A goal from REMERO COLEY proved to be the difference between Dukinfield Town and Royton Town at Woodhams Park on Saturday, and Duki followed this up with a thumping 5-1 win at Old Altrinchamians on Monday to secure top spot in Group A at the halfway stage.
Town’s goals came from JAKE BARNES, ROGER DEGUE, MARK PEARSON, SAM WRIGLEY, and an own goal, with PATRICK ETTORE collecting a consolation goal for Alts.
Hindsford kept alive their hopes of progressing to the Semi-Finals thanks to a 3-1 win over Old Alts on Saturday
Group B leaders Stockport Georgians were pegged back for the first time in eleven matches as Manchester Gregorians earned a 2-2 draw at Cromley Road, but the home side still have a seven-point cushion over Walshaw in second.
Beechfield United’s search for their first win of the season continues, but they came close in their encounter with Bolton County on Saturday, losing by the only goal of the afternoon to MAL SHEEHAN.
It is a tight race in Group C and Heywood St James are in pole position with games in hand courtesy of a 3-1 win at neighbours Rochdale Sacred Heart. ELLIOT COLLINSON, FAITH OKUNDAYE and JOSH SMETHURST all found the net for Jimmies with MICHAEL KEARNEY on target for Hearts.
Springhead are hot on their heels after a bumper six-point Bank Holiday haul, starting with a 4-0 home win over Pennington, JORDAN JONES adding to a brace from JORDAN HALL, with skipper MATTY BARLOW adding the fourth.
A tricky trip to Fox Park followed on Monday, but again ‘Head were on song as they inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Sacred Heart, BARLOW playing a Captain’s innings by scoring two of his team’s goals with ROB FLYNN adding the third, Hearts pulled one back through MATT LANDREGAN, who have it all to do to qualify.
In Group A, Uppermill maintained their 100% record with a tight 2-1 win at Astley and Tyldesley, DYLAN FITZGERALD and JAKE MASSEY bagging, the home side scoring through SCOTT ROWE.
KYLE ORD rattled home four goals and LEWIS CARTHEW a hat-trick, with CHARLIE DAVIES, STEVEN REID and CHARLES BLACK adding the rest as Altrincham Hale were comfortable 10-0 winners over Breightmet United and overtake Bolton United in second spot.
A CONNOR MARTIN strike was enough for AFC Monton as Avro Reserves were unable to break down a resolute home defence at New Alder Park on Saturday.
Bolton Lads and Girls Club were also in hot goalscoring form as they defeated Middleton Colts by 6-0, sitting a point behind the Ammies, with a game in hand, STE WARD scored twice, KEANE MILLS, CRAIG BINGHAM, ALEX BUCHANAN, and gaffer TOM JOWETT all finding the net.
AFC Monton followed Saturday’s win on Monday with a ruthless 8-1 home victory over Middleton Colts that extended their unbeaten run and ensure they top Group B as the competition passes the halfway point, the two heavy losses leaving Colts in last place on one point. MARTIN added two more goals to his Bank Holiday tally, with AARON WILSON, player-manager CHRIS BAGULEY, DAN McLOUGHLIN, JACOB NGOY, JAMES WOODWARD, and MAX WHITE completing the scoring.
Group C leaders Wilmslow Albion made it three wins from three as they swept aside Moorside Rangers on Saturday 5-2 at Agecroft Farm, JOE KIRK and JOSH CONNOLLY hit two goals each for the visitors, with SOLOMAN RICHARDS adding the fifth, Rangers staying in touch thanks to a PETER O’SHEA brace.
Tintwistle Athletic have picked up the challenge on Albion and were equally convincing winners over Rochdale Sacred Heart Reserves by 6-3, JOE ELLIOTT banged home two goals with team-mates JAMES WILSON, HARRY NEWTON, LIKE PEARSON and NIALL CANNON also on the scoresheet.
The on-form pair then met at West Drive Football Centre on Bank Holiday Monday, and the teams put on a thoroughly entertaining match played in foul conditions. Athletic took an early lead through ELLIOTT as the home side were first out of the blocks, but despite having a player sin-binned, Wilmslow’s quality gradually shone through as they scored three times to enjoy a two-goal cushion at the break thanks to SCOTT FINON, JOSH CONNOLLY and JOE KIRK
Tinny pulled a goal back early after the restart thanks to JOSH BRIDGE as the roles were reversed with the home side bossing the proceedings, levelling with a magnificent free-kick from ADAM COOPER.
Athletic then applied the pressure and grabbed their fourth when ELLIOTT slotted home his second, but Albion were not finished, and a see-saw final five minutes ended with KIRK driving into the bottom corner for his second goal of the game to ensure the teams had to settle for a point each from a 4-4 draw.
Boothstown became the first team to stop East Manchester as they drew 3-3 at the Group D leaders on Saturday, this was a vital point for the visitors as they kick-started their campaign with a three-goal comeback thanks to a BEN OLDROYD hat-trick after SOUTHAIL KIASSI, JAKE AMBROSE and GEORGE ETCHELLS had fired East into the lead.
Govan Athletic ran out 7-0 winners at Leigh Genesis, but five of these goals came in the last twelve minutes to leave the result looking more lob-sided than the balance of play, the home side being blown away late on thanks to some lethal finishing. LUKE MERRILL scored a goal in each half with JORDAN CLARKE, TADI DZVOTI, NATHAN HIND, ALEX OUZOUNOGLOU and EZEKIEL EME also scoring, EME getting the goal of the game with a magnificent drive.
It was more of the same on Monday, Govan claiming an eye-catching 5-2 win at Hindsford Reserves leaving then two points behind East in second. DOM ELSNER (2), HAL WOOD, DAVE BADROCK and LUKE MERRILL all scoring for the visitors at Squires Lane.
Boothstown won 6-2 at Leigh Genesis to complete a miserable weekend for the home side, their four-point haul putting them into third place and within striking distance of the teams above them. OLDROYD scored another two goals, TOM PERKINS also bagging a brace with RYAN CAIN and ETHAN FORDHAM netting, Genesis scoring through ROB CLARE and ROB BOARDMAN.
Dukinfield Town Reserves top Group A and racked up a fourth consecutive victory with a 4-1 win at Royton Town Reserves on Saturday, but Old Alts Reserves collected six points over the Bank Holiday weekend to move level on points, courtesy of a 3-2 home win over Springhead Reserves and 4-1 triumph at Atherton Town ‘A’. ‘Head added three more points on Monday with an 8-1 win over Royton, SAM GARRATT getting a hat-trick.
In Group B, Beechfield United ‘A’ racked up a 5-1 home win over Leigh Genesis ‘A’ to move them into second place, three points clear of Bolton County Reserves.
A six-point haul, fired Atherton Town Reserves into first place in Group C, winning 10-0 at home to Heyside Reserves, RHYS BUSTARD and DANNY KERR getting a hat-trick each, and 3-1 at Boothstown Reserves, who also drew 2-2 at home to Altrincham Hale Reserves. Alty also put a 3-2 win on the board over Bolton Lads and Girls Club Reserves at home to edge themselves into second.
Uppermill Reserves are emulating the fine form of their first team and lead Group D, a thumping 7-0 home win over Astley and Tyldesley Reserves, LEWIS SMETHURST and TOM SIMPSON netting a brace apiece.
Elton Vale Reserves stay second despite losing 2-1 at home to Govan Athletic Reserves and the final action of the weekend saw Dukinfield Town Development defeat Astley 2-1.
There was only one game in Group E, Stockport Georgians Reserves winning 3-1 at Dukinfield Town ‘A’, sharing the lead on six points with Tintwistle Athletic Reserves. Both Pennington ‘A’ and Uppermill ‘A’ have withdrawn from the competition.
Three teams share the lead in Group F on nine points, AFC Monton ran out 6-0 winners at Heywood St James Reserves whilst Walshaw Sports Reserves triumphed 2-0 at Manchester Gregorians Reserves to go level with their hosts on Saturday.