NEWTON laid down the "law" in Saturday's West Cheshire League Division One clash with leaders Maghull at Millcroft.

The 4-0 victory saw a four-goal salvo from man of the match James Law, as the Frankby outfit not only avenged the previous week's Pyke Cup defeat but saw the 2017 champions erode the leader's advantage at the top to four points with six games in hand.

Second-placed Mossley Hill Athletic also forfeited ground after they scored through Shaun Harrison, but capitulated 2-1 to replies from Vauxhall Motors Reserves' Chris Lea and Jay Harvey.

Ellesmere Port Town had Ryan Nicoll and Owen Keley on the mark but went down 3-2 at home to goals from Rainhill Town's Steve Melville (2) and Alex McMillan, while Paul Gouthwaite (2), Marc Kelly and Kieran Gaul applied the finishing touches as Richmond Raith Rovers eclipsed luckless West Kirby 4-1.

Ollie Gallagher was a two-goal star for Redgate Rovers, who overcame Neston Nomads 2-1 and it was celebration time for Wallasey side, Ashville, who emerged 3-1 victors from their tussle with Marshalls, Danny Kelly, Sam Hunt and Ryan Smith finding the net for the visitors.

In Division Two, Page Celtic moved into second place on the table after efforts from Jack Watts (2) and Thomas Moore anchored them to a 3-0 win against Rainhill Town Res.

Perry Hughes gave Cheshire Lines the lead at Mallaby, before the hosts rallied via Danny Read, a rasping drive from Matty Croft and a goal from Abe Dobson to seal a 3-1 decision.

Ben Sinclair (2), Josh Perry and Danny Wilson made the scoresheet as Prescot Cables Res returned to winning ways after they beat Wirral SB 4-0 but goals from Mark Barnes, Joe Tynan and Chris Walker failed to save Litherland Remyca Dev from losing 4-3 to Mossley Hill Ath Res.

Jack Garriock, Mohammed Adel, Luiz Perez and Matt Richardson were the winner's marksmen.

Goals from Matt Madden and Jordan Varney helped West Kirby Res to a 2-0 win against South Liverpool Res and respective scorers in Maghull Res' 1-1 stalemate with Ashville Res were Sam Garbett and Jordan Griffiths.

South Sefton Borough Res moved to within three points of current Division Three leaders Aintree Villa after Kevin Darby, Anton Yool and Liam Van Gelder struck in a 3-0 result over Capenhurst Villa, while third-placed Mersey Royal stayed in contention, after efforts from Adam Smith (2), Charlie Norman, Tyler Oates and Ollie Leyland set up a 5-1 victory at Neston Nomads Res.

Alfie Hawkins, Martin Marshall and Gregg Stuart-Taylor obliged for Wirral SB Res, but it was the hosts, Burscough Dynamo who profited; Graham Huyton (2), Sam Debacker, Colin Bousique Green and Isaac Sharples replying in a 5-3 triumph.

Saturday's Youth Division action saw Litherland Remyca U17 savour a 7-4 triumph at Bootle Academy, inspired by a four-goal blast from Rhys Maurer.

Bobby Walsh was a three-goal star as Lower Breck won 5-3 against Newton U17.

Runaway leaders, Bootle U18 were indebted to a solitary effort from Cameron Grant which sealed a 1-0 win over Mossley Hill Ath U18 and extend their lead at the top to 17 points.

West Kirby U18s' 4-3 win against local rivals West Kirby Utd, U18 was confirmed by efforts from Ryan Jones, Jack Darlington, Aaron Carrington and Matty Arnold.