Tuesday Night Round-Up

By Simon Harrison

Tuesday evening saw 12 Premier Division teams in action in the part one of the second instalment of midweek fixtures.

There were six Premier Division fixtures played on Tuesday night as the teams played their fourth games of the season.

With the league leaders, Avro, not playing until Wednesday night, Wythenshawe Amateurs had the opportunity to overtake them when they travelled to Crossford Bridge to face a winless Old Alts.

It didn't look good for The Ammies when James Russell was sent off to leave them with 10 men for the best part of the second half. However, Adam Walker's superb 25-yard effort inside the last ten minutes clinched all three points for the visitors to send them to the top of the pile.

Manchester Gregorians and Stockport Georgians met at Belle View Sports Village with both sides without a win so far. It proved to be a cracker of a tie with the game ending in a 2-2 draw giving Georgians their first point of the season. Kevin Cooney had twice put the visitors in the lead but Gregorians' Harry Kilbride was on hand to score his third and fourth of the season to earn his side a point.

There was another end-to-end game at Radcliffe Road as Bolton County hosted Hindsford. County narrowly lost out in a five-goal thriller on Saturday and it was a case of Deja Vu as they lost by the same scoreline on Tuesday night.

The home side were cruising in a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Tom Axon-Smith and Kieran Hennessey but the ex-champions fought back to get their second win of the season. Jack Valentine got his second goal of the season after Ben Meredith had pulled one back from the penalty spot. Mark Chilton then sealed all three points with the winner to leave County rooted to the bottom without a point to their name.

Champions Rochdale Sacred Heart followed up their win on Saturday with a thumping win at home to Walshaw Sports on Tuesday evening. There were five different names on the score sheet for the hosts plus two own goals.  Jack Morrow, Michael Kearney, Jack Holt, Dalton McLaughlin and Matthew Dell were all on target to ease their side to victory with Joseph Newton and Daniel McHugh in reply for Walshaw.

Heyside pulled off a fantastic victory in their derby with local rivals Springhead and claim the bragging rights. The newly-promoted side continue to surprise as they won 2-1 at Crompton House. Leighton Stephenson registered his first of the season for Springhead but Nathan Tayo and Jordan Hindley ensured Heyside picked up all three points to put them second in the table.

The other promoted side, Prestwich Heys secured a comfortable 4-0 win at home to AFC Monton. First half strikes from Ryan Lyons and Lee Bruce were added to by Adam Nuttall and Alfie Belcher at a healthy-attended Adie Moran Park to put them up to fourth spot and leave Monton with just a point from their first four outings.

Wednesday night sees the remaining four teams play their fourth games of the season with two local derbies on offer. Avro host Royton Town at the Vestacare Stadium while East Manchester welcome Dukinfield Town to Wright Robinson.

Tuesday 22nd August
Bolton County 2-3 Hindsford
Heyside 2-1 Springhead
Manchester Gregorians 2-2 Stockport Georgians
Old Alts 0-1 Wythenshawe Amateurs
Prestwich Heys Reserves 4-0 AFC Monton
Rochdale Sacred Heart 7-2 Walshaw Sports

Wednesday 23rd August
Avro v Royton Town
East Manchester v Dukinfield Town

Where next?

Wednesday Night Round-Up Wednesday night saw the remaining four teams complete the midweek schedule with bragging rights up for grabs in both games.
Reserves Kick Off Their Season It’s been a long time coming for their league campaign to commence but the teams in Division Three, Four and Five finally get their season underway this weekend.

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