CHESTER Nomads battled out a gritty 2-2 draw with second-placed promotion challengers Halton in Division Two on Saturday.
Mark Crossen and Eden Fenlon were on target for the Chester hosts, while Halton’s two goals came from John McDonald. With plenty of games in hand, Nomads are still in a good position to make a late charge for promotion.
One of Nomads’ rivals, Capenhurst Villa, saw their title tilt interrupted by a determined Helsby, who returned to winning ways after a smart double from Nick Askey anchored them to a 2-1 success.
Basement boys Christleton Reserves turned in an encouraging performance going down 1-0 at home to runaway leaders Poulton Vics Reserves. A Chris Killen strike clinched maximum spoils for Vics.
The match of the day in Division One produced a 2-2 stalemate between second- placed Cammell Laird Reserves and third-placed Upton AA. Brothers Simon and Danny Andrews each found the net for Upton, with Chris Nezyanya and Alex Bishop replying for the visitors.
Christleton picked up a useful point after they finished 1-1 at Ellesmere Port. A Mike Hayes effort was negated by a reply from Christleton’s Joe Johnson as the Swans closed the gap on neighbours Blacon YC to a single point.
Upton AA Reserves’ hopes of furthering their outside chances of promotion from Division Three were cruelly shattered at Capenhurst Villa Reserves, where the hosts posted a 6-0 result courtesy of efforts from Steven Sales (3), John Lyth (2) and Ian Kelly.
St Werburgh’s savoured a 6-1 result against Birkenhead side Shaftesbury. A brace of spot kicks from Danny Radford was supplemented by further efforts from Shaun Campbell (2), Leon Whitely and Steve Rowland.
A rejuvenated Vauxhall Motors Reserves put Heswall to the sword last Saturday, and tomorrow the Motormen provide the opposition for title aspirants Upton AA. Based on Motors’ recent run of form, a point at Rivacre Park may not be a bad return for the Chester challengers.
Blacon YC return to action with a trip to reigning champions West Kirby, while Christleton entertain Newton.
In Division Two, Christleton Reserves will do well to come away with a point from their tussle at Mallaby, and Helsby will find Halton a tough nut to crack. Chester Nomads, meanwhile, are capable of achieving a result against Grange Athletic.
Of the three Chester sides in Division Three, only Blacon YC Reserves are at home and they face Mersey Royal. St Werburgh’s will look to continue their winning sequence at FC Pensby, while Upton AA Reserves will have their work cut out at promotion favourites Runcorn Town Reserves.