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Carlsberg West Cheshire League: Twelfth consecutive win for Maghull
DIVISION One leaders Maghull have been a model of consistency all season and following their 12th consecutive league victory, the Old Hall Field outfit took a step nearer to lifting the title well before the season reaches its climax.
Latest to be knocked over were nearest rivals Hale, and on a playing surface which was a credit to their ground staff, it was business as usual for the leaders who posted a 3-2 result triumph and extended their advantage at the top to a massive 21 points.
Steve Williams opened the leaders' account on 14 minutes, when he calmly lobbed goalkeeper Gavin Doran and on 23 minutes, it was 2-0 after Steve King headed home powerfully from a corner.
After the break, the hosts went further ahead through Jay McGrane, and although Hale hit back via a Josh Doran penalty and a scrambled effort from Sean Wright, the Maghull rearguard held firm and a further three points were in the bag.
At Kirklands, Ashville were under the cosh for most of the second-half against Cammell Laird Reserves but went fourth in the table after they held out for a 2-1 win, thanks to a goal apiece from Josh Dures and Dave Rudge.
Kris Hesketh bagged the home side's consolation.
The leadership in Division Two changed hands once again as Richmond RR Mags, inspired by hat-trick hero Joey Bligh, romped home 6-1 against Maghull's second string.
Further efforts from Dom Gilchrist, Ally Birmingham and Brad Thompson completed the statistics as Jimmy Woods' challengers displaced Gateacre Village from top spot. Chris Nation netted for the visitors.
Ford Motors had Danny Tree on target, but saw their Division Three promotion chances interrupted after they capitulated 3-1 at home to replies from fourth placed Bootle Reserves' Dylan Holcroft, John Cheetham and Danny O'Connor.
A seven-goal thriller between Kirkby Town Railway and Widnes Vikings Reserves was settled 4-3 in Vikings' favour courtesy of Sam Burns (2), Gary Gooth and Bemmeke Babejide.
The hosts replied through John Humphries, Dean Kenny and Glen Lamb.
Vauxhall Motors Youth re-captured top spot in the Youth Division after Matt Williams, Dan Cross, Cy Sullivan and Alex Mercer found the net in Saturday's 4-1 eclipse of Maghull Youth.
Congratulations to Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves who progressed to the Liverpool County FA's Junior Cup final after efforts from Cameron Burke, Sean Allcock and Harry Brady secured a 3-1 result over Hale Reserves.
Once again, no games were played in Wirral Sunday League after the council closed all pitches due to poor weather conditions.
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