Chester & District Sunday Football League

Iain Jones scored twice as FC Hickory's beat Spital Vaults 6-1 to take top spot in Section B.

Rich Collins cancelled out Ben Stern's opener but the hosts then conceded five without reply. Johnny Lawrence, Nathan Collins and Sam Robinson got the others for the visitors.

Dee Rangers lost 4-2 at AFC Bears Paw, who had Andy Graham (2), Dean Millington and Ashley Watling on target. Tom Walsh and Jack Cox replied.

Axis United edged out bottom side Chester Riley's 3-2 with goals from Jordan Fullerton, George Farrell and a late Ryan Farrell strike. Tommy Harris got both for the strugglers.

Matty Tarbuck bagged four as improving Saltney Ferry triumphed 7-1 at Waverton. Josh Leach netted for the hosts but James Pike, Mason Plum and Josh Kearns put them to bed.

In Section A, Upton Youth Centre prevailed 4-3 at Frodsham Barcelona to win for the first time this season thanks to Mike Murray, Jake Brinkel, Dean Houston and an own goal.

Lache went down 1-0 at St Theresa's Parish Centre, who had goalscorer Matty Carline and impressive keeper Danny Tushingham to thank for the win.

Andy Hornsby hit a hat-trick as Custom House overcame Highfield Horses 7-5. Paul Woodhouse, Andy Riddell and David Taylor got the others for the home side with Neil Fields (2), Sam Henry (2) and Matty Cross responding.

Handbridge Red Bulls sprang a surprise with a 5-3 win at Vicars Cross Dynamos. Alan Jones (2), Nathan Rose, Tom Berry and Andrew Whitten did the damage with Joe Imlach (2) and Mark Thomson giving the home side a chance.

Chester & District Football League

Birkenhead Town kept themselves top of the Premier Division with a 4-1 win over Hoole Rangers. Mike Parnell, Ryan Atherton, Ian Lochran and Ricky Neil assured them of the points.

Helsby Reserves lead the chasing pack after a convincing 8-1 win at Ellesmere Port. Mark Richards and Danny Warren both hit hat-tricks with Jake Harrison adding a pair.

Reigning champions Lache are third after two apiece from Warren Kelly and Ryan McLearey guided them to a 4-2 win over Shaftesbury Youth, who had Ian McGraa and Ryan Griffiths on target.

Kelma eased past Christleton Celtic 6-0 with Mark Lawler (2), Phil Selby (2), John Walker and Mark Trigg netting.

Whitby Athletic lost 3-2 to rivals Ellesmere Port Town despite twice leading through Steve Rothwell and Paul Butler.

In Division One, Joe Cossins kept Boughton Athletic in top spot with his penalty sealing a 1-0 win over Chester Nomads 3rds.

Deva Athletic are two points behind after beating Peacock 09 4-1 thanks to Sean Taylor (2), Liam Bradford and an own goal.

Third-placed Franklyn's came from behind to squeeze past Orange Athletic 3-2 with Jay Shaw, Dave Heard and Tom Evans getting the goals.

Andy Walker (2), Sean Cassidy, Gary Baker and Mark Roberts sealed a routine 5-1 win for Porky's Pantry against Cestrian Alex, who had Stuart Putson on target.

Mark Hughes hit a brace as Ashton beat Crossway 2-1 to move off the bottom of the table and Hoole Rangers Reserves lost 7-0 at Neston Town.

FC Blacon lost for the first time in Division Two, going down 3-2 at home to Newton Athletic. Dan Christian (2) and Lewis Davenport cancelled out Joe Turner and Adam Langton efforts.

James Atherton hit five for Woodchurch in a 9-0 win at Christleton Youth with Dan Kelly (3) and Liam Smith completing the scoring.

Blacon Thistle won 8-1 at Civil Defence thanks to Chris Larson (3), Tom George (2), Warren Roberts, John Chesworth, Danny Davies and Sam Henry.

Samba routed Clubbies 10-1 with John Britton (3), Kyle Parry (2), Jim Abraham, Dan Parsonage and two own goals sealing a miserable afternoon for the Handbridge side.

Luke Williams (3), Jack Walker (2), Aaron Calpis and Josh Leedham netted in Ellesmere Port Town Reserves' 7-0 win over Orange Athletic Reserves and Andy Clegg hit a consolation for Kelsall Reserves in a 4-1 defeat to Neston Nomads.

Cheshire Football League

Malpas returned to the winner’s circle in League One beating Penlake 5-1.

Lee Smith (2), Andy Morris (2) and Rob Martin got the goals for Lea Edge’s side, who are second and go to third-placed Egerton on Saturday.

Tarporley Victoria faced Mersey Valley in the JA Walton Challenge Cup but lost out 4-2. Vics visit Grappenhall Sports this weekend.