Heywood St James climb up into second spot and now sit level on points with Springhead at the top of the division following their 8-2 win at Beechfield United. James Conroy’s four goals did most of the damage but was added to by Jake Elliott Brooks, Connor Gately and a brace from Francesco Frangillo.
Bolton County missed out on a chance to regain top spot as they were well beaten when they travelled to take on current champions Hindsford. The hosts romped to a 6-2 victory at Squires Lane and are now just two points off the top themselves.
Elton Vale moved to within four points of top spot after their 4-1 win at Altrincham Hale on Saturday thanks to a Jack Alderson hat-trick. Harvey Booth also scored for the visitors while Sam Acton claimed Hales’ reply. Hale have now played half their season quota, the first team to do so in the division.
Gareth Shaw and an own goal saw the three points go to the home side as Atherton Town hosted East Manchester on a wet Saturday afternoon. Max Perry halved the deficit before the break for East but both defences stood firm in the second half to see Town secure a 2-1 victory which sees them consolidate fifth place.
There were wild celebrations at Moss Park on Saturday where Breightmet United won their first game in 18 months. The Bolton side were 4-3 winners over Irlam Steel and move up a place off the bottom and are just two points off their opponents.
Avro Res put daylight between them and the chasing as they narrowly saw off the challenge from Bolton United, running out 2-1 winners at St Johns Park. Phil Edge and Mike Barnes-Gott both scored for the league leaders seeing them come from a 1-0 deficit to seal the win and go three points clear.
Walshaw Sports Res are the new leaders in Division Three after their victory over Manchester Gregorians Res to replace them at the top. The visitors were 3-1 winners on the day and now hold a one-point lead over their opponents.
Elton Vale Res did their title chances no harm with a 6-2 win at home to Atherton Town Res. Braces apiece from Tyler Roscoe and Stuart Telfer were added to by goals from John Davidson and Liam Fearnley to complete the scoring; Ben Martin and Leighton Mills both netted for Town who stay in ninth place.
Stockport Georgians Res registered their first win of the 2019/20 season when they beat Bolton County Res 5-3 and move up a place to tenth. Sidney Samuel, Jamie Firth, Oskar Wajs and Ryan Dolan (2) all scored for the visitors at Radcliffe Road.
Dukinfield Town Res secured back-to-back wins as they left Figrove Playing Fields with all three points on Saturday. Town won 3-1 against Rochdale Sacred Heart A and puts them to within three points of the summit.
League leaders, Royton Town Res remain in top spot but were pegged back as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Tintwistle Athletic Res. Jonny Higgins and William Lowe both scored for Tinny who stay in seventh place.
Dukinfield Town A moved up two places into second spot following their 3-1 win over Pennington Res. Town are level with the league leaders on points and are a point clear from the two teams behind them.
Old Alts picked up their first win since September when they travelled to take on bottom side, Leigh Athletic Res. The visitors ran out 4-1 winners at Leigh Sports Village to take them up a place to ninth.
The spoils were shared at the Phoenix Ground where Heywood St James Res welcomed Altrincham Hale Res with the two sides playing out a 1-1 draw. Jackson King got Jimmies’ goal while William Carlisle netted for Hale.
Hindsford Dev won 3-2 against Bolton Lads & Girls Club Res on Saturday and extend their lead at the top. The Tonics remain the only team to boast an unbeaten record and are seven points clear of second place.
Dukinfield Town failed to maintain the four-point gap as they were beaten but AFC Monton Res at Astley Sports Centre. The Ammies recorded a 2-0 win which moved them up a place to fifth but are ten points off the leaders.
Govan Athletic Res registered their first away win of the season after they won 7-3 at Walshaw Sports Res. Nick Jordan (2), George Stevens (2), Aditya Rathore, Michael Lawton and Ali Basraa all scored for Govan at Bolton St Catherines to move their side up two places to sixth.
Defending champions Rochdale Sacred Heart fell at the first hurdle this time around as they were knocked out on penalties by Dukinfield Town. The game ended 3-3 after 90 minutes before going to spot kicks with Tyler Devlin scoring all three of Town’s goals while Michael Kearney (2) and Jack Doolin getting Heart’s goals at Woodhams Park.
It finished 3-3 at full time at the Oldham Academy North where Royton Town hosted Pennington. Heath Ainscough (2) and Obua Hashim Mugalula got the visitors goals before going on to win 5-4 on penalties and put their name in the hat for the next round.
Heyside clinched a ding-dong of a cup tie against Manchester Gregorians by the odd goal in a seven-goal thriller. Chris Rogers (2), Mark Hopwood and Adam Dale scored for the hosts in their 4-3 win to seal their place in the next round.
Stockport Georgians made sure they were in the hat with a good 4-1 win over Old Alts. Jamie Pickering, Luke Flanagan, Joel Atkinson and Adam Gardiner all scored at Cromley Road for the hosts to make it six wins on the bounce in all competitions.
There was a cracker at Oakwood Farm where Wilmslow Albion hosted Middleton Colts in this first round tie. The game ended 3-3 after 90 minutes before the hosts progressed via penalties, eventually winning 8-7.
Also need penalties were AFC Monton as they were taken all the way by Moorside Rangers. The two teams played out 2-2 after normal time before the Ammies progressed, winning 5-4 on spot kicks.
Rochdale Sacred Heart Res eased their way past Hindsford Res and into the next round of the Murray Trophy with a 6-2 victory at Fox Park. Lewis Wild’s hat-trick was added to by Harry Rods’ brace and a strike for Josh Hughes earned their side the win.
Hollinwood’s break away from league action proved to benefit them as they enjoyed their afternoon as they welcomed Astley & Tyldesley. They won 3-2 against the struggling Division Two side to progress and will hope it kicks their league form into life.
Govan Athletic made it four straight wins in all competitions after they won 4-2 at home to Leigh Athletic.
Boothstown also put their name in the hat for the next round following a 3-1 win away to Bolton Lads & Girls Club.
Lancashire Amateur Cup
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res continue to fly the MFL flag after they won 2-0 at Rochdale St Clements.
Manchester Amateur Cup
The maximum number of MFL sides that could progress (3) did so on Saturday with Chadderton EDS (4-2 v Beechfield United Res), East Manchester Academy (4-1 v Chorltonians) and Boothstown (2-1 v Trafford United Res) all going through to the next round.
West Riding Challenge Cup
Springhead cruised into the next round with a convincing 8-0 victory against Hanging Heaton.
West Riding Challenge Trophy
Springhead Res capped off a good day for the club with a 3-1 at home to Harrogate RA Res.