Whitchurch Alport 2 Tarporley Vics 0
TWO goals in the final 15 minutes condemned Vics to defeat on Saturday – and the visitors felt both should have been disallowed for offside.
Tarporley had been second best in the first half and keeper Paul Gregory made two good saves to keep the score level going into the break.
After the restart, Vics got into their stride and began to force Whitchurch back, with Moore, Oakden and Haralambaus all going close.
But Alport went ahead against the run of play on 75 minutes when Scott Thomas raced through and rounded Gregory, despite appearing to be in an offside position when the ball was played to him.
Tom Price then made it 2-0 with a goal that once again had a whiff of offside about it.
Vics take on Highfield Athletic in the Chester Challenge Cup tomorrow (1.30pm).
Malpas 4 Monk 2: Having failed to win over Christmas, Malpas knew they needed to pick up points against Monk – and they duly did.
Robbie McWilliams’ men started brightly and within 10 minutes had created a couple of chances.
They did not have to wait long to break the deadlock as a long throw from Simon Bradley was flicked on by Ricky Smith and Richard Desmond coolly applied the finish.
Seven minutes later and another headed flick by Ricky Smith allowed Rob Martin to finish inside the six-yard box. Monk responded just before the half-hour mark with a well-worked corner catching the Malpas defence napping to make it 2-1.
Immediately after the break, a great move involving Rob Kennerley and Roy Cardus saw the Monk goalkeeper bring Cardus down in the box. He dusted himself down before scoring from the spot.
Five minutes later, Monk were back in the game again at 3-2 but, on the hour, Rob Martin restored Malpas’ two-goal cushion for the final time.
It could have been five but for Malpas missing a penalty in the 70th minute
Malpas face Warrington Town reserves away tomorrow (2.15pm ko).