LACHE sent out a signal of intent to their Chester & District League Football Boutique Division Two title rivals on Saturday.
The third-placed Westminster Park outfit showed no mercy on Boughton Athletic as they powered to a 13-1 home romp.
Sam Buckley (4), Liam McGovern (3), Mike Edwards (2), Kevin McGovern, Mike Waters, Dale Gilmartin and Adie Callaghan did the damage.
Lodge Bar did Lache a favour by holding Neston Nomads to a 2-2 draw.
Mike Birkey and Rob Marrs were on target for hosts Neston, who were knocked off top spot by FC Village’s 6-0 success at home to Orange Athletic 2nds.
Crossway Reserves lost 5-0 at Barcode Athletic and Groves (Mark Hampson) went down 2-1 at home to Rangers Breaks.
The big Queensferry Sports Premier Division clash went the way of second-placed Kelsall as they won 5-3 at third-placed Waggon & Horses.
Jack Hart, Steve Dee and Danny Barnes shared the home side’s strikes.
Kelma remain two points clear of Kelsall at the summit after triumphing 2-1 at Ellesmere Port 3rds.
Ross Broadbent, Neil Fields and Matty Cross fired Blacon Youth Club Highfield up to fifth with a 3-1 win at home to fourth-placed Cross Foxes.
Hoole Rangers also won, 3-2 at home to Groves Sports & Social Club thanks to Warren Fowles, Adam Jones and Lennox Beddows.
Crossway were the afternoon’s big hitters as they ran out 8-2 winners at Levers Athletic with goals from Phil Goff (4), Mike Bona (2), Andrew Thomas and Paul Thomas.
Uberlube hauled themselves up to third in Olympic Trophies Division One by winning 5-1 at Shaftesbury Youth Club.
Paul Tomlinson (2), Matty Elson, Stephen Dodd and Anthony Case got their names on the scoresheet for the in-form visitors.
Table-topping Peacock 09 (Dan Stevenson, Chris Boswell) won 2-0 at home to Hoole Rangers Reserves.
Cestrian Alex (Dave Hughes, Dave Stockton, Richard Deponeo) drew 3-3 at Ashton.
Ellesmere Port Town (Chris Coughlin, Gary Handley) are the new leaders of Link Up Division Three following their 2-1 victory at Bronze Social.
Elton Rigger are two places behind in third after they won 4-3 at Ridgewood Rangers.
Sammut on the spot
ELTON pulled clear of the Chester & District Sunday League Concorde Trophies Section A danger zone with a 4-3 victory at fellow strugglers Upton Youth Centre.
But they had to come from behind to do so after Nathan Crank, Pat Walsh and Mathew Crank put Upton in front.
A Billy Sammut penalty sealed Elton’s win with their earlier goals coming from Gary Pollitt (2) and Mark Richards.
Legends Sports Bar (Alfie Cheers 3, Scott Chard 3, Lee Bennion) cruised to a 7-1 success at home to Highfield Athletic.
Tarvin Rex closed the gap on Chester Chronicle Section B leaders AFC Lache to two points by winning 4-1 at Grosvenor Arms.
Paul Williams put the rock-bottom hosts ahead but their scoring ended there as Shaun Roberts scored twice from the penalty spot and Ben Groom and Matt Edwards once each from the open play to earn Tarvin the points.
Spital Vaults (Jordan Jones) saw their promotion hopes hit by a 7-1 home loss to Hickory’s.
A 55th-minute Joe Sumner free kick ensured Tattenhall edged a closely-fought contest at home to Waverton 1-0.
Egerton Arms won 2-1 at home to Red Door.
Stephen Massey netted the winner after Dave Kamperman had cancelled out Richard Jones’ opener for Egerton.
Stirrup shock Saints
FC BULL & Stirrup caused the surprise of the Chester & District FA Sunday Cup quarter-finals.
They won 3-1 at higher-division AFC Werburgh’s to seal their place in the last four of the Whitchurch Sports-sponsored competition.
The hosts broke the deadlock in the fifth minute through Michael Sirrett but Bull charged back to lead through a brace of David Shepherd goals.
Danny Eaton increased their lead after the break but they were forced to hold on in the dying stages, goalkeeper Chris Rixham pulling off a series of top saves to earn the man-of-the-match award.
Holders Corner Pin LG booked their semi-final spot with a 4-2 win at home to Malpas given to them by Leon Whitley, James McIntosh and Stuart McIntosh (2).
Last season’s runners-up Vicars Cross Dynamos (Nathan Mapletoft 2, Andrew Lloyd) won 3-1 at Custom House (Alex Grant).
Completing the line-up for the semis is Saltney Ferry after Andy Barrett’s second-half strike saw them to a hard-fought 1-0 home victory over AFC Lache.