BLACON YC's hopes of a return to Division One were shattered after they were held 1-1 by Poulton Vics last midweek, and they completed their league programme on Saturday with a 2-1win at Capenhurst Villa with goals from Kevin Jones and Lee McElmeel with Steve Pinnington replying.

At the other end of the table, Christleton Reserves achieved mid-table safety after romping home 4-0 against Mond Rangers in midweek, with Chris Herbert (2) Craig Warrington and Mike Garrod on the mark.

Local rivals Upton AA also rounded off their campaign on a winning note after posting a 5-3 win over Pavilions. Three-goal Simon Andrews was the hero of the hour, further efforts from Mike Gaulton and Ryan Butcher completing the statistics.

Division Three action saw St Werburgh's ease their way off the bottom at last, following an excellent 3-1 result against Shaftesbury, courtesy of goals from Mark Bean, Alex Wallis and Billy Dodd with Anthony Crawford replying for the visitors.

Of the two other Chester representatives in Division Three, Chester Nomads still have a great chance of winning promotion, assuming they can win their final game, while MBNA, in their debut season, were finalists in the West Cheshire Shield and victory in their final fixture will see them finish a creditable fourth.

The only league title still to be decided was resolved on Saturday as Newton were crowned Division One champions for the first time since 1962, after efforts from Lee Furlong (4), Billy Knowles, Joey Gibiliru, Phil Wood and John Ryder secured a comfortable 10-0 victory over relegated Helsby.

Christleton lost 3-0 at home to Poulton Vics, Craig Cartwright (2) and Paul Wood applying the finishing touches.

Castrol Social escaped relegation from Division One after keeping two clean sheets inside four days, which sent local rivals Ellesmere Port to second from bottom in the table.

Port have completed their programme and must now wait to see if Cammell Laird's anticipated progression to the North West Counties League will have the effect of preserving their Division One status.

Last midweek, Castrol emerged 1-0 victors after a testing contest with Pyke Cup finalists West Kirby, Robbie Sheppard finding the net, and another encouraging performance on Saturday saw the Oilmen finish 0-0 with Heswall at Gayton Park.

The sad news from Division Two is that Capenhurst Villa appear destined to join Willaston in Division Three next term, but the former still have a West Cheshire Bowl final to look forward to.

Despite a fine goal from Mike Mosedale, Willaston rounded off their season with a 3-1 home defeat to New Brighton, Gary Connor, Craig Griffiths and Gary Evason scoring for the Seasiders.

Ellesmere Port Reserves wrapped up their season on a winning note by spanking neighbours Grange Athletic 6-1, courtesy of goals from Phil Coffin (3), Dave Hall (2) and Paul Shepherd. John Reynolds hit Grange's consolation. The West Cheshire Bowl final between Heswall Reserves and Capenhurst Villa takes place at Cammell Laird on Saturday, May 1 (3pm).