WEST Kirby's bid to escape relegation from League's Division One received a timely boost after they recorded only their third win of the season.

Saturday's 2-1 eclipse of Marshalls, featured a goal apiece from Christian and Danny Lewis and with eleven games remaining, the Marine Park outfit will have been hugely encouraged by the result in their quest for top flight survival.

Nabeel Saleem bagged the visitors' consolation.

Fellow strugglers Mallaby put in a good shift, but were picked off for the second week in succession by a disciplined Richmond Raith Rovers who sealed a 6-2 decision, inspired by a fine hat trick from Jonathan Parkinson.

Further efforts from Paul Gouthwaite, Tom Mee and Matty Parker completed the statistics. Ben Glover obliged with both goals for the hosts.

Chester Nomads were second best at Rainhill Town, who celebrated a 4-0 victory, thanks to goals from Jay Pendleton, Chris Davidson, Paul Bathgate and Ryan Dean.

Reigning champions Newton brought second-placed Vauxhall Motors back to earth with a bump, after they pulled off a 3-1 triumph with Jamie Hurworth, Paul Carney and Jackson Ellis on target.

Luke Holden was the Motormen's marksman.

In midweek, Vauxhall had earlier re-ignited their push for the title, after Adam Campbell and Ryan Nightingale netted in a 2-0 win against Maghull.

Goals from Jake Prescott, Sam Hunt and Tom Quinn were enough, as Ashville won 3-1 at Upton AA and moved to within nine points of current leaders, South Liverpool, with a game in hand.

In Division Two, only one fixture escaped the adverse weather but it was a profitable run-out for Capenhurst Villa, who were elevated to sixth place in the table, after Corey Beavan and Sean Weaver scored in Saturday's 2-1 success at Rainhill Town Res, who hit back via Anthony Sheehan.

On the District scene, there were mixed fortunes for Mossley Hill Athletic, whose senior side progressed to the Liverpool County FA Challenge Cup final after Elliot Hughes, Dave Kelly and Dave Baird found the net in a 3-1 verdict over Maghull.

It was commiserations to Mossley's second string, who had Neil McCarthy and John Ashton on the scoresheet, but capitulated 3-2 in their Liverpool County FA Junior Cup semi final clash at Quarry Bank.

Elsewhere, a solitary strike from Paul Ellison settled the issue as Neston Nomads Reserves overcame Litherland Remyca Youth and went thriugh to the Development Trophy semi-finals.