AS A result of Saturday's 3-2 victory at New Brighton, Merseyside Police were crowned Division Two champions, leaving the second promotion spot between Cammell Laird Reserves and Chester challengers Blacon YC still to be decided.

Lairds have completed their programme and are five points clear of Blacon, who must now win their last two games to achieve a return to the top flight after a four-year absence.

Blacon rounded off a superb week on Saturday, after Alan Hooley and Todd Reid netted to clinch a 2-1 result at Ashville Reserves

At the other end of the table, Christleton Reserves romped home 12-1 against Pavilions, inspired by four-goal hotshots Chris Herbert and Craig Warrington. Mike Marsh added a hat-trick and Wes Kilgannon also scored to complete the dozen, which should en-sure Christleton's safety.

Christleton's first team also had cause for celebration on Good Friday, after efforts from Wes Kilgannon (2) and Eden Fenlon set up a 3-0 Chester Senior Cup semi-final win over Hoole Rangers.

There could still be another Chester club in Division Two next season, if Chester Nomads can win their final fixture to go up with champions Manweb Reserves. On Saturday, Nomads savoured their 18th League win of the season, Chris Cutler obliging with both goals in a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Shaftesbury.

A Paul Hallows effort helped MBNA to a 1-1 stalemate with Grange Athletic, Phil Selby replying, while Upton AA Reserves suffered a 4-0 reversal at Ellesmere Port Reserves.

St Werburgh's fight to avoid having to seek re-election came unstuck once again when they were beaten 3-1 at Mersey Royal.

Willaston are already destined for a swift return to Division Three and erratic local rivals Capenhurst Villa are frustrating their followers by winning one week and then losing the next

Time is now running out for Cape, who need four points from their last two fixtures to be certain of retaining their Division Two status. One of those games is tomorrow against Blacon YC, who must win their last two games to win promotion ahead of Cammell Laird Reserves

It all went wrong for Cape at Maghull Reserves, who scored through Liam Laughlan (2), Dave Thompson (2) and Joey Burns to register a 5-0 victory.

It was Castrol Social's luck to come up against champions-elect Newton, and although the Oilmen gave a good account of themselves, strikes from Tony Gray and John Ryder sealed a 2-0 result for the home side.

At the same time, Vauxhall celebrated their ninth league win of the season after Dave Davies (2), Tom Lyness and Neil Rigby scored to secure a creditable 4-2 win against fourth-placed General Chemicals.

On Good Friday, Vauxhalls was the venue for the Pyke Cup final between Poulton Vics. and West Kirby, which was settled in Vics' favour eight minutes into the second half of extra time by an own goal from Matty Cass.