Despite the extreme weather this weekend, a large majority of games were still able to go ahead. Here is a brief round-up of the action.
With second-placed Wythenshawe Amateurs on cup duty, East Manchester had the chance to close the gap with their game in hand which was a tough trip to Bolton County but the hosts had other ideas.
Connor Brotherton initially gave East the lead but Liam Stewart levelled things up before the break and Alex Todd earned County the well-earned and valuable three points after netting the winner in the second half to seal a 2-1 victory.
Over at the Vestacare Stadium, league leaders Avro took a giant step towards lifting the Premier Division trophy with a comfortable 5-0 win at home to Manchester Gregorians. Daryl Weston, Danny Hudson, Louis Potts, Chris Howell and Mike Stockdale were all on target and leave Avro just 11 points from title glory.
Springhead recorded back-to-back wins in the Premier Division for the first time since November with a 2-1 victory at home to Hindsford and close the gap to just one point between them and fourth-placed Heyside.
Kion Pryce and Scott Owen were the goal scorers to deny Hindsford the chance to overtake them as they remain in sixth.
The game between Stockport Georgians and Royton Town didn’t reach 90 minutes due to the severe snow storms at Cromley Road (pictured). Despite the score at 3-0 to the hosts after 50 minutes, the referee deemed it unsuitable to continue and abandoned the game.
Beechfield United used up one of their games in hand with maximum effect with their 1-0 win at home to Leigh Athletic stretched their lead at the top to five points.
Chadderton Reserves emphatically put bottom club Westbury Sports to the sword as they defeated them 7-1 at the Barracks. Ashley Ainsworth scored a super six goals, with Niall Barnes netting the other to keep them in with a chance of the promotion places.
Pennington claimed bragging rights in their derby match with Atherton Town, winning 2-1 at Jubilee Park. Heath Ainscough got both goals for the hosts to help them move up to fifth place.
Despite only getting a point, Elton Vale move up a place to sixth following their 2-2 draw at home to Wilmslow Albion. Substitutes Sheldon Barrington and Andy Holt were on target for Vale.
In the battle of the basement, Hindley Juniors picked up their first point of the season after they drew 2-2 with Atherton LR Development. Obua Hashim Mugalula and Joe Crossley got LR’s goals, moving them up a place to ninth.
At the top end, Bolton Lads & Girls Club’s title hopes took a knock as they slipped to second after they suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at home to Tintwistle Athletic. Tom Burns continued his superb form in front of goal as he registered another hat-trick, Aidan Waddock got the other.
Altrincham Hale took full advantage of Bolton’s defeat to regain first place thanks to their 5-2 win at home to Irlam Steel. Goals from Joshua Thronton (2), Arron Martindale, Andrew Nugent and Liam Paterson sees their side lead the rest by goal difference with a couple of games in hand.
In the day’s other game, Radcliffe Juniors picked up a superb 3-1 win at Govan Athletic in only their 2nd league fixture of 2018 and are yet to play half their games yet. Alex Adams getting Govan’s consolation and remain in fourth.
Avro Res left Squires Lane with all three points following their 1-0 win over Hindsford Res. Paul Downing got the only goal of the game to extend his side’s lead to four points at the top.
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res maintained the pressure on Avro with a thumping 8-0 win at Wilmslow Albion Res. RSH have five games in hand over Avro in what seems to be a two-horse race for the title.
Atherton Town Res picked up their first league win of 2018 in emphatic fashion as they put 5 past Springhead Res without reply. Ben Hyde, Mason Sutherland, Ryan Cain, Liam Hogan and Adam Griffiths with the Town goals.
Dukinfield Town Res secured a narrow 1-0 home win against bottom side Stockport Georgians thanks to an Emmanuel Fernandes goal, moving them up three places to seventh.
Bottom team Old Alts Res gave their survival chances a shot in the arm after picking up a crucial 2-1 win away to AFC Monton Res. Will Morton and Ryan White’s goals move their team within a point of eight place with six games to play. Lee Lydiat got Ammies’ goal who finished the game with 10 men.
The game between East Manchester Academy and Hollinwood was abandoned after 80 minutes with the score at 1-1.
Breightmet United Res registered their first win/points of the season in what was an epic nine-goal thriller against Altrincham Hale Res. The gap between them and ninth place is just four points.
Neil Clamp, Liam Hamer, Jonny McGee and Christian Slawinski all scored for Alty.
Boothstown Res had the chance to close the gap at the top with one of their games in hand and that they did with a decent 4-2 win at Atherton Town A. Joe Cox hit a well-needed hat-trick and was backed up by Richard Dempster’s goal to seal the win.
Four points separate top and sixth so it’s going to go down to the wire.
The 2016/17 winners have the chance to retain the trophy as Rochdale Sacred Heart booked their place in May’s final. The holders brushed aside AFC Monton, a repeat of last season’s final, 4-0 with the goals from Ryan Burgess, Jack Holt and a Josh Wooler brace.
Wythenshawe Amateurs will be Sacred Heart’s opponents after they beat Dukinfield Town at Hollyhedge Park. Will Ahearn’s double was added to by Alan Dolan and Adam Walker to give the Ammies a 4-0 win in what’s been a fine season for them.
Leigh Athletic Res booked their place in April’s final after they overcame Chadderton EDS on penalties. The game finished 4-4 in 90 minutes but it was the hosts who progressed to Trafford with a 3-2 shoot-out success. Dale Pollitt, Gregg Travers, James Dooley and Dominic Scott were on target for the Latics and James Dwyer, Matthew Wilkinson (2) and Alireza Farhadi got Chaddy’s goals.