THE Pyke Cup first round clash between West Cheshire League Division One neighbours Ellesmere Port Town and Capenhurst Villa was settled 6-0 in the Port's favour, highlighted by a hat-trick from Khalid Hawasawi Ryan Nicol, Chris Forshaw and Phil Quilliam also found the net.

It was curtains also for another South Wirral outfit, Vauxhall Motors Reserves, who capitulated 3-0 to efforts from South Liverpool's Kev Cringle (2) and Brad Williams.

On the League scene, Chester Nomads were elevated to second place in the top flight thanks to a fine 3-2 result at Maghull, Dale Harris, Joe Cossins and Jordan Davies obliging.

Jamie McColl netted for Ashville, but it was Newton who profited, Ryan Hunt and Jack Leamy scoring in a 2-1 victory.

Third-placed Mossley Hill Athletic lost ground after they finished 0-0 with Marshalls, but Redgate Rovers were not to be denied, and romped home 8-1 against Neston Nomads, with goals from Jacob Jones (2), Tom Shaw, Tom Hollyoak, Ollie Gallagher, Isaac Jones, Con Foulkes and Dan Abdous.

In Division Two, unbeaten leaders Prescot Cables Res stayed top despite a 2-2 stalemate with West Kirby.

Title rivals Aintree Villa were indebted to a solitary strike from Fran Hargreaves which won the day at Poulton Royal.

James Johnstone and Darryl Hellon were the scorers, as Mallaby bagged all three points after they eclipsed Ashville Reserves 2-1, but a four-goal salvo from Mark Barnes counted for nothing, after South Sefton Borough went down 6-5 at Cheshire Lines.

Mersey Royal's 7-0 blitz of Rainhill Town Res was confirmed by goals from Andy Rogers (3), Charlie Norman (2) and Liam Driscoll (2).

Ben Jones, Dave Sharkey and Jay Barker shared the goals as Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves maintained good form with a 3-2 decision over Litherland Remyca Dev.

Third-placed Rainford Utd had Alex Grisdale on target, but proved second best to unbeaten Division Three leaders Bootle St Edmunds, who rallied through Lewis O'Reilly, Liam Farrell, John Howard, Neil Storey, Mike Armstrong and Mark Madden to emerge 6-1 victors.

Tila Davies struck twice and was joined on the scoresheet by Mike Madden and Dale Morris as West Kirby Reserves posted a 4-0 result over Aintree Villa Reserves, while Willaston, with efforts from Jake Quarmby (3), Sean Lunt, Rob Hicks, Connor Hughes and Jack Werner cruised home 7-0 at Neston Nomads Reserves.

Respective marksmen in Pensby FC's 2-2 stalemate with Marshalls Res' were Karl White, Lewis Boardman, Matty Challoner and Alex Blackburn.

Elsewhere, a hat-trick from Ben Short anchored second placed Marine Res to a 3-1 win at Chester Nomads Res, Tom McDermott replying.

Only one fixture took place in the Youth Division and it was celebration time for Marshalls U17s who savoured an 8-0 result over Macghull U18s courtesy of efforts from Jacob Till (2), Ben Craig (2), Finlay Pearce, Kyle Henshaw, Frazer Garvey and Matt Grivosti.