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SOUTH Liverpool's bid to lift the Carlsberg West Cheshire League's Division One Championship for the third year in succession gathered momentum, after they pulled off a 4-3 result at form side Upton AA.

A Gary Dunning double was supplemented by further efforts from Alex Woodcock and Gary Pollard as fourth placed South upped the ante in the race for the title.

Alan Dorian, Nathan Mapletoft and Chris CouGhlin obliged for the Chester outfit.

Current leaders, Mossley Hill Athletic, stayed three points in credit, after a smart double from Elliot Hughes anchored them to a 2-1 victory over battling Capenhurst Villa.

Nearest rivals, Rainhill Town, remained in the mix after they humbled Cammell Laird 1907 Res 7-1, inspired by hat tricks from Mike Farther and Mike Furlong.

West Kirby had James Stevenson on target but crashed 3-1 to a fine hat trick from Redgate Rovers' Anthony Poole.

A stunning free kick from Matty Maguire gave Mallaby the lead against third placed Maghull who turned the deficit into a 3-1 advantage, courtesy of a Wayne Smith double and an own goal, before Vinny O'toole scored a second for the home side via a late penalty.

In Division Two, leaders Ashville went four points clear at the top, thanks to a 5-0 rout of Kikby Town Railway.

Sam Hunt (2), Wes Hynes, Perrie Black and Peter Hoy were the marksmen.

Efforts from Andy Gottrigg, Abel Ferreira and Alejandro Fernandes Daniela assured Bootle Res of a 3-0 verdict over West Kirby Res and Hale's 2-1 eclipse of Southport Tinity was confirmed by a goal apiece from Colin Cunliffe and Louis Ruddock.

Respective scorers in Maghull Res' 1-1 stalemate with Neston Nomads were Mark Maddon and Lee Dunbar.

Rainhill Town Res re-assumed pole position in the race for the Division Three title after Jay Hamouda (2) and Chris Davidson found the net in Saturday's 3-0 win against City of Lverpool Res.

Two-goal Iain Forster was joined on the scoresheet by Danny Page as Capenhirst Villa Res beat Mersey Royal by the same scoreline.

Despite a goal from Matty Johnson, Heslby Res capitulated 5-1 at Redgate Rovers Res, who sealed the win with goals from Alex Holden (3) and Mike Holden (2).

Liverpool County FA Junior Cup semi-final action saw Cheshire Lines lose out 4-2 to New Street Res.

Nathan Midghall and Steve McGary netted for Lines.

One Development Trophy game took place at the Wirral Tennis Centre and it was celebration time for Neston Nomads Res who emerged 6-1 victors against a resilient Vauxhall Notors Youth.

Emanuel Gallante (3), Luke Hall, Steve Lunt and James Sherlock scored for the winners while Ewan Steel scored an excellent consolation for the youngsters.