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Wirral Sunday League: Tixall crank up the pressure
TIXALL Prenton cranked up the pressure on the Wirral Sunday League's Premier Division's leading pair after they posted a 9-1 result over a depleted MSC Eastham.
Doubles from Kev Walker, Mikey Jones and Ryan Innes were overshadowd by a fine hat-trick from man of the match Gary Parr, as Sunday's triumph elevated Tixies to third place in the table.
James Fraser weighed in with a four-timer for Ashdale Ath, against Victoria Seniors, but it was the visitors who took the honours, after they rallied through Shaun Burgess, Dave Evans, Alan Fowlie, Andy Johnston and Steve Griffiths and clinched a 5-4 win.
A solitary strike from Chris Garvey was sufficient, as Amazon Management accounted for Kent FC, and recorded their second win of the season.
In Division One leaders Shore Villa safeguarded their 100% record, but had to rely on a sublime strike from Steve Morgan, to dash the hopes of promotion rivals, Windmill.
Despite a Julian Gorbutt effort, and an own goal, Eagle & Crown played second fiddle to Astra Ath, who emerged 4-2 victors and registered their first points of the season.
Owen Hassall struck twice and was joined on the score sheet by Ben Percival as strongly-fancied Sheridans edged a 3-2 decision over Ravenscroft, while second placed Riverside pocketed the points, after Johnny Warren and Chris Maddocks obliged in Sunday's 2-0 result at Gallaghers.
Division Two action saw both goalkeepers get plenty of practice, as Port Sunlight posted a 9-4 win over Star Ozzys, but it was a day to forget for third placed challengers, Forum Ath, who had Mikey Dunn and Lloyd Winkle on the mark, but went down 4-2 at Champions Bar.
Terry Orange (2), Anthony Croke and Adam Bennett found the net for the winners, while Bromborough's 3-0 success at Wirral Ath. Featured goals from Warren Stocker, Shaun Salmon and Joe Unsworth.
A thumping header from Steve Roberts gave Halfway House a fine victory over high flying Division Two rivals, Bebington, in the Wirral & District FA's Sunday Junior Cup first round.
Bee Hive's hopes were dashed after they lost 3-0 at the Rakers. In another all-Wirral League clash, Lever Bushell cruised to a 7-0 victory over Gladstone Ath, thanks to efforts from Joe Griffiths (2), Steve Lacey, Danny Wood, Neil Morgan and Chris Joynson.
Free-scoring Higher Bebington RBL also progressed, when the impressive Aaron Doyle plundered five goals in the 8-1 demolition of Wirral Spartans. Further efforts from Aaron Buckley (2) and Donovan Collins completed the statistics.
Cheshire FA Sunday Amateur Cup first round successes included Premier Division outfits, Towers and Neston Nomads.
The latter went through, following a 10-1 victory over Saxons, endorsed by goals from Kevin Williams (3), substitute Nick Jones (3), Richie Foulkes (2), Rob Cottrell and Liam Jaycock.
Towers took the scalp of fellow Premier club Railway Meols and celebrated an 8-1 triumph inspired by hat tricks from Dave Favager and Tony Langrell.