DANGER side West Kirby continued to disrupt everyone’s season by breaking Vauxhall Motors Reserves’ winning sequence in the West Cheshire League Division One.
The Motormen, who had been rebuilding their season in recent weeks, fell 3-1 to the reigning champions.
Goals from Kyle Jones, Paul Casey and John Paul Stanhope rendered a Tommy Carroll strike redundant as they moved into second.
In contrast, Motors remain fourth from bottom in the table and need maximum returns from this weekend’s trip to fellow strugglers Ashville to maintain their push for mid-table safety.
Elsewhere in Division One, Ellesmere Port’s fixture with Newton and Castrol Social’s tussle with bottom club, Maghull, were both postponed.
In the Division Two derby clash, Capenhurst Villa maintained their push for promotion with a 4-1 victory at Grange Athletic. Doubles from Ryan Nicholl and Ronnie McGill assured third-placed Cape of maximum spoils, and edged them two points nearer to second-placed Halton. Steve Salcedo netted Grange’s consolation.
Willaston lost 1-0 at leaders Poulton Victoria Reserves, who fielded several first teamers in their line up but had to rely on a solitary strike from Sean Kelly to kill off the visitors.
Ellesmere Port Reserves travelled to Focus in Division Three and finished second best on the day after goals from Jonathan Starkey (2) and Chris Power anchored the hosts to a 3-0 win.
Castrol Social make the trek to Marine Park this Saturday for a key Division One clash with West Kirby. The Oilmen will do well to come away with a point against a side looking to be Division One’s first back to back title winners since 1998. Local rivals Ellesmere Port stand a good chance of achieving a result at inconsistent performers Aintree Villa and a result at the Racecourse Ground would keep the Port on the fringe of the title race.
In Division Two, Capenhurst Villa can blow the title race wide open if they win at leaders Poulton Victoria Reserves, while neighbours Willaston should return to winning ways at the expense of struggling Fairfield Athletic. Promotion outsiders Grange Athletic entertain Maghull Reserves.
Blacon YC Reserves are Ellesmere Port Reserves’ visitors in Division Three, and Capenhurst Villa Reserves start as underdogs against FC Pensby.