HINDSFORD ARE PREMIER DIVISION CHAMPIONS! Manchester Central’s quest for the title was halted at the Ark Fleetech stadium after their 2-2 draw with Chadderton Res. The visitors held a 2-0 lead the break thanks to a double from Dan Burns but a ten-man Chaddy fought back to take a point through Alireza Farhadi and Jaya Woski-Cawthorne goals to spoil Central’s title hopes.
At the bottom of the table, Beechfield United were held by Old Alts to a 0-0 draw to bring their season to a close and now wait to find out their fate. A point leaves them a place off the bottom but a win for East Manchester in their final game will see United drop to the foot.
It was also goalless at St Johns Street where Springhead entertained Bolton County. A point each for the sides who both have 2 games remaining and in mid-table.
Manchester Gregorians consolidated themselves in 7th spot with a 2-1 win away to Stockport Georgians. Gregs are six points away from the team directly above and below them so their current position will be the highest they can reach due to their goal difference.
Tintwistle Athletic caught the eye with their victory over Bolton Lads & Girls Club as they hit double figures at Hacken Bridge Road. The visitors racked up a 14-0 win which sees them move up into 7th and leaves Bolton third from the bottom.
Elton Vale moved up a place to fourth after a 4-2 win over Atherton Town on Saturday despite finishing the game with 9 men. Peter Hickford netted twice while Tyler Roscoe and Ryan Wilkes both scored for Vale while Nathan Randell and Gareth Shaw scored for Town.
After picking up their first point of the season in midweek, Breightmet United looked for more as they welcomed Avro Res who have their sights on promotion. However, it was the visitors who collected all the points with a 6-0 victory to strengthen their challenge – Mike Barnes-Gott (2), Chris Howells (2), Charlie Fuller and Rico Stewart with the goals.
Also in the race to go up are Moorside Rangers who travelled to the home of the champions, Middleton Colts and left with the points in the bag. Kaden Goodman’s hat-trick was added to by a Ryan Heard brace to seal the victory and have their promotion fate in their own hands with 2 games to play.
In their penultimate game of the season, Walshaw Sports Res welcomed Manchester Gregorians Res to Little Lever High School. The hosts picked up their sixth victory of the season, winning 3-1 but stay in 11th place.
Uppermill Res are the new leaders of Division Three after they saw off fellow title challengers Dukinfield Town at Churchill Playing Fields. Kieran Hilton and Will Wright both scored once for Uppermill in a close-fought game and leaves Town in third, four points off the top and are in a good position to clinch promotion.
Rochdale Sacred Heart A left Oakwood Farm with all three points after a 7-1 win against the bottom team, Wilmslow Albion Res. RSH stay in fourth place but have at least a game in hand on the teams around them but need results to go their way if they were to secure a top three finish.
Chadderton EDS enjoyed a healthy 5-0 win on the road as they travelled to face Pennington Res. Robbie Nelson (2), Stephane Mawawa (2) and Tyler Berry all found the net at Jubilee Park and stay in fifth place.
East Manchester Academy move up to sixth following their 5-0 win at home to Leigh Athletic Res, largely thanks to an Eddie Lamb hat-trick. Josh Schofield and Daniel Booth also found the net for East at Wright Robinson as Leigh stay in ninth place.
Heyside Res maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 win against Atherton Town A and are now just 3 points away from clinching the title.
Heywood St James Res kept the gap to 9 points and sit in second spot following their narrow 4-3 victory over Govan Athletic Res at Platt Lane. Josh Brennan (2) and Joe Madigan both scored for the hosts but it wasn’t enough to stop Jimmies on the day.
Royton Town Res enjoyed a 5-1 win at home to Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res who now sit at the foot of the table. Town now have a three-point gap between them and fourth with all the top four sides having played the same number of games.
Astley & Tyldesley Res move off the bottom after they gained a point from their game with Moorside Rangers Res. The game finished 4-4 at Gin Pitt Village with Paul Parker, Luke Saxon, Thomas Smith-Monks and Mitchell Gilligan getting Moorside’s goals.
Boothstown Res have a six-point gap between them and fifth place after they left Blessed Thomas Altrincham Hale Res with a draw. Daniel Fitch, Stephan Howard and Jake Daly’s goals for the visitors were cancelled out by Hale’s Steven Reid, Eugene Udumeh and Jack Yates goals.
Boothstown booked their place in the Murray Trophy Final where they will meet Avro Res at Shawe View. They did so in emphatic fashion, winning 7-0 against Govan Athletic who must now concentrate on beating the drop in league matters.