All set for a great title contest
The race for the Premier Division title looks set to be the most competitive for some time as several teams look set to put in a strong challenge on reigning champions Rochdalians. The champions showed their intent with a comfortable 3-0 derby win over Milton to stay on top of the table on goal difference.
Level on points are new-look Whalley Range who enjoyed a 3-0 win over last season’s runners-up High Lane. Netting for Range were Luke Bennion, Danny Heffernan and Jay Fowls.
Chasing the top two hard with 100 per cent records but having played a game less are Salford Vics who won 5-1 at Trafford United and Waterloo who won by the odd goal in seven in a thriller with Abacus Media.
Newly promoted Dom Doyle were impressive in a 4-1 win over Mellor to show that they will be in the title mix.
Division One also looks to be a very competitive area with AFC Oldham and newly promoted Radclyffe leading the way with 100 per cent records.
AFC Oldham accounted for Swinton by 2-1 in a tight encounter but Radclyffe continue to score goals for fun as they romped to a 7-0 win at Old Stretfordians.
Chorltonians lost their first game of the season in an entertaining encounter with Irlam Tigers.
Chorlts led 2-1 for the bulk of the game with strikes from Aaron Rodger and Jordan Bates, assisted by Rodger. The Tigers reply came from Tom Wright with his first goal in ten years for the Tigers.
Both sides had chances before late drama saw Ben Ravenscroft level the scores on 82 minutes taking advantage of a defensive error and two minutes later he seized on another Chorlts slip to give his side a 3-2 win.
Newton kept an impressive clean sheet as they beat Moston Brook 2-0 for their first win of the season and there were plenty of goals at Bury Amateurs as they beat Urmston Town 6-4.
It was the first day of the season in Division Two and the goals flowed in most of the games.
Top of the hit list were Hadfield with a big 8-0 win over new boys Barr Hill and Bedians were not far behind as they won their local derby with Didsbury by 7-0.
South Manchester Reserves raced into a 6-0 lead at Oldham Victoria with strikes from Josh Harper (four), James Woodward and Mark Chadwick. They then took their foot off the pedal allowing Victoria to net three times without reply.
Chorltonians Reserves took an emphatic 4-1 victory at Rochdalians Reserves a score matched by new boys North Walkden over newly promoted Dukinfield Athletic.
The other game saw Santos win 2-1 at Mellor Reserves.
The start of the new season in Division Three featured a local derby at Chadderton Cott who beat Chadderton Park 4-0 to become the first leaders in the division.
Aldermere were impressive in a 5-2 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic and Abacus Media Reserves accounted for Elton Lib Hargreaves 4-1.
Village Manchester were 3-1 winners at Stoconians Reserves and Salford Victoria Reserves emerged with an exciting 4-3 win over Spurley Hey and new boys Denton Town shared six goals with Milton Reserves.
The final action of the day came in Division A and AFC Stockport Sats set off in great style, looking for a second successive promotion with a big 9-0 win at new club Salford Storm.
Wythenshawe Wanderers began their life in the league with a 4-3 derby win at Trafford United Reserves and in another close encounter Mellor thirds won 2-1 at Deans.
Stalemate in the other two games with Dukinfield Athletic drawing 1-1 with AFC Oldham Reserves and Waterloo Reserves shared four goals with Moston Brook Reserves on their league debut.
Action from: 1) Whalley Range v High Lane (Lane in blue), 2) Chorltonians v Irlam Tigers (Tigers in red)