CHRISTLETON rediscovered their winning form as they beat Ellesmere Port 3-0 on Saturday, thanks to a hat-trick by Chris Herbert.
And bottom club Helsby ended their run of defeats and collected only their seventh point of the season in a 1-1 draw at West Kirby, where Gary Cottiga was their scorer.
In Division Two, Blacon YC forfeited the chance to go second and had to settle for fourth spot instead after a 1-1 draw with New Brighton. Jamie Rogers was their scorer.
At the other end of the table, Upton AA edged nearer safety following an entertaining 3-3 draw at Ashville Reserves, Thompson, Billington and Robinson their marksmen.
It was a case of two points lost rather than a point gained for Division Three promotion-chasers MBNA, who blew the chance to go second in a 1-1 draw with Capenhurst Villa Reserves (Steve Watkins), Tim Foreman their scorer.
Neighbours Chester Nomads took advantage and leapfrogged their rivals after beating bottom club Grange Athletic 3-2 with goals from Harris, Kerr and Powell.
Unbeaten leaders Manweb Reserves are now eight points clear of the chasing pack after strikes by Danny Cliff, James Bonner and Graham Roderick clinched a 3-1 win at St Werburgh's, who had Dave Cooper on target.
Three of the semi-finalists in the Wirral FA Amateur Cup are now known and there was a shock result as Cammell Laird Reserves went out 3-2 to Heswall Reserves, whose scorers were Paul Wiggins, Ian Richards and Carl Lamb.
Vauxhall A, who play in the Lancashire League, are through following a 3-2 win over Mersey Royal, and Poulton Vics Reserves needed extra-time to kill off Division Three minnows Shaftesbury 4-3.
In Division One, Vauxhall Reserves were beaten 3-0 by Poulton Vics and Castrol Social shared eight goals with Ashville, Robbie Sheppard grabbing a hat-trick and Carl Ngiam also on target. James Kelly (2), Mike Roberts and Mike Hannaway replied for the Wallasey club.
Capenhurst Villa won their derby match with Willaston 2-1, thanks to a Steve Pinnington double with Craig Walker replying.
In Division Three, Darryl Freeman scored twice to help Ellesmere Port Reserves beat New Brighton Reserves 4-1, John Coombs and Ned Davies also netting. Poulton Vics go to Morpeth Town tomorrow in the FA Vase second round. The Northumberland men are mid-table in the Albany Northern League's top division.