RAILWAY Athletic moved into pole position in the Chester & District League Queensferry Sports Premier Division on Saturday with a 6-0 success at Sutton Way Villa.
Jake Harrison fired four and Adam Brawn two in the one-sided affair.
Third-placed Highfield Athletic had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Groves despite Adam Langton’s strike.
At the other end of the table Saughall Thursday won 4-1 at fellow strugglers Hoole Rangers (Mike Winstanley), but Crossway (Aaron Edwards, Mike Donnah, Phil Goff) lost 4-3 at Heswall Windows.
Previous pacesetters Chester Nomads 2nds suffered their second cup shock in a week as they were knocked-out of the League Cup.
After losing to Lache in the Roodee Web Design Tom Gerraghty Memorial Trophy, Nomads fell 4-3 at home to Neston Nomads and their four-goal star Alex Clare. John Imleck’s hat-trick was in vain.
It was also an afternoon to forget for Chester Nomads 3rds as they fell 3-1 at home to Ashton (Alex Richards 2, Tom Port) in Olympic Trophies Division One.
Duddon United (Rob Lawton 2, Mark Fitzsimmons) fared better, winning 3-0 at home to Rangers Breaks.
Barrow Athletic (Mark Pugh) lost 2-1 at home to high-flying Manor Athletic; Frodsham Vets 2-0 at Halfwayhouse Celtic.