PAUL JOYNER stuck three times to help his Hoole Rovers side come out on top in a goal fest against Upton JFC Youth in the Chester and Wirral Football League Championship.

Despite Mac Johnstone grabbing four goals for Upton to add to a strike from his teammate Andy Murphy, it wasn’t to be enough as a ruthless Rovers side scored eight.

A brace from Ryan Bradbury added to Joyner’s hat-trick for Hoole, while Nik Matthew, Sam Culverhouse and John Charters also got themselves on to the scoresheet with individual efforts to seal an 8-5 success for their team who rise to seventh in the table.

Elsewhere in the Championship, second place AFC Park North were frustrated by a second from bottom Rossmore Rangers team who fought for a 1-1 draw.

Tom Viedman was on target for Rossmore, while Adam Bagley scored the goal that takes Park North to within four points of the league leaders Unitor.

Orange Athletic Chester ensured they didn’t slip further behind Rossmore in the standings as the league’s bottom club earned a hard-fought point against Hoole Rangers.

Sam Bramall and Iain Thomas found the net for Orange, while a brace from Rangers’ Josh Leach meant both sides got a share of the points.

In the division’s other game, Shaftesbury Youth Reserves jumped up to fourth courtesy of a 3-0 victory over third place Chester Nomads III.

The cousins, John and Ian McGraa, grabbed a goal each while Jimmy Gomez also found the net for their side who are now six points off Park North in second, with two games in hand.

In the Premier Division of the Chester and Wirral Football League, meanwhile, just one game was played on a weekend disrupted by bad weather.

Upton JFC battled to a 4-2 victory over Helsby FC Reserves thanks to two goals from Jack Hill, and further strikes from Rocco Hewitt and Caleyn McGovern.

Kile Short and Ryan White were on target for a Helsby side who remain without a win after five games, while Upton climb to sixth.

Despite the poor conditions, two games took place in Division Two of the CWFL Veterans League where it rained goals galore.

Owen Cummings hit four goals to add to Adam Conkie’s strike to help their Hartford Vets side to a 5-2 success over Frodsham Park in a result which only keeps Hartford behind league leaders Ellesmere Port Town on goal difference.

Dee Rangers Vets were unable to capitalise on Frodsham Park’s defeat as they too lost out.

Andy Evans scored two for his Rangers side, but it wasn’t to be enough as a Luca Trasatti hat-trick and Matt Edwards strike sealed a 4-2 victory, and a second win of the season for Ashton.