CAPENHURST Villa secured three crucial points in their challenge for the West Cheshire League’s Division Two title with a 2-1 eclipse of West Kirby Reserves.
Cape are still 12 points adrift of leaders Poulton Vics Reserves, who were held 1-1 by New Brighton Reserves, but just five points in arrears of second-placed Halton.
On Saturday, Cape struck through Andy Jobber and Alan Locke to secure the three points.
Grange Athletic stayed in the promotion race after they won 2-1 at Chester Nomads, courtesy of a goal apiece from veteran Craig Newnes and Graham Tolley.
In Division One, Vauxhall Motors Reserves pulled off a superb 5-2 result over fourth-placed title outsiders Upton AA. Doubles from Tommy Carroll and Davie Lynch were supplemented by a goal from Anthony Carroll as Motors recorded their sixth win of the season.
Castrol Social returned to action at the racecourse stronghold of Aintree Villa, who won 2-0.
At Whitby Sports and Social Club, honours were shared after Ellesmere Port finished in a 1-1 stalemate with Marine Reserves. A goal from the Port’s Louis Walters was cancelled out by a reply from Marine’s Paul Pearson.
In Division Three, Capenhurst Villa Reserves romped home 8-0 at Shaftesbury. Cape’s biggest win of the season was confirmed by efforts from Jamie Whitlow (2), Ian Kelly (2), John Lyth, Chris McNeil, Barney Lloyd and Solly Seinton.
In the Ellesmere Port Sunday League, Barry Lloyd bagged an early Christmas present as he scored all of FC Sportsman’s goals in their 4-2 win over Sutton Villa in the Shell Premier.
Wolverham lost 4-2 at home to Hugo Travel Marquis and W&T Glazing were beaten 3-1 by visitors Grace.
In Division One, Bull Wanderers hammered Old Wirral Hundred 6-0 while Hope Farm Rangers registered an 8-3 win at LPSC. RBL Little Sutton overcame Rivacre 4-1 and Westminster Reserves put together a 2-1 win over Kingkabs.
The league resumes on January 6.