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West Cheshire League: Newton enjoy first Pyke Cup victory since 1962
NEWTON had to chase down and overhaul a 2-0 deficit to lift the Carlsberg West Cheshire League’s Pyke Cup at Vauxhalls on Friday.
The result meant Newton posted their third success in a competition they last won back in 1962.
Opponents Ashville were firmly in the ascendancy after efforts from Paul Howell and Kevin Fitzsimmons had put them in the driving seat with 53 minutes gone.
But the game was turned on its head after Newton levelled and forced extra time thanks to replies from Ged King and Ross McDowell.
Player-manager Lee Kissock then introduced himself in the second-half of the extra period, and stole the show with a late decider.
In Division One, Chester outfit Upton AA overcame local rivals Blacon YC 2-0 in midweek, courtesy of goals from John Eymond-Jones and Nathan Mapletoft, and that result left neighbours Christleton having to beat Newton in their final game to avoid joining Heswall in Division Two next season.
Mallaby completed their campaign in style and from bottom place in March, climbed to sixth in the table following Wednesday's fine 2-0 result over Cheshire champions Vauxhall Motors Reserves, which confirmed Mark Toner’s side's seventh win in eight games.
Gerard Mullen and Zak Hardacre were the scorers.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the West Cheshire League’s annual presentation and hot pot on Thursday, May 22, at Vauxhalls.
Telephone league chairman Ray Prescott on 0151 653 7908 for details.
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