ELLESMERE Port continued their impressive start to the new campaign with a comfortable home victory over Merseyside Police at the weekend.

Darren Toal's double was enough to secure a 2-0 triumph and helped propel them into second place in Division One - just three points behind unbeaten leaders Maghull.

Vauxhall Motors reserves continued their resurgence after a 2-1 victory at Cammell Laird reserves gave them their second win in a week.

Mike Simba and Lewis Hughes were on target as the Motormen moved into 10th place.

Castrol Social's miserable start to the season came to a halt at the weekend as they secured their first victory of the season at the expense of Ashville.

Simon Donoghue and Steve Anderson netted for the hosts before Jimmy Carroll, Anthony Ashton and Mike Banks responded for the Oilmen.

In Division Two, Capenhurst Villa stormed to the top of the table after a comprehensive triumph over West Kirby reserves.

An Ian Hartford brace and one from Craig Hacking completed a 3-0 win.

But there was disappointment for a depleted Willaston who suffered a heavy defeat at second-placed Poulton Vics reserves.

Phil Grenhalgh, Phil Coffin, Dave Byrne and veteran Nicky Dillon found the net in Vics' 4-1 victory.

In Division Three, leaders Ellesmere Port reserves maintained their three-point advantage at the top after efforts from Mark Roberts and Steve James secured a 2-1 success at promotion rivals Upton AA reserves.

Dave Owens hit a consolation for Upton.

Nearest rivals Capenhurst Villa reserves suffered a heavy defeat at Bronze Social as hat-trick hero Shaun Cassidy inspired the hosts to a 6-1 win.

Grange Athletic moved up into seventh place in the table following Friday's comfortable 4-0 result at Runcorn Town reserves courtesy of a smart double from Mike Thelwell and a goal apiece from Paul O'Donovan and Dave Jackson.

Newcomers Willaston reserves suffered a 1-0 reverse at Focus.

* Saturday's Division One action sees Vauxhall Motors reserves visit struggling Newton, while Ellesmere Port are favourites to account for Ashville, and Castrol Social will do well to come away with a point from their visit to Upton AA. Division Two leaders Capenhurst Villa are away at Chester Nomads on Friday.

There is a local derby in Division Three as Capenhurst Villa reserves line up against Willaston reserves while current pacesetters, Ellesmere Port reserves, face a tricky tussle at Bronze Social.