WIDESPREAD postpone- ments due to the bad weather meant local interest in the West Cheshire League was restricted to just four fixtures on Saturday.
In Division Two, promotion chasers Capenhurst Villa had the misfortune to face a Heswall Reserves line-up at Gayton Park which included several first teamers. Ryan Nicholl was on the mark for Cape, but the hosts emerged 5-1 victors thanks to replies from Danny McNicholas (3), Chris Hesketh and Chris Bollard.
Willaston enjoyed better fortunes – and climbed to seventh place in the table – after a brace of Richie Wainwright penalties and a Mark Lui effort clinched a 3-0 win over free-falling Bebington Athletic.
It was Willaston’s eighth win of the campaign, and kept them within touching distance of neighbours Grange Athletic. The latter boast an impressive home record, but forfeited all three points on Saturday after a solitary strike from Adam Hughes steered visitors Maghull Reserves to a hard-fought success.
In Division Three, Cape’s reserve side also drew a blank, despite goals from Warren Lloyd, James Whitlow and Ian Kelly. FC Pensby edged it 4-3 after replies from Owen Davies (2), Aaron Doyle and Mike Hughes.
On Saturday in Division One, Vauxhall Motors Reserves start as favourites to account for second-from-bottom Maghull at Rivacre Park. Neighbours Ellesmere Port travel to erratic performers Newton, while Castrol Social will do well to come away with a point from title outsiders New Brighton.
Two weeks ago, Capenhurst Villa won easily against Mallaby in Division Two and look favourites to chalk up a league double this weekend. Willaston face a tough test at Helsby, and Grange Athletic will be looking to return to winning ways at the expense of New Brighton Reserves.
Following an encouraging run of results, Hale have hit a slump which should work in Ellesmere Port Reserves’ favour in a Division Three tussle at Whitby Sports and Social Club.
Capenhurst Villa Reserves will find Liverpool visitors Focus a tough nut to crack and may have to settle for a share of the spoils.