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Results Round Up | Saturday 1st February

By Simon Harrison

We take a look at the action from Saturday 1st February in and around the Manchester Football League.

Premier Division
Hindsford have put daylight between them and second place but only by a point after they were held on their travels. The Tonics picked up just a point from their trip to Chadderton Res as they both played out a 1-1 draw.

Springhead took full advantage of the leader’s slip-up but only just after they were pushed close at Belle Vue Stadium. Third-placed ‘Head reduce the gap to four points while holding four games in hand over Hindsford thanks to a tight 5-4 win against Manchester Gregorians.

Rochdale Sacred Heart got back to winning ways following their defeat last time out. The hosts romped to a 3-0 win over Old Alts whom are four points off the bottom.

Pulling a further point clearer of the relegation are Royton Town after they picked up a point from their game with Pennington. The two sides played out a 2-2 at Jubilee Park which sees the hosts move up a place to seventh.

Stockport Georgians secured their first win on the road since the middle of November when they left Heywood St James with all three points. The visitors ran out 4-2 winners at the Phoenix Ground to move up a place to eighth.

Division One
With league leaders Atherton Town’s game being postponed and second-placed Boothstown not having a fixture, the door was open for Elton Vale to capitalise should they take maximum points from their encounter at Middleton Colts. And that is exactly what they did with a 3-1 victory which sees them overtake the two teams above them to replace Town at the top.

Govan Athletic are up to seventh place after they saw off bottom side Leigh Athletic at Platt Lane. The hosts secured a 4-2 victory which takes them up two places in the table and leaves Leigh rooted to the bottom.

Uppermill steered themselves further clear of relegation following their third-straight league win. The hosts ran out 1-0 win against Moorside Rangers and are now just three points behind Wilmslow Albion and have a couple of games in hand over them.

East Manchester clinched their first away win of the season when they travelled to Altrincham Hale on Saturday. A 2-1 victory earned them all the points which lifts them up two places to eighth with just five games left to play.

It was a stalemate at West Drive where fifth hosted seventh as Tintwistle Athletic played Bolton Lads & Girls Club. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw with Tinny staying still while Bolton drop two places.

Division Two
There were just two games played in Division Two on Saturday with the other two fixtures falling foul of the weather.

It was third versus fourth in a crucial match with both sides eyeing up promotion and have title aspirations. AFC Monton moved to within a point of the leaders with a 2-0 win over Avro Res at New Alder Park although Avro are well within grasp of clinching a top-two place.

In the day’s other game, Hindsford Res secured a 3-0 win over bottom side Astley & Tyldesley when the two sides met at Squires Lane. The Tonics sit in sixth place and have five games remaining.

Division Three
League leaders Dukinfield Town Res could only add a point to their tally after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bolton County Res. The point was only their third gained on the road for County who are now just two points from safety.

Elton Vale Res are the new leaders of Division Three after thrashing Chadderton EDS on Saturday Afternoon. Vale romped to a 6-1 victory, their first on home soil since November, against Chaddy who are yet to win on their travels this season.

Walshaw Sports Res drew themselves level on points with second-placed Dukinfield Town following their 3-0 win away to Atherton Town Res. Sports are a point off the summit while Town sit just three points and two places above the relegation places.

East Manchester Academy made it back-to-back wins which moves them up two places to seventh. East’s 3-2 win at home to Manchester Gregorians Res clinches them the three points and claim the bragging rights in the local derby.

Division Four
Dukinfield Town A ensured they remained at least eight points clear at the top of the table following their 4-1 win at bottom side Leigh Athletic Res. The win was their tenth of the season and have five games remaining in the campaign.

Second-placed Royton Town Res maintained the eight-point gap with a 5-1 win at home to Tintwistle Athletic Res. Town remain in a good position with having three games in hand over the leaders and have four over third place.

Altrincham Hale Res stay level on points with Royton following their 2-1 win at Boothstown Res. The win denied Boothstown the opportunity to overtake Hale but slip a place to sixth.

Heywood St James Res are now unbeaten in their last three outings following a 4-1 win at Old Alts Res on Saturday afternoon. Alts remain three points clear of the relegation place and now ten points separate the two teams on show.

Moving up two places to fifth are Moorside Rangers Res who picked up three points at home to Pennington Res. The win was Rangers’ third in a row in all competitions and are unbeaten since mid-November.

Division Five
Hindsford Dev couldn’t extend their lead at the top as they were beaten by Bolton United Res on Saturday afternoon. Fifth-placed United reduced to the gap to three points between them and the leaders and have two games in hand.

Govan Athletic Red couldn’t take full advantage when they travelled to face Atherton Town A. The 1-1 draw means Govan are now two points from the summit having played two games more while Atherton drop two places to seventh.

Beechfield United Res made it five-straight wins on Saturday when they thrashed Bolton Lads & Girls Club. United cruised to a 7-2 victory which sees them move up three places to fourth.
Walshaw Sports A won 2-0 at Dukinfield Town Dev to deny Town the chance to go into third place. The win moves Walshaw up a place to ninth while Duki drop to sixth.

Open Trophy
It went all the way at Crompton House where Heyside Res and AFC Monton Res met in the Open Trophy Qualifying Round. The two sides played out a 3-3 draw in 90 minutes with the hosts progressing 4-3 on penalties.

Fourth division side Rochdale Sacred Heart A progressed through to the next round following a close encounter at home to Springhead A. The hosts won 2-1 as Springhead now go into the Manchester League Cup.

West Riding Challenge Trophy
Springhead Res took their visitors all the way when they faced Horsforth St Margarets B at St Johns Street. It ended 1-1 after 90 minutes before the visitors edged the penalty shoot-out 5-4 to go through.

Where next?

Results Round Up | Saturday 8th February We cover off the results from a wintery weekend in the Manchester Football League.
Results Round Up | Saturday 25th January We cover off the results from across the Manchester Football League on the last weekend of January and take a look at our teams who are in cup action.

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