Bank Holiday Monday fixtures across the North West Counties were, as always, filled with goals and incidents for our clubs in Greater Manchester.
Irlam had a huge away day win in the Premier, thrashing Winsford United 7-1.
Max Bardsley-Rowe, Stephen Jack and Aaron Jack all scored twice, with Liam Pollitt hitting the odd goal.
The host had to play over an hour with ten men after Darcy O’Connor’s red card. His sending off sparked the change in fortunes, with Bardsley-Rowe converting the resultant penalty. The hosts had taken the lead through Matty Russell’s penalty.
The home side clearly tired as the game progressed, having only been 2-1 down at half time. Irlam were ruthless and clinical enough to make the extra man pay.
Prestwich Heys left it late, but picked up another three points after beating Avro 1-0 on the road.
Substitute Jack Coop’s goal four minutes from time was enough to secure the three points for the visitors, who picked up a first win of the season on Saturday.
Prestwich continue to move in the right direction after a difficult start in their first season at Step 5.
Wins are clearly like buses for Ashton Athletic, who have two successive wins after opening the season with five straight defeats.
Their 1-0 victory over Lower Breck today sees them finish the long weekend in a much better position than they started it.
Ethan Beckford’s goal ten minutes from time secured all three points for the home side.
Bury AFC won a North Manchester derby with Daisy Hill 2-1 and remain unbeaten in Division One North.
A crowd of 1,464 saw a home win, but not before the visitors momentarily threatened to spoil the party.
Bruno de Almeida Severino added another to his tally, but less than a minute later parity was restored as Kris Holt brought the home side level.
Matty Williams was Bury’s hero, slotting home the winner with 20 minutes to go.
Nine-man Ashton Town survived with a point in a 1-1 draw with Chadderton.
Ashton had taken the lead through Jay White’s first half header, before Ben Holmes got the visitors back on level terms.
Daley Woods went in goal after Ashton’s keeper was sent off, saved a penalty and won man of the match.
Elsewhere, Atherton Laburnum Rovers lost 4-2 at home to Pilkington, with George Chadwick and Luke Nicholls on the scoresheet for the hosts.
New Mills kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-2 victory over Stockport Town.
Benito Lowe’s had a good bank holiday, netting five times in two games, including today’s hat-trick.
The home side were 3-0 up at the break, but Town ensured a nervy few minutes after pulling back to 3-2 thanks to Max Greenhalgh and Max Dickov.
Lowe calmed any nerves by wrapping up his hattrick on 67 minutes.
West Didsbury & Chorlton won the M21 derby 3-2 against neighbours Maine Road.
Chris Rowley’s side continue to challenge at the top of the table in the early going, with goals from Ben Elliott, Callum Jones and Aarron Grewal securing another three points.
The visitors played for over an hour a man down after an early red card.
A bumper crowd of 890 watched the game.
Abbey Hey wrapped up a holiday weekend to remember with a late victory over FC Isle of Man.
They won 3-2 with goals from Ben Halfacre, Dylan Fitzgerald and substitute Jordan Lazenbury wrapped up the three points.
The island team had pegged the home side back to 2-2 after Hey started quickly and scored twice in eleven minutes.
Jake Dunford was sent off late on for a second bookable offence.
Elsewhere, Saul Henderson’s double proved vital for Wythenshawe Amateurs who beat Cammell Laird 2-1. Cheadle Heath Nomads beat neighbours Cheadle Town 3-2. Dan McLaughlin’s double and Kyle Foley’s opener put Nomads into an unassailable lead, despite Town fighting back in the second half. Andrew Lunt and Adam Jones both hit the target but it wasn’t enough to salvage a point.