A WEEK after crushing Merseyside Police 5-0, Division One's bottom club Ellesmere Port showed their determination to beat the drop with a 1-0 win at Cammell Laird Reserves.
The battling victory was achieved thanks to a solitary strike from Steve Chambers which knocked the stuffing out of their high flying hosts and put Kevin Mulville's outfit within touching distance of their relegation rivals.
Vauxhall Motors Res continued their winning vein with two-goal Danny McNicholas calling the shots in Saturday's 3-1 eclipse of reigning champions Newton, with Craig Nall also netting.
Despite a smart double from player-manager Maurice Doyle, Castrol Social were second best on the day at Ashville, who had hat-trick hero Dave McDermott in fine fettle in the 5-2 triumph.
In Division Two, promotion-seeking Capenhurst Villa rediscovered their touch and made the most of the 1-1 draw between current leaders Mond Rangers and nearest rivals New Brighton.
Villa recorded a 3-1 win at Maghull Reserves thanks to a Paul Stanley strike and Mark Ryan brace.
Karl Dunbar scored for Division Three leaders Willaston in their 1-1 draw at Capen-hurst Villa Reserves with James Fletcher replying.
There was a welcome 4-0 win for Grange Athletic at West Kirby Reserves as efforts from Steve Finley (2), Paul Beckett and Robbie Shepherd kept the Stanney Grange side in contention for promotion.
Ellesmere Port's second string also had a good day with Phil Coran and Steve Hickson applying the finishing touches in their 2-0 triumph over MBNA.
Saturday's fixtures (2pm) - Pyke Cup second round:
Castrol Social v Vauxhall Res. Division Two: Capenhurst Villa v FC Pensby.
Division Three: Ellesmere Port Res v Grange Athletic; New Brighton Res v Capen-hurst Villa Res.
Wirral Amateur Cup semi-finals: Shaftesbury v Vauxhall A; Willaston v Heswall Res.