THE shockwaves from last Saturday's defeat at Aintree Villa failed to deter Poulton Vics march towards the Carlsberg West Cheshire League's Division One title.
The leaders consolidated their position after posting back-to-back wins inside four days. In midweek, a solitary strike from Kevin Davies, secured the points against Runcorn Town and on Saturday Vics avenged a recent defeat by New Brighton, after Davies, Mike McGraa, Andy Bolton, Danny McNicholas and Kevin Thompson found the net in a 5-1 victory.
Nearest rivals West Kirby were indebted to a Liam Atherton double, which clinched a 2-1 win against Newton, while reigning champions Heswall scored through Gary Reay to edge a 1-0 decision over Christleton. Vauxhall Motors bagged six points following wins against Newton and Ashville. Mark Smyth was on target for the Motormen in both games. Castrol Social escaped from bottom spot after Steve Renshaw stole in for the only goal at Cammell Laird Reserves.
Adam Carden (2), Davie Thompson and Dave Hughes netted for Maghull in the 4-0 eclipse of Mallaby, but efforts from Wayne Linnett and Ian Cocks failed to prevent Runcorn Town from dipping 3-2 at home to Merseyside Police. The improving Ellesmere Port over-came Aintree Villa 3-1, courtesy of a goal apiece from Andy Walker, Matty Forshaw and Paul Stevenson.
Division Two leaders Maghull Reserves continued to force the pace after goals from Joey Harrison and Joey Graney set up a 2-1 win at FC Pensby. Upton AA and Blacon YC remained in the leaders' slip-stream, after beating Chester Nomads and Helsby respectively.
It went pear shaped however for fourth-placed Capenhurst Villa, who only managed a 1-1 draw at bottom club Christleton Reserves. Ashville Reserves' fortunes took a turn for the better, after Gordon Harrison, Mike Kennedy, Steve McCann and Paul Benson scored in the 4-1 defeat of Heswall Reserves. Elsewhere, goals from Ian Cook, Ronan Kelly and Graham Roderick sparked MANWEB to a fine 3-1 win against Poulton Vics Reserves.
West Kirby Reserves increased their lead at the top of Division Three to nine points, after Shaun Dobbs and Matty O'Shea scored a goal each in the 2-1 win at Elles-mere Port Reserves. Three-goal Mike Hayes took the plaudits when Ellesmere Port Reserves recorded a 3-1 victory at Merseyside Police Reserves. Nico Kyriasis scored twice for New Brighton Reserves in their 3-1 triumph over Bronze Social, and Ben Irwin followed suit after MBNA won 4-0 at Manor Athletic.
A Dominic Gilchrist hat-trick saw Merseyside Police romp home 8-0 against West Kirby in the Youth Subsidiary Cup at Arrowe Park. While New Brighton celebrated a 4-2 result over Poulton Vics thanks to efforts from James Harris (2) Adam Caldow and Tyler McCaffrey.
RESULTS: Carleberg West Cheshire League: Wednesday: Division One: Ashville 1(G McGuiness) Maghull 1(D Thompson), Cammell Laird Res v Aintree Villa - P, Poulton Victoria 1 (K Davies) Runcorn Town 0, Vauxhall Motor Res 2 (C O'Donnell, M Smyth) Newton 0.
Saturday: Division One: Cammell Laird Res 0 Castrol Social 1 (Renshaw), Ellesmere Port 3 (A Walker, M Forshaw, P Stevenson) Aintree Villa 1 (P Wainwright), Heswall 1 (G Reay) Christleton 0, Maghull 4 (A Corden (2), D Thompson, D Hughes) Mallaby 0, Poulton Victoria 5 (K Davies, M McGraa, A Bolton, G McMicholas, K Thompson) New Brighton 1 (C Griffiths), Runcorn Town 2 (W Linnett, I Cocks) Merseyside Police 3 (C Killen, C Gorrell, R Dunn), Vaux-hall Motors 2 (M Smyth, N McGann) Ashville 1 (D McDermott), West Kirby 2 (L Atherton (2)) Newton 1 (T Murray).
Division Two: Ashville Reserves 4 (G Harrison, P Benson, M Kennedy, S McCann) Heswall Reserves 1 (J Kenyon), Blacon Youth Club 3 (C Riley, L McEllmeel (2)) Helsby 2 (P Maloney, L Guest), Christleton Reserves 1 (N Ashford) Capenhurst Villa 1 (D Murphy), FC Pensby 1 (Owen Davies) Maghull Res 2 (J Harrison, J Greeny), Halton 1 (A Siner) Runcorn Town Res 1 (M Garland), Manweb 3 (I Cook, R Kelly, G Roderick) Poulton Victoria Res 1 (J Johnson), Upton AA 4 (S Andrews (3), D Andrews) Chester Nomads 3 (S Alston, C Cutler, D Rogers).
Division Three: AFC Bebington Athletic 1 (B Jenner) Manweb Res 2 (J Bennett (og)), Capenhurst Villa Res 0 West Kirby Res 2 (S Dodds, M O'Shea), Focus 1 (M Wright) Shaftesbury 0, Manor Athletic 0 MBNA 4 (B Irwin (2), G Handley, M Crottley), Mersey Royal 0 Grange Atheltic 2 (P Selby (2)), Merseyside Police Res 1 (A Roune) Ellesmere Port Res 3 (Mike Hayes (3)), New Brighton Res 3 (L Davey, N Kyrlasis (2)) Bronze Social 1 (Habib Braimo).