Hindsford continue to lead the way and maintain control in the title race as they narrowly defeated a tough Springhead side who had won all their games in 2019. Alex Honeyball scored twice in a 3-2 win for The Tonics with Paul Dixon getting the other while Ryan Fagan and Robert Berry both scored for ‘Head in their first home league defeat since November.
Royton Town made sure they stayed 3 point behind with a closely fought victory in a local derby with Chadderton Res. Town clinched all the points, winning 2-1 at Andrew Street, cancelling out Stephane Mawawa’s reply for Chaddy.
After reaching a lofty 3rd place, Manchester Central drop down to 5th after they were held to a 1-1 draw at a resurgent Dukinfield Town. Josh Frith had given the visitors an early lead but Town drew level from the spot in the second half to earn a share of the spoils.
Heyside made it 4 wins on the bounce after they welcomed Stockport Georgians to Crompton House and move up to 3rd, sitting six points behind 2nd place. Carl Caffrey, Chris Rogers and Chris Ollerton all scored first half goals to give their side a 3-0 win.
Also moving up the table were Rochdale Sacred Heart who seem to have found their shooting boots recently. After reaching the Gilgryst Cup Semi Finals last time out having scored 9, they only needed four on Saturday as they hosted Beechfield United. Heart won 4-1 which sees them now sit 4th and puts United back to the foot of the table.
East Manchester recorded their first win in a month as they saw off Bolton County at Wright Robinson. Matthew Leatham registered County’s only goal of the game who finished the afternoon with 10 men. Danny Williams’ double and further goals from Hazen Garnder, Jamie Cross and Charlie McGrath means the win moves East off the bottom and up two places and go into their third successive Manchester Challenge Trophy Final with a good result behind them.
Walshaw Sports are now unbeaten in their last 3 games with a 4-1 victory at home to Old Alts. Richard Woodward, Lee Gaskell, Lee Chapman and Robin Greenwood all got themselves on the score sheet as did Dave Drinkwater who got Alts’ reply.
Altrincham Hale could only extend their lead at the top to 4 points as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Elton Vale. Chris Sissling gave Hale an early lead but Lewis Benson drew the hosts back level which is how it ended, with neither team benefitting from the result.
In the day’s only other league game, it also ended 1-1 between Wilmslow Albion and Bolton Lads & Girls Club and again, a result which neither team would have wanted as they both sit 2 points from safety.
Avro Res cut the gap at the top to 7 points with an emphatic 6-0 win at Atherton Town Res, with 3 games of their season to go while Rochdale Sacred Heart Res kept pace with a big win of their own as they defeated struggling Breightmet United 7-1 at Moss Park.
A Kaden Goodman hat-trick inspired Moorside Rangers to a 7-0 victory at home to Astley & Tyldesley which moves them up to 4th place. Ryan Heard, Chris Jones, Danny Shryane and Michael Gill got the rest for the hosts.
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res recorded a very impressive 2-1 victory away to Hindsford Res to put a dint in the hopes of finishing in the top 2 with just two league games remaining. Brad Brown got The Tonics’ goal as they remain in 6th place.
Manchester Gregorians Res stay in 7th but their 5-3 win at home to Irlam Steel puts them to within 6 points of the next place. A James Purfield brace and Douglas Miller hat-trick earned Gregs all 3 points to inflict a fifth straight defeat for Irlam.
With Dukinfield Town Res on cup duties, Elton Vale Res move to the top following a 3-2 win at Uppermill Res, inspired by a Rhys Moseley brace and a Jamie Treanor strike. Darren Scanlon and Andrew Cooney got the goals for Uppermill Res who remain in third.
Old Alts Res missed out on the chance to steer themselves clear of relegation after they were well beaten 6-0 at home to Leigh Athletic Res. James Dooley scored three with Ashley Glover, Tom Scott and Alex Luby all scoring once to get the Tics back to winning ways.
Royton Town Res are still out in front but they were well beaten on Saturday as they lost 4-0 at home to Heyside Res. Shaun Smith hot a brace, Saul Ashworth and Neil Hardman both scored once at The Oldham Academy as the visitors ended the afternoon with 10 men but are now just 2 points behind the leaders.
Tintwistle Athletic Res made it four straight league wins with the latest coming against Manchester Central at West Drive. Niall Cannon, Jonny Higgins, Saw Swann, Tom Burns and Jack Juby all scored for Tinny to move up into fourth.
Moorside Rangers Res recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since September as they beat Altrincham Hale Res 5-2 at Blessed Thomas Halford School. Two goals apiece from Jack Small and Jason Wood to add to Paul Parker’s goal gave their side all three points. Kyle Old scored twice for Hale who remain mid table.
Govan Athletic needed a penalty shoot out to get past Uppermill and book their place in the next round after the game ended 1-1 in 90 minutes. Jack Churchill levelled things up after Sam Shaw had put Govan in the lead but the hosts progress with a 3-2 win on spot kicks.
Jubilee Park was the venue where Pennington hosted Atherton Town for a Semi Final spot. Heath Ainscough scored for Pennington whilst Tom Armstrong netted for Town in a 1-1 draw as the visitors went on to win 4-2 on penalties.
It was an entertaining affair in the remaining quarter final tie where Boothstown edged out Radcliffe Juniors in a nine-goal thriller. Ben Oldroyd, Josh Wilson, Ryan Cain and a Tom Perkins double ensured Boothstown progressed with a 5-4 victory.
Dukinfield Town Res kept hopes of a league and cup double alive as they progressed to the Semi Finals with a 4-2 win at Heywood St James Res. They are joined in the last four by Rochdale Sacred Heart A who saw off Dukinfield Town A at Firgrove, winning 4-3.
Atherton Town A are also in the hat for the Semi Final following a 3-2 win at home to Boothstown Res. Luke Pitchford, Thomas Broad and Calam Williamson were all on target at Amber Hill to see them through.