CARLSBERG West Cheshire League Division One outfit, Ashville, took a step nearer a third consecutive Cheshire County FA Amateur Cup success after they overcame High Lane in a tense 2nd round clash at Villa Park.

The visitors refused to play second fiddle and the game went into extra time after 90 minutes had produced a 3-3 stalemate.

The hosts made it 4-3 in the extra period and celebrated the victory thanks to a Sam Hunt hat trick and a goal from Liam Davies.

It was the end of the road for last term's beaten finalists, Neston Nomads, who capitulated 2-0 at Congleton Vale but local rivals, Capenhurst Villa, progressed, after they eclipsed Broadheath Central 2-0, with Iain Forster and Lee Ludgate on the mark.

Mitch Mowatt, Jack Delgado and Sam Manton shared the goals, as Chester Nomads beat Cheadle Town 3-2.

Heswall also went through, after a Dave Webb hat trick secured a 3-1 decision over Upton AA, who replied through Aaron Hinchcliffe.

Extra time and penalties were required, before Ellesmere Port Town eliminated Wirral SB, but it was curtains for Poulton Royal, who suffered a 2-0 defeat at Middlewich Town.

In the Liverpool FA County Challenge Cup second round, Adam McCarthy netted for Division Two side, Page Celtic but it was current Division One leaders, South Liverpool, who profited, Kevin Martin and Gary Dunning obliging in a 2-1 victory.

Saturday's Liverpool County FA Junior Cup second round action saw South Liverpool's reserve side win through, after goals from Gerard Forde (2), Luke Partington, Bobby Murphy, Andy Walker and Dave Mee inspired their side to a 6-2 result at AFC Kirby.

Rainhill Town Reserves were indebted to efforts from Jack Owen (2) and Paul Bathgate for their 3-1 win against Sankey Vale.

Goals from Marshalls Res' Adam Moorcroft and Dan Grace failed to count after they lost 3-2 to Waterloo Grammar School OB.

Following a 0-0 finish, Maghull Res overcame The Saddle 3-0 on pens while Mossley Hill Ath Res were anchored to a 6-3 result at Garswood Utd Res by doubles from Dave Kelly and Luke Wynne.

Redgate Rovers Res and Burscough Dynamo became second round casualties after they went out to FC Pilchy and Roby College OB respectively.

On the domestic scene, unbeaten Vauxhall Motors eroded South Liverpool's lead at the top of Division One to a single point, after posting a 6-0 win at Mallaby, with three goal man of the match, Ryan Nightingale in top form.

Alex Griffiths (2) and Jake Stinton were the other scorers.

Colm Lynch bagged the game's only goal, as Rainhill Town earned the nod over Maghull, and it was a retutn to winning ways for reigning champions, Newton, Ged King and Ross McDowell applying the finishing touches in a 2-0 triumph at Mossley Hill Ath.

Homours wre shared after Richmond Raith Rovers drew 1-1 with battling West Kirby.

Paul O'Neill netted for Rovers with Chris Lavery in reply for the visitors.

Hale increased their advantage to three points at the top of Division Two, when Jack Walker and Jimmy Eaves hit the target in a 2-1 verdict over Vauxhall Motors Res.

Third-placed Cheshire Lines stayed in the promotion equation, courtesy of a 4-3 result over Ashville Res which featured efforts from Sam Dixon(2) Karl Brown and Steve Megarry and it was celebration time for Prescot Cables Res who won 1-0 at West Kirby Res, Peter Kettle finding the net.

Karl Dobbs was a two-goal star for Willaston but still finished on the losing side, after visitors, Heswall Res. rallied through Paul Lindfield (3) and Adam Walker to reap the spoils.

Goal-a-game Adam Smith was joined on the scoresheet by Jimmy Ludbrook as Division Three pacesetters Mersey Royal opened up a four point gap following Saturday's 2-1 win at Chester Nomads Res.

Mark Barnes, Ryan Dean, Ross Meadows and Ross Kennedy were the respective marksmen as second-placed Litherland Remyca Res forfeited two points after a 2-2 draw with Neston Nomads Res.

The South Wirral derby between Capenhurst Villa Res and Ellesmere Port Town Res was settled 3-2 in the Port's favour.

Joe Hayes, Jordan Fulton and George Patchett netted for the winners.

Four goal hot-shot Cameron Grant had a day to remember after his contribution helped Bottle Youth to a 5-2 victory at West Kirby Youth in the Youth Division.

Leaders South Lverpool Youth made it seven wins from as many outings and are now eleven points clear at the top.

Tyler Cadwallader (2), Rob Lewis and Jordan McDonough shared the goals in the 4-1 win at Maghull Town.