The title race took another turn in what’s been a great spectacle so far this season as we have new leaders.
Royton Town began the weekend in top spot as they welcomed Manchester Gregorians to The Oldham Academy and were only able to get a point from the encounter as they were held to a 2-2 draw. Liam Wood and Craig Schumann netted for the hosts but Danny Hulme and Martin Love got Gregs’ reply.
Hindsford now lead the way and took full advantage of Town’s slip-up as they made no mistake on their trip to Old Alts. Jack Valentine scored twice and was joined on the scoresheet by Alex Honeyball and Ben Chamber to put the title hopes back in their own hands.
Rochdale Sacred Heart remain in third place but fall further behind in the title race after they were toppled by an in-form Manchester Central side on home turf. Central clinched all three points with an impressive 5-2 win which saw Daniel Burns score twice as did Mauro Mendes while Josh Frith got the visitors’ other goal.
Heyside moved to within 2 of Heart with a decent 4-1 at home to Bolton County which moves them up a place to fourth. Goals from Carl Caffrey, Jordan Schofield, Adam Dale and Chris Ollerton proved too much for County as Tom Aspen registered their consolation.
Down at the bottom, Dukinfield Town gave themselves a bit more breathing space with a crucial 4-0 win over local rivals East Manchester to move them up to 12th place. Two goals each from Romero Coley and Daniel Parkinson saw Town cruise to victory to leave East in deep trouble.
Beechfield United couldn’t capitalise on the other results as they too were beaten and remain in bottom spot. They welcomed tenth-placed Stockport Georgians to Salford Sports Village who were without a league win on the road since October. However, that stat came to an end as Georgians registered a 3-2 win which lifts them up to eighth place.
With league leaders Heywood St James not in action, Altrincham Hale had the chance to go level on points with them with a win against Govan Athletic and that they did in emphatic style. Jack Yates scored a hat-trick and was added to by a Chris Sissling brace and further goals from Joe Marley and Bobbi Yari.
Atherton Town also enjoyed a big win as they scored six against strugglers Wilmslow Albion which saw Jordan Lloyd and Gareth Shaw both score twice, Lee Simmons and an own goal with the other.
Radcliffe Juniors pulled off an impressive scalp after they defeated Uppermill 2-1 to ease their relegation worries. Tom Simpson was on target for the hosts but wasn’t enough to prevent a second defeat this calendar year.
In the day’s other game, Tintwistle clinched their first league win on the road since early November as they saw off Elton Vale by a single Harry Newton goal.
Two results stood out from the rest which saw double figures being scored in both games.
Breightmet United are still to register a point after their fixture against league leaders which saw them on the wrong end of an 18-0 rout. It was also a tough afternoon for Hindley Juniors who also suffered a heavy defeat as they fell to a 14-1 thumping at the hands of Rochdale Sacred Heart Res.
The gap at the top is now stretched to 10 points following second-placed Avro Res’ 3-2 defeat at Walshaw Sports Res.
Hollinwood gave their relegation battle a boost with an important 4-2 win at home to Astley & Tyldesley at Wright Robinson.
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res moved up two places to seventh with an emphatic 5-1 win against Manchester Gregorians Res. Juwel Sonda got the hosts’ consolation as the visitors leave Belle Vue with all 3 points.
Dukinfield Town Res regained top spot with a 3-0 win away to Pennington Res, overtaking Elton Vale Res who were not in action at the weekend.
Uppermill Res have their eye on the title and kept themselves in the race with a clinical 5-0 win away to Stockport Georgians. Will Linney, Darren Scanlon, Kieran Hilton, Nathan Jones and Matt Barlow all scored at Cromley Road and now sit five points off the pace with a couple of games in hand.
The title race is heating up as Heywood St James Res take top spot following a close-fought game at Bolton Lads & Girls Res in which nine goals were scored. The visitors edged the game 5-4, despite losing 4-2 with not long to go to take all 3 points. Martin Cosgrave and Blake Roberts both scored twice and Aaron Boyle scored the other for Jimmies. Only goal difference separates the top two with both teams having 9 games to play.
Also scoring 5 times were Tintwistle Athletic Res as they win 5-3 at home to Altrincham Hale Res with Sam Swann scoring twice and Chris Joy, Josh Westmerland and Dom Curry getting the rest.
Govan Athletic Res were the top scorers of the day in Division Four as they ran out 6-0 winners at home to Astley & Tyldesley as they move further away from the bottom of the table. Daniel Browne (2), Luis Torres, Josh Brennan, Jordan Hartley and Hamid Jamei were all on target for Govan in their 3rd straight win.
Manchester Amateur Cup
MFL Division 2 side Moorside Rangers pulled rank in their Round Four tie with Division 3 team Chadderton EDS as Rangers progressed to the next round with a 4-0 victory.
Moorside Rangers Res couldn’t quite follow their first team’s example as they bow out of the competition after losing 2-1 to Parrswood Celtic.