Results - Saturday 17th October

By Simon Harrison

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

Premier Division
Rochdale Sacred Heart remain top of the pile despite dropping points for the first time this season. The leaders were held to a 3-3 draw by Heywood St James at Fox Park and maintain their three-point cushion at the summit. Elliot Collinson, George Powell and Cameron Dudley scored the goals for the visitors which moves them up a place to eighth with the point gained.

Bolton County have moved up into second spot following their 5-0 thumping of Royton Town. County, who are one of four teams who are still to be beaten this season, registered their biggest win of the season to move within 3 points of the leaders.

After suffering defeat on the opening day, Stockport Georgians have followed it up with three straight wins with the latest coming against Walshaw Sports at Sycamore Road. A Joe Bevan hat-trick helped the visitors to a 4-2 victory and was added to by a Tom Russell goal while Lee Gaskell netted both goals for Walshaw.

Springhead are up two places into fifth after they claimed all three points in the local derby with Chadderton Res in a game which produced eight goals. Jordan Hall helped himself to a hat-trick while Joe Jacombs and Robert Flynn got the other two in the 5-3 win at St Johns Street.

Old Alts doubled their points tally after coming away from Salford Sports Village with a 5-1 win over Beechfield United. Matt Jamieson’s brace was added to by Karim Calliste, Dave Drinkwater and Manuel Parra to earn the visitors all the points.

In the day’s other game, the spoils were shared at Jubilee Park where Pennington hosted Manchester Gregorians. Four goals were scored but neither side could edge the other out with both having to settle for a point each.

Division One
Elton Vale made it five wins from five to keep their 100% record in tact when they welcomed the visit of Altrincham Hale. Second half goals from Jack Alderson and Declan Guy sealed a 2-0 win to move his side six points clear at the top of the table.

Atherton Town left it very late to nick all three points in their nine-goal thriller with Wilmslow Albion. Gareth Shaw’s late winner was the difference between the sides as Town edged it 5-4. Shaw scored earlier in the tie along with Jordan Lloyd (2) and Matt Eckersley at Butler Park.

Middleton Colts picked up their first win of the campaign as they saw off East Manchester who are still yet to register a point. The hosts ran out 4-1 winners and move up four places to sixth whilst East remain at the foot of the table.

Luke Pearson scored the only goal of the game as Tintwistle Athletic saw off Uppermill at Churchill Playing Fields. Tinny finished the game a man light whilst the hosts ended the tie with nine men.

It was a stalemate between Moorside Rangers and Boothstown as the two sides played out a 2-2 draw. Jack Davies and Peter O’Shea netted for Moorside while Rowan Kimmins and Callum McNulty scored for Boothstown.

Division Two
Avro Res registered a 9-1 win away to Oldham Community, who are yet to pick up a point after their start to MFL life. Hat-tricks from Mason Dunkley and Mike Barnes-Gott were added to by Callum Jackson and Dan Grant.

It ended 3-3 at Moss Park where Breightmet United hosted Hindley Juniors. Martyn Grundy, Adam Haslam and Jack Humphries netted for the hosts while Daniel Miller, Alex Mitrea and Anthony Hart all scored for Hindley.

It also ended all-square at Gin Pit Village where Astley and Tyldesley played out a 2-2 draw with Leigh Genesis. Rob Boardman’s brace for Leigh was cancelled out by Jamie Hanlon and Alec Crowder.

Division Three
Elton Vale Res maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-0 win away at Altrincham Hale Res. Lewis Chortiw was on the score sheet for Vale who sit in third.

Dukinfield Town Res remain top after a 5-1 win over Uppermill Res at Woodhams Park. Lewis Smethurst got the visitors’ consolation on a tough afternoon.

Springhead Res stay in fourth following their 5-1 at Rochdale Sacred Heart A. Eliot Bailey, Jack Beasley, Michael Cheetham and Tzerry Gkravalis all scored for the visitors to ensure they remain five points off the lead.

Atherton Town Res have Ben Hyde to thank as his hat-trick helped them to a 4-2 win at Cromley Road. Bobby Graham was also on the score sheet against Stockport Georgians Res and stay in second spot, level points with the leaders.

Leighton Stephenson (2), Lee Chapman and Jonny Hunter all scored for Walshaw Sports Res who picked up a 4-0 win over Manchester Gregorians Res. The win keeps Walshaw in fifth place while Gregs drop a place to eighth.

Royton Town Res and Bolton County Res played out a six-goal thriller with the teams drawing 3-3 draw at the Oasis Academy.

Division Four
AFC Monton Res remain top of the table on goal difference after winning 4-2 at home to Atherton Town A. Shaun Dawson, Craig Nuttall, Joseph Platt and Jordan Speirs all scored for the Ammies while Sam Skeats and Tom Clarkin both scored for Town.

Old Alts enjoyed a very good 5-2 win at home to Moorside Rangers Res, making it back to back wins. Sam Glendon (2), Alex Rimmer, Ryan White and Richard Peters were all on the score sheet for the hosts while Jason Wood’s double for Moorside proved to be just a consolation.

Daniel Fitch scored the only goal of the game as Boothstown Res oversaw Beechfield United A at Bridgewater Park. The win keeps Boothstown level on points with the leaders.

Mitchell Caldecott was Tintwistle Athletic Res’ match winner after he scored the deciding goal in the 1-0 win against Heyside Res. The win moves the hosts up a place to third whilst Heyside remain bottom of the table.

Dukinfield Town Dev remain two points behind the leaders after their 4-0 win at Heywood St James Res, making it three wins in a row.

Division Five
Dukinfield Town A remain top of the table despite not picking up all three points in their game against Astley & Tyldesley Res. Sid Holt (2) and Daniel Miller both scored for Town in the 3-3 draw but are now a point clear.

Bolton United Res recorded their first win since the opening game of the season after they defeated Wilmslow Albion Res. The Bolton side ran out 2-0 winners and are now four points off the top.

Uppermill A picked up their first point of the season after their 2-2 draw at Leigh Genesis A. Will Cotton and Dan Gaskin scored for the visitors to deny Leigh from continuing their 100% start.

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