East Manchester’s 4-1 loss at Hindsford means that Wythenshawe Amateurs are now guaranteed at least the runners-up spot in the Premier Division, Jack Valentine hitting two, Ben Chambers one and an own goal securing the win while Anthony Roberts notched the reply for the visitors.
Springhead were in sparkling form as they racked up a 4-1 victory of their own, Old Altrinchamians their opponents. Ryan Fagan scoring twice with Mark Ashworth and Leighton Stephenson adding the rest, Matt Jamieson grabbing Alts’ consolation.
Bolton County’s late drive up the table has been one of the highlights of the second half of the season, and goals from Tom Aspen, Kieran Hennessey, Tom Axon-Smith and Jordan McLoughlin nailed in a 4-0 home victory over AFC Monton.
Walshaw Sports also netted four unanswered goals, Stockport Georgians were on the wrong end of the 4-0 defeat.
With both Beechfield and Chadderton without a game, Manchester Central had a great chance to close the gap, but Atherton Town had other ideas and defeated the high-flyers 2-1 courtesy of efforts from Liam O’Hagan and Tom Armstrong, Josh Frith equalising for Central from the penalty spot.
Goals from Shaun Carey and Josh Steadman earned Elton Vale a solid 2-0 home win over Chapel Town and established a four-point lead over Pennington in fifth.
Tintwistle Athletic bagged the prize scalp of Altrincham Hale in the chase for the Division Two title, winning 2-1 away at the leaders thanks to a Josh Stevenson brace, Hale replying through Liam Paterson.
Govan Athletic were emphatic victors on the road, winning 11-1 at Irlam Steel, Adil Ajmal weighing in with four goals, Nick Stone, James Badrock and David Mouanda a brace apiece and Chris Lewis one.
Radcliffe Juniors’ late drive up the table continued with a fine 3-0 win over Uppermill, Stephen Stretton bagging a brace of goals with Jamie Berry one.
Another home winner was Heywood St James who dispatched Atherton LR Development 2-0 at Phoenix Park thanks to Martin Love’s brace.
Breightmet United climbed one place thanks to a 1-0 home win over Hindley Juniors.
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res ended Avro Res’ title challenge by thumping them 6-0 at the Vestacare Stadium, now needing eight more points to become champions.
Atherton Town Res couldn’t capitalise on Avro’s defeat as they too suffered a heavy loss, going down 4-0 at Manchester Gregorians Res.
Hindsford Res moved up to fifth with a 3-2 win at relegation-threatened Wilmslow Albion Res. Nathan Johnson and Stefan Steadman’s goals for the hosts proved not to be enough and remain three points adrift from ninth place.
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res recorded the biggest result of the day in the division as they hit Stockport Georgians Res for ten without reply. Luke Hibbert scored a superb eight goals in the game with Rhys Jones and Brad Taylor getting the others. The win keeps the Ammies in with a chance of promotion.
It was first versus second at Wright Robinson as East Manchester Academy hosted Elton Vale Res. The leaders cemented their place at the top with a 4-0, with George Etchells getting a hat-trick plus Danny Williams’ goal, leaving their title hopes in their own hands.
Leigh Athletic Res kept up with the following pack after their 3-0 win at bottom-placed team Old Alts Res, putting them three points off the promotion places.
Pennington Res give themselves a shot in the arm with a 2-1 win at home to Bolton County Res. The three points move them off the bottom and up to ninth place to give the table a more pleasant look for the Jubilee Park men.
Chadderton EDS stretched their lead to five points at the top with another impressive victory. Their 5-0 win at home to Govan Athletic Res extends their unbeaten run to 12 league games and their tenth straight win in the competition and puts them as favourites to lift the title.
Uppermill Res also scored five as they overcome Bolton Lads and Girls Club Res at Churchill Playing Fields. Dylan Fitzgerald came off the bench to score twice to add to Adam Howarth, Lee Rainford and Stuart Chamley goals to see their side move to within a point of second place with two games in hand.