Unbeaten run over

CHESTER Nomads suffered their first West Cheshire League Division Two defeat since the opening game of the season on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at table-topping Southport Trinity.

Shorn of four of their first-team regulars, John Cadwallader’s depleted side gave it their all and came close to grabbing a point when man-of-the-match Lee Owen hit the bar.

Fourth-placed Nomads, who are seven points behind Southport but with three games in hand, host mid-table FC Pensby on Saturday (2pm).

Basement boys Capenhurst Villa could not do Nomads a favour as they fell 3-0 at home to second-placed Mossley Hill Athletic on Saturday.

St Werbugh’s Division Three woes continued with a 10-0 trouncing at Richmond Raith Rovers.

Upton AA fared better with Nathan Freeman on target in their 1-1 draw at Ellesmere Port Reserves.

Wire trap for Vics

TARPORLEY Victoria’s winless start to the year continued on Saturday as they suffered a shock 2-0 loss at Cheshire League Division Two strugglers Warrington Town Reserves.

Seven days after a last-gasp wonder goal condemned them to Challenge Cup semi-final defeat, third-placed Vics went down to a reverse which meant they missed the chance to close in on the top two.

But there was better news for rock-bottom Malpas as they ended their losing run with an excellent 3-3 draw at Moore United.

Man-of-the-match Roy Cardus (2) and John Stubbs got the goals for Malpas, who are now back under the control of Robbie McWilliams after Tony Ennion left the club.

Malpas host Denton Town on Saturday while Tarporley head to Barnton (both 2.15pm).

Swans in cruise

CHRISTLETON Reserves sealed their passage through to the fourth round of the Chester & District FA Challenge Cup with a 5-1 win at Kelsall on Saturday.

Steve Morgan (2), Rob McDowell, Danny Carter and Phil Abram did the damage for the West Cheshire League Division Three promotion pushers.