HOLDERS Upton were sent crashing out of the Chester & District FA Senior Cup as they lost 3-2 at home to the team they beat in last year’s final.
Chester Nomads banished the memories of that penalty shoot-out loss from 2010 to book their place in the quarter-finals of this season’s competition – the final of which will be held at the home of Chester FC.
John Cadwallader’s vibrant young side raced into a two-goal lead on Saturday as Martin Gaulton headed in Ed Moss’ free kick before Dale Harris took advantage of a goalkeeper error.
Kieron Smith capped a man-of-the-match performance by scoring the killer third following a flowing passing move, meaning Will Kelly and Steve McGowan’s strikes for Upton proved to be in vain.
Nomads’ reward is a last-eight tie at Christleton, who marked their return to action with a 4-2 victory at battling Chester Celtic given to them by hat-trick hero Lennox Beddows and George Rogers.
John Collins and Will Collins reduced the deficit.
Blacon Youth Club are the third West Cheshire League outfit through to the quarters after Jeff Abrahams and Chris Dunning fired them to a 2-0 home triumph over Duddon United.
Blacon will entertain a Waggon & Horses team who won 6-2 at home to Cross Foxes (Jamie McElwaine 2) with goals from Louie Mackin (3), Paul Joiner and debutant Mark Ford (2).
Crossway (Phil Goff, Steve Gore, Aaron Edwards, Richard Talbot) set up a trip to Railway Athletic with a 4-0 home win over Barrow Athletic.
Highfield Athletic will host Uberlube or Hoole Rangers after they edged a thriller at Lache 3-2 thanks to Rob Joinson, Adam Langton and last-gasp extra-time hero Ross Broadbent.
Liam McGovern, Matt Tarbuck were on target for Lache.
Jake Harrison (2), Paddy Bleakley (2) and Adam Newbolt) were on target for Railway as they progressed in the Runcorn & District Cup with a 5-1 cruise at Frodsham Vets.