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West Cheshire League: Pride of place for Helsby
PRIDE of place at the weekend belonged to Carlsberg Division Two title challengers Helsby after they pulled the rug from high flying Division One club Christleton in the Cheshire County FA's Amateur Cup 1st round.
Carl Rendell and Adam Collins netted for the winners in the day's biggest shock, despite Jon Paul Stanhope replying for the Swans.
For the second week running another Division Two side, Capenhurst Villa, were cock-a hoop after they progressed following a fine 2-0 success at Eagle Sports (Stockport).
In an all-Division Two affair, Willaston - despite a goal from Anthony Clarkson - capitulated 2-1 to replies from Manor Athletic’s Chris Tolley and Andy Kingan.
Aaron Dillon scored for bravehearts Mersey Royal, but his contribution was to no avail after his side went down 2-1 at home to Wilmslow.
Chester Nomads also made their exit, losing 2-0 at Poynton.
On a positive note, congratulations to Division One representatives Southport Trinity, who celebrated their first win of the season after efforts from Tommy Hughes (2) and Danny Ventre sparked a 3-2 result at Lostock St Gerards in the Lancashire County FA Shield 1st round.
Division One leaders Maghull posted a 3-0 result at Newton inspired by a Rob Dutton double, and that result saw them forge six points clear at the top.
Erratic performers Cammell Laird Reserves had Adam Lee (2) and Adam Coulls on the score sheet, but it was visitors Hale who profited after three-goal hero Carl Latham inflicted the damage in a 5-3 triumph.
West Kirby finished 0-0 against the club with the division’s meanest defence, third placed Mossley Hill Athletic, with both clubs nicking a point.
But reigning champions Heswall got their act together and toasted the efforts of James Jaggard, Andy Brown and Gordon Harrison in their 3-2 eclipse of Upton AA. Lewis Dennan and Darren Wallace scored for the Chester visitors.
Third placed Bebington Athletic eroded the lead at the top of Division Two to a single point, after efforts from Mark Gray (2) and Steve Forbes secured a 3-1 victory at Gateacre Village.
Goals from Marshalls’ Steve Thorpe (2) and Phil McQuaid were negated by replies from Redgate Rovers’ Rob Stinson (2) and Craig Blackwell as the game finished in a 3-3 stalemate.
Division Three leaders South Liverpool Reserves stayed three points in credit at the top after Alex Woodcock (2), Ged Forde and Paul Wilson applied the finishing touches in Saturday's 4-1 decision over Chester Nomads Reserves.
Nearest rivals Capenhurst Villa Reserves were indebted to goals from Phil Quilliam (2) and evergreen campaigner Karl Smythe in their 3-2 eclipse of Neston Nomads, while doubles from Colin McDonald and Mark Brady anchored Belfry to their 6-1 rout of Christleton Reserves.
An Alex McCracken hat-trick was supplemented by a Sam Range brace as Ford Motors humbled Widnes Vikings Reserves 8-1, but even that effort was put in the shade by Rainhill Town’s Matt Dooling, who fired a four goal salvo in Saturday’s 9-0 result over Marshalls Reserves.
Elsewhere, Bootle Reserves savoured a 3-0 win at Upton AA Reserves with efforts from Joe Kelly, Jack McCabe and Jack Charnock.
In the Youth Division, Ewan Cragg netted for Maghull Youth, but finished on the losing side when titlechasing Mallaby Youth rallied and won 4-1. Tom Flett, Johnny Downing, Connor Irwin and Sam Smith were on the mark for the winners.
Kieran Darnell, Callum Sait and Tom Morgan were on target as Newton Youth beat Widnes Vikings Youth 3-0, while honours were even after South Liverpool Youth and West Kirby Youth finished 1-1 with Craig Byrne and Dan McLoughlin the respective scorers.
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