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Carlsberg West Cheshire League
CAMMELL Laird Reserves erased the memory of last week's Wirral Senior Cup exit and re-ignited their challenge for the Carlsberg West Cheshire League's Division One title thanks to a convincing 5-1 rout of Chester visitors Upton AA.
Danny Dixon's fine hat-trick was supplemented by further efforts from Adam Lea and Josh Hughes, Carl Clampitt's Shipbuilders recorded their fifth win of the season, and climbed to fourth place in the table.
Despite having beaten current leaders Maghull in midweek, Ashville's ascendancy was interrupted when they fell victim to a solitary effort from Christleton's Josh Williams, and it was the same scoreline at West Kirby, where the hosts overcame Southport Trinity with a goal from Stuey Jackson.
Andy Brown and Richie Foulkes struck for Heswall in their 2-0 triumph at Chester Nomads, as the reigning champions continued their upward spiral, while Newton were indebted to a Joe Cawley effort and an own goal, for their 2-1 win at Vauxhall Motors Reserves.
Elsewhere in the top flight, honours were shared after Blacon YC finished 0-0 with Hale.
Division Two leaders Helsby stayed three points in credit after Gary Jones, Carl Rendell and Matty Johnson obliged in Saturday's 3-2 eclipse of Heswall Reserves, but the title race was kept simmering after second-placed Manor Athletic triumphed 1-0 at Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves. Dan Roberts hit the winning goal.
Goals from Steve Forbes and Steve Scallion helped third-placed Bebington Athletic to a 2-1 decision over Maghull Reserves, and Capenhurst Villa stayed in contention after Simon Thelwell and Shaun Weaver netted in the 2-0 result over Redgate Rovers.
Mersey Royal were left still searching for their first win but picked up a welcome point following a 0-0 stalemate with West Kirby Reserves.
Craig Nolan and Squeak Clarkson made the scoresheet in Willaston's 2-1 success at Ashville Reserves, while a double from Jonathan Deus anchored Gateacre Village to a 3-0 victory over Prescot Cables Reserves.
Unbeaten Division Three leaders Hale Reserves celebrated a 3-0 win over Capenhurst Villa Reserves courtesy of a goal apiece from Paul Joplin, Jonathan Hayes and Stuart Cornfoot, and their title chances were boosted after second and third clubs, South Liverpool Reserves and St Helens Town Reserves finished 0-0.
Two-goal Dan Roberts took the plaudits as Rainhill Town romped home 6-0 at Neston Nomads, while Steve Forbes went one better with a hat-trick as Marshalls Reserves romped to a 4-0 victory at Upton AA Reserves.
Efforts from Mark Brady and Jake Turner were enough as Belfry won 2-1 at Widnes Vikings Reserves, while Mathew Waite and Dave Baker bagged the goals as Christleton Res. won 2-1 at Meseyside Police.
Youth Division action saw West Kirby Youth win 2-0 at Widnes Vikings. Ryan Dufffy and Dan McLoughlin were on target. while Maghull Youth and South Liverpool Youth settled for a point each following a 3-3 draw.
West Cheshire clubs competing in the Liverpool County FA Challenge Cup second-round had a day of mixed fortunes.
South Liverpool and Richmond RR Mags progressed after they eliminated Alder and Blackbrook respectively.
Mossley Hill Athletic had to rely on penalties to get the better of Ford Motors, but spot kicks went against Maghull who lost out to South Sefton Borough, and Marshalls lost 3-2 to The Famous Grapes.