IN Friday's Cheshire FA Saturday Amateur Cup final, Heswall had plenty to celebrate, after they sank rival Carlsberg West Cheshire League outfit, Cammell Laird Res.

Winning the County FA's top honour has more compensated for a mid-table Division One finish, and now entitles the Gayton Park side to represent the County in next season's Northern Counties FA Cup.

On target in Friday's 4-0 triumph were Lee Cairns, Gordon Harrison, Ian Burrows and Stuart McMullen.

Easter Monday morning saw Ashville Res lift the Wirral & District FA's Saturday Amateur Cup, after efforts from Mark Howell(2) Robbie Courtenay and Peter Wright secured a 4-2 decision over New Brighton Res.

Liam Jameson obliged with both replies for the sea siders.

West Kirby interrupted a five game losing sequence after they eclipsed Marshalls 2-1 with goals from Matty Hogg and Jon Paul Stanhope, and that result could spell curtains for the Liverpool side's Division One status.

A solitary effort from Vauxhall Motors Res' Tom Craig also more or less sealed Willaston's fate, while and at the other end of the table, the consistent Marine Res, took a big step nearer the runners-up medals, after three goal Carl Berquist took the plaudits in the 4-0 result over Heswall.

Chester bragging rights for this season look destined for Chester Nomads, who moved into third place in the table, after they followed up a midweek stalemate with local rivals Upton AA, with a 3-2 victory over newly crowned champions, Ashville. Dale Harris, Danny Delgado and Steve Cunningham were on the mark for the winners with Josh Dures(2) in reply for the visitors.

The midweek South Wirral derby, between Vauxhall Motors Res, and Ellesmere Port was a profitable run-out for the Motormen who romped home 11-2 inspired by hat tricks from Mark Winslade and Tom Craig. Elsewhere, the points were shared after Upton AA finished 0-0 with neighbours, Christleton.

Division Two leaders, Hale, came unstuck at Manor Ath. who posted a 3-1 result courtesy of efforts from Graham Williams(2) and Haydn Cooper and when the two sides face each other again this Saturday, another result in Manor's favour, could prove costly for the leaders, who have New Brighton hot on their heels in the race for the title.

Jordan Costello and Gerrard Mullen were on target on Wednesday, as Mallaby beat Bebington Ath. 2-0 and stretched their unbeaten run to ten games.

Mossley Hill Ath. Res' outside hopes of promotion from Division Three nosedived, after they went down 5-2 at home to Chester Nomads Res., who sealed the win with efforts from Peter Fiztpatrick(2) Elliot Gorst, Nick Carroll and Joe Imlach.

James Douglas, Danny Griffiths, Andy Earnshaw and Matty Redmond plundered the goals as Bebington Ath Res, savored a 4-3 victory at Christleton Res, while Tom Hockley(2)and Jamie Johnson made the score sheet as Capenhurst Villa Res beat Neston Nomads 3-1. Mersey Royal's 2-0 verdict over Ellesmere Port Res, was confirmed by goals from Ali Major and player-manager Darell Karissa.