Yet another weekend where the fixture list is heavily hit by the wet weather. We are now into the middle of February and some teams haven’t played half of their league quota which is tell-tale sign of the struggles that all grassroots football is facing.
Anyway, here is a round-up of the MFL action from Saturday 17th February.
With Wythenshawe Amateurs called off, East Manchester had the chance to move into second spot with a win at Walshaw Sports but found the Bury side in fine form, Richard Woodward in particular as he netted all three as East crashed to a 3-1 defeat. Alex Royle getting the goal for the visitors.
Heyside could not capitalise on East’s slip-up and despite home advantage they were defeated 3-0 by an improving Manchester Gregorians side who move up to 11th place.
League leaders Beechfield suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Hollinwood and gave second-placed Manchester Central the opportunity to close the gap.
Central were in rampant form, Lamin Baldeh scored five, even missing a penalty, Oumar Kande-Mballo bagged two and Marcello Ahrin one goal in an 8-0 home win over Leigh Athletic to move them within two points of top spot.
Pennington won 2-0 at Elton Vale, the three points taking them above their hosts and onto nineteen points, but Vale have five games in hand, Dane Graves and Harry Holland got the goals.
Bolton Lads and Girls Club and Govan Athletic were the only teams in action in Division Two, but provided plenty of entertainment as they slugged out a 3-3 draw, a point suiting neither side in their chase for a promotion place. Adil Ajmal netting twice for Latics, James Badrock with the other.
After moving into top spot last weekend, Avro Res stamped their authority even more this week with a thumping 10-1 win at home to Springhead Res. Mike Barnes-Gott scored twice, as did Kane Wallwork while Phil Edge, Paul Downing and Oliver Froggatt all scored once. Mason Dunkley scored a seven-minute hat-trick after coming off the bench to complete the route. Callum Willis got ‘Head’s consolation.
At the other end of the table, Stockport Georgians Res picked up their first point of the campaign thanks to their 2-2 draw away to Manchester Gregorians Res.
The only game of the division saw East Manchester Academy travel to Pennington Res and they left Jubilee Park with all three points thanks to a 2-0 win. George Etchells notched his 13th and 14th of the season to move East up to third spot.
Six goals were scored in the day’s solitary fixture in Division Five as the spoils were shared at the Phoenix Ground. Heywood St James Res and Altrincham Hale played out a 3-3 draw but a point does neither side any big favours.
Dukinfield Town and Springhead went head-to-head for the final Gilgryst Cup Semi-Final place, and completed a ninety-minute stalemate before Town claimed the spoils courtesy of a 5-4 victory on penalties.
Atherton Town needed to defeat Westbury Sports Club in Group A to qualify as champions, which they achieved in some style with an 8-0 win. Hat-tricks from Hensley Mills and Matt Jackson being added to by strikes from Leighton Mills and Adam Barnes.
The Group C fixtures were completed when Uppermill played Hindley Juniors and ran out 4-1 winners. Nathan Driscoll, Sam Cunliffe, Tom Gallagher and Tom Kershaw were all on target for Uppermill who finish in fourth while
Walshaw Sports Res completed their Group A quota with a 1-0 win against Wilmslow Albion Res but unfortunately for them they can’t finish higher than fourth spot.
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res sealed their place in the knock-out stages in emphatic style with a 10-0 demolition of Dukinfield Town Res.
The draw for the Semi Finals will be made in the next few days.
Uppermill Res progressed to the last four but needed a penalty shoot-out to get past Hollinwood Res. It ended 3-3 after 90 minutes, Jake Caudwell, Brandon Halliwell and Lee Rainford were on target for the hosts and will meet the winner of Bolton County Res and Elton Vale Res in the semi-finals.
MANCHESTER AMATEUR CUP
Congratulations to Wythenshawe Amateurs Res who have reached the Manchester FA Amateur Cup final after they beat the current holders Failsworth Dynamos 3-0 in the Semi Final.
They will meet the winner of Chadderton EDS and AFC Middleton at Ewen Fields (Hyde United) on Friday 16th March.