CHESTER Nomads have started the year as they mean to go on.
John Cadwallader’s vibrant young side moved four points clear at the top of West Cheshire League Division Two on Saturday as they came from behind to win 3-1 at West Kirby Reserves with goals from the excellent Kieron Smith (2) and Joel Worrall.
In contrast, out-of-sorts Upton AA kicked-off 2011 on a low note as they lost 2-0 at home to Vauxhall Motors Reserves to end the three-game unbeaten run they enjoyed in Division One before the big freeze hit.
Blacon Youth Club remain rooted to the bottom of the division following their undeserved 2-0 reverse at Willaston.
Christleton’s and Helsby’s matches were postponed.
Upton AA Reserves won 5-3 at Mersey Royal in Division Three thanks to Dave Carman (2), Pat Walsh and Nathan Freeman strikes and an own goal.
Tarporley Victoria were well beaten 4-0 at Lostock Gralam on their return to Cheshire League Division One action on Saturday.
Corner Pin have blown the Chester & District Sunday League Concorde Trophies Section A title race wide open.
The Saltney boys became only the second team this season to beat pacesetters Vicars Cross Dynamos after they edged a nine-goal thriller at Sandy Lane 5-4.
With goals from Tom Smith, Stuart McIntosh (2) and Gareth Sudlow, the hosts took the lead in an end-to-end battle on three separate occasions.
But Vicars Cross had seemingly earned a share of the spoils after Ben Billington (2), Liam Gough and Andy Reid brought them back from 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 behind.
But Pin had other ideas and they snatched victory late on when former Airbus UK Broughton striker James McIntosh fired home.
In the only other game to pass a pitch inspection, second-placed Saltney Ferry moved within one point of top spot with a 5-1 home win over a Dee Rangers side who led through Angelo Deponeo.
But Deponeo’s effort was cancelled out by Alan Hooley (2), Chris Herbert, Tom Rowlands and Chris Nicholls.