Big boost for Upton
UPTON AA gave their West Cheshire League Division One survival prospects a massive shot in the arm on Saturday.
Todd Reid’s second-from-bottom side ran out 3-0 winners at home to basement boys Ellesmere Port thanks to Nathan Mapletoft (2) and Simon Andrews.
The victory moved Upton six points clear of a Port team who played the whole of the second half with 10 man after they had their captain dismissed.
Christleton stretched their unbeaten league run to five matches with a battling 2-1 triumph at home to Maghull.
The Swans were seemingly heading for defeat after they fell behind and had Kieran Harper sent off.
But they showed resilience to equalise through Gary McFadden and then snatch the points with a Darren Coyle penalty.
Chester Nomads slipped from third to fourth after drawing 2-2 at Mossley Hill Athletic.
Top scorer Kieron Smith (2) got both of the Nomads goals.
Capenhurst Villa (Mike Banks 2, Simon Thelwell-Wilson, Kyle Smythe) recorded a fine 4-1 win at home to Mallaby in Division Two.
Helsby, in contrast, were beaten 4-0 at Richmond Raith Rovers.
Upton AA Reserves (OG) fell 4-1 at Ellesmere Port Reserves in Division Three.
Chester Nomads Reserves (Ryan Trousdale 2, Jack Delgado, Mike McCallum) will host Redgate Rovers in the Shield semi-finals after winning their last-eight tie at home to Christleton Reserves (Liam Eddison, Dean Brown) 4-2.
Fine form continues
NEWTON Athletic’s rise up the Chester & District League Queensferry Sports Premier Division continued on Saturday.
Luke Diamond and Luke Williamson bagged braces as Newtown won 4-1 at Levers Bushell Athletic.
Runaway leaders Kelsall were 3-1 winners at Greyhound Inn (Joe Turner).
Hoole Rangers (Dave Hughes, Liam Gough) won 2-1 at Ellesmere Port 3rds but Crossway went down 3-0 at home to Shaftesbury Youth Club.
Whitby Athletic edged out visiting Raby Villa 3-2.
Unbeaten Lache (Warren Kelly 3, Scott Beach, Dale Gilmartin, Callum Humphreys) closed the gap at the top of Olympic Trophies Division One to three points with a 6-3 success at home to Ashton.
There were also victories for Chester Nomads (John Parry 2, Callum Johnston, OG), 4-1 at home to Orange Athletic, and Chester Celtic, 3-1 at home to Hoole Rangers Reserves.
Woodlands Santos (Scott Pleavin, Jamie Campbell, Robbie Griffiths, Christian Gray) won 4-3 at home to Halfwayhouse Celtic.
Helsby Reserves maintained their 100% winning record in Division Two, which has been newly sponsored by Chester-based business Qubic Print.
The table-toppers shaded a close contest at home to Shippons Athletic 5-4 thanks to James McGrane (2), Mark Hobson, Lee Guirado and Kevin Walker.
Peacock 09 (Dave Loughlin) lost 2-1 at Lodge Bar.
Gary Handley (2), James Scott and Steve Millington swept Ellesmere Port Town to a 4-1 success at home to Neston Nomads.
Title-challenging Deva Athletic (Dave Sabri 2, Chris Suddaby 2, John Blackford 2, Sean Taylor 2, Sam Kilner, Andy Cunnerly, Matt Williams) romped to an 11-0 Link Up Division Three win at Grosvenor Arms.
Sumner stars in win
MALPAS blew away the cobwebs in style on Saturday.
Playing their first Cheshire League Division Two match in three weeks, Lea Edge’s side showed no signs of ring-rustiness as they powered to a 4-0 victory at struggling Daten.
Striker Andy Morris missed two early chances before he gave Malpas the lead on 25 minutes when he converted a cross from Alex Hailes.
Man-of-the-match Joe Sumner doubled the advantage from the penalty spot midway through the second half after the hardworking Hailes had been brought down in the box.
Two minutes later and full-back Summer netted his second with a shot that flew into the top corner.
Malpas boss Edge threw on his new signing from Rudheath Social, Huw Jones, for his debut.
But it was Hailes who completed the scoring five minutes from time with a low strike.
No hangover for Pin
HOLDERS Corner Pin LG cruised into the North East Wales FA Sunday Challenge Cup quarter-finals by winning 11-0 at Wrexham Lager.
Danny Desormeaux (3), Lennox Beddows (3), Paul Hollifield (2), Lee Stephens, Gareth Sudlow and Joe Desormeaux shared the strikes.
Two of Pin’s Chester & District Sunday League neighbours crashed out at the fourth-round stage.
Saltney Social Club were beaten 1-0 at Cunliffe Arms while Saltney Ferry (Sam Buckley) went down 2-1 at home to Butchers Arms.