Saturday 12th December - Review

By Simon Harrison

Here is the summary of the results from Saturday 12th December.

PREMIER DIVISION

Premier Division leaders went on the rampage against Heyside as the stretched their lead at the top to seven points as they swept aside their visitors 10-0, the highest in the top-flight so far this season.

This was Georgians’ seventh win on the bounce and the sixth in which they have scored five goals or more.

Joe BEVAN netted no less than eight of his side’s goals, taking his tally to twenty-one for the season, with George BLACKWELL adding the rest as Georgians were ruthless in front of goal.

The Royton Town versus Springhead game only went ahead after the persistence of home club in finding an alternative venue, being played at Avro’s Vestacare Stadium, well done Phil!

However, Royton’s efforts came to nowt as they lost be the odd goal in seven against neighbours Springhead in a derby that put the one at Old Trafford to shame.

A 200 strong crowd saw Springhead draw first blood and then double their lead by half-time, Jordan HALL and Liam EADSWORTH netting, but a young Royton side made a spirited comeback to pull level though Mark HOPWOOD and Aaron THORPE.

The visitors retook the lead through a second goal from EADSWORTH on sixty-five minutes, but Joe HEAP brought Royton level again with a fine strike, driving the ball into the top corner, and setting up a grandstand finish.

The winner came two minutes later, when former Royton player Ryan HANSON found the net with an audacious chip from thirty yards to seal it for Springhead and claim the derby laurels.

This loss leaves Royton still without a home win, but with something positive to build on in their next game.

For Springhead, the three-pointer stretches their unbeaten start to six games, three back-to-back wins, and a season high of second spot reached.

Hindsford failed to convert their scintillating away form into home points, but this was not a complete surprise as draw specialists Walshaw Sports visited Squires Lane.

The game was very tight until the Tonics grabbed a second half lead through Alex HONEYBALL, but Walshaw predictably levelled late on through Joe TAYLOR, the home side finished with ten men as substitute Alex HUNT was dismissed

Walshaw have no wins since their opening day victory, but five draws underlines what a difficult team they are to beat, especially when you realise that four of these were on the road.

After a slow start to the campaign, Manchester Gregorians have climbed to the fringe of the title race courtesy of a five-match unbeaten run and recording back-to-back victories for the first time.

Heywood St James made a contest of it, twice taking the lead through Charles OGUNSOLA and Mike CROMPTON, but Gregs ran out 5-2 winners thanks to an own goal and efforts from Ishy SULIEMAN, Josh RIPLEY and an Abdi ADDOW brace.

Gregs rise to fifth with this win, their highest league position of the season, whilst Jimmies will dust themselves down and go again, and with two games in hand, could yet join their hosts in the top half.

DIVISION ONE

The only Division One game to beat the weather was played at Platt Lane between two clubs in the chasing pack, and there was nothing between the teams as Govan Athletic and Uppermill played out a 2-2 draw.

Govan’s scorers were Tom BUFFIN and Jordan CLARKE with Andy BAINBRIDGE and Kion PRYCE bagging for Uppermill, the point each nudged both teams up one place into seventh and fifth respectively, but a victory for either side would have upped the pressure on the top four.

DIVISION TWO
The Bolton United winning machine continued with a sixth straight victory, with the notable scalp of Hindsford Reserves being the latest to fail to stop their winning run.

Nadir PATEL scored both goals for United, moving him onto twelve goals for the campaign, the Tonics had the prolific Jack VALENTINE on target to level on the hour, also his twelfth of the season, before PATEL secured the win late on.

This victory saw Bolton leapfrog Hindsford into top spot for the first time this season and with two games in hand second and third.

Astley and Tyldesley are now on the same points as Hindsford, with a game in hand, and with a bolstered goal difference after an 8-1 win at Oldham Community.

The visitors had five different scorers, Alex CROWDER with a hat-trick, Luke DAVIES grabbing a brace with James ARTHUR, Josh GREENHALGH and George TIGHE adding one each, Oldham responded with a strike from Milton MAXIME.

This was a third consecutive win for the visitors, who now have a five-match unbeaten run under their belts.

Leigh Genesis climbed into a mid-table berth after a hard-earned 3-2 home win over Hindley Juniors at the Sports Village, the home side found the net through Rob BOARDMAN, his sixth of the season, Jack CLARE and Tom SIMS.

Juniors made a game of it, Thomas HAUGHTON and Alex MITREA scoring to keep them in touch to the final whistle, but Genesis notched up second win of the season and moved into sixth.

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