Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 21 January 2024

Sam Waterston, Toby Ward, and Ben Ryan were on the mark for Rock Ferry Social in the Cheshire County Football Association Sunday Challenge Cup fourth-round tie to defeat fellow Premier Division rivals and current holders Lancelyn Glenavon 3-1 who replied via a Joe Wingfield effort.

The Rock Ferry crew now have a place in the semi-finals that is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 3 March.

Whitby Rangers secured a place in the semi-finals of the Wirral District Football Association Sunday Amateur Cup after a fine 4-2 result in an all Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Football League clash. Marksmen for Whitby Rangers were Kie Fair, Leo Young (2), and Matty Hickman. Eagle Stirrup FC responded with a Callum Jones double.

Rig Move made all the right moves in the David Keith Tacy Memorial Cup, securing a 2-1 result over AFC Shaftes (David Southall). Steve Rowlands and Greg Mills were on hand for Rig Move.

Due to inclement weather conditions, many games have been postponed in all competitions. Thankfully, some clubs have access to all-weather pitches and private grounds, which has helped to ease the fixture backlog.

The five league games that were able to take place produced an abundance of goals; 35 in total. There was a 10-goal thriller on the Solar Campus all-weather pitch in Leasowe between hosts, Cheshire Cheese, and Neston Nomads. Luke Blondel notched a fine hat-trick completing it in the 90th minute to take a 5-4 lead for Neston Nomads. Neston then conceded a last-gasp equaliser from Kieran Frost to share the spoils. Joe Foster and Jamie Gardiner were also on the mark for Neston while Lewis Gouldson, Lorcan Rogan, Anthony Evans, and Ewan McCready also made the scoresheet for the Cheese.

Great Float S&S anchored themselves in pole position after inflicting a 3-1 defeat to highly fancied Queens Park (Fenton Cavanagh) with a brace from Shaun Parrington and a Peter Morgan effort.

Action from Maxwell’s Barber Division One saw a splendid 3-3 draw between Prenton FC and Bushell Athletic. Dean Wylde, Leo Jones, and Tom Fenley netted for Prenton FC, while Leon Jones hit a tremendous treble for Bushell Athletic. Bushell have a few games in hand on some clubs and are expected to climb the table after only losing one league game all season.

Lions FC continue to dominate in the Martin Gallier Project Division Two and is the only club in all four divisions with a 100% record. Their latest was a 7-2 win over Woodchurch Rovers (Haydn Berry, David Harrison). Goal getters for Lions FC were Ameel Al Gamri, Mark Head (2), Paul Ryan (3), and Kyle Wright.

Feeneys FC kept up the pressure on the leading clubs in Division Three and are hopeful of promotion in their debut season after taking the honours 4-1 over a strong Wirral Athletic (Harry Huggins).

Tuesday 23, January marks the date of the birth of The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Association Football League 60 years ago, in 1964.

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