BARNTON announced their arrival in Cheshire League Division Two last week with a thumping victory over rivals Lostock Gralam.

The Townfield Lane side enjoyed a remarkable 6-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Grey Lambs last Tuesday night at Moss Farm with goals coming from Tom Sneyd (2), Dean Mundy, Jamie Blinkhorn, Daniel Bebbington and Kevin Douglas.

But Barnton, who were relegated last season and had suffered two consecutive defeats prior to the shock result, could not build on the win as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Maine Road Reserves on Saturday in the Challenge Cup.

Speaking after the 6-1 victory last week, Duckett told the Chronicle the win was probably his finest since becoming a manager of Mid Cheshire football teams.

“After half an hour we were 6-0 up!” he said. “To be honest I thought Lostock’s side was stronger than the one they put out last time but we had a close to a full-strength side with lads playing in their preferred positions and it came together.

“Ben Harrison and Pete Gibbon have come to us from Lostock and they both played well. I don’t think Lostock were too happy with the result of course but they have got a lot of good players and they will be fine.”

League leaders Lostock bounced back with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Grappenhall Sports to claim a place in the League Cup quarter-finals.

Lewis Warren opened the scoring before efforts from Anton Palmer, Steve Astbury and Liam Sharples made the game safe.

On Saturday, Lostock host New Mills Reserves while Barnton play host to Daten (both games 3pm).