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Kilgannon gives Christleton win; Carlsberg West Cheshire League.

Byline: ERNIE McDONALD

INSPIRED by chunky midfield motivator Wes Kilgannon, Christletonopened up a four-point lead at the top of the Carlsberg West Cheshire League's Division One after scoring a superb 2-1 win at Heswall.

An unstoppable effort from Kilgannon was supplemented by a Chris Herbert goal as the 2002 champions continued their impressive winning sequence, Kieran Fleetwood weighing in with Heswall's consolation.

Rivals Poulton Victoria came away empty handed from their trip to General Chemicals,Gary Tyrell obliging with the game's only goal as the Chemics leapfrogged Vics into fourth place.

At the other end of the table, there was joy at last for relegation destined Helsby who savoured only their third win of the current campaign. Gary Cottiga plundered the goal which sank fellow strugglers Ellesmere Port.

Efforts from AdamMaher and Gary Southern were enough for Maghull to eclipse Liverpool rivals MANWEB 2-0, while two goal Eric Woodward was joined on the score sheet by CarlFinlay as Aintree Villaeased their way clear of the relegation zone after beating VauxhallMotors Res 3-0.

With Cammell Laird seemingly on their way to the North West Counties League next season, their second string need to finish first or second in Division Two to make certain of Division One football at Kirklands next term.

On Saturday,LairdRes raced four points clear at the top after putting Ashville Res to the sword. Ronnie Morgan struck twice, and further efforts from Ian Cooke,Brian McIlroy,Derek Ward,Kevin Hagan and Chris Nezianya confirmed the 7-3 scoreline. Darren Murphy(2) and Chris Antoine replied for the visitors. A goal from LiamPhelan was insufficient as Manor Ath slumped 2-1 at home to Pavilions, Geoff Tann and Carl Thomas finding the net for the Runcorn outfit, and form side New Brighton won again, a solitary goal from CraigGriffiths clinching maximum spoils against Mond Rangers. Respective marksmen in Merseyside Polices's 1-1 stalemate with FC Pensby were Lee Welch and Ian Doyle.

In another 1-1nailbiter,agoal from Poulton Vics Res' PaulFinnan was cancelled out by a reply from Heswall Res' Carl Lamb. Former leaders Maghull Res won 4-2 at Willaston, thanks to efforts from Mark Beddows(2), Joey Burns and LiamLoughlin. Ian Cross and Tommy Coan scored for Willaston.

MANWEB Res remain the only undefeated side in the West Cheshire after finishing 2 -2 with Division Three promotion rivals,M.B.N.A.

The result allowed third placed West Kirby Res to take closer order, four-goal Chris Barrow stealing the show in Saturday's 7-0 rout of Manor Ath Res. Further efforts from Chris Whitely,Owen Davies and Mike Pickles completed the statistics, while Scott Houghton and Ian Crawford were responsible for the goals as Shaftesbury returned to winning ways with a 2-0 result at Bronze Social.

New Brighton Res proved that they are equally as happy away from the seaside, after goals from Paul Howells(3), Nick O'Shaughnessy(2), Paul Cupitt, Paul Edge, Greg Connor and Nick Kyriazis secured a 9-1 win at St.Werburghs.

On target for Mersey Royalin their fine 4-0 win at Grange Ath were Peter Courtney(2), Andy Bolton and Nick Scholes.

On the District scene, Ashville secured their place in the Wirral FA Senior Cup semifinals after emerging 2 -1 victors from a testing contest with Mallaby. Mike Hannaway and Simon Donoghue scored for the winners. The visitors, who missed a first half penalty, replied through Matty Houghton. In the Chester Challenge Cup second round, Division Three side Chester Nomads proved once again that they are no pushovers, two-goal Ken Douglas taking the plaudits as Division Two counterparts Christleton Res were dispatched 2-1.

West Cheshire followers are reminded that the outstanding Wirral FA Senior Cup tie between Castrol Social and Cammell Laird takes place this evening ( Tuesday January 27) at Lairds, (7.30pmkick off).

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OLD PALS: FA chief executive Mark Palios shares a joke with Derek Mountfield at the Birkenhead Sunday League's 40thanniversary dinner,held at Poulton Vics social club on Friday
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2004
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