BRAGGING rights for the highest finishing Chester-based club in Division One are still up for grabs after Christleton and Upton AA both posted victories on Monday.
Upton have more than equalled their expectations after being promoted from Division Two last season.
Manager John Cadwallader stated early on in the campaign that 36 points would be the benchmark for Division One survival and his side have more than achieved their objective.
Monday saw Upton register a 2-1 victory over Heswall, signalling their 13th win of the season and edging them on to 44 points.
They also have the small matter of the Chester and District FA Senior Cup final to contend with, which could yet provide their season with a silver lining.
Opponents are Division Two outfit Chester Nomads, who start tonight's final at Christleton (6.15pm kick off) as rank outsiders.
A good run in the Cheshire FA Amateur Cup was some consolation for Christleton, who have been inconsistent in the league
and were grateful for all three points from Monday's fine 3-1 eclipse of Cammell Laird Reserves.
On current standings, Christleton are a point clear of Upton, and are scheduled to complete their programme with tomorrow's derby clash against Blacon YC.
Leg-weary Upton must play their return fixture with Heswall less than 24 hours after tonight's cup final before they entertain Maghull on Monday.
For their part, Chester Nomads' final runout before the final saw them lose 1-0 at Capenhurst Villa on Monday.