HELSBY almost made it third time lucky in the Cheshire Amateur Cup on Saturday – but Runcorn Town fought back to qualify for the quarter-finals.
The Green Machine had twice travelled to their West Cheshire League Division One rivals to attempt to play the last-16 tie only for the weather to intervene.
But having moved the game to the Helsby Community Sports Club, the hosts found themselves 3-1 up through Samir Bailey, Idris Kamara and Gary Lunt. Runcorn found another gear, however, and snatched a 4-3 victory from the jaws of defeat.
In the Chester Senior Cup second round, Christleton eased through at Barrow Athletic 5-1 thanks to doubles from Danny Davies and Paul Sweeney and a Lee Butterworth single.
Blacon Youth Club picked up a morale-boosting result at Cairns Crescent as Niall Peaker and Billy Thompson scored to give them a 2-0 win over Crossway.
Upton AA narrowly avoided an upset at City Bar as they won 2-1 with goals from Pat Walsh and Arjon Wolfsharr.
Blacon Youth Club Reserves booked their place in the fourth round of the Chester Challenge Cup with a 3-2 success at home to West Cheshire League Division Two neighbours Upton AA Reserves.
Ian Hastings and Jake Warne struck for Upton but a Scott Broadbent hat-trick saw Blacon through.
In West Cheshire League Division Two, Capenhurst Villa managed to beat the downpours, only to lose 2-1 at home to Mallaby, with Andy Newland’s effort unable to salvage a point.
In Division Three, St Werburgh’s were thrashed 16-0 at Hale.
Christleton host Halton in Division One on Saturday (2pm) while Blacon make their way to Marine Reserves (3pm).
Upton are without a game this weekend but Helsby make their to Ellesmere Port in the Pyke Cup first round (1.30pm).
Tarporley Victoria missed the chance to move within three points of top spot in Cheshire League Division Two on Saturday as they were held to a 3-3 home draw by Grappenhall Sports.
Malpas ended their losing run by drawing 4-4 at home to Barnton.
For the weekend’s football fixtures, see our Sport in Detail section on page 67.