HOCKEY: ELLESMERE Port travelled to Sale on Saturday, narrowly losing 1-0 to a late second-half goal.
In a very open game, both sides failed to convert the chances that came their way until Sale's centre-forward broke the deadlock.
Port stepped up the pace to try and force an equaliser but Sale's defence held firm.
In men's action, while Bebington mathematically still had the chance of winning promotion going into their final league fixture on Saturday, in reality it was never going to happen.
An 18-0 win over Bolton was required but Bebington couldn't even produce one goal as they found the opposition goalkeeper in amazing form.
John McMullen did put the ball in the back of the net late on but the umpire ruled his effort out to ensure an entertaining game ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
Bebington seconds needed a win to avoid relegation against a promotion-chasing Tameside outfit.
Danny Jones had an effort ruled out before Keith Millington put Bebington ahead through a short corner.
Tameside equalised before the break to set up a nervous finale, but Steve Price's penalty calmed nerves 10 minutes from the end and a 2-1 win ensured survival.
Bebington thirds got the win they needed to secure promotion but league issues mean they will have to wait until tonight for their status to be confirmed.
South Cheshire were cast away 6-1 as Andy Mottram (2), Simon Reed (penalty), Kris Bark (2) and Paul Seymour all netted.
The fourth team had a day to forget as they were battered 12-2 by runaway leaders Bowdon, with goals from Pete Reid and Pete Redman.
Bebington's fifth team were edged out 2-1 in their derby match against Neston thirds with Dave Watson their scorer.