It’s the penultimate weekend in September and the weather produced some consistent rainfall but it’s pleasing to see that just one game fell foul to the conditions. All the other fixtures went ahead and produced some fantastic football.
Hindsford remain top of the pile after they cruised to a 7-0 away win against Dukinfield Town to maintain their unbeaten start. Four goals from Alex Honeyball helped the Tonics on their way and was joined on the score sheet by Nathan Haslam, Chris Hopwood and Adam Farnworth.
Royton Town moved up to second place with a 3-2 win at Beechfield United and sit two points off the pace thanks to goals from Aaron Holton, Grant Marshall and Liam Wood goals which sealed the three points at Salford Sports Village.
It was an enthralling game at The Manchester College where Manchester Central entertained Heyside as the two sides produced a seven-goal thriller. Chris Ollerton had given Heyside the lead only for Central’s Marcello Arhin to level things up before the break. Cory Knight then got his first of the game to put Central into the lead only for Will Kinder to make it 2-2 but a further goal from Knight plus strikes from Elvis Amoakwa and Josh Firth sealed all three points for Central who have won three of the last four and are unbeaten in their last six outings.
Manchester Gregorians pulled off a shock result against an in-form Rochdale Sacred Heart at Belle Vue in a game with plenty of goals. Gregs toppled Heart with a 5-3 win to take them up to eighth place to inflict a third defeat on their opponents.
After two successive defeats, Springhead stopped the rot with a 3-3 draw at Chadderton Reserves. Goals from Ryan Fagan, Leighton Stephenson and Matthew Barlow earned their side a point as they cancelled out Chaddy goals scored by Niall Barnes, Stephane Mawawa and Jack Ward.
Dave Drinkwater’s goal proved to be the difference as Old Alts edged out a ten-man Walshaw Sports at Crossford Bridge. The win keeps Alts in sixth place, overtaking Walshaw as a result.
The spoils were shared at Cromley Road where Stockport Georgians drew 1-1 with Bolton County. Georgians’ Jamie Firth’s goal was cancelled out by County’s Matthew Leatham’s goal, leaving both sides in the bottom half of the table.
Heywood St James extended their 100% start to 7 games, the latest win coming at home to Atherton Town. Jackson King, David McNally, Chris Taylor and Jacob Ngoy all scored for Jimmies while Matt Jackson and Danny Kerr both scored for Town.
Pennington kept up with the pace-setters and stay in second place following a 3-1 home win against third-placed Boothstown. Jordan Walshe scored twice and Ethan Evans got the other for the hosts to keep their side three points off the top despite Jack Cobbett’s reply for town.
Mark Jackson and Sam Cunliffe both scored to move their Uppermill side up to fifth spot after a good 2-1 win at Leigh Athletic while Wilmslow Albion also registered a 2-1 win when they welcomed Radcliffe Juniors to Oakwood Farm, Jack Glass and Nathan Jackson getting Albion’s goals.
Keeping their unbeaten start going, Irlam Steel cruised to a 5-0 win over Astley & Tyldesley with Robert Cooke scoring a hat-trick plus Gary Prescott and Ben Ravenscroft both scoring once at the Recreation Ground.
Just one place and two points behind the table toppers are Hindsford Res who picked up their seventh victory of the season. The Tonics were 4-1 winners over Breightmet United who are without a point from their first three games. Ryan Fisher netted a hat-trick with Joshua Brennan getting the other for the hosts.
Middleton Colts made it two wins on the bounce after coming away from Hollyhedge Park with a 6-2 win and all three points. A hat-trick from Lewis Byrne and goals from Ryan Burgess, Steve Cass and Jonathan Munson keeps Colts in a very good position after eight games.
Avro Res had no problems in their home tie with Hindley Juniors as they ran out 7-0 winners. Paul Downing scored twice and Mason Dunkley, Oliver Froggatt, Ben Rathbone, Brad Coe and Rico Stewart all scored once in the emphatic victory at the Vestacare Stadium.
Fifth-placed Atherton Town Res bounced back from last week’s 4-0 defeat with an eight-goal turnaround as they won 4-0 at Hollinwood. Andy Piper scored twice, McKenzie Bibby and Ben Hyde scoring once at Wright Robinson keep their side eight points behind the leaders with two games in hand.
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res made it three consecutive wins as they welcomed Manchester Gregorians Res to Fox Park. Jack Cottrill scored twice and Lewis Wild got the other in Hearts’ 3-1 win to move their side up to seventh.
Walshaw Sports Res and Moorside Rangers shared the spoils and the points as they drew 2-2 at Walshaw Sports Club. Kyle Bennett and Sam Harvey claimed Walshaw’s goals while Kaden Goodman and Callum McNichol got Rangers’ goals.
It’s as you were at the top as both first and second place both picked up three points on Saturday afternoon.
League leaders Uppermill Res collected their fourth win of the campaign thanks to Darren Scanlon, Kieran Hilton and Nathan Jones goals in a 3-1 win at home to Leigh Athletic Res.
Elton Vale Res made light work of their home tie with ten-man Old Alts Res as they were comfortable 7-0 win. Peter Hickford scored a hat-trick and was joined on the score sheet by Declan Guy, Ben Plimley, Tyler Roscoe and Ellis Ramlaul.
Bolton County Res slipped to third place following a 5-3 home defeat to East Manchester Academy who move up to sixth. Danny Hill scored twice, Levi Moncado once for County while Charles McGrath and Danny Williams both netted braces and Paul Brown got the other for East.
In the other game in the Division, Springhead Res came away from St Matthews with all three points after their 3-1 win against Chadderton EDS. Chris Crowthers, Adam Harewood and Michael Leslie all scored for the visitors.
Royton Town Res continued their perfect start with a 3-1 win away to Moorside Rangers and now hold a commanding five-point lead thanks to a Jack Barnes brace and Zach Gemmell strike, Paul Parker netting Rangers’ consolation.
Heywood St James Res remain unbeaten but their 100% start came to an end following a 1-1 draw with Atherton Town A at Howe Bridge. Brett Rostron scored for Jimmies and Rob Heyes scored for the hosts.
Altrincham Hale Res lose ground on the leaders after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Boothstown Res. Jake Daly and Liam Dunn both scored for Boothstown as both teams sit inside the top four on ten points.
Manchester Central Res registered consecutive wins as narrowly edged past Heyside Res at Crompton House in a game of five goals and a red card. Dario Germano, Jazzie Martin and Bruno Severino were Central’s scorers while Tom Neary and Dominic Hallam got Heyside’s goals with the latter seeing red.
Tintwistle Athletic Res made it back-to-back wins with a 2-0 victory at Astley & Tyldesley Res as Matt Daniels and Josh Stevenson found the back of the net at Gin Pit Village.
Govan Athletic Res left Astley Sports College with all three points after they picked up a 4-2 win at Dukinfield Town A. Zarrar Khan and Oladeji Ojeniyi both scored in the first half to give Govan a two-goal advantage but despite Seaon O’Mara’s brace for Duki, David Roddy and Neil Bradford ensured the points went back to Platt Lane.
After their league meeting in midweek, Atherton LR Reserves hosted Bolton Lads & Girls but this time it was for a place in the next round. The two teams shared 8 goals at Crilly Park on Wednesday night but it was the hosts who progressed through to the second round after they edged a five-goal thriller by the odd goal.