SALTNEY Ferry are marching on at the top of Section A after their 5-1 victory at Spital Vaults.
Doubles by Mike Marsh and Nicky Mesney and an Eddie Shields strike gave them the points, while Simon Wilkinson grabbed the hosts' consolation goal.
Their nearest rivals, Mail Social, dropped a valuable point in a 3-3 home draw with lowly Wheelwright Arms (Jamie Ashton, Paul Tydd, Mark Hobson), with Alan Hooley, Chris Larson and Danny Owen on target.
There was a seven-goal thriller at Gamekeeper (Danny Andrews 2, Dave Roberts pen) who were beaten 4-3 at home by Highfield, whose scorers were Simon Davies (2) and Jason Perry (2).
Bottom club Upton YC put up a gritty display before going down 3-0 at Lache, who had Danny Radford, Chris Gilmartin and Joey Waters on the mark.
Kevin Valentine and Aidy Gough made sure of the points for Grosvenor in a 2-1 win at Shell Swan.
A first-half goal by Alan Drury earned Section B leaders Pace Telecom a slender win at home to Duddon as Waverton edged closer with a 4-2 win at Ship Victory (Luke Jackson, Simon Williams), who had their goalkeeper sent off. Match winners for Waverton were Terry Farrell (2), Nick Kennedy and Liam Walsh.
Red House collected only their second league win of the season at Bull's Head (Ian Smith), where Lee Walsh, Gary Jones (2) and Leroy Robinson were their scorers, while Dee Rangers relied on an own goal to grab a point in a 1-1 home draw with Piper (Danny Walley).
St Theresa's led 1-0 at Stanley Arms at the break, but went down 5-4 as Steve Cooper, Kevin Lee, Mo Gomez and Tony Lamb netted for the hosts.
A Chris Morris double and a Lee Poynton strike gave ROB Frodsham a 3-1 victory at bottom club Tarvin Rex.
Boathouse remain bottom of Section C with only one point after being buried under a second-half avalanche at home to Dee Miller, who hit seven goals without reply.
Vicars Cross also scored seven in the second half to clinch a 9-2 win at Tattenhall (Keith Langford, Mark Wooldridge), while Red Lion were 3-2 winners at Egerton Arms.
Chester City ISA earned a valuable point in a 2-2 draw with Custom House with goals by Scott Ditchfield and Marc Edwards, although they lost a 2-0 lead, while Bache remain in trouble after losing 4-1 at improving Corner Pin, who had Paul Roberts (2), Kevin Langton and Lee Woodworth on target.
MBNA still lead, but have played several games more than their rivals. A John Dowdswell penalty and a Nick Brown winner saw off the challenge of St Werburgh's.