With all four of our top sides involved in various cup competitions, there was little movement at the top of the table.
Whaley Bridge remain in fifth spot as they beat Greenalls PSO 3-1 at home, while Garswood United remain hot on their tails, a point behind, but with a game in hand, after beating Gamesley 3-2 at home.
Rylands bounced back from last weeks setback at Knutsford to emphatically dispatch Pilkington, scoring nine goals without reply at Gorsey Lane that saw Joel Brownhill help himself to five goals which moved the Warrington side up to seventh in the table.
Rylands started in determined mood and Brownhill tested the visiting keeper in the opening minute, Pilkington responded with a header which drifted over the crossbar from a corner kick.
The opening goal came after 14 minutes when Dean Jennings and Dave Berry combined to release Clements on the right hand side and his cross shot was deflected past the stranded keeper and into the net for an own goal. On 20 minutes Rylands almost doubled their lead when Jennings flick from a Berry free kick was superbly cleared off the line.
Pilkingtons best chance of the half came when a mix up between Moor and Sinker allowed Watson to stab the ball towards the goal but Tom Gibson was on hand to clear off the line.
The second goal arrived on the half hour for Rylands when a superb move involving Berry, Latham and Jennings resulted in Brownhill heading home Clements cross from ten yards.
The second period saw Rylands on the front foot immediately and after Jennings had fired wide, Berry scored their third goal when he finished off a neat move from inside the penalty area.
Minutes later Pilkington had a player dismissed as he kicked out at Finch after the Rylands defender had prevented a run on goal with a well timed tackle. As the visitors were trying to re-organise, Rylands took full advantage and Berry added a fourth with a close range finish.
Pilkington were now all at sea and Brownhill raced clear to round the advancing goalkeeper, adding a fifth after 68 minutes and moments later he completed his hat-trick with an identical finish after Southern had put him through on goal.
Rylands added a seventh when Berry completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Finch had been brought down. The aftermath saw Pilkington reduced to nine men due to an incident in the penalty area.
Rylands were now scoring at will and added two further goals with well taken efforts from Brownhill who upped his goal tally to five, and could have had even more with Latham, Southern and Berry all missing presentable chances
Poynton leap-frogged Sandbach United into eleventh spot as they beat their opponents 6-1 at home, while Billinge beat bottom side Denton Town by the same scoreline. Sean Homer bagged a hat trick with Rob Ablewhite, Declan Gregson and John Bluck completing the scoring.
JB Parker Cup
Crewe joined Rylands in the draw for the semi-final of the JB Parker Cup as they beat Eagle Sports 2-1 at home. Robin Gibson opened the scoring for Crewe in the first half when he smashed home a cross from player/manager Carl Everall. Gibson added a second shortly after the restart to double Crewes lead. Ged McAllister pulled a goal back for Eagle late in the game but Crewe held on to reach the semi.
Warrington Town Reserves moved into sixth place as they beat current leaders Congleton Vale 6-4 at Cantilever Park. George Whiteoak scored for Congleton on his debut, along with second half goals from Jordan Erdmann (79) Ryan oReilly (84) and Richie Booth (86) as the away side launched a comeback but Warrington held on for the victory.
A few late withdrawals meant Grappenhall defender David France had to don the goal keeper jersey and command from the back. The game started with a decent tempo, Tarporley had the majority of possession but Grappenhall looked to break quickly at every opportunity. It took just 8 minutes for the home side to make the break through when a fine Dan Sisson through ball was latched on to by the in-form Jordan Rigby, who rounded the keeper to slot home with his weaker right foot and give Grappenhall the lead.
After 32 minutes the referee was forced to retire from the game through injury, but fortunately the league referees secretary, Graham Edgeley, was on hand to take over and officiated for the remainder of the game.
After the unusual break, Grappenhall stepped up the pressure and made it 2-0 when a fine move involving Matt Ball, Tom Swann and then a fine Denico Walters run and cross was tapped home by Rigby for his second of the game. Soon after, a Danny Macintyre through ball led to Denico Walters forcing the save of the match from the Tarporley keeper to keep it 2-0 going in to the break.
Tarporley started with more tempo than they ended the first half and were being more direct with their play. A serious of long throw ins and corners were causing Grappenhall problems against the far taller Tarporley side team. Eventually the pressure told on 58 minutes when the Joe Marley kept his cool in a busy box to make it 2-1.
The last half hour was exciting as Tarporley desperately pushed forward for an equaliser which they were unlucky not to get as the shot hit the crossbar seeing the game finish 2-1.
Daten took the lead through Leon Goulden as they entertained Golborne Sports in a local derby, but second half goals from Dave Collard and Mike Koppel saw Golborne turn things around as they continued their good run of form. The win sees them move up to fifth spot, having played two more games than the teams either side of them.
Malpas closed the gap at the top to just one point as they finished 3-2 winners in a tight game at Egerton.
As expected Egerton started strongly as they played down the slope and it was clear early on that they would play a direct game, getting the ball forward for the big lads to challenge for. Malpas looked to get the ball down and with only 8minutes on the clock a move down the left started by Richard Sadler saw Andy Morris play in Alex Hughes who made no mistake as he scored from close range.
Egerton continued to put the pressure on, with Malpas struggling to get control of the game giving the ball away and losing shape when going forward. The game was level after 20 when Roy Powell found space to head home.
Shortly after it was two one when Malpas failed to clear a set piece which saw the ball drop for Michael Evans to smash home after finding space in the box. It was a deserved lead for the home side as they had worked hard and built up the pressure from the back.
Malpas continued to create chances and Andy Morris saw a forceful run end with a shot just wide. As the half was coming to an end Danny Lloyd worked the ball from the right cutting in and finding Joe Sumner who put a slide rule pass to Alex Hughes in the box who was brought down for a penalty which was smashed home by Peter Williams to put Malpas back on level terms at the break.
Playing down the slope second half, Malpas took control immediately, passing the ball well and moving the home side around the pitch Danny Lloyd had space down the right and Peter William get space to get the passing game going. Egerton looked dangerous down the channels when they did break with Richard Sadler and Jon Miles kept on their toes. Any high balls were cleared with the returning Steve Watkins and Chris Robaszek outstanding at the middle of the defence when under pressure. At the other end good passing moves came to nothing as few chances came and went and Andy Morris saw a header go just over.
In the closing stages of the game, Alex Hughes was taken down on the end of the box for a free kick, he placed the ball down and picked out his spot before putting it in the bottom left corner for a 3-2 win and his second of the day. The win puts Malpas a point behind leaders Congleton Vale with two games in hand.
FC Woodford moved up the table into second place as they beat Ashton Town Reserves 5-0 at home. Greg Mathers was in fine form as he secured a hat trick for his side, while Jack Bannister and Jordan Gregory also made the team sheet for the Stockport side. This leaves them three points behind leaders Wythenshawe Town, having played two games more, but two points ahead of Altrincham Reserves who are on the same number of games.
Adam Campbell and Gareth Mooney both scored for Irlam Reserves as they beat Cheadle Town Reserves 2-0.
Reserve League One
The only game in the league saw Styal beat Middlewich Town 3-0 through goals from Sean Nolan (2) and Troy Hayden, which moves Styal up to sixth spot in the league table.
Reserve League Two
League leaders Pilkington were held to a 1-1 draw at Wythenshawe Town, while Denton Town moved up to fifth spot with a 2-1 win at home against Egerton.
Goals from John Burgess, Danny Kidd, Robert Langford and Ryan Imison helped Golborne Sports to their second victory of the season as they beat Rudheath Social 4-1 at home.
Moore United won 3-1 at home against Malpas as Thomas Smith bagged a hat trick. The goal for Malpas was scored by Chris Ingall.
Reserve League Cup
Sandbach United finished 5-3 winners over Poynton. The win moves Sandbach up to second in group one, having played two games more than leaders Knutsford A.