After waiting what seems to have been an age, we have managed to get a full set of fixtures played with no issues! It's been tough on grassroots football across the country in recent weeks but this weekend we have had success.
Here is a brief look at the action from the MFL...
Avro’s march towards the Premier Division title continued with a 5-2 away win at Walshaw Sports, and they now sit eleven points clear at the top. Charlie Fuller and Matthew Landregan both scored twice to add to an own goal, meaning their side are three wins from becoming champions.
East Manchester had the chance to close the gap on second-placed Wythenshawe Amateurs, but were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Heyside. Will Shawcross had given East the lead but Heyside levelled from the spot to share the spoils at Wright Robinson.
Goals from Leighton Stephenson, Ryan Fagan and Paul Pauley gave Springhead a 3-1 home victory over Stockport Georgians, moving them up to fourth. Joe Bevan got Georgians’ consolation.
Hindsford were in ruthless form in front of goal when Royton Town visited Squires Lane, smashing home seven goals. Ryan Briody hitting three goals, Jack Valentine two and Jack Toone and Mark Chilton one each, Town adding three efforts of their own, Mike Moss scoring twice and Cameron Homer once.
Bolton County continued their rise up the table with a 1-0 victory at Old Altrinchamians, Jordan Hussey netting for the visitors who are now on the cusp of moving into the top half of the division.
Another side finding their shooting boots were Dukinfield Town who put six unanswered goals past AFC Monton, Danny Parkinson led the line with a hat-trick, Dom Bevan, Liam Nolan and Jack Saw scoring the rest.
In the final action of the day, Manchester Gregorians claimed a fifth league win with a 2-1 home victory over Rochdale Sacred Heart courtesy of a late winner from Ben Twemlow.
Beechfield United underlined their title potential with a 3-0 win at Leigh Athletic, Kurtis Lee, Louis Duff and a Jordan Jones-Waite penalty sealing the win, leaving Beechy eight points clear at the top.
Second-placed Manchester Central slipped to a 5-2 loss at Pennington. The Leigh side scoring through a Heath Ainscow hat-trick and goals from Chris Lowe and Niall Battersby, Central netted through Lamin Baldeh and Mauro Mendes, who led 2-0 at the break.
Chapel Town and Boothstown fought out a 1-1 draw in the High Peak, a result which helps neither side’s promotion hopes.
Elton Vale kept their own hopes alive with an important 2-1 win at Wilmslow Albion. Liam Kelly and Jamie Treanor netting for the visitors.
Westbury Sports Club racked up their second victory with a 3-1 home win over Hollinwood thanks to goals from Sam Howe (2) and Josh Smethurst.
Altrincham Hale turned up the heat at the top of the table with a thumping 8-0 win at Hindley Juniors, the prolific Aaron Martindale bagging five goals with Andy Nugent, Ben Pyle and Jack Yates adding the rest, the win leaves them two points clear.
A 2-2 draw will delight visitors Atherton LR Development, but for home side Bolton Lads and Girls Club, this is two points dropped in their chase for the title. Patrick Fury and George Sunter got LR’s goals who ended the game with ten men.
Govan Athletic claimed a prize scalp as they won 4-0 at Tintwistle Athletic, putting a dint in their title aspirations. James Badrock and Chris Lewis adding to a Adil Ajmal brace for the visitors.
Also winning away from home were Radcliffe Juniors, who defeated Heywood St James 4-2, and with eleven games to play, Juniors could yet make an impact on the leading places. Brandon Gould and George Powell were on target for Jimmies.
Irlam Steel completed the afternoon’s fixtures with a fine 5-2 home victory over Uppermill to get them back into winning ways in their first home league game since October.
With the top two in cup action, third-placed Atherton Town Res took full advantage by picking up maximum points in their home game versus Dukinfield Town Res. Leon Berrisford and Luke Pitchford getting the hosts goals, Sam Owens got Duki’s reply.
Hindsford Res put five past Walshaw Sports Res, putting daylight between the two sides in mid table thanks to a 5-2 win at Oldham Academy North.
The spoils were shared at Cromley Road as Stockport Georgians Res played out a 2-2 draw with Wilmslow Albion Res. Jake Bramwell and an own goal had given Georgians a 2-0 lead but Albion fought back to take a point and deny the hosts from overtaking them.
Rochdale Sacred Heart A moved within 2 points of the league leaders after their 6-1 thumping of AFC Monton Res, Plamedi Kinkela with the Ammies’ consolation.
East Manchester Academy needed a last-minute winner stay within the title chase as they overcame Bolton County Res. After a goalless first half, Steve Dorman gave East the lead on the hour before Romain Maubaret levelled things up. Dean Gibson snatched the points for East as he struck in the last moments of the game.
Hollinwood Res had a successful day in front of goal as they won 8-4 at home to Pennington Res. The win moved the Chapel Road side up to fifth.
Boothstown Res maintain top spot with a very impressive 3-0 win at home to Tintwistle Athletic Res. A Joe Cox double and Daniel Fitch goal keeps them on track for the automatic promotion spots.
Close on their tracks are free-scoring Chadderton EDS who dismissed Altrincham Hale Res 10-1 at St Matthews School. Bradley Kay scored a hat-trick and was support by braces Hasan Ali and Liam Eadsforth; Alireza Farhadi, Matthew Wilkinson and Joseph Richards got the others.
The win moves them up into second place and boast 51 goals from their ten games. Six points now separate the top six places.
Breightmet United Res have waited long enough for a win and now they’ve got two in a row with the latest coming against Govan Athletic Res. The 4-0 win moves them within a point of Govan with four games in hand.
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res booked their second final appearance of the season after winning 3-1 against Avro Res in the semi-final thanks to a Luke Hibbert brace and Rhys Jones strike. Adding to their county cup finale, they have another chance of silverware at Trafford in May.
In the other last-four tie, Rochdale Sacred Heart Res edged out Springhead Res in an eleven-goal thriller! David Ashworth, Josh Haigh, Lewis Jones, Darren Pownall and Gareth Shaw all scored for Head’ as the game ended 6-5 to Sacred Heart to seal their second Open Trophy final place in three seasons.
Uppermill Res caused an upset as they beat Division Four leaders Elton Vale Res 3-1 to complete the line-up in the final. The Division Five side progress to April’s final at Trafford where they will face Leigh Athletic Res thanks to Matt Barlow, Lee Rainford and Dylan Fitzgerald goals. Dominic Howell got ten-men Vale’s response.