WITH four games remaining, Grange Athletic are on the threshold of joining Willaston and Capenhurst Villa in Division Two next season.
Back-to-back wins inside four days have put the Ellesmere Port challengers in a strong position for the second promotion spot and, possibly, the title.
Ian Forster hit the game's only goal as Grange overcame Bronze Social last Wednesday, while Saturday's 4-0 eclipse of Ellesmere Port Reserves was confirmed by efforts from Mike Thelwell (2), Phil Selby and Paul Cockram.
If Grange win at nearest rivals Manor Athletic tonight, promotion to Division Two will be assured.
Colin Lyndsay netted for Castrol Social in their 1-0 success at Christleton last Wednesday - and that result safeguarded the Oilmen's Division One status for another season. Saturday told a different tale, however, as Castrol went down 1-0 at home to Marine Reserves.
Despite a goal from Dave Roberts on Saturday, Vauxhall Motors Reserves were second best at Blacon YC, who triumphed 3-1.
Ellesmere Port are on course to be the highest local side in Division One following a useful 1-1 draw at Ashville. A goal from Ashville's Craig Smith was cancelled out by a reply from the Port's Dave Hall.
Saturday's Division Two action saw Capenhurst Villa land the spoils in an even contest against Mallaby. An individual effort from James Fletcher opened Cape's account on 31 minutes and, shortly before the interval, Steve Pinnington intercepted an ill-judged back pass to make it 2-0. With four minutes remaining, Stuey Jones rose unchallenged at the far post and made it 3-0.
Willaston's relegation fears were dispelled, despite being held 1-1 by Helsby in their last game of the season. Dave Forbes was Willaston's scorer. n Cheshire FA Amateur Cup winners New Brighton are the visitors to Ellesmere Port this Saturday in Division One, while Castrol Social entertain Newton.