CASTROL Social's battle to avoid relegation was dealt a significant blow at the weekend after a narrow defeat at reigning Division One champions Heswall.
Despite goals from Steve Finlay and Simon Thelwell, the Oilmen slumped to a narrow 3-2 defeat, leaving them just two points ahead of bottom side Mallaby.
But Castrol will still have high hopes of avoiding the drop as they have three games in hand.
If current Division Two leaders finish in the top two places, the relegation and promotion issue would be down to just one club going up and one going down.
Meanwhile, Vauxhall Motors Reserves' free week saw them leapfrogged by Heswall, who are now in third place, while local rivals Ellesmere Port fought out a 0-0 stalemate at Newton ahead of their forthcoming semi-final places in both the Cheshire FA Amateur and Wirral FA Senior cups next month.
Capenhurst Villa's fixture with Halton in Division Two was postponed, which allowed current leaders Maghull Reserves to move five points clear despite drawing 3-3 at Chester Nomads.
The result means Capenhurst are now 19 points behind Maghull but have five games in hand.
Local rivals Willaston rose to fourth place in the table after a solitary strike from Lee Cairns earned them maximum spoils against Runcorn Town Reserves.
In Division Three, Paul Stevenson bagged the game's only goal which saw Ellesmere Port Reserves deprive Liverpool visitors Focus of three crucial promotion points, while a John Thelwell strike helped Grange Athletic to a 1-1 draw at Manor Athletic. Jack Postlewaite replied for the hosts.
On the district scene, finalists for the Wirral FA Amateur Cup final on Easter Monday were resolved after strongly-fancied West Kirby Reserves beat New Brighton Reserves 4-0. Ashville Reserves also enjoyed the weekend with a 2-0 victory over FC Pensby.
Key Division One fixtures this Saturday see Ellesmere Port entertain reigning champions Heswall while Castrol Social are at home to Ashville and Vauxhall Motors Reserves play host to Merseyside Police.
Willaston visit FC Pensby in Division Two and in Division Three Grange Athletic are away to Manweb Reserves. There is also local pride at stake as Capenhurst Villa Reserves get set to welcome Ellesmere Port Reserves.
As a result of renewed interest, it is hoped to re-form the South Wirral AFL which was disbanded at the end of the 2004/05 season.
The South Wirral league is an open-age amateur football league which plays on Saturday afternoons and would welcome enquiries from any interested parties, including veteran organisations from the Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Chester, Runcorn and Widnes areas.
For further details, contact league secretary Alf Roberts on 0151 644 9954.