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Results Round Up | Saturday 24th August 2019

By Simon Harrison

The 2018/19 season continued on Saturday afternoon as the fixtures on the penultimate weekend of August got underway.

The sun made a rare appearance and we saw some blistering scorelines and some super strikes.

Premier Division
Bolton County have shot themselves up into top spot with two successive and healthy home wins. Following their 4-1 win at home to Pennington on Tuesday evening, they welcomed Old Alts to Radcliffe Road where they picked up another three points in their 4-2 win. Lewis Gibson struck twice with supporting goals from Matthew Leatham and Godwin May to sink Alts whose goals came courtesy of Dave Drinkwater and Richard Peters.

Dukinfield Town sit in second place by virtue of goals scored as they also have three wins and a draw from their first four games. They hosted Walshaw Sports on Saturday but the visitors were made to endure a 4-0 defeat and are still on the hunt for their first win. Josh Frith, Sam Gardner, Alexander Jackson and Aboubacari Sissoho all scored for Duki at Woodhams Park to maintain their unbeaten start.

Springhead are the only other team who boast an unbeaten start to the season after they saw off promoted side Heywood St James in a close encounter at St Johns Street. Matthew Barlow, Nathan Lamb, Adam Webbe and Leighton Stephenson all scored for the hosts in their 4-3 win as they finished the game with 10 men as the latter of the goal scorers saw red. Brad Sullivan netted twice and James Conroy got the other for Jimmies.

Going into Saturday, Heyside were the other team to have a 100% start but that record ended following the visit of Rochdale Sacred Heart to Crompton House. Alan Beckett and Matt Williams both scored once for the hosts to claw it back level after Jordan Harper had given Sacred Heart a 2-0 lead before the break but a Curt Williams header sealed all three points for the visitors to move them up to third.

After losing their first three games, Royton Town got their first points of the season as they hit Chadderton Res for six in a local derby. The bragging rights go to the visitors thanks to goals from Liam Wood, Luke Heron, Joe Jacombs, Aaron Thorpe, Joe Gidley and Joe Heap in their 6-1 win at the ARK Fleetch Stadium.

Champions Hindsford made it back-to-back wins on Saturday as they saw off Stockport Georgians to win 2-0 at Squires Lane. A 6-2 win over Beechfield United on Tuesday night was followed up by the solid victory which sees them move up to seventh place.

Beechfield United travelled to Belle Vue Sports Village to take on Manchester Gregorians with both teams looking for their first win of the season. However, they would both still be on the search after this meeting as they played out a 1-1 draw.

Division One
Bolton Lads & Girls Club moved up into second place after their victory over Leigh Athletic, bouncing back from their defeat last time out. Craig Bingham and Adam Spencer both struck twice in the 4-2 win to leave the hosts without a point from their opening two games.

After their impressive win last weekend, Boothstown were made to settle for a point from their game at Altrincham Hale. Andy Nugent’s superb free kick left the Boothstown keeper with no chance as the set piece crashed in off the bar from 35 yards but it would earn his side a point.
Uppermill got their first points of the season thanks to a 5-1 win at home to Govan Athletic who are still on the hunt for theirs. Tom Simpson, Will Linney, Josh Barlow, Jake Jacobs and Ben Ford all scored for the hosts at Churchill Playing Fields.

Adding to add to his strike in their 2-1 win last time out, Ibrahima Thiam scored an equaliser for Wilmslow Albion in the 1-1 draw with Tintwistle Athletic to deny Tinny a second win of the season. The two teams sit in mid table after decent starts.

East Manchester bounced back from defeat with a narrow victory at home to Atherton Town as Matt Ollerenshaw’s goal proved to be the difference at Wright Robinson.

Division Two
Last weekend’s league leaders Hollinwood were emphatically humbled when they welcomed newboys Bolton United to Wright Robinson. The visitors eased to a 7-1 victory as they made it two wins from two.

AFC Monton are now back on top, albeit by goal difference, following their win over Breightmet United. A healthy 8-2 victory saw off the Bolton side who are still looking to get off the mark as the supporters at New Alder Park saw Chris Baguley and Matthew Landregan both scored hat-tricks to add to Brandon Dawson strike and an own goal.

FC Unsworth have enjoyed their life in the MFL so far after securing a second win and sit in second spot. A good point on the road last week against Monton was added to by an impressive 5-1 win away to Irlam Steel on Saturday.

Wythenshawe Amateurs Res secured back-to-back wins in emphatic style as they won 6-2 at home to Hindley Juniors. Ammies sit in third after the win, with Carl Brady, Stephen Herdman and Luke Hibbert all finding the net and are on joint points with the top two.

Avro Res made it two wins from two after they travelled to Fox Park to take on Rochdale Sacred Heart Res. Max Davidson struck twice to add to Mason Dunkley’s goal to seal a 3-1 win to join Bolton United with a perfect start.

After two defeats, Hindsford Res clinched their first win of the campaign in a seven-goal thriller away to Astley and Tyldesley. Jake Haslam, Jo-Jo McBride, Brad Brown and Brad McColl all scored once in the 4-3 win at Gin Pit Village, inflicting a third-straight defeat on their opponents.

Where next?

Results Round Up | Saturday 31st August 2019 We take a look at the results from across the Manchester Football League on the final weekend of August before Divisions Three, Four and Five kick off next week.
Results Round Up | Saturday 17th August 2019 We take a look at the results from the second weekend of the 2019/20 season.

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