Weekend Review - 25.08.18

By Simon Harrison

We take a look at the action across the Manchester Football League on the bank holiday weekend.

For the first time this season there was action across all five divisions of the Manchester Football League as the teams in Division Three and Division Four got their campaigns underway.

Premier Division
Hindsford remain in top spot and keep their 100% start in tact as they came away from Chadderton with all three points in their toughest game so far.

Matthew Steven-Booth, Jack Meylan and Hasan Ali all scored to give the hosts a 3-0 lead as they looked to halt the league leaders but The Tonics showed great character and came back to clinch the win thanks to a Matthew Babilinski hat-trick plus Adam Farnworth’s goal.

Royton Town had less trouble in their win as they cruised to a 4-0 victory at home to Old Alts. Joe Heap, Cameron Horner, Michael Moss and Liam Wood were all on target at The Oldham Academy to give the hosts their fifth win out of five.

Springhead, the only other team to boast an unbeaten start, registered a third straight win as they left Cromley Road with all three points. Ryan Fagan, Leighton Stephenson and Matthew Barlow got the goals for ‘Head to stay in fourth.

Third-placed Heyside bounced back from their crushing derby day defeat in midweek with a solid 1-0 win at home to East Manchester. Carl Caffrey scored the only goal of the game at Crompton House, inflicting East’s third defeat of the season.

Bolton County were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester Gregorians despite leading at half time. Joe Fielding had given the hosts the lead but Gregs pegged them back with a late equaliser to take a share of the spoils at Radcliffe Road.

Rochdale Sacred Heart romped to a 6-0 win as they put Dukinfield Town to the sword. Thomas Bradwell scored four and Josh Wooler and Dan Southwell got the other goals to give them their third win of the season.

It rained goals at Salford Sports Village where Beechfield United picked up their first win of the season against AFC Monton who haven’t had the best of starts to a season.

Jordan Jones-Waite scored six, Jamie Sinnott scored five, Kurtis Lee notched a brace and Michael Phythian got the other in an emphatic victory, leaving The Ammies without a point from their first five games.

Division One
Heywood St James came out on top in a nine-goal thriller with Govan Athletic at The Phoenix Ground as they maintain their 100% start to the campaign. Goals from Jack Martin, George Powell, Elliot Collinson, Lamar Harrison, Chris Taylor and an own goal for Jimmies were enough to seal the three points while Govan’s goals came from Michael Appleby and a David Mouanda double.

Pennington moved up to second with a narrow victory over Altrincham Hale, bouncing back from a defeat in midweek. Leigh Sprostron and an Arron Martindale double proved to be too little on the day as they still search for their first win.

Uppermill picked up their second win of the season with a narrow 5-4 win at home to Atherton LR Reserves. A Nathan Driscoll double plus goals from Aiden Stevenson, Tom Gallagher and Mark Jackson for the hosts see them move up to seventh.

Harry Maylett scored for Wilmslow Albion to help them to a point following their 1-1 draw at Boothstown while it was all square at Cams Lane as Radcliffe Juniors were held to a 2-2 draw by Tintwistle Athletic.

Atherton Town’s Matt Jackson netted twice along with Leon Berrisford and Danny Kerr goals to help them secure a point away from home in their 4-4 draw with Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

Division Two
Moorside Rangers have started life in the MFL well and are flying high at the top thanks to their latest victory against Hollinwood. Rangers left Wright Robinson with all three points in a 5-2 win to see them maintain an unbeaten start.

Slightly behind them are Irlam Steel who have also started the season very well. Steelies travelled to Astley & Tyldesley and picked up a comfortable 5-0 win to see them maintain second place.

Middleton Colts make it three wins out of three despite finishing the game with 10 men as they overcame Rochdale Sacred Heart Res. Jamie Diamond, Kacy Samuel and James Ogoo scored with the latter seeing red after picking up his second yellow card. Hamelton Cristovoa getting Sacred Heart’s consolation at Hopwood Hall.

Atherton Town Res also made it nine points from nine as Luke Pitchford and Benjamin Hyde scored to give them a 2-0 win at home to Wythenshawe Amateurs Res.

Avro Res made it back-to-back wins thanks to Rico Stewart’s solitary strike as they left Squires Lane with a 1-0 against Hindsford Res.

Walshaw Sports Res were the highest scorers of the day following their 6-2 win at Manchester Gregorians.

Division Three
Chadderton EDS start 2018/19 season where they left off and that is in glittering form in front of goal. They begin the campaign with a 9-2 victory at home to Pennington Res.

Rochdale Sacred Heart were also in good shooting form as they picked up a 6-1 win at Dukinfield Town Res. Two goals apiece from Harry Royds and Brandon Byers-Wilkes plus goals from Sam Toft and Alex Gregory seal the victory at St Matthews School.

Springhead Res finished with ten men but still managed to get a win on the opening day as they beat Stockport Georgians Res 4-2 at Clayton Playing Fields. Robert Berry scored twice and Michael Leslie once to help ‘Head to victory.

Also scoring 4 times were Old Alts Res as they hosted Bolton County Res at Crossford Bridge. Joe Lewis, Elliott Vernon, Ryan White and David Evans were all on target for Alts.

Elton Vale Res only needed the one goal to pick up maximum points as they travelled to Leigh Sports Village to face Leigh Athletic Res. Peter Hickford scored the only goal to seal the win for Vale.

Division Four
Manchester Central Res start off their life in the MFL with a thunderous 12-0 win against Astley & Tyldesley Res. Nathan Jackson scored a hat-trick and Jazzie Marong netted four times having come on as a second half substitute. Also on the score sheet was Teon Jacko, Chieku Thiam, Olly Wright, Bryan Aryeetey and Danyal Halfpenny.

Boothstown Res also started their campaign with a flash of goals as they were 9-3 winners at Tintwistle Athletic Res.

Royton Town picked up a decent 3-1 win at Atherton Town A thanks to goals from Jack Barnes, Joseph Gidley and Rhys Owen while Moorside Rangers Res picked up three points in a 2-1 win at home to Heyside Res.

Where next?

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