HESWALL'S bid to regain their place in the West Cheshire League's top flight gathered momentum after they overcame previously unbeaten title favourites Aintree Villa in a tight game at Gayton Park and, as a result, went two points clear at the top of Division Two.

Efforts from Kieran Hughes and Louis O'Brien confirmed Saturday's 2-1 result, with Mark Kelly on target for the visitors.

In Division Three, Heswall's second string had Adam Thomas and Jamie Steele on the mark but capitulated 4-2 at leaders Bootle St Edmunds, who sealed the points courtesy of replies from Mark Madden, Jay Riley, Steve Carroll and Mike Armstrong.

Nearest rivals Marine Reserves went down 2-0 at third-placed Rainford Utd. Alex Grisedale John Carter were the marksmen, while a double from Connor Hughes anchored Willaston to 2-1 win at Aintree Villa Res.

A goal from Harry Blair failed to prevent Neston Nomads Res from losing 3-1 to Chester Nomads Res Charlie Mann (2) and Sam Lloyd obliging, and Marshall Res also triumphed, Cameron Challinor and Eddie Hawthorne scoring in the 2-1 win at West Kirby Res.

Six-goal Dylan Jeffrey had a field day for Vauxhall Motors U18s, who romped home 10-1 against Maghull U18's and went level won points with Lower Breck in the Youth Division.

Further efforts from Harrison Hindley, Will McKechnie, Ben Lawrence and Ellis Jones completed the statistics.

Respective scorers in Bootle U18s 4-4 stalemate with Marshalls Barkhill, were Paddy Shields, Joel Brown, Harry Monaghan, Sam Giblin, Clayton Law (2) and Reece Williams (2).

Matt Grivosti and Ben Craig also bagged doubles in helping Marshalls U17s to a 6-2 decision over Poulton Vics U18s.

The West Cheshire's representative side progressed to the third round of the FA Inter-League Cup after South Liverpool's Mason Nevitt (2) and Vauxhall Motors Res' Jay Harvey applied the finishing touches in Saturday's 3-0 victory over their Liverpool Premier League counterparts.

Haworth & Gallagher Bowl first round ties saw South Sefton Borough's Liam Van Gelder take the plaudits after his four goal return clinched a 5-4 verdict over Litherland Remyca Dev.

Gerard Forde, Adam Shelton and Chris Brammell made the scoresheet as South Liverpool Res beat Mallaby 3-0 while Poulton Royal also went through after John Pofrett's smart double secured a 2-1 win at Rainhill Town Res.

West Kirby's clash with Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves finished 3-3 before Mossley emerged 5-4 victors on penalties.

Sam Haley and Dave McDermott hit the target as Ashville Res won 2-1 at Capenhurst Villa Res. in the Wirral & District FA Amateur Cup second round.

Josh Everstone's hat rick was supplemeted by a furtter effort from Jordan Rigby as Helsby posted a 4-0 win at Ellesmere Port Town Res in the West Cheshire Shield first round, while consistent performers, Poulton Vics also progressed, following a 4-3 win at Bootle Res.