MERSEY Ferries' watertight challenge for the South Wirral League's Robin Hodgson Division championship leaked like a sieve, as visitors Window Shades took their chances to emerge 4-0 victors, which cast a serious question mark over Ferries' ability to last the distance in the title race.
Shades lost the previous week to bottom club Rangers Breaks but were determined not to be as generous in making mistakes this time around, and served notice after 20 minutes with Richie McLaughlin opening the scoring. Ten minutes later and it was 2-0 as Paul Lloyd holed Ferries beneath the waterline with an astute finish.
After the break, an out of sorts Ferries tried to get back into the game but were denied by a resolute Shades, who consolidated their lead with a second goal from Lloyd. McLaughlin then rounded off the proceedings with his second, as Shades congratulated themselves on an excellent team performance.
The never-say-die spirit of Leasowe Castle made for a good contest against league leaders Bebingtron Athletic, who were always favourites to win the tussle but, in the end, were grateful to hear the final whistle, which confirmed a 5-3 victory.
Bebington's customary early goal arrived on eight minutes, with James Hough applying the finishing touch, but Leasowe were back on level terms three minutes later, thanks to a stunning off-the-post effort from Danny Kinner.
On 20 minutes, a Darren Helmstalk free kick whistled into the net from 30 yards as Bebington regained the lead, and the lead-ers then cranked up the pressure to go in at half-time 4-1 up, following further goals from Ben Jenner and Matty Tanner.
Back came Leasowe after the break to reduce the deficit, with Steve Egan powering home an unstoppable header only for Bebington to restore their advantage with a second goal from Hough on the hour.
The drama continued to the end with Tommy Walker coming off the substitutes' bench to bag Leasowe's third with five minutes remaining.
Defensive errors cost Black Horse dearly in their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Runcorn raiders Pavilions.
The losers could be put through the mincer again this weekend when they tackle Mersey Ferries, who are sure to be looking to get their title challenge back on an even keel, after the defeat by Window Shades.
There could be a bagful of goals as Rangers Breaks, victorious in their last two outings, and Leasowe Castle lock horns, while Pavilions travel to Widnes neighbours Avon Athletic. The South Wirral League has vacancies for new clubs wishing to join from next season.
Application forms can be obtained from the secretary, Mr A Roberts, 0151 644 9954.