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West Cheshire League: Ashville's bid to retain title hits the buffers
ASHVILLE’S bid to retain their Carlsberg West Cheshire League Division One title hit the buffers again after they were humbled 4-0 at home by Chester visitors Blacon YC.
The reigning champions suffered their fourth defeat of the season, and must now play catch up after they capitulated to a superb hat-trick from Jamie Rogers and an effort from Ross Broadbent.
Current leaders Heswall were indebted to goals from Richie Foulkes and Chris Adamson for their 2-0 eclipse of rivals Cammell Laird Reserves and that result enabled Marine Reserves to leapfrog the Shipbuilders into second place after they beat Vauxhall Motors Reserves 2-1, with goals from Paul Pearson and Robbie Doran.
Bolstered by the return of former star Paul Casey, sixth-placed West Kirby maintained good form and posted a fine 3-0 win at Christleton highlighted by a Casey double and a gem from Terry Cotgrave.
Top scorers on the day were Maghull who had four goal hot-shot John Maguire on top of his game in Saturday's 8-1 rout of struggling Ellesmere Port. Efforts from Southport Trinity's Andy Vernon (2) and Ryan Nas counted for nothing after Upton AA emerged 4-3 victors courtesy of doubles from Tom Hallows and Todd Reid.
The South Liverpool juggernaut continued to bowl along at the top of Division Two, and increased its advantage to three points thanks to a 6-0 victory at Marshalls.
A Cameron Dalton hat-trick was supplemented by further efforts from Alex Woodcock, Neil Best and Gary Dunning.
Colin Cunliffe scored a spectacular effort for nearest rivals, Heswall Res., at Mallaby, but it was the hosts who profited, after Gerard Mullen (2) and John Coulter struck and secured a 3-1 result for the third-placed challengers.
Shaun Skillen's penalty was enough as West Kirby Reserves claimed their first win of the season and eased their relegation fears after they put paid to Willaston, but efforts from Dan Thomas (2) and Darrell Karissa failed to prevent Mersey Royal from losing 4-3 at Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves. Brendan Agnew (2), Paul Wells and Connor Millar obliged for the winners.
Elsewhere, honours were shared, after efforts from Prescot Cables Reserves' Lee Owens, Charlie Wilson and Adam Castley were negated by replies from Helsby's Wes Huizer (2) and Ian Cox.
In Division Three, Redgate Rovers assumed pole position, following a 3-0 result at Upton AA Reserves with Adam Owens (2) and Sam Corlett on target.
Sean Heggarty was another two-goal star who shone in Bebington Athletic Reserves’ 4-2 decision over Widnes Town.
Lucas Porquet-Molina bagged two for Marshalls Reserves but still finished on the losing side after doubles from Chester Nomads Reserves' Ryan Trousdale and Mike Jeffs anchored their side to a 4-3 win.
After a good contest, the points were divided after Vassili Poza and Declan Doran found the net for net for Hale Reserves with John McAllister and Matty Tonge in reply for Merseyside Police.
Hat tricks from Rob Rowlands and John Cheetham proved a telling contribution, as Bootle romped home 9-0 against a depleted Custys in the Youth Division.
On the district scene, well done to Richmond RR Mags who went through to the Liverpool County FA Junior Cup second round after Robbie Madine, Liam Anderson, Dom Gilchrist, Ali Birmingham and Aaron Gouthwaite netted in the 5-1 victory at Beeches.
It was celebration time also, for Gateacre after two goal Graeme Long did the damage in a 2-1 win at Liver Academy and South Liverpool Youth, who had Scott Dunning and Callum Brown on the mark, in the 2-0 County FA first round Youth Cup result over Kingsthorne.