Hindsford keep hold of top spot for another week following their narrow 2-1 win against Pennington. The league leaders claimed the bragging rights against their local rivals, taking all three points at Squires Lane.
Springhead kept pace with the Tonics with a derby win of their own when they triumphed against Royton Town in an event-filled contest. Six goals, two dismissals and a number of yellow cards kept the spectators at the Oldham Academy North entertained. Matthew Barlow stole the show with a hat-trick which was added to by Liam Eadsforth for Springhead who ran out 4-2 winners on the afternoon. Leighton Stephenson was given his marching orders for the visitors while Andrew Stafford was given the same red card for Royton whose goals were scored by Wayne Dean and Liam Wood.
Dukinfield Town secured their first win on home soil since August to move up to third when they welcomed an in-form Stockport Georgians to Woodhams Park. Three second half goals earned Town all three points in the 3-0 win which sends Georgians down two places to ninth.
Oumar Camara was the star of the show as Chadderton Res ran riot at the Ark Fleetech stadium on Saturday afternoon. Camara scored four times in his side’s 6-1 victory with Jordan Booth and James Horan getting the others for the hosts with Connor Gately netted the consolation for Jimmies.
After sealing their place in the Manchester FA Challenge Trophy final last weekend, Heyside returned to league action with a tricky trip to Crossford Bridge where they faced Old Alts who had won three of their last five in all competitions. Mark Hopwood was on the score sheet for Heyside in the 4-0 win with Adam Dale, Gareth Hill and Josh Briddon getting the rest.
Rochdale Sacred Heart extended their unbeaten run to five games (W2, D2) and secured back-to-back wins on Saturday when they saw off Walshaw Sports at Elton High School. Curtis Williams (2), Kyle Galbraith and Ryan Booth goals meant their side won 4-1 and move up four places to fifth.
With league leaders Boothstown not in action at the weekend, second-placed Elton Vale had the opportunity to use their game in hand to overtake them but Govan Athletic had their own plans on how the afternoon would go. Latics would go on to take all three points in a 1-0 victory to boost their own task of steering clear from relegation.
Atherton Town took advantage of Vale’s slip-up and become the new leaders of Division One after winning 2-0 at home to Middleton Colts. Town go two points clear, thanks to Jordan Lloyd and Calam Williamson goals to deny Colts the chance to go level with them.
Moorside Rangers move up a place to sixth following a decent 2-0 win at home to Altrincham Hale. The win at Agecroft Farm puts Rangers to within eight points of the summit with having three games in hand.
The spoils were shared at Wright Robinson where East Manchester welcomed Bolton Lads & Girls Club in the mid-table clash. The two sides played out a 2-2 draw with Craig Bingham getting both goals for Bolton in a result which sees East move up two places to eighth.
The title race in Division Two remains a tightly-fought contest with the top three teams all winning to remain on the same points.
AFC Monton are still out in the lead following a narrow 1-0 win, thanks to Liam Foster’s strike at Hollyhedge Park to deny Wythenshawe Amateurs the chance to go level with the top team.
A place back are Avro Res who recorded a 5-0 win at home to local rivals Hollinwood. Chris Howells, Joe Fallon, Mason Dunkley and Brad Coe got the goals for the unbeaten hosts which improves their goal difference and are right on track to push for title honours but it is still eight behind the leaders.
Bolton United stay in third place thanks to their 2-0 win at bottom-placed Astley & Tyldesley. The win puts United five points clear of fourth place but they have played five games more than their surrounding opponents.
Breightmet United are now unbeaten in three (W2, D1) and move up to ninth place following an enthralling 3-3 draw at home to Hindley Juniors who are now without a win in their last three league outings.
Elton Vale Res remain top of the pile after their trip to Firgrove Playing Fields where they faced Rochdale Sacred Heart A. Tom Stubbs’ double helped Vale to the win with Mark Severs getting the other, cancelling out Hearts’ goal scorers Sam Toft and Will Jones to seal a 3-2 win.
