle Vue. The hosts won 3-2 but remain in 9th spot as the teams around them all won on Saturday.
Just one goal decided the game between Breightmet United and Hollinwood but the hosts still look for their first point of the season as the Oldham side won 1-0.
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res romped to a 6-1 win at home to Hindley Juniors. Ammies have now scored 14 goals in their last three league outings and hold a superior goal difference over all the teams below them.
None of the top three teams were in action so Leigh Athletic Res had the chance to close the gap and that they did when they hosted Springhead Res. Leon Green and a James Dooley double helped The Tics to a 3-0 win and moves them to within 3 points of the third place.
Old Alts Res recorded back-to-back wins and now join three other teams on 13 points. Kaiden Stanistreet got Pennington’s goal but the visitors edge them out 2-1 at Jubilee Park.
Chadderton EDS moved up two places to 8th after their 3-2 win against Bolton County Res. Goals from Dane Mansfield (2) and Sam Traynor sealed Chaddy’s third straight league win.
Royton Town Res maintained their place at the top with a 4-2 win against Boothstown Res. The gap remains five points due to Heywood St James Res’ 6-1 win at bottom side Astley & Tyldesley Res.
Altrincham Hale Res are on the same points tally as HSJ but sit in third on goal difference. Jack Small and Alex Beardsley scored the goals for Moorside Rangers Res but Alty collect the points with a 3-2 win at Agecroft Farm.
Atherton Town A sit in fifth spot thanks to an important 4-1 win over Dukinfield Town A, Karl Monks getting Duki’s consolation but Sasha Nyathi (2), Thomas Morley and Rhys Bustard getting the hosts goals to secure the three points.
Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res moved up two places to ninth with a 3-0 win at Govan Athletic Res.
Cheshire Amateur Cup
Dukinfield Town bow out for the competition after they lost on penalties against Newton. The game finished 2-2 after 90 minutes and the MFL side eventually lost out in a penalty shoot-out against the Wirral side.
Old Alts’ cup run ended at Round Three after they lost 3-1 at home to Shaftsbury Youth Club.
Govan Athletic progress through to Round Three as they won 3-1 against Newton Athletic and will look to use this win to kickstart their league campaign.
Derbyshire Division Cup North
Tintwistle Athletic safely cruised through to Round Four with a 6-2 win at home to Ashover. Two goals apiece from George Clarey and Joe Crabtree along with further goals from Josh Stevenson and Niall Cannon sealed a comfortable win for Tinny.
Manchester Amateur Cup
A penalty shoot-out was required to separate East Manchester Academy and Heyside Res as they met at Wright Robinson for the Round Two tie. The game ended 3-3 after 90 mins before the hosts progressed through, winning 4-3 on penalty kicks.
Manchester Central Res bow out of the competition in the first round as Uppermill Res won 4-2 at The Manchester College. Matthew Barlow’s hat-trick was added to by Sam Hatherill’s strike to finish off a successful afternoon for the visitors.