Covid-19 handed the baton to Storm Aiden for the weekend as the reason for a raft of postponements that decimated the Manchester League fixture list.
Beechfield United were magnanimous in defeat after a Stockport Georgians side in scintillating form returned from the Sports Village with an 8-0 victory under their belts, the win seeing them slip above Rochdale Sacred Heart at the summit of the Premier Division.
George BLACKWELL led the way with a hat-trick of goals, Joe BEVAN netted a brace with Will WAREING, Jack WARREN and Kyle WYCH completing the Georgians’ scorers.
This was Stockport’s fifth successive victory, with four coming on the road, and the fifth time in six games that they have scored four or more goals.
Moving into third spot are Hindsford, who bounced back after a recent blip in form with a comprehensive 6-1 win at Heyside, doing most of the damage in the second half as the visitors built on a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Josh BRENNAN and Alex HONEYBALL.
HONEYBALL added two more in the second-half to notch up another hat-trick, Jack HASLAM and Brad BROWN adding the rest with Chris OLLERTON finding the net for Heyside.
The only other game to be played saw Royton Town make it a clean sweep of away wins in the Premier Division as they recorded a much-needed 2-1 win at Pennington, moving the Oldham-side up two places to tenth.
Ethan SUTCLIFFE and Liam WOOD put Town into an early two-goal lead in a feisty encounter at Jubilee Park, before Nathan RANDALL pulled one back the home side, but Royton held on in a pulsating finish where both teams ended with nine players due to three dismissals and a sin-binning.
All the other Premier Division fixtures were postponed due to the weather.
With the leading three clubs all postponed, there was a great opportunity for the chasing pack to close the gap, and Tintwistle Athletic rose to the challenge by defeating Wilmslow Albion 7-1 at Glossopdale College.
The High Peak side scored through Josh BRIDGE, James CROSSLAND, Mike KENNEDY, Luke PEARSON, a brace of goals from James WILSON and one from substitute Jack MILLER, with Albion’s Kieran CASEY rounding off the scoring late on.
Also closing ground were Bolton Lads and Girls Club, who squeezed past visiting Boothstown 2-1, Ste WARD and Craig BINGHAM fired the home side into a two-goal lead midway through the first half, but the visitors were never out of the game, especially when Liam MORRISON reduced the arrears.
Govan Athletic would have fancied their chances of gathering three points from the visit of a winless East Manchester struggling to find any decent form, but the visitors had other ideas, and goals from Tom PARTRIDGE and Max NORMAN saw East nail down a first three-pointer of the season.
Elton Vale stay top of the table on fifteen points after six games, but Atherton Town have two games in hand and a perfect record of four wins from four behind them, whilst Moorside Rangers are third on eleven points, also after six games.
Hindsford Reserves took advantage of the postponement of Rochdale Sacred Heart’s game and moved into top spot courtesy of a 5-0 home win over neighbours Leigh Genesis, the Tonics’ goals coming from Jack VALENTINE, Jordan WALSHE, Matt BABLINSKI, Ben MEREDITH and Liam JONES.
The Manchester League’s Match of the Day took place at the Vestacare Stadium where Avro Reserves shared nine goals with a Bolton United in fine fettle, the visitors clinching a fourth successive win with the odd goal and propelling themselves into second place in the bargain.
United had a Nadir PATEL double, taking his tally to ten goals for the season, and a goal from Shakil ABDULLAH to thank for a 3-1 half-time lead, Oliver FROGGATT on target for Avro.
The home side showed their quality after the restart as they battled back to level at 4-4, Callum JACKSON, Ryan PICKFORD and a Rico STEWART penalty squaring matters, Abu KAMARA bagging Bolton’s fourth, but it was all in vain as a late winner from United’s Umah CHADAT saw the visitors return home with the three points.
The only other action saw Oldham Community pick up their first point with an impressive 2-2 draw with AFC Monton, the home side led through a Milton MAXINE goal before the visitors turned the game on its head with goals from substitutes Martin LOVE and Louis PRICE, but Oldham were not done and levelled through Clayton SILVA.
Alexander HONEYBALL Hindsford 13
Joe BEVAN Stockport Georgians 12
Lee GASKELL Walshaw Sports 6
George BLACKWELL Stockport Georgians 5
Jordan HALL Springhead 5
Josh RIPLEY Manchester Gregorians 5
Mahal SHEREEN Bolton County 5
Carl AIREY Bolton County 4
Kerrim CALLISTE Old Altrinchamians 4
Matt DIXON Heyside 4
Jack DOOLIN Rochdale Sacred Heart 4
Dave DRINKWATER Old Altrinchamians 4
Jack HOLT Rochdale Sacred Heart 4
Calam WILLIAMSON Atherton Town 7
Ash AINSWORTH Uppermill 5
Jack ALDERSON Elton Vale 5
Declan GUY Elton Vale 5
James WILSON Tintwistle Athletic 5
Wes BROWN Elton Vale 4
James HEBB Rochdale Sacred Heart Res 10
Nadir PATEL Bolton United 10
Harry ROYDS Rochdale Sacred Heart Res 7
Rob BOARDMAN Leigh Genesis 6
Ben MEREDITH Hindsford Res 6
Jack VALENTINE Hindsford Res 6
Lewis WILD Rochdale Sacred Heart Res 6
Joe BARRETT Rochdale Sacred Heart Res 5
Ash CARTER Bolton United 5
Jonathan ESTACIO Hindley Juniors 5
Jordan WALSHE Hindsford Res 5
Alec CROWDER Astley & Tyldesley 5
Shakil ABDULLAH Bolton United 4
Georgi TERRY Oldham Community 4
With the Government announcing that all grassroots football must cease for four weeks, this will be the last Manchester League Review until early December.