Avro were in rampant form as they extended their unbeaten run to eighteen league games with a 6-1 win at Stockport Georgians, the Oldham side now sit five points clear with three games in hand at the summit of the Premier Division.
Duncan Knott registered a double with Vincent Howell, Chris Howell, Lee O’Brien and Michael Stockdale adding the others with Leon Murphy getting Georgians’ consolation.
Wythenshawe Amateurs have been nothing but persistent in their pursuit of Avro, and bettered the league leaders’ victory with an 8-1 triumph over Springhead, David Wright collected a hat-trick, Deneilson Osigwe two goals, with Carl Brady, Joel Aitkenhead and Matt Dodwell adding the rest, Ryan Fagan collecting the goal for the visitors,
East Manchester have also been in great form, and were victorious at Royton Town, winning 2-1, the home side scored through the reliable Joe Jacombes but East ran out worthy winners thanks to goals from Jack Higgs and Michael Taylor.
Hindsford closed the gap on their hosts to five points, and who also hold a game in hand, with a 3-2 win at Heyside, and stay in fifth place. Tom Valentine led the attack for the Tonics and broke hearts along with Liam Jones and Ryan Briody goals with Adam Dale and Jordan Hindley getting Heyside’s goals.
Dukinfield Town climbed two places with the three points garnered from a 3-1 home victory over Old Altrinchamians, Liam Greensmith scored twice, one from the penalty spot, with the highlight a worldie of a goal from Don Bevan, Adam Morley grabbing a consolation goal for Alts.
Bolton County prolonged the poor run of results that have dogged Rochdale Sacred Heart with a 2-1 win at Fox Park, Liam Short and Alex Todd were County’s scorers, Hearts’ Johnny Thompson bagging for the home side.
Leaders Beechfield United firmed up their grip at the top of the table thanks to a 2-1 win at Hollinwood, Matthew McNally and Kurtis Lee both hitting the back of the net for the Salford side.
A goal in each half from Kaine Martin and Luke Monaghan earned Manchester Central a great 2-0 win at home to Atherton Town and maintain their grip on second place.
Chadderton Reserves moved to within two points of visitors Chapel Town with a 4-2 home victory, Jack Shaw scored twice with Leon Iluobe and Ashley Ainsworth.
Leigh Athletic lost out to local rivals Pennington at home, the visitors winning 4-1 to dint their hosts’ promotion hopes, Keeran Parker with Latics’ goal.
Tintwistle Athletic and Heywood St James shared six goals in a ding-dong encounter at West Drive, a draw not helping either side’s promotion hopes. Joe Elliot added to a Barry Lawson brace for Tintwistle whist Jimmy’s scorers were Joe Booth, Chris Taylor and Sahin Csatios, who were also reduced to ten men.
Avro Res were held to a tight 1-1 draw at St Johns Street as Springhead Res picked up their first point in the league since October, Luke Butler got the hosts’ goal.
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res took full advantage of Avro’s slip-up as they romped to a 6-0 win at Walshaw Sports Res to occupy top spot. Hearts now have a slender lead of a point but have two games in hand.
In the day’s other game, Manchester Gregorians Res moved up to fourth place thanks to their 2-1 win over Wilmslow Albion Res to heap more misery on them who remain in the bottom two.
There were ten goals in the game between East Manchester Academy and Pennington Res and was the hosts who bagged all of them in an emphatic 10-0 victory.
Jamie Cross and Harry Welsby bagged braces, Tom Beswick, George Etchells, Chris Neild, Matthew Tracey, Liam Woolley and Danny Williams with the rest. The win moves up to fourth and remain nine points behind Elton Vale Res who lead the way.
Vale were comfortable 5-2 winners in their game with Hollinwood Res thanks to a Mark Severs hat-trick and Tom Stubbs strike. Steven Barrow found the net along with Michael Shepherd for Hollinwood.
It was a memorable day for Govan Athletic Res as they picked up their first win of the league campaign after defeating Atherton Town A. A goal in each half from Sam Roberts to add to Mohammed Al-Selini’s earlier strike denied Atherton the chance to move up to second place, Luke Pitchford getting Town’s consolation.
It ended all square at Blessed Thomas Halford School where Altrincham Hale Res shared the spoils and four goals with Tintwistle Athletic Res. Matt Daniels and Aiden Woolleson were on target for Tinny as they move up to fourth place, two points off the promotion spots.
In Group A, Westbury Sports Club lost at home 2-3 to Boothstown, which means that neither side can now qualify for the knock-out stage, Sam Howe and Jack Martin getting on target for Westbury.
Both sides were already eliminated from the competition, but someone forgot to tell Elton Vale who ran riot in winning 8-1 at Wilmslow Albion in Group B, Carl Lomax led the way with a hat-trick with the rest of the goals coming from Richard Woodward, Chris Baines, Liam Boswell, Nathan Emery and Shawn Carey.
It was a basement battle in Group B as Atherton Town hosted Dukinfield Town in the day’s only game in the competition. Atherton were the Town who came out on top after their 2-0 victory which lifts them off the bottom, although neither team can qualify.
Nine goals were scored in the boom-bang-a-bang game at Hacken Bridge as Heywood St James Res took on Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res. Jimmies edged the nine-goal thriller by the odd goal, leaving their opponents without a point in Group C.
Blake Roberts scored twice with John McHale, Thomas Nixon and Jackson King scoring the rest for Heywood.
MANCHESTER AMATEUR CUP
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res sealed their place in the next round after a tight affair with Baguley Athletic. Goals from Kyle Murphy, Stephen Herdman and Ben Wilde ensured the 3-1 win, seeing the MFL side through to the semi-finals.
Chadderton EDS cruised into the last four of the competition with a comfortable 4-0 win at home to West Didsbury AFC. Liam Eadsforth netted a hat-trick plus Jack Ward’s goal saw their side progress despite them finishing the game with ten men.