For the second successive weekend the fixture list took a bit of hit by the weather but we were able to get over half of the games played.
Hindsford ensure they are top of the tree at Christmas after a thumping victory with a clean sheet to boot. They saw off a struggling East Manchester with a 5-0 victory at Squires Lanes leaving East in the bottom two.
Royton Town remain third but are now 2 points behind second place following a 5-3 win at home to Beechfield United at the Oldham Academy North. Jamie Sinnott was unlucky to finish on the losing side as he scored all of United’s goals but Joe Jacombs scored twice to add to Alex Frost, Craig Schumann and Tom Hughes goals to seal the three points for the hosts.
Bolton County ended the year on a high with a 2-1 win against Old Alts with Liam Short and Tom Aspen, a victory which moves them up a place to eighth
Pennington moved to within 2 points of the summit after defeating fellow title and promotion rivals Elton Vale. Adam Plimley got the hosts’ consolation as they were beaten 5-1 on home soil and remain in fifth spot.
A further 3 points behind them are Altrincham Hale who were in good form as they picked up maximum points and clean sheet on their visit to Boothstown. Andrew Nugent gave Hale a first half lead and Jack Yates added two second half goals to complete the scoring.
It was a stalemate between Bolton Lads & Girls and Govan Athletic as both sides played out a 1-1 draw. A point still separates the two teams but they both move up a place in the table.
Atherton Town secured their first home league win since September as they saw off Leigh Athletic in a close-fought local derby. Gareth Shaw (2) and Ben Rodgers got Town’s goals to see them up to sixth while Leigh drop to a place off the bottom.
Irlam Steel failed to reach the New Year unbeaten as they were toppled by Hollinwood at Wright Robinson. The hosts recorded an unlikely 4-1 win against the Steelies to move them to third bottom while Irlam remain in second.
Avro Res picked up their first win since the beginning of November after beating Rochdale Sacred Heart Res at The Vestacare Stadium. Harry Royds and Jack Stead were on target for Sacred Heart but Mason Dunkley, Mike Barnes-Gott and a last-minute Jordan Evans strike sealed all the points for Avro.
There were big wins in the remaining three games in the division as 20 goals were scored.
Manchester Gregorians Res’ 4-0 win over Atherton Town moves them up a place to eighth, closing the gap to 6 points on their opposition.
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res remain in tenth spot despite an impressive 6-1 win at home to Breightmet United who are still without a point this campaign.
The highest scorers of the day were Moorside Rangers after they won 8-1 Walshaw Sports Res at Salford Sports Village.
Elton Vale Res move to the summit by three clear points thanks to a 2-1 win at Old Alts Res. Ole Unsworth and Luca Ellis both scored for Vale to ensure they sit top at Christmas.
Wilmslow Albion Res held potential title challengers Chadderton EDS to a 2-2 draw at Oakwood Farm to move them a point closer to Stockport Georgians Res who site 2 points above.
Uppermill Res stay with the chasing pack after a 4-1 win at Leigh Athletic Res. Matthew Barlow (2), Lee Rainford and Darren Scanlon all scored at Leigh Sports Village as Uppermill move up to second.
Heyside Res gave the chasing pack a boost as they clipped the wings of Royton Town Res, beating them 4-3 at Crompton House. Jack Barnes, Joseph Gidley and Jack Sloan were on target for Town but the hosts inflicted Town’s second defeat of the season.
Astley & Tyldesley Res moved off the bottom with a much-needed victory away to Atherton Town A. A&T ran out 7-3 winners at Howe Bridge to deny Town the chance to go up to second.
Govan Athletic drop to the foot of the table following their 3-1 defeat at home to Dukinfield Town A. After a goalless first half, Nick Jordan scored for Govan but goals from Ben Mason and Mark Pearson earned Town the 3 points to move them up two places to ninth.
Sam Owens scored the only goal of the game as Dukinfield Town Res edged past East Manchester Academy at Wright Robinson, meaning Town now progress through to the First Round.
The Manchester Football League would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.