Wythenshawe Amateurs kept up the pressure on runaway leaders Avro with a 3-1 triumph over Bolton County at Hollyhedge Park, Scott Nialle netting a fine brace of goals to add to a Pat OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Brien strike to narrow the gap to two points and stretch their unbeaten run to five games, Liam Stewart netting CountyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s consolation.
Hindsford prolonged Old Alts' agonising wait for their first victory with a 6-1 romp at Crossford Bridge, Tom Valentine scoring twice and Jack Valentine, Jack Toone, Ryan Briody and Ben Chambers once each for the Tonics who extend their unbeaten league run to six games.
It was derby day at St John Street as Springhead entertained neighbours and rivals Royton Town, the visitors lead twice through Wayne Dooley and Cameron Horner, but 'Head pegged them back through Mark Ashworth and Ryan Egan.
Manchester Gregorians won the other Premier Division game played, their first of the campaign that lifts them out of the bottom two, getting a 2-0 victory over AFC Monton on the board.
There are new leaders at the top of Division One as Atherton Town won an amazing ten-goal shoot-out at Hollinwood 6-4, taking advantage of Chapel Town's county cup involvement to edge a point clear. Sam Boydell, Henoc Mukendi, Matt Jackson, Gareth Shaw, Connor Critchley and Nathan Randall all bagging for Town
Boothstown made it three league wins on the bounce with a 1-0 win over Elton Vale at Bridgewater Park, and overtaking their visitors into sixth place and promotion contention.
Pennington look to have turned the corner with a second consecutive win, a 3-2 home victory over Wilmslow Albion, which lifts them off the bottom of the Division One table, Daryl Cope, Luke Davies and Zach Sutton finding the net.
Leaders Tintwistle Athletic had to settle for a point at an improving Govan Athletic, James Wilson scoring for the High Peak side, who now lead the Division by three points, with David Mounda on target for the hosts.
Altrincham Hale edged a tight-battle with visiting Uppermill to keep up the pressure on Tintwistle, Arron Martindale completing a hat-trick in the 89th minute to clinch the three points in a 3-2 win, the visitors netting through Darren Scanlon and Ton Kershaw.
Bolton Lads and Girls Club kept pace with the top-two with a 5-2 win at Atherton LR Development, their fourth three-pointer on the bounce, and sit only four points behind with a game in hand. Heath Ainscough with the LR goal.
There was a five-goal thriller at Heywood St James, and it was the home side who pocketed the points from a 3-2 win over Hindley Juniors, who belied their league position with a great shift against a team chasing a promotion spot. George Powell scored a double with Lamar Harrison for Jimmies with Tom Jackson getting Juniors' goals.
Radcliffe Juniors carried their fine county cup form into this league game at Irlam Steel, running away with a 4-0 that keeps them in the chasing pack. One goal each for Josh Clair, Matthew Malen, Daniel Moult and Jamie Berry sealed the three points.
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res maintained their 100% start to the league campaign with an emphatic 8-1 win at home to Stockport Georgians Res who are yet to register a point from their start.
Royton Town Res closed the gap to two points between them and Avro Res, while they were on cup duty, with a narrow 3-2 home win over Dukinfield Town with Jack Saw and Daniel Parkinson netting for the visitors.
The win for Royton took them about Springhead Res who lost by the same scoreline at Wilmslow Albion Res, seeing the hosts double their points tally for the season. Joe Heap and Adam Nuttall both scored for 'Head.
Atherton Town Res made it two league wins on the trot thanks to a 31 success at home to Walshaw Sports Res and sees them up to fifth spot, overtaking their opponents in the process.
The final game in the division saw Wythenshawe Amateurs Res pick up a 2-1 win at Hindsford Res to keep The Tonics in the bottom two spots.
Rochdale Sacred Heart A made it three wins from three following their 5-1 win at home to Pennington Res to remain top of the pile, Matthew Chadwick getting the consolation for the away team.
Bolton County Res registered consecutive wins thanks to a 5-1 victory at home to Irlam Steel Res and moves them up to fourth in the table. Braces for Danny Hill and Dennis Strickland plus a solitary Godwin May goal sealed the win for County.
The top three all picked up maximum points on their respective outings, with league leaders Tintwistle Athletic Res cruising to a 5-1 win at home to Heywood St James Res. Jake Knowles hitting a hat-trick with Tim Grahamslaw and Josh Westmerland getting the others at West Drive.
Atherton Town A retained second place thanks to a tight 2-1 win at Breightmet United Res while third placed Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res registered a terrific 7-1 home win over Govan Athletic Res, Danny Spencer getting six, yes SIX, with Danny Brown getting the other.
Chadderton EDS capitalised on HSJ Res' defeat with a 6-2 win at home to Boothstown Res to close the gap to two points with a game in hand. Adam Sweeney helped himself to a hat-trick with the other goals coming from Alireza Farhadi, Jack Ward and Jack Snape, Liam Dunn and George McManus in reply.
Avro Res picked up a regulatory 2-0 home win against Manchester Gregorians in their first Group B outing in the competition.
Uppermill Res went top of Group A thanks to a resounding 6-0 win at home to Altrincham Hale Res. Jake Caudwell scored an impressive four goals at Churchill Playing Fields in addition to Alex Peters and Matthew Walton.
It was a similar scoreline in Group C as Elton Vale Res recorded a 7-0 win at home to Old Alts Res. Two goals apiece from Ryan Wilkes and Tom Stubbs with James Bridge, Kyle Carter and Jack Roberts getting the rest at Elton Vale Sports Club.
MANCHESTER CHALLENGE TROPHY
Avro were taken all the way to penalties by Chadderton Reserves, who leveled late on after the visitors lead through goals from Sam Rathbone and Mason Dunkley, and only fell short from spot-kicks 4-2 to the Premier Division leaders, Alan Beckett and Ross Stanley were ChaddyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s scorers.
East Manchester were given a scare by Division One promotion chasers Beechfield United, edging the game 3-2 after being 2-0 down. Brad Byrne, Darren Green and a late Kyle McGovern goal securing a last-four spot for the holders.
Heyside joined their neighbours in the semi-finals with a 2-1 home victory over Cheshire League side Egerton as they seem to be finding their feet after a dip in form.
Manchester Central bowed out with a 2-1 home loss to Curzon Ashton development, a late goal for the visitors sealing their win after Yayha Saeed had levelled with a spectacular effort for Central.
CHESHIRE AMATEUR CUP
Stockport Georgians moved into the next round after a remarkable 6-5 win over visting Unicorn Athletic, from the Cheshire League, at Cromley Road, Oliver Hemlin, Callum Campbell and Leon Murphy all adding to a Carl Sutton hat-trick in a game that both sets of defenders might want to forget.
DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP
Chapel Town slipped out of the competition, but took Matlock Town Reserves to extra-time thanks to a Matt Sherlock goal who kept the teams locked at one apiece, the visitors getting two goals in added time to win 3-1.
MANCHESTER AMATEUR CUP
AFC Monton cruised through to the next round of the competition with a comfortable 6-1 home win against Chadderton Park. A Lee McNally hat-trick, a brace from John Cardell and a Matthew McNally were all on target at New Alder Park.