West Cheshire League
Upton AA held on for a hard-earned point at Cammell Laird 1907 Reserves in Division One despite finishing the game with nine fit men. Luke Finch got a double with Nathan Mapletoft adding the third. Tom Hartley, Jack Ford and Ricky Neale responded for the hosts.
Matty Johnson gave Helsby a deserved minute lead at Capenhurst Villa but the hosts replied from the spot via Ryan Nicol following a deliberate handball that saw the Greens reduced to 10 men. Even with a reduction in numbers, Helsby enjoyed more of the second-half action but with 18 minutes remaining excellent work by Nicol set up Phil Quilliam to head in the winner.
Chester Nomads netted through Danny Desormeaux but Mossley Hill Athletic ran out 3-1 winners Owen Cassidy (2) and Yusuf Malik. Blacon Youth Club dropped into the bottom two after a 4-2 home defeat to Maghull who had Mark Madden as a two-goal man
In Division Three, Helsby Reserves head the table after Kevin Hughes (2) and Ben Smith steered them to a 3-2 win over Newton Reserves who had James Webb and Jamie Horwath registering.
Upton AA Reserves maintained their promotion push as Matt Ingle, Chris Dunning, Andy Henry and Gary Handley fired home in the 4-0 defeat of neighbours Chester Nomads Reserves.
Chester & Wirral League
Lodge Bar closed the gap at the top of the Premier Division with a thrilling 5-4 win at Whitby Athletic. Joe Yates (2), Liam Mackin, Ilya Haycock and Mike Gawthorpe gave them the win.
Leaders Birkenhead Town were held 3-3 at Shaftesbury Youth, Deva Athletic had a convincing 7-2 win at Kelsall with doubles for Dechlan Jarrett, Steve Creelman and Darragh O'Callaghan, and Ellesmere Port had a 5-1 victory at Higher Bebington Kelma.
Lache are well placed in third following a 4-1 success at Christleton Celtic with Liam McGovern scoring twice.
Blacon Thistle made it nine straight wins in Division One but had to dig deep to see off Neston Nomads Reserves 4-3 via Joe Henry (2), Danny Davies and Tom George.
Newton Athletic head the chasing pack after a 2-0 win at Chester Nomads 3rds through Dan Christian and Lewis Davenport.
Franklyns recorded a 7-1 success at Cestrian Alex with Dave Swaine bagging a hat-trick and Ashton lost 3-1 at home to Lodge Bar Reserves.
Division Two leaders Clubbies were held 1-1 at home to Eastham Athletic despite a James Simpson strike.
Nearest challengers MBNA cruised past Hoole Rangers Reserves 7-2 with Paul Jones scoring a hat-trick while third-placed Samba hammered hapless Hoole Youth 14-0 as John Britton netted four.
Crossway celebrated a 4-0 at Ellesmere Port Spartans, Woodchurch Athletic Reserves won 6-1 at Elton Rigger and New Ferry Rangers breezed to a 6-0 win over Ellesmere Port Town 3rds.
In the Vets Division, leaders Nags Head Bunbury tasted defeat for the first time going down 5-3 at home to Dee Rangers despite two Vinny Burden goals.
Blacon Youth made it three wins from three, defeating Frodsham Park 5-2 with Lee McElmeel scoring a hat-trick.
Plough swept past Tarvin 6-0 and Tattenhall beat Crossway 4-2 thanks to Ben Erwin's double.
Chester & District Sunday League
Callum Bratley scored a hat-trick as Spital Vaults won 5-2 at AFC Tattenhall to reach the Bill Gresty Memorial Trophy semi-finals. Jack Grimes and Joe Turner got the rest with Ross Farquar responding with a second-half double.
Matty Hall netted the winner as Sutton Casuals scraped past Purple Olive SC. Peter Barnett (2) and Lee Ludgate helped ensure a Wayne Manning brace and Jamie Gibb's strike counted for nothing.
Westminster eased through with a 5-0 win at home to Upton Youth Centre. Carl Ngiam (2), Chris Yew (2) and Luke Edwards got the goals.
In Section A, FC Blacon thrashed a depleted Dee Rangers side 16-1 with Andy Bale scoring five times. Adam Cheers and Wayne Rigby chipped in with trebles, Leon Jones added a double and Alfy Cheers, Jay Page and Joe Turner wrapped things up. Ryan Williams netted a consolation.
Tom Berry and Mark Moorfield netted hat-tricks as Handbridge Red Bulls defeated Axis United 7-5 with Mat Elson adding the seventh. Handbridge keeper Andy Hollinger made a howler for one of United's goals with Jordan Fulton (2), Cal Bowness, Ryan Farrell and Wes Sinclair on target.
Highfield Horses continue to toil under Chris Young despite Neil Fields netting against FC Hickory's. Two-goal Jack Gittins and Sam Carr gave the visitors a 3-1 success.
Gary Handley's late spot kick earned Vicars Cross Dynamos a 3-3 draw at home to Custom House. Sean Taylor, Mike Berry and Tom Thornley had them heading for defeat before Handley added to earlier strikes from Josh Carew, his first for eight years, and Mark Thompson.
Tarvin Rex overcame Chester Riley's 6-2 in Section B thanks an Adam Crimes hat-trick, Neil Astbury, Tom Peters and John Hallam. Jason Lyttle and Ben Haseldin replied.
West Park Rangers defeated fellow strugglers Holdi 5-1 with goals from Kyle Shaw, Andre Vickers, Kieran Shaw, Sam Ashbrook and Dan Brunnin. Dean Courtney got the consolation.
Malpas shared 12 goals and the points with Denton Town in a thrilling 6-6 draw. Andy Morris and Eddy Barlow gave them a two goal lead but Town came back to lead 4-2 through Marti Bentley, Jordan McCann, Ryan Liddle and Carl Walker.
Morris got his second to bring Malpas to within a goal and a minute before half-time Barlow headed in for his brace to level the scores.
Malpas hit the front again with 20 minutes remaining via Joe Sumner but Bentley netted for the second time to equalise. Lee Parry lashed home what looked to be the winner for Malpas but in stoppage time McCann converted a penalty to ensure the game ended all square.
Dan Ball and Max Owen bagged second-half goals as Tarporley Victoria drew 2-2 with Golborne Sports, who had Stephen Hickling and Sam Rimmer on target.