HELSBY fluffed their chance to pitch themselves into the middle of the race for second in West Cheshire League Division One at third-placed Cammell Laird Reserves.
The hosts snatched a 1-0 victory over the Green Machine courtesy of Chris Barrow.
Upton AA suffered a painful 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Willaston.
Andy Lloyd found the net but goals from Dominic Holden (2), Richie Foulkes and Lee Cairns rendered his strike immaterial.
Christleton’s match with Ellesmere Port was postponed.
In Division Two, Chester Nomads earned a share of the spoils with a 1-1 draw at home to Mossley Hill Athletic.
Callum Holmes scored for the visitors but Dan Riley came up trumps for Nomads.
Blacon YC Reserves continue to struggle in Division Three after their 5-0 home hammering by Richmond Raith Rovers.
Christleton Reserves needed only a single goal to defeat Ashville Reserves, Steve Morgan with the strike that saw the game end 1-0.
Upton AA Reserves’ trip to Prescot Cables Reserves was postponed.