Walshaw top the Manchester Premier League for the first time in four years after thrashing local rivals Elton Vale in a one-sided contest at Sycamore Road.

In the only game played in the division, the Bury side took full advantage of their rivals' enforced weekend off to move one point ahead of Stockport Georgians.

Walshaw tore into Vale from the off and the game was over as a contest within 15 minutes as goals from Dom Slaven, Brad Howarth and Jack Alderson saw the home side race into a three-goal lead against a poor Vale side.

By half time the scoreline should have been more emphatic but a lack of composure in the final third denied the hosts from extending their lead.

The second period saw Chris Pearce in the Walshaw goal make a great save in the first minute to deny the visitors on their first real attack of the match.

Within two minutes, Walshaw went up the other end and after some comical defending by Vale, Matty Moris was gifted a chance which he finished comfortably to increase the lead to 4-0 Vale got a goal back through Jack Barlow after Pearce let a routine shot squirm threw his grasp on 60 minutes, but the four-goal cushion was restored when Walshaw were awarded a penalty for a trip in the box. Captain Lee Chapman dispatched the kick to send Walshaw top.