Chester & Wirral League
Callum Bratley produced a man-of-the-match performance for Christleton Celtic as they breezed past St Saviours in the first round of the Chester & Wirral League Roodee Web Designs Tom Gerraghty Memorial Trophy.
Bratley bagged a brace in the 6-1 home success with Celtic’s other goals coming from Ben Gregory (2), Sam Stallwood and Joe Muir. Tom Bloodworth netted a consolation for the Saints.
Previously winless Upton Rangers (Sam Dodd, Andy Brewery, James King) also progressed after an impressive 3-2 victory at Ellesmere Port Reserves.
Blacon Youth had an easier day of it as they cruised past Elton Rigger 10-1.
The four-goal Warren Roberts led the way with Aaron Stoke hitting a hat-trick and James Henry, Lee McElmeel and Danny Davies also on target for the visitors. Ben Jones replied for the Rigger.
Higher Bebington Kelma (Mark Lawler 3, Steve Dawson 2, James Marsden, Paul Roberts) were 7-1 winners at home to Eastham Athletic.
In the Queensferry Sports Premier Division Newton Athletic reduced Birkenhead Town’s lead at the top to just five points after a 6-2 triumph at MBNA (Lewis Mitchell, Matty Armstrong).
Lewis Davenport scored a fine hat-trick for Newton for whom Ben Woodman (2) and Dan Christian also found the net.
Lodge Bar (Joe Yates 2, Scott Boswell, Ally McNaughton) kept their title ambitions alive with a 4-1 home victory over Ellesmere Port (James Holroyd).
Chester Nomads 3rds leapfrogged MBNA and moved out of the bottom two after producing a great team performance to beat Kelsall 3-0.
John Roberts, Mitch Mowatt and Callum Bowness did the damage for the hosts.
In Olympic Trophies Division One table-topping Franklyn’s succumbed to their first league defeat of the season at the hands of third-placed Cestrian Alex.
Adi Gough, Stuart Putson and Niall Peaker got the goals in a superb 3-1 away win for the Alex with Colin Singleton reducing the arrears.
AFC ESSAR made the most of Franklyn’s slip to move within one point of pole position with a 4-1 victory at home to Elton Athletic (Dean Millington).
Clubbies (John Senior 4, Chris Hulse, Adam Davies, James Lehman) stormed to a 7-0 success at Whitby Athletic.
Neston Nomads (Andy Lewis 2, Adam Jones) won 3-0 at home to FC UBER while Hoole Rangers (Ali Thompson, Matt Sharpe) picked up a point with a decent 2-2 draw at New Ferry Rangers (Sean Hyland, Lee Doyle).
Princes Villa (Kyle Huish 2, Kyle Gibson) moved into second in Link Up Division Two with a 3-1 win at home to Hoole Youth (Kurt Clarke).
Jason Day netted twice for Crossway as they drew 2-2 at home to Chester Argyle, for whom Tim Ashbrook and Lee Harrison struck.
Chester & District Sunday League
FC Blacon recorded their first win of the Chester & District Sunday League Concorde Trophies Section A season by edging a nine-goal thriller 5-4 at home to Axis United.
Sam Davies hit a hat-trick for Blacon for whom Lee Bennion and Gary Ellams also found the net. Elliot Pryce’s treble and Jordon Fulton’s single proved in vain for Axis.
AFC Bears Paw jumped above Sutton Casuals and into second with a 6-3 away success.
But they had to do it the hard way, twice coming from behind to claim a crucial three points with goals from Dean Millington, Todd Reid, Nathan Mapletoft (2), Stephen Benson and Dean Akinwale.
Paul Butler, Sam Crossley and Michael Griffith were on target for Sutton, who also saw a penalty saved by Mark Heron.
Spital Vaults remain three points off top spot in Section B after a 4-2 success at home to Purple Olive.
The title challengers took the lead in the very first minute when a defensive mix-up between Olive’s stand-in goalkeeper and a defender allowed Joe Muir to tap home.
Wayne Manning then restored parity before a superb individual goal from Charlie Jones put Spital back in front.
Olive were then reduced to 10 men when their keeper was dismissed for a deliberate handball outside of his penalty area.
But that did not prevent Manning from equalising for the second time in a closely fought encounter.
On a big Christleton pitch, however, Olive began to tire and Matty Astbury nudged Spital back into the lead before Jay Bride secured the points with a 30-yard lob.
Leaders Tarvin Rex won their big village derby clash at Waverton 2-0 thanks to goals either side of half-time from Callum Woods and Shayne Ellams.
Custom House were comfortable 5-0 winners at Dee Rangers with Daniel Hinchcliffe, Andy Hornsby, Tom Thorley (2) and Steve Marsh doing the damage.
West Park Rangers won 4-2 at home to AFC Tattenhall with Declan McHugh and Matthew Tarbuck both bagging braces. Collen Mutete and Damon Smith replied.
Cheshire Amateur Cup
Chester Nomads booked their place in the fourth round of the Cheshire Amateur Cup with a hard-fought 4-2 win at West Cheshire League Division One rivals Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.
Motors had lost their manager and five first-team players in the build up to the third-round clash.
But that did not stop them from going in front through Alex Griffiths.
Motors, however, then had a man sent off and two goals from Jack Delgardo, the second from the spot, turned the tables.
A header from Elliott Jackson restored parity before Nomads missed the chance to settle the tie in normal time when Tom Bradley saved a last-minute penalty from Delgardo.
Chester were not to be denied, though, and second-half extra-time goals from Tom Smith and Charlie Mann ensured their progression and a round-four showdown with holders Ashville.
Welsh Premier League
Airbus UK Broughton remain in the Welsh Premier League relegation zone after their winless run stretched to six games with a 2-0 defeat at in-form Cardiff Met University on Sunday.
The Wingmakers were downed by goals in each half from Adam Roscrow and Charlie Corsby while the students also stuck the woodwork three times in the second period.
Second-from-bottom Airbus face a crucial clash at home to fourth-from-bottom Rhyl on Saturday (2.30pm).
Malpas had won 4-1 at Whitchurch Alport in the Ethelston Cup quarter-finals in the week, Adam Hailes, Daniel Lloyd, Joe Sumner and Richard Sadler with the goals.
Chester & District FA Sunday Cup
A brace of goals from Jack Gittins saw FC Hickory’s into the semi-finals of the Chester & District FA Sunday Cup with a 2-1 triumph at home to St Saviours, for whom Jacob Pryce set up a nervy finish.
West Cheshire League
Steve Rowland and Steve Benson did the damage as Upton AA Reserves won 2-0 at Chester Nomads Reserves in West Cheshire League Division Three on Saturday.