There were just two top flight fixtures this weekend with the rest of the teams playing in their respective County Cup competitions.
Bolton County took advantage of the top two teams not playing to go back to the summit when they welcomed a Chadderton Res side who were yet to register a win this season. Oumar Camara netted for Chaddy but couldn’t prevent his side from falling to a 2-1 defeat, their fourth in which they have done so by the odd goal – leaving them at the foot of the table.
The other Premier Division tie of the day saw fourth host seventh as Rochdale Sacred Heart welcomed Heyside to Fox Park. A first-half hat-trick from Adam Dale set the tone of the afternoon for the visitors who eventually ran out 4-1 winners to move up to fifth, with Carl Caffrey getting the fourth goal.
Again, there were only four teams in league action on Saturday with some of the other teams on County Cup duty. Tom Simpson’s penalty proved to be only a consolation for his Uppermill side who finished with ten men in their 4-1 defeat at Boothstown. The win takes the hosts to the top of the table with the win to inflict a fourth loss for Uppermill from their five games.
In the other game of the day, Middleton Colts made it two consecutive wins after they defeated Tintwistle Athletic 4-2 at Hopwood Hall.
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res moved up to third place after their 2-1 win away to Hindsford Res who finished with 10 men. Benjamin Meredith scored for the Tonics but the Ammies collected all three points to take back to Hollyhedge Park.
It was the visitors who claimed the points in the game at Wright Robinson where Hollinwood hosted Rochdale Sacred Heart Res. The men from Fox Park won 5-1 sees them move up to sixth and inflicts a third straight defeat for the hosts.
The 2019/20 campaign for the ‘Reserves’ divisions got under way on Saturday with lots of goals to review.
Manchester Gregorians Res hosted Atherton Town Res and both teams contributed to a cracker of a contest. Nine goals were scored at Belle Vue with Gregs edging it by the odd goal claiming all the points with a 5-4 win. George Bowers (2), Leighton Mills and James Halliwell scored for Town but it wasn’t to be for them on the day.
However, Springhead Res top the table after the first weekend who got three points and a clean sheet in their opening game at Uppermill Res. Thomas Butterworth, Jack Donland and Kion Pryce all scored at Churchill Playing Fields.
Walshaw Sports Res were the only other team to win on the road on Saturday as they come away from Wright Robinson with a 2-1 victory over East Manchester Academy.
Six goals and the spoils were shared at Firgrove Playing Fields where Rochdale Sacred Heart A hosted Chadderton EDS. The honours were even in the other game of the day as Stockport Georgians Res and Bolton County drew 2-2 at Cromley Road.
There were no draws on the opening day in Division Four as all ten teams in action got on the score sheet.
Heyside Res end the day at the top of the table after they won 5-2 at home to Altrincham Hale Res.
Boothstown Res won 3-1 away to Dukinfield Town A, Pennington Res also won on their travels with a 3-1 victory at Old Alts Res.
Goals from Callum Birchall and Reece Dalton helped Moorside Rangers Res to a 3-2 win at home to Royton Town Res and in the other game Heywood St James Res edged out Leigh Athletic Res 2-1 at Phoenix Ground.
Dukinfield Town Dev started their campaign off with a quite astonishing scoreline in their game at Walshaw Sports A. Town registered an incredible twenty goals without reply at Little Lever High School.
Atherton Town A knocked Moorside Rangers U21s for six when they met at Howe Bridge Sports Centre. Tom Clarkin (2), Rhys Bustard, George Croft, Gareth Slater and Alex Peplow all scored in the 6-1 win.
Govan Athletic Res opened their season with a strong 5-2 win at home to AFC Monton Res. A Josh Brennan brace, an Oladeji Ojeniyi hat-trick and a Rowan Pollock strike earned their side the three points at Platt Lane.
Hindsford Dev began their campaign with a 4-1 win at home to Beechfield United Res at St George’s Park. Callum Nolan’s brace was added to by Kieran McNeilly and Matthew Ridings to give their side a winning start.
Manchester Amateur Trophy
Holders East Manchester were given a scare in their first-round tie at Springhead where the teams drew 2-2 after 90 mins. East had led 2-0 but Ashley Ainsworth scored twice to force the game to penalties where they eventually progressed, winning 6-5.
Avro Res and Heywood St James also booked their place in the next round with 4-2 and 9-1 wins against Abacus Media and Beechfield United respectively. Irlam Steel bow out as they lost 6-2 against Dom Doyle.
Lancashire Amateur Shield
There were 8 ties involving MFL sides with four of them putting their name in the hat for round two. Hindsford, Atherton Town, Manchester Gregorians and Astley and Tyldesley all progressed with AFC Monton, Hindley Juniors, Leigh Athletic, Royton Town and Walshaw Sports all losing.
Cheshire Amateur Cup
Altrincham Hale, Govan Athletic and Old Alts all make it through to the next round while Dukinfield Town bow out at the first hurdle.