THE defeat of second division lead-ers Poulton Vics Reserves by lowly Manor Athletic was a bonus for promotion hopefuls Blacon YC, who closed the gap with a 2-0 win over Christleton Reserves, with Lee McElmeel and Lou Mackin on target.
Upton AA settled for a share of the spoils after sharing eight goals with Willaston. Simon Andrews (2), Andy Lloyd and Mark Thompson netted for Upton and Tom Coan, Lee Cairns, Ian Cross and Mike Mosedale replying.
In Division Three, second-placed Chester Nomads returned from Shaftesbury with three points, thanks to a goal by Mark Kerr, while MBNA went down 3-2 at home to New Brighton Reserves, despite a fine double from Paul Hallows.
Leaders Manweb remain un-beaten with an eight-point advantage following a 5-1 demolition of Manor Athletic, with goals by Billy Griffiths (3), Shaun Large and Simon Crabtree.
Upton AA Reserves were in fine form against Grange Athletic, romping to a 4-0 win with a Leroy Robinson brace and further goals from Ben Billington and Mark Cadwallader.
St Werburgh's lost to Mersey Royal in a goal feast. Peter Courtney hit six goals for Royals in a 9-5 victory with Dave Cooper grabbing a hat-trick for the Chester outfit.
There was an early exit from the Pyke Cup for Christleton, who were beaten by Peter McNulty's goal for Heswall, and Helsby also went out, going down 4-0 to West Kirby, who had Carl Maughan (2), Tommy Baker and Chris Barrow on the mark.
Castrol Social got through by beating Aintree Villa 3-2 with goals by Gary Scott, Robbie Sheppard and Neil Clarke, while Vauxhall Reserves lost 2-1 to holders Ashville, Ryan Forde their marksman.
It was also the end of the road for Ellesmere Port in a 2-0 home defeat by Maghull.
In Division Two, Capenhurst Villa were beaten 2-1 at home by Ashville Reserves, Carl Ladbroke on target.
Capenhurst Villa Reserves con -tinued their improvement with a 3-2 win at Bronze Social where Paul Ainsworth, Chris McNeil and Ben Powell were their match winners. Lee Jameson and Carl Thomas replied.
An Owen Davies strike was decisive for West Kirby Reserves against Ellesmere Port Reserves.
Poulton Vics had a gruelling day at Morpeth in the second round of the FA Vase, crashing out 6-1.