Lloyd is in at Upton

THE West Cheshire League season kicks off this weekend and for two of the four Chesters clubs operating in Division One, it is all change at the top.

Ben Heath and Aden Shannon, as previously featured in The Chronicle, have taken over as the co-managers of Blacon Youth Club, while Upton have appointed the long-serving Andy Lloyd as their new player-boss.

Lloyd has handed the captaincy over to another player who is Upton through and through, in striker Simon Andrews.

The Cheshire County Sports Club outfit, whose summer signings include brothers Simon and Nathan Mapletoft, will certainly be in good shape for the campaign ahead after being put through their paces in pre-season at the Dale Barracks.

Chester Nomads and Christleton bagged the local bragging rights last season, finishing above Upton and Blacon in fifth and 10th respectively, and they will be looking to kick on in 2012-13.

Division Two new boys Helsby, meanwhile, are bidding to make it back-to-back promotions.

Helsby manager Lee Bignell said: “I’ve managed to keep hold of all the playing squad from last season, which was tough with other clubs looking to pick up some of our big players after our success.

“That’s understandable but the lads wanted to stay and continue what we started together.”

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Victory is expunged

RICHARD Sadler’s four-goal haul in Malpas’ 8-1 opening day Cheshire League Division Two mauling of Cherry Brook has been consigned to the dustbin of history.

The thumping home win – and Sadler’s strikes – have been expunged after Cherry Brook resigned from the league, citing a lack of players as one of the reasons behind their decision.

Malpas, who have been boosted by star striker Lee Parry’s decision to stay at the club, picked themselves up to win their derby at Tarporley Victoria on Tuesday 3-1 with goals from Rob Martin, Mike Gibbs and Ryan Edge.

The excellent Alex Moore was on target for Vics, as he had been in their 1-1 draw at Egerton on Saturday.

A point apiece was a fair result but it was the visitors who came closest to winning it when Pete Aidley thudded a shot against the bar.