AN under-strength Ellesmere Port were on the end of a second consecutive defeat after they lost at home to mid-table rivals Aston on Saturday.
Port skipper Phil Ashton said: 'We don't want to be seen to be making excuses but having four players out made the difference. This is a very competitive league with all the teams pretty evenly matched.
'But Aston are a great batting side and we were a couple of bowlers too short to match them. It was a good effort though and the players from the second team came in and did a decent job.'
Port elected to bat first and were immediately put on the back foot by the visitors, with opener Roberts (1) being trapped lbw by Leese (1-40).
Fellow opener Gattrell (3) quickly joined him after being caught by Richardson off Little (5-57), with Sayers (4) falling next after being caught by Leese off Little as Aston ripped through the hosts' top order.
Skipper Ashton and Isaacs provided some stability at the crease, making 71 between them before Ashton (36) was bowled by Little and Isaacs (35) was caught by Richardson off Pennock (2-26).
Daniels (25) and Cheeseborough (20) were next to go for the Port after they were skittled by Pennock and Little respectively.
Rawson (10) was removed after being caught by Potts off Little, while Lythe was not out for eight as the hosts made 164-8 from the allotted overs.
In reply, the visitors lost Wright (5) early on after he was caught by Ashton off Daniels (3-67), but Pennock (43) stepped up to put Aston in the driving seat before being caught by Lythe off Daniels.
Leese (13) was next out after being caught by Cheeseborough off Sayers (1-29), then the impressive Davis (49) was caught by Rawson off Isaacs (1-40) and C Beesley (28) was caught by Sayers off Daniels.
Hyland (16no) and M Beesley (4no) guided Aston to victory as they reached 167-5 to leapfrog the Port in the table.
Port took 11 points, Aston 20.