IT'S BEEN 41 years since Newton were last crowned Carlsberg West Cheshire League Division One champions, but after a terrific start to this season's campaign with maximum returns from their first three outings, the Frankby outfit are quietly optimistic, and in striker Lee Furlong boast a quality finisher who makes goals his business.
Last Wednesday saw title favourites Cammell Laird put in their place with Furlong helping himself to a hat-trick in the 4-0 triumph, and on Saturday it was Ellesmere Port who were on the receiving end, Furlong bagging another treble as Newton cruised to a 4-1 victory. Joey Gibiliru was the other marksman in Saturday's win.
Laird suffered a further setback at the weekend after losing 3-1 at home to General Chemicals, while reigning champions Vauxhall Motors Reserves recovered from a midweek defeat by Christleton to finish 2-2 with Poulton Vics.
A single goal from Mike Carberry saw Maghull take all three points against Heswall, but efforts from Ashville's James Kelly and Simon Donoghue were insufficient, as visitors Castrol Social replied through Parry, Boyle and Cock-ram to win 3-2.
Newly promoted Pensby turned on the style at Upton AA, Gary Owen, Mark Irvine, Alan Doyle and Barry Annon obliging in a superb 4-3 victory.
Successive wins against Grange Ath and Bronze Social have earned West Kirby Res top billing in Division Three, and on Saturday the winning sequence was maintained after Steve Mole found the net to earn the Marine Park outfit a single-goal triumph over Upton AA Res.
Newcomers Manweb Res occupy third spot and are also unbeaten, following respective triumphs over Grange Ath and Capenhurst Villa Res. Andy Bolton and Lee Patterson hit the target for Mersey
Royal, but still finished on the losing side as MBNA answered through Mike Coady (2), Keiran Smith, Lee Highfield and John Bleri to post a 5-2 result.
On a sad note, Division Three has been reduced to a complement of 15 clubs following the resignation of Newton Res.
RESULTS Friday August 22 Division Two: Christleton Res 3 (Dave Carmen, pen; Ian Holmes, Nick Williams) Willaston 1 (Lee Cairns).
Division Three: Mond Rangers Res 2 (Matt Nelson, 2) Shaftesbury 2 (P Adams, J Gomed).
Saturday August 23 Division One: Aintree Villa 1 (Anthony Johnson) Christleton 1 (Les Kilgannon); Ashville 2 (James Kelly, Simon Donaghue) Castrol Social 3 (Parry, Boyle, Cochram); Cammell Laird 1 (Paul Hollifield) General Chemicals 3 (Lunt 2, Tyrrell); Ellesmere Port 1 (Carl Smyth) Newton 4 (Lee Furlong 3, Joe Gibiliru); Helsby 2 (Gary Cottiga, Nick Askey) West Kirby 1 (Ben Pollard); Heswall 0 Maghull 1 (Mike Carberry); Mallaby 1 (Kevin Bimpson) Manweb 3 (T Enzi, T O'Japha, S Cullens); Poulton Victoria 2 (Paul Lacey, Craig Cartwright) Vauxhall Motors Res 2 (David Davies, Clint Hargreaves).
Division Two: Blacon Youth Club 4 (Matty McQuillan 2, Russell Whitley, Aaron Stokoe) Ashville Res 0; Capenhurst Villa 0 Poulton Victoria Res 3 (Jason Berry 2, Mike Pickles); Maghull Res 3 (P McDonald 2, J Maloney) Heswall Res 0; Manor Athletic 1 (Gary Brabander) New Brighton 1 (Keiran Hanna); Mond Rangers 3 (M Thompson 2, P Brake) Cammell Laird Res 1 (Rob Stewart); Pavilions 3 (G Vaughan, M Wheelhouse, J Farrington) Merseyside Police 4 (T Killen 2, L Welch og); Upton AA 0 FC Pensby 4 (G Owen, A Doyle, M Irvine, B Annon).
Division Three: Bronze Social 2 (Craig Cole, Shaun Cassidy) Chester Nomads 4 (Chris Cutler 3, Mark Carr); Manweb Res 1 (David Wilson, pen) Capenhurst Villa Res 0; MBNA 5 (Mike Coady 2, Keiran Smith, Lee Highfield, John Bieri) Mersey Royal 2 (Andy Bolton, Lee Patterson); New Brighton Res 2 (Murray, Benson) Manor Athletic Res 0; St Werburgh's 1 (Mark Tilston) Grange Athletic 0; West Kirby Res 1 (Stevie Mole) Upton AA Res 0.
Monday August 18 Division Two: Ashville Res 1 (Steve Kenny) FC Pensby 1 (Gary Spotswood); Cammell Laird Res 2 (Micky Shutt, John Collins) Merseyside Police 2 (Chris Killen, Lee Welch); Christleton Res 0 Capenhurst Villa 4 (Gareth Hibbs, Chris Dobbs, John Keefe, Nick Cushing); Heswall Res 3 (Matthew Millington, John Lucas, Carl Lamb) Manor Athletic 0; Maghull Res 4 (Ben Hayden 2, Ian Kelly, Ian Sumpter) New Brighton 1 (Graham Edge); Upton AA 0 Blacon Youth Club (R Whitley, McQullan); Willaston 1 (Lee Cairns) Poulton Victoria Res 2 (M Dillon, B Finnan).
Division Three: Chester Nomads 0 Upton AA Res 1 (Dave Tills, pen); Manweb Res 2 (Chris Cleghorne, Sammy O'Japha) Grange Athletic 0; Mond Rangers Res 1 (Matt Nelson) Ellesmere Port Res 1 (Darren Toal); West Kirby Res 3 (Jay Burke, Tommy Baker, Steve Upton) Bronze Social 1 (Robbie Backhouse).
Wednesday August 20 Division One: Aintree Villa 0 Poulton Victoria 1 (Kenny Berry); Castrol Social 3 (Gary Scott, Neil Clark, Paul Roberts) Helsby 0; Christleton 2) Shaun Kilgannon, Paul Hallows) Vauxhall Motors Res 0; General Chemicals 7 (Gary Tyrrell 6, Terry Ellams) Ellesmere Port 1 (Carl Smyth); Mallaby 0 Heswall 0; Manweb 1 (Aaron Ray) Maghull 2 (Jay Harrison, Ben Hayden); Newton 4 (Lee Furlong 3, Paul Ryder) Cammell Laird 0; West Kirby 2 (Matty Cass, Chris Barrow) Ashville 1 (Simon O'Donaghue).
Division Two: Pavilions 0 Mond Rangers 8 (M Thompson 2, J O'Hara 2, S Howard 2, E Droughton, M Garland).
Division Three: Capenhurst Villa Res 1 (Lee Roberts) St Werburgh's; Manor Athletic Res 2 (Williams, Crosbie) MBNA 2 (Smith, Rowlands); Mersey Royal 2 (Jason Sanogles, Andy Bolton) New Brighton Res 1 (Alan Jackson). FIXTURES Saturday August 30 Division One: Ashville v Manweb; General Chemicals v Vauxhall Motors Res; Heswall v Helsby; Maghull v West Kirby; Mallaby v Castrol Social; Poulton Victoria v Cammell Laird.
Division Two: Blacon Youth Club v Manor Ath; Cammell Laird Res v Poulton Victoria Res; FC Pensby v Maghull Res; Merseyside Police v Willaston; Mond Rangers v Capenhurst Villa; New Brighton v Ashville Res; Pavilions v Christleton Res; Upton AA v Heswall Res. Division Three: Bronze Social v New Brighton Res; Capenhurst Villa Res v Mond Rangers Res; Ellesmere Port Res v St Werburgh's; Manor Athletic Res v Chester Nomads; Manweb Res v Shaftesbury; MBNA v Upton AA Res; West Kirby Res v Mersey Royal.
Monday September 1 Division One 6pm: Ellesmere Port v Helsby. Division Two 6pm: Cammell Laird Res v Ashville Res (7.30pm); Christleton Res v Heswall Res; Manor Athletic v Capenhurst Villa; Merseyside Police v Maghull Res; Mond Rangers v Blacon Youth Club; Pavilions v Upton AA; Poulton Victoria Res v New Brighton (7.30pm).
Division Three 6pm: Mersey Royal v Grange Athletic; Shaftesbury v Manweb Res; St Werburgh's v MBNA.