Dukinfield Town Res move up to second place following their emphatic 6-2 win away to Uppermill Res on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions (W4, D2). Marcus Garmes and James Gregory were the scorers for the hosts who remain rooted to the foot of the table.
East Manchester Academy registered a third-straight victory when they travelled to local rivals Manchester Gregorians Res on Saturday afternoon. East left Belle Vue with all three points, courtesy of a 3-1 win which moves them up a place to ninth.
Atherton Town Res enjoyed their visit to Cromley Road where they faced Stockport Georgians Res with just a point between the two teams going into the game. Tom Armstrong and George Bowers both scored for Town in their 2-1 win which sees them up to eighth.
Chadderton EDS were 4-1 winners when they welcomed Bolton County Res to St Matthews School on Saturday afternoon. Callum Artus, Tom Rigby, Sam Traynor and Callum Viner were all on target for the hosts to keep them fourth.
Springhead Res are now halfway up the table following their 4-0 victory at home to Walshaw Sports Res. Jack Beasley, Nathan Eastmond, Alireza Farhadi and Adam Nuttall goals put a dint in Sports’ quest for the title as they drop to third but are still in the running for the top honour.
With league leaders Dukinfield Town A not in action on Saturday, second-placed Boothstown had the opportunity to use one of their games in hand to overtake them. However, the visitors, Moorside Rangers spoiled the hosts’ plans as they went on to win 2-0, courtesy of a Jason Wood double, to relieve their relegation fears.
Pennington Res also failed to close the gap at the top as they went down in a nine-goal thriller at Altrincham Hale Res. Blessed Thomas Halford School was seriously blessed to host the contest in which Alty ran out 6-3 winners which moves them up a place to seventh.
Heywood St James Res moved to within six points of the summit following their 4-3 win at home to Tintwistle Athletic Res. Josh Brown’s double was added to by Jackson King and Francis Henshaw for the hosts while William Lowe (2) and Brandon Wood both scored for Tinny.
Heyside Res bounced back from defeat last time out in emphatic style as they ran riot in their fixture with Old Alts Res. The hosts won an impressive 11-2 to move themselves up two places to fifth.
Based on league positions, Leigh Athletic Res gained an unlikely point from their home tie with Royton Town as the sides played out a 2-2 draw. The result is just the Tic’s second game in which they’ve gained points this season which denies Town the chance to move up to third. Travis Martin and Zach Gemmell got Town’s goals.
The gap between the top two remains at seven points due to Dukinfield Town Dev’s 2-0 defeat at AFC Monton Res. Luke Jones and Ruben Rose both scored a goal each to put them level on points with Town and are one of four teams on 15 points.
George Stevens scored a first half hat-trick to help his fourth-placed Govan Athletic Res to a 7-0 win at home to Breightmet United Res. Aditya Rathore also scored in the first half before Stevens added his fourth and fifth of the afternoon along with an Ali Basraa goal in the second half.
Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res remain in fifth spot after they fell to a 4-3 defeat at home to Bolton United Res. Carl Dobson, Adam Spencer and Kristian Preston all scored for the hosts but it wasn’t to be for them on the day.
Beechfield United Res stay in sixth but notched their fourth win of the season as they brushed aside Walshaw Sports A at Salford Sports Village. United ran out 5-1 winners and are now just two points off second place.
Atherton Town A were 4-2 winners on their travels as they overcome Springhead A to leapfrog them in the table. Goals from Ashley Palin (2), Rhys Bustard and Ryan Lancaster earned their side the three points while Thomas Roberts scored for Springhead.
Beechfield United’s hopes of reaching successive Gilgryst Cup finals were dashed on Saturday after being beaten 3-1 by Bolton County at Radcliffe Road.
Derbyshire Divisional Cup North
At the third time of asking, Tintwistle Athletic eventually progress to the next round of the competition, defeating Chesterfield Town 6-1 at Alder High School.