Bolton County continued their excellent start to the season with an impressive 4-0 win over Royton Town on Saturday afternoon and maintain a two-point lead at the top. Second half goals from Matthew Ormrod, Carl Airey, Tom Aspen and Jonathan Smalley secured the victory at Radcliffe Road to inflict a sixth defeat for Town.
Springhead are also in good form as they stay within touching distance of the leaders after their win at the home of the champions. They needed a last-minute winner from Matthew Barlow to clinch all the points to add to his earlier strike and a Leighton Stephenson goal at Squires Lane to extend their unbeaten start to seven games.
Moving up to third place are promoted side Pennington who toppled Heyside at Crompton House thanks to a hat-trick from Obua Hashim Mugalula. His trio of goals was added to by Heath Ainscough to clinch a fantastic result while Gareth Hill and Mark Hopwood were on target for the hosts.
Heywood St James travelled to Fox Park and left with all the points on offer after picking up a 2-1 win against Rochdale Sacred Heart. Chris Taylor and Brad Sullivan got the goals for the visitors and move up a place to seventh, inflicting a third-straight defeat for Hearts.
Defences came out on top at Belle Vue as Manchester Gregorians and Walshaw Sports played out a goalless draw.
Boothstown are now the only remaining team in the Division who can boast an unbeaten record after they defeated Elton Vale, the other team who could say the same going into Saturday’s fixtures. A 3-1 win over Vale sees them stay at the top of the pile with Jakub Bramwell getting the hosts’ consolation.
Atherton Town are now in second place after winning 2-1 against Moorside Ranges, courtesy of Danny Kerr and Jordan Lloyd goals at Agecroft Farm. Jacob Hancock scored for the hosts but couldn’t prevent his side from falling to a second defeat of the campaign.
Tintwistle Athletic enjoyed their afternoon as they welcomed the visit of East Manchester to West Drive. Joe Elliott (2), Josh Bridge, Adam Rawcliffe and Tom Burns all scored in the 5-0 win to inflict a third defeat for the visitors.
Bolton Lads & Girls also had their scoring boots on as they won 5-3 at home to an in-form Wilmslow Albion. Keane Mills netted twice and Craig Bingham, Adam Spencer and Mark Eccles all scored once in the victory which sees them move up to sixth place.
Middleton Colts made it three successive wins after their trip to Leigh Sports Village. A 4-1 win over Leigh Athletic lifts Colts up to fifth place and just four points off the pace and hold a game in hand.
FC Unsworth continued their excellent start to life in the MFL following their 3-2 win away to Astley & Tyldesley. The win puts FC up into top spot and are one of five teams who are yet to taste defeat this season.
Hindley Juniors clinched their first win of the season at the fourth attempt when they welcomed Hollinwood to Harrison Playing Fields. The 5-2 win moves Hindley up to eighth place and inflicts a fourth-straight loss for Hollinwood.
Bolton United are now in third after a superb display from Nadir Patel who scored all the goals in the 4-0 win at Breightmet United. The bragging rights belong to Bolton and leave the hosts rooted to the bottom from the first five games.
Manchester Gregorians Res currently lead the way on the second weekend of the season following their 2-1 win at Springhead Res. Kion Pryce scored the hosts’ only goal at St Johns Street as they couldn’t build on their win on the opening weekend last time out.
Walshaw Sports also made it two wins from two as they left Chadderton EDS with all three points. The visitors registered a 4-3 win over Chaddy of which are still searching for their first victory of the season.
Rochdale Sacred Heart A were the biggest scorers of the day when they travelled to Wright Robinson to face East Manchester Academy. Hearts ran out 6-0 winners on the afternoon to add to their opening day draw.
Dukinfield Town Res got their season underway with a 5-2 win over Stockport Georgians Res despite being 2-0 down.
Elton Vale Res were the biggest scorers of the day in their game at Atherton Town Res. A hat-trick from Jude Hurley and a John Davidson brace helped the visitors to an 8-1 victory with Kyle Carter, Ben Plimley and Sam Woods getting the others for Vale. Leighton Mills netted Town’s consolation at Howe Bridge Sports Centre.
Pennington Res lead the way in Division Four after two games, the latest of which is a 6-2 victory at home to Leigh Athletic Res. The win is their second of the season and are top by virtue of goal difference.
In second spot are Boothstown Res who have also won their opening two games. The 5-2 win on Saturday against Heywood St James Res puts them on level points with the leaders and are one goal off them, too.
Dukinfield Town A bounced back from their opening day defeat in style as they overcame Moorside Rangers Res. Town ran out 8-4 winners at Astley Sports College to move up to third place while Rangers drop to eighth.
Royton Town Res registered their first points of the season in what was an enthralling game at the Oldham Academy North when they hosted Altrincham Hale Res. Will Morgan (3), Andrew Simpson and Harrison Snape all scored in the 5-4 win while Lewis Carthew, Ben Lavers, Kyle Old and Max Youds scored for Hale.
Old Alts Res also got off the mark as they beat Heyside Res 2-1 at Crossford Bridge.
After their thumping win last weekend, Dukinfield Town Dev were made to work a lot harder for the three points when they travelled to Platt Lane to take on Govan Athletic Res. Aditya Rathore scored the hosts only goal in the 2-1 win for Duki which sees the visitors stay top of the league.
Hindsford Dev are also on a 100% start following their 4-2 win at AFC Monton Res. Alex Beddows and Harry Stevenson got the hosts’ goals but it wasn’t to be for the Ammies on the day as Hindsford claimed all the points.
Beechfield United Res got their first points of the season following their win at home to Uppermill Dev. Beechy tasted defeat on the opening day but a 6-2 victory sees them move up to seventh, Leigh Everett and Izzac Gater got Uppermill’s goals.
Bolton Lads & Girls Res got their campaign underway with a 6-3 win at Moorside Rangers U21s. Ashley Womack (2), Alex Buchannan, Danny Brown and Hayden Taylor (2) scored the goals for the visitors to give their side a winning start.
Walshaw Sports A bounced back from their heavy defeat last time out by picking up a point on the road against Bolton United Res. The two sides played out a 3-3 draw at St Johns Park to give both teams their first point of the season.
Springhead A also made it a winning start when they welcomed Breightmet United Res to Clayton Playing Fields. Head were 4-1 winners on the afternoon to deny United a point from their opening game.
Cheshire Amateur Cup
Stockport Georgians progressed through to the next round following a 7-1 at home to Higher Bebbington.