CARL Smyth’s goal was in vain as Ellesmere Port lost 3-1 at Christleton in Division One on Saturday.
Steve Finlay (2) and Paul Fraser were on target for the Swans, making veteran Smyth’s strike nothing more than a consolation.
Stuart Carroll and John Gibbs were on target for Castrol Social as they picked up a point against visitors Heswall.
Ron Morgan and Matty Houghton netted for strugglers Heswall, who secured a valuable 2-2 draw.
A single strike from John Johnson was enough to secure three points for high flying West Kirby, who beat Vauxhall Motors Reserves by a narrow 1-0 scoreline.
Capenhurst Villa crashed out of the Haworth and Gallagher Bowl, losing 5-4 in a round two tie at Helsby. Jamie Johnson, Ryan Nicholl and Mike Hayes (2) did their best to keep Cape in the competition.
In Division Three, a brace from Andy Newlam was not enough for Capenhurst Villa Reserves as they lost 3-2 to Manor Athletic.
Poulton Victoria Reserves ran out 2-0 winners against Grange Athletic, with goals from Gareth Owens and Paul Howell proving to be the difference.
Ellesmere Port Reserves suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat against leaders Marshalls, with David Powell (3) and Richard Jones finding the net for the visitors.