CHRISTLETON and Upton AA will be hoping to propel themselves into the quarter finals of the Umbro Cheshire Amateur Cup tomorrow.
Christleton go into their third round clash with Division Two leaders Ashville buoyed by Saturday’s derby win at Blacon YC.
Assistant coach Graham Vale said: “We’ve done well in the last couple of rounds and hopefully we can take that run to Saturday’s game.
“Ashville only went down last year and are top of Division Two so it’s going to be a bit of a challenge.
“They are on the same par as us but we’re up for it.”
Upton face an unknown quantity as they travel to Cheshire League Division One outfit Stalybridge Celtic Reserves and manager Dave Wright is missing some players through injury and work commitments.
He said: “We’re missing centre half Gaz Edwards and captain Andy Lloyd has had a knock so he’s having a fitness test to see if he’s available.
“We’ve lost a midfielder through work commitments. Because of the way the financial market is and with Christmas coming up, they want to work as much as possible.”
Despite selection problems, they beat Aintree Villa 2-1 away on Saturday in the league. Jay Worrall and Rob Dean were on target for the visitors and Eric Woodward scored for Villa.
Blacon YC are still desperately seeking a win to salvage their ailing season in the league.
They were dealt a blow by Christleton in Division One on Saturday thanks to a penalty from Paul Holyfield and a brace by Steve Finlay. A Will Collins goal offered little consolation for the home side and manager Pete Hughes is keen to restore some faith.
The club lie second from bottom and with one win and 12 losses in 13 games, victory over mid-table Marine Reserves at home tomorrow would provide a much- needed boost.
Helsby are riding high in fourth in Division Two following a 5-1 drubbing of Bebington on Saturday thanks to a Connor Taylor hat-trick and goals from Liam Page and Gary Hunt.
Willaston played out a goalless draw against Maghull Reserves.
Chester Nomads beat New Brighton 3-2 thanks to goals from Gareth Barton, Mark Crossan and Derek Rogers. Graham Edge and Gary Winders strikes were not enough for New Brighton.
Mossley Hill Athletic romped to a 5-2 victory over Capenhurst Villa. Barry Coventry, Simon Ellison (2), Ben Carson and Mark Hughes all got on the scoresheet for Athletic. Tom McGill and Ryan Nicoll scored for Villa.
Pensby won an action-packed Division Three clash with Blacon Youth Club Reserves 4-2. Goals from Owen Davies (2), Matty Cookson and Dave Swaine secured victory for the home side while Mike Price and Scott Ormond netted for Blacon.
Upton AA Reserves, now just eight points from the top, beat travelling Runcorn Town Reserves 2-1 with goals from Stuart Cossins and Nathan Freeman. Martin Daley was on target for Runcorn.