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Carlsberg West Cheshire League
IN the race for the Carlsberg West Cheshire League's Division One title, Maghull opened up a six-point lead at the top, but had to rely on a 33rd minute header from Paul Jackson to settle an excellent contest with an understrength Mallaby side.
Third-placed Ashville stayed in contention after Josh Amis (2), Jamie Quinn and Kevin Fitzsimmons obliged in the 4-2 eclipse of Upton AA.
Darren Wallace and Chris Melia netted for the visitors, while third placed Cammell Laird Reserves were indebted to efforts from Danny Dixon and Josh Hughes, for their 2-1 result at Blacon YC. A Jamie Rogers penalty was the hosts' contribution.
Two goals from Wayne Smith, allied to a Mike Mattie effort anchored Hale to a 3-1 win against Chester Nomads, but despite a goal from Andy Brown, reigning champions, Heswall, capitulated 4-1, to replies from Mossley Hill Athletic's Yusuf Malik (3) and Dave Kelly.
Vauxhall Motors Reserves recorded their fifth win of the season after they beat West Kirby 2-1, with Luke Camden and Jordan Brierley on the mark.
Division Two leaders Helsby maintained their three point advantage thanks to a 2-0 decision over Ashville Reserves, confirmed by a goal apiece from Paul Abram and Carl Rendell.
Nearest rivals Manor Athletic celebrated a 3-0 victory at Willaston with goals from Andy Johnston, Tommy Carroll and Chris Tolley, and it was a good day for third-placed Bebington Athletic, who posted a 3-2 win over Redgate Rovers.
Steve Forbes(2) and Stephen Duckers scored for the winners.
A Jonathan Sproson double sparked Prescot Cables Reserves’ 4-0 success at Mersey Royal, while Danny Powell went one better with a hat-trick as Richmond RR Mags romped home 5-1 at West Kirby Reserves. Paul Gouthwaite and Dom Gilchrist also made the score sheet.
Elsewhere, Mike Banks and Phil Strapp hit the target, as Capenhurst Villa won 2-1 against Marshalls.
Youth Division leaders Bootle Youth, stayed top on goal difference, after Craig Campbell, Adam Campbell and Anthony Ludgate netted in a hard fought 3-2 victory at West Kirby Youth.
Jake Parton and Darryl Morgan scored in Maghull Youth's fine 2-0 win at second placed Vauxhall Motors Youth. Mallaby Youth took the honours after they emerged 5-4 victors at South Liverpool Youth.
Saturday's West Cheshire Shield first round action saw Ford Motors top the scoring charts, after four-goal Terry Keenan pulled out all the stops in the 7-1 rout of Marshalls Res.
John Humphries bagged both goals as Kirkby Town Railway accounted for St Helens Town Reserves, and Colin Mee also struck twice as Hale Reserves beat Upton AA Reserves by the same margin.
Two goals from Dave Heaton were supplemented by a single from Dave Challenger as Merseyside Police progressed after they won 3-1 at Widnes Vikings Reserves and a hat-trick from Jack McCabe, inspired Bootle Reserves to 5-4 triumph over Christleton Reserves, who hit back via Liam Brennan, Lewis Donovan, James Davies and Joe Gillespie.
Congratulations to West Cheshire flag bearers Southport Trinity who went through to the Lancashire FA Shield fourth round when they overcame CMB Sports Club on penalties, after 90 minutes and extra time had produced a 1-1 stalemate.
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