DESPITE goals from Paul Fraser and Mike Banks, Octel AFC dropped a crucial point in their bid to wrestle the title from reigning Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port Sunday League Premier Division champion Castrol Tessuti, after being held 2-2 by The Woodlands.
That result handed the initiative back to Tessuti, who capitalised with a 3-1 result over St Sav-iour's, with Steve Morgan (2) and Ian Parry on target.
Bottom club, The Strawberry, finished 2-2 with Dysett Rangers, Damien Walters and Darren Frodsham scoring the goals. Paul Smith and an own goal were the visitors' contribution and in another 2-2 stalemate, Steve Jones and Rob Smith netted for Gunners Enterprise with Eric Fogg and Ian McGoldrick answering for visitors Cane Factory.
Hat-trick hero Trevor Roberts was joined on the scoresheet by Mark Ford and Kevin Jackson as Division One pacesetters Cat Carpet Craft stayed three points in credit after beating LPSC Strawberry 5-1.
Nearest rivals, Kingkabs, won 3-0 against third-placed The Bull, with Dave Jones (2) and Denis Thompson on the mark.
The Sutton Way top-scored on the day, Scott Rowley (2), Garmon Foulkes, Mark Knox, Alistair Reid, Tony Bedward and Mark Livens netting in the 7-1 blitz of CCU.
Brothers Gary and Danny Duffy netted for St Saviour's Reserves, but still finished on the losing side as Danny Christian (2) and Noel Carter replied to clinch a 3-2 win for MSC Eastham Rake.
It's still tight at the top in Division Two, with Princes Rovers still holding sway after winning 3-2 against RJS Sir Robert, with goals from Graham Davies (2) and Steve Devoy. Dave Ellis and Marc Evans netted for the home side.
Four-goal Phil Clowes had a field day for The Phoenix Reserves, who destroyed Brown Horse, Roger Mason (2), Chris Hawker (2), Danny Morris and John Oakes also scoring in the 10-2 romp.
John Gibbs struck twice and Mike Williams also made the scoresheet as SCFC won 3-0 against Holiday Inn.
Spectators were treated to an avalanche of goals as Parkside Rovers finished 5-4 winners against Ellesmere. Kevin Smith, Mike Rogers, Lee Hearn, Dave Ferguson and John Griffiths were the winners' marksmen with Mickey Smith and Dave Woodward bagging two each for the home side.