CHRISTLETON kept pace with the leading group in the Division One title race by beating Blacon YC 5-2 in Wednesday's derby at Little Heath.
The hosts' hero was 20-year-old man of the match Tom Rowlands, who hit a first-half hat-trick.
Shaun O'Rourke scored from a powerful header and Paul Hallows netted the fifth as the Swans recorded their fourth win from six starts.
Blacon were missing four of their senior players, but they still gave it their best shot and their goals came from John Dowdridge and Mike Hughes.
After winning their first three games, last season's Division Two champions Upton AA have suffered a wobble.
Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ashville was their third defeat on the trot and was not helped by the dismissals of John Cadwallader junior and Danny Andrews.
Manager John Cadwallader senior said: 'We're just not getting the breaks and if you don't put your chances away at this level, you pay.
'It's early days yet, though, and we're pretty confident of reaching our target of 36 points.'
In Division Two, Christleton reserves came away from Capenhurst Villa on Tuesday with a richly deserved point.
An Alan Locke effort put the hosts in front on 20 minutes, but the second period told a different story as the visitors took control.
With 10 minutes remaining, substitute Ian Hughes applied the finishing touch to seal a 1-1 draw.
Chester Nomads skipper Mark Powell admitted silly mistakes cost his side in their 4-2 defeat at Halton on Tuesday.
'We're not doing that much wrong, but mistakes have been catching us out and we've not had the start we wanted,' said Powell.
Halton took the lead but Tom Sutcliffe equalised for Nomads shortly before the interval. Shoddy defending then took its toll, as the Runcorn outfit went 4-1 up.
Sutcliffe plundered his second to give the final scoreline a little more respectability.
Midweek action in Division Three saw Upton AA reserves come unstuck at home to Ellesmere Port side Grange Athletic. Goals either side of the half from Craig Webb and Ian Forster steered the visitors to a 2-0 success.
St Werburgh's were well worth a point against Manor Athletic, but failed to take their chances and went down 1-0 to a 25-yarder from Paul Sanderson 10 minutes from time.
Meanwhile Blacon YC reserves lost 3-0 at home to a well-drilled Bebington Athletic. nFor last weekend's results, see Sport in Detail on pages 62-63.