Finally the weather brightened up and stayed dry for long enough to enable an almost-full fixture schedule with just two games getting postponed.
Wythenshawe Amateurs consolidated their place in second spot with a 4-1 home victory over Stockport Georgians. Rico Colulo grabbing two goals, the rest coming via David Wright and Joel Aitkenhead, Georgians giving themselves hope with a Mike Rodden with a second half strike.
Heyside maintained their five-point cushion over hosts Hindsford with a 2-2 draw at Squires Lane, Jack Valentine and Ryan Briody were the players finding the net for the Tonics while Carl Caffrey and Adam Dale got Heyside’s goals.
There was a shock at St John Street where an out of sorts Rochdale Sacred Heart came away with a 1-0 win over Springhead, Ryan Alessandra the goal scorer.
Another side winning on the road were Royton Town, who secured a 2-1 victory at Walshaw Sports, Dale Minor and Cameron Horner scoring, Town also missing a first half penalty, Carl Lomax with the hosts’ goal.
Bolton County racked up another impressive result as they defeated Dukinfield Town 3-1 at home, Liam Stewart, Godwin May and Liam Short claiming the vital strikes with Arron Williams bagging for Town.
There was no such excitement at New Alder Park in a basement battle where AFC Monton and Old Altrinchamians battled out ninety minutes without a goal being scored.
Chadderton Reserves stated their promotion credentials with an emphatic 9-0 victory over Boothstown, and they now sit eight points behind Manchester Central with four games in hand. Ashley Ainsworth scored four times, Niall Barnes a hat-trick and Jake Jacobs and Jack Shaw with the rest.
Pennington bagged three points from a 4-0 home win over Hollinwood, and remain squarely in the promotion mix, Daryl Cope hitting a hat-trick with Matt Farrington adding the fourth.
Elton Vale kept pace with a 5-3 win at Chapel Town, Jamie Treanor scored twice, with Chris Baines, Daniel Rose and Mark Severs also netting for Vale, with James Everall, Josh Wood and Tom Daley replying for Town.
Leaders Bolton Lads and Girls Club squeaked past Hindley Juniors by the only goal in five, to stay three points clear of Altrincham Hale. Ashley Reece netted a brace, Shane Birtles getting the other.
Alty drew 1-1 at Atherton LR Development, Leigh Sproston scoring for the home side with Laburnum replying through Obua Mugalula.
Uppermill were in ruthless form as they despatched Breightmet United 7-0, Flynn Bradley scoring a hat-trick with Sam Bagshaw, Nathan Driscoll, Will Wright and Tom Kershaw adding the rest.
League leaders Avro Res were held to a 2-2 draw at Manchester Gregorians Res but extend the gap to three points ahead of Rochdale Sacred Heart Res.
RSH Res capitalised on Avro’s stumble and registered a 2-1 win at home to Atherton Town Res, avenging the 3-0 reverse in November.
Hindsford Res move up to fifth place thanks to their 5-3 win at Dukinfield Town Res, Calam Williamson hitting three, Ryan Pollard and Jordan Walshe with the others while Sam Owens scored twice and Ryan Humphreys for Town.
Walshaw Sports Res picked up three points to go up to sixth after their 3-1 win at home to Wilmslow Albion Res, Sam Harvey scored twice and Ben Sharples got the other for the hosts.
The biggest scorers of the day were Stockport Georgians Res as they hit six past Springhead Res without reply for their first win of the season.
Leigh Athletic Res missed out on going joint top as they shared eight goals with Irlam Steel Res at The Recreation Ground. James Dooley netted a hat-trick with Leon Green getting the other for Leigh.
Old Alts Res and AFC Monton Res also shared the spoils as they drew 1-1 at Crossford Bridge. Alex Hunt got Alts’ goal with Wayne Gordon in reply for The Ammies.
East Manchester Academy made light work of their trip to Rochdale Sacred Heart A as they left Jubilee Park with a 4-0 win which puts them within three points of the summit. George Etchells and Danny Williams both added to a Max Perry brace.
Uppermill Res hit a remarkable ELEVEN goals in their win over lowly Breightmet United Res to put them top of the table on goal difference. Dylan Fitzgerald and Aiden Stevenson both registered hat-tricks, Callum Faulkner, Lawrence Gibson, Brandon Halliwell, Chris Barlow and Mark Jackson with the rest for Uppermill, Hussam Amin got United’s consolation.
Bolton Lads and Girls Club Res slipped to third after suffering a heavy 5-1 defeat at Altrincham Hale Res. A hat-trick from Jack Yates was added to by Neil Clamp and Christian Slawinski for Hale.
Boothstown Res move up to fifth following their 3-2 win over a resurgent Govan Athletic Res thanks to Joe Cox’s brace and George McManus goal, Neil Bradford and Peter Stuart got Govan’s replies.
In the day’s other game, Atherton Town A leapfrog Tintwistle Athletic Res into sixth place following their 1-0 win to move within two points of the leaders.
An Anthony Rodrigues goal secured Tintwistle Athletic an eye-catching 1-0 win over Division One Atherton Town to secure a semi-final spot where they will face Leigh Athletic.
The Latics progressed to the last four after squeezing past Heywood St James on penalties following a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes. Martin Love was on target for Heywood and Daniel Eaton got Leigh’s goal.
In their final group match, Radcliffe Juniors were 5-0 winners over Westbury Sports Club.
Elton Vale Res reached the semi-finals after defeating Bolton County Res 2-1 at Elton Vale Sports Club. Lee Stott and Tom Devine ensure their side progressed despite Danny Hill’s effort for County.
MANCHESTER AMATEUR CUP
Chadderton EDS couldn’t make it an all-MFL final as they were edged out 2-1 by AFC Middleton. Jack Ward got their goal but it wasn’t to be for the Oldham outfit as Middleton progress where they meet Wythenshawe Amateurs Res.