Hindsford maintained top spot following a closely fought game with Chadderton Res, seeing the table toppers edge them out by the odd goal in five despite ending the game with 9 men. Jack Valentine scored twice and Chris Hopwood also scored for the hosts to secure successive victories for The Tonics.
Rochdale Sacred Heart made sure they stayed level points with the league leaders by comfortably seeing off Old Alts at Fox Park courtesy of goals from Lewis Wild (2) and Josh Wooler to secure a 3-0 win. Only goal difference separates the top two sides but Sacred Heart have played 2 more games than their title challengers.
Royton Town got back to winning ways in a 7-goal thriller against Stockport Georgians, a game which saw both teams lead at some point. Joe Heap notched a brace, Luke Heron and Ash Ainsworth getting the others for the hosts to see them remain five points off the pace.
Heyside stay in fourth spot but drop two points back after they were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom team Dukinfield Town. A fantastic point for Town as Mitchell Andrew and Daniel Parkinson both scored but remain at the foot of the table despite picking up their first point since the first week in October.
Beechfield United continued their renaissance with their third straight league win which lifts them up two places to 11th. Goals from Jamie Sinnott, Marcus Belcher and Louis Duff gave their side a 3-1 win at home to Bolton County.
Springhead got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over East Manchester who remain in the relegation places. ‘Head finished the game with 10 men but goals from Kion Prace, Paul Stevenson and Jermaine Steele earned their side 3 points which moves them within 2 points of fourth-placed Heyside.
Walshaw Sports and Manchester Gregorians met at Sycamore Road with both sides having to settle with a point each. Ben Twemlow was on target for Gregs to deny Sports a first win since September.
Heywood St James failed to take advantage of their game-in-hand over second-placed Pennington as they could only manage to salvage a point from their game at Wilmslow Albion. The tie ended 2-2 at Oakwood Farm, a result which sees the hosts move up a place to ninth and the leaders extend their lead to two points.
Fourth-placed Boothstown were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Govan Athletic and miss out on the chance to go up to third. Gage Eme’s goal secured a point for the visitors who will be the happier of the two teams.
Tintwistle Athletic stay in eighth place despite their fantastic victory on the road against Uppermill who had the chance to go up to third with a win. Josh Stevenson scored twice for Tinny, George Clarey getting the other while Tom Gallagher registered Uppermill’s consolation.
After a week out, Irlam Steel returned to action with a comfortable 9-1 win at home to Breightmet United as top hosted bottom. Steel remain 3 points clear whilst United are still looking for their first point of the campaign.
It was 2nd versus 13th at Harrison Playing Fields as Hindley Juniors hosted Hindsford Res and it was the visitors who would take all the points. Joe Cunliffe, Jake Haslam, Ben Meredith, Adam Lynch and Tom Valentine all scored to seal a 5-1 win for The Tonics.
Middleton Colts’ wings were clipped as they fall to third following a 3-2 defeat to Manchester Gregorians Res who are now unbeaten in their last 6 league outings, Sab Yaakub, Edimar Malu and Ben McGillvray all scoring for Gregs.
It was a tight affair at The Vestacare Stadium as Avro Res and Atherton Town Res played out a 1-1 draw. Brad Coe gave the hosts the lead but Luke Pitchford’s goal pegged it back to share the spoils.
Moorside Rangers stretched their unbeaten run to five with a narrow 3-2 win at home to Hollinwood thanks to Michael Gill’s strike and a Chris Jones brace. It’s their successive 3-2 win margin and moves them up to sixth.
It was a six-goal thriller at Hollyhedge Park where Wythenshawe Amateurs Res hosted their counterparts from Rochdale Sacred Heart. Stephen Herdman and Luke Hibbert both scored for The Ammies but Ross Hildersley and Harry Royds (2) meant the spoils were shared.
The title race got a tad closer as league leaders Dukinfield Town Res could only get a point from their home tie with second-placed Uppermill Res. Sean O’Mara and Jack Saw both scored for Town whilst Darren Scanlon and Adam Howarth got Uppermill’s replies.
The lead at the top is now cut to three points after Elton Vale Res move up to second spot with a 7-3 win at Bolton County Res. Kyle Carter and Peter Hickford both scored twice while Jude Hurley, Ellis Ramlaul and Jack Roberts scored once for Vale.
Chadderton EDS continue their surge up the table as they move to fourth with a 4-3 win at home to Rochdale Sacred Heart A. Maison Dinsdale, Jonny Marsh and Brandon Byers-Wilkes all scored for RSH who slip a place to ninth.
East Manchester Academy remain in the hunt for promotion with a plucky 3-2 win at home to Pennington Res and move up to fifth spot, sitting just six points off the summit with 3 games in hand.
Stockport Georgians Res lifted themselves off the bottom with a 2-1 win over Leigh Athletic Res. Aaron Barr and Jordon Connell got the goals for Georgians in just their second victory of the season.
Old Alts Res stay in 11th place following their 3-1 defeat at home to Springhead Res who move up three places into sixth.
It was fourth versus top as Heywood St James Res hosted Royton Town Res at the Phoenix Ground in a game that served up give goals. HSJ ran out 4-1 winners to see them move up to second spot, closing the gap to five points.
Boothstown Res spring into fourth with a resounding 5-0 win at Dukinfield Town A. Two goals apiece from Stephan Howard and Daniel Fitch plus Jake Daly’s strike earned their side all three points at Astley Sports College.
Govan Athletic Res moved out of the relegation zone with a very much-needed 4-2 win at home to Atherton Town A. Two penalties were scored by Saeed Bhamjee and was added to by Josh Brennan and Luis Torres to secure the victory.
Astley & Tyldesley are also making a fist of a survival fight as they won 3-2 at Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res. They remain rooted to the bottom despite the win as Chris Tyldesley scored both goals for BL&G.
Heyside Res enjoyed a 4-0 win on the road as they saw off Manchester Central at The Manchester College. The win moves Heyside up two places to 7th while drop a place to 6th.
Derbyshire Junior Cup North
Tintwistle Athletic Res needed just one goal to get past Rowsley ’86 Res as they progressed to Round Four of the competition, Adam Rawcliffe with the only goal at West Drive.
Lancashire Amateur Cup
Elton Vale, Bolton Lads & Girls Club and Pennington all continue to fly the MFL flag in the competition as they progress from their respective Round Four ties.
Elton Vale saw off Chaddertonians with a 4-3 win at Elton Vale Sports Club while Bolton Lads & Girls Club squeezed past fellow MFL team Leigh Athletic at Leigh Sports Village. Pennington were taken to penalties after their game with Old Boltonians finished 2-2 in 90 minutes. The hosts won 4-2 from spot kicks.
Atherton Town bow out of the competition as they were beaten 3-2 at Leigh Foundry.