INSPIRED by a Joe Ford hat-trick, Heswall savoured a 6-1 result over Rainhill Town Reserves and stayed a point in credit in the race for the West Cheshire League's Division Two title.

Jamie Hurworth, Alex Pitt and Scott Connolly also found the net ,as the Gayton Park outfit bolstered their chances of an immediate return to the top flight.

Nearest rivals, Capenhurst Villa, stayed in contention, after efforts from Lee Ludgate, Lewis Cooper and Callum Doyle anchored them to a 3-1 decision over South Liverpool.

That gave Page Celtic the chance to take closer order after they beat Wirral SB 9-2 with goals from brothers Thomas (3) and Dave Moore (2), James Croxton(2) Paul Inman and Adam McCarthy.

Despite taking the lead through Mike Cummins, a youthful Maghull Res capitulated to replies from Tommy Johnstone, Danny McLaughlin, Shaun Farrell and an own goal, as Mallaby emerged 4-2 victors.

Goals from Peter Kettle, Rob Westhead and Charlie Wilson saw Cables Res post a 3-0 win over Ashville Res and the same scorline sealed the points for Cheshire Lines against West Kirby Res. Andy Dixon, Perry Hughes and Stephen McGarry applying the finishing touches.

Adel Mohammed (2), John Ward, Sam Gainer, Mike McGowan and John Ashton shared the goals as Mossley Hill Ath Res accounted for Litherland Remyca Dev 6-1.

In Division Three, the Aintree Villa juggernaut continued to roll on, and this time it was Heswall Res who bore the brunt, as the leaders romped home 9-0 courtesy of efforts from Stephen Andrews (3), Matt Callaway (2) Phil Lawless, Arnie Pursglove, Mike Riley and Tony Seddon.

Doubles from Johnny Fell, Joe Gallagher and Alex Holden helped Redgate Rovers Res to a 7-0 triumph over Ellesmere Port Town Res and it was plain sailing for Wirral SB Res; Cory Blaylock (3), Martin Marshall, Henry Hawkins and Sean Rachford hitting the target in a 6-1 rout of Chester Nomads Res.

Mersey Royal's 4-2 result over Burscough Dynamo was confirmed by goals from Andy Rogers, Adam Smith, Charlie Norman and young George Woods while Wayne Law (2), Alex McNab and Anthony Yool were on the mark for South Sefton Borough in their 4-2 success at Neston Nomads Res.

Callum Blondell and Oscar Ratriaike scored the host's consolations.

Saturday's Pyke Cup first round action saw holders, Newton, secure their passage after player manager, Lee Kissock bagged a smart double in the 5-0 eclipse of Richmond Raith Rovers.

Current Division One leaders Maghull also progressed, when Mike Boyle plundered both goals in a hard fought 2-0 win at Vauxhall Motors Res.

Jamie Easton netted the game's only goal as Ellesmere Port Town accounted for South Wirral rivals, Neston Nomads and Alex McMillan scored both goals as Rainhill Town beat South Liverpool 2-1 .

Ashville scored through Danny Kelly, James Clare and Ran Smith but went down 4-3 at home to Redgate Rovers and it was the end of the road for Chester Nomads who fell foul of a rampant Mossley Hill Ath. Who had the industrious Tom McNamara(2) Ollie Sanderson(2) and Keanan Abdi on target in a 5-0 victory.

Hale's name also went into the hat after they won 3-0 at West Kirby with goals from Brad Mason(2) and Stuart Cornfoot.

Litherland Remyca's youngsters proved a handful for Birkdale Utd. in their Liverpool County FA Youth Cup 2nd round clash and boasted a six goal marksman in Peter Silcock who stole the show in a 13-0 goal spree. Not far behind was Maghull Youth's Alex Moffitt who fired a four goal salvo in his side's 6-0 win at Crosby Cougars.

Strongly fancied Youth Division leaders, Bootle U18, made it through, but had to rely on goals from Matt Corness and Jake McKittrick to edge a 2-1 decision over Knowsley South.

Vauxhall Motors U18 cranked up their challenge for the Youth Division title after efforts from Josh Nile(2)Jack Reeves and Dylan Jefferey clinched a 4-3 win over Litherland Remyca U17 and saw Motors erode Ble's lead at the top to nine points with two games in hand.

Kieran Flemming and Jacob Till bagged a goal apiece as Mossley Hill U18 enjoyed a 2-1 result over Westy Kirby Utd.