Kelsall’s grip slips
THE race for the Chester & District League Queensferry Sports Premier Division is back on.
Defending champions Kelsall saw their lead at the top cut to 11 points on Saturday after they went down 4-0 at nearest rivals Kelma.
The second-placed Bromborough outfit have three games in hand to close the gap further.
Greyhound Inn (James Turner 2, Ross Broadbent, Chris Larson) returned to winning ways with a 4-1 success at home to Shaftesbury Youth Club.
Newton Athletic (Jamie Hughes, Chris Boswell) drew 2-2 at Ellesmere Port 3rds.
Third-placed Whitby Athletic (Carl Frost, James Fletcher) won 2-0 at home to Levers Bushell Athletic.
Warren Kelly helped himself to five goals and Addie Callaghan, Sam Buckley and Scott Beech were also on target as Lache moved top of Olympic Trophies Division One with an 8-1 victory at Hoole Rangers Reserves (Jon Aplas).
Chester Celtic (Michael Collins 2, Will Collins, Adam Jones, Joe Flynn, Craig Tasker) won 6-1 away to Chester Nomads 3rds.
Ashton drew 3-3 at Pensby Athletic while Cestrian Alex fell 5-0 at home to FC Village.
Crossway Reserves (Daryl Pressey 2, Dean Millington) halted their Qubic Print Division Two losing run by drawing 3-3 with Rangers Breaks.
There was also a 3-3 home draw for Boughton Athletic, against Neston Nomads.
Deva Athletic (Andy Cunnerly 2, Dave Suddaby, Dechlon Jarrett, Darragh O’Callaghan) took over at the summit of Link Up Division Three with a 5-3 victory at Avenue Vets.
Grosvenor Arms lost 5-2 at Oldershaw Athletic.
Tom treble in vain
A TOM George hat-trick was not enough to prevent Dee Rangers from losing their Whitchurch Sports Chester & District FA Sunday Cup quarter-final tie at home to Custom House 4-3.
Goals from Alex Thomas (2 inc pen), Adam Russell and match-winner Elliot Slade were enough to send Custom House through to the last four, where they will meet Malpas or Upton Youth Centre.
Vicars Cross Dynamos set up a semi-final showdown against AFC Lache after they won 1-0 at home to FC Blacon.
It took a total fluke to separate the sides as a clearance hit Nathan Mapletoft and flew in.
Frodsham Athletic made it 10 wins from as many Chester & District Sunday League Abbey Taxis Section B matches as the champions elect cruised to a 6-1 win at home to Northgate Village.
Kevin Hughes (2), Adam Newbold (2), Paul O’Neil and Paul Robinson were the Frodsham marksmen.
A Jay Johnson penalty earned Ferry Athletic a 2-1 triumph at home to Red Door.
David Day had headed Ferry in front.
Saltney Ferry (Sam Buckley, Callum Humphries, Mike Marsh) won 3-2 at home to Tarvin Rex (Martin Fitzsimmons, Matt Edwards) in the sole Concorde Trophies Section A clash to take place.
Cup dreams ended
CHESTER Nomads and Christleton were dumped out of the West Cheshire League Pyke Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
Nomads lost 4-1 at home to West Kirby.
But the outcome may have been different had Ed Moss been able to convert a penalty awarded at a crucial stage of the encounter.
Christleton’s six-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end after they went down 2-0 at Newton.
Upton AA produced an encouraging performance in a 1-0 Division One defeat at home to table-topping Cammell Laird Reserves.
Blacon Youth Club (Rob Joinson, OG) lost 5-2 at Vauxhall Motors Reserves on Tuesday.
Capenhurst Villa (Ian Forster 2, Kyle Smyth) won 3-1 at Ashville Reserves in Division One same night.
On Saturday, Capenhurst drew 0-0 at Manor Athletic.
Chester Nomads Reserves (Mike McCallum, Alan Bond) won 2-1 at Hale Reserves in Division Three.
Upton Reserves drew 1-1 at AFC Bebington Athletic Reserves while Capenhurst Reserves lost 1-0 at home to Marshalls Reserves.
Malpas win again
MALPAS welcome Tarporley Victoria to Wrexham Road this Saturday for a Cheshire League Division Two derby (2pm), buzzing after they made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Lea Edge’s side won 2-1 on a difficult Golborne Sports pitch on Saturday with goals from Mike Gibbs and the returning Luke Woollam.
Gibbs, outstanding midfielder Eddy Barlow, Steve Watkins, Simon Bradley and goalkeeper Nick Jones stood out for dominant Malpas.
Tarporley came away from title-challenging Poynton with an excellent 3-3 draw Saturday.
But Vics, for whom Alex Moore was the man of the match, may look back at it as two points dropped as Richard Moss (2) and debutant Mike Gibbons had put them 2-0 and 3-2 in front.