The Liverpool Business Houses League took centre stage on Thursday.
Widely regarded as the best league in the country, the structure of the six divisions is not short of drama with title races and relegation battles aplenty.
Three divisions were in action as Thursday threw up some more twists and turns across the leagues.
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Mayfair and Home Bargains locked horns with both sides within 10 points of league leaders Oyster Martyrs.
At the start of play, the 2017 champions and visitors were two points ahead, knowing that a win would send them four points closer to the Business Houses summit.
The Bargain went into the match on the back of four wins out of their last five, their only defeat in that run came against National Cup finalists, Campfield.
But the Mayfair stood firm to secure a hard earned three points and as a result leapfrogging Kensington Fields and the Campy into third, overtaking the latter due to their superior goal difference.
Home Bargain 2-4 Mayfair
The promotion race once again was cranked up a notch as a result of Thursday’s proceedings.
With Mottram kicking off at a later time of 8pm at Vesty Road, the opportunity had arisen for The Brow to move level on points with Mount Carmel.
But Clay Brow came and dented their promotion hopes, extending their impressive run since the restart to eight wins. Josh Woods was key in their win, highlighting their credentials and with two games in hand, they’re very much in the mix for the earning the rise to the Premier Division next season.
The result provided a boost for Mottram as their win moved them into third, level on points with Mount Carmel having played a game more. Five different players got their names on the scoresheet for Mottram in a nine-goal thriller with Kirkdale.
Allerton increased their gap over The Canon to six points with their win. The three points were important in the complexion of their fight against the drop as they bridged the gap to eight points.
BRNESC’s resilience paid off as they saw off The Village to strengthen their hold of sixth place.
Mottram 6-3 Kirkdale
The Brow 0-2 Clay Brow
The Canon 0-4 Allerton
The Village 1-2 BRNESC
It was raining goals in Division Four as the visiting teams faced difficult opposition.
Home was definitely a happy hunting ground for the hosts of the leading pack; Hyper Bar, Algarb and Heron Nicosia as they all enjoyed big wins boosting their claims for progression up the Business Houses structure.
Algarb’s emphatic win contributed massively to their goals tally as they moved closer to the free-scoring league leaders as the situation worsened for AFC Knowsley at the foot of Division Four as man-of-the-match Dean Forrest scored four.
It was goals galore in the second half for Nicosia as Marios Avraam and Mick McStein both contributed with a couple in their win over Barnham.
Whilst leaders Hyper Bar maintained their three point lead over Algarb with their win as Jake Preston continued his goalscoring form making it five in his last two.
Algarb 11-0 AFC Knowsley
Hyper Bar 6-0 Queen’s Aintree
Heron Nicosia 6-0 AFC Barnham