THE Lancashire Amateur Cup dominated the programme for the Premier division clubs and it proved to be a great day of success for many of our teams.
Last season Milton did the league proud by reaching the final of the competition, losing out in a closely fought final.
Their opening game in this season’s competition saw them take on Morecambe Royals and a tight game ended at 2-2 but Milton then kept their nerve to win the penalty shoot-out by 4-3 to go into the hat for the next round.
There was also a thriller for Premier Division leaders De La Salle who won a terrific tie with Avro reserves by the odd goal in nine.
Moston Brook are also enjoying a great season and they kept up their momentum with a fine 6-3 win over Old Boltonians.
It went to the wire in two other games with Abacus Media beating Moorside Rangers 2-1 and Stretford Paddock scored the only goal of their game hosting East Manchester.
Rochdalians are through as they were given a walkover by Moss Bank JFC.
Division three Elton Lib Hargreaves were also celebrating after a great 5-3 win at Mostonians.
But it was the end of the line for South Manchester who were beaten 5-2 at Whiiney Hill and AFC Oldham who conceded their game to Heyside.
In the Manchester Challenge Trophy, North Walkden went out, losing 4-1 at Denton Town.
There was plenty of league action in Division One with leaders Chadderton Cott retaining their five-point advantage with a 4-2 win at Hadfield Athletic.
Irlam Tigers kept in touch as won 3-1 at Trafford United and Signol Athletic stay level with the Tigers with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Old Stretfordians.
Shaw Athletic moved level on points with Strets with a comfortable 5-1 win over Didsbury.
The other game saw Bury Ams go nap as they eased to a 5-2 win over Signol OB.
Division Two looks set to be one of the most competitive in the league and this was reflected in a terrific game between new teams Baguley Athletic and Eccles United
Baguley had stormed to the top of the division winning their four opening fixtures but Eccles United ended this run with a close 2-1 win.
Shaun Mcatee and Jamie Holland topped a strike from Athletic’s Tommy Henley and missed several more good chances in an enthralling second half with both teams bringing great credit to their teams in a game coolly refereed by John Melia.
Hattersley took full advantage of this result as a 2-0 win at Mellor seconds saw them draw level on points at the top.
Wythenshawe Wanderers kept up their topsy turvy season with a 2-1 win at Stretford Paddock reserves keeping them in touch with the top two.
Lurking in close proximity with games in had are Milltown and Sale Ams.
Milltown were too hot for Bedians to handle as they stormed into a 5-0 interval lead thanks to a hat-trick from Levi Morris backed by a brace from Mani Kalosaye.
Bedians came back well after the break to see the final result at 6-1 for Milltown who have two games in hand on the top two.
Sale Ams are also well in contention with three games in hand and they had few problems in accounting for Newton by 5-0.
There were some close games in Division Three with the top two staying three points clear of the chasing pack.
Chadderton Park lead the way after a comfortable 3-0 win over third-placed Salford Albion and Hooley Bridge Celtic are level on points with a game in hand after an enthralling 3-2 derby win over Abacus Media reserves.
Three teams are level on points behind them as Radclyffe slipped to a 3-1 defeat by Aldermere, with their first win of the season, and AFC Stockport cruised to a 5-1 win over Woodhouses.
Goals galore in the other game as Stoconians reserves beat Village Manchester 5-4.
Just three points separate the top seven teams in Division A and Salford Vics reserves are a point clear at the top after a tight 3-2 win over Milton reserves to take over from Moston Brook reserves who were without a game.
This allowed North Walkden reserves to draw level on points with Brook after an emphatic 8-0 win over Trafford United reserves.
Woodsend Athletic missed their chance to go on top as they suffered a tight 2-1 defeat at AFC Oldham reserves.
Plenty of goals at Santos as they took on Milnrow Firgrovia in a hard-fought local derby encounter.
The hot striking power of Santos proved to be decisive in a 7-2 win.
Matt Barr bagged a hat-trick followed by strikes from Liam Churchill, Ciaran Finegan, Josh Sutherland and MoM junior star Lewis Topping.
Kartel Sports hit form with a 5-0 win over Stretford Paddock Development and Salford Storm and Greater Manchester shared the spoils in a 2-2 deadlock.
In Division B, Aldermere reserves retained their 100% record to stay on top but they were taken all the way before beating Flixton JFC 2-1 in a superb local derby.
Greater Manchester reserves are their closest challengers and stay five points adrift after a 3-2 win over Old Strets reserves.
Heaton Mersey are the league’s treble chance experts and they shared six goals with AFC Oldham thirds.
Parrs Wood Celtic moved into third place with a 5-2 win at Oldham Saints and the other game was another derby thriller as Spurley Hey emerged breathless from a 4-3 win over Hillgate.
Dukinfield Athletic kept up their unblemished start in Division C as they eased to a 4-1 win over Salford Storm reserves, two points clear of Urmston Town Vale who had to pull out all of the stops to beat Govan Athletic Development by the odd goal in five.
Altrincham Hale stay in touch with the top two but had to work hard for a 4-3 win at Eccles United reserves.
Goals galore at AFC Stockport Warriors who lost out 9-4 to local rivals Mellor thirds.
Village Manchester reserves had their shooting boots on as hat-tricks from Dylan Mosenye and Matt Elliott took them on the way to a 10-0 win over Chadderton Park reserves.
In the other games Deans beat Staly Lions 4-2 and Stoconians thirds drew 2-2 with Bury Ams reserves.
Just a point between the top four teams in Division D and new leaders Bury Ams thirds showed their intent with a 7-4 win over Milltown reserves
Previous top guns Whalley Range were held to a 1-1 draw at Irlam Tigers.
Lying in wait for a slip by the top two are Moston Brook fourths who won 3-2 at AFC Oldham fourths and Altrincham Hale reserves who won 3-1 over Salford Vics Development.
The other game saw plenty of goals as Mellor Development won 4-3 at Didsbury reserves.