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Results Round Up | Saturday 8th February

By Simon Harrison

We cover off the results from a wintery weekend in the Manchester Football League.

Premier Division
After the two sides met last week’s 1-1 draw, top of the table Hindsford managed to get the better of Chadderton Res on home soil this time around to ensure they stayed there. The hosts ran out 2-0 winners to make sure they were at least a point clear at the top.

Second-placed Dukinfield Town had to dig in for maximum points from their encounter with Bolton County on Saturday as they kept up pace with the leaders. Town edged out their opponents 2-1 to deny County the chance to stay in the top four.

Springhead dropped two points back from the top two after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with their tie at Stockport Georgians. The visitors needed a late leveller to salvage a point but are still in a very good position to challenge for title honours.

Rochdale Sacred Heart made it back-to-back wins and clean sheets after they saw off Beechfield United at Fox Park. Hearts won 2-0 and takes them to fourth place while United remain in eleventh.

Moving up to sixth are Pennington after they picked up maximum points from their trip to Royton Town. The visitors left the Oldham Academy North with all three points with the 3-2 win in the return fixture from last weekend.

All of three of the bottom teams picked up a point from their games this weekend. Bottom team Manchester Gregorians picked up their first points since October and their first on the road since August following a 1-1 draw at Heyside.

Old Alts and Walshaw Sports went head to head at Crossford Bridge where a win for either side would take them up a place and further from the relegation area. However, the two sides played out a 1-1 draw which leaves it ‘as you we’re’ down at the bottom with both teams having eleven games left to play.

Division One
Promotion hopes for the top two sides were given a boost at the weekend as both Elton Vale and Atherton Town picked up vital wins while third-placed Boothstown suffered defeat.

Leaders Elton Vale enjoyed an 8-1 win at home to bottom team Leigh Athletic while Atherton Town were pushed all the way but emerged 2-1 winners at Uppermill and still only goal difference separates the top two.

Boothstown fell to their fourth defeat of the season as they lost 1-0 at home to Middleton Colts. The win bridges the gap between the two sides to three points with Colts remaining in fourth.

Tintwistle Athletic secured their first league win on the road since September after they won 5-2 at Moorside Rangers. Tinny stay in fifth spot but are nine points off the top two with a number of games in hand.

East Manchester made it back-to-back wins on the road when they left Bolton Lads & Girls Club with all three points. East move up a place to seventh after the 3-0 win and have just four games left to play.

Govan Athletic needed just a single goal to see off Wilmslow Albion as they secured three points with their first clean sheet since November.

Division Two
Bolton United completed their home fixtures off with a 2-0 win over Hindsford Res on Saturday. The win keeps them top of the table for now as they hold a point lead.

AFC Monton ensure they stay a point off the top with a 6-0 win at home to Rochdale Sacred Heart Res. The Ammies have three games in hand on the leaders and are six points clear of third place.

In the day’s other game, Wythenshawe Amateurs Res won 3-0 at bottom side Astley & Tyldesley and move to within six points of fourth place.

Division Three
Elton Vale Res couldn’t use one of their games in hand to their full advantage as they were held to a 2-2 draw when they travelled to Wright Robinson to face East Manchester Academy. East have now played half their fixtures and have the potential to challenge for a top four place.

Rochdale Sacred Heart A moved to within two points of the top three following a 4-0 win at Springhead Res. The win puts them six points clear of their opponents and now just two points separate second down to fourth.

Manchester Gregorians Res won their first home game since the opening day after they saw off Uppermill Res in a seven goal thriller. Gregs edged the tie 4-3 to move up a place to seventh.

Bolton County Res won 2-1 at home to Atherton Town to ease their relegation fears. The win puts them two places and a point clear of the drop zone, overtaking Town in the process.

Division Four
Royton Town Res cut the gap to five points between them and the leaders after a 2-0 win away to Pennington Res. Town still have two games in hand over Dukinfield and have a better goal difference.

Boothstown Res picked up their first win on the road since November which sees them go up to fourth and are now nine points off the top. Their 6-2 win against Tintwistle Athletic Res sees them move up two places and leaves Tinny three points and two places off the bottom.

Heywood St James Res won their third game on the bounce to move up to sixth place. Jimmies won 3-1 at home to Moorside Rangers Res and overtake them as a result.

Division Five
AFC Monton Res are the new leaders on Division Five after they comprehensively beat the previous top team Hindsford Dev. The Ammies won 4-0 and now hold a two-point lead while Hindsford drop to third.

Bolton United Res move up three places to second spot after they won 3-1 over Govan Athletic Res. The win was United’s second-straight win and only goal difference separates them from third

Open Trophy
Altrincham Hale Res and Walshaw Sports Res both progressed through to the next round after home victories. Hale were 5-1 winners against Stockport Georgians Res while Walshaw saw off Dukinfield Town Res 3-0 at Elton High School.

Where next?

Results Round Up | Saturday 15th February We take a look at the fixtures which survived storm Dennis after a large number of games succumbing to the rain and win.
Results Round Up | Saturday 1st February We take a look at the action from Saturday 1st February in and around the Manchester Football League.

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