Results Round Up | Saturday 31st August 2019

By Simon Harrison

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.

Premier Division
League leaders, Rochdale Sacred Heart were humbled on their visit to unbeaten Dukinfield Town with the hosts coming out 3-0 winners. One goal each from Tyler Devlin, Andrew Newton and Mark Pearson did the damage for Town and helps them move up to second place.

Adam Monks’ last gasp strike earned his side all the points in their 2-1 win over local rivals Chadderton Res at the Ark Fleetech Stadium. Matthew Barlow had scored the visitors’ first goal with Dixon Charlton scoring for Chaddy who are still searching for their first win.

Bolton County bounced back from their defeat in midweek with a win on the road, beating Manchester Gregorians 3-2 at Belle Vue. County were on the wrong end of a give-goal game on Tuesday when they faced Beechfield United but Saturday’s result saw them move up to third place.

Heyside returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win over promoted side Heywood St James to make it three wins from four outings despite playing for majority of the game with 10 men. Following their only defeat last weekend, the Oldham side moved up to seventh place thanks to first half strikes from Chris Ollerton and Chris Rogers plus a third from Kain Dean.

Pennington registered the biggest win of the day as they hit four past Stockport Georgians. A hat-trick from Obua Hashim Mugalula helped his team to a 4-0 victory with Daryl Cope scoring the other in the impressive display at Jubilee Park.

Hindsford picked up 3 points from their visit to Crossford Bridge as they won 3-1 against Old Alts and finished the game a man light. Alec Crowder and Nathan Haslam both found the back of the net for The Tonics while Sean Dorsey claimed a consolation for the hosts.

Getting their first victory of the season on Saturday was Walshaw Sports who edged out Royton Town by the odd goal in seven at The Oldham Academy North. Lee Gaskell scored a free kick and penalty in the first half while Chris Denham scored a second half brace to help the visitors to a 4-3 win with Lewis Jones and Liam Wood (2) getting Town’s goals.

Division One
Saturday saw all six fixtures won by the home sides in an afternoon which saw 29 goals scored by the 12 teams.

The highest scorers of the day were Elton Vale who put nine-man East Manchester to the sword, thumping them 8-0. Lee Bruce’s hat-trick was supported by a Tom Brooks brace and strikes from Joe Booth, Harvey Booth and Jakub Bramwell to take them to the summit.

Middleton Colts got their first win of the campaign in emphatic fashion as they saw off Uppermill at Hopwood Hall. Tom Simpson’s goal was a consolation in the 5-1 defeat which lifts Colts above the visitors in the table.

Tintwistle Athletic also won 5-1 when they welcomed Govan Athletic to Glossopdale Community College. Josh Bridge, Tom Burns, Harry Newton, Luke Pearson and James Wilson all scored for Tinny which sees them up to fourth.

Atherton Town made it three wins from four and sit in second spot with Jordan Lloyd and Ben Rodgers both getting on the score sheet for them in the 2-1 win at home to Altrincham Hale. Lewis Carthew got Hale’s reply and only have a point to show from their first four games.

Wilmslow Albion made it three unbeaten with a 3-0 win on Saturday against Leigh Athletic which sees them up to fifth place. Danny Pearson converted a first half penalty and was added to by strikes from Max Hawkins and Adam Smullen to round off the afternoon’s scoring at Oakwood Farm.

Boothstown also registered a 3-0 victory as they welcomed Moorside Rangers to Bridgewater Park. The win put the hosts up to third with Town remaining unbeaten along with two other sides.

Division Two
AFC Monton continued their great return to the MFL as they saw off Hollinwood with a 6-0 win to maintain top spot. Brandon Dawson led the line superbly by scoring four goals with Chris Baguley and Dalton McLaughlin getting the other goals at New Alder Park.

Goal difference is the only reason FC Unsworth are not top of the league as they secured their third win from four. The MFL newbies enjoyed their afternoon at Moss Park as they comfortably saw off Breightmet United, winning 9-1. Barry Gallagher got the hosts’ consolation who are one of two teams yet to get off the mark.

Avro Res remain the only team in the division to boast a 100% start after leaving Squires Lane with all three points. Mason Dunkley’s hat-trick was supported by further goals from Liam Bennion, John Mulcahy and Chris Howells to help Avro to a 6-2 victory against Hindsford Res with Brad Brown getting both goals for the hosts.

Rochdale Sacred Heart Res collected their first win of the season when they hosted Astley & Tyldesley on Saturday afternoon. After a draw and a defeat from their first two games, the men from Fox Park ran out 4-2 winners, leaving the visitors without a point from their first four games.

Bolton United’s 100% start was halted by Irlam Steel who held them to a 4-4 draw on Saturday afternoon.

Where next?

Results Round Up | Saturday 7th September 2019 We have plenty of action to cover off on the week’s round up with the beginning of the campaign for the teams in Division Three, Four and Five plus a number of teams were on County Cup duty.
Results Round Up | Saturday 24th August 2019 The 2018/19 season continued on Saturday afternoon as the fixtures on the penultimate weekend of August got underway.

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