Results Round Up | Saturday 30th November

By Simon Harrison

We cover off the results from in and around the MFL on the final weekend of November as we hit the final straight towards the end of the calendar year.

Premier Division
Hindsford have opened up a three-point lead after they scored five against Beechfield United on Saturday afternoon. The current champions won 5-2 at Salford Sports Village to strengthen their chances on being number one at Christmas.

Dukinfield Town have remain in third and five points off the leaders but cut the gap to two points from second place. They’ve also opened up a four-point gap from fourth place after they left Belle Vue with a 3-0 victory against Manchester Gregorians.

Royton Town clinched a vital win against Heyside to claim bragging rights but more importantly to move off bottom spot and up two places. Town paid no attention to the form book and rallied to a 5-2 victory with Joe Heap and Lewis Jones getting the hosts’ goals while Heyside’s goals came courtesy of Chris Rogers and Alan Beckett.

Division One
Boothstown took all three points from their top-of-the-table clash with Atherton Town to overtake their opponents and go to the summit. The visitors left Butler Park with a 3-2 victory and are now one point clear of ten-man Atherton despite goals from Jordan Lloyd and Gareth Shaw for the hosts.

Tintwistle move up a place to third place following a steady 2-0 win at home to Wilmslow Albion. The win is Tinny’s seventh-straight win in all competitions and are only beaten by the league leaders in the form table.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club’s Craig Bingham, Scott Locke, Keane Mills and Adam Spencer all scored to earn their side a 4-0 win at home to Leigh Athletic. The victory lifts the hosts up a place to sixth while adding more misery to the bottom-placed club.

Moorside Rangers could only claim a point from their visit to Middleton Colts despite being two goals up at one point as Colts fought back in the 2-2 draw. After a goalless first half, Rangers obtained two-goal lead thanks to Jack Booth and Aaron Wilson goals before the hosts rallied back to earn themselves a point.

East Manchester were held to their third-straight draw when they welcomed Govan Athletic to Wright Robinson on Saturday. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw which keeps them both in eight and eleventh respectively.

Division Two
AFC Monton are still on top of the pile after a fantastic 9-0 win at Hindley Juniors in a result which improves their goal difference significantly. Nick Petrou led the goal scoring with a hat-trick, as did Connor McIvor and further goals from Lewis Adams, Chris Baguley and Matthew Landregan rounded off an enjoyable afternoon for the Ammies.

Avro Res lost their unbeaten record on Saturday afternoon when they welcomed Bolton United to the Vestacare Stadium. Nadir Patel’s brace in addition to Shakil Abdullah’s strike earned United a 3-1 win to see them replace Avro in second place. Chris Howells registered the hosts’ goal as they drop to third.

Hindsford Res were amongst the goals again as they were 5-2 winners at Wright Robinson over Hollinwood. The Tonics stay in seventh but now hold a ten-point lead over eighth place and are ten points off the leaders.

Division Three
League leaders Elton Vale Res suffered their first defeat of the season when they travelled to Cromley Road on Saturday. Vale went down 3-1 at the hands of Stockport Georgians Res who move up a place to tenth.

Dukinfield Town Res failed to capitalise on Elton Vale’s defeat as they fell to a defeat of their own, losing 4-3 at home to Rochdale Sacred Heart A. Duki remain three points off the leaders while Rochdale stay in seventh despite their victory.

Springhead enjoyed their afternoon when they welcomed Atherton Town Res to St Johns Street. Nathan Eastmond (2), Jack Beasley, Nicholas Benson, Jack Donlan, Sam Garratt and Adam Webb all scored for the hosts in the 7-1 win while Bobby Graham netted for Town.

It was a stalemate between Bolton County Res and Uppermill Res as they played out a 1-1 draw at Radcliffe Road. Lewis Gibson scored for the hosts while Ryan Barber got Uppermill’s goal in the game between the bottom two.

Division Four
Dukinfield Town A extended their lead at the top of the table to four points following their narrow 2-1 win at home to Heywood St James Res. The win is their fourth in a row and are heading to Christmas in great form.

Altrincham Hale Res recorded back-to-back wins on Saturday as they hosted tenth-placed Old Alts Res. Hale maintain the six-point gap with the leaders, thanks to this 5-0 win although they have played more games than the surrounding teams.

Division Five
Hindsford Dev fell to their first defeat of the season in a goal which had 13 goals of which Breightmet United Res came out on top. Barry Gallagher and Declan Warwick both scored hat-tricks in addition to goals from Aiden Liam McNamara and Nathan Davies to give United an 8-5 win.

Govan Athletic couldn’t take full advantage of Hindsford’s slip up as they could only pick up a point from their game with Springhead A. All six goals were scored in the second half with Robert Barry, Liam Eadsforth and Kyle McGovern all scoring for Springhead while Aditya Rathore, Joe Pryce and a late Nathan McDonald goal for Govan.

Walshaw Sports A reached double figures in their game against Moorside Rangers U21’s as they ran out 10-4 winners. Their second win of the season takes them level on points with Rangers with the two sides occupying the two places above the bottom.

Atherton Town A move up a place to eighth following a 3-2 win at home to Beechfield United Res. Rhys Bustard, Rhys Howarth and Luke West all scored for the hosts in their first win since September.

Manchester Amateur Cup
It was Division Two versus Division Three in the all-MFL affair at Pole Lane with the higher ranked side progressing. FC Unsworth go through to round four courtesy of a 3-0 win over East Manchester Academy.

Heyside Res put their name in the hat for the next round after narrowly seeing off Brownley Res at Crompton House. The hosts progressed with a 3-2 win to make it successive wins for the Oldham club.

Where next?

President's Page - December League President John Hyde has his final say of 2019 in his latest blog.
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