The 2017/18 Premier Division came to a close on Saturday with the final four games taking place.
Avro finished off their championship-winning campaign with a 7-1 win at home to Stockport Georgians in front of a packed-out crowd at the Vestacare Stadium. Duncan Knott scored four times and was joined on the score sheet by Elliott Murray, Joe Rathbone and Matt Landregan to see their side finish 14 points clear at the top of the pile.
Springhead ended their season with five straight wins, the last of which came at home to AFC Monton. The hosts ran out 6-2 winners to ensure they finished in fourth place by a fantastic 10 points thanks to a Josh Haigh hat-trick and further goals from Nathan Eastmond, Ryan Fagan and Kristian Ventress.
Bolton County signed off with an emphatic 5-0 victory at home to Manchester Gregorians, making their debut season a very successful one. Romain Maubaret scored twice, Dimitri Wasaulua, Danny Hill and Tom Axon-Smith all scoring once, meaning County finished in eleventh place, a position which the club would have surely taken at the start of the season.
Fellow debutants Heyside settled in sixth spot, a campaign which will be celebrated and rightly so. They travelled to Walshaw Sports on the final day where the spoils were shared in a 3-3 draw, a point which helps the hosts move up a place to finish in ninth.
Chadderton Reserves rounded off their title-winning season with an emphatic 7-0 win at home to Leigh Athletic. Ashley Ainsworth scored four times to see him finish on 35 goals from just 13 appearances with Niall Barnes, Jake Jacobs and Paul Casey getting the rest for the champions.
Beechfield United tasted defeat in their final game as they went down 4-3 at Boothstown. However, United still finish in third which ensures them Premier Division football next season along with Manchester Central and the champions.
Wilmslow Albion have all but pulled off a fantastic great escape, one that Steve McQueen would be proud of, following their 6-2 win at home to Westbury Sports. Oliver Ford netted a hat-trick, Jamie Green a brace and Joe Jackson once to move Albion out of the bottom two. Ben Smith scored both goals for Westbury who now need maximum points to join them on 19 points and need to improve their goal difference by 17 if they are to avoid the drop.
Tintwistle Athletic kept their promotion hopes alive with a much-needed 3-1 win at home to Radcliffe Juniors, a result which halts Radcliffe in theirs. Tom Burns scored twice plus Joe Elliott’s strike mean a win for Tinny in their final game on Tuesday at Uppermill will see them finish in 2nd spot thanks to a superior goal difference.
In the day’s other game, Heywood St James signed off their 2017/18 season with a 2-1 win away to Uppermill. Paolo Margaglioni was on target for the hosts but ten-man Jimmies still secured the three points with Ellis Phillips and George Powell scoring to finish in sixth.
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res travelled to Butler Park in their penultimate game of the season to face Atherton Town Res whose slim hopes of a top three finish were dashed as the Ammies ran out 3-1 winners. Luke Hibbert scored his 39th and 40th goals of the season, Joe McDonald got the other while Andy Piper got Town’s consolation whose final game is midweek against Stockport Georgians.
Wilmslow Albion Res’ survival hopes took a knock as they were beaten at Hindsford Res. The defeat leaves the window of opportunity open to Stockport Georgians Res who need to win both of their remaining games to survive on goal difference. It’s going to be a close one!
Elton Vale secured promotion to Division Three with an emphatic 5-1 win at AFC Monton, a win that sees them go to the top of the pile, replacing Rochdale Sacred Heart A. Dominic Howell scored twice as did Mark Severs with Kyle Carter getting the other at New Alder Park.
East Manchester Academy can secure promotion and the league title should they beat AFC Monton on Tuesday evening, anything less will mean RSH go up as runners-up.
Chadderton EDS secured the league title in true form as they beat Breightmet United 11-0 at St Matthews School. Bradley Kay scored four, Jack Ward scored twice with Matthew Wilkinson, Liam Eadsforth, Steve Ledjon, Adam Sweeney and James Dwyer all scoring once in what was the fourth time they registered double figures in the league campaign.
The win sees Chaddy finish top of the pile on goal difference, boasting a fantastic 117 goals in the scored column while also conceding the least (23).
Commiserations must go to Uppermill Res who pushed the champions all the way, matching the points tally and win promotion in the process. Their last action of the 2017/18 campaign was a 2-0 win at Heywood St James Res with Matt Barlow and Callum Faulkner getting the goals.
Rochdale Sacred Heart and Wythenshawe Amateurs went head-to-head at Ewen Fields as they contested the Gilgryst Cup final. In front of a 250-strong attendance, the Ammies denied Sacred Heart’s intentions of retaining the trophy as they secured a comfortable 3-0 win.
Man-of-the-match Patrick O’Brien scored two first half to give the Ammies a deserved lead despite Sacred Heart goalkeeper Neil McNulty making a number of saves to keep his side in the tie. William Ahern added a third late on in the second half to ensure his side lifted the trophy, completing a fantastic season for the team and club in general.