The weather claimed the vast majority of league and cup fixtures on Saturday afternoon with pitches waterlogged across the area.
There were goals galore at the Vestacare Stadium where Avro held off a great challenge from AFC Monton to win 4-3 and leapfrog Heyside into top spot in the Premier Division.
Chris Howell was the home side’s man of the match, weighing in with two goals, with James Hampson and Jamie Kay adding the rest for Avro. Danny Brown, Ryan McDonagh and Connor McIvor netted for the Ammies who pushed the home side all the way.
Royton Town bounced back into form, and lowered Heyside’s colours for the first time this season, with an eye-catching 2-0 win and climb two places, a goal in either half from Joe Jacombes and Dan Gilmartin.
Boothstown opened their Division One account with a comprehensive 4-1 home victory over winless Pennington at Bridgewater Park, Daryl Cope with the consolation for the visitors.
Hollinwood caught the eye with a 5-1 home romp over Division One leaders Chapel Town.
Another game to beat the weather was at Ten Acres Lane where Manchester Central edged past a previously unbeaten Beechfield United 2-0, Kaine Martin opened the scoring before Elvis Amoakwa secured the win with a finish from a goalmouth scramble.
There was an all Division Two game at Altrincham Hale, where Heywood St James were the visitors, and a five-goal thriller ended with the visitors winning 3-2, Hale scoring through James Clarke-Quirk and Steven Reid, Jimmies winning it thanks to a brace from Kane Joyce and captain George Powell.
There were just two games played in the Open Trophy on Saturday with the other two fixtures falling victim to the weather.
The stand-out result came at the Wythenshawe Sports Ground where Wythenshawe Amateurs Res hosted Springhead Res. The two sides put on a show for the spectators as they produced an eleven-goal thriller to which the hosts came out on top. The Ammies ran out 7-4 winners to kick off their cup campaign with an impressive victory. Luke Butler and Martyn Gurr registered braces for Springhead but wasn't enough on the day.
The day's other game saw Hindsford Res host Atherton Town Res at Squires Lane in a rare occurrence of a grass pitch surviving the weather.
The Tonics ran out 1-0 winners on the afternoon in what proved to be a tight affair thanks to Jake Haslam's goal.
Four games survived the weather in the Bridgewater Cup and it rained goals in all of the ties. There were nine scored in the game between Rochdale Sacred Heart A and Leigh Athletic Res at Firgrove Playing Fields. It was the visitors who got the win thanks to a Joshua Brennan hat-trick and Grady Mountford and Milo Ogden goals.
East Manchester Academy were also victorious in their tie with Atherton Town A at Wright Robinson. Max Perry scored twice to add to Brad Byrne and Tom Beswick goals in a 4-1 win to get the Gorton side off to the best possible start.
Govan Athletic Res also hit four goals in their 4-2 win over Hollinwood Res. Oladeji Ojeniyi scored a hat-trick, supported by a David Roddy goal to give their side victory at Platt Lane. Callum Barrow and Steven Barrow were on target for Hollinwood in reply.
The remaining game saw Bolton Lads and Girls Club Res entertain Elton Vale Res at the BLGC Sports Facility. Jack Roberts was on target twice with Jamie Treanor netting once to give Vale the win.
LANCASHIRE AMATEUR SHIELD
Prestwich Heys Reserves were the day’s big winners in county cup action, powering to an 8-0 victory over Cheshire League Division One outfit Golborne Sports at Eccles College. Alfie Belcher notched a hat-trick, added to by a Jordan Burton brace and strikes from Adam Edwards, Liam Lawlor, Lewis Adams sees Heys through to the next round.
There was a short trip over the moors for Walshaw Sports as they faced Mill Hill St Peters, and they will be delighted to return home with a 4-2 victory and a place in Round Two, Connor Gately, Callum Heap, Baz Campbell and Jonny Hunter all finding the net.
Wythenshawe Amateurs bowed out at the first hurdle at a tricky looking tie away to high-flying West Lancashire League Garstang, the home side progressing with the only goal of the game.
Atherton Town were also victorious, scoring late on to defeat Wyre Villa 3-2 at Butler Park after having trailed 2-1 at one stage.
CHESHIRE AMATEUR CUP
Old Altrinchamians were hoping to shake off their poor league form with a trip to West Cheshire League side Newton in the Cheshire Amateur Cup, and will take some positives from a high-scoring shootout which they lost 7-5, Dave Drinkwater and Kerrim Calliste netting a brace apiece and Joe Halfpenny one.