Results Round-Up

4 weeks ago By Simon Harrison

Saturday saw a full schedule of fixtures played as all six divisions were in action for the first time this season.

PREMIER DIVISION

Avro maintained their 100% winning start to the season, and their place at the top of the Premier Division, with a 4-2 win at AFC Monton. Michael Stockdale and Louis Potts scoring the decisive goals for the visitors in the second half after an even opening forty-five minutes, adding to an earlier Stockdale effort and a goal from Chris Howell.

Heyside’s phenomenal start continued at Belle Vue where home side Manchester Gregorians were defeated 2-0, Mark Hopwood adding two more to his account with both goals for the visitors. Four wins and a draw from five fixtures has seen Heyside really hit the ground running.

Third-placed Wythenshawe Amateurs dropped points for the first time, East Manchester hitting four unanswered goals past the Ammies at Wright Robinson College, Sam Jones, Jack Timmons, Liam Turner and Carlton McIntosh bagging for a clinical East side. The win takes East into fourth, a point behind Wythenshawe, and Sam Jones moves onto six league goals in five games.

It was a tight-affair at Royton Town, where the home side edged out Prestwich Heys Reserves 2-1. It was Heys that took the lead through Ben Lever, only for Sean Nolan to level for Royton before Joe Jacombes grabbed the winner. Town now sit in fifth after bouncing back from their midweek loss at Avro.

There was an enthralling end-to-end clash at Squires Lane where Hindsford and Rochdale Sacred Heart shared six goals in a 3-3 draw. Brad Brown, Ben Chambers and Rivan Fisher finding the net for the home side. Hearts’ unbeaten run stretches to four games thanks to goals from Reece Glynn, Thomas Bradburn and Anthony Curran, whilst the Tonics will be glad to take a share of the points after back-to-back defeats.

Dukinfield Town were another side who found their shooting boots, winning 7-2 at Old Alts, ending a run of three games without a win and propelling themselves into the top half. For Old Alts, they will travel to Stockport Georgians in midweek in search of their first win and a kick-start to their season.

Springhead added more misery on Stockport Georgians as they returned home with all three points after a 2-0 road victory. James Curley and Darren Pownall were on target as ‘Head notched their first league win of the campaign, for Georgians, after taking a decent point at Gregs in midweek, this was a setback.

The day's remaining game in the Premier Division came at Bolton County where Walshaw Sports matched their hosts and secured a point from a 1-1 draw, Kieran Hennessey got County’s goal to secure their first point of the season, for Sports, a fifth point from five away games represents a decent return.

DIVISION ONE

Division One leaders Chapel Town made it three wins from three games, and moved their goals scored account onto fourteen goals with a fine 4-1 result over Pennington. Matthew Sherlock bagged a brace, adding to efforts from Liam Halliday and Ashley Hallam. For the visitors, this was a third straight defeat and the Leigh side will want to reverse their fortunes as soon as possible.

A 3-2 victory at Elton Vale means Beechfield United also keep their perfect start, and have their eyes firmly on the top of Division One. Vale stay in third spot despite the defeat, three points back.

Leigh Athletic were also victorious on their travels, marking up an impressive 3-1 win at Wilmslow Albion to sit in fourth place and inflict a first loss on their hosts.

There was a rare goalless draw at Butler Park, neither Atherton Town or Chadderton Reserves could find the net. Town remain unbeaten in three games and have set up a great platform for the campaign, whilst for Chaddy, a point and a clean sheet will be a welcome reward for a solid away performance.

With both sides without a point prior to kick-off, something had to give at Bridgewater Park and it was the visitors Hollinwood who got off the mark with a 3-1 victory at Boothstown, their hosts dropping into last place with no wins chalked up.

It was the same story at Ten Acres Lane where Manchester Central entertained Westbury Sports Club in their first competitive fixture at their new home, with neither side having any points on the board, and it was Central who came out on top with a convincing 4-0 win. Cory Knight opened the scoring with Muhammad Saeed adding two more before half-time, Liam Ellis capping a great performance from Central with their fourth.

DIVISION TWO

Tintwistle Athletic lead Division Two on maximum points thanks to pulsating 5-4 win at Radcliffe Juniors. Tom Burns hit home a commanding hat-trick, taking his tally to six in three games, with Josh Stevenson and James Crossland adding the rest.

Second place Breightmet United were in imperious form as they romped to a 6-0 victory at Hindley Juniors. Only Tintwistle have defeated Breightmet to date, whilst Hindley Juniors are still finding their feet and await their first win.

A comprehensive 5-0 triumph by Bolton Lads and Girls Club elevates them into third place, at the expense of Altrincham Hale who slip behind them on goal difference. Back-to-back victories will give the League newcomers confidence, especially in defeating an unbeaten Altrincham side.

Irlam Steel remain unbeaten following a notable 2-1 win at Uppermill, and now sit exactly midway in the table and within striking distance of the leading pack, for the home side, this was a second successive home defeat.

Govan Athletic will be celebrating after running out 5-1 victors over Atherton LR Development, their first three-pointer of the campaign. Braces from Adil Ajmal and Daniel Browne added to by David Monanda gave the hosts the win that pushes Govan above the three teams who have yet to claim a point, including LR Development.

DIVISION THREE

Saturday saw the start of the reserves divisions and it began with a defeat for current champions Stockport Georgians Res who got their title defence off to a defeat with a 2-1 defeat away to Walshaw Sports Res.

Avro Res came from behind to snatch a 3-2 win at home to Hindsford Res while Manchester Gregorians Res registered a win with the same scoreline as they left Dukinfield Town Res with the three points.

Jack Cocking and Jack Lynch were on target for Atherton Town Res to ensure they got their campaign off to a winning start thanks to a 2-1 victory away at Springhead Res, Jamie Moss in reply for the hosts but it is Rochdale Sacred Heart Res who top the table with an emphatic 8-0 home win over Wilmslow Albion Res.

In the division’s other game, Wythenshawe Amateurs Res and Royton Town Res shared four goals to pick up a point each in their 2-2 draw.

DIVISION FOUR

It was goals galore in Division Four with a staggering 33 goals being scored in the four games played.

Danny Tindall must have felt a tad unlucky not to have seen his Heyside Res team pick up any points from their game against East Manchester Academy after scoring five times in their 8-5 defeat. Tindall’s impressive five goals was out-done in scoring terms as East’s Max Perry netted a double hat-trick in reply to give East a winning start. Liam Woolley were also on target for the visitors.

Nine goals were scored in the game between Leigh Athletic Res and Elton Vale Res that saw the visitors take the three points. Vale picked up a narrow 5-4 victory in an epic season opener.

Hollinwood Res and Old Alts Res shared the spoils and were made to settle for a point each after their 2-2 draw at Chapel Road but it is Irlam Steel Res who top the table on goal difference thanks to their 6-1 win against Pennington Res at Jubilee Park.

DIVISION FIVE

Manchester Football League newcomers Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res top the table after the opening weekend following their 5-1 win away to Breightmet United Res.

Heywood St James Res, in their return to the league, got off to a winning start with a 5-3 home victory over Chadderton EDS. Adam Sweeney, Reece Skelton and Jack Snape goals for the visitors wasn’t enough to get anything from their MFL debut.

Also making their debut, Altrincham Hale Res made a winning start with a narrow 2-1 triumph at home to Govan Athletic Res. Sam Mannion and Luke Thomas with the Hale goals at Blessed Thomas Halford School.

Tintwistle Athletic Res played out a 2-2 at home to Uppermill Res at West Drive, with Jake Knowles and Ben Taylor scoring for the hosts. Boothstown Res and Atherton Town A registered a 1-1 draw at Bridgewater Park, Liam Dunn with the host’s goal.

Where next?

Tuesday Night Round-Up Tuesday night saw six fixtures played in the latest offering of Premier Division action, part of the final midweek schedule of 2017.
Wednesday Night Round-Up Wednesday night saw the remaining four teams complete the midweek schedule with bragging rights up for grabs in both games.

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