League leaders Hindsford now hold a four-point advantage ahead of second place following their 3-0 defeat at home against Walshaw Sports. Liam Jones scored twice and Jack Valentine once in a win that maintains their unbeaten start but the gap is bigger due to Heyside’s slip up at home to Manchester Gregorians. The Oldham outfit fell to their second defeat of the season as they went down 2-0 at Crompton House, Zac Bagwell and Mahal Shareen with Gregs’ goals.
The only other team who boasted an unbeaten start were Springhead as they travelled to Manchester College to face a confident Manchester Central who took points off the leaders last time out. A goal either side of half time from Daniel Burns sealed the points for Central despite Daniel Parker’s own goal on the hour.
While Royton Town were not in league action, Rochdale Sacred Heart move above them and up in to third place with a 4-2 win against Beechfield United. The 2016/17 champions left Salford Sports Village with all three points and are now unbeaten in four thanks to goals from Michael Kearney, Curtis Williams, Josh Pinder and Josh Wooler.
East Manchester bounced back from a heavy defeat last time out as they registered their first win away from home. East captain Charles McGrath scored the only goal in their game at Chadderton Res to seal the three points, moving them up to 8th.
With league leaders Heywood St James not in action this weekend, Pennington had the chance to go level on points should they be victorious in their home tie against local rivals Atherton Town. Pennington came out on top in last week’s derby with Leigh Athletic and they did exactly the same this time with Daniel Gunning and Ross Farrington both scoring for the hosts, Jordan Lloyd got Town’s reply.
Boothstown kept them up with the chasing pack with a 4-2 win at home to winless Tintwistle Athletic. The victory keeps them six points off the top two teams with a game in hand.
It seemed to be an epic thriller at fourth-placed Elton Vale as they and fifth-placed Uppermill played out a 4-4 draw with Mark Severs scoring twice and Ryan Wilkes and Jack Lawder getting the others for Vale while Greg Burgess, Nathan Driscoll, Tom Simpson and Sam Bagshaw scored for Uppermill.
Leigh Athletic secured their second win of the campaign as they travelled to face Radcliffe Juniors at Cams Lane. Jack Corcoran and Alex Luby added to an own goal to seal all three points for The Tics.
Irlam Steel sit top of the pile after edging out Middleton Colts in a top-of-the-table clash at the Recreation Ground. Steelies came out 3-1 winners, ending Colts’ unbeaten start to the season.
Hindsford Res took advantage of Colts’ dropped points as they move up into second place with a thrilling 4-3 win at Wythenshawe Amateurs Res despite them finishing the game with ten men. Luke Hibbert, David Snape and Harry Shipton scored the Ammies but Jake Haslam, Jo-Jo McBride and a Rivan Fisher double meant the Tonics left Hollyhedge Park with all three points.
Moorside Rangers, the only other unbeaten side in the division, travelled to fellow MFL newcomers Astley & Tyldesley and collected all three points in a 2-1 win.
Manchester Gregorians doubled their points tally for the season as they inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Avro Res at Belle Vue Stadium.
There were big wins on the road for Walshaw Sports Res and Rochdale Sacred Heart Res as they defeated Breightmet United and Hollinwood respectively.
Lewis Wild hitting four, Scott Brierley, Hamelton Rescova and Daniel Parker getting the rest of the goals for Sacred Heart.
Bolton County Res sit top of the pile after picking up their third successive win when they welcomed Rochdale Sacred Heart A to Radcliffe Road. Tom Lawton and Phil Wallace’s goals proved to be enough to secure maximum points despite Maison Dinsdale’s reply for Sacred Heart.
Wilmslow Albion Res get off the mark with a win against Uppermill Res who had who their first two games of the season. Matthew Barlow and Lee Rainford were on target for the hosts but couldn’t prevent their side falling to their first defeat.
Eight goals and the spoils were shared at St Johns Street as Springhead Res hosted Leigh Athletic Res. Jack Beasley, Chris Crothers and Dale Jackman got ‘Heads goals with Leon Green, Callum Jokubaitis and an Adam Jones double for the Tics.
Elton Vale Res lost their 100% start after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Chadderton EDS. Dominic Howell with Vale’s goal to give his side a point as they move up into second.
It was a local derby at Blocksages as Dukinfield Town Res hosted an unbeaten East Manchester Academy side. Thomas Collins and Jack Saw both scored second half goals to claim bragging rights for Town to move them up to seventh.
The defences came out on top at Cromley Road as Stockport Georgians Res hosted Old Alts Res. The draw gives the hosts their first point of the season but wasn’t enough to take them off bottom spot.
Altrincham Hale Res kept hold of top spot with a quite remarkable victory over Astley & Tyldesley Res at Blessed Thomas Halford School in a game that had 20 goals. The league leaders recorded an 18-2 win that sees them increase their goal difference in significant fashion.
Hale’s goals came courtesy of Jack Yates (5), Jason McDermott (5), Jordan Drinkwater (4), Lewis Carthew (2), Joey Manion and Liam Hamer.
Boothstown Res bounced back from defeat last weekend with a 4-3 win against Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res. Jake Daley netted a brace, Matt Whittaker and Jamie Butler scored to keep them joint top of the table.
Jack Sloan came off the bench to score twice to give Royton Town Res a 2-1 win over Tintwistle Athletic Res, making them a third join-top team. Michael Pancaro scored for Tinny but wasn’t to be enough in their second defeat at West Drive.
Moorside Rangers Res are the last of the four teams at the top on nine points after their 5-2 win at home to Atherton Town A. Sasha Nyathi and Tom Morley both scored first half goals for Town but Rangers came back to claim all three points in a stunning second half performance thanks to a Jack Small brace and further goals from Jason Wood, Liam Dunn and Alex Bardsley.
Heywood St James Res made it two wins from two with a 3-2 victory at home to Heyside Res. The win moves them up a place into fifth spot.
Dukinfield Town A secured three points with an emphatic 5-1 win at home to Manchester Central Res. Ben Mason scored a hat-trick with Daniel Evans and Macauley Eyre scored for Town while William Ehikhamen got Central’s consolation.
Lancashire Amateur Shield
Bolton County booked their place in the second round of the competition after edging past St Helens Town in an exciting 4-3 win. Matt Leatham and Liam Short had given County a 2-0 lead at the break with Dimitri Nuksu and Godwin May making it 4-1 just after the hour and two goals for the hosts towards the end made it a nervous finish but the MFL side held on to progress.
Royton Town are also in the hat for the second round as they needed penalty shoot-out to slip past Poulton. Aaron Holton was the scorer for Town as the tie ended 1-1 after 90 minutes but penalties from Rob Flynn, Luke Heron, Liam Wood, Paul Scholes & Alex Maloney & a fine save from 16-year-old keeper Liam Lovell earned their side a 5-3 win from spot kicks.
Cheshire Amateur Cup
It finished goalless between Old Alts and Poynton their first-round tie but the home side made sure they went through as they were 3-0 winners on the penalty shoot-out.
Penalties were again needed in Stockport Georgians’ tie against Wirral SB after it ended 2-2 in 90 minutes. The MFL progress after beating their West Cheshire opponents 4-3 in the shoot-out.
Govan Athletic made light work of their first-round tie when they entertained Eastham Ferry at Platt Lane. Nathan McDonald scored a hat-trick with Adil Ajmal, Rowan Pollock and Daniel Browne getting the others to round off a 6-0 scoreline.
Altrincham Hale bow out of the competition as they were sent crashing to a 7-3 defeat away at High Lane, and also exiting at the first hurdle are Wilmslow Albion who were beaten 3-0 at home to Mallaby.