Saturday afternoon served up the second helping of Manchester Football League for 2019 in another action-packed fixture list. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of the games across all of the five divisions.
It’s as you were at the top of the Premier Division with both the two leading teams picking up maximum points in their respective tough games on the road.
Hindsford had the tough task of taking on a Beechfield United side who find themselves at the wrong end of the table but results at the back end of the 2018 suggest they are only a few positive results away from steering clear to safety. However, the league leaders made light work on this occasion as they secured a 4-0 win at Littleton Road to get back on track after last week’s draw.
Royton Town maintained the one-point gap behind The Tonics after they claimed bragging rights in their local derby with Heyside. It was a case of 3 goals and 3 points for Town as they ran out 3-1 winners at Crompton House with Ashley Ainsworth, Liam Wood and Joe Jacombs all scored to make it two wins out of two for 2019. Adam Dale getting the host’s goal as they slip a place to fifth.
Another side from the region registered consecutive wins as Springhead edged a five-goal thriller at St Johns Street. ‘Head move up to fourth after their 3-2 win against Walshaw Sports thanks to goals from Michael Cheetham, Chris Pauley and Matthew Barlow.
After lifting themselves off the foot of the table last week, Dukinfield Town move up another place after successive wins, the latest coming against Manchester Gregorians at Woodhams Park. Daniel Parkinson and Dominic Bevan both scored second half goals to give their side a 2-1 win, inflicting Gregs’ first defeat since early November.
East Manchester picked up a valuable 3 points with fellow relegation-threatened Old Alts to reduce the gap to just 1 point between the two sides. The Manchester side cruised to a 5-0 win to move off the bottom and clinch their first league win on home turf since August.
Manchester Central’s winning streak was halted at 4 games and remain in seventh place after they were held to a 1-1 by Chadderton Res who made it 2 draws on the road since the turn of the year. Josh Frith was on target for Central in what proved to be a close encounter at The Manchester College with both sides happy with a point each.
Liam Short was the scorer for Bolton County whom made it consecutive 1-1 draws, the latest coming against Stockport Georgians at Radcliffe Road as the two sides sit in eighth and ninth respectively.
Due to Atherton LR Res’ expulsion from the league, the results have been removed so the table has been updated and has had an important impact.
Heywood St James now sit at the top of the table following a comfortable 5-0 win against Radcliffe Juniors. Martin Cosgrove’s brace help Jimmies to the 3 points and was joined by Lamar Harrison, Adam Michael Howe and Robert Taylor on the score sheet at Cams Lane.
Altrincham Hale’s winless start to 2019 continued after they could only manage a 1-1 draw at eighth placed Tintwistle Athletic. After a goalless first half, Harry Newton and Jonathan Drysdale scored a goal apiece to ensure both sides gained a point at Glossopdale Community College.
Boothstown scooped all 3 points from their trip to Uppermill as they left Churchill Playing Fields with a 2-1 win which moves them up three places to fourth. Matt Barlow was the scorer for the hosts who drop to sixth.
Leigh Athletic remain in eighth place despite Josh Brennan’s 2 goals in their 2-1 win at home to Wilmslow Albion. It’s a good start to the new year for the striker who now has 5 in 2 games.
Middleton Colts made it four straight wins after they saw off Irlam Steel with a 7-1 win to maintain their position at the summit. Ben Ravenscroft got Steelies’ only goal in their third-straight defeat as they slip to fourth place and are now 7 off the pace.
Hindsford Res now sit in second place after their visit to Walshaw Sports saw them bring home all 3 points. The Tonics are still four points off the pace but have only five games left to play.
Avro had their shooting boots on again but not to the same scale as their last outing as they welcomed Moorside Rangers to The Vestacare Stadium. A brace from Liam Bennion helped Avro to the win and was assisted by further goals from Calum Jackson and Rico Stewart.
Hollinwood enjoyed an emphatic win to stretch the gap between them and their opponents. The hosts won 9-0 against Hindley Juniors at Wright Robinson and are now just a point below Walshaw Sports in 11th.
Also picking up a good win were Wythenshawe Amateurs Res who ran out 6-0 winners against Astley & Tyldesley at Hollyhedge Park. However, the Ammies remain in 9th with 10 games left and are in with a good chance of finishing in the top four, if not challenging for promotion.
Manchester Gregorians Res extended their winning streak to six games with a 6-2 victory at home to Breightmet United. The visitors are still to register a point in what’s been a tough campaign.
In the day’s other game, Rochdale Sacred Heart Res were held to a 1-1 draw by an Atherton Town Res side who are now without a win in four. Both sides sit mid-table and have six games each left to play.
Peter Hickford’s brace helped Elton Vale Res to 3 points in their game with Bolton County Res to make sure they stayed top of the pile. Further goals from Kyle Carter and Andy Holt completed the 4-0 victory made it four on the bounce.
Dukinfield Town Res couldn’t quite match the result as they were held by Rochdale Sacred Heart A in a six-goal thriller. Elliot Handley, Jack Saw and Thomas Collins all found the net but couldn’t produce a win as Heart battled to a 3-3 draw. The gap now stands at 5 points between the top two with Town having 2 games in hand.
It looked to be an entertaining match at Cromley Road when East Manchester Academy travelled to face a Stockport Georgians Res which sat in the bottom two. The game ended 4-4 which suited neither side but both have a lot of games to play still to influence the end result of the campaign.
Jack Beasley and Joe Travis both scored for Springhead Res as they won 3-1 at Oakwood Farm, seeing off Wilmslow Albion Res who stay rooted to the bottom and Pennington Res were also on the winning side in their game against Old Alts Res. Luke Davies and Keeran Parker both scored twice in a 4-2 win at Crossford Bridge.
The lead at the top has been cut to 5 points as leaders Royton Town Res were held to a 4-4 draw at home to Manchester Central Res. Town are now without a win since early December but a point against Central is their first in the last 3 outings. David Ashworth, Zach Gemmell, Will Morgan and Jack Sloan were Town’s scorers.
Heyside Res move up to second spot with a clinical 6-0 victory over sixth-placed Altrincham Hale Res and are now in touching distance of the leaders since having a couple of games in hand.
Dukinfield Town A were the day’s highest scorers as they thumped Astley & Tyldesley Res 14-0 at Astley Sports College. The result is Town’s first home win since early November and sends the visitors rooted to the bottom of the table.
Govan Athletic Res lift themselves off the bottom with a 3-2 win over Moorside Rangers Res at Platt Lane. Oladeji Ojeniyi, George Stevens and an own goal gave Govan their fourth win of the season and closes the gap to 3 points between the two sides.
Heywood St James Res move up to third and to within six points of the league leaders after they won 2-0 at home to Bolton Lads & Girls Res thanks to goals from Aaron Boyle and Luke Woodall at the Phoenix Ground. Bolton drop a place and now sit 3 points off the bottom.
Derbyshire Divisional Cup North
Tintwistle Athletic Res were narrowly defeated by Blazing Rad in a five-goal thriller at Werst Drive. The MFL side were edged out 3-2 in Round Four.
Lancashire Amateur Cup
Old Mancunians saw off MFL side Bolton Lads & Girls when they met at the Armitage Centre. The game ended 2-0 and ends the cup dreams for another year.
Also exiting the competition are Pennington who were beaten by fellow MFL team Elton Vale at Jubilee Park. Ethan Evans scored for the hosts but Tyler Roscoe and Lee Bruce’s goals saw Vale progress to the Semi Final.