Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 29 October 2023

At a recent awards evening held by Cheshire County Football Association at Edgeley Park the home of Stockport County, The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League were awarded the best league in the county.

It was a very proud moment for all involved, including players, clubs, referees, sponsors, and members of the management committee.

What made it even more special was to receive the award during the 60th Diamond Anniversary season.

Various re-arranged Wirral District Football Association cup ties were at the heart of the fixture programme due to pitch conditions caused by Storm Babet last week.

Chairman Mr Alf Roberts (Left) and President Mr Ron Shrimpton (Centre) receiving the Award for Best League in Cheshire from one of the Cheshire FA Sponsors

The game of the day was in the Sunday Premier Cup first round tie, with Dock AFC taking revenge to sink Rock Ferry Social 5-0 after a league defeat only weeks ago. George Nugent and Ben Wood hit a double each with Jamie Eaton chipping in with the other.

Bushell Athletic, who are currently sitting in mid table of the Maxwell’s Barber Division One, provided an upset and a giant-killing act by defeating Premier Division Wellington FC (Nathan Cope). Stewart Jackson and a worldie from Leon Jones provided a place in the quarter-final for Bushell Athletic.

Also into the final eight is Woodchurch Hotel who survived a scare in a local derby at Upton Town with the tie finishing at 3-3 only for Woodchurch Hotel to earn a place in the draw running out 5-4 winners on penalties.

One quarter-final tie that did take place saw a giant-killing act with Rig Move from The Maxwell’s Barber Division One securing a place in the hat for the semi-finals after taking the tie 5-4 on penalties after finishing all square at 0-0 with Great Float Sports & Social after 90 minutes.

Barcode FC made progress in the Wirral District Football association Amateur Cup inflicting 4-2 defeat on fellow league rivals AFC Rangers.

They will be joined in the draw for round two by Lions FC who secured their spot after a 2-2 draw at Jackswood FC as they won the penalty shootout 3-2.

Wirral Radio Newton called the tune in a clash with Oval FC (John Skipsey 2) 4-2 to cement a place in round two. Matt Lydiate, Brad Greer, Suphot Thiamdong, and Josh Ross all found the net.

Derby Jets made progress into round three with a firm 4-1 result over Wallasey side Oldershaw thanks to Kylie Bennett, Aaron Bunclark, Kevin Day, and Luke Burns efforts.

They will be joined in the draw by Whitby Rangers who saw off the challenge from Prenton FC (Lewis Ward, Ton Fen) 4-2.

Cheshire Cheese moved into second place in the Premier Division after securing all three points at the expense of KRCT Bidston (Matty Maguire) 3-1. Cam Nuttall with a double and Lewis Gouldson put the smiles on the Cheshire Cheese boys’ faces.

Lancelyn Glenavon (Danny Dixon, Christian Lewis) grabbed all the points in a mid table clash with Neston Nomads.

Woodchurch Rovers secured the first points and win of the season with a neat 3-1 score over Eastham Rangers (Tay Jones) who had the chance of going top of Martin Gallier Project Division Two. Marksmen for Woodchurch were David Harrison and Ryan Thomson who bagged a pair.

The spoils were shared in a local derby clash between Upton Willows (Joe Levey 2) and Eagle Stirrup FC 2-2 (Jack Reeves, Callum Jones).

Oxton Celtic took the helm in Division Three after toppling West Kirby United 3-0.

Strikes from Joe Rochford, Mitch Francis, Ben Hunter, Mar Rand, and Adam Walker kept Feeneys FC in the hunt for a possible promotion spot with a 5-2 verdict at Glenavon Athletic, who replied through Paul Keenan and Danny Rowlands.

Wirral Athletics’ fine league form continued with a comfortable 6-0 success at Athletic VH thanks to goal-getters Joe Roberts, who hit a fine treble, and singles from James Conway, Tony Maher, and Jamie Payne.

AFC Tima had had Phil Bibby on hand with a double strike supported by an Ussumane Jalo goal to earn the decision over Parkgate St Germain (Nick McKnight, Ben Pearson) 3-2.

A 30-yard screamer from Grant Fowler with further efforts from Natas Asmonas and Kyle Sallis kept Victoria Colts in a mid-table position after denting AFC Raeburn (Bedel Zan-Bi) 3-1.

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