Results Round Up | Saturday 18th January

By Simon Harrison

We take a look at the results across the Manchester Football League from Saturday 18th January.

Premier Division
Dukinfield Town are the new league leaders after the top two sides clashed at Woodhams Park on Saturday afternoon. Hindsford went into the game in top spot but suffered their third defeat of the campaign with Town now leading the Tonics by their slight inferior goal difference.

Heywood St James picked up their first away win of 2020 when they travelled to the Oldham Academy North to face Royton Town. The visitors ran out 4-2 winners which sees them move up a place to sixth and leave Town in twelfth.

Bolton County registered a very disciplined 1-0 win at Crompton House to deny Heyside the chance of overtaking them. The defeat sees the hosts drop a place to seventh spot and are still looking for their first home league win since October.

Manchester Gregorians suffered their ninth-straight defeat in all competitions when they welcomed Rochdale Sacred Heart to Belle Vue. The Fox Park men went home with all three points after their 3-2 win to consolidate themselves in fifth and remain a point off the top four.

Beechfield United secured their first home win since October when Chadderton Res were the visitors at Salford Sports Village. United registered a 4-2 victory to increase the gap between the two teams to four points.

Walshaw Sports couldn’t pull themselves further from the bottom after they lost 3-0 to Stockport Georgians. The result leaves them just three points ahead of Manchester Gregorians but moves Georgians up a place to eighth.

Division One
Atherton Town maintained their position at the top of Division One with an emphatic 4-1 win at home to Moorside Rangers. The win was Town’s third in-a-row and their first at home since November while Moorside stay in sixth with their second successive defeat.

In second place, Boothstown kept up the pressure with a 4-2 win against bottom team Leigh Athletic. The win keeps them two points behind the leaders and hold two games in hand while Leigh are five points from survival.

Third-placed Elton Vale made it a clean sweep for the top three after they picked up a 5-1 victory at home to Altrincham Hale. Vale remain three points off the top and have three games in hand whereas Hale stay in eighth.

There was late drama at Hopwood Hall which saw an incredible comeback from Wilmslow Albion to deny Middleton Colts any points. The hosts were 3-0 up with 15 minutes left but Albion rallied back to win the game 4-3 in a remarkable turnaround.

For the second week in a row, it was a tight affair between Govan Athletic and Bolton Lads & Girls Club as they played out another five-goal thriller. Govan won 3-2 last weekend when they met at Hacken Bridge Road and they did the same when they met at Platt Lane on Saturday.

East Manchester and Tintwistle Athletic couldn’t be separated when they went head-to-head on Saturday afternoon at Wright Robinson. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw with both sides dropping down a place despite picking up a point each.

Division Two
AFC Monton fell to their second defeat of the season when they went down 4-2 at Fox Park against Rochdale Sacred Heart Res. Hearts overtake the Ammies and sit in second place and are four points behind the leaders with three games in hand.

There were big 5-0 wins in the other two games in the division on Saturday afternoon.

Hindsford Res welcomed Breightmet United to Squires Lane to maintain their unbeaten start to the new year whilst Wythenshawe Amateurs enjoyed their big win at Wright Robinson against Hollinwood.

Division Four
Due to postponements and Open Trophy fixtures there was only one game played in Division Four which saw a quite unique and remarkable result as Old Alts Res hosted Royton Town Res at Crossford Bridge. The visitors romped to a 17-0 victory which puts them to within five points of the leaders and still hold two games in hand.

Division Five
AFC Monton Res boosted their promotion hopes on Saturday following their 9-0 win at home to Moorside Rangers U21s. The win lifts them up to second place from fourth and are four points off the leaders.

Atherton Town A enjoyed their trip to Bolton St Catherines Academy where they won 5-1 against Walshaw Sports A. Town are now just two points off the promotion places and have it in their hands to finish top.

Bolton United Res are also just two points off the top two following their 2-0 win at home to Breightmet United Res who are currently bottom of the table.

Open Trophy
In the Qualifying Round, a penalty shoot-out was needed in the game between Bolton Lads & Girls Club. The game ended 2-2 after 90 minutes with Govan going through following a 5-4 spot kick win. They go through to the Preliminary Round with Bolton going into the Manchester League Cup.

The other ties were all in the Preliminary Round where the winners would go through to the first round and their opponents going into the Manchester League Cup.

Elton Vale Res saw off Bolton County Res after winning 6-3 at Radcliffe Road and Leigh Athletic Res also enjoyed their away day with a 2-1 win against Hindsford Dev.

Also winning 2-1 were Heywood St James Res at Tintwistle Athletic Res as the two Division Four sides went head-to-head.

Moorside Rangers Res (home v Chadderton EDS) and Springhead Res (away v Pennington Res) both enjoyed 4-2 victories to see themselves through to the next round.

Stockport Senior Cup
MFL side Old Alts bowed out of the competition at Round Two after losing 4-2 on the road to High Lane.

It was a better day for Stockport Georgians Res who progressed to Round Three with a 4-2 win against AFC Stockport with the added bonus of bragging rights.

West Riding Challenge Trophy
It’s the end of the road for Uppermill Res who lost out 3-1 against Huddersfield YM.

Where next?

Results Round Up | Saturday 25th January We cover off the results from across the Manchester Football League on the last weekend of January and take a look at our teams who are in cup action.
Results Round Up | Saturday 11th January We take a look at the results from across the Manchester Football League from Saturday 11th January.

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