Chester & Wirral League
Once again the wet weather ravaged the fixture list but eight games survived with Christleton Celtic defeating Whitby Athletic 6-3 in the Premier Division.
Whitby went to great lengths to ensure the match went ahead, switching to a 3G surface but the visitors took home the points thanks to Callum Bratley’s hat-trick, Chris Simmons (2) and an own goal. James Atkins (2) and Sean Weaver replied.
In the Chester & District FA Challenge Cup, Kelsall thumped Hoole Rangers Reserves 8-2 with Adam Crimes netting a treble. Tom Christopher (2), Tom Peters, Sean Page and Sam Telford got the rest.
Lodge Bar produced a stirring comeback to recover from two goals down and beat Deva Athletic 3-2 thanks to Adi Callaghan, Tom Smith and in-form Ilya Haycock. Lee Constantine and Darragh O’Callaghan had given Deva a decent lead at the break.
MBNA eased into the next round with a 4-1 win over Chester Nomads 3rds. Early strikes from Gaz Edwards and Paul Rambaldi put them in charge but Nomads pulled one back before the break. Craig Spence and Paul Jones netted in the second-period to secure the victory.
Lache gave up home advantage against Ashton and the holders looked to have made the wrong decision when two quickfire goals had them staring down the barrell but Andy Dutton’s men battled back to run out 5-2 winners thanks to Tommy Booth (2), Leon Whitley, Tom Bailey and Sam Spridgeon.
West Cheshire League side Chester Nomads Reserves thrashed Crossway 10-0 with Charlie Mann bagging a hat-trick. Ryan Trousedale(2), Josh Carew, Jack Delgado, Kai Stockton, Lewis Clarke and Liam Ashton got the rest.
In the League Cup, Newton Athletic stormed into the quarter finals with an emphatic 6-0 defeat of Premier Division outfit Ellesmere Port Town Reserves. The goals came from Marc Moorfield (2), Lewis Davenport, Adam Pownall, Dan Eaton and an own goal.
Ellesmere Port Spartans overcome Orange Athletic 5-3 to reach the Cayzer Shield quarter finals with Lee Hearn netting a hat-trick and further strikes from Josh Leedham and Paul Murphy.
West Cheshire League
Upton AA secured three points thanks to a successful away day at Hale in Division One as Todd Reid’s side claimed a 3-2 victory.
Bradley Williams and Graham Roderick obliged for the hosts but a brace from Lee Guirado and a single Chris Melia strike wrapped up a valuable win for the visitors.
Helsby staged an impressive fightback to recover from two goals down and earn a point with a 2-2 draw at Maghull.
It looked set to be another disappointing afternoon for the Greens early doors when Brad Smart lived up to his name as he gave the home side a 2-0 lead.
However, the visitors hit back and claimed a share of the spoils with goals from Dean Walker and Steven Woodward.
Malpas had to settle for a point after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Rylands in the Premier Division.
Alex Hughes gave the home side the lead on 18 minutes and that was the score remained until six minites into the second-half when Odi Koubemba equalised.
An own goal from Calum Wilson gave Malpas the lead again on 79 minutes but Kris Bell’s late penalty ensured the game ended all square.
Tarporley Victoria suffered a 3-2 loss at home to Mersey Valley in the group stages of the JA Walton Challenge Cup.
Daniel Ball and Nick Ball netted for Vics but a double from James Liversedge and a Thomas Hopkins effort meant it was the visitors who prevailed.
Chester & District Sunday League
Just one game went ahead with unbeaten Bears Paw climbing into third place in Section A thanks to a 3-2 win over Axis United.
It was hard going however as United twice led but the Bears dug deep and took the three points with a Tommy Harries winner.
Ryan Farrell gave Axis the lead but Sam Jones equalised before half-time. Farrell got his second of the game after the restart to put Axis in front again but Aaron Hinchcliffe brought the teams level again before Harries pounced to win the game.