Dukinfield Town went into the weekend in top spot as they travelled to Oldham Academy North to take on Royton Town. The Cheshire side ensured they did all they can to stay at the top after winning 3-1 to seal a seventh straight victory.
Hindsford started the day in second place but end it top of the pile after their win at home to Walshaw Sports. The Tonics’ 5-1 win sees them leapfrog Dukinfield and go to the summit on goal difference and leave Walshaw a place off the bottom.
Springhead ensured they kept up pace with the top two and stay six points off them following their 3-2 win at Old Alts. The Oldham side remain in third place and have at least three games in hand over the teams above them.
Fourth-placed Bolton County also had a winning afternoon when they welcomed Stockport Georgians to Radcliffe Road. The 3-0 victory keeps them seven points off the top but are now four points clear of fifth spot.
Rochdale Sacred Heart were the highest placed team to not win on Saturday after they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Pennington. The hosts move up a place to eighth with their first league win at home since October.
Heyside are now without a win in three after they lost 3-2 at the Phoenix Ground where they faced Heywood St James who made it successive wins. Jimmies stay in sixth spot but are level on points with fifth place.
Chadderton Res secured their first home win since November when they welcomed Beechfield United to the Ark Fleetech Stadium. Chaddy ran out 3-1 winners and close the gap to Beechy to just a single point.
It’s as you were at the top of Division One with all of the top three picking up maximum points from their fixtures on Saturday.
League leaders Atherton Town cruised to their three points in their local derby against Leigh Athletic at Butler Park. Town cruised to a 9-1 victory to claim the points and bragging rights and now have seven games left.
Second-placed Boothstown welcomed Govan Athletic to Bridgewater Park who had won on their previous two outings. The hosts edged the five-goal thriller 3-2 to keep the two-point gap behind the leaders.
Elton Vale remain a point behind the promotion places after they also edged a close game. Vale won 3-2 against Tintwistle Athletic to stay in third while Tinny drop a place to fifth.
Middleton Colts move up to fourth place after another 3-2 score line of the day. Colts left Blessed Thomas Halford School with all three points after picking up their first away league win since October.
Oakwood Farm was the scene of the fourth game which finished 3-2 where Wilmslow Albion hosted Uppermill. The visitors were the winners which eases their relegation worries and moves them eight points clear.
Moorside Rangers bounced back to winning ways to put three points clear of Bolton Lads and Girls Club with a 2-0 win against them. The result keeps them in sixth and are now just three points behind fifth place.
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res have done some of the others a huge favour after they picked up a 3-1 win against league leaders Bolton United. In the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, United were 3-0 winners but Ammies had their revenge this time around at the Manchester Health Academy.
AFC Monton took full advantage with a 2-1 win at bottom team Astley & Tyldesley to move to within four points of the top. Ammies moved up to third with the win to give themselves another boost for promotion and the title.
Breightmet United moved off the foot of the table after they picked up a valuable point away to Hindley Juniors. The two sides played out a 2-2 draw at Harrison Playing Fields which was Juniors’ first point at home since September.
League leaders Dukinfield Town Res’ couldn’t add to their points tally after they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Springhead Res. The hosts moved up a place to fifth and now sit seven points off the leaders with five game in hand.
Elton Vale Res capitalised on Town’s slip-up to close the gap to a single point after they bounced back from defeat with a healthy 8-3 win at Uppermill Res. With two games in hand over Town at the top, the two teams are yet to face each other in the league.
Walshaw Sports Res also kept up the pace and moved to within two points of the leaders with a 2-1 win at home to Atherton Town Res. The hosts remain unbeaten on home soil with the reverse fixture next up for the two teams.
East Manchester Academy eased their relegation fears with a good victory at home to Stockport Georgians Res and overtook them in the process. East romped to a 6-0 win at Wright Robinson and now sit in ninth.
Rochdale Sacred Heart A remain in the title race after picking up three points at home to Bolton County Res. The hosts ran out 8-4 winners to move to within four points of top spot with a game in hand.
Dukinfield Town A have stretched their lead to eight points at the top of the division following their victory over Old Alts Res. The hosts ran out 3-1 winners at Yew Tree Lane to leave their opponents just three points off the bottom.
Moorside Rangers Res secured their first league win of the new year when they travelled to Tintwistle Athletic Res on Saturday afternoon. They moved up a place to seventh following the 3-2 win to leave Tinny two places and three points off the bottom.
Hindsford Dev’s lead at the top has been cut to just one point following their narrow defeat in the high-scoring game at Salford Sports Village. Beechfield United ran out 5-4 winners against the Tonics to make it four successive victories in all competitions.
Second-placed AFC Monton Res ensured the gap is now one point after they were involved in their own goal-fest against Springhead A. The Ammies won 7-5 at Clayton Playing Fields to leave their opponents a place and three points from bottom.
Moorside Rangers U21’s enjoyed their afternoon when they welcomed the visit of Dukinfield Town Dev to Salford Sports Village. The hosts were 5-2 winners on the day to deny Duki the chance to go stay in third.
Govan Athletic Res took full advantage of Duki’s defeat as they replace them in third spot following their 2-1 win at Bolton United Res. Govan now sit just three points off the leaders but have played the most games from the teams in the top five.
Manchester Gregorians Res booked their place in the first round after they eased past Breightmet United on Saturday afternoon. Gregs romped to an 8-0 win and will now hope to kickstart their league on the back of it.
Manchester Amateur Cup
There was a mixed bag for the MFL teams in the Manchester Amateur Cup on Saturday as they competed in the fourth round.
Chadderton EDS saw off St Michaels Trinity at the Ark Fleetech Stadium as they were 4-3 winners and also scoring four were Heyside Res who beat Manchester Polonia 4-2 at Crompton House. However, it wasn’t to be for FC Unsworth who bowed out on penalties after drawing 1-1 in 90 minutes with Irlam Tiger.