CHRISTLETON enjoyed a Bank Holiday weekend to remember.
Ged Peacock’s revived Swans swept into the Chester & District FA Senior Cup final with a 4-1 victory over Malpas on Friday – and then won 3-1 at home to Newton in the league 24 hours later with goals from Ryan O’Hare (2) and Nathan Mapletoft.
Christleton’s success over an under-strength and ring-rusty Malpas side was made all the more memorable given they played an hour with 10-men after goalkeeper Josh O’Connell was sent off.
John Coulter broke the deadlock before man-of-the-match Ronnie Morgan scored a stunner to double the Chester’s side advantage.
Mapletoft made it three with a header and although Danny Lloyd reduced the deficit for the Cheshire League outfit from the penalty spot, any hopes they had of staging a dramatic late fightback were dashed when John Boardman volleyed home.
Christleton’s opponents in the final will be Blacon Youth Club, who are enjoying an excellent season.
Paul Broadbent’s much-improved men sealed their place in the showpiece with a 3-0 success over Upton AA in Friday’s other last-four clash at Boughton Hall.
Jack Pickering headed home the opener before Adam Langton and Jamie Rogers settled the tie.
Like Christleton, Upton AA were back in West Cheshire League Division One action on Saturday.
They drew 0-0 at home to rock-bottom Willaston to all but end any fears they had of being dragged into a relegation scrap.
Chester Nomads moved into the top five with a 2-0 victory at home to Maghull given to them by Ilya Haycock and top scorer Kieran Smith.
Blacon lost 3-1 at home to Heswall on Tuesday.
Helsby (Tom Smith, Adam Hunter) are just one win away from securing promotion from Division Three after their 2-0 triumph at Mersey Royal on Saturday.
Neston Nomads (Dean Jones, Kevin Jackson) drew 2-2 at home to fellow strugglers Manor Athletic Reserves before hauling themselves out of the bottom two with a 3-2 win at Ellesmere Port Reserves on Tuesday.
Upton AA Reserves won 3-2 home to Manor same night.
Capenhurst Villa (Nick Cushing) lost 4-1 at Hale in Division Two on Saturday.