Waterloo keep the flag flying
On a day that saw the fixtures decimated by monsoon-like rain 3G pitches kept a reasonable portion of the busy programme ticking over with some crucial matches taking place.
Manchester Challenge Trophy
Waterloo led the day with a great win in the Manchester Challenge Trophy as they defended superbly to beat Egerton FC 2-0 to march into the last eight.
Premier Division action was limited to two games featuring the main title contenders with leaders Whalley Range facing a tough fixture at Salford Victoria.
Both teams played some fine free-flowing football but it was the clinical finishing from Range that saw them home with a comfortable 9-2 victory.
It also featured three hat-tricks from the lethal Range strike-force with Larnall Cole, Danny Heffernan and Rhys Jones all laying claim to the match ball.
Reigning champions Rochdalians have a game in hand over Range but remain six points adrift despite an efficient 4-1 derby win at Abacus Media.
Division One was also restricted to just two games but both had plenty of goals
With the top two teams out of action Irlam Tigers roared into third place with a 6-2 win over Old Stretfordians and Signol Old Boys moved into fourth place as they also hit an impressive six hosting Moston Brook with Brook bagging a consolation strike.
Division Two had much more action and goals galore in the four games played.
South Manchester reserves are enjoying a great season and they were unstoppable hosting local rivals Didsbury at Chorlton High School’s 3G pitch. South romped to a comfortable 8-0 victory which leaves them five points clear of Dukinfield Athletic who beat Oldham Victoria 6-3. Netting for South were the red-hot Josh Harper (four), Rhys Taylor (two), Chris McMahon and Mark Robbins.
Lurking behind the top two with two games in hand and both with 100 per cent records are North Walkden and Bedians whose fixture was a victim of the weather.
In the other games, Hadfield Athletic beat Rochdalians Reserves 5-2 and Santos share four goals with visitors Stoconians.
There were also four games played in Division Three and a five-goal thriller at Village Manchester saw the home team convert a late penalty for victory over Spurley in a game that was a credit to both teams on an excellent surface at Trinity High School.
The win moved Village into top spot by two points over non-playing Denton Town Reserves, whilst Chadderton Park kept in touch with the top two with a comfortable 4-1 win over Salford Victoria Reserves.
The other two games were close contests with Signol Athletic winning 5-3 at Elton Lib Hargreaves and Stoconians Reserves triumphed by the odd goal in seven at Milton reserves.
There were four games completed in Division A, with the highlight being a 6-6 nerve-jangler between AFC Oldham reserves and Wythenshawe Wanderers.
Old Stretfordians Reserves dropped their first points of the season as they shared six goals with Moston Brook seconds but the point was enough to leave them level on points at the top of the table with AFC Stockport.
Trafford United reserves also drew 3-3 with Mellor 3rds and the point moved them into third spot ahead of Waterloo reserves.
Just one game beat the elements in Division B where Parrs Wood Celtic swept into top spot disposing of Moston Brook 3rds 7-3, to move three points clear of Bury Amateurs Reserves and AFC Oldham 3rds.
In the two games in Division C, Salford Storm Reserves enjoyed the grass at Salford Sports Village with a 4-1 win over Chadderton Park Reserves lifting them to level on points with their opponents on the day and Irlam Tigers Rangers. Whilst Stoconians 4ths enjoy one of their biggest wins in recent memory as they romped to a big 8-3 win at Moston Brook 4ths.
Pics- action from: 1) Salford Vics v Whalley Range (Vics in green and white); 2) South Manchester reserves v Didsbury (Didsbury in blue); 3) Village Manchester v Spurley Hey (Spurley Hey in yellow)