After the clocks went forward last weekend, we will start to commence the midweek fixtures in what will be a busy schedule for all but manic for some.
The last weekend of March brought a feeling of familiarity as a number of fixtures were victims of the wet weather. We take a look at the fixtures which survived.
League leaders Avro moved to within 5 points of securing the Premier Division title following their 2-0 win at home to Springhead. Matt Landregan scored two second half goals to maintain his side’s unbeaten league campaign and a step closer to become champions.
Wythenshawe Amateurs are not giving up just yet as they kept the pressure on with a 2-1 win at Royton Town. Will Ahern struck just before the half time break before the hosts equalised on the hour mark. However, Ahern was on-hand to head home from a long throw with a minute left to tighten The Ammies’ grip on second spot.
AFC Monton lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with a much-needed 5-3 win at home to East Manchester. Ryan Ahmed and Declan McLoin scored two apiece with Matt Campbell getting the other, securing just their second win of 2018. Sam Jones’ double and Espen Myhre’s goal wasn’t enough for East.
Following their Cheshire Cup exit in midweek, Dukinfield Town returned to MFL actin with a 2-2 draw at home to Bolton County. Godwin May and Jordan McLoughlin were on target for County to maintain their unbeaten status since the turn of the year.
Meanwhile at Squires Lane, Hindsford and Stockport Georgians also played out a 2-2 draw. Joe Bevan and Oliver Hemlin getting Georgians’ goals, moving them up a place into ninth.
Beechfield United used their game in hand to full capacity as they moved within nine points of promotion following their 3-2 win at home to Atherton Town. The win now means that 3 more wins will give them a points tally that can’t be reached by third place or below.
Chadderton Reserves moved up into third place after a thumping 9-0 win over Pennington, leap frogging them in the process. Jake Jacobs scored a hat-trick, a brace from Ashley Ainsworth and further goals from Niall Barnes, James Curley, James Mooney and Keith Melvin maintained their quest for promotion, now sitting two points behind with two games in hand.
Chapel Town picked up a narrow 1-0 win away to Wilmslow Albion to move them within a point of fourth place while Albion remain a place off the bottom.
In the day’s other game, Hollinwood recorded a 4-1 win at home to Boothstown. The win moves the Chapel Road men up into ninth, overtaking Boothstown who have five games in hand over them.
Govan Athletic maintained their challenge on the promotion spots with a 4-1 win away to Radcliffe Juniors. Adil Ajmal scored twice with Phil Boardman and Nathan Hind getting the others at Wright Robinson.
Third-placed Tintwistle Athletic couldn’t use one of their games in hand over the top two as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Heywood St James.
It was also a stalemate at the Recreation Ground as Irlam Steel and Atherton LR Development played out a 1-1 draw, Peter Yongmon getting LR’s goal.
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res sit top of the table following their 4-2 win at Wythenshawe Amateurs Res.
Only goal difference separates them and Avro Res in second place who won 2-0 at Stockport Georgians, Kane Wallwork and Oliver Froggatt getting the goals.
It was sixth versus seventh as Walshaw Sports Res beat Dukinfield Town Res 2-1 at Little Lever High School while it was goalless in the game between Atherton Town Res and Manchester Gregorians Res.
The day’s highest scorers were Hindsford Res in their 7-2 win against Springhead at St Johns Street, Thomas Holroyd getting the host’s goals.
Elton Vale Res maintain top spot with a flawless 3-0 win away to bottom side Old Alts Res. Tom Stubbs scored twice and Jack Roberts got the other for the league leaders.
East Manchester Academy moved up into second place following their 6-1 win at home to Bolton County Res. Tom Beswick scored twice, George Etchells, Liam Woolley, Charlie McGrath and Adebisi Adegoke scoring once, moving them within three points of the leaders with two games in hand, Tom Helsby getting County’s reply.
Leigh Athletic Res’s 4-2 win at AFC Monton Res meant it remains tight in the chasing pack as they sit just three points off the promotion places. Kyle Galbraith and Plamedi Kinkela with Ammies’ replies.
Heywood St James Res were 4-2 winners against Atherton Town A in the only game of the day. Blake Roberts scored twice, Tom Quinn and Kabwende Katembe with the goals for Jimmies as they jump up three places to fifth.