West Cheshire League
Joint-bosses Paul Dowridge and Jamie Rogers will give the Blacon Youth Club squad time to adjust to life in West Cheshire League Division One.
Sam Henry netted a consolation as Blacon were thumped 7-1 at Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday, the second time the side have shipped seven goals this term.
Blacon were missing five first team regulars and the squad, which includes the nucleus of last season’s reserves from the Chester & District Football League, couldn’t cope with Motors firepower.
“Vauxhall were decent but we struggled without the likes of Ross Broadbent, Josh Keir and a few more,” said Dowridge.
“We went to keep everything positive and there are signs there that we’ll be okay but we do need to sharpen up at the back.
“It’s big step up to West Cheshire and we’ve got a lot of young lads so it’s going to take time.
“It’s only September and we have played some good teams so we are still upbeat.”
Blacon will be looking to get back with a trip to Liverpool-based side Hale on Saturday (3pm).
Dowridge said: “We are hoping that we’ll have everyone back for the game.”
Upton AA take a break from the league to focus on the Cheshire FA Amateur Cup.
Todd Reid’s side host Warrington Town Reserves in the first round on Saturday (3pm).
Upton, who still have games to make up after being reprieve from relegation following the withdrawal of Christleton, recorded a fine 2-1 win at Ashville last weekend.
Luke Finch got both goals for Upton to cancel out John Davies’ effort for the hosts.
Chester Nomads put in a battling performance to secure a point with a 1-1 draw at West Kirby.
Dave Bowe bagged for the hosts but the evergreen Simon Andrews responded for Nomads.
John Cadwallader’s side are at home to Willaston in the Cheshire FA Amateur Cup this weekend (3pm).
Helsby sit in fourth place after grinding out a 1-0 win at Hale at the weekend.
Danny Cummings got the decisive goal for the Greens, who host Sale Town in Cheshire FA Amateur Cup on Saturday (3pm).
Gary Handley (2), Steve Millington (2), Dale Higham and Matty Ingle gave Upton AA Reserves a 6-1 win at Crossway in the Chester & District Challenge Cup first round.
George Jones’ hat-trick helped Chester Nomads Reserves beat Christleton Youth 7-0 in the same competition. James Turner (2), Kai Stockton and Josh Carew wrapped things up.
Upton travel to Bootle Reserves in Division Three on Saturday (3pm) and Nomads have a free week.