DESPITE still having four games left to save themselves from relegation to Division Two, Castrol Social remain in danger after a brace of defeats in the past week.
Last Wednesday, the Oilmen went down 6-2 in their derby match at home to Vauxhall Reserves while they suffered a 2-0 reversal at Newton on Saturday.
In contrast, the Motormen have dispelled any lingering doubts of the drop with their second win of the week, overcoming General Chemicals 4-2 at Rivacre Park on Saturday.
Second Division Capenhurst Villa's hopes of beating the drop were boosted with a 5-2 win at Upton AA last Monday but they crashed back down to earth on Saturday with a 5-0 defeat at Maghull Reserves.
In the Third Division, Ellesmere Port Reserves overcame Upton AA Reserves 4-0 while Grange Athletic drew 1-1 at MBNA.
Rivacre Park played host to the Pyke Cup final on Good Friday with Poulton Victoria defeating West Kirby 1-0 after extra time.
Defences dominated but Vics lifted the cup for the seventh time in their history, when one of the games better performers, Matty Cass, headed through his own goal eight minutes into the second half of extra time.
Both sides cancelled each other out with Davie Huyton, Ricky Comber and the impressive Greg Stones outstanding at the back for Vics, with Steve Keogh, Cass and Martin Beattie equally as impervious for Pete Talman's outfit.
There was almost an explosive start to the game as Vics striker, Kevin Davies fired wide inside the first five seconds, but once the game settled, it was obvious that one goal would decide the issue.
Substitute Mike Pickles, went closest for Kirby when his rasping drive rebounded from the woodwork on 62 minutes, and at the other end soon after, Cooper pulled off a superb save to thwart Gary Reay's dipping volley.
The first period of extra time, saw Kirby, prompted by midfield workhorse Ben Pollard, almost snatch the winner, when Peter McNay headed narrowly wide from Tommy Baker's free kick.
After the break it was Kirby who then had a big let-off after efforts from Reay and Mike Bates struck the woodwork in quick succession, following clever approach work from Craig Cartwright.
However, the breakthrough came soon afterwards when the ball zipped off the head of the unlucky Cass and went in off the underside of the bar despite the valiant efforts of Timmy Burke to make the clearance.
Fixtures - Saturday (3pm) - First Division; Heswall v Castrol Social.
Second Division: Capenhurst Villa v Blacon YC.
Third Division: Ellesmere Port v Grange Athletic.
Monday (6.30pm) - Second Division: Capenhurst Villa v Maghull Res.
As part of the club's 70th birthday celebrations, Division One league leaders Newton cordially invite all players past and present to their annual presentation evening, to be held at their Millcroft ground on Saturday May 22.
For further details, contact Jon Murray on 0151 645 5506 or Alan Danbner on 0151 653 2151.