All games scheduled to be played on grass surfaces were postponed in advance due to the bad weather and the forecast which didn't show much hope so here is a review of the artificial surface fixtures.
Avro returned to the top of the Premier Division thanks to a resounding 5-1 win over reigning Champions Rochdale Sacred Heart.
Remarkably, the first half finished goalless, but Avro went to work after the break as Liam Bennion, Chrissy Howell, Duncan Knott added to a brace of headed goals from Mike Stockdale.
Reese Glynn got a goal back for Hearts, but the home side took the spoils and now lead the Premier Division by two points with three games in hand.
East Manchester notched up their tenth league win of an impressive campaign as they defeated Springhead 2-0, Sam Jones and Will Shawcross on target, but like the rest of the chasing pack, they must rely on Avro slip ups to get back in the race.
The only other action in the top flight saw Heyside defeat Walshaw Sports 4-1, edging them into fourth spot. Adam Dale registered two goals plus additions from Matthew Williams and Jordan Hindley ensured the hosts picked up all three points.
Manchester Central move into second place with a 3-1 home win over Hollinwood, Cory Knight netting a first-half hat-trick to continue his fine run of goal-scoring form.
Hollinwood pulled a goal back, but this ended as little more than a consolation for the visitors.
Leigh Athletic slipped behind Central into third as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Chadderton Reserves, who gave their own promotion hopes a shot in the arm with this win. Ashley Ainsworth and substitute Niall Barnes were on target for Chaddy who finished the game with 10 men.
The Division One promotion race features no less than eight of the twelve teams, with Beechfield United the front runner as we go into the festive period.
Altrincham Hale overcame Heywood St James to make it three straight wins and move within two points of the leaders thanks to Matthew Lamb and a Leigh Sprostron brace.
Nathan Hind needed injury time to complete his hat-trick in Govan Athletic’s 4-0 win over Irlam Steel, edging above Heywood and to within a point of the two teams above them should they win their game in hand, David Badrock with the other goal.
Bolton Lads and Girls Club had a tougher time as they narrowly squeezed past Breightmet United with a 3-2 win. Ash Reece and Jack Alderson were joined on the score sheet by an own goal to take the spoils, cancelling out Osman Karakan and Gary McShane’s goals for United.
Just one game was played but served up thirteen goals as Hollinwood Res run riot against Leigh Athletic Res to move up to fifth place. A James Dooley hat-trick and a Danny Eaton double weren’t enough for Leigh as they lost 8-5 at Chapel Road.
Hat-tricks for Alireza Farhadi and Liam Eadsforth contributed to their team’s impressive 9-1 win at home to Uppermill to move them up to second place and put themselves in with a fantastic position, two points off the top with three games in hand. Jack Snape, Matthew Wilkinson and Hasan Ali got the rest to inflict Uppermill’s first defeat since September.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and we will be back again for more action on Saturday 30th December for the last of 2017.