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West Cheshire League round-up
PRIDE of place on Saturday belonged to Carlsberg West Cheshire League Division Two outfit Capenhurst Villa who pulled the mat from under Division One title contenders Cammell Laird Reserves and secured their passage to the Wirral & District FA's Senior Cup second round.
Phil Strapp and Louis Walter found the net as Cape posted a memorable 2-1 result.
Well done also to Merseyside Police who breezed into the Liverpool County FA Intermediate Cup third-round, after they triumphed 7-0 against Huyton CSC thanks to efforts from John McAllister (2), Dave Heaton (2), Matt Tonge, Chris Hincks and Tom Norton.
The Haworth & Gallagher Bowl first-round clash between Ashville Reserves and Marshalls finished 2-2 after extra time before Marshalls went through 8-7 on penalties.
Saturday's West Cheshire Shield first-round action saw Joe Connolly bag a hat-trick as strongly fancied Gateacre eclipsed Widnes Town 5-0.
Josh Cullen was another three-goal star, who anchored Chester Nomads Reserves to a 3-0 decision over Bebington Athletic Reserves.
A smart double from Chris Brown allied to further efforts from Mark Lynch and Sean Crosbie were sufficient as Ellesmere Port Reserves won 4-2 at Hale Reserves, while Redgate Rovers progressed after Dave Halsall and Steve Christian netted in the 2-0 victory over Capenhurst Villa Reserves.
A solitary strike from Jay Fraser was enough, as Marshalls Reserves sealed Belfry's fate and a Paul Wilson double set South Liverpool Reserves up for a 3-0 win against Upton AA Reserves.
Upton's senior squad were no match for Division One leaders Heswall who celebrated a 5-0 rout inspired by the brothers Foulkes.
Richie (2) and Robbie were among the scorers, and that result took the Gayton Park side back to the top on goal difference.
Nearest rivals Marine Reserves were second best at West Kirby, who won 2-0 with goals from Mike McGraa and Dave Bowe, while fourth placed Newton stayed in the leading group's slip stream, after Dave Thompson(2)Liam Smith and Ruben Carroll scored in the 4-3 win against Mossley Hill Athletic.
Despite two from Ryan Nicholl, Ellesmere Port capitulated 4-2 to replies from Blacon YC's Ian McElmeel (2) Jamie Rogers and Aiden Shannon.
Two-goal Kevin Frankland was the star man for Southport Trinity in their 3-1 victory at Maghull. Vauxhall Motors Reserves' 2-0 win over Christleton was confirmed by a goal apiece from Tom Craig and Ben Smith.
A blistering drive from John Coulter gave second placed Mallaby the lead against Division Two leaders South Liverpool and although the quick-thinking Jordan Costello made it 2-0, replies from Neil Best and Cameron Dalton salvaged a point for the visitors and ensured both clubs remained unbeaten.
90 minutes failed to produce a goal between Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves and third-placed Heswall Reserves, but the improving Willaston were not so shot-shy and blitzed Helsby 4-1 with efforts from Trevor Worsley, Peter Rutter, Jamie Gardiner and Graham Edge.
A 5-0 mid-week drubbing at the hands of Ashville Reserves failed to dishearten Richmond Raith Rovers who bounced back and beat Prescot Cables Reserves 2-1 courtesy of goals from John Garner and Robbie Madine.
Respective scorers in Bebington Athletic's 2-2 leveller with West Kirby Reserves were Wayne Hulse, Lloyd Ithell, James Broadbent and James Atherton.
Andy Kingham was on the mark for Manor Athletic but still finished on the losing side after Maghull Reserves rallied via Chris Nation and Mike McGinn.
Efforts from Jack McDonald( 2) and Anthony Miller, saw Ramsbottom Town beat Custys 3-1, and celebrate their first victory in the Youth Division.
In contrast, Bootle Youth lost for the first time this season as Gateacre Youth profited after Andy Kavanagh and Jay Cooper obliged in Saturday's 3-1 success. Elsewhere, Sharif Yusuf plundered all three goals in South Liverpool Youth's 3-2 triumph over Vauxhall Motors Youth.