IT was a Saturday to forget for the four Chester sides in West Cheshire League Division One.
But at least Upton AA could be pleased with the performance they showed in going down 2-1 at defending champions Ashville.
The visitors took an early lead through player-manager Andy Lloyd and were denied the chance of an equaliser when Nathan Mapletoft had a strong penalty appeal turned down.
Man-of-the-match Kieran Smith offered a consolation as a youthful Chester Nomads team fell to a 5-1 defeat at Marine Reserves.
Under-strength Blacon Youth Club were also well beaten, 3-1 at home by Mossley Hill Athletic, after Jamie Rodgers had put them in front with a penalty.
Christleton lost 2-1 at Cammell Laird Reserves.
Adam Thelwell-Wilson netted for Christleton, for whom it was their second defeat in four days after being beaten 3-1 in midweek at derby specialists Blacon, for whom Sam Henry hit a hat-trick.
On the same night Upton and Nomads played out a 0-0 draw at Cheshire County Sports Club.
Capenhurst Villa (Mike Banks, Robbie McDowell 2) won 3-0 at home to Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves in Division Two on Saturday. Helsby (Wes Huizer), however, lost 2-1 at home to Ashville Reserves.
Christleton Reserves (Dean Brown 2) triumphed 2-1 at Hale Reserves in Division Three.
Champs leave it late
CORNER Pin LG staged a late comeback to draw their Chester & District Sunday League Concorde Trophies Section A derby at Saltney Social Club 2-2.
Sam Buckley and Jake Gibbons put the hosts ahead and that was the way it stayed until the 80th minute when Joey Desormeaux ran the length of the pitch, evading tackle after tackle, before scoring.
Eight minutes later the defending champions equalised through Lucas Robinson.
Promoted AFC Lache (Warren Kelly 3, Addie Callaghan, Leon Whitley) continued their flying start with a 5-1 win at home to Upton Youth Centre.
Saltney Ferry (Luke Rees, Ryan McCrery, Tom Rowlands 2, Mike Marsh) matched that scoreline at Tarvin Rex (Sebastian Kilgallon).
FC Frodsham (Kevin Hughes 2, Simon Atkinson 2) made it three wins from three in Abbey Taxis Section B with a hard-fought 4-3 victory at Northgate Village (Jason Little, Anthony Monaco, James Graham).
Ferry Athletic’s league bow ended in a 4-0 defeat at home to AFC Lock Vaults (Paul Moore, James Shone, James Andrews, Andrew Graham).
There was a programme of matches on Tuesday.
In Section A, Vicars Cross Dynamos took over at top with a 5-2 win at home to Custom House, Saltney Social got their season up and running with a 9-3 victory at Upton, and Highfield Athletic drew 4-4 at home to FC Bull & Stirrup.
Lock Vaults hit the summit of Section B with a 6-0 success at Blacon Youth. Spital Vaults won a thriller 6-5 at home to Red Door, there were also wins for FC Hickory’s, 1-0 at home to Northgate, and Dee Rangers, 3-2 at Ferry, while Tattenhall drew 3-3 at home to Waverton.
Super Sam settles it
SAM Henry scored the winner as Waggon & Horses continued their unbeaten start to the Chester & District Sunday League Queensferry Sports Premier Division season on Saturday.
Chris Williams gave Waggon a two-goal lead at home to Ellesmere Port but they needed Henry’s strike to ensure they edged it 3-2.
Ashton (Mark Irwin 2, Shaun Campbell 2, Dean Ratcliffe) moved up to third in Olympic Trophies Division One with a 5-2 home win over previously unbeaten leaders Uberlube.
Lache (Addie Callaghan, Warren Kelly, Dan Whitley) drew 3-3 at home to Pensby Athletic.
Helsby Reserves (James McGrane 2, Lee Guirado 2, Mark Hobson 2, Mark Antrobus, Alex Hale) stormed into the second round of the Roodee Web Design Tom Gerraghty Memorial Trophy with an 8-0 success at higher-division Hoole Rangers Reserves.