Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 17 December 2023

Corsair PV FC became the fourth club from the Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League to make it into the Cheshire County Football Association’s Sunday Challenge Cup last eight.

They will be joined by a fifth team as Lancelyn Glenavon are due to play Wellington FC in early January in an all Birkenhead clash. Already in the draw are Dock AFC, KRCT Bidston, and Rock Ferry Social.

Corsair travelled away to Willaston White Star and ran out comfortable winners 3-0 with Joe Molyneux hitting a brace and a single from Leon Clarke.

Playing only their third game in two months and then finally having been failed by the weather on five previous occasions, AFC Shaftes celebrated a narrow win in the David Tacy Memorial Cup second round tie on penalties 3-1 after drawing 2-2 at 90 minutes with Barcode FC. Marksman for Shaftesbury was James Smith with a smart double while Barcode FC replied via Matthew Kehoe and Jake Norton. It was a double celebration for Shaftes as their new 3G pitch has finally been completed and opened,

Upton Town started their festivities early after making progress into the Quarter Finals of the David Tacy Cup with a third round win 2-1 over North Wirral Saints (Ben Dunn). Obliging for Upton Town were Tom Ward and Tom Blaydon.

The Premier Division table has taken another slight twist with Cheshire Cheese joining Queens Park and Great Float S&S at the top, with all three clubs on 21 points.

Cheshire Cheese earned all three points with a 4-2 success over Wellington FC (Ash Power, Shay Roberts). Netting for Cheese were Ewan McCready, Kie Frost, Cam Nuttall, and Anthony Evans.

Current champions, Dock AFC, sailed to 3-0 result after efforts from Ollie Nugent, Adam Lea, and Cam McGregor to defeat Great Float S&S.

A Mike Williams brace anchored Rock Ferry Social to a 2-1 result at Neston Nomads, whose marksman was Luke Blondel.

It must have been early Christmas present swapping between Woodchurch Hotel (Jack McGrotty, Charlie Macinnes) and Lancelyn Glenavon (Christian Lewis, Connor Courtnell) both giving away two goals each and earning a vital point.

A superb hat-trick from Owen Kelsey for Saughall FC elevated them into pole position in the Martin Gallier Project Division Two with a 3-2 result over Woodchurch Rovers (Lewis Hunt, Zac Woods).

Eastham Rangers kept in touch with the leaders romping to a 5-0 win over mid-table AFC Rangers, with Tay Jones, Martin Marshall, Nick Evans, Jack Roberts, and Ryan Hodgson all finding their names on the scoresheet.

Highly fancied and unbeaten Old Parks (Declan Iveson) could only share the spoils with a resilient Poulton Victoria S&S (Jay Little).

It was also a similar story for Upton Willows (Kyle Platt) and Oval FC (John Skipsey) who traded goals and points.

Oxton Celtic continue to dominate Division Three easing to a 5-1 win at Athletic VH, while Higher Bebington Kelma accounted for AFC Raeburn after easing to a 6-3 win. Corey Wilson notched a fine treble with further strikes from Adam Clarke, Paddy Bell, and Jack Brown. Replying for Raeburn were Tyler Sutton, Josh Morgan, and Jamie Owen.

Victoria Colts (og, Owen Hughes, Andy McBain, Ryan Coles, Natas Asmonas) posted a splendid 5-1 scoreline at hosts Upton United for a mid-table position.

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