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Wirral Sunday League round-up
DIVISION Two minnows, Bebington, sprang a surprise when they came out on top in their Wirral Sunday League Pyke Cup 2nd round tussle with Premier Division counterparts, Clarence.
Hero of the hour was Stuart Hardman, who helped himself to four goals, including two penalties, in Sunday's 4-1 triumph. Rob Boyd hit Claries' consolation.
Peter Rutter was another four goal hot-shot who took the plaudits, as Tixall Prenton progressed thanks to a 5-1 victory over Gladstone Ath.
A Joel Taylor effort completed the winners' contribution, but there was no fairy tale ending for Division Two promotion chasers, Higher Bebington RBL, who had Aaron Doyle and Mike Davies on target, but capitulated 5-2 against current Division One leaders, Windmill. Ricky Neill bagged three for the Windy.
Strongly fancied Neston Nomads accounted for rival Premier side, Victoria Seniors, 4-1, highlighted by doubles from Richie Foulkes and Nick Jones.
Kyle Williams was another two goal hero who left his calling card, as Towers posted a 3-0 result over Forum Ath. Mike Vernon also netted in a comfortable win.
In contrast, extra time was required before Ravenscroft won 5-4 against fellow Division One club, Astra Ath, courtesy of a Rob Abelwhite hat trick, supported by singles from Darren Quinn and Darren Webster.
Only one fixture took place in the Premier Division, and following their 1-1 draw with Amazon Management, Kent FC climbed to fourth place in the table.
Robbie Arnold found the net for Amazon with Dean Judge in reply for Dave Clay's challengers.
Sunday's Division One action saw Sheridans crank up their promotion bid as a result of their 6-2 win over Eagle & Crown.
The star man was Ben Percival, who was on top form and turned in a five goal performance. A Paul Cross effort completed the statistics.
Division Two leaders, Lever Bushell Ath., went eight points clear at the top, after they won 2-0 at Port Sunlight, while Champions Bar were elevated into second place, after they finished 2-2 at Wirral Ath.
A Chris Major double looked good enough for the Ness Park side, but the visitors had other ideas and rallied tosalvaged a point through Jason Rigby and an 88th minute penalty from Adam Threlfall.
A goal apiece from Robbie Bradley and Dave Calverly helped Star Ozzys to a creditable 2-2 draw with Bee Hive while Bromborough savoured a 5-1 win against Halfway House thanks to efforts from Andy Comber (2), Steve Brookes, Mark Jones and Mark Bentley.
Premier Division outfit, MSC Eastham, are still on the look out for players to improve their squad, and would invite interested persons to contact the club secretary, Paul Gee on 0151-201 0942 or 07944968599, regarding training arrangements.