Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 4 February 2024

KRCT Bidston claimed the final place in the semi-finals of the Cheshire County Football Association Sunday Challenge Cup with a 3-0 win over premier division rivals Corsair FC, after a double from Liam Siddorn and Kian Hamn strike.

Bushell Athletic earned a place in round four of the Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup after efforts from Ben Glover (2), Leon Jones, and Luke Naylor saw off the challenge 4-1 from highly fancied Whitby Rangers who replied through Tom McDowall.

Also through are Lancelyn Glenavon who had a narrow 2-1 result over AFC Tima (Daniel King) despite being three divisions apart. Luke Camden was the marksman with a smart double for Lancelyn.

AFC Raeburn secured a quarter-final spot in the Jimmy Core Trophy with a splendid 3-0 result over Parkgate St Germain. Netting for the hosts were Matty Amey, Jack Presswell, and a penalty from Elliot Greenall.

They will be joined in the hat for the last eight by Athletic VH who knocked out Division Three runaway leaders Oxton Celtic 5-3 on penalties after they finished all square 1-1 at 90 minutes.

Once again, The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League Premier Division title for the Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Trophy has been blown wide open after an outstanding performance from Neston Nomads who took maximum points against Dock AFC in a 2-1 win. Nathan Sharkey and Luke Blondel put Neston 2-0 up with Dock responding with a late reply from Ben Wood in the 87 th minute,

Great Float S&S (Rob Allen) had their lead at the top cut to one point as they dipped to Woodchurch Hotel who had Jordan Deer and Tom Quinn on the mark.

Queens Park (Evrard Vao (2), Jamie Leyland (2), Jack Ireland) eased to a comfortable 5-1 result over Rock Ferry Social (Connor Doyle) who have four games in hand and three games in hand on Great Float and Cheshire Cheese respectfully (Sean Wilson, Cam Nuttall) who defeated Wellington FC 2-0.

The game of the day in the Maxwell’s Barber Division One saw Jamie Easton and Marcus James netting for leaders Rig Move in a close 2-1 encounter with second-placed Eastham Rangers Colts (Dillon Thomas).

Upton Town had Will O’Leary and Callum Lockley on hand in their victory against Barcode FC, to keep in touch and have a chance to ply their football in the top flight of Sunday League Football in Birkenhead next season.

Lions FC maintained their 100% record with a splendid 3-1 scoreline at Oval FC (John Skipsey) thanks to a fine Gareth Craven double supplemented with a Paul Ryan strike and head the Martin Gallier Project Division Two by eight points.

Eagle Stirrup FC stayed in the hunt for a possible promotion spot with the same 3-1 scoreline in a local derby encounter with Woodchurch Rovers (Ryan Thomson). Ciaran Atkinson, Nathan Fehily, and Kazim Tektas obliged for Eagle Stirrup FC.

Barkers Armchair dented Eastham Rangers’ hopes of a top three finish holding them to a 2-2 draw. The goalgetters were Mark Munt and Lee Doyle for Barkers Armchair with Martin Marshall and Jack Roberts for Eastham Rangers.

Poulton Victoria S&S found their shooting boots with Danny Kendall leading the way with a hat-trick allied to further efforts from Tom Kendall, Tom Price, and Ryan Mason over AFC Rangers (Lewis McKnight, Sam Burke) in a mid-table 6-2 tussle.

Wirral Athletic took the honours in their clash with early pacesetters West Kirby United 3-0. A Jamie Payne brace supported by a Harry Huggins goal for the Wirral Athletic Boys did the damage.

A high-scoring game between Higher Bebington Kelma (Corey Wilson, Adam Clarke (2), Jack Brown) and Victoria Colts (Kyle Sallis, Jack Hughes (2), Grant Fowler) saw Kelma in the driving seat at 4-1, but Colts came back to take the spoils 5-4.

With Oxton Celtic playing in a cup game, Feeneys FC (Ben Hunter) failed to capitalize and had to share the honours in a 1-1 draw with North Wirral Saints (Josh Lynch).

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