To keep challengers at arm’s length
Range seconds a point clear of Manchester Polonia and Newton who have games in hand on the top two.
Deans FC will take some catching as they are six points clear at the top of division C with a game or two in hand on their nearest rivals and they are the other club in the league with an unbeaten record.
The Rhodes Cup for teams in the Premier division and division one plus the first teams of clubs in lower division sees Rochdalians looking for a league and cup double as they have reached the last eight where they play the winners of South Manchester and AFC Oldham.
Through to the quarter finals are Signol Athletic, Radclyffe and Rochdalians seconds and other teams in round one action looking to join them are Village Manchester, Stoconians seconds, Chorltonians seconds, Urmston Town, Mellor seconds and Dukinfield Athletic.
There are still plenty of games to play for teams in divisions A and B in the Whitehead Cup.
Stoconians thirds, Chorltonians Villa, Dukinfield Athletic seconds are the only teams to reach the last eight and looking to join them are Parrs Wood Celtic seconds, Elton Lib Hargreaves, Rochdale Galaxy, Chadderton Cott, AFC Stockport, AFC Oldham seconds, Hooley Bridge Celtic seconds, Unicorn Athletic and Didsbury seconds.