Carlsberg West Cheshire League: South stretch their lead at the top as rivals slip up (From Wirral Globe)
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Carlsberg West Cheshire League: South stretch their lead at the top as rivals slip up
NEWLY-promoted South Liverpool are making all the right noises in the Carlsberg West Cheshire League's Division One title chase.
And after beating reigning champions Heswall in midweek, the Jericho Lane table-toppers posted their fifth win from six starts and went three points clear at the top, after Carl Gargan and Tommy Kinsella netted in Saturday's 2-0 victory at Ashville.
Second placed Maghull had Tom Foley on target but capitulated 3-1 at home to Chester visitors Blacon YC, who sealed the win thanks to replies from Ross Broadbent, Mike Mackin and an own-goal.
An Alex Clare hat-trick was supplemented by a Peter Banasko effort, as Vauxhall Motors Res. eclipsed Cammell Laird Reserves while a 41st minute free kick from Matty Elder earned Mallaby maximum spoils from their trip to Newton.
Likewise, Terry Cotgrave's solitary strike was enough for West Kirby against Heswall and at Southport Trininty, Danny Ventre's double helped the hosts to a 2-2 draw with Chester Nomads.
Danny Davies and John Cadwallader obliged for Nomads. Honours were also shared after Wayne Smith's goal for Hale was cancelled out by a smart finish from Christleton's impressive youngster Adam Thelwell-Wilson; and in another stalemate, respective marksmen in Upton AA's 1-1 finish with Mossley Hill Athletic were Nathan Mapletoft and Yusuf Malik.
Ryan Powell struck twice for Mossley's second string, but his contribution counted for nothing, after Division Two leaders Helsby, ran out 5-2 victors, courtesy of efforts from Lewis Buckley (2), Danny Cummins, Gary Jones and Tony Hodnett.
Second-placed Manor Athletic stayed on level points after goals from Graham Williams and Ben Kearney secured a 2-0 result over Mersey Royal, while two-goal Ben Percival was the main man as third-placed Ashville Reserves won 3-2 at Gateacre Village.
Capenhurst Villa safegurded their unbeaten record despite being held 1-1 by Maghull Reserves but goals from Peter Rutter and Wayne Dowling failed to prevent Willaston from dipping 3-2 at home to Redgate Rovers.
Adam Jones, Tom Hesketh and Dave Halsall scored for the winners. West Kirby Reserves' 2-1 triumph at Heswall Reserves was confirmed by goals from Matty Boyd and Phil Fitzpatrick and Bebington Athletic won by the same scoreline at Prescot Cables Reserves thanks to Sean Heggarty and an own-goal.
Pole position in Division Three was retained by St Helens Town Reserves following their 2-1 success over Bootle Reserves on Friday, but rivals Capenhurst Villa Reserves and South Liverpool Reserves stayed in contention after Cape won 3-0 at Ford Motors with goals from Phil Quilliam, Danny Higginson and Jamie Johnson.
South beat Merseyside Police 3-1, inspired by a fine double from Curtis Cummins.
Brothers Nick (2), and Dean Jones shared the goals for Neston Nomads against Widnes Vikings Reserves but the visitors rallied to take a point after they hit back through Kevin Dunning, Alex Pybus and Gideon Yobo.
In the Youth Division, Bottle Youth got off to a good start after Adam Campbell and John Prescott each scored twice in the 7-0 rout of Maghull Youth.
It was celebration time for Mallaby Youth after Connor Irwin plundered both goals in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Widnes Vikings Youth.
Elsewhere, Joe Casswell and Joe Jones made the score sheet as Vauxhall Motors Youth won 2-1 against Newton Youth. Tom Morgan scored Newton's consolation.
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