BEBINGTON cranked up the pressure on current Wirral Sunday League Division One leaders Higher Bebington RBL.

A stunning 9-1 victory over Bromborough Social reduced the deficit to just three points.

Ace marksman Stuart Hardman helped himself to four goals, while a Karl Smith hat-trick and a two-goal blast from Chris Ballard completed the statistics.

Arch rivals Legion netted through a Gary Squibb penalty and a strike by Chris Clarke, but had to settle for a share of the spoils and dropped two crucial points after third-placed challengers Lever Bushell Athletic hit back via Adam Corless and Chis Georgeson.

Doubles from Jordan Griffiths and Steve Kelly inspired Primrose Liscard to a comfortable 7-1 result over MSC Eastham, and confirmed their fifth win of the season. Ray Hoey, Mike Kineally and Mike Finall were the other scorers.

A depleted Forum Athletic proved no match for a rampant Wallasey Town Athletic, and capitulated 7-2 to goals from Danny Price (3), Anthony Daniels (2), Mark Tolcher and Kevin Winders.

In the Premier Division, an excellent contest between Riverside and Neston Nomads resulted in a 2-1 win for Nomads.

Mark Ellison and John Lloyd celebrated with a goal apiece for the league leaders.

Gary Clarke was the pick of the Riverside players and bagged his side’s consolation.

Shore Villa’s ten men pulled their socks up and turned a 2-1 deficit against Towers into a 5-3 victory following a determined second half performance. Mike Walker’s superb hat-trick and a double from Kyle Davies turned the game in Villa’s favour.

Sunday’s Division Two action saw Champions Bar squander the opportunity to take over at the top after they lost 1-0 to a solitary strike from Halfway Social’s Mike Klein.

That result enabled Gladstone Athletic to re-ignite their promotion challenge. Gladstone duly went into second place after man of the match, Joel Nelson (3), Dan Byrne (2), and Gary Penketh found the net in a 6-0 rout of an under-strength Bromborough.

Port Sunlight’s fifth win of the campaign featured efforts from Dan James (2), Craig Webb (2), and Steve Devon as Star Ozzys were dispatched 5-0.

Home club secretaries are reminded that results from evening fixtures must be relayed to the results secretary no later than 10pm on the night of the game.

Wirral Sunday League has a limited number of vacancies for season 2014/15.

Application forms are available from league secretary Dave Lea by telephoning 0151 608 4332.