Mellor maintained their perfect start to the season with an emphatic 5-1 win over South Manchester that keeps them top of the Premier Division, as the league managed to play the bulk of the fixtures despite the challenge week which brought further covid restrictions.
The game of the day was a real thriller between high-flyers Salford Vics and Abacus Media.
It was thrills and spills in an entertaining encounter and strikes from Joe Axon, Josh Lawman, Luke Steedman and Pete Potts had Vics 4-2 up after 80 minutes.
Abacus showed their character as they pulled a goal back and then threw everything at Vics, who held on despite the intense late pressure to stay a point behind Mellor.
A cracking derby between AFC Oldham and Radclyffe had Oldham edging a 2-1 win to move into third spot a point behind Vics.
With games in hand, Rochdalians showed that they will be in the mix and a sound defensive display saw them secure a 2-0 win over Irlam Tigers to keep on the heels of the leading pack.
The other game was a mid-table contest with Milton winning 3-1 at Manchester Polonia.
With Division One leaders De la Salle Reds and Hadfield Athletic not in action, Moston Brook moved three points clear from them with an important and close 3-2 win over fellow promotion-hunters Stretford Paddock.
North Walkden hit the heights with a surprise 10-1 demolition of Newton and with games in hand will be a real threat to the leading group.
Didsbury shared the spoils in an exciting 2-2 draw with Dukinfield Athletic and Signol Athletic OB were delighted to secure their first win of the season, beating Urmston Town 3-1.
It’s tight at the top of Division Two with three teams locked on ten points.
Long-time leaders Old Stretfordians went down 3-1 at Chadderton Cott who moved level on points with games in hand.
Shaw Athletic took full advantage to hit the top on goal difference with a comfortable 7-1 win at Mellor seconds.
Signol Athletic JFC stay on the heels of the top three after a 4-2 derby win at Stoconians and another fine game saw South Manchester reserves share eight goals with Salford Vics reserves who had Mason Pickard, Keir Jones, Isiaih Park and Jason Carney netting.
Division Three also has three teams locked on 12 points at the top and with Hattersley and Sale Amateurs out of action they were joined at the top by Aldermere who won a lively match with Woodhouses 2-1.
Aldermere led 2-0 with goals from Chris Dickinson and James Knight and although a Nathan Chambers strike reduced the arrears, Aldermere’s defensive performance ensured the slender lead was enough for all three points.
Wythenshawe Wanderers were the division’s big-hitters as Ashton McGreedles put them ahead on two minutes against Elton Lib Hargreaves and they kept up the momentum to cruise home by 10-3.
Village Manchester are handily placed to challenge the leading group after winning another thriller by the odd goal in seven against Stretford Paddock reserves.
The other game had Abacus Media reserves enjoying a 3-1 win over Didsbury reserves.
In Division A, AFC Stockport maintained their three-point lead with an emphatic 5-1 win over Trafford United reserves.
Lurking behind them are Kartel Sports and Moston Brook reserves, who both have vital games in hand.
Brook won 3-0 hosting Salford Storm and Kartel worked hard for a 3-2 win at Parrs Wood Celtic.
Chadderton Park were in seventh heaven after a 7-2 win at Old Stretfordians reserves and Mellor thirds were also impressive beating AFC Oldham 3-0.
Aldermere’s new reserve team continued their fine start with a 5-2 win at Hillgate to remain at the summit of Division B,four points clear of Flixton JFC who won 2-0 hosting AFC Oldham thirds.
Salford Albion are five points off the top but are handily-placed with two games in hand after demolishing Dukinfield Athletic reserves 5-0, and Moston Brook thirds eased to a 5-3 win over Chadderton Cott reserves.
Bury Ams reserves also hit five at Spurley Hey but they let in six at the other end in a real helter-skelter of a game.
No change at the top of Division C as leaders Salford Storm reserves cruised to a 7-0 win over Stoconians thirds to stay three points clear of AFC Stockport Warriors who beat Radclyffe reserves 4-2.
Bury Ams thirds are also in contention with a 2-0 win over Govan Athletic and Altrincham Hale have games in hand to make an impact as they won a close encounter with Village Manchester reserves by 2-1.
Didsbury thirds picked up their first win of the season beating Oldham Vics reserves by 3-1.
Deans Youth reserves rule the roost in Division D but were taken all the way before winning by the odd goal in five against Moston Brook fourths.
Irlam Tigers A stay three points adrift of Deans after a clear-cut 3-0 win at Stoconians fourths.
Urmston Town Vale lost ground on the top two as they were held to a 3-3 draw by a gutsy Whalley Range.
Also ending with honours even were Chadderton Park reserves and Rochdale Galaxy who shared two goals.
Spurley Hey reserves picked up their first victory by 2-1 at FC Bury Aces to complete a very successful day for the league in difficult circumstances.