Despite a lot of rainfall and snow in some areas, we were glad to see a number of games go ahead as planned.
The top two sides went head-to-head as league leaders and unbeaten side Avro hosted Wythenshawe Amateurs at the Vestacare Stadium.
The Ammies took an early lead through an Elliott Murray own goal but were to lose the game 2-1 after James Hampson equalised just after the break and Louis Potts converted an 85th penalty to give his side the points and put them five points clear at the top with three games in hand.
East Manchester claimed bragging rights over Gregorians in the Manchester derby and took full advantage of Wythenshawe’s defeat.
Brad Byrne hit a hat-trick and was supported by goals from Sam Jones, Connor Brotherton and Liam Turner to put East within four points of second place with two extra games to play, setting up the fight for second place an exciting a close one.
There was a five-goal thriller at Oldham Academy North as Royton Town played host to Stockport Georgians.
Town secured a two-goal lead with both goals courtesy of Cameron Horner but in the final half hour, the game was turned on its head as Town were reduced to 9 men and offered Georgians a way back in the game, one which they accepted with both hands. A Tyrone Turner spot kick started the comeback before Joe Bevan equalised and then Tom Russell completed the comeback to grab the three points.
Chapel Town strengthened their hold on third place with an important 3-1 win away to Hollinwood thanks to a Tyson Elwin hat-trick. The result leaves the hosts four points above the drop zone while Town move four points clear of fourth-placed Atherton Town.
The spoils were shared in the day’s other Division One fixture as Pennington were held by Boothstown to a 2-2 draw. The hosts, who finished with 10 men, had Daryl Cope and Ethan Evans to thank for their goals to secure a point but remain in ninth.
Leigh Athletic Res gave their promotion chances no harm as they overcame Bolton County Res to go level on points with the league leaders. Dominic Scott gave the ‘Tics a first half lead before Gregg Travers completed the scoring just before the hour to give his side all three points.
Just a place behind Leigh are Rochdale Sacred Heart A who narrowly defeated Hollinwood Res 2-1 at Firgrove. The win sees Hearts overtake their opponents and into third with three games in hand.
East Manchester Academy saw their unbeaten tag removed as they fell to a 4-0 defeat at home to AFC Monton Res. Liam Dunbar scored twice with Matthew Campbell and Aiden McGloin getting the others.
Uppermill Res shot up five places and into second after their 6-0 win at home to Altrincham Hale Res. Matthew Barlow and Dylan Fitzgerald both scored hat-tricks to register their sides first win since early December.
Chadderton EDS are not so far behind, by just two goals in fact, as they move into third place following their 4-1 win at Govan Athletic Res.
Dixon Charlton scored twice, Hasan Ali and Josh Edwards got the others to move Chaddy two points clear of fourth place, leaving Govan a place off the bottom.
Tintwistle Athletic did their hopes of topping Group A no harm with a convincing 6-1 victory at home to Radcliffe Juniors to move them level with the leaders.
Josh Stevenson netted twice with Joe Elliott, Chris Rathburn, Sam Swann and Aiden Woolleson getting the others.
Manchester Central secured top spot in Group C following their 7-1 win at home to Hindley Juniors who opened the scoring through Tom Jackson just before the half hour. Central responded to lead at the break as Kaine Martin and Cory Knight turned it around. Frank Detou scored four second half goals with Knight getting his second to complete the rout.
Chadderton Reserves claimed victory over Uppermill Reserves to clinch the runners up spot in Group C. Chaddy were 5-3 winners at Broadway thanks to Ashley Ainsworth and James Mooney doubles with James Curley getting the other. Josh Barlow, Ben Ford and Tom Simpson were on target for Uppermill.
In the day’s only Open Trophy tie, Wythenshawe Amateurs Res maintained their 100% record with an impressive 7-1 win at home to Stockport Georgians Res. The victory keeps The Ammies in top spot and leaves Georgians in fourth, still with a chance of qualifying in second place.