NEWTON assumed pole position in the race for the West Cheshire League's Division One title after a smart double from Ross McDowell and an effort from Gerard King anchored Lee Kissock's charges to a 3-0 eclipse of Neston Nomads.

Previous leaders, Rainhill Town, had Liam Bott (2) and Craig Jones on the mark against Ellesmere Port Town, but forfeited top spot when the visitors hit back via Terry Ainsworth, Ryan Nicoll and Chris Martin to share the spoils.

Chris Dunning (2), Luke Finch, Josh Clayton, Lee Guiardo and Joe Ormerod applied the finishing touches as Chester outfit, Upton AA pulled off a fine 6-2 win at Maghull and Ashville also hit form after doubles from Ricci Neill and Jordan Griffiths underpinned a 6-1 win over Redgate Rovers.

Top-scorers were Mossley Hill Athletic, who celebrated a 7-0 victory at West Kirby, thanks to goals from Tom McNamara (2), Mark Owens, Dave Baird, Callum Smith, Sean Harrison and Keanan Abdi.

Respective scorers in Vauxhall Motors Res' 2-2 stalemate with South Liverpool were Jay Harvey, Mike Burkey, Sharif Yusuf and Mason Nevitt.

Pride of place on Saturday belonged to Richmond Raith Rovers who progressed to the Liverpool County FA Challenge Cup final after they won 4-3 on penalties against Liverpool Nalgo.

Finalists for the Haworth & Gallagher Bowl were resolved, after goals from Dave Moore and Matty Quinn saw Page Celtic beat South Liverpool Res 2-0 and an 82nd minute penalty from Danny Page earned Capenhurst Villa a hard-earned 3-2 victory over Mallaby.

In Division Two, Heswall were elevated to second place in the table, Adam Walker (3) and Joe Ford sharing the goals in a 5-2 success over Prescot Cables Res.

Jack Garriock and Dan Carton found the net as Mossley Hill Ath. Res beat Cheshire Lines 2-1 and it was celebration time for Rainhill Town Res, who won 2-0 against Wirral SB, courtesy of a goal apiece from Elliot Fagan and Lloyd Roberts.

South Sefton Borough avenged the previous week's defeat at Mersey Royal by winning the return fixture 3-1 with Amen Fakhr, Kevin Darby and Eamon Rice on target and as a result, snatched top spot in Division Three.

Mitch Mowatt, Jamie Edge and Mike Jeffs were the marksmen as Chester Nomads Res. won 3-2 against Poulton Royal who had Ian Pomphrett and Lee Dermody in reply.

Seasoned campaigner Gordon Harrison was joined on the scoresheet by Matt Millington and Alex Pitt as Heswall Res posted a 3-1 win at Ellesmere Port Res.

Lower Breck's Ben Wynne stole the limelight in the Youth Division, his four timer setting up a 7-3 victory over West Kirby with Jack Ward (2) and Kurt McDonald also on target.

Dylan Jeffrey (2), Lewis Ward, Will McKetchnie and Frankie Ward were the marksmen as Vauxhall Motors U18 overcame Neston Nomads Res 6-1 in the Development Trophy first round.

Callum Blondell bagged Nomads' consolation.