There was just one fixture which survived the biblical downfalls of the past few days and it was no surprise that the game was played on the ‘trusty’ artificial surface at Belle Vue Village. Bottom team, Manchester Gregorians hosted a Heyside team who suffered consecutive defeats on their last two outings but that baron run ended on Saturday. The visitors moved up four places to fifth with a 2-1 win over Gregs, courtesy of Chris Rogers and Adam Dale goals, all of which came in the second half.
Starting the day in second place, Elton Vale missed out on the opportunity of going to the top after they suffered a 2-1 defeat at East Manchester while the league leaders weren’t in action. Jack Alderson netted Vale’s goal at Wright Robinson before his side went down to ten men and allowed the hosts to come back to take all the points.
Tintwistle Athletic took advantage of Vale’s slip-up to replace them in second spot with a 1-0 win against Govan Athletic. Harry Newton’s solitary goal proved to be the difference at Platt Lane to take his side to level on points with the leaders whilst having a game in hand.
Altrincham Hale rounded off 2019 with a solid 3-0 win at home to Atherton Town and move up a place to ninth as a result. Jack Yates, Ben Vincent and Andy Dawson all scored to seal the three points to deny Town who drop a place to fourth.
Leigh Athletic got off the mark from their final game of 2019 as they collected their first point of the season on Saturday in a 1-1 draw at home to Wilmslow Albion. Despite finishing the game with ten men, Latics held on for a point against Wilmslow Albion whose goal came courtesy from a Danny Pearson penalty.
Bolton United saw off FC Unsworth to ensure they sit top of the Division Two tree thanks to their 4-1 win. The victory ensures the debutants hold a two-point lead and round off a successful start to their MFL era.
A Rico Stewart goal proved to be the difference, being the only goal of the game as Avro Res beat Rochdale Sacred Heart Res at the Vestacare Stadium. The win puts Avro up to second place and are just two points behind the leaders whilst having four games in hand.
Chadderton EDS at home to East Manchester was the only game in Division Three to survive the weather and it served up a cracker at St Matthews School. Eight goals were scored as the hosts ran out 6-2 winners to move them up to third and put them within 4 points of the leaders. The defeat leaves East two places and five points off the bottom.
Dukinfield Town A were denied the chance to stretch their lead at the top of the table after Royton Town Res claimed all the points when the two sides met at the Oldham Academy North. Royton came out of the encounter with a 3-1 win to reduce the gap to eight points between the teams.
However, Heyside Res had the biggest win of the day as they put Leigh Athletic Res to the sword as they won 13-0 at Crompton House. The result is the third time Heyside have recorded double figures this season and puts them within three points of the promotion places.
Walshaw Sports A were on form in front of goal on Saturday when they travelled to Salford Sports Village to face Moorside Rangers U21’s. The Bury side romped to a 9-3 victory to help lift them clear of the bottom, up to tenth.
Springhead sealed their place in the next round after they eased past Heywood St James with a 6-2 victory. Two goals apiece from Matthew Barlow and Josh Frith helped the cause and was joined on the score sheet by Kyle McGovern and Jamie Smith to put their name in the hat for round two.
Lancashire Amateur Cup
Wythenshawe Amateurs bowed out of the competition at the Round Four stage after their tie against Milton went to penalties. The game ended 0-0 after 90 minutes but the visitors progressed via a 4-2 victory on spot kicks.
The Manchester League would like wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will recommence the league campaign on Saturday 4th January 2020.