LAST week saw the first games in the latest division to be offered by Chester & Wirral Football league – the Monday Night-11s.

This division now sees the CWFL operating at 73 teams, a massive in- crease of 29 teams from the end of the 2015-2016 season.

The night games were played between Groves Athletic and Wirral United, finishing 3-3 with the night's other game between Sykrop and ESWA finishing 4-1 to ESWA.

League secretary Paul Graham said: "The expansion of the CWFL is owing to our willingness to look at other forms of 11-vs-11 football that were not readily available in the area.

"Our Monday and Friday Night Flexi Divisions are attracting players new and old who cannot commit to the more traditional forms of the game on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings through work or family commitments.

"The games are played on central locations on 3G surfaces and are guaranteed to be on.

"We are delighted with the way this format has taken on and hope to expand even further once facilities become available."

If anyone is interested in entering a team into any of the CWFL Open Age, Vets or Flexi competitions, contact Paul Graham at pgra-

Royal Flush and Ashton Phoenix have made it through to the semi- finals of the CWFL Friday Night 11s Trophy after wins over CBP and El Porto respectively.

Royal Flush came away 3-2 winners in an exciting end-to-end game while Phil Davies (2), Josh Forster 2 Jonathon Rudd and Graham Vickers were the Ashton scorers in their 6-2 win.

El Porto had Ruben Llowarch and Ben Winder on the scoresheet.

It was an Ellesmere Port derby in the CWFL Queensferry Sports Premier Division and the game did not disappoint.

In a tight game on a muddy surface Ellesmere Port FC started well and Ian Johnson put them 2-0 up within 20 minutes over close neighbours Ellesmere Port Town Reserves.

Town deservedly pulled themselves back into the game through a Connor Howley brace, leaving the game tied 2-2 at half-time.

In an end-to-end second half Town were awarded a penalty which was saved by the out-stretched hand of keeper Ollie Jones.

With only five minutes remaining Port managed to get the decisive third goal thanks to Steve Dutton side stepping challenges and scoring from just inside the box into the top left hand corner of the net.

Newton Athletic returned to winning ways and remain second in the table, beating Kelsall 7-2 thanks to goals from Ben Woodman (4), Marc Moorefield, Mark Richards and an own-goal.

Shaftesbury Youth had a fine 3-0 win over Lodge Bar with goals from Jimmy Gomez, John McGraa and James Osbyrne.

Elsewhere Blacon Youth travelled to Higher Bebington Kelma, coming home with all three points after a 6-0 win.

AFC ESSAR are maintaining their grip on pole position of the CWFL Olympic Trophies Division One.

Goals from Josh Forster (3), Simon Whelan, Richard Keane and Adam Shorton gave them a 6-4 win over fifth-placed New Ferry Rangers who had Chris Carress, Scott Froggartt, Connah Bagley and Lee Doyle on the score sheet.

Adi Gough now sits on 499 career goals for Cestrian Alex after scoring twice helping them beat Ashton Athletic 5-1.

Tom Richardson, Chris Hibbert and Mark Blake added the others for Cestrian with Eastham replying through Taylor Evans.

FC UBER and Ellesmere Port FC Reserves fought out a 1-1 draw with Matt Williams and Paul Williams scoring respectively.

Clubbies continue in the rich vain of form, beating Elton Athletic 2-1 thanks to goals from Liam McGov- ern and Mikey Edwards.