Linotype CHN moved four points clear at the top of the table after beating Sandbach United 3-2 at home. Philip Yuille and Carl Sutton were amongst the scorers for Linotype as they extended their lead.
Second place Knutsford slipped further behind in the title race as they lost 4-0 at home against Eagle Sports. Liam Walker, Ged McAllister, Jon Shakeshaft and defender Richard Chinn all hit home as Eagle moved up to fourth place and sit five points behind their opponents with two games in hand.
Ben Slater scored twice as Greenalls PSO beat Garswood United 4-2 at home, while Lee Vaughan and Robbie Hanley also made the score sheet.
Rylands earned a hard fought point as they drew 1-1 away at Crewe. The home side started well and Andy Moor in the Rylands goal had to be alert to save a speculative effort from Pearson after just six minutes, before Carr headed over when well placed following a short corner.
Rylands had offered little at the other end other than a long range drive from Brownhill which the Crewe keeper saved comfortably. It was somewhat against the run of play when Rylands took the lead after 17 minutes with a superb counter attack involving Mike Southern and Lowe. Southerns immaculate pass fell perfectly for Brownhill who easily beat the advancing keeper from ten yards out to net his 15th goal of the season.
Crewe were stunned and Rylands almost added a second minutes later when Brownhill again saw a shot pass inches wide of the goal with the keeper stranded.
Gradually Crewe regained their composure and after a header from Ethan Tizzard had been well saved, they equalised ten minutes before the break when Carr stabbed the ball home from close range following a free kick scramble.
The second half saw a much more determined performance from Rylands and both Lowe and Southern had efforts saved early in the half, while Tizzard forced Moor into another good save at the other end.
With 20 minutes remaining, Crewe were unlucky not to take the lead when Everall evaded two challenges and crossed perfectly only for Pearson to fail to make contact with the goal at his mercy.
As both sides pushed hard for the winning goal, it was Rylands who finished the stronger and the Crewe keeper made three superb saves form Latham, Southern and Brownhill within minutes of each other.
Poynton now sit in eighth place after beating Pilkington 5-0 away, while a Scott McGowan hat trick saw Styal beat Gamesley 3-0 and Whaley Bridge finished 3-0 winners at home against Billinge.
Malpas closed the gap at the top to one point as they beat Daten 3-2 for the second week running. . Daten took the lead after 16 minutes when a corner was cleared outside the box only for James Bear to fire a shot top corner to make it 1-0. Malpas pressed and saw a good move end with Andy Morris shooting just wide. Malpas drew level when Danny Lloyd found Alex Hughes on the edge of the box, his shot was blocked but the ball fell to Morris who smashed it into the net in the 21st minute.
Both defences held strong as the teams continued to play good football looking for an opening. Daten saw a shot come off the post after a good move on 30 minutes. Joe Lunt gave Malpas the lead when he was found in space and sent the ball into the left corner making it 2-1 at the break.
The second half saw Malpas playing up hill and from the first two corners should have scored when Steve Watkins and Simon Bradley both had free headers go wide. Daten again worked hard all over the pitch and as Malpas looked for the third they broke down the left for Sean Bennett to put a unstoppable shot past Roberts giving him no chance. This was fully deserved for Bennett who caused problems for the home defence all game. Both teams played looking for the three points as the game continued at a high tempo, few chances were created but when called on both keepers showed good hands to break things up.
Malpas got the winner after 72 minutes as Danny Lloyd set up a perfect pass to Alex Hughes who travelled into the box and made no mistake as he slotted home for 3-2.
Mike Evans and Chris Trowbridge scored either side of half time as Egerton finished 2-0 winners away at Tarporley Victoria, while Golborne Sports moved up to fifth after beating Grappenhall Sports 5-2 away. A Scott Walker free kick gave Golborne the half time lead and second half goals from Walker, Josh Taffe(2) and debutant Alex Dunne completed the scoring. Grappenhalls goals were scored by Koubemba Odilon.
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Congleton Vale came from 3-0 down to share the points in a thrilling 4-4 draw at home against Cheadle Town Reserves. Aaron Dwyer (2) and Ben Doherty gave Cheadle a comfortable lead but a goal on the brink of half time from Dec Fletcher gave Congleton hope.
Chris Lawton scored shortly after the restart, before Jordan Erdmann pulled Congleton level on the hour mark. Fletcher scored his second of the game for Congleton and substitute Craig Lawler ensured that Cheadle secured a point from the game. The result puts Congleton a point behind group one leaders Altrincham Reserves having played the same number of games, while Cheadle are two points behind Congleton in third, having played a game more.
Moore United moved up to fourth spot in the group after beating Penlake 4-2 away. Moore were unlucky not to take an early lead when Joe Holt escaped his defender but shot wide of the mark.
In the 20th minute Holt hit the ball hard against the corner of the post, Danny Dunne reacted quickly and side footed the ball into the net from a tight angle to give Moore the lead. This was followed up when Dave Willetts hit the ball from the right edge of the penalty area in the 36th minute to make it 2-0.
Two minutes before the break, Alex Griesdale beat Robinson on the right and ran the ball into the box but Dave Balmer stood strong to smother the ball.
Penlake pulled a goal back from the restart when Griesdale rounded the onrushing Balmer to tap in to an empty net and five minutes later, a flying kick from the Penlake goal keeper reached Davey Baines unmarked in the box who headed the ball over Balmer for 2-2.
On the hour mark, Moore were back in front when great work through Willetts to Dunne who played a defence splitting pass to Holt on the right. Holt took a touch before firing across the box to Johnson. He beat two defenders to stab home at the back post with his first touch making it 3-2.
Both teams continued to press and there were nervy moments at both ends as Joe Holt shot just wide for Moore, before a Penlake shot that looked goal bound rattled the cross bar.
Moore put the game to rest late into injury time when Kyle Gallagher cleared the ball at the back to find Holt. He brought the ball down well and fired it across the box before a goal mouth scramble saw Farnadi poke the ball home to secure the points.
West Didsbury & Chorlton Reserves secured their second win in group three as they beat Warrington Town Reserves 6-1 away. Tyler Ferguson and Tre Baldwin Willis both scored twice, while Max Camilleri and Tom Webb also hit home. The win puts West Didsbury five points behind second place Grappenhall Sports with two games in hand.
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Whaley Bridge sit seven points clear of second place Linotype CHN after winning 2-1 away at Rylands, while goals from Lee Allen and Sean Nolan helped Styal to a 2-0 win away at Eagle Sports.
Grappenhall Sports sit in sixth spot after a Tom Horsely strike saw them beat Garswood United 1-0, while Daten beat Middlewich Town 3-1 thanks to an Adam Senior hat trick.
Reserve League Two
Malpas finished 3-2 winners over West Didsbury & Chorlton A as Alex Hailes (2) and Chris Ingall hit home. Felix Senga and Danny Summers scored for West Didsbury.
The other game in the division saw Wythenshawe Town beat Cuddington 5-1 at home to move up to fourth spot. Remmi Williams bagged a hat trick with Sam Smith and Carlton Jones both scoring one each.
Report: Kat Davey