Ten-man Mellor hold on to point
IN the Manchester Amateur Cup, Parrs Wood Celtic were beaten 4-1 by Blackley Town and AFC Oldham were routed 9-4 in their local derby with Hollinwood seconds.
There were more exits for Deans losing 6-0 at Beechfield, Manchester Rovers by 6-3 at Medlock Juniors, Old Strets seconds by 7-0 to East Manchester Academy, Parrs Wood Celtic seconds by 6-2 to Heywood St James seconds and Radclyffe FC by 5-2 in their local derby with AFC Middleton.
Didsbury seconds are through with a big 8-1 win at AFC Oldham thirds but it was the end of the road for Old Strets thirds, who enjoyed a great run in the competition last season but were beaten 7-0 by Chadderton u21s.
Limited league action saw some significant results in the Premier division give Newton the chance to close the gap on the top two who both dropped points.
Newton posted a fine 5-0 win at Signol Athletic with an immaculate clean sheet backed by strikes from Nial Whyte and Otu Etuck followed by goals from Nathan Lewis and Nathan Conway (two).
Signol could count themselves to be unlucky as they hit the woodwork four times without reward.
South Manchester had Gregg and Azuka Otutu netting in a 2-1 win at High Lane to enable Newton to draw level on points with Lane.
The game of the day at Mellor saw the reigning champions take on current leaders Moorside Rangers in an enthralling clash.
Mellor began brightly as a defensive error allowed Randle to give them the lead but 16-year-old Jacob Hancock levelled five minutes later.
With Mellor reduced to ten men for most of the second half their defence, superbly led by skipper Paul Swann and backed by some fine goalkeeping from Jack Kuehl, kept Moorside at bay while creating a few chances of their own.
The other game in the division saw Newton Heath haul themselves off the foot of the table with a comfortable 5-2 win over Old Ashtonians
Just two games played in division two and they produced a flood of goals with leaders Waterloo moving into top spot as they posted a big win over Moston Brook and Bury Ams were also rampant in a dominant 8-2 win at Stoconians.
Also only two games in division two with leaders Moston United moving five points clear with a 7-2 cruise against Chorltonians seconds who were replaced in second spot by Spurley Hey who accounted for Bedians by 4-0.
Division three leaders Dom Doyle were without a game allowing Rochdalians seconds to move within two points as they won 4-2 over AFC Oldham seconds.
Heaton Mersey eased up to third place with a close 3-2 win over Santos who had Callum Standring and Dean Walker providing their consolation goals.
Mid-table action in division A saw Abacus Media seconds beat Mellor thirds 2-0 and Hargreaves Bury were in hot form with an 8-3 win over Moston Brook thirds.
With division B leaders Salford Vics seconds in heroic cup action High Lane seconds reduced their lead to a point with a 6-3 win at Bury Ams seconds.
Dukinfield Athletic seconds won a seven-goal thriller by the odd goal at Hillgate and Rochdale Galaxy had their best result of the season with a 7-2 win at Signol Athletic thirds and Spurley Hey seconds climbed off the foot of the table with a 4-2 win over Trafford United seconds.
Just one league game in division C and Abacus Media thirds were in seventh heaven after a 7-3 win at Chorltonians Athletic.
It’s tight at the top of division D as three teams are level on points after posting impressive victories.
Stoconians fourths lead the way on goal difference helped by a 6-2 win at Didsbury thirds.
Bury Ams thirds stay in second spot with a 6-3 victory over AFC Stockport and the hot trio are completed by Staly Lions who won 6-4 in a exciting game at Whalley Range seconds.
●●Action from Mellor’s game against Moorside Rangers