CHRISTLETON'S second string breezed into round two of the Chester Challenge Cup on Saturday thanks to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Cestrian Alex.

It was plain sailing for Blacon Youth reserves, who accounted for Crossway 3-1.

It was the end of the road for Upton AA reserves, who went down 3-0 at home to Chester Nomads reserves.

John Roberts, Andy Roberts and Tommy Cairns netted for the winners.

A Brad Mortimer hat-trick saw Waggon and Horses to a 3-1 win at Ashton Lions, while Danny Jones plundered all eight goals for City Bar in their 8-3 success at home to Waggon Old Boys.

There was a 3-0 win for Blacon YC A at Duddon United, while Chester Nomads 3rds lost 4-2 at home to Barrow Athletic.

Highfield Athletic and Kelsall progressed, beating Barrow Athletic (3-2) and Team Highfield (4-2) respectively.

Tarporley Vics and Tarvin 2000 Athletic were deadlocked at 1-1 at the end of normal and extra time, but Tarporley progressed 4-3 on penalties.

In Division Two of the MID-CHESHIRE LEAGUE, Malpas fell to a 2-1 loss at Crewe FC on Saturday after shipping two goals from corners.

The team's inability to defend set-pieces is a cause of major concern to manager Mark Jones.

Jones said: 'I'm really disappointed to lose the points.

'We dominated for 70 minutes but our inability to defend from corners cost us the game.'

Malpas started the second half sluggishly and fell 1-0 down when Crewe capitalised from a corner kick.

A long throw from Simon Bradley saw the visitors draw level, with a Crewe player heading into his own net under pressure from Tim Clarke.

However, Crewe restored their lead with 10 minutes remaining from another corner.

Malpas entertain Willaston in the Cheshire Cup tomorrow.

In the CHESTER AND DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE, Danny Andrews hit a late winner to give Dee Miller a 5-4 victory at Vicars Cross.

There was a surprise as Boughton lost 5-4 at home to Lock Vaults but Debrella Mail kept up their 100% record with a 6-2 win over Watergate, Tom Rowlands bagging a hat-trick.

In the Aldford Glass Cup, the match of the first round saw Bromfield overcome Chester City ISA 6-4 after extra time.

Ian Hughes (2), Tom Blakeman (2) and Steve Kirkness (2) were on the mark for Bromfield, while ISA's goals came from Matt Warren (2), Scott Ditchfield and Mark Fitzpatrick.