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Carlsberg West Cheshire League
FOLLOWING a close contest with West Kirby, efforts from Paul Jackson and Mick McGinn were enough as Maghull triumphed 2-1 and drew six points clear in the race for the West Cheshire League's Division One title.
Dave Bowe replied for the visitors, while second-placed South Liverpool stayed in contention after they eclipsed Christleton 3-1 with goals from Cameron Dalton, Carl Gargan and a Tom Kinsella penalty.
Mark Owens obliged with the game's only goal as third-placed Mossley Hill Athletic accounted for erratic performers Cammell Laird Reserves.
And in hot pursuit, form side Blacon YC recorded their fifth win of the season thanks to a 3-2 decision over reigning champions Heswall.
Rob Joynson (2), and Paul Nicholl were on the mark for the Chester outfit, while local rivals Upton AA eased their way to mid-table sanctuary after efforts from Darren Wallace, Chris Melia and Like Finch clinched a 3-1 result over Vauxhall Motors Reserves.
Other sides who had cause for celebration were Chester Nomads, who triumphed for the first time this season after a 73rd-minute penalty from Jack Delgado won the day at Mallaby, and bottom club Southport Trinity also savoured their first win after they beat Newton 2-1, with goals from Tom Hughes and Sam Garbett.
In Division Two, Manor Athletic took over at the top, but had to rely on an Andy Kingam goal to salvage a point from their 1-1 stalemate with West Kirby Reserves.
Lewis McKnight was on target for the visitors.
Ninety minutes failed to produce a goal between Bebington Athletic and Richmond RR Mags, while Squeak Clarkson was the main man after his hat-trick helped Willaston to a 4-2 victory over fellow strugglers Mersey Royal.
Elsewhere, Dan Wainwright and Mike Banks bagged the goals as Capenhurst Villa won 2-1 at Heswall Reserves and moved to within four points of the leaders.
Saturday's Haworth & Gallagher Bowl first-round action saw strongly-fancied Helsby progress in style after efforts from Carl Rendell, Tony Hodnet, Adam Collins, Craig Ireland, Dave Sheakie and Mike Braniff set up a 6-0 blitz of Marshalls.
A smart double from Johnn McGee, inspired Gateacre Village to a 3-2 win at Ashville Reserves while Redgate Rovers put paid to Prescot Cables Reserves after Rob Stinson, Ben Helme and Craig Blackwell struck in Saturday's 3-2 success.
Unbeaten St Helens Town Reserves were indebted to efforts from Joe McKeegan and Andy Gillespie for their 2-1 win over current leaders South Liverpool Reserves.
Matty Concannon scored twice as Capenhurst Villa Reserves romped home 5-0 at Chester Nomads Reserves while Kirkby Town Railway's John Humphreys went one better with a hat-trick as his side posted a 5-3 result over Marshalls Reserves.
Top scorers in the Liverpool County FA Junior Cup first-round were Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves who won 8-0 at Sidac Sports & Social, courtesy of goals from Owen Cassidy (3), Jack Murray (2), Phil Duncan (2), and Ryan Powell.
Anthony Terry bagged two as Hale Reserves won 4-2 at Bold Rangers, and Liam Pearson was another two-goal star who shone in Rainhill Town's 5-2 result over Bootle Reserves.
Other West Cheshire successes included Maghull Reserves' 4-1 triumph at Avon, and Belfry's 4-2 win against East Villa Reserves.
In the Youth Division, two goals from Connor Wright proved decisive as Maghull Youth enjoyed their first win of the season thanks to a 3-1 verdict at Mallaby Youth.
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