A DEPLETED BARNTON eased through a potentially tricky fixture against Styal and sealed an important Mid Cheshire League victory on Saturday, 3-0.
Two goals by Gerry Coll on 27 and 62 minutes and a Kevin Towey strike in the 82nd minute sealed victory but a string of missed opportunities was still a cause for concern.
'We have to start taking these chances. We should be happy with three goals at home but it's been a problem all year. When things have gone against us it has been because we have failed to put teams away,' said manager Nick Armitage.
MIDDLEWICH TOWN dropped two points in unusual circumstances at Bollington as the sides fought out a 2-2 draw.
They arrived for a 2.15pm kick off but were told the start time was 3pm. Then in the gloomy weather the referee decided light was disappearing fast and asked the teams to change straight round - and then he added 10 minutes stoppage time, in which Bollington equalised.
To make matters worse Mike Brandon, who conceded the free kick, was sent off for a second bookable offence. A Lee Murphy penalty put them ahead at the break. Bollington equalised, and Gary Bryning's goal was pegged back.
LOSTOCK GRALAM were hammered 4-0 at home by Gamesley in Division Two where WITTON RES still hold on to top spot after a 2-2 draw at Broadheath Central.
MIDDLEWICH RES revitalised their title challenge with a 4-2 away win at Styal res.
Thursday: President's Cup - Witton Res v Golborne Res; Saturday: One - Barnton v Garswood, Styal v Middlewich; Two - Lostock v Broadheath; Reserves - Middlewich v Poynton.
WINNINGTON AVENUE became the first team this season to take a point off Crewe & District League leaders Alsager Faculty in a thrilling 3-3 draw on Saturday.
Chris White (2) and Steve O'Malley were the marksmen for Avenue who retain second place, but are still eight points behind Alsager.
AVENUE RESERVES were no match for Kershaws, losing 5-2 at Crewe, their goals coming from Graham Woodward and Gary Nelson.
WINSFORD IPC lost 3-1 at Congleton Athletic, Vincent Cav-anagh notching their goal.
Saturday (2pm): Crewe and East Cheshire Inter-League Cup - Offerton Villa v IPC, Avenue v Club AZ Res.
SIR JOHN DEANE'S excellent season got even better on Wednesday with a 2-0 win at the highly fancied West Cheshire College.
Steve Gibson was the star, controlling the game from midfield and scoring either side of half time.
Michael Abbot came close to adding a third when he collected a pass from Adam Munroe and his shot struck an upright.
The draw for the Mid Cheshire FA Junior Cup semi-finals has been made.
U11s (March 5): Junior Blues v Vale Juniors, Witton Albion Jnrs v Tytherington.
U12s (March 6): Frodsham Jnrs v Winsford Diamonds, Vale Jnrs v Holmes Chapel Hurricanes.
U13s (March 6): Cuddington v Middlewich Town, Vale Jnrs v Wilmslow Pumas.
U14s (March 20): Sandbach Falcons v Macc Tigers, Holmes Chapel Hurricanes v Frodsham Jnrs.
U15s (March 20): Over Three v Winsford Diamonds, Hartford v Davenham Dynamos.
U16s (March 20): Hartford v Egerton, Over Three v High Legh.