Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 28 January 2024

Higher Bebington Kelma secured a place in the semi-finals of the Wirral District Football Association Sunday Junior Cup after a convincing 10-3 win at Vauxhall Motors Vets.

Liam Atherton hit a treble, Adam Clarke bagged a four-timer, and there were singles from Jack Brown, Corey Wilson, and Lewis Simpson. Unfortunately, AFC Tima dipped out to North West Harriers.

A surprise in the Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup round two tie saw Martin Gallier Project Division Two side, Upton Willows, romp to a 5-0 victory over Moreton Rovers (formerly Clipper FC) from The Maxwell’s Barber Division One. Kyle Platt, Joe Levy, Matty Walsh, Blake Rowlands, and Kade van Geffen were all on hand to net a goal each.

An all Premier Division tie took place in round three, with Corsair FC progressing at the expense of Wellington FC (Ellis Byrne, Lewis Dixon), Marksmen for Corsair were Kieran Jones, Joe Molyneux, and Jason Bull.

A Leon Jones double allied with a Liam Henshaw effort for Bushell Athletic gained a place in round three of the David Keith Tacy Cup with a 3-0 win over a strong Old Parks.

A brace from Jim Ludbrook coupled with a Dillon Thomas strike was enough for visitors Eastham Rangers Colts to defeat Glenavon Athletic also 3-0 in a third round tie.

Eagle Stirrup FC put themselves into the quarter-finals of the Tony Smith Cup with a narrow 2-1 success over Eastham Rangers (Kieran Hodgson). Joe Beattie and Jason Farrell notched the all important goals for Eagle Stirrup.

The holy grail of Sunday football in Wirral is the Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League Premier Division for the Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Trophy. With seven teams that can possibly win it, it seems to get more wide open every week especially after recent results.

Dock AFC (og) who lifted the silverware and were expected to make a late challenge again this season, dropped two vital points at home to a resilient KRCT Bidston in their 1-1 draw.

Also sharing the same scoreline trading points and goals were Neston Nomads (Jack Lloyd) and Cheshire Cheese (Sean Wilson).

Rock Ferry Social’s chances were dashed after losing to Lancelyn Glenavon 3-2 after Rock triumphed in the Cheshire Cup last week, Ben Ryan and Leon Detlaff obliged for Rock Ferry Social while Joe Downey, Luke Camborne, and Joel Cotgrave bagged the all-important goals for Lancelyn.

AFC Shaftes (Eddie Jebb, C Elliot) earned a credible point in a 2-2 draw with Derby Jets (Kev Day, Adam Larway) in the Maxwell’s Barber Division One while Danny France and Jake Norton did the scoring for Barcodes FC in a 2-1 verdict at Prenton FC.

Action from the Martin Gallier Project Division Two saw a solitary strike from Mark Head for Lions FC to maintain their 100% league record and stay at the helm.

Second-placed Saughall FC stay within touching distance and are on course for promotion with a 2-0 success over AFC Rangers, thanks to Owen Ashcroft and Joe Wharton.

It was celebration time for Barkers Armchair FC who posted their first points of the season after travelling to Woodchurch Rovers (Lewi Hunt). Lee Doyle and Sean Hyland struck the all-important goals for the Armchair boys.

Game of the day in Division Three saw two of the top three clubs clash, with Feeneys FC hosting leaders Oxton Celtic. Mark Rand bagged a pair for Feeneys FC in the 2-2 draw.

Second-placed West Kirby United (Matty Murphy, Tom Fleming) dipped 3-2 to Victoria Colts (Billy Harrison (2), Ryan Coles).

Wirral Athletic, who are on the fringe of the promotion places, earned maximum points after Danny Allen (2), Harry Huggins, and John Conway plundered the goals at Parkgate St Germain 4-0, while Athletic VH accounted for AFC Raeburn, 4-2.

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