LAST term's Carlsberg West Cheshire League Division One runners-up Mossley Hill Athletic stayed in the race for the title and were elevated to third place in the table, after they turned a 3-1 deficit against Heswall into a dramatic 4-3 result and secured their eleventh win of the season.

Trailing 1-0 and 3-1, Mossley produced a stirring fightback and bagged all three points, inspired by an Elliot Hughes double supplemented by a Tom McNamara effort and a superb winner on the break from Dom Murphy.

Back-to-back wins in the space of four days, over Ashville and Mallaby, saw Rainhill Town climb to sixth place in the table.

In midweek, Rainhill pulled off an excellent 3-0 at Ashville which questioned the Wallasey outfit's title credentials.

Two goals from Jamie Pendleton following an opener from youngster, Liam Bott, underpinned the victory, and on Saturday, after Mallaby's Lewis Willingham had cancelled out a first-minute goal from Town skipper Colm Lynch, the hosts took advantage when the visitors were reduced to ten men.

Pendleton weighed in with a hat trick, while Ashley Elliot, Chris Davidson and Dave Monteith also made the scoresheet in a 7-1 victory.

Two-goal Anthony Poole left his calling card after Redgate Rovers recorded their fourth win from five outings and plotted a course for mid-table sanctuary after they beat Chester Nomads 3-2.

Olly Gallagher was the other marksman.

Hale's charge towards the Division Two title was interrupted after they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rainhill Town Res. But the runaway leaders still boast a nine point advantage at the top.

Goals from Elliot Fagan and Joe Croxford were enough for Rainhill with Luke Minnet on target for Hale.

In Division Three, Mersey Royal's chance to draw level on points with current leaders, Litherland Remyca Res, backfired after Dan Grace and Daniel Amayomi struck to clinch a 2-0 away win for Marshalls Res.

Poulton Royal's promotion challenge also went into reverse, after they scored through Lee Davey but went down 4-1 at home to Capenhurst Villa Res., who sealed the win courtesy of replies from Dom Hoppe (2), Ellis Williams and Shaun Weaver.

Saturday's Youth Division action saw unbeaten keaders South Liverpool Youth race ten points clear after efforts from Curtis Elias (2), Rob Lewis and Mike Kielty anchored them to a 4-2 eclipse of Mossley Hill Ath Youth who hit back via Keanan Abdi and an own goal.

Francis Turkington and Jacob Clegg obliged for Maghull Town, but it was rivals Maghull Youth who profited after replies from Jack Holden, Connor Rankin, Charlie Bennett and Charlie Cooney helped the visitors to a 4-2 triumph.

The development Trophy play off between Bootle Youth and Vauxhall Motors Youth was decided 4-1 on penalties in Bootle's favour, after normal time produced a 2-2 stalemate as goals from Bootle's Cameron Grant and Aiden Noon were negated by replies from the Motormen's Ellis Byrne and Etan Cartwright.