Written by Ernie McDonald

Tommy Johnstone scored three times as Ashville, the MSC Express West Cheshire League Division One team, climbed the Cheshire County FA Amateur Cup first-round hurdle in style.

Mike Reynolds, Tom Davies and Abe Dobson also found the net in the 6-0 result of the Wallasey team in Hartford.

Ellesmere Port Towm’s Nathan Mapletoft was another hat trick hero who made his calling card when the Port beat Shaftesbury FC 3-2 while local neighbor, Vauxhall Motors Res., With efforts from Richie McQuade (2) Kieran Fair , Ben Lawrence and Zak Catesby went wild 5-0 home at West Kirby.

At the Wirral Tennis Center, the undefeated Division One leaders Mersey Royal, Congleton Res. Showed little mercy and brought Joe Foster (3) Lewy Willingham, Adam Smith and Liam Driscoll to the bull’s eye in a 6-0 win. A brace of own goals paired with further efforts from Joe Ford, Shay Roberts and Matty Morris was enough for Heswall to triumph 5-1 at Hoole Rovers, and it was also celebration time for Chester Nomads, the doubles Ben Coward and Charlie Jones as anchors for their side to a 6-1 win at Malpas. Further efforts by Louis Moss and Joe Melia completed a job well done.

The team of the second division, Poulton Victoria, secured their passage after a 2-0 decision against Hattersley, which was confirmed by a goal each from Tyler Sutton and Shaun Parrington. After a 3-3 draw, Runcorn Sports defeated second division promotion rivals Helsby 6-5 on pins, and despite goals from John Paul Kissock, Ben Hamlet, Ged King and Ross McDowell, Newton lost 5-3 on penalties against Macclesfield Res. after a dramatic 4-4 finish

It was the end of the line for Division Three clubs, Poulton Royal and Groves, who failed against Newton Ath. and Govan Ath. respectively.

On the domestic scene, thanks to the efforts of Jamie Easton, Ryan Nicoll and Phil Quilliam, Capenhurst Villa was promoted to fourth place in Division One after earning a 3-0 result in Rainhill Town. Runner-up Mossley Hill Ath. with goals from Sean Harrison, Dan Foster, Dom Kelly and Owen Cassidy won 4-1 at Redgate Rovers and reduced the lead at the top to three points.

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In Division Two, Mallaby took a good 3-0 win at South Liverpool Res. Saw the Claughton Villagers climb to fourth place thanks to second-half goals from Danny McLoughlin, Paul Ellison and Tommy Black while Marine U23 took pole Position when they won 4-0 at Maghull Res. Ethan Cowell, Alex Northover, Ben Jones and Alex McDermott netted for the front runners.

In Saturday’s division three action, the challenger from South Wirral saw Sutton Ath. at the top after efforts by Matty Hall (2) and Connor Doyle secured a 3-1 win over local rivals Willaston, who responded through Robbie Hicks. Mike Jeffs scored for Chester Nomads Res. But it was visitors, West Kirby Res. Who enjoyed the last laugh, Dale Morris scored twice in the 2-1 triumph.

Honors were shared after a goal from Heswall Res. ‘ Dan O’Halloran was negated by a response from Poulton Vics. ‘ Res. ‘ Chris Lavery and Matty Hickman were responsible for both goals when Capenhurst Villa Res. Eclipsed Mersey Harps 2-1.

The youth division made a welcome return on Saturday and it was an opening day delight for Victoria Colts, thanks to a hat-trick from Ben Ryan that resulted in a 3-1 win over City of Liverpool.

Rhys Stocker and Kyle Foster put the finishing touches on when Vauxhall Motors defeated Mossley Hill Ath. 2-1 and in the middle of the week, the young Motormen achieved an excellent 2-0 result in Radcliffe in the FA Youth Cup, thanks to a goal from Zak Catesby and Harley O’Brien-Williams.