It has taken eleven games, but Avro’s perfect start to the league campaign was ended at the Vestacare Stadium when third-placed East Manchester claimed a point from a 1-1 draw, Ant Roberts putting the visitors ahead before Liam Bennion levelled for the leaders in the last minute.
Second-placed Wythenshawe Amateurs could not take advantage, sharing six goals in a 3-3 draw at Heyside Rico Colulu putting the Ammies ahead early on before strikes from Nialle Rodney and Pat O’Brien were needed to peg back the home side.
A Leighton Stephenson hat-trick provided the platform for an impressive 4-2 victory for Springhead, Ryan Hanson adding the fourth, at Hindsford, who lead twice through Nathan Haslam and Ben Chambers.
Staged at Mottram Hall, and officiated by officials from South Korea, Old Altrinchamians and Stockport Georgians fought out a 3-3 thriller, Dave Drinkwater, Joe Gubba and Kerrim Calliste scoring for Alts with Joe Bevan, Dieter Downey and Carl Sutton replying for Georgians.
Leaders Chapel Town and Atherton Town battled out a tight encounter at Rowton Park, but Chapel edged it 2-1, Liam Halliday and Rob Potter getting the goals, Hemsley Mills bagging for the visitors who also missed a penalty.
Beechfield United retook second spot from Atherton with a thumping 4-1 home win over Boothstown, the prolific Jamie Sinnott adding two more to his impressive tally with Jordan Jones-Waite and Mike Rogerson completing the scoring.
On-song Pennington made light work in despatching Chadderton Reserves 5-0 at Jubilee Park, Niall Battersby and Matt Chadwick scoring two goals each with Louis Morris one in a clinical performance.
Elton Vale needed a three-pointer after winless run going back to August, and they managed this in fine style with a 5-0 home win over Hollinwood, Lewis Benson hitting a hat-trick with Kelvin Trippier adding a brace.
Manchester Central also returned to winning ways with a 3-0 home win over Wilmslow Albion, Mauro Mendes scoring in the first half before a Cory Knight brace in the last fifteen minutes sealed the win.
Bolton Lads and Girls Club edged closer to the top two with a solid 2-0 home win over Irlam Steel, making it five straight wins for a team making their mark in their debut season in the League. Ashley Reece and Josh Keadie ensured their side took the three points.
Breightmet United dropped two vital points as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Uppermill, the visitors having goals from Phil Armstrong and Danny Gartside to thank for an impressive point away from home.
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res extended their 100% start to the season to six games after easing to 5-0 victory over Springhead Res. James Taylor’s hat trick was added to by Johnny Thompson and Bill Williams to put their side five points clear at the top ahead of second placed Avro Res.
In the day’s other Division Three tie, Walshaw Sports Res travelled to Kirkmanshulme Lane but left empty handed as Manchester Gregorians Res picked up maximum points thanks to a 4-1 win and doubles Gregs’ points tally for the season.
The only two sides with a 100% record went head to head on Saturday as East Manchester Academy hosted league leaders Rochdale Sacred Heart A. It was the hosts who remained unbeaten as they secured a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Max Perry, George Etchells and Charlie McGrath at Wright Robinson.
Second placed Elton Vale Res took full advantage of RSH’s slip-up as they went level on points following their 4-0 win at Hollinwood Res. James Bridge, Martyn Howley, Liam Kelly and Liam Mulhall were all on target for Vale.
Bolton County also go joint top after their narrow 1-0 win over Old Alts Res at Crossford Bridge, Dennis Strickland with the deciding goal.
Leigh Athletic Res moved up to seventh place following their 2-1 win at home Pennington Res, leapfrogging their opponents in the process. Ryan Connell initially put the hosts in front but Maxwell Doyley levelled things up only for Tom Scott to net the winner for the Tics.
Altrincham Hale Res enjoyed their afternoon as they hosted Breightmet United Res. Hale moved up to fourth spot after winning 8-2 at Blessed Thomas Halford School and leaves United still without a win from their six games despite a Dale Stainthorpe hat-trick and Marin Grundy goals for the visitors.
Uppermill Res were also hot in front of goals as they hit Govan Athletic for eight. The hosts were 8-2 winners at Churchill Playing Fields where Alex Peters scored four times, Jake Caudwell twice and Dylan Fitzgerald and Matthew Barlow both scored once.
Govan Athletic were downed 3-1 at home by an improving Heywood St James side in the Murray Trophy, Danny Browne netting for the home side, James Conroy, George Powell and Harrison Lamar winning the game for the visitors.
Westbury Sports Club have been struggling for form so could have well done without the visit of Division Two leaders Tintwistle Athletic, who ran out 5-0 winners with talismanic striker Josh Stevenson netting all five goals for his team, and collecting fourteen for the season.
The day’s only Open Trophy tie saw Avro Res go top of Group B with a 2-1 win at Atherton Town Res. Emmanual Yoak scored for Town but his side remain bottom without a point from their three games.
There was one game in Group C which saw Irlam Steel Res host Heywood St James Res in an enthralling five-goal encounter. Gary Stanley and Ethan Wade-Young got on the score sheet for the visitors but Scott Ingham, Daniel McDonagh and James Stanley goals ensured Steelies got the three points.
Group D saw four of the five teams in action with both games ending all-square. After their huge 13-0 win in their first game, Chadderton EDS were held to a 1-1 draw away at Tintwistle Athletic Res, leaving both teams on four points from their opening two games. Daniel Miller was on target for Chaddy while Jake Knowles got Tinny’s goal.
Both Boothstown Res and AFC Monton Res picked up their first points of the competition as they saw out a 3-3 draw at Bridgewater Park. Robert Cooke and Lee McNally were on target for Monton to put them third in the group.
Lancashire Amateur Shield
Result of the day came from Royton Town, who knocked out the holders Burscough Richmond 2-0 at home, first-half goals from James Done and Josh Henthorn helping the Oldham-side to a notable scalp.
There was a shock at Walshaw Sports where Division One Leigh Athletic progressed thanks to a 1-0 win, Keeran Parker netting from the spot for the visitors.
Cheshire Amateur Cup
Dukinfield Town successfully negotiated their passage to the next round with a 3-0 over Shaftesbury Youth Club, Danny Parkinson getting two goals and Joran Smith one at Woodhams Park.
Stockport District Cup
Stockport Georgians Res took a welcome break from league duties as they welcomed Hillgate to Cromley Road for this first round tie. Georgians, who had lost all their games so far this season, ended the run with a fine 4-1 victory and hope to ignite their league campaign as a result.