MIDDLEWICH Town can have no excuses after they slumped to a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Cheshire Football League Division One strugglers Billinge.

Goals from Adam Clare, Sean Homer and Gareth Fletcher gave Billinge a comfortable 3-0 lead going in to the break, with woeful defending helping the visitors open a lead with their first attack.

The second period marked a revival for the hosts, helped when John Ruane pulled one back with a cool finish, but despite their best efforts Town failed to gain a foothold in the match.

Further goals from Danny Murphy and James Webb sealed the defeat.

It was a week in which the weather played a large role in the Cheshire Football League fixtures, with many games called off due to waterlogged pitches.

This was both a help and a hinderance for Division One leaders Lostock Gralam, who missed their Gamesley fixture but still sit at the top of the pile thanks to so many other fixtures being cancelled.

They will hope that the week off does them good when they host their biggest game of the season so far, with league rivals Knutsford set to arrive on Saturday.

In Division Two, Rudheath Social progressed to the next stage of the Cheshire County Cup after they demolished Middlewich Town’s Reserves 7-0